January 30, 2014

A Public Service

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The Difference Between Snowflakes and Zombies

Real life vs Walking Dead

In Atlanta anyway.

Gizmodo has a surprisingly good piece by a transplanted Northerner that explains the situation to his sneering former neighbors.

 Birmingham is one of those cities that shuts down at the faintest hint of snow. Again, this isn’t because we are rubes who wonder why God’s tears have turned white and fall slower. It’s because the city does not have the infrastructure in place to handle snow, and is self-aware enough to realize it. If you don’t know how to swim, just stay out of the pool. Easy.

This time, though, the city did not shut down. Schools were open. Places of business kept businessing. That’s because as of Tuesday morning, we were being told that all that was coming was a light dusting

Read the whole thing.

I'm not sure there wasn't a major screw up in Atlanta, but the southeast got, in addition to the snow, a good deal of ice in some places, and that, combined with the storm shifting at the last moment really caused problems.

One exchange in the comments stands out though, in response to those who helpfully stressing the importance of driving slow came THIS profound insight.....

Ummm...that's your scenario too.

Listen. If you know how to drive in snow well enough that you don't need to slow down....YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE IN SNOW.  "Mr. Snow Is Scary" is the one doing it right.

Now I realize that for some of our readers, if you don't have to break out the aerosani, then it ain't really snow, but no matter how great the snowfall, one of the most important safety tips is to know your limitations. Driving slow is a rational, sensible response.

Here locally, we have 8 inches on the ground in Portsmouth, which is more than we've gotten in over a decade. (The other side of the Roads often gets more, but here on the Southside any accumulation is rare) The area is still shut down and schools are expected to remain closed tomorrow.

It will be 65 this weekend.

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January 29, 2014

What the HELL Was THAT!?

I just watched Megan Kelly do a 5 or 6 minute segment on a family being tormented by demons. Apparently social services went to some ladies house to sieze her kids and decided against it on the grounds that they came to believe that the mother was not at fault. They and the accompanying police officers determined that the children's injuries were actually caused by  poltergeists or demons or  some other ectoplasmic annoyances that do not belong on an actual news show.


Look...Ms. Kelley...if you're going to go all Discovery Channel on us just bite the bullet and interview Bat Child....or switch to hosting Red Eye.

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January 28, 2014

Entrepreneurship in a Nutshell

From episode 7 of Log Horizon, which, in addition to the definition, provides a more in depth examination of the of financial, logistical and personnel requirements for the successful execution of such an endeavor and touches on the vital importance of being able to identify and get in on the ground floor of promising business opportunities.  The potential pitfalls of trade secret infringement are touched upon as well, but are not yet being examined to any great degree.

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Genre Savvy

Yes, actually, you CAN simply walk into Mordor...but why would you if you had better options?

 Log Horizon did not pique my interest one iota. The show concerns people trapped in a video game, which is a dumb concept and a genre that aside from the interesting but uneven Sword Art Online has generally stunk on ice. Upon closer observation it exhibits additional warning signs.  The theme song is a bunch of screaming and the very first word uttered in the series is "Electric Fuzz!". Suffice it to say, confidence was not high.

However, I have been informed by a certifiable genius that this show is worthy, so I sat down and watched a bit...

That was 3 and a half hours ago,  and it occurs to me that I really need to get to bed, but I don't wanna, 'cause golly this show is interesting.

How our characters got into this unlikely pickle is unclear...especially to them. Indeed given how Hobbsian their world quickly becomes, one might almost think that this is in fact the level of hell that gamers and NEETS are consigned to...if it were not for the idealism and decency that the protagonists exhibit. 

Deftly blending fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction as well as  RPG and video game tropes ,Log Horizon is a show about the importance of a sense of wonder, ethics, hope and...civics. 6 episodes in it is a show that is unexpectedly good and shows great promise.

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January 27, 2014

65 degrees

After a week of everything being frozen the town finally melted today.
As I rushed to class, I discovered a truly rare and wondrous thing.
I found what must be the last patch of ice in Southeastern Virginia.

To wit....

An X-Ray turned up what they initially thought was a tumor or a cyst...which caused me much vexation. However, a subsequent CT scan seemed to indicate that there is a bone fragment caught in the ankle joint. I'll know something after I see the orthopedist tomorrow or Wednesday....I'm hoping for tomorrow, because today's weather was but a one day reprieve....it's supposed to start snowing tomorrow and carry on through Wednesday with accumilations of 6-8 inches.

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Bear With Us

As I type this the blog is all cattywhaumpus.
Fear not gentle reader. We called in The Pros from Dover, who quickly fixed everything!
Regrettably, we almost immediately broke it again.
So, we had to call them back, but there is some debate amongst us about WHICH Dover the Pros actually reside in. After scouring the white cliffs and ambling through Delaware, our stalwart band of remittance men  are heading off to Tasmania in hopes of finding The Pros from Dover, who, notwithstanding some initial understandable confusion on our part, are completely unrelated to these guys.....

Who can be purchased here.

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January 26, 2014

100 Years Ago This Year...

...the world was more interconnected by trade and communication than it had ever been before. For instance the British and German empires were each other best customers.

Then a few miscalculations sent things rather out of control...

This picture of the town of Reims, France gives some idea of the wretchedness that engulfed the world.

Source Unknown

That the long exposure of the photo reduces the towns survivors to images akin to ghosts is, perhaps, fitting.

This color photo of Verdun in mid 1916 also serves to remind us of the mistakes made so long ago.

Pic via this fascinating photo-gallery from Der Spiegel. The associated book can be bought here.

...as does this photo of a little Belgian  girl...

Via the Daily Mail.

...and this...


Pitiful...but enough dwelling on the ancient past. Such images are from a less enlightened world, nearly a century removed from us. We have our problems today but we live in an age of unimaginable interconnectedness. There are certainly jihadist movements, ethnocentric conflicts, and civil strife but a war between great powers is unthinkable due to interconnectedness and interdependency.

In other news, via Instapundit...this happened yesterday at Davos.

Do read the whole thing,

The Chinese professional acknowledged that if China asserted control over the disputed islands by attacking Japan, America would have to stand with Japan. And he acknowledged that China did not want to provoke America.

But then he said that many in China believe that China can accomplish its goals — smacking down Japan, demonstrating its military superiority in the region, and establishing full control over the symbolic islands — with a surgical invasion.

In other words, by sending troops onto the islands and planting the flag.

Note this addendum....

Interesting times...

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January 25, 2014

An Observation

If one is on a passionate and not entirely unwarranted tear about casual sexism and the need for respect in fandom, then referring to a male fan who makes an ass of himself as a "sperm sack" might not be the best was to advance this argument.

There are always alternate expletives.

Also: Twitter is of the Devil.

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January 21, 2014


It was about 60 today. It'll be 17 in a few hours.

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