September 13, 2013

Friday The Thirteenth Fell on a Friday This Month

Well, today I got written up at work, pulled over by a cop, and to top it all off the Village Inn ran out of lemon pies.

Let's see what else happened recently that might induce riggatriskaidekaphobia in our readers.




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September 12, 2013

Traffic is Back To Normal

Yesterday, Hampton Roads commemorated 9-11 by having bomb threats directed at the regions tunnels and bridges. I live 7 miles by road from the university. It took me over an hour and a half to get home. Despite the official line that everything was ended by 3pm, I was almost late to work this morning because of a snarl around 03:30. The bridge-tunnel was down to one lane and inspectors seemed to be searching under the bridge.

As far as I know no bombs were found and everything was back to normal this morning.


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September 11, 2013

I've SEEN This Movie

It did not end well.

Signs of Ancient Life Stirring in Antarctic Lake


"Tekalili!"



"… only 77% of sequences identified could be matched to a known sequence, species or type strain, suggesting that a vast amount of novel biodiversity is present.”


I suppose "novel" is a good description of shoggoths.

Young lady standing in for Mr. Lion is Mao from GJ Club.

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The Message

The Message behind Stella Women's Acadamy High School Division...I'm sorry...where was I?
Oh yes. I think I've figured out the theme behind this show.



I could be a bit off there, but there's a better than even case to be made for that theory at this point.



 
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12 Years Ago

Via Cdr Salamander: This is the best overview I have ever seen of what it was like that day as the realization gradually set in that something was very wrong...then the awful certainty.



UPDATE: Subur Banbanshee has further thoughts on the various events that occurred on this date in history. Remember that 2001 and 2012 were exceptions to what has generally been an auspicious date for civilization.

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September 10, 2013

I Should Put This Below the Fold

...but I won't because it's not really politics, it's parody.
(That should be perfectly clear from the very, very, very slight exaggeration)



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September 09, 2013

Bakunyumorion

..is one of those songs where it's important to know know what the lyrics actually mean, because having this just pop up on ones playlist in earshot of a native Japanese speaker could be awkward...



Admittedly it's less awkward than a bad kanji tatoo in that the embarrassment does not stay with one for life and one wont be banned from bathouses in Japan.

The realization that the song is about gigantic boobs is similar to the creeping cognizance of the fact that the text in the title of the video is not Cryillic, but rather some asinine font...
..which means...
...those sprites are....

Oh dear.


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September 08, 2013

This...Ummm...No






UPDATE: Come to think of it, I've SEEN this movie.


UPDATE 2: Time actually named this one of the 50 best inventions of 2010. Inexplicably, 3 years on, there seems to be no implementation of this amazing idea.
I should also belatedly mention that I got this via Brian Wang,.

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Golly!

An exceedingly epic example of a Ruby Rose cosplay by Adellexe. Photographed/edited by Lee Hong Zhu.




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OMG it's Sunday

Twenty hours...

I should have set the alarm.

On the one hand, I'm WELL rested.

On the other hand, Saturday was...non-productive.

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September 05, 2013

Ace has Discovered

...the root cause of his problems.

I urge you to go and read the whole thing. But remember. His was not the worst fate. Some of us had our childhoods beset by Malt-O'-Meal.

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PANCAKE GIRL!

She has abilities other than stalking!

...and she really likes her job.

Episode 8 displays some of the best and the worst of RWBY.
The usually good voice work seemed a bit off this time around. However, that, a moment of somewhat forced character development and a patch of exceedingly cheesy dialog is rather compensated for by 13 minutes of absolutely kick-ass action...which is further enhanced by the completely unexpected awesomeness of Pancake Girl (Nora Valkyrie).

Even with the rough start, this was easily the best episode since the pilot and the first where everyone (even Jaune) got to shine.

 This show is not just a collection of random anime tropes. This episode actually has much more in common with early '90s Hong Kong martial arts flicks...
...also Chuck Jones, (but the less said about that the better).

I laughed. I winced. I cheered. I groaned. This is an odd and uneven show but it is amusing me thoroughly.

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What's Wrong With This Forecast?

So..In the mad dash between work and class I encountered a report on the Weather Channel.

It seems that Tropical Storm Gabrielle is bringing horrendous flooding to Hispaniola and particularly Puerto Rico...but is unlikely to affect the United States in any way.

Ummmm.....



"Well, It ain't the Geography Channel"

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September 04, 2013

RFS Moskva

Apropos of nothing...nothing at all, I feel the sudden urge to leave this here.


RFS Moskva is the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet. This class was intended as a mass produced compliment to the much larger and more expensive Kirov class ships. In the end the production run was cut short due to the fall of the U.S.S.R.
Moskva is one of only three ships of her type in Russian service. Next to  RFS Peter the Great, these 3 ships are the most powerful surface combatants in the Russian navy, sporting 16 supersonic antiship cruise missiles with thousand pound warheads. This means that this very visible, expensive and powerful unit is a politically significant asset. Sending her to command the Eastern Mediterranean squadron in Tartus is not done lightly and is a signal of considerable national resolve.

Russia has two interests in Syria. The naval base in Tartus is one of their last overseas bases and is exceedingly important to them strategically. Furthermore the Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are closely allied with the extremists who have been killing Russian civilians throughout the Caucuses in great numbers. If Syria's nerve gas and other weapons fall into rebel hands those materials can be expected to be killing Russian citizens in short order.

So the Russians have some quite compelling reasons to be there.

So...a bunch of US and Russian Navy ships in close proxmity and at cross puropses, with the Americas firing missiles over the Russians; Former Senator Fred Thompson has thoughts on that scenario....



UPDATE:
Pete Zatciev points out in the comments that Russia has abandoned the Tartus Base. In my defense the Wikipedia page says the Russians are denying this....(and they may well be) but it does look like the base was largely abandoned back in June and the Russian Federation navy is just patrolling outside it.

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Did I Just Hear That?




"Yes...'gasp...wheeze'...Yes you...'deep breath'...did."

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September 03, 2013

SWAHSDCC3 #9

In my review of episode 8, I said the following...

I expect that the NEXT episode will be the nadir (emotionally...dramatically it might be quite compelling)





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Hakkei Rossiyajin

Pete Zaitcev has been in Japan for a bit. Amongst other things, he's been driving through Hokkaido and exploring Tachikawa via glider!


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September 02, 2013

RWBY Goes to a Dark Place


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September 01, 2013

Yeah. Looks Legit.

GASP!



Here's the thing.
I had like 14 tabs open and was looking for info on cycler times between Earth and the main belt so I have NO idea what site this pop-up spam scam was lurking on...but I gather that they're preying on space geeks.

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