April 19, 2016

Because, Of Course....

...once that story started making the rounds, this just needed to happen.


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April 01, 2016

NASA

....has set up a tribble cam today so people can observe the breeding operation. Tribbles, which are more properly called Flatcats or Arctic Shmoos are, high in protein, not picky about their diet and taste like chicken.


UPDATE: Oddly enough, the camera was shut off sometime around midnight and all references to the program have been removed. 

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J.C. Staff to Helm 13 Episode Princess Mononoke Reboot

UPDATE: Since it is no longer April First, I should give proper credit for the above art to Maldives.



UPDATE: Link fixed ( more here)

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March 20, 2016

R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface!

The United Kingdom is building a state of the art oceanographic research ship. Ice strengthened for operations in the polar regions, this floating temple to the spirit of discovery will cost 200 million pounds. The vessel will have extensive laboratory facilities and be able to keep its crew of 90 mariners and scientists at sea continuously for 60 days. 


Her Majesty's government decided to put the matter of the ships name to an internet vote....



Funny you should ask...I refer you to the title of this post.  (via)

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January 19, 2016

Well; We're Screwed

Well, I discovered several terrible things today.
Some are too horrible to mention. One though, while also being a sign of the end times...
...umm... 
I'll just post this picture since I've found out to my utter bewilderment that some of you will probably appreciate the affirmation...
the most popular new search term of 2015 on the naughty online portal PornHub was "Giantess."

タイタン・ウシノフ who, for some reason, is Anglicized as "Rokka" gives us "Bucket" "2 Girls" "Pudding" "Knee High Boots" "Tatoo" One Piece" "Silver Fox" "Twin Tails" "Cross" and "Giantess" which I gather are now the search engine queries that bring all the boys to the yard.
more...

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December 30, 2015

Suddenly, I Find I Have a Hankering for Tacos

This is brilliant.
The music is sublime.

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December 14, 2015

It's Dangerous to Shop Alone. Take This.

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November 29, 2015

An Important Product Safety Announcement


When one observes one's plamos start doing this....



...it does not actually mean that one has been blessed with a Lilliputian moe' waifu, but is, instead, a rather strong indication that one really needs to get out more. 

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November 13, 2015

Happy Paraskevidekatriaphobia Awareness Day



UPDATE: Well, crap.

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October 29, 2015

Where Politics Inevitably Leads

I actually heard someone ask today, if, during his jujitsu moment during the debate last night, Ted Cruz had made an Anti-Semetic joke about Bernie sanders. 


Because obviously Senator Sanders was the alluded to Mensch-kevik. 

OK. In fairness, that's not a completely unwarranted etymology error.

However, if one did not know what the Mensheviks were one may be surprised to lear that one has numerous options other than flinging casual and stupid allegations of anti-semitism about. 

One could ask.  " Umm...what did he mean by Mensheviks?"

One could think about the context of the word in the sentence and, assuming one knew what a Bolshevik is, conclude that a Menshevik is some other faction...given the sarcasm in the delivery, perhaps not that far removed from the Bolshies. 


This has troubling implications for our society.

It gets worse:

This exchange got me to thinking what Mensch - Kivak would actually be. Regrettably, I inadvertently pondered Mensch-Kiviak and...and I cannot unsee it no matter how hard I try. 


But enough of such unpleasantries; here is a picture that has naught to do with the Russian Revolution or cannibalism.  



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October 17, 2015

Don't Forget That October Is...

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Down Syndrome AwarenessDown Syndrome Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month 
Healthy Lungs Month
National Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Spinal Health Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Hunger Awareness Month

Remember too, these dates in this highly commemorative month....

1-7: National Sarcoidosis Awareness Week
3- 10: Hearing Aid Awareness Week
3-9: Mental Illness Awareness Week
3-9: National Fire Prevention Week
4-8: Drive Safely to Work Week
11-15: National School Lunch Week
12-20: Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week
18-24: National Drug-Free Work Week
23-31: Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America)
           Lung Cancer Awareness
24-30: Respiratory Care Week
24-30: Pastoral Care Week
4: National Child Health Day
7: National Depression Screening Day
13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
10: World Mental Health Day
15: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
16: World Food Day
20: World Osteoporosis Day
22: International Stuttering Awareness Day
22: National Mammography Day
27: Lung Health Day
       Lung Cancer Awareness
       Celiac Disease Awareness Day


Also:


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September 27, 2015

Close Air Support

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September 19, 2015

AVAST!! AHOY!! It be the 19th of September!


This here nearly ARRRR rated scrimshaw be the work of Minari.

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Shortest Dating Sim Ever


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September 14, 2015

Skirting the Very Edge of the Espionage Act

For the engineers and spies in the audience, here is a short video on the critical aspects of missile guidance...


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September 01, 2015

New Defense Development in China

...and the implications are profound. 


I mean, who could have possibly predicted this?


"That's it. Game over!"

That article seems to actually be a reprint of this report from McClatchy, which I will note rather buries the lede with its...specificity. 

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August 31, 2015

Pique Should Not Be a Default State...for Anyone

Look.

I'm seeing some wailing and gnashing of teeth over one of the President's recent pronouncements. While I think that it is perfectly reasonable to be prepared to experience horror, bewilderment and dread any time he opens his mouth, it is still important to actually listen to what is said since there is always the possibility (however remote) that such reactions will be unwarranted. 

For instance, it would seem to me, given the usual complaints from those complaining, that it would be more appropriate to cheer...or at least nod knowingly at the Presidents completely uncharacteristic decision to defer to state and local wishes with regard to federal land management decisions, and the decision itself seems perfectly reasonable.

How best to put it?


"Denali is not the hill to die on?" 


...Well, yeah...That works. 

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August 13, 2015

Crossing the Streams Does Indeed Result in Something Scary


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August 11, 2015

I...Oh Dear.

This has to be one of the most sublime juxtapositions of win and derp, ever.



more...

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August 04, 2015

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A Dispatch From the Department of Derp

Dustbury has discovered yet another reason to be wary of Windows 10 beyond the concerns about its security or  the worries that it permanently "upgrades" your computer to telescreen mode.


The Windows 10 error screen...


 "Well, that's...helpful"



Compounding these problems is the fact that Microsoft can't count.  This is either the thirteenth or the seventeenth edition of Windows depending on how one counts. Neither of those numbers is equal to 10. 

It get's worse. As we all remember, following the new numbering system adopted after Vista, the last edition was Eight which means that in REALITY,  we're discussing...


 


All of Microsoft's desperate obfuscations cannot save them from mockery by anonymous Touhou fans. 

Nineball was unavailable for comment.

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July 28, 2015

Exactly What it Says on the Tin

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July 24, 2015

Gentle Readers

...I urge you to watch this.


I do so mostly because I am a very bad man, but also because watching this will kill sufficient brain cells that it might distract one from any pain one might be experiencing.

Warning: May also cause psoriasis. 

Via Moe Lane, who's write up, while technically accurate, did not prepare me for the epic dreadfulness of this thing. 

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July 15, 2015

They've Stolen Murnau's Head!

No. Really...


 The skull of the film director F. W. Murnau — best known for "Nosferatu,” his 1922 Expressionist take on Bram Stoker’s "Dracula” — has been stolen from a cemetery outside of Berlin.


Not currently a suspect.

On the bright side, this could easily be parlayed into the basis for a sequel to that awesome John Malcovich movie.

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June 23, 2015

How Many Nuclear Bombs WOULD it Take

...to effectively knock most of the world back into the 7th century?


Well, to physically devastate the planet through blast and heat would take thousands upon thousands of bombs, probably more than existed at the height of the cold war. 

However, all we have to do is bring down the thing that (philosophical advances notwithstanding) makes the modern world modern...our technology.

One could go a long way to doing that with an Electro Magnetic Pulse. There are a few ways to get these, but we're talking about nukes, so one can obtain the effect by detonating a nuclear weapon at high altitude. The sweet spot seems to be an area with a lower limit between 18 and 31 miles up (depending on latitude and other factors) and an upper limit around 300 miles into space. The effects are caused by interaction with the earth's atmosphere and magnetic field and extends to the visible horizon. The effects radii for various altitudes can be seen here...



The actual effects are fairly consistent throughout the area with a horseshoe shaped area containing a zone of very high effects and a small area just north (or south in the southern hemisphere) of ground zero with minimal effects.



Most of the area has between 50 and 80% of the maximum intensity of effects. The effects can be...impressive.


  The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) fused all of the 570-kilometer monitored overhead telephone line with measured currents of 1500 to 3400 amperes during the 22 October 1962 test. The monitored telephone line was divided into sub-lines of 40 to 80 kilometres (25 to 50 mi) in length, separated by repeaters. Each sub-line was protected by fuses and by gas-filled overvoltage protectors. The EMP from the 22 October (K-3) nuclear test caused all of the fuses to blow and all of the overvoltage protectors to fire in all of the sub-lines of the 570 km (350 mi) telephone line.The EMP from the same test caused the destruction of the Karaganda power plant, and shut down 1,000 km (620 mi) of shallow-buried power cables between Astana (then called Aqmola) and Almaty.  

Even assuming these were maximum effects and most areas would receive 30-80% of this effect this messes everything up. 

Back to the question at hand. How many bombs would it take for a not entirely rational government to apply those effects to the entire world?

Well, using the 1470 mile radius of the affected area we get an area of 6,788,670 square miles. The earth has a total surface area  of 196,939,900 square miles (rounded after conversion from km) and 196,939,900 / 6,788,670 = 29.010 so one would need less than 29 of these to send the whole Earth back into the dark ages (less because the nefarious individuals doing his would not need to hit most of the 70% of the surface area that's oceans, Antarctica, or themselves.

Now a small crazy country that wants to do this and had the capability to make 25 bombs a year and a transportable ballistic missile, and a modest merchant marine might discreetly disperse these missiles to where they could be simultaneously launched for global coverage... like so...


Iranian Shabab 4? missiles and their TELs on small container shiip.

Now to what end would they do this?

Well a conquering, convert or die army is kind of like a zombie apocalypse, with fast, tool-using, gun shooting zombies (except they don't often bite) and we've seen some of what can happen when a group like that moves into an area that's demoralized and destabilized...



Of course if this outfit ever encounters a proper modern military, they'll get curb-stomped. 

Note though that if you have the same goal and can demoralize and destabilize the entire world, by say, knocking a good chunk of it back to the 7th century, even if only for a few years...well., these people have a sense of history...



Imagine this transpiring while the whole world is knocked on their behinds by a power failure, starving and desperate, and assume to that kept aside a few nukes for military bases and tactical usage.

That would probably be quite a powerful motive for those who consider modernity itself to be an abomination.

Is this likely? Would it work?....probably not.

But, if you're crazy enough to roll the dice with nukes you're crazy enough to try really crazy crap especially since the EMP doesn't require particularly challenging targeting capability and could conceivably do far more damage than the same nuke could via blast and heat.  

Anyway, I was surprised that you could do it with 20-30 midsize nukes.

UPDATE: Corrected some typos, fixed a hyperling and. umm, removed the picture of Mum-Ra. 

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