November 29, 2020

We Live in a Society

...where there is a Hydraulic Press Channel.





"So cheer up everybody!"

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November 28, 2020

Meanwhile, in Jutland


So, a very dangerous mutated strain of CoronaChan emerged in Danish mink farms a bit over a week ago. The Danish government ordered the culling of all the minks in the country. Rather than incinerate them, the buried the dead minks in a cemetery resulting the following, genuine 2020 headline...



The story is somewhat vague on certain crucial details. Are they ambulatory dead minks?  Or just dead minks that floated up like corpses in a New Orleans graveyard?

I assume the latter, but it is 2020, it doesn't specifically SAY that the dead minks aren't walking, and the calls for calm are coming from some spokesperson at The Guardian.

Note:
Remember that .22 long rifle is probably the best round to have in a zombie apocalypse, the ammunition is as available as anything else is right now, is relatively cheap, and is very light and compact in comparison to other types of ammunition. 1000 rounds only weigh in at 8 pounds with 10 plastic ammo cases. .22 lacks in stopping power, but is still lethal and capable of bringing down animals one is likely to be able to realistically dress and eat on the run, like birds and squirrels. With zombies, shot placement (brain) rather than conventional stopping power is the key. 

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Info Bleg

I have some hardware and software questions for my readership, many of whom are, unlike me,  not parishoners in the Church of PEBKAC.


 All of my computers since my TI-99 (4-A) had been Apple products, but Apple has rather lost its luster, and is looking to be soft and wormy. Additionally, things that Macs used to excel at, like A/V editing, are much better handled today by PCs and their more open source software.  The upcoming divergence in chip architecture will make even the current kludgy work arounds untenable. The only (theoretical) advantage to the walled garden is cyber security and malware avoidance and that has been effectively neutralized by Apple providing their own custom made malware in recent months.  

I'm done with Macs, but I'd like some input on the best PC rigs for video editing, if possible, I'd like some overlap with PC gaming, which, arguably, a good graphics card ought to facilitate given the right software. Additionally, Given that I've got two Bitchute channels, I'd like the capability to stream (though I suspect that is generally more a function of one's connection, than one's hardware). 

These are remedial questions to be sure. However, I am a Mac user. I know NOTHING about computers except that they rely on good industrial design to keep the magic smoke inside. 



The additional complicating factor is that I'm looking at 1-2 thousand U.S. dollar price range, since I'm about to retire and there are a whole series of moves and big purchases about to happen in the next 5-6 months.  

Any advice would be welcome. 


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November 26, 2020

An Important Anniversary That Should Not be Forgotten






Below the fold: The event, as it unfolded 42 years ago.
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Happy Thanksgiving


Art by Deme

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November 25, 2020

Meanwhile, in Texas

Space-X just conducted what is believed to be its last static fire test on the main engines of its SN-8 Starship prototype. As is expected of anything Space-X, the result was a series of explosions.


Our crack team of Science Babes have thoughts on the implications of these explosions on the rocket.


"Yeah. That's actually how rockets work. In this test the explosions were all in the right places and pointed in the right direction! That's a, uh, success."


Oh.

Well, that explains why this rocket, the prototype for a fleet expected to number in the hundreds and intended to travel to the moon, asteroids, as well as bring settlers to Mars, is still scheduled to conduct a test flight to an altitude of 9 miles next week


Note: 'Science Babes' are actually Yukari, Matsuri, and Akane...the Rocket Girls

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November 24, 2020

Link Hazzard

Beware when perusing J. Greely's site. I was reading his latest missive and absentmindedly clicked on a hyperlink. 


It was a trap. 

It took me to Amazon, and with that one click contaminated my search algorithims so that now, when I look for canned chicken, I now get pet food mixed in with all my chicken choices

Ordering chicken chloride just got hazardous. 

Some bloggers just want to watch the world burn.

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Damnit! It's 2020! Where's My....Oh.

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An Epiphany

If I had not bought all those gun-magazines in the 80's and 90's and instead taken the money spent on them and put it in a barrel, I would now have enough money to buy a Barret Light .50 and I'd know less that wasn't true about guns. 

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November 22, 2020

With C.O.V.I.D., Blacklists, Political Turmoil, and Economic Uncertainty...

...One might feel less than thankful.

But watch this video.

Watch on Bitchute

In 4 days, give thanks for all we have been given. 

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November 21, 2020

A Lack of Subtlety in Designation Systems is Apparent





From This season's episode 2 of Is it OK to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?...which, 4 episodes in, is, even by the high standards of this show, exceptionally good.

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Musical Interlude

Watch on Bitchute

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November 18, 2020

Do Not Be Alarmed

Everything is fine. 




This is not happening.


I work in the shipping industry, and it was like someone hit the panic button Monday. We're getting buried under trailer loads of toilet paper and ammunition on top of home deliveries of everything else plus Christmas stuff. 

It's not Thanksgiving yet. 




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On the Wisdom of Grip Safeties

So, one of the trees in the front yard had grown to where it was in the same time and space as my roof. 


This was not readily apparent from the ground. However, during the weekend windstorm, I heard it dragging against the roof and after closer inspection realized what was going on. 

So I borrowed a polesaw from my brother-in law, got on the ladder, and, after determining both that I wasn't underneath or in the swinging path of the branch, and that said branch would not damage my roof or my car, I started chewing away at it. The polesaw is like a chainsaw greave, and as I cut away at the first, and then second branches, I could not help but imagine how awesome this would be as a polearm in a minimally realistic martial arts film.  

At this point in the process, the tree decided that it had had enough and that physics did not apply to it and the branch fell, not directly down, not to the side that I was cutting on, but, as near as I can tell twisted the cut out towards me, swung towards me  and swatted me off the ladder. The polesaw made a long arc through the sky before deciding on the ballistic trajectory that would place it on me. I caught a gimps of it just before it impacted. My heart skipped a beat and I now have a much greater appreciation for the final moments of Elric of Melniboné. However,  because I was not holding the grip safety, it was not running, thus I was not disemboweled; escaping with some scrapes bruises and a coating of sawdust and dirt. 

Nothing of value was lost.


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November 17, 2020

Veibae and the Stages of Gacha

Everyone's favorite virtual Polish succubus teaches her viewers an important lesson about the sunk cost fallacy. 


How much she learned is unknown. 

UPDATE: 

Not a lot apparently. 

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November 15, 2020

Now Wordpress is Purging

Last Refuge (ConservativeTreehouse.com) just received a missive from their hosting provider WordPress. that contained the following assortment of words. 


...given the incompatibility between your site’s content and our terms, you need to find a new hosting provider and must migrate the site by Wednesday, December 2nd. 

WordPress hosts a lot of websites including a large number that are not to the left of Lenin. I believe Instapundit is a WordPress site. This is deeply troubling as it means that the censorious rot has spread to mid tier hosting services that have, in the past, catered to people not striving to fit in to the Santa Clara Valley Junior Virtue Signal Auxiliary. 

It also puts to rest the silly notion that the purges would let up after the election. The patrician pooh-bahs of Palo Alto were blindsided by Trump, that most unlikely Tribune of the Plebs, and they seek to ensure that no Plebian Assemblies will ever again empower others like him.


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Wo0t!




Space-X has launched a NASA mission with an international crew consisting of NASA and JAXA astronauts to the International Space Station. The mission commander, Colonel Michael Hopkins USAF, will be transferred and sworn in to the U.S. Spaceforce during this mission, and so this mission marks the first spaceflight of a Spaceforce servicemember. Hopkins has two spaceflights under his belt. Mission specialist Shannon Walker has done a previous tour to the ISS, Victor Glover is on his first spaceflight, but is an experienced test pilot and The Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, is one of 7 current (11 total) Japanese astronauts, has been an astronaut since JAXA was still NASDA, and has ridden fire twice. 

I dunno what the odd pulsing of the second stage engine pumps was, but it's now been 15 minutes, the capsule is in orbit, the first stage was recovered, and all 'splodies have been confined to the interiors of the engine nozzles.

Happy day! 

UPDATE: Final crew note; the zero gravity indicator on this mission appears to be Baby Yoda.

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November 14, 2020

Late

This morning, leaving for work,  I was running much closer to the wire than I like. I started out the door and...couldn't open the storm door.


And the porch light burned out.

Some considerable pushing and squinting later I realized that Amazon had made a delivery during the night and there was a box kind of wedged under the storm door and several others in front of it.

So I went out the back door, which can't be locked from the outside, went around to the front door, dislodged the box jamming the storm door, went in locked the rear door, got all the boxes into the living room ran to the van, ran back, locked the front door and went to work. 

It is the first time I've been late in a long while. 


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November 13, 2020

Today is Triskaidekaphobia Awareness Day

Today is also the day we remember the arrival of the 13th dinner guest, Loki, who according to Norse Mythology, arrived uninvited and arranged the death of the Norse god  Baldur thereby cursing the day by association


Finally, it should be noted that today is a Friday the 13th... 

...in 2020

So it is an excellent time to take great risks and do stupid things if you want to debunk irrational phobias. 


"Yes!  I'll be in de bunker." 


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November 12, 2020

Well, That's it. It's Really Over.


Via Ace.

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