October 02, 2023
The router finally did the thing in front of Verizon customer service.
WELL....That WOULD explain the problem we are having with lagging at awkward moments during games. (I'm paying for 1 G up AND down....but I guess one can't expect much in a curry mine). This has been an intermittent issue for 2 months that has made even the PS2 games unwatchable at times.
Verizon is sending me a new router, it should be here in a few days.
I'm going to cancel streams for the rest of the week.
Pending the arrival of the router, we will tentatively hit the ground running next week at twitch.tv/brickmuppet.
Art by Anime Gum
September 28, 2023
Stream Cancelled. There will be no Disgaea stream tonight. I had skin cancer surgery and suffered my third flat tire in 30 odd days. I'm beat. There MAY be a Zomboid collaboration stream around 10PM EST / 02:00 UTC but that depends on my pain level.
The surgery went OK but I won't know if they got all of it for about 2 weeks. I was both relieved and concerned that the dermatologist did not waste time with a biopsy and just cut it off.
I'm going to bed.
September 27, 2023
No Trial Necessary I mentioned in an earlier video that the Democrats risk 'crossing the Rubicon' with their bringing charges against Trump's lawyers.
Well, they're crossed it, are burning the bridge, and assembling their phalanxes.
'Cause they don't need no stinkin' trials.
I don't have ANY problem with an investigation, and if there is enough evidence, a trial and prosecution. I believe in equal protection under the law and I part ways with some of my fellow righties in that I don't think that running for president puts you above the law. I DO think that one must have ALL of one's ducks in a row if you DO bring charges against a presidential front runner. One of those of those metaphorical "ducks" is the basic right in our system to a trial by jury.
All the ducks are dead now.
Meanwhile: On Europa Something in the Europan Ocean is emitting carbon dioxide.
Heavy concentrations of carbon dioxide in the salty Tara Regio region, where the surface ice has been disrupted, suggest the carbon originated deep in the ocean. This suggests a similarity with Earth's deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems, where life on Earth may have originated, Scientific American reported.
It's interesting (and impressive) that this was discovered by the James Webb Telescope, and missed by the Juno and the previous probes in the Jovian System.
We're Having Two Different Conversations and Are Living In Two Different Worlds
Watch the whole thing.
'Tap Tap Tap' "Is This Thing On?" Banality Is Below Fold:
Picture is Unrelated:
September 11, 2023
The Day That Derailed The Future
This is the day that we remember the 3,000 civilians who died in an act of unspeakable terror, made possible by gross governmental negligence and which was used to justify a complete re-orientation of our national priorities and drive us into a cultural, economic, human rights, and military quagmire.
The immense potential that the 20th century held has thus far not been realized aside from the dystopian visions of some sci-fi writers and the Cassandra-like warnings of Solzhenitsyn.
It should forever be a reminder of the importance of vigilance, and the dangers of Government overreach.
It should not be forgotten Mr. President.
September 03, 2023
Thoughts From The Dersh
Oh wow! It posted!
Dershowitz, who is quite emphatically not a Trump supporter, points out the very troubling overreach of of the never Trump lawfare. In going after the lawyers, the Dems are crossing a Rubicon.
No one who crosses the Left will be able to get legal representation if this stands.
Contrary to many who assume these people are stupid and can't process the conditional hypothetical of the shoe being on the other foot, they are NOT stupid. The Left understands the concept of reciprocity perfectly well. They don't expect they will face reciprocity... because they don't plan to ever be out of power....They're going for the brass ring.
The implications of this are dark indeed.
August 19, 2023
MOVIE NIGHT I'm still having issues interfacing with the blog. However streaming is actually going reasonably well.....to that end.....
Tonight at 9:00 PM EST / 01:00am UTC join us at https://www.twitch.tv/brickmuppet for a Super-Secret-Silent-Sci-Fi Saturday as we watch 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1916). We showed this once before...to two viewers. However, this is a fascinating film, and the first theatrical release to feature actual underwater photography. I actually have multiple movie posters and newspaper ads to show, but the blog doesn't like images right now....
So....IMAGINE if you will : SHARKS!, A GIANT OCTOPUS!, FISH!, STALWART HEROES STANDING AGAINST THEM!, AN OLD BEARDED GUY WITH A SEXTANT!
Or....join us for all the fun tonight.
Afterwards we'll be playing Disgaea: Hour of Darkness!
August 15, 2023
Test Text Test:
August 06, 2023
Dungeon Tonight I've been trying so many times to post something That I've forgot my topic.
So forget that and stop by tonight at 6PM EST/ 10PM UTC and we'll be taking out an Elder god/Despot/Whore....
If you're a veteran FF14 player you likely know who we're fighting.
%th try Posting is almost impossible.
But I'll make one last try.
Thank goodness for copy and paste.
July 10, 2023
I May Have To Go To A Theater
This movie seems to be causing a considerable amount of consternation amongst certain people in the laptop class. That's a tad disturbing.
July 08, 2023
Midnight Movie Night on Kick! Tonight (Sat7/8/23) at 21:00 EST/ 01:00 UTC we'll be doing another Testing and Breaking Things Stream over on Kick.com.
We'll be doing a bit of grinding in Disgaea to level up the new character and around Midnight we're going to watch some Silent movies, a silent short that is TBA and Der Golem (1920)
A German expressionistic Horror film set in the middle ages. The Golem is the last film in what was the very first Multimedia mass merchandising SciFi Horror Franchises, with Book, Radio, Film and Merchandise elements. It is also a prequel that serves as the origin story for the film series. https://kick.com/brickmuppet Come by, say "Hi!" and poke about while checking out the Beta of Kick.com!
(We actually showed this looonng ago on Twitch, but only had 2 viewers the whole night and this film really deserves to be seen. )
July 04, 2023
Then and Now So, in what is now called Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, 247 years ago today, a group of men, some more reluctantly than others, declared the independence of their homeland from their nation.
After a declaration of principles, they listed their grievances. Those grievances are highlighted in red below the fold.
Aside from certain ones that have a contemporary ring to them ("He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us...") and a few others that were products of their time, I am struck by how mundane many of these concerns seem to most of us today, yet back then were seen as sufficient infractions of liberty to inspire men to take up arms against the most powerful military in the world.
I'm further struck be the lack of anything approaching child genital mutilation amongst the grievances.
And yet today, there is no call for insurrection.
Perhaps we are more civilized than them.
Perhaps we are more...something else.more...
July 03, 2023
501(c)(3) .... Mercenary?
June 26, 2023
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!? I went to celebrate my Dad's 82nd birthday, and when I got home I noted there was news from Russia. And...well...
Zeihan has thoughts:
June 10, 2023
TRYING OUT KICK.COM
KICK.COM is a new streaming network that seems to be much more friendly to individual streamers than Twitch...whose recent TOS fiasco has got a lot of streamers very nervous. Kick is currently in beta but it does have the capability to stream and seems to work fine with few bugs. These are mostly very minor streamer interface related things and not at all apparent to viewers
My internet alter ego had a short test stream last night that worked OK. Reviewing the V.O.D. it still looked OK from the viewer end. So I'm going to do a SURPRISE full-on stream tonight at 9PM/21:00 EST /01:00 UTC over on https://kick.com/BRICKMUPPET We will be grinding in the item world of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness while chatting and spamming ALL 30 of my emotes. (Twitch currently lets me use 5)
Stop by, say 'Hi!" and check out Kick.com.
Well...Looks Like Rudyard's About to Get Lynched! Rudyard Lynch has a good overview of the history an RELIGIOSITY of communist thought (and far leftism in general). Unlike a lot on the right he looks closely and fairly at the genuine appeal this malign force has, why so many are persuaded by it's arguments and why it spread so fast. This is more honest and helpful than assuming they are all 2-dimensional pulp villains. (Which, to be fair is a rational, if misguided conclusion if one looks only at Communism's results). It's 50 minutes, but it is worth the time.
June 07, 2023
Bonjour From Banality-Land Picture is Unrelated:
Art by Pochimore...
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