August 31, 2014

Being a Pompous Pinhead Throuought Time and Space

Well, the premiere of the latest season of Dr. Who was quite silly but it was great fun. This was a masterful bit of sadism in that it resulted in my eagerly looking forward to tonights episode so that the kick in the teeth was much greater.


The scale was off, the premise was dumb and The Doctor was in full pompous, provincial, aristocratic sneer mode.  
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August 30, 2014

I'll Just Leave This Here


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Railgun S Ends

Well, the second half of A Certain Scientific Railgun S has finally been released and arrived last Friday. Like its predecessor, it's a 'juvie', though rather dark at times. It's also more thoughtful and entertaining than most. 


 Because of the ongoing spoiler tag issue, I'll conceal my shameful fanboy prattlings below the fold. 


I'd wondered what that .gif was about...now I know.
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Meanwhile....

While all eyes are multitasking between a variety of extremely unpleasant developments on the other side of the world, the Chinese government has declared that...


 

China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.


Above is the Chicom outpost on the manmade island that was once Kennan Reef, part of Scarborough Shoals in the Philippines.This is just one of several reefs the Chinese are building outposts on. 


Since the Chinese consider these to be new Chinese territory, they claim the 200 mile EEZ around them, which is most problematic for the Philippines as Scarborough Shoal is not just claimed by the Philippines, it is well within the Philippines'  EEZ, only 150 miles from Luzon and has been part of the Philippines since the Spanish organized the islands against the Sulu jihadists in the 1500s. When, after the US annexed the islands, the Philippinoes voted for and were granted independence from the US, Scarborough shoal was explicitly included by the US in the deal. 

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August 29, 2014

This Week....

My first week back from vacation coincided with the pre-labor day rush at work and the first week of school. After irresponsibly setting my circadian rhythm to getting up at AM:ish,  the sudden need to awaken at 02:00 has been most unwelcome as has the requirement to lift boxes weighing up to 70 pounds in rapid succession for hours on end. The high tempo of work, school and multiple other annoyances has left me looking something like this...




...except rather worse as I'm a dude and not especially good looking on the best of days.

Fortunately, a 3 day weekend looms which should allow me to stay up about 48 hours, reset my circadian rhythm and thereby fix most of these self inflicted first world problems.

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August 28, 2014

Pluckiness Defined

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Things Fall Apart

The center cannot hold




 Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.


I don't know what to believe anymore. (via)


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August 23, 2014

Info Bleg

Does anyone know of any arcane majiks that can convince Microsoft that the Windows 7 activation code in the box I bought before my hard drive was replaced is legit and my copy is not, in fact, pirated?

Also: Is this where pineapple grenades come from?

 






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August 21, 2014

Aw Come ON!

I didn't put in any pictures, center anything or use an animated .gif inside the spoiler tag of the last post and yet the spoiler tag put every bit of text that was inserted into it, on the outside. 



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Well. That Was Underwhelming.

This weeks episode of RWBY seems to have been eaten by ants. Instead we were presented with a 2 minute 16 second slideshow explaining the show's main deus ex machina, 'dust'.

Narrated by "Mysterious Narrator" (playing herself) it tells us, the poor hapless viewers very little save for one tantalizing detail.
 It does pose some interesting questions, certainly more than it answered. 


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