October 10, 2014

Why the Publication of this Article is a Troubling Indicator of the State of Journalism Today

 I should have something substantive to say about this headline, but the derp is so strong with this one that I find myself without words.






"Amidoinitrite?"


The economy is doomed.

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October 05, 2014

Dispatch From the Department of Redundancy Department



I got this from Dustbury's blog while using the internet via my computer to read Dustbury's blog. 

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September 28, 2014

In A Better World

...this is the sort of thing that "Japanese Spam" would refer to. 





Of course, that is dubious in an entirely different way.

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September 23, 2014

Internet Navigation Failure...

For some reason the URL for The London Telegraph is taking me to The Onion





At least, I HOPE that's what is happening. 

UPDATE 10 minutes later :

A cautionary note. Take a moment between staring in horror at the above hyperlink and re-reading Harrison Bergeron to peruse this post by Popehat which Ace discusses at length here. Neither post discusses the story linked above, but focus on another recent infuriating headline; one that turned out not to quite match the facts at hand. Both posts should be read in full by everyone.

Back to the idiocy at hand...

The scary thing about this advertising story is that in this day and age, is that it's not actually inconceivable. 

John C. Wright points out an indirect ramification of this story. 
 Science fiction writers often show the folly of some trend in modern life by envisioning a darkly humorous future where that trend is carried to an absurd extreme. When real life exceeds the imagined absurdity, my life as a science fiction writer grows difficult. [/quote]

On the other hand, this must mean we are finally living in the future....
....just not the one we'd hoped for. 


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Amazing Facts!


I got home and noted that I had acquired some spam...13 pages of it in my comments dashboard. Well, I didn't have time to deal with it then so I flitted off to school with the intention of dealing with it later. 

However upon arriving home I noted that all 13 pages were gone. This means something. By applying Occam's Shamwow to the problem, I was able to figure out  how this miracle occurred. This blog previously noted that Sydney is currently beset by an amphibious assault of green...things

Pixy lives in Sydney.

Thus Pixy is responsible for the seaside phenomena and is using the quality cabbages to thwart spam. 



I have no idea how this can possibly work. However, I don't write code so I shouldn't judge. 

Some might suggest that correlation is not causation, but if that were the case, we would not know that UFOs are piloted by Bigfoots (and are attracted to drunks without cellphone cameras for some reason) but thanks to Occam's Shamwow we do!

Anyway...Thanks Pixy!


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September 20, 2014

Pixy's Plan

As many of you know, our Webmaster resides in Sydney. Some of us have suspected that he may be up to something but had no idea what that might be.



The only question now is why.

UPDATE: So this happened on Pixy's blog the same day the story broke. I can only assume the two actions are somehow connected. This must be an exceedingly elaborate scheme. 

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September 14, 2014

They Might Be Tunes.

Thank you Moe Lane:

Just, thank you.



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Groundskeeper Willie Speaks on the Scottish Question

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August 30, 2014

I'll Just Leave This Here


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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. 

UPDATE: Duh...It's NPR so the actual broadcast is archived here. The whole episode, most of which lacked the spectacular levels of self parody is here

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August 14, 2014

Gallows Moe

I really should not have been surprised that this exists. And yet....




 Kowaii > Kawaii

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July 29, 2014

TOS Follies

Well, this just popped up in my instant messenger.




So I looked.
It's...special.

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.



more...

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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!?



OK. 
Who else?

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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. 

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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.




"YEP!"

(Chen by Kishiri.)


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