December 29, 2014

My Day

...has been very much like this.








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December 26, 2014

"What Do You MEAN By 'It's not that sort of boxing' ?"


"Oh...My bad."

Happy Boxing Day to all of our Commonwealth readers. (art by Itou)

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December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful and happy holiday.


Art by Simosi.
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Look Who's Back in the News

Well, it seems that a procedural discrepancy has resulted between one (Washington Post Article) and twelve (Drudge headline) lab techs being exposed to Ebola. 


This difference in numbers is not just due to link-baitery on the part of Drudge, it appears that up to a dozen people were in close proximity to an Ebola sample with at least one being closely monitored for the next 21 days. 

But wait there's more 

The mistake comes after a series of incidents this summer involving the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at the nation’s labs. An incident at a CDC lab in June potentially exposed dozens of employees to live anthrax because employees failed to properly inactivate the anthrax when transferring samples.


Ebola Tan sez: "You know what? I'm really starting to like those CDC guys!"

In other Ebola news: 


The Ebola Czar decided to leave his post early next year. As Professor Reynolds says "It's almost as if he was brought in as a distraction. "

Also: Sierra Leone has canceled Christmas because of the outbreak. 

Despite recent improvements in treatment, the current death toll is over 7,500, out of just under 20,000 cases
This grim number provides a useful means to test predictions against results...
A couple of months ago, there were predictions of 1.4 million infected by the end of next month. Of course there are still 36 days to catch up, but that grim forecast is unlikely to be borne out. Thus, one can take comfort from the fact that the doomsayers were sufficiently wrong as to be off by a bit under two orders of magnitude.
On the other hand, as the linked article notes, the doomsayers in question were the CDC. 

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December 23, 2014

It's Almost Over


This young lady must have worked for UPS, for she understands the true meaning of Christmas.


Art by Itou.

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A Few Random Links

The Guardian suggests that declining oil prices may cause the Russian Oligarchs to launch a sort of  "palace coup" . Meanwhile, the New York Times suggests that Russia's oligarchs...at least those with meaningful political pull, are a myth and Putin is so firmly in control of his nation's elites that any threat to him will not come from that direction.


It's nice to know that there is some consensus on the matter. 

Some good news on the Free Speech and CYA fronts: Sony has changed course yet again and is in fact releasing The Interview, albeit only through art houses. (Which, in fairness is all they CAN do, given that the major theater chains are still saying no.)

Much has been written about Keurig's asinine imposition of DRM on its users to crush the competition in the single serve coffee refill market. Well it is even worse than that. If you take D, R &M, rearrange them a bit and add a few more letters, you get MURDER! It seems that the little robot coffemakers are not only harassing their owners about what brand coffee they use, the monopolistic little Cylons from Planet Java are spraying them with boiling water

Tam has dreams; oddly awesome ones

No...nonononono. No I say.
(I actually wanted to be an astronaut.)

Tech imitates fiction. Now all we need to do is break the thing...and work out that time travel bit. 

Circumstances have prevented me from doing many reviews of late. Don has a suggestion on where to find more

With regard to reviews, I had never even HEARD of this show. I may have to check it out (though I'm unsure one of the names is translated correctly in this review.)

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Jerry Pournelle Status

As some of you probably know, Jerry Pournelle had a stroke recently. Fortunately, he seems to be recovering, and his cognition appears to be pretty much unaffected, though he cannot type. Oddly enough, he is being treated in the very room he was visiting his friend Harlan Ellison in, who was being attended to for the same reason in October. It appears that Ellison has made a good recovery as well. 
Both are great men, keep them in your prayers. If, like many of my readers, you are not so inclined, then perhaps reflect upon how two men made many of our lives so much richer. 

Also: Dr. Pournelle at least, has a tip jar

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December 22, 2014

Apropos of Nothing

That is my story....and I am sticking to it.



Art by Rakku.

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December 21, 2014

Rumor Has It

that tonight and tomorrow will be our building's peak day for the season. 



"Ghaaah! What was all that up till now then!?"

On the up side, I slept 12 hours today and seem to finally be over my cold. So the 13 or more hours of work ahead of me probably won't kill me.

4 more days....

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December 20, 2014

This Just In....


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