December 31, 2021

2021: Year in Review

2020 won.


Violence in the streets, America in ignominious retreat on the international stage, shortages, inflation, and me learning to talk, use a fork, and tie my shoes.

It was just the 1970's but all in one year.

But no disco.

I'm completely done with this foetid abortion of a year, but Pixy has gone into rather more detail, while looking at the year from a tech perspective. 

He also has disco. 

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Watching V-Tubers

I learned that it's already my birthday in Timor Leste.


Huh.

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December 29, 2021

It Begins

Elon Musk, the ad-Astra Afrikans-American who has, in the last few years, revolutionized access to space, seems to have dropped one too many red pills.



Devon Delvechio recently did the above video on Musk's changing perspective in the eyes of the hip set but today came a rather pointed rebuke of the man by...the FAA and EPA.

It seems that the FAA has delayed their approval of Musks new spaceship launch until at least March pending an environmental review. Note that the whole point of the rocket is to get completely out of the environment.

Musk has, in the last few years gone from the darling of the Ted-Talk left to something of an annoyance at best. His recent Twitter-feud with Senator Warren and his appearance on the Babylon Bee of all places seems to have cemented his transition in their eyes. 

Musk was, for many years, an enthusiastic repeater of leftie platitudes as he took govt. subsidies for electric and solar endeavors during the Obama years. It was this lack of offensiveness from the lefts point of view that likely enabled his much more consequential rocketry project to proceed unnoticed and unmolested.

I suspect that the environmental review delay is a sort of shot across the bow, telling the billionaire to "get back in line". These people, especially those in the Biden Administration, are vindictive enough that they'll strangle a new industry in the crib just to spite Musk. 

Worse, it's quite possible that Musks space projects are themselves a primary target. Starlink itself bypasses many donors to the DNC, Solar power satellites could be a big step in curbing emissions...without paying the grifters that fly private jets to conferences to lecture poor people on their carbon footprint. 

Musk is an impressive genius but his brilliance is partly a result of his autism, which ill prepares him for the kind of Byzantine emotional maneuvering that is necessary when dealing with our ruling class. Whether this change in opinion of him by the powers that be is something he can survive is something I'll be watching with not a little apprehension.


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December 24, 2021

A Pyrrhic But Satisfying Victory


Art by Itou: Who truly seems to understand what it's like to work for U.P.S. at Christmas.
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December 22, 2021

This WAS Interesting

In lieu of actual content, here is a really interesting video from Rudyard.



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Uh....Yeah

I've got to watch this whole thing after work Friday. Hopefully there isn't  something NSFW like catgirl pr0n in the middle of it. What I've seen is Epic.

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Wonderduck Status



I'm not at liberty to discuss any specifics, but, to my considerable relief, I was able to talk to Wonderduck by phone two days ago. 

He's still in the hospital, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I suspect he will post something before the week is out.   

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The Brickmuppet is AWAKE



Art by Shidori225
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December 13, 2021

Dev Watched Santa Inc. So We Don't Have To.

Interestingly, (tragically) Dev watched the WHOLE thing.

This is a much more interesting and fair review of this dumpster fire than most. 


It also makes clear that this is an even bigger, and in some ways more disturbing fiasco than is widely reported.

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Holiday Banality.




Narmaya in a holiday mood by Homidere.
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December 08, 2021

A Wide-Ranging Discussion on Various Issues of the Day


Here's the shorter version:


Wow.

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December 05, 2021

Wait...What!?


Hopefully, this story is unrelated.

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December 03, 2021

Escalation Avoided

 In two separate incidents, NATO and Russian ships have been noted doing very provocative acts... the Russians sending a warship to Denmark in a gross overreaction to the seizure of a Russian merchant vessel and a U.K. and Dutch ship practically sailing into Sevastopol uninvited. 


In both cases the incidents never happened, but there was some alarm at the time as the international AIS database showed them happening in real time.


Note too that China has, ostensibly as a part of a CHICOM privacy law(?), severely restricted the use of AIS data in it's merchant fleet. That's a separate and potential troubling development.

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An Important Note for Fan Artists who Follow Genshin Impact

Klee and Paimon are not for lewding. 



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