April 23, 2013

20% Mortality?

China is confirming that the H7N9 strain of Bird Flu has jumped to people.  They are reporting 108 cases of which 22 have been fatalities. A 20% mortality rate is alarming as it equals or exceeds the the lethality of the 1918 pandemic.

There is more on this here.

The official line in China is that there is no direct evidence of Human-Human transmission. However, the CDC website indicates that a number of the patients have had no contact with poultry or livestock. The Wikipedia page says that this is true for over 50% of patients, but provides no sourcing for that figure.

Note that even if it is a P2P bug the 20% mortality figure may be inflated if, for instance,  the only people diagnosed thus far are those who were already exceptionally ill.

Bird flu is always worrying but we get a scare like this every year or so and it should be remembered that the awful flu we got this winter hit with no warning. So just take this as a reminder that things can go pear shaped at any time and it's good to have ones disaster season supplies in order.

It's even better not to dispair.

So cheer up.

With that in mind, here is some cheer brought to you by the color pink.


Cheerful young lady trying to blend pink and teal is Megumi from GJ-Club.

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September 26, 2012

All is not well with this world.


Colleen Doran has a post on the importance of trademark and I must say that...I cannot unsee it.  To assure us that this atrocity IS personal she also links to this.


In other news, there is a pending bacon shortage. A BACON SHORTAGE!

Not only that, I realized that I'm fresh out of tar and feathers.

With the car in the shop, I'm unable to stock up so I decided to check on the Japan/China situation and blundered into this.

I then decided to put my bagel to the side indefinitely and just look for images to use for reaction shots and macros for the blo....

...OH HELL NO!


If you don't get this piece by Poly-M...Congratulations. It was a test and you passed.




We'll ask an artist for her opinion on these matters.


I think I'm in agreement with Mio on this.

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June 04, 2012

Taxidermy of Tomorrow TODAY!

Ewww.
Neat!
...
Ewwww!


via

Dutch dude uses his awesome taxidermy powers to turn his dead cat into Coptercat.

Naturally he uses it to chase cows.


The use of the Airwolf soundtrack is sublime.

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May 07, 2012

Servants of Moloch

Browsing through the Green Room I encountered a link to this....


Health authorities in Asia are concerned that if the
powdered foetus trade is allowed to continue the capsules will find their way onto the internet and be sold to gullible or sick desperate people in other parts of the world.


Emphasis mine.

"Obviously.."I thought to myself "This headline must be somewhat misleading."

Alas no....

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August 27, 2011

Yikes! ( Unrelated to Storm)

This doesn't concern the storm, but it's of concern nonetheless.

If the R.O.U.S.s team up with the C.H.U.D.s New York is in trouble.
via


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August 22, 2011

Irene

It looks like Puerto Rico is getting hammered, and this thing has only just begun its mischief.


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May 01, 2010

Cooties

   This girl has them.....




Completely unrelated...and there is much rejoicing over that fact

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August 28, 2009

One of THOSE Headlines

Drudge may actually provide some perspective in his link to this story which reads...

BEST & MONTH RALLY FOR STOCKS SINCE 1933.

Well yay! I mean that's a pretty impres.....wait......1933...

...oh...

...fudge.

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July 09, 2009

Quick Updates on Status

Mom had her surgery today.
Surprisingly, she is home already. A decision was made at the last minute to scale this back to be a an exploratory surgery for another round of biopsies so this was not the huge surgery that we feared. OTOH it will probably be the first of several.
She started throwing up a bit ago, so I've called into work and am standing by. However, other than that she seems to be doing very good.



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June 02, 2009

Worrying

A new airborne strain of Rabies is spreading rapidly through Arizona.
HT Cdr. Salamander.

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May 27, 2009

An Update

There is a fairly substantial update to the post about that abominably abominable abomination which is mercifully buried far from unsuspecting eyes here. Or you can cut out the middle man and go here.


I'm gonna be appalled either way aren't I?

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April 30, 2009

Cringe Worthieness

Some months ago I blogged about various visions of vileness I'd encountered, one of which was an alleged H-Game that caused much well deserved horror. I was unsure it was not an elaborate leg-pull but they had a dev blog and seemed to be semi legit. I eventually forgot about it....until a few weeks ago when I encountered this wallpaper that looked cute...but odd somehow.


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I looked it up and belatedly realized I'd returned to the dev-blog for THAT game. Not only was it still a going concern they were about to release a demo of the disability girl game.....Oh the horror....
....or perhaps not.....
You see looking at the blog to see if this was indeed real I noted that the focus has changed. It appears that this has recently become a straight 'dating sim' rather than a porn game which makes it less worisome for some reason. Also several more or less normal characters have been added as well as at least one other guy with..."issues" (a hikokimori).

The characters are all interesting interesting on the face of it and I don't quite get the same creepy ass vibe I got from it the first time. Last night around 4 AM I took a break from my paper and perused the 4th level of the Chan's where it was announced that the demo has been released.

I don't do dating sims and I don't have time right now to look at this if I did. Fortunately I keep an EBP (emergency backup pervert) on retainer who is all about dating sims and their kin so I sent it his way. Hopefully a review will be forthcoming. It will be interesting to see if they can avoid having this this be  creepy, exploitative or insulting.

UPDATE: The EBP came through with a thoughtful and tasteful review.
Go read the whole thing.
 I agree with most of his points, particularly the idea that the inclusion of am "H-Option" in the game is very unfortunate. Dating sims are not my cup of tea but I actually played through this thing a bit and the characters realy are quite engaging and likable.  The designers did a fine job making the characters engaging, interesting people. Rin in particular is well realized with her dry wit. The designers deserve a good deal of credit for their characterizations here. Tiberius sums it up the whole thing very well in a comment at Wonderducks place:
Waaay back when I first saw "that picture" it was the first time I ever really felt ashamed of my anime hobby.  Now, mirabile dictu, I've been surprised by human nature, in a good way, no less.  What I've seen of this so far is not too bad.  I shant blither on and pre-empt your review, but I would like to contribute this:  by about half-way through this demo version, I didn't give any thought to the girls' conditions at all; I wanted to know more about them and where the story was headed.  That's good story telling.


Indeed...
And we should probably  never speak of this again.

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April 28, 2009

Obsolete...


This ray of sunshine is already obsolete...As to its significance, your milage may vary.

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July 15, 2008

How?

How does one deliberately cut ones head off with a chainsaw?
If he'd been juggling a couple then I could see it but this...

How?

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June 09, 2008

Most Awfulest Merchandising Idea EVAH!

Murdoc's other blog Gunpundit, is generally worth a read. Be advised that eye and soul protection are hardly ever required because stuff like this almost never happens over there.





Yes Mr. toy designer....we mean you.

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April 07, 2008

Danger!... Brickmuppeteers Beware!

Skip this post...it is an atrocity.

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 Because some people did not listen, I've moved the horror below the fold for your protection.  Please, do not look below the fold.....
more...

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