August 08, 2018

On the Spectrum of Lothsomeness

Alex Jones is a jerk, a creep, a lunatic, deeply offensive, societally corrosive, and an affront to all decency. 

He also, to the best of my knowledge, is not advocating anyone get banned for saying things that he finds disgracious to his demented world view.

This makes him vastly less loathsome to me than the people who advocate de-platforming him, and somewhat less loathsome than those who think that this is 'not the hill to dies on' .


More in depth thoughts on this here, here, and here. A less current but more succinct take on this issue has been making the rounds as well.


UPDATE:
Oh good Lord!

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August 02, 2018

In Partial Compensation for the Limited Blogging



Art by Potato (NSFW Patreon page is here

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Never Rains

Yesterday morning I received word that my folks had just gotten back from the hospital. My dad had been working on an outboard motor and got his hand caught in it. 


Last night my mom fell down the stairs and broke her arm. Both are in their 70s. 

I'll be leaving here in a few minutes. There are no computers down there and blogging from the Blackberry is quite difficult so we'll be off-line for a bit. 

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August 01, 2018

Well, this is Interesting

Calexit, the campaign to have California secede from the U.S.A. and build utopia unfettered by the likes of U.S. has added a new dimension to their proposal. 


The idea is to give all the federally owned land in the state to the Native Americans.



If one were to commit the disgraciousness of comparing that map to the actual federal land in California one might note some discrepancies...

..and in so doing reveal oneself to a troublemaker.

A good swath of the federal lands are not actually included, but they hardly count because they are prime coastal real estate or associated with Tony zip codes. A fair ammount of the federal lands are actually overseen by BLM which is not always the actual owner. Instead a good bit of that land is privately owned but tightly regulated. Finally there is a good deal of land in the allotted area that is NOT federally owned or administered. 

Fear not my Jacobin friends, those areas voted for Trump.  
Because their's no greater expression of charity than forcing other people to sacrifice. 

I do note that the Native American country would be almost landlocked and its only access to the sea would be Crescent City and possibly Eureka, neither capable of handling deep draft vessels. 
 

UPDATE: Oh look! It's up already.

The money quote is at the 04:50 mark. 

 

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The Video is So-So, but the Cover Actually Works

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July 30, 2018

Meta Blogging

It's been 12 hours and our crackerjack team of antipodean IT pixies thinks the issue is resolved.


Lets see if images post.



Smug Catgirl being smug is by Sayori.

 Update: We seem to be up and running.

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Banality Below Fold

As compensation, Here is something pleasant:





(Cute Girl in Coversomes Goes Here)



Ah. One of THOSE days.
more...

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July 28, 2018

Holy CRAP

While most of us weren't looking, Redding burned. This was happening yesterday...Thing is, I watched the news this morning, and I channel surfed because Hannity started talking.. I've seen almost no coverage of this (aside from very brief mentions) until blundering into Lowther's post.After that a quick search turned up LOTS of stories on it from various news outlets,  it's just not getting the national coverage that it seems to deserve.



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Van Vexations

Last night I started to go to a friends when my headlights refused to come on. Both lights going out at once is unlikely so I figured I'd blown a fuse.


Several fuses and 2 halogen bulbs later, I am still without headlights. 

I thought it might be the switch, but the switch activates the running lights and dome lights fine.

I've been pondering the wiring diagram I got from the auto-parts store, but my volt-meter's not working and in any event its dark now.

I go to work at 3AM Monday. This could be an issue. 


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Chiron and Pholus are Very Interested in an Answer

So...this happened. 




I can't embed Twitter threads, so go here.

"Gracious! I wonder if it's someone I know."

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July 26, 2018

Not Everything I Saw At Moe Lane's Blog This Morning Caused Me to Fear For Humanity...

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Things Not to Do at Reddit

Having an eclectic girlfriend seems to be right out.


So...Moe Lane posted this screencap and opined on it a bit.



From what incomplete data is available, I tentatively agree with Mr. Lane that this fellow is weirded out by the weirdest things...and that's when things got weird.

You see, I was curious as to what other cool hobbies this young lady had ( 'cause this fellow seemed genuinely weirded out) so I did a search and looked up the reddit thread.

Lo and behold, they've pulled the guy's initial post as a violation of standards and practices or something. From the scraps of the thread that remain however, I was able to deduce that amongst the things that really freaked this incredibly sheltered young man out was the fact that the girl is into taxidermy and has a HUGE, GINORMOUS, and indeed OVERSIZED...um...bed. 



These are...PROBLEMS?
What the hell?
Everything about this is weird.
Why did Reddit ban the post?
What the hell is this poindexter's problem?
Where is this utopia where the biggest problem in your life is that you're quirky girlfriend has a big bed?
('cause I.Want.To.Go.To.There.)
Why have I wasted 17 minutes of my life on this?
What is wrong with people today? 


Discuss...

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July 22, 2018

WAT

Regarding the big political story of the weekend,  I'd heard it was "heavily redacted".


No.

This is just trolling us.


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I'm Not Getting an Enthusiastic Vibe

Now that things have settled down a bit, I'm getting caught up on my "to watch list" and looking for something current to watch...aside from MHA, the new season has nothing that really jumps out at me. So I went a-looking and I'm not seeing a lot of enthusiasm....

Pete over at アニ・ノートhas a long list of shows that he's dropped.
Then there's this...
I followed the manga, and perhaps I was poisoned
Which made me laugh, though it may not be entirely in context. 
Medieval Otaku has related thoughts with a post titled "Skip the Summer Season".
I can’t think of a better opportunity for catching up with one’s backlog.
He does have a kind word for Stein's Gate 0 though.
Don over at Zoopraxiscope is similarly unimpressed.
I almost quit Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun – in five minutes, but I stuck it out and watched the entire first episode. I should have trusted my initial reaction.
He did have kind things to say about the educational show Cells At Work which Wonderduck also liked 
...our main character is a red blood cell.  That wears jean shorts and a cabbie hat.  What's not to love?

For my own part, I'm still watching My Hero Academia, and am starting the original Stein's Gate, so as to be able to watch the new one, and am catching up on Yona of the Dawn.

I'm not watching much else in the way of fiction since The Expanse went off the air. OTOH since I'm not in college for the next month and a half, I can actually do some reading(!).

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July 20, 2018

49 Years


Over 300 thousand years after people first gazed up at our planets companion, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin strode across its surface. by 1973, 12 men from Earth had walked on the moon. 

Today, only Aldrin, Scott and Duke remain alive.

For 300 thousand years no one alive had been to the moon.

We are very close to that being true again,. 

This would be a rather shameful and worrisome regression to the mean. 

This worry is more profound than mere disappointment at opportunities lost. This, if it is indeed permanent marks the first time that western civilization has turned its back upon a frontier.

Ours is a civilization that has, over the last 300 odd years, been a most remarkable and generally hopeful deviation from the squalid norms of those 300 millennia.

A regression to the mean of human history is something to be truly dreaded, and if this ignoring of a new frontier is a leading indicator, then the future promises to be grim indeed. 

Let's hope that the lunatics (hah!) that continue to dream big can provide the impetus for our society to continue its deviation from the previous cycles of human history...or at least provide a lifeline for some to escape its return to the norm.




Art by the late Roy Scarfo who understood that if, for some bizarre, illogical, reason, skirts.(especially miniskirts) were ever to become a thing in space, they would be closely associated with tights.      
Because physics.

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July 19, 2018

Yet More Intersectionality

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July 17, 2018

Intersectionality: Am I Doing it Right?


Art by Mokerou

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July 16, 2018

49 Years Ago Today

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Well, Crap

While I was away, the president did his best Obama imitation both before and during a speech in Helsinki.


Lots of people are pointing out that Obama did comparable asshattery and the press batted not an eyelash and that the press are hypocritical partisan hacks and these people are, of course, correct. Indeed, anyone who has such a profound double standard is a partisan hack and deserves not one whit of respect....at least until they look into the mirror.

I was pissed when Obama was all obsequious and weak and went on his apology tour because it was wrong for a president to do and kneecapped America's foreign policy...and 
an American Does.Not.Dis.America.While.Overseas.
This goes doubly for the POTUS.
Any POTUS.
Even one's that I generally like and was pleasantly surprised and impressed with up to this point. 

If the standard is, "Well, Obama and Hillary did it, so it's OK!" then I suggest one needs higher standards.  
 

So, anyway.
My take on recent diplomatic junket....
The trip was going great, until it wasn't.
Mr. President needs to apologize to us, not for us. 

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July 15, 2018

I Hadn't Logged Into Twitter For Over Two Years

Today, after following a link I ended up hopping between random Twitter threads. I was able to draw some conclusions. First, the level of discourse has not improved. Second, that is an hour and a half of my life that I cannot regain. Third, differentiating between stupidity, simple ignorance, provincialism, malice, and the Dunning Krugger Effect is nigh impossible, but there's a lot of it, generally in combination with a lack of self awareness...


Then suddenly and quite unexpectedly, Chibi Thomas Jefferson showed up, and dispensed justice with three keystrokes and a mouseclick before vanishing to fight evil elsewhere. 

I laughed...hard. Sadly, I closed the tab without screencapping it and I'll never find it again, but know this Chibi Thomas Jefferson...you made my day.  

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