It appears that his recent lack of posting was due to a mishap as he appears to make an oblique reference to having lost all his fingers...or he's been turned into a cat. The post is ambiguous on the relevant specifics.
It's unclear if he's going to be continuing to administrate Mee.Nu and Mu.Nu, (his post is vague on that point too) but again, I urge you to read the whole thing.
If you need a cop-out, just post a picture of a cute girl holding a bottle of Sriracha sauce; you'll meet the letter of the law for your new-year cheesecake post without any disturbing anatomical anomalies.
(All worrisomeness aside--as the son of a chicken farmer, the fact that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster pleases me greatly.)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Sun Jan 1 21:09:57 2017 (jS1F0)
The issue was satisfactorily resolved in the drop-down to the post above.
RWBY Series 4 Mid-Season Thoughts
In the two months since our last review, RWBY has moved right along. The production values continue to be superb.
The backgrounds, once akin to a '50s UPA cartoon, are now awe-inspiring at times and the animation is consistently top-notch.
I sure hope he doesn't...drop the map.
We've now had a bit of time with all four girls of the eponymous team (who are now on different continents).
It's kind of refreshing to see Ruby be the main character in her own show for a change. Most of the action has continued following Ruby, Jaune, Nora and Ren as they trudge across the wilderness on their way to a city where they expect to find answers to the conspiracy against them....unaware that that conspiracy is stalking them.
A few surprising facts have been revealed.
A charity concert for the devastated Kingdom of Vale...but probably not the lyrics she was given to sing. It was always unclear why a racist, rich, entitled, debutante made the career choice that she did 3 years ago. Weiss in particular has already come a really long way as a character, but now we get a better idea of her background and motivations...and that she must be an uncommonly good person given her upbringing. She has yet more awesome up her sleeve...
:Qrow has, in fact been following our heroes and has been taking out a goodly number of the grim they would have had to deal with.
:Yang's mom is, as was suspected, alive and was the teleporting terror who saved Yang's bacon back in season two. Unexpectedly, she's not just an absentee mother, she's the leader of a clan of murderous brigands who loathes her brother (Qrow) for abandoning the tribe to pursue altruistic ends (that presumably include hunting down murderous brigands). She abandoned her daughter when she was appointed head of the tribe. It seems that this clan is the one responsible not only for some of the devastated villages our heroes have encountered, but was responsible for killing Ren's as well as Nora's towns. She is interested in any info Qrow might have on the threat to the world, since a destroyed world might not be pillageable.
Also: That necklace...
:The most common written language in Remnant is faux-katakana.
:Tyrian, the member of the council of calamitous villainy who most seems to enjoy his job, was, back in episode 1, given the job of bringing in Ruby for study, sans her eyes if necessary. He was speciffically instructed not to do ANYTHING else. When he arrives and engages RNGR, he pauses for a moment and looks at Jaune in astonishment....muttering to him ruefully that he finds the boy very interesting, but is forbidden from deviating from his current task, which he proceeds to pursue with gusto...which is where the show stands at the moment.
:Professor's Oobleck and Port actually have eyes.
:Oh yeah. It looks like Blake and Sun while trying to avoid any trouble have managed to get themselves in at least as much as Ruby and company.
...some of which may not, strictly speaking, end up being vital to the plot.
This remains a remarkably solid show. It's hard to recommend to someone who hasn't seen it since the first and to a lesser extent the second season are of so much lower quality they are hard to watch now. However the first two seasons are short and the continual upgrades the show goes through are a joy to watch.
For those who stopped watching after...all that stuff...that happened at the end of last season, I do recommend that you set aside 72 minutes of your time to catch up on this season.
The one very minor criticism I think I touched on in an earlier post is that the fight scenes don't QUITE match the spectacular choreography that the late Monty Oum used to such effect early on. Compare this scene from season one which had a shoestring budget and a staff of about 15 that were just learning their craft to this one from last month, which enjoys a larger budget and a staff that has amassed tremendous experience. The second fight is not bad at all and the overall quality of the more recent episodes is absolutely spectacular, but despite the limited budget and resources, Monty Oum's choreography had a sense of dynamism and movement (and while physics is too strong a word, there was no jarring sense that it had been discarded). It is that last bit that his successors, despite their considerable skill, don't quite get yet. This is a very minor quibble but it goes to show that Oum was indeed a singular talent.
That most quibbly of quibbles aside; at the midway point this season is excellent. Despite the dark ending of last season and the frightful repercussions thereof, the show has managed to avoid becoming a bleak misery-fest and, due mainly to the pluck of the characters, it manages to maintain a basically upbeat tone until now.
establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response (in this section referred to as the "Centerâ€).
Well then. What's the "CENTER" supposed to do now that it's been established? For that we'll go to Zero Hedge the text of the act itself...
Functions.â€”The Center shall carry out the following functions:
(1) Integrating interagency efforts to track and evaluate counterfactual narratives abroad that threaten the national security interests of the United States and United States allies.
(2) Collecting, integrating, and analyzing relevant information, including intelligence reporting, data, analysis, and analytics from United States Government agencies, allied nations, think tanks, academic institutions, civil society groups, and other nongovernmental organizations.
(3) Developing and disseminating fact-based narratives and analysis to counter propaganda and disinformation directed at United States allies and partners.
(4) Identifying current and emerging trends in foreign propaganda and disinformation, including the use of print, broadcast, online and social media, support for third-party outlets such as think tanks, political parties, and nongovernmental organizations, and the use of covert or clandestine special operators and agents to influence targeted populations and governments in order to coordinate and shape the development of tactics, techniques, and procedures to expose and refute foreign misinformation and disinformation and proactively promote fact-based narratives and policies to audiences outside the United States.
(5) Facilitating the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques by sharing expertise among agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and implementing best practices.
(6) Identifying gaps in United States capabilities in areas relevant to the Centerâ€™s mission and recommending necessary enhancements or changes.
(7) Identifying the countries and populations most susceptible to foreign government propaganda and disinformation.
(8) Administering the information access fund established pursuant to subsection (e).
(9) Coordinating with allied and partner nations, particularly those frequently targeted by foreign disinformation operations, and international organizations and entities such as the NATO Center of Excellence on Strategic Communications, the European Endowment for Democracy, and the European External Action Service Task Force on Strategic Communications, in order to amplify the Centerâ€™s efforts and avoid duplication.
"I'm sure there'll be no lack of consensus whatsoever
on what "counterfactual narratives"are."
That is indeed ominously vague...
Still, monitoring propaganda is a valid concern and it isn't like the government is going to be paying journalists or NGOs or private companies or schools or anything like tha...
Oh what's this.
(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.â€”There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of State for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 $20,000,000 to support the Center and provide grants or contracts of financial support to civil society groups, journalists, nongovernmental organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private companies, or academic institutions for the following purposes:
(A) To support local independent media who are best placed to refute foreign disÂinÂforÂmaÂtion and manipulation in their own communities.
(B) To collect and store examples in print, online, and social media, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies and partners.
(C) To analyze tactics, techniques, and procedures of foreign government information warfare with respect to disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda.
(D) To support efforts by the Center to counter efforts by foreign governments to use disinformation, misinformation, and proÂpaÂganÂda to influence the policies and social and political stability of the United States and United States allies and partners.
This article seems to be well sourced and possibly significant...
A Delaware Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filing against Citgo parent PDV Holding, Inc. on November 30 reveals that Venezuela has secretly mortgaged their Citgo refineries in the United States to Russia's state-controlled oil company Rosneft.....
This happened on November 30th, the story in the LAHT is from the 22nd of this month, and there's been almost no coverage of this. Despite the lack of interest by media in general, it does seem to be a potentially consequential development.
....The lien means that should Citgo or PDVSA default, Russia's state controlled oil company Rosneft could end up owning strategically important oil refineries and pipelines in the United States.
Citgo owns oil and gas pipelines throughout the country as well as oil refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Lemont, Illinois (outside of Chicago). Citgo's refineries can refine 749,000 barrels per day and the Lake Charles refinery is the sixth-largest refining facility in the U.S.
Look on the bright side: Visiting Russia could get much more affordable.
Well. I certainly hope that they don't go into defau....oh, that's right. Venezuela.
This seems like an important story, and, the LAHT has, thanks to the magic of SCRID, backed it up with considerable documentation, including copies of the Delaware UCC filing. And yet, almost a month on, this is still getting little play and we almost missed it.
I just spent an inordinate amount of time..3 hours... trying to figure out what was causing my new RCA Voyager Android tablet to declare that it could not obtain an IP address. I went to several different websites and tried all of the solutions that were given.
Turns out the password in the upper right corner of my router is not the password for the wi-fi...that would be the password marked "Wi-Fi Password" way down below.
Here are some young ladies expressing their appreciation for my first world problems with the worlds smallest violin.
Ayn Rand on Christmas
I'm not an Atheist and so do not speak for them. However, in an age when atheists are too frequently characterized by a vocal component of their number who want to stamp out Christmas displays amongst other things, I think it important to turn to one of the more august members of their cadre for an opposing view of this unfair characterization of them.
Reportedly, this was written as an answer to a question about whether or not an Atheist should partake of the holiday.
Yes, of course. A national holiday, in this country, cannot have an exclusively religious meaning. The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward menâ€”a frame of mind which is not the exclusive property (though it is supposed to be part, but is a largely unobserved part) of the Christian religion.
The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: "Merry Christmasâ€â€”not "Weep and Repent.â€ And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly formâ€”by giving presents to oneâ€™s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .
The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutionsâ€”the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colorsâ€”provide the city with a spectacular display, which only "commercial greedâ€ could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.
The Objectivist Calendar, Dec. 1976
For those of you not in the mood for philosophising, in the spirit of the season, here are three people who counterintuitively might well be atheists...because proof denies faith and without faith the gods are nothing.
Campi Flegiri, a large caldera in Italy that sacred clickbaitery requires us to refer to as a SUPERVOLCANO appears to be acting up. This is somewhat misleading, since the whole caldera (now a park) has been in a state of mild eruption since at least Roman times, with geysers and such as well as a small volcano Solfatara within it is frequently spitting forth sulphur (but last had a real eruption in the middle ages).
Now, since that blast, the area has divided its magma between a lot of volcanoes (one of which is Vesuvius) and they tend to not be earth changing events, though as Vesuvius showed in A.D. 79, they can be quite calamitous locally. They're volcanoes...they're unpredictable and dangerous. Well this caldera has gotten to a point that scientists say people should start to worry...
Writing in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, scientists report that the caldera is nearing a critical point at which decreased pressure on rising magma triggers a runaway release of gas and fluid, potentially leading to an eruption.
You see, volcanoes are not exactly what one would call predictable. Even if scientists had a perfect plumbing diagram of the magma chambers and accurate pressure readings to go along with that, the volcano is not built to code, so the structural integrity of each magma pocket is unknown as is the exact composition of the magma beyond educated guesses. This means that it's hard to know if the "plumbing" system will rearange itself, hold tight till the magma cools, or suffer a structural cascade failure and spew molten lava all over the place. This, in turn, means that other than "Hmm....magma chamber is filling...er..probably" it's really hard to time an eruption with any accuracy better than a decade...or two.
The problem here is that the volcanic caldera in question, is now a park smack blab in the middle of the Naples metropolitan area and its ~4million people. Even a small eruption like Paricutin could have a surprisingly large death toll. An eruption along the lines of Mt.St Helens 1982 (a mere firecracker in volcano terms) could be an absolute calamity.
Henrik, over at Volcano Cafe did a study of this very igneous safety hazard some time ago and concluded that this is, even with a small eruption, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world in terms of potential lives lost. A big Vesuvius style eruption or larger would be one of the biggest calamities in history.
She has four ears, so you know she's listened to all the facts....
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Dec 24 14:57:04 2016 (5Ktpu)
Not to be paranoid, but the vial of San Gennaro's blood did not do its thing this year, and that is historically followed by Very Bad Things. So yeah, signs say that this is not the year to vacation in Naples.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Dec 25 16:56:55 2016 (S0Svy)
The map is from March and doesn't reflect recent attacks.
...ISISâ€™s suicide bombings in Brussels demonstrate that the jihadist threat to Europe is outpacing domestic and international law enforcement efforts. ISIS is successfully using its safe haven in Iraq and Syria to train as many as 600 foreign fighters for external attacks. ISISâ€™s fighters benefit from extensive support networks across the European continent. The logistical requirements for facilitating European foreign fighter travel into Iraq and Syria can also export those fighters from ISISâ€™s safe havens back to Europe...
Meanwhile, in Space
One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes sends you all seasons greetings and shows off a reliable and well understood way to generate thrust applied to one's shoulder. The Springfield model 1903 uses an explosion to send a 14 gram projectile at 760 meters a second in one direction and that force minus the mass of the rifle is applied to the shooters shoulder.
In stark contrast, China is claiming, that they have successfully tested (IN SPACE) a system that generates thrust without expelling any propellant. They claim to have been running tests of the EM-Drive on their space station.
"This technology is currently in the latter stages of the proof-of-principle phase, with the goal of making the technology available in satellite engineering as quickly as possible," Li Feng explained at the press conference.
In any event, Cannae, a private company that is developing a similar drive (similar in that it looks like magic) is putting their money where their mouth is and will be testing their version in orbit as well. This indicates at the very least that even if they are incorrect, their pursuit of this technology is not a scam.
In any event, after this Chinese announcement, we here at Brickmuppet Blog remain deeply skeptical, but ever so slight more hopeful.
As it stands now, the thrust levels have little practical application, being orders of magnitude lower than even arc jets, However, IF, it actually works, and IF they can increase the thrust by a few orders of magnitude, then this could be a real thing. Those are a couple of pretty big and unlikely "Ifs"but they would portend a truly awesome development.
It would also be a disturbing one since it would mean that our understanding of even the most very basic rules of our universe is completely wrong.
But hey....the way 2016 has gone thus far, would that really be such a shock?
I'm about a trillion percent skeptical of the EM Drive. It violates the laws of motion, the laws of thermodynamics, relativity, QM, and Noether's Theorem. I'll believe it when they fly one from LEO to Mars and back.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Dec 22 20:54:40 2016 (PiXy!)
The last time this made news, it was finally debunked publicly. Unfortunately, like an idiot, I never saved any of the links. The bottom line, if I remember correctly, is that you have to intentionally fudge the numbers in order to show thrust via the math, as it is not actually measurable.
Incidentally, here's the "Chinese" drive featured in the article. As used in Discover Magazine in 2014. Exact same picture. A picture provided by the sales and marketing guy who's taken over trying to sell the EmDrive.
So......I call complete and utter bunk on the whole story.
Posted by: Ben at Thu Dec 22 22:43:41 2016 (S4UJw)
Posted by: Rick C at Fri Dec 23 15:53:10 2016 (ECH2/)
FIEND! You not only post non-deferential comments, you do so with naked URLS. What do you think this is? A free country?
As I said in the post, I'm quite skeptical. But my skepticism is not quite on Pixy's level, being just over 9000. It looks like it could be producing thrust via the same way a lightbulb does or it's the RF equivilent of a Dean Drive...stuff bouncing around and it's a tad off balance like a badly loaded washing machine...but with radio. This would make it useless or worse. Note that the thrust is in millinewtons...MILLINEWTONS.
The Chinese claim seems to imply a certain practicality that had heretefore eluded anyone, which is what inspired the post. There are three potential reasons for the Chinese press release.
1: The Chinese discovered something interesting.
2: There is a translation glitch.
3: The Chicoms are lying (as Chicoms will).
I think that the probability here is weighted towards two and three, but some interest is still warranted.
The last "scientific explanation" of the drive I read, it basically worked like the ZPE drive originally featured in Heinlein's "The Number of the Beast". Getting into the estoterica of zero point energy and whether you can or can't interact with it is a bit beyond my comprehension of physics, so I remain skeptical but hopeful. On this article though, it was pointed out where I first read about it that the headline and content didn't match, and nothing in the source actually indicated that China was actually claiming to have results from space tests yet, they were just announcing that they had a test article on the station and were going to be running tests, and the mention of test results was referring back to their ground tests.
Posted by: David at Sat Dec 24 00:37:35 2016 (9UHFZ)
David, yeah, that's where it would violate Noether's Theorem. ZPE is real, and experimentally verified. But to interact with it in some surprising way would require a new subatomic particle, known as a gauge boson, like the recently discovered Higgs boson.
But because the effect is claimed in a little microwave device running at a few tens of watts, not an enormous particle collider or a supernova or something, the energy of the particle itself would also be small. Noether's Theorem lets us calculate the energy, and it's low enough that the particle would have been discovered in the first cyclotron experiments back in the 1930s. Since it wasn't, either Noether's Theorem is wrong (and it's fundamental to most of modern physics) or the EM Drive doesn't work.
So if the EM Drive works, then the computer I'm using to type this comment doesn't, and vice-versa.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Dec 24 03:21:36 2016 (PiXy!)
The EM Drive supposedly generates force without reaction, you just need energy. Put X amount of energy in, you accelerate by Y amount.
Y is very small, but that's okay, use nuclear power (an RTG or a full fission reactor) and you can keep the thing running as long as you want.
But while the energy required to accelerate the EM Drive to a given velocity is proportional to that velocity, the kinetic energy of the object moving at that velocity is proportional to the square of the velocity. At some point, as you keep accelerating, the EM Drive becomes a magical free-energy device.
That's why no serious physicist gives this thing the time of day. It violates every law of physics in ways that would be obvious from a million previous experiments if they were possible.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Dec 24 03:31:12 2016 (PiXy!)
So if EM drives actually worked, we would have figured that out a long time ago, and some stage of the Cold War would have involved America and Russia pointing them at each other?
Posted by: Karl at Sat Dec 24 05:21:39 2016 (1FrBd)
Putting it mildly. If the EM Drive actually worked, the average temperature of the Universe would be something like a trillion degrees, there'd be nothing but gamma rays and protons.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Dec 24 05:45:34 2016 (PiXy!)
It is not simply a re-hash of previous plots in the franchise.
It is also completely devoid of infuriating Mary Sues who are effortlessly good at everything.
Despite its very different tone and style (It is actually a re-skinned Samurai film....complete with Zatoichi!) this is not a rejection of the franchise, its fans or its conceits, but rather a labor of love in homage to the whole kit and kaboodle, complete with geeky references to the trilogy, the prequels and the TV series of the sort that were cute but awkward in the prequels. Here they are done masterfully.
Likewise the female lead is an action girl done exactly right.
The movie's effects are everything one would expect from a Star Wars film done by Disney...and more. This is a gorgeous film with visuals that even by today's standards are stunning and it breaks new ground in FX as well as necromancy (which, upon reflection, I'm pretty sure is a Sith art).
This is a story about desperate bitter people in a dark time who are not all that nice who are at the end of their rope while those they look to for guidance are giving in to despair.
Rogue One is also a story of honor, redemption, hope and courage that manages to be uplifting and inspiring despite its gritty take on the Star Wars universe. This is a beautiful and awesome film that fits in perfectly to the Star Wars canon without the sense of forcing the issue that permeated the prequels.
I also note that almost NONE of the scenes in the trailers appear in the film, (at least as they are shot for the trailers) and this is a very different sort of film than the trailers promise. Quite possibly a better one.
I further note that all they REALLY needed to do to succeed was to flesh this out:
"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil GALACTIC EMPIRE.
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...."
My only gripe is that the score is not anywhere near as epic as one expects from a Star Wars film, except where John Williams pieces are dusted off and used. This is not as egregious as it normally would be given that this is a very different sort of story.
Good to hear, it could so easily have gone horribly wrong.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Dec 20 10:58:47 2016 (PiXy!)
I may ruffle feathers, but I think it has set the standard as the best of the SW movies; even better than TESB. Why do I say that?
Simple -- TESB suffers from being the middle movie, with a couple of major unresolved plot points at the end. (Solo captured, "there is another"). At the time, we were all disappointed by the first and intrigued by the second. It was only in retrospect, after the third movie, that fans enshrined the second; moreso after the godawful prequel trilogy.
Rogue suffers a bit from not having a fight near the beginning -- but it's an espionage movie (until it goes full Action/Adventure), and that would have actually hurt it more, I think. So, yes, its slow, but I didn't feel like it was because I'd been warned, and adjusted my expectations.
During the final fight, there was an ebb and flow to the battle, and certain objectives the Rebels had to meet. I was telling myself, "This isn't a pure SW movie; it's a WWII movie -- and then another commentator identified the exact movie: It's the Dirty Dozen. With the caveat that these guys are all volunteers, yes it is.
Posted by: ubu at Tue Dec 20 12:36:21 2016 (SlLGE)
1Apologies for the content deficit gentle readers.
There's nothing to apologize for--you've got more important things to deal with right now. Keep your chin up, do what you gotta do to get through the next two weeks, and we'll be here waiting for free entertainment in the new year.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Tue Dec 13 22:09:26 2016 (jS1F0)
Sic Itur Ad Astra
War hero, test pilot, senator and the first American to orbit the Earth; John Glenn has passedaway at 95.
95 is a ripe old age and he certainly lived a full life. It is terrible, however, to loose such a storied and august individual.
What is, in some ways, more terrible still, is that, so many years after his pioneering flight, he did not have the option of an off-planet hospice. With Senator Glenn, the last of the Mercury astronauts has passed, and we are rapidly approaching a point where no living person will have walked on the moon; a rather retrograde development.
The animated short in the post below sums up the attitude of much of the United States in the early 1940's. It's not an unreasonable point of view. War is an obscene thing. 24 years earlier the country had entered a "War to End All Wars" which had, in the intervening years provided, as a case study in the wretchedness of war, thousands of men in what should have been the prime of their lives, missing limbs, blind or otherwise maimed by bullets, shrapnel, fire, and gas. The intervening years had seen numerous "police actions" in Central America, each of which had looked an awful lot like a war; ie; that thing those men had been maimed in the hopes of ending for all time.
Most Americans with names not ending in Roosevelt wanted nothing to do with war. And so the pacifists, with help from the German American Bund and the communists (well, until 22 June 1941) all loudly proclaimed the disdain the American people had for war. From the papers to the radio to films as seen below and even the pulpits, the cry of "No More War!" was heard throughout the land.
However, when a sincere desire for peace becomes a nationwide cry from the rooftops it can be misinterpreted. Trotsky's quip, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. " is quite true, and war is especially interested in places where pacifism becomes loud virtue signaling, as it can signal, instead of virtue, cowardice, or at the very least a lack of resolve.
And so, those who looked for such signals interpreted them accordingly. The Americans were not going going to sell them oil because Americans did not want to support those who waged war...because Americans hated war....Americans hated war...so this was the time to strike.
And strike they did, 75 years ago today.
U.S.S. California goes down. Note the sailors in the water.
14inch guns of U.S.S. Pennsylvania silhouetted by the explosion of U.S.S. Shaw.
Battleship Row Burns.
Identifying the bodies pulled from the sunken ships.
Within a few years, those men, and far too many of their subjects discovered to their horror that a disdain for war is not a sign of cowardice, or weakness.
Too loudly proclaiming it however, can cary a terrible price for everyone involved.
She just posted an update on her own blog. Note: I am using the built-in editor's link inserter feature, and not putting in a bare link.https://accordingtohoyt.com/2016/12/02/i-am-alive/
"I feel stupid and guilty for letting my body get out of line and encouraging it in its nonsense. But theyâ€™re keeping me under observation till tomorrow, and I canâ€™t even type with this thing on my finger. And Iâ€™m worrying my family.
So. Thatâ€™s where I am. More when I can type."
Worrisome but if she's able to snark she will hopefully be OK.
Posted by: RickC at Fri Dec 2 19:41:11 2016 (ITnFO)
Chrome 54 on Windows 10. Pixy said there seems to be a problem with the editor with some recent browser versions, and is looking into the issue and to see if there's an update for the editor.
Posted by: RickC at Fri Dec 2 20:24:46 2016 (ITnFO)
They've discontinued the editor we're using, but they've released a shiny new one, which I've now purchased and will install soon.
Also went over to Amazon and picked up her Darkship Thieves series. Needed something to read anyway.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Dec 3 02:52:04 2016 (PiXy!)
Apparently not really a heart attack, but a combination of other factors, including dehydration. From her FB: I'm much better. This seems to have been a synergy of my auto-immune
weirdness and pathologically low blood pressure and heart rate (like
high is in the fifties. Yep, I AM a zombie.)
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Dec 4 02:22:56 2016 (5Ktpu)