April 25, 2023

BLACK PILLED

I've been in and out of the hospital. Since going back to work I've been pulling as many hours as possible to make up for the hospital bills and lack of having worked which has been exhausting. 


I've sat for several hours in front of the computer trying to opine on matters of import but the matters have left me dead inside and unable to type. 

These include, but are not limited to:

Ray Epps 

Beer Spokes...people

Fox firing the one guy who said on air that the Dominion accusations were bullshit. 

The looming food situation in much of the world. 

CGM

That the following is a topic of conversation:


The self inflicted erosion of trust in so many of our institutions. 

Paimon is .... not for lewding. 







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April 19, 2023

April 15, 2023

Anniversary!

Note: It's a Blogging Best Practice to let your post sit for a bit before hitting "publish" so you can check spelling and grammar with a fresh eye.


It is an even better practice to actually hit "post" and not assume one has made a programming announcement like one did on Discord. 

Tonight is the one year anniversary of my first stream. So, despite it being a Saturday we will have an extended channel stream this evening beginning at 9PM EST 1AM UTC. 

We are on the Final Fantasy 14 North American server (in Sargatanas) if any members of chat who are FF14 players would like to do a dungeon or something.  

However:

After a bit of gaming while people filter in, we will change gears. At around midnight EST (depending on combat and cut-scenes) we will show two films from the 1920s that promise to be quite a treat. 

1 Week is a Buster Keaton short from 1923. Watch and be amazed at the master of physical comedy.



Our feature for the evening is CHANG! A semi-documentary from 1927. These days the academic nature of this film is criticized, its educational bonafides being somewhat hampered by the lack of any anthropologists on the 3 person shooting crew, but Adventurers Meriam C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack and Adventuress (and former spy) Marguerite Harrison more than make up for the lack of scholarly references by filming an absolutely great story. This film has been really hard to find and only recently have I managed to track down a copy not in French. 



In addition to narrating the title cards, I'll be providing some trivia about the making of the films. 

After the movies, we'll most likely do a little bit of grinding, in one of the channels current games. 

Stop by, grab a drink and a snack and join us at https://www.twitch.tv/brickmuppet for all the fun.

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April 12, 2023

We Have a Date (UPDATE: No We Don't)

Mauser missed it by THAT much.



I have it on very good authority that Twitch.tv/brickmuppet will be livestreaming it. Join my internet alter-ego and his Crack Team of Science Babes....

(well....at least one of them) 

...as they discuss this momentous occasion and provide a thoughtful, if snarky peanut gallery to any unplanned fireworks.  


Like this for instance...

Join us for the festivities beginning at 07:00 EST/ 11:00 UTC next Wednesday the 19th. 


UPDATE: Well...THAT'S a nice clarification. The Space Rocket Launch Schedule website now says that the launch date is TBD.  I'm not 100% sure it did not say that before , but I didn't see it, and I'm fairly sure that paragraph was not as long when I read it the first time. 

This morning I saw an announcement that it was going to be next Monday and currently I'm seeing this on Yahoo News :

 Current federal requests point to a liftoff between Monday, April 17, and Friday, April 21. Many believe Musk would be happy to see Starship fly on April 20, or 4/20, which is often used to reference all things marijuana-related and has become a favorite joke for Musk.

I'm sorry about jumping the gun on this, but it looks like no date is set as of this time. 

Spaceflight Now (currently) has the launch as No Earlier Than April 17th.


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April 10, 2023

Soon!





Starship is stacked and ready for launch

The only thing that is needed is FAA approval. 

  

If this thing works as advertised, it will be a game changer, heralding a massive downturn in launch costs and increase in frequency. 

Starship also is designed to go to Mars, though it can potentially reach anywhere between Mercury and the astroid belt, perhaps even the outer Jovian system which is about the absolute distance limit of useful solar power. 

This is a much bigger deal than people seem to realize. 

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April 08, 2023

Mili Really Captures The Essence of The Current Year

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April 01, 2023

This is No Joke: This is No Joke:

All hands to gaming stations: 


Tonight at 9pm EST 2am UTC we will be having a surprise Saturday stream. The occasion is the one year anniversary of the first attempt at streaming on the channel as well as the fact that we will almost caertainly finish La Pucelle: Tactics this evening. 

If we finish before or around midnight we will also show 2 silent film. The short comedy 1 Week staring Buster Keaton and the Semi-Documentary CHANG from 1927. The latter is a true classic, filmed on location in Siam that follows the lives of a young Thai couple as they try to eek out a living in the unforgiving jungle.  

Its academic nature is somewhat hampered by the lack of any anthropologists on the 3 person shooting crew, but Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack and Adventurer (and former spy) Marguerite Harrison more than make up for the lack of scholarly references by filming an absolutely great story. This film has been really hard to find and only just now have I managed to track down a copy not in French. 

Stop by, grab a drink and a snack and join us at Twitch.tv/brickmuppet for all the fun. 



OK: We did not finish La Pucelle. 
Tactics need to be reassessed. Next Movie night will be at the one year anniversary of our first full stream on Saturday April 15.

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When This Sort of Historiography Is THIS Well Done

....It borders on disturbing. 



On the other hand, heretofore, Ian's usually been pretty good about range safety. 

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