May 19, 2016

Burying the Lede at NPR

The full implications of this story seem to have passed over the heads of the folks at NPR.  In fact, they seem to be focusing mainly on potential pitfalls .


Here's one of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes to explain just how this sort of scientific inquiry may positively affect life in the 21st century.



Thank you...Catherine...That is not quite the example I was going to use but it's close enough and may still be of interest to some of our readers.

For everyone else, here's Ayumi Hamasaki quietly explaining one reason why we want this miracle of science to be funded. 




Full Disclosure: "Science Babe" is not really named Catherine, but is, rather, a rendition of Touhou's Nittori Kawashiro by Nagumo.  
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May 17, 2016

"All Year"

An ill-bred and uninformed individual, blinded to their own ignorance by the Dunning - Kruger Effect, might foolishly conclude that purchasing a product that is good "All Year" would indicate that said product is implied to be good for between 365 and 366 days, or, alternatively, is valid for the rest of the calendar year. 


Of course, a person of sophistication and nuance such as, say, an academic, understands that these two words are not so provincially constrained in certain contexts...such as the Old Dominion University Parking Services Department. As I'm sure you are aware Gentle Reader, a person of letters is astute enough to appreciate that an "All Year" parking pass is, in fact, not actually valid during the summer semester for reasons so obvious as to render any inquiry into the matter a troubling indicator of low intellect, as well as a degenerate worldview centered around the retrograde and problematic notion that words mean things.

Of course, one might somehow arrive at the conclusion that this is just some contemptible means to bilk students out of 89 dollars on top of the 248 they paid for the "All Year" pass, but to be so rash as to express such ill-informed views would indicate that one engages in the sort of conspiratorial contemplations that good thinking, respectable people never, ever apply to those in academia,

So shut up.

(Not that I'm bitter or anything)


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May 13, 2016

Debunking Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Today I got off of work early, got an annoying Parallels update that has so vexed me this week to finally work right, discovered a superb Afgani restaurant and observed the first Monarch Butterfly I have seen in years. 


Note too, that when we all wake up tomorrow, even though it will be Saturday the 14th, none of us will be able to wake up from this nightmare... 



...which, it should be further noted, predates this unjustly maligned Gregorian quirk by more than a week.


Thus we have scientifically proven that Friday the Thirteenth is not especially bad.


So cheer up.






For the rest of the day. 

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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.
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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.



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August 04, 2015

Post Title Goes In This Field: Remember, Post Titles Should Be Short, Only Two Or Three Words And Be Humorous If Appropriate And Possible, However, Above All They Should Be Relevant To The Topic Of The Associated Post. For Frack's Sake Don't Write A Whole Friccking Paragraph.AND DON'T FORGET THE POST TITLE! Thank You.Management.


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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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