January 29, 2017

Nailing It

For some time I've tried to do a post building on this one from several years ago, which did not quite cover the nature of the dread.  


I don't need to do it anymore, because Sarah Hoyt has
This (was) not a Cold Civil War.  We were occupied.  The Vichy had full control of society, and we were the plucky resistance.  We didn’t even have a flight helmet, or an egg beater, but we were doing what we could, in the shadows.  Those of us in the arts ported seemingly incongruous bits into our stuff, at great risk of discovery or at least suspicion.  Local journalists sometimes broke with the narrative.  But none of this had a great deal of effect.  We were mostly sidelined, and when someone managed to break through, he or she was immediately demonized.
Read the whole thing...

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January 27, 2017

Any Word From Ubu?

Bridgebunnies is down.

He just commented here three days ago, so this is probably a hosting service issue. 

Actual photo of Ubu Roi


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"Fire in the Cockpit!"

And in seconds they were gone.





The crew of Apollo 1 had great misgivings about their spacecraft. They were prescient.

A review board ultimately identified a number of conditions that led the fire. The sealed cabin had been pressurized with pure oxygen, which fuels fire. There were combustible materials all around the capsule, as well as "vulnerable” wiring and plumbing...  

In the lead up to the fire there were ominous signs such as
...an environmental control system that had burst into flames during a test to indications that when the service module’s propellant tanks were pressurized, they might suddenly explode. 

 This was an actual scandal rather than the hazards one expects when pushing technologies to their limit. Nevertheless, while there were the major shake-ups at NASA and a complete redesign of the spacecraft, in less than 30 months later the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility. 

 


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January 23, 2017

That Place Where The Turtle Died

The settlement down there looks to be imprudently positioned for any number of reasons. 




Art by Makkou 4

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In ER

I'm passing blood, feverish, BP is 234 over 130something. They are discussing an ambulance to the big hospital. 


If no updates follow, thanks for years of readership.

UPDATE:
2 x 5mm kidney stones and a probable kidney infection. One of the stones hasn't moved much since it made it's presence known during my bout of flu. I'm wiped. It's hard to make it up the stairs.

The blood pressure was alarming, however, it plummeted to something rather less so shortly after they they hit me up with Torodol. Aparrently the pain was causing the BP spike.

I need to make an appointment with a urologist to see if these two stones can be reasonably expected to get passed, but I wasted the day getting the first sleep of more than a few minutes I've gotten in 3 days or so. 

Posting will resume shortly.

Thanks for all the kind words. 

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January 22, 2017

Meanwhile: In Bavaria...



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Fulfilling Promises He Didn't Technically Make

So I've been under the weather today and turned on the TV to discover that on the second day of Trump's presidency well over 100,000 women with cat ears showed up in D.C. to unlock new frontiers in juvenile vulgarity as they fight against the evil overlord of their pocket universe.


My God.


Art by Lima  (possibly now Rima).

Donald Trump has made anime real. 

This could be ....bad

It's not like we weren't warned.

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January 20, 2017

Well. That Could Have Gone Worse



Trepidations aside, the speech, while it is being remarked upon as being darker than usual, was short, pointed out the correct relationship between citizens and government, and actually ended on an upbeat and nicely inclusive note. 

We even got got Kellyanne Cosplay.


Now it is time to get to work and I think we all know what the president's very first priority should be...
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January 15, 2017

Will THIS Be It?

Banality lies below the fold. As partial compensation, here is a catgirl in dire need of a tailor...or a smaller jacket. 


Art by NekoArashi
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January 13, 2017

So Today we Try to Reassure Those Who Deal With Paraskevidekatriaphobia (or Friggatriskaidekaphobia, as There Seems to Be Some Debate on the Precise Nomenclature)

In any event, don't worry.

Today is a FRIDAY!
That is a good thing, unless you are an antlerless deer in Illinois.

Let us reiterate that there is really nothing to worry about, unless, in the course of this day, you encounter...this...



In such an instance, depending upon the context in which you have encountered this situation, I strongly suggest that you either leave the bedroom without delay...or STOP READING IMMEDIATELY lest you end up feeling queasy, violated, and unclean for the rest of the day.


Aside from such an unlikely happenstance, we assure you that the intersection of Friday and three more than a half-score is no more likely to cause you grief than any other random date.

Enjoy the weekend. 
I'll be applying a toothbrush to my eyes.

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