You see, my father managed cut the end of his finger off (about a centimeter actually) yesterday morning. There was blood spurting EVERYWHERE. Of course we could not get him to go to the emergency room...because...Thanksgiving.
He didn't want to ruin Thanksgiving...
I tried to explain to him that having dinner a couple of hours late would involve less ruination than it being "....that Thanksgiving where Dad bled to death". This admonition did not have the desired effect...so there was stitching, gauze pads, a finger splint, surgical tape, peroxide and duct tape. Ironically, after the blood was cleaned off the ceiling, cooking resumed and the decision made to ummm...not serve ham or potato salad this year...the relatives ended up being three hours late anyway.
Beyond that dinner was uneventful. There were no fanatical partisan cultists in attendance to ruin the get-together for which I am quite thankful. The only further unexpected incidents involved my 18 month old niece demonstrating that she can count to 13 and the comet exploding.
Dad has had to change his dressing twice but still refuses to go to the ER. OTOH there is no longer any spurting so hopefully he is on the mend
Although it's good to know that Brickmuppet's dad is so feisty, I recommend that his nearest and dearest kick his butt and get him to the doctor or emergency room.
My dad pulled a similar trick when he stepped on a nail, got the doctor's reassurance that his tetanus shot was current, and then didn't take care to make sure that his foot stayed uninfected (and ignored the pain when it did get infected, until it got really unbearable). Dad finally went to emergency and the doctors didn't let him go home at that point. (That immensely swollen infected foot point.) My mom was stuck at emergency with nobody to drive her home at 11 PM. (She called my little brother who came and got her, but sheesh.) My dad was in the hospital for almost two weeks, and not having any fun whatsoever.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Nov 29 21:18:52 2013 (cvXSV)
Hm... it looks like someone attempted to sneak brussel sprouts onto your table. I do hope you managed to remove them before dinner began.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Nov 29 21:27:50 2013 (Izt1u)
1:Yes, they are napkins.
2: We've just had that conversation again. The dressing is getting changed regularly and there's no discoloration or odor so I'm optimistic. I'm sleeping on the floor so I sleep light. He may go to the mini-hospital tomorrow (I hope).
Yes actually and at ~01:00AM "Non-Ironic" meant something completely different to me than what it would to anyone with a passing familiarity with the English language. I thought about his post a few hours after posting this and thought "That'd be a good tie in" . And updated it.
Now 12 hours later I don't know what the HELL I was thinking with the "non"... andI can't for the life of me figure out any good way to tie it in to the real deal....so I've deleted the update.
Mobys, Hustlers and their ConsequencesThe Anchoress has thoughts on the despicable scam that was perpetrated recently in New Jersey by a waitress who used a receipt with a faked anti-gay slur to bilk facebook users of money and the "Racist Red Lobster" scandal which involved a waitress who pulled a similar scam involving a racial slur...and posted the customers name on Facebook.
Shorter version: don't leave cash tips.
I do it a lot, because, well, I used to bus and wait tables so I know this works better for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is paying the bussers, but it's probably not a good idea any more.
You can leave a cash tip if you write -0- in the tip line and re-write the pre-tip subtotal in the total line. That's what I always did before I got too lazy to carry cash. (although I did it to avoid having a large tip fraudulently added, not to avoid being pilloried as racist or whatever.)
Posted by: RickC at Thu Nov 28 03:33:09 2013 (swpgw)
The names he mentions before drinking the regeneration juice - Charley, C'Rizz, Lucy, Tamsin, Molly - are his companions from the Big Finish / BBC Radio audio plays. So it seems those are now tacitly considered canon.
They've done about 300 full-cast plays with Doctors 4 through 8, and if they're canon it makes for some very interesting history.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Nov 24 03:37:54 2013 (PiXy!)
Well, given that a lot of the Big Finish people are buddies with a lot of the novel people, and given that a good chunk of the novel people are now running the store (Moffat, Cornell, etc.), it would be logical to make the novels and audio plays canon.
The problem is that frankly, I think a lot of the audio plays and novels have been really pretentious, as well as not keeping the Doctor in character. The first time one of the novels had the Doctor purposefully leaving somebody to die (while making a self-righteous speech about it!), I decided that there was no way you could possibly count the novels as canon. Same thing with the audio plays. And I shouldn't have been surprised, because a good number of the new novel writers and audio writers were people whose fanfic I hadn't liked either.
And so even though I've enjoyed certain of the novels and audio plays, I've found very few of them that actually fit comfortably into the show canon of the past. They do fit into the new Who, but that's because the new Who _is_ the books and audio plays writ large. (What price the Land of Fiction now?)
OTOH, I totally agree with Moffat retconning all that war crime crap out of existence. I have never understood this thirst to make the Doctor go around killing off half the universe in his spare time, and it is a highly appropriate use of story power to get rid of what never should have been written. (And yes, Moffat killed off Sarah Jane in his own novel for the sake of a touching death scene which he knew would be made to unhappen in the next few books, and all because Sarah was his favorite. Fannish love is a weird thing....)
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Nov 24 16:55:18 2013 (cvXSV)
Much to my annoyance, the first torrent I downloaded was mislabelled, containing the Side by side 3D version. Totally useless waste of 2 gigs of download and 12 hours. Yeah, Clearwire seems to have really perfected its Torrent-stomping algorithm. My graph is dead-flat under 50K. Bastards. Now I have to do it all over again.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Nov 24 18:23:31 2013 (TJ7ih)
Yep. For a couple of seconds I wondered if we were seeing through the eyes of an alien with double vision, then I realised I'd got the wrong file.
Fortunately my ISP is pretty good and it only took 45 minutes to get a good copy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Nov 25 18:18:20 2013 (PiXy!)
Deeds, a Democrat, ran against McDonnell for the governorship in 2009. I'm no fan of many of his views but he's been a colorful and passionate member of the Virginia General Assembly who has fought stridently for what he believed to be right.
This is a particularly awful thing to happen to any human being. It's not just the terrible physical wounds, but the fact that he's got to deal with the emotional agony of having to bury his son even if he pulls through. I can't even get my head around it. Send condolences and prayers to state senator Deeds, who is in a terribly dark place this evening.
About 35 minutes ago I saw a rather spectacular meteor breakup in the sky to the south of Norfolk. The bolide broke onto about 4 large pieces all traveling in a line before dimming and disappearing from view behind the skyline. It seemed to have a trail of debris and left a briefly incandescent contrail that looked superficially like a comets tail. In comparison with most shooting stars it seemed to be traveling much slower than normal, being visible for long enough that I had enough time to to wish for a catgirl maid. It did not light up the sky but it still appeared quite bright even in downtown Norfolk.
Anyway, I don't know if any satellites fell this evening or if it was a regular meteor, but I thought I'd mention it in case it made he news.
Posted by: Siergen at Tue Nov 19 16:45:41 2013 (c2+vA)
A few years ago I was driving through downtown Plano, TX, and I saw a fireball going across the sky. It was probably a piece of a satellite that landed mostly a few hundred miles away, I learned afterwards. Well, this thing was going along pretty low and I thought it might actually hit somewhere in the Metroplex, so I called 911 and reported it. The guy *clearly* thought I was drunk or something...and then about a minute into the conversation suddenly started speaking much more respectful tone of voice. I asked him if other people had started calling in to report it and he said yes, and then asked me if I'd like to be called back if/when they figured out what ti was.
Posted by: RickC at Fri Nov 22 17:42:01 2013 (A9FNw)
BTW, I ordered the shirt and one other, and the service was amazing. I ordered overnight on the 20th, and that day they filled and mailed the order and it was waiting in my mailbox on the 22nd.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Nov 23 04:25:36 2013 (TJ7ih)
Fortunately, "the middle" would be something of a misnomer. The worst of it was south of me, though only by 125 miles or so. It was bad enough, though.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Nov 17 22:12:15 2013 (Izt1u)
Oh, and there was a linking bug for a while... it's been fixed, but as a result, your link to me goes to the wrong place.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Nov 17 22:13:26 2013 (Izt1u)
Hope everyone's safe. Got a tornado here, though it's not shown on the map. (Yes, seriously, here in Sydney, right in the suburb where I live. Estimated to have been an F1, fortunately no-one killed but it made an amazing mess where it touched down.)
Wonderduck, sorry about that linky thing. I went through and reset the affected posts, but didn't look for links to them.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Nov 18 23:34:40 2013 (PiXy!)
The Youtube heading oversells it a bit. But it's still pretty neat.
UPDATE: In the comments Steven points out that the video is from 2000. Aetna (or Etna as seems to be the prefered spelling now) pulled this off last week too, leading to my confusion...I guess Etna is just habitually awesome.
A Bit of Perspective on Any Number of Things
I just saw this below the fold at Ace of Spades, in tonight's open thread.
It REALLY deserves to be spread around. I'd heard the name and knew what she'd done, but I did not know about the sheer audacity of HOW she'd pulled it off.
There's more on this remarkable heroine here, here and here.
This is a
profound reminder that great deeds can be done even by those with no power or riches if they do not lack for courage and wits.
MAN WILL CONQUER SPACE SOON: Final Volume
Two of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes react to the final installment in the AIAA-Houston section newsletter which has been undertaking a reprint and analysis of the famous series of articles published in 8 issues of Collier's Magazine in the 1950s titled Man Will Conquer Space Soon.
The series laid out a very forward thinking vision of space exploration
that included detailed plans for exploring both the Moon and Mars. The
plan, developed largely by Wherner Von Braun and Wley Ley was,
surprisingly sound from a technical standpoint. Scott Lowther, who publishes the superb Aerospace Projects Review, has overseen the republishing of these historic articles in high resolution which
is particularly significant given the art by Fred Freeman and Chelsey
Bonnestell. The ads have been replaces with short aerospace articles
relating to the series that include some technical analysis of what they
got right and wrong. This final instalment in the series focuses on how the scientists and engineers of the day tackled the problem of a mission to Mars.
The problem was looked at from every angle. Logistics and life support were worked out as well as a broad idea of what parts of the planet would be explored. Far from a "flags and footprints" mission this was envisioned as an extensive reconnaissance along the lines of contemporary Antarctic exploration, of the planet trekking from the polar regions to the tropics over several months before returning.
Keep in mind this was 1954.
They worked this out with slide-rules. Your smartphone probably dwarfs the aggregate computing power of all the computers in their world and yet for them this was not science fiction. They worked out the math on this endeavor and got it pretty much right.
Their Mars exploration architecture was put together without the beneffit of what we know about local resources after having sent probes to the Red Planet and yet they produced a plan that is vastly more robust than most of those occasionally contemplated today for possible implementation in some amorphous, ever more distant future.
Aside from the winged launders (Mars has a much thinner atmosphere than they thought) this could have been done...and redesigning the slanders would have been no problem. However, the nation as a collective wandered off to eventually play angry birds and run up the debt.
All is not lost however. Today, individuals in private companies are seriously working towards the goals that were seen as right around the corner ion 1954. While we, despite having once landed on the moon are scarcely farther along in the development of the cis-lunar infrastructure to pull something like this off than we were 40 years ago, there is work being done to put in place the building blocks to pull off something like what was envisioned 60 or so years ago.
Even better, leveraging what we have learned in our fitful forrays into space, there are those today who are seriously considering an even more meaningful endeavor than the exploration of unknown lands...settlement.
All of the Philippine islands are pretty mountainous and with this much rain ( reports of at least ten inches in a few hours) means mudslides and inland flooding on top of a 20 foot storm surge.
Cyclones of this intensity are rare but not unheard of. However, they rarely hit land at anything like this strength.
The last one to do so was Hurricane Camille which hit the southern US
back in 1968 and there have been some slightly weaker storms that hit Asia.
The Phillipines gets hit with several typhoons a year, but this is in a category all its own. Worse, this storm comes on the heels of a major earthquake which softened up the infrastructure and meant many people were still in tents. This is looking to be an almost unreal calamity.
I work at a place where the founder and a number of the employees are meteo-trained, although we tend to do agricultural applications rather than extreme weather. The president and his cronies were bent over the radar reports for this typhoon on Thursday, marveling over its perfect, horrible profile. Pretty much the perfect cyclone, an unnatural circular flow that looked more like CGI than a real hurricane radar report. They were pretty sure that it would be a mega-casualty event, if there were such a thing as a Category Six, this would be it. "Tornado-force winds distributed across hundreds of miles of landfall" was predicted. The best that could be said was that it didn't look like it would hit Manila.
Posted by: Mitch H. at Sat Nov 9 20:18:45 2013 (p8djr)
And why is the most common ad I get from youtube "Meet Chinese Lady"?
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Nov 7 07:57:27 2013 (TJ7ih)
The Venn overlap of those who are fans of both AoT and Nichijou is probably quite small. So the full effect is lost on most.
OH! One other thing...
(scarcely worth mentioning)
you are in that category and have been having a persistent nightmare
since watching it, you may want to be directly responsible for having
someone look at this video sometime in the next week (well six days at