When the all male hen party that is the men's rights movement has their most paranoid notions validated by one's art, one is probably doing it wrong.
This is a spectacularly beautiful film, which has several interesting aspects. It even goes as far as asking some hard questions about the nature of valor and when a victory comes at too high a cost. However, all of those are tossed in favor of a Mary Sue fanfic with a budget and a message:
History, culture and wisdom can teach us nothing. Burn all the olds.
A brief synopsis:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, space was riven asunder by a visually spectacular slap fight between tactically inept emo Space NAZIs and incompetent Red Guards in Space, either of whom could have ended the film two hours early if they'd had a junior high school chess player advising them on tactics.
It's unclear WHAT happened, and there is little to go on from our vantage point here in Virginia but given that this site is hosted from Niue and Australia, our best guess is that there was a dramatic altercation between a Bunyip and a Yowie that ended up smashing a transformer station, 3 markalites and the Sydney Mee.nu office.
Now that that's resolved, here is a bit of seasonal cheer from Zenn.
UPDATE: Well, it appears that the comments sidebar is busted, but otherwise everything works fine.
UPDATE 2: It appears that the glitch was actually due to 72,867 websites migrating...much like like wildebeests across the Serengeti.
Update to the Update to the Update:Pixy has a play by play up of what actually happened. No mention is made of Bunyips or Yowies, most likely due to liability issues.
All kidding aside, it appears that there was a perfect convergence of unforeseeable glitches (except for the part where I failed to note that the server migration was announced well in advance).
Old 'Splodies, Newly ReleasedLawrence Livermore National Laboratories has released another dump of declassified films of above ground nuclear tests. While none are as visually spectacular as some of the ones in the previous release, they're nevertheless interesting and this batch seems to focus mostly on very small (including sub-kiloton) blasts and some of the big multi-megaton tests at the Pacific test range.
One thing about these films only fully registered with me recently. There are several sequences that attempt to film the actual physics as it is happening, and push the 1950s filmmaking state of the art to the limit. Remember, this was captured with film...there was no such thing as a digital camera then... this is a fission/fusion explosion...just really...sloooooowwwwwww.
As I understand it, Amazon was QUITE emphatic and eloquent in conveying the message to the shipping companies that such services would not be required this year. Thus management adjusted staffing accordingly.
Imagine our shock when Amazon packages started arriving right after Thanksgiving...en masse. It seems that delivering packages is hard and the stress and vexation of this realization is causing Amazon's newly minted employees to meet the challenge...poorly. Some have responded by going mad, or bad, or worse and some have simply cried desperately for help.
Anyway...it's been an exciting couple of weeks (and weekends too, because "OMG!"). I've worked here 25 years, and there have been some rough Christmas seasons, but this one has been a perfect storm of surprises and discoveries such as "Oh...so THAT'S the structural failure point for that type of platform."
But enough childish whining about actually being employed and getting paid lots of sweet overtime, here are some virtual ladies who manage to evoke the spirit of the season in a rather minimalist sort of way, even as they dance to lyrics that...don't.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Dec 9 19:26:38 2017 (Ix1l6)
I just did a quick count. In the last month, I've had 15 deliveries from Amazon (Merry Christmas!): 1 from UPS, 5 from Ontrac and 9 from USPS. I've never seen an Amazon-branded delivery truck around Silicon Valley, so I don't think they've really rolled this out nationwide. That suggests that they weren't ready for a divorce, they just wanted the occasional side piece.
Posted by: J Greely at Sun Dec 10 20:50:58 2017 (tgyIO)
I haven't seen an Amazon truck but in the last year I've had 2 or 3 Amazon orders delivered by a guy in a car, and I think the shipping method listed was AMZL.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Dec 11 13:50:49 2017 (gGzl5)
All but the biggest items I order from Amazon come through USPS, these days. Rarely see Brown or FedEx anymore.
Posted by: Ben at Tue Dec 12 12:00:45 2017 (ee6LA)
There aren't any Amazon-branded trucks in my area either, but a number of parcels is getting delivered by completely random people. Some drive U-haul or Penske trucks, some are dressed in the brown UPS-like uniform, some come in their own vehicles - and any kind of permutation occurs. I suspect Amazon has created some kind of Uber for delivery and exploits the heck out of these contractors. What's interesting, USPS relies on these contractors too, but they always carry just a leeeeeetle white-red-blue on their vehicles and attire.
I recently ordered a number of items from Amazon, and live in Northern VA, so you may be handling some of my packages over the coming days. Hope none of them cause you any problems...
Posted by: Siergen at Tue Dec 19 16:06:17 2017 (7W7BZ)
I retract some of my previous observations. Today, genuine employees of BOTH FedEx and UPS visited, the FedEx guy drove up in a U-haul truck and the UPS guy in a Penske truck! Moreover, UPS had a contractor girl (two person in a truck). The driver went to deliver to neighbours and the girl brought a parcel to us. Neither of the two was with the rumored Amazon's owned service.
76 Years On
Soon all who actually remember it will be gone. What future generations know will be second and then third hand. In a decade of so, after the last have passed and their children are too old to relevantly object, "Interesting and insightful interpretations" will, no doubt, become all the rage in history departments to an even greater extent than they are now.
If present trends continue, we may be among the last people to learn anything approaching what happened during those desperate, crucial years and what we, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who were there know is distorted by time, wartime secrecy, human fallibility and the fog of war.
Study what you can. Remember it well, and pass it on to those that care.
Rwby at Mid-Season
There was a fight four episodes ago.
It was rather more low key than the series is known for but pretty cool nonetheless.
"Why are YOU here? What's the plan?" "I don't have a plan. I mean I HAD a plan. It was a wonderful, clever and elegant plan. But you weren't part of it! Do you have any ideas?""Oh I HAD an idea and I was executing it, it was cunning and subtle...THEN YOU SHOWED UP!"
The subsequent episodes have all been mostly quiet mood pieces focusing on either character development, exposition or an admittedly well-crafted sense of dread.
These most recent stories have mostly ended in cliffhangers, which have all been left hanging from their respective cliffs while our widely separated characters gradually regroup, show how far they have come as people, and learn more about what is actually going on.
I count at this point three separate cliffs being hung upon, two major plot developments that have been strongly hinted at, plus three major subplots, and these are all related to but distinct from the main antagonist.
Blake's family is, as of the end of this episode, in the process of being assasinated. In a related development Blake and Sun are on the other side of the world from everyone else, unable to communicate the fact that the White Fang is about to attack Haven.
Jaune's semblance has not been identified, but there have been subtle indications that in addition to that, he may be carrying the power one of the two missing "maidens".
Someone's killing all the Huntsmen in Haven.
The crux of the villain's plan, "Get the spring maiden!" appears to pretty much be close to fruition, which means that Haven is on the verge of being wiped out.
We've seen two characters (Neo and Coco) who share Raven's jewelry. It's quite possible both are from Raven's tribe and are double agent's.
WAIT..she's not jealous of Blake because she pines for Adam! The multichromatic tree-yandere actually pines for Blake!
The loss of the communications network only affects one side. It turns out that the villains have a continent spanning secure communications net.
There are, I believe four episodes left in this series.
Looks pretty epic to me. Oh, wait, you're talking about something else...
Posted by: J Greely at Sun Dec 3 10:08:26 2017 (tgyIO)
Steampunk is what happens when Goths discover the color Brown.
The latest version of FireFox has issues with Mee.nu as well. Apparently it sticks tags in blank text edit areas so I have to carefully clear out the "more" section on new posts, as well as finding blank lines at the ends of my posts.
Doesn't seem to affect comments though.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Dec 3 14:46:01 2017 (Ix1l6)