August 21, 2014
Freudian Radio To my utter astonishment and joy, the car only cost 288 Sacagaweas to be resurrected after rolling an 18 on its "save versus ants" skill.
As I drove around performing all the errands I had needed to do this week, I listened to NPR's All Things Considered and one of their segments was a special on the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington DC. Instead of just having some historians come and talk, they did a mock new report...as if NPR was covering it at the time.
"Boy howdy! Did they ever! "
The NPR reporter was embedded with the advancing British troops . They seemed to imply that the Madisons were having marital problems (not mentioning WHY they left the capital separately). To my surprise. they seemed to give fairly short shrift to Dolly Madison's heroics in getting certain national treasures out of DC .There was no mention of the one other bright spot in the debacle ( The President taking charge and turning what was a rout into an organized fighting retreat, as well as changing the direction of the shattered army towards Baltimore and away from the hinterlands). One of the embedded reporters noted a Redcoat carrying a decorative pillow as he applied gunpowder paste to the White House. Robert Siegel asked if she meant that they were looting and she said that was not the case, but rather, the British troops were just taking souvenirs.
An NPR reporter in a tavern tried to interview the American general who had just been defeated, but said officer was too inebriated to say much.
There was actually some credit given to Madison, though it was for the empty but quite inspirational gesture of having Congress re-convene in the burned out ruins of DC.
Finally, a pair of commentators (actually Historians) discussed what they thought was likely to follow and argued a bit before making different predictions, that, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight were nevertheless, both highly prescient.
Not able to be captured in this run-down is the palpable glee with which the whole catastrophe was reported.
At one point I was actually wondering if this was a parody, but no, it was completely straight, just not terribly self aware. At the end of the broadcast, they were happy and I was perversely amused, so a good time was had by all.
I guess that counts as some quality radio.
August 14, 2014
Gallows Moe I really should not have been surprised that this exists. And yet....
Kowaii > Kawaii
July 29, 2014
TOS Follies Well, this just popped up in my instant messenger.
So I looked.
Anyway it's below the fold as it might interest some of you who fopllow such matters.
Be warned though that the usual advisory on such documents applies.
July 26, 2014
Creepy Horror Story Takes Unexpected Turn
Via Ace of Spades, we have a follow-up to that disturbing story about the dolls who appeared on the doorsteps of young girls (each bearing a resemblance to the girls in question). It has been solved. Astoundingly, the resolution did not involve dreadful discoveries in a basement or shallow graves.
It appears that the dolls were intended to be gifts from a woman who attended the girls church.
It was a scary story involving dolls, yet it appears to have just been someone being nice. Who on earth would have expected THAT!?
July 20, 2014
A Caption With Worrisome Implications New Jersey has a snake problem of a sort that is, hype notwithstanding, fairly unremarkable. However, this caption is troubling.
I find that I'm far more alarmed about the 30-40 foot tall man holding it.
July 01, 2014
I Would Normally Be Skeptical ...but I got this via Tam, so it must be true.
In these uncertain times it is important to be aware of every weapon at one's disposal.
(Chen by Kishiri.)
June 28, 2014
As if the Last Post Wasn't Enough of a Downer Now there is this unspeakable injustice...
"Halb! Ninduhz sdole by doze!"
June 23, 2014
Stuff and Things Apropos the previous post. My utter contempt for the people involved exceeded the scope of my Thesaurus. I don't think I've ever dropped 'f bombs' in a post before and I certainly do not intend to make a habit of it.
Frequent commentor Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts makes an interesting observation...
Send cause concoction towards large zip major naff plastic bag. Increase sirloin to successfully tote
Well, it might be an observation.
Of course, given that this faithful commentor has helpfully provide similar insights twenty times this weekend, my first impulse is to violate the promise made in the first paragraph. It occurs to me however, that perhaps what I need is not a bigger thesaurus, but a cypher. It could be that this is a coded message and all that stands between me and a great adventure is deciphering this! What if all of these comments, together form a sort of Rosetta Stone that has the potential to unlock the secrets of the Voynich Manuscript? Solving such a puzzle would have the potential to unlock wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. Formidable enemies would seek to suppress that disruptive information, but the potential to bring about a golden age of enlightenment would surely be worth the risk!
Heck, cute girls might talk to me!
If only...I hadn't deleted all those comments....
Once again I have sabotaged myself.
I may have to check out this show. Not only is this barista into military history, I hear tell she has good trigger discipline too!
June 14, 2014
Paraskevidekatriaphobia...Missed I had intended to do two posts yesterday including one on the silly Friday the Thirteenth nonsense. Unfortunately my Friday involved, getting off work late, having my car stuck in the shop (where it remains over the weekend), a letter from the VA telling me I owe them 1800 dollars, an attack of sinusitis and a power failure.
On the other hand, while yesterday was the only such quirk of the gregorian calendar this year, there will be no less than three opportunities to post on Paraskevidekatriaphobia next year. Also, today has involved leveraging last nights power failure into about 13 hours of sleep, so things are definitely looking up.....embedded video notwithstanding.
June 01, 2014
We here at Brickmuppet Blog wish give our sincerest thanks to Don of Zoopraxiscope infamy fame for nominating this site for a Liebster Award. This nomination brings with it many privileges...most of which are like those 'privileges' I'm constantly asked to check.
The Quasi-Official Rules of the Liebster Award
Don has helpfully provided 11 questions
1. Who should write your biography?
James Joyce (in the style of Finnigan's Wake).
I am now obligated to reveal 11 heretofore unknown facts about myself...which will be difficult given the sheer banality of my Walter Mitty lifestyle.
1: I enjoy spearfishing and SCUBA diving. But have done neither in 3 years.
2: I've been blogging since 2003.
3: In high school I was on the chess team, the track team and played the trombone.
4: The only rescue I participated in while on duty with the Coast Guard was assisting in saving a St. Bernard.
5: I was a college DJ in 1990-91 and 1994-6.
6: The name of this blog is actually a Hayao Miyazaki reference....by way of a wild rose.
7: I started following anime in earnest in 1987. The format debate at the time was not MP4 or FLV. It was VHS and Beta.
8: After an Identity theft incident some years ago, I shut down my Facebook account. When I attempted to reactivate it I discovered that I am now banned from Facebook.
9: #8 does not bother me in the least.
10: I did community theater for 6 years.
11: As a cub scout I once had to save a group of children including an infant from a herd of wild hogs.
Now to spread the gift.
Here are your questions.
1: The number of states you have visited.
2: The the number of countries you have visited.
3:What books are you reading now or are on your 'to read' pile?
4: Name a hobby you have that don't involve QWERTY or DVORAK keyboards?
5: You have 1 billion dollars. It must be spent within 3 days. The complicating factor is that it cannot be spent on any property or food for yourself. What do you spend it on?
6: If you had a chance to move off planet, to say the Moon, Mars or a NEO knowing it would take about 10 years to get beyond the "rustic" phase, would you?
7: If you were given (pinky under the nose) ONE MILLION DOLLARS but had to leave the US and never return...would you?
8: Jazz, Electronica or Symphonic Metal?
9: What period of history most interests you?
10:What city would you most like to visit if you had a week off?
11: Which anime has the highest re-watch value for you?
Your only hope now is to follow the rules above or else an unexpected phone call will surely befall you.
May 25, 2014
That succinctly explains why those songs are rarely translated.
However, it can be done....more...
May 15, 2014
Is That Foamy?
May 09, 2014
Their Texture... ...has always been a source of speculation for me. However, now that I seem to have discovered where Pringles come from, I find that I rue my foolish curiousity.
May 05, 2014
Solving the Millennials Employment Problem This New York Times article indicates that we may soon find something for all of them to do.
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
To my considerable alarm, the article actually has all of the awkward implications the headline suggests.
"Stop yer whinin'. We're payin' yer college loans!"
April 12, 2014
3 Moose and a Lawn Sprinkler
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