July 24, 2017

Asking the Important Questions

Daniel Jaquet is doing it.

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July 20, 2017

48 Years On

A year before I was born, no one alive had walked on the moon.

If, a few years down the road, that again comes to pass, we will have on some profound level failed as a nation and as a species.


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July 19, 2017

I Must Admit, I Wasn't Expecting This



I wonder if, over the course of the next 86 days, we'll get any more of these.

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July 18, 2017

The Odds of Broadcasts From Ross 128

...are a million to one they said



Ross 128 is a tad under 11 light years away, and is currently the 12th closest star to Earth. There are some (as yet unconfirmed) indications of a gas giant or brown dwarf in orbit around it. 

More on this peculiar transmission here


Art minus text by Iruka

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Train-Wreck, Parody or Brilliance?

I thought this had to be parody...DC is rebooting Snagglepuss.


This time it's gonna be gritty and relevant and totally surprising because the character is gonna be (get this!)...


Who'd have thunk it!? 
HIM!? 
That paragon of burly, lumberjack virility? 


Heavens to Murgatroyd! This development is shocking, edgy and subversive to basically nobody.

What's more, in the reboot he's gonna be a gay southern gothic playwright

Wait...

This could be BRILLIANT!

An effete' southern dandy who, by night, stalks the streets of Savannah as a tough as nails vigilante with a bobcat or panther motif. This could actually work!

Oh wait. 

Oh dear GOD...there's going to be a Suicide Squad/Bananna Splits crossover

OK. This appears to be yet another travesty.

Hmmm... it seems that nobody has thought to bitch, moan or whine about the perpetuation of gay stereotypes yet.

Are we sure this story is not a parody?



"In this day and age, how would you know...even?"

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July 16, 2017

Just When You Thought


 ...things could not get any worse.







THIS was posted.

On purpose.










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July 15, 2017

A Journey of Discovery

Banality slouches just below the fold. As compensation, here is a piece of art that has completely different implications depending on the intended perspective. 


Art by Senji of the doujin circle Tegone Spike (Link NSFW). 
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July 12, 2017

"Shall We Take a Train to the Moon ?"


One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes notes that a bullet train will take 50 days, if it's no faster than an E-6.



I honestly never thought that Galaxy Railways might intersect with plausible space development in any meaningful way.

Now you may ask yourself, "What the hell is this all about?"

Well, this...


Better than a space elevator and doable with current tech. 

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July 10, 2017

Today I Learned a New Word

INCEL


Is a peculiar word in that it is a term created by a particular social identity community specifically as a moniker for themselves and yet its definition is the near opposite of what they think it means as their identifying characteristic is not as involuntary as they assume




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July 09, 2017

THAT'S IT!!!



"That's it!"

Pixy wins at genre spotting.

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July 06, 2017

Status Update

Ouch.

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July 05, 2017

Good News / Bad News

Banality resides below the fold. As is traditional, we are providing you with cheesecake as compensation. 



Art by Ekakibito
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...and They Did it on the Fourth of July

Let me just put this here...




...because, yeah, it needs to stay up.

So, in the aftermath of some recent CNN scandals, including CNN employees being caught on camera admitting that the Trump/Russia story is pretty much a nothingburger set up to garner ratings and undermine the administration AND CNN not only retracting a rather libelous story about Trump and his associates, but firing the reporters and editor involved, one Trump fan took this clip from some WrestleMania and photoshopped in the CNN logo. Trump retweeted it. 

One might think that CNN would (after such a dreadful series of self inflicted credibility debacles) react to Trunp's crude but silly victory lap with a bit of good natured contrition. 


CNN is staffed by aristocrats who dine upon free range pheasant and whose lips will never touch crow.

No. CNN tracked down the Trump fan who made the .gif and....

 CNN's 'KFILE' publisher Andrew Kaczynski wrote the network would not be publishing the identity of the user "because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, [that] showed his remorse."

"CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change," Kaczynski warned in his article.  
Emphasis mine...obviously.

Lets see if we can...translate this.

Nice life you've got there...be a shame if someone were to uhh..doxx you and let all 'dem people in the black masks with the bike locks and the,uh, lettah openahs know where your family lives, where your kids go to school, and where you work. It'd just break our hears if your employer suddenly became the subject of a twitter mob and found employing a suddenly unpopular fellow like you....bad for business. But, hey...we gots an offer for youse...One ya can't refuse. 


Meanwhile...

North Korea just fired off a missile that can hit Alaska. If it was a 2 stage missile, then a three stage version ought to be able to hit anywhere in the U.S.A.
Russia is up to no good.
China seems to be basing their foreign policy on the East India Company. (oh the endless ironies of life) and are a major strategic foe. 
The various subsets of radical Islam seek to kill, convert or enslave us all.
M-13 and other gangs rampage across our country and kill our citizens. 

None of those threaten our freedoms like the notion that our lives can be ruined by weaponized social media because we said something that a powerful person found offensive. 
I don't know who this guy is other than that he apparently shitposts on Reddit. 
There is a high probability that he is a douche.  
That's not the issue. 

 
Now, Trump's tweeting is cancer. It is an oozing zit upon the face of the presidency. Many of his tweets are ill considered stupid and counterproductive. While this was not one of those tweets in my opinion, opinions may vary on that point.
It doesn't matter, because that is not the issue.

This is... 

A massive media conglomorate decided to hunt down a private citizen and destroy his life because he published a crude commentary ON THEIR MISBEHAVIOR. Furthermore, the implied threats they use, of censure, becoming unemployable and, (never directly expressed, but very much understood) extrajudicial violence and intimidation are not how we do things in a republic.

 This sort of thing has been going on for at least 5 years....

 
...but it seems to be picking up speed now. 

This is how totalitarian societies come about. 

When people become to afraid to exercize free speech, free speech is dead.
 

CNN is a private corporation This cannot be fixed by legislation, as the ability to interfere editorially is exactly the power we don't want the government to have. Extortion is a possible existing charge of course, but such a prosecution might have worrisome precedents. 

This needs to be met with public outcry. We as a society need to make it plain that this will not stand. 

Whether we still, as a society possess the understanding of Civics to grasp the importance of this is unclear. 

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July 04, 2017

241



Even North Korea recognizes today as worthy of fireworks.
How awesome is that?
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July 02, 2017

Just a Reminder That When You Break Out the Apple Pies on Tuesday...

(Language Warning)

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July 01, 2017

Oh.

I understand now!

Pete, in the comments, specifically said stay with Eromaga Sensei 'till episode 3, because...Elf. 
And I was all like..."Elf annoys the hell out of me. If she's the hook, screw this noise!"

Well. 

Pete was right. 

Elf Yamada is a gloriously whacked antagonist. I mean she is epically nutsoid in a most entertaining way. Now in any other show with someone like her that would be the alpha and omega of her characterization, but not in this show...



 

There was an amazing amount of character development and exposition in this episode, and all of it was superbly written.


I'm afraid I've gotta watch more of this delightful trainwreck. 

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Now They Don't Even LET You Read it

With the change from wildcats to mountain ranges comes a new and clever way to ensure that there is no doubt as to whether the customer has actually signed off on whatever conditions Apple might have. 



Click ">HERE to embigify.

Of course after clicking agree I wanted to read the thing to see if I'd signed away a kidney, a portion of my liver, or was now changing careers to be a non-compensated pivoting blade propulsor operator on some Apple Exec's eco-friendly yacht.


This is H.S. Olympias, but the principle is the same. 


Alas: No trace of the agreement can be found. 



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Surprise!


"Hey look! What's this?"
The Demi-Chans are BACK!

This was totally unexpected. I'm not sure, but I think this is just a one-off. However, there are indications that they are setting up for more episodes. 

Do sit through the credits.


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