January 11, 2016

A Few Random Links (Genius Edition)

Some genius is translating the Beatus of Liébana and two volumes are already out. Said genius has other translations of Iberian medieval Catholic scholarship out as well.  Given that the Amazon Prime price is naught, I'm curious as to her business plan, but she's a genius, so she's probably got it covered. 


At the exact opposite end of nearly every spectrum or graph, another genius has blogged the junction of democracy, capitalism and trigger discipline. (Link probably NSFW)

Some mad genius in Texas is peddling an insane theory that involves the IJNS Nagato and Godzilla. Alas he has amassed compelling evidence, which is why he's not just a crazy person in Texas. 

A gunnery genius has composed...this



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November 29, 2015

Some Quick Links

While there is considerable concern being expressed about the Syrian refugee situation, Dustbury finds someone raising the alarm about a less appreciated invasion.  He also helpfully points out that all of my problems stem from a parking fee. In retrospect, it's probably a decent trade-off. 


Borepatch says all that needs to be said about Black Friday. He also manages to offend on multiple levels with only 9 words

Moonlistaria has Anime and Video Game recommendations up. (link via)


Tangentially related to that; while Wonderduck has been putting up a brave face yesterday and today, one should not underestimate the stress he will have to deal with  until January 25th



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November 16, 2015

Pantheon

...is the word that J.Greely is looking for

I should point out that what he is trying to find words for does indeed warrant some considerable attention. 


"I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there ARE other options available."

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September 29, 2015

Nothing I Can Type Can Possibly Improve Upon This.

Go now. Read this.



 

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September 18, 2015

A Horrifying Possibility

...with almost Lovecraftian implications.


Tam ponders a profound proposition that's perturbingly probable.


It's all a lie!1!

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September 13, 2015

Important Product Awareness Tip

...from J.Greely; or more specifically, his sister...

Public Service Announcement for the uninitiated (and others, like me, who don’t read labels on things like Bounty): They now make paper towels with dish soap in them. Don’t use them to make bacon in the microwave. #justsayin’ On the bright side, clean up was suprisingly easy ….

Who thought that was a good idea? 
Besides cooking, these paper towels are also pretty much useless for drying dishes, first aid, anything involving pets or whatever else one might  use a paper towel for in a pinch.. 


"...The HELL!?"

Yes. Emergency backup coffee filters are right out...

Also, from the comments, it appears that the Russians may be ahead of some of us in bacon preparation technology. 


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September 07, 2015

One Weird Trick For Getting the Local Archetectural Review Board Off Your Back

If the local ARB is giving you grief, just send them this or one of several similar pictures by Munashichi. Then they'll all have heart attacks and leave you alone.



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August 30, 2015

Thank You

I'm unable to comment on Suburban Banshee's site so I'll post this here.


As the majority of our readers are happily unconcerned with such matters, we have opted to provide the following compensatory visual content as a professional courtesy. 


RWBYStayKnights by Dishwasher1910

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August 29, 2015

August 27th 1859

The day the whales were saved!


Also, check out JC's whole blog, which is really neat.

It has been puttering along since February and I had not been checking it regularly. This was a dreadful mistake on my part as it is a really cool site.

It has technophilia, without any  disemvoweling. 


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August 20, 2015

Blogging on the Edge

Suburban Banshee, not content to limit herself to publishing scholarly translations of medieval texts, has decided to blog dangerously. Specifically, she's stumbled upon and posted about forbidden knowledge. Knowledge so forbidden that the Times Literary Society has removed it from its website. 


In stark contrast to those cowardly quislings, Suburban Banshee defies the dread Dervishes of decapitation by keeping the intriguing apostasy up on her blog. 

In short, certain Quranic texts have recently been dated too early... possibly before Mohammed started hearing voices from Gabriel.


The manuscript in question appears to be the one discussed here (which is a fascinating find in any event as it predates the 3rd Caliph's destruction of all versions of the Quran not his own). 

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August 19, 2015

When The Commute IS the Workout


Glute conscious cityscaping by Izumi Sai

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July 27, 2015

We Sincerely Hope

...that the fact that the last transmission from Don was on the 22nd and concerned an approaching tornado is merely indicative of a vibrant and rewarding social life. 


May everything on his end be going well. 

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July 19, 2015

Something Retro and Japanese

Here is Yamada 2, a Japanese blimp from 1911.




Don has discovered something else in this ridiculously broad category...proto J-Pop.

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January 22, 2015

Open Thread!

Yes the "Open Thread".

The international, IMO approved, SOLAS compliant, universally recognized code used by bloggers who are engaged in a three front war against school, work, and writers block.

Here are some random linky bits, just in case, like me, you have nuthin'.

Suburban Banshee suggests that ISIS may not be as well read on their stated policy manual as they claim to be. 

Trigger Warning! Politix...Neo suggests that Boehner may not actually be vindictive...or an idiot

On a completely different note...Don links to an article which proposes that suggestions that our society has entered a slow decline may be erroneous.  
He also links to this thing that I can't spell

Juxtaposition.Greely is doing that thing he does

Wonderduck is unaware that it is not Saturday

Steven reminds us that opining on cartoons from time to time...doesn't contradict our assertions that we're not kids anymore.  

With that in mind...Medieval Otaku claims to have found the BEST BOXING ANIME EVER! It's hard to disagree.

Borepatch has video on steam, steel and DREADNOUGHTS!


Tam and others have thoughts on flag rank payola.

Dr Pournelle seems to be recovering from his stroke and is opining on current events again. Some of it is trigger worthy.

Dustbury...poor Dustburry

CDR Salamander on China and VietNam.


Meanwhile...In Gibraltar...

Finally, Tekalili...


 Meganekko of Yith by Aor Saiun

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January 05, 2015

Teh Banshee on Kanazawa

Suburban Banshee has an interesting post up on the Kanazawa Peasants Republic where she ponders the former nation's influence upon Japan's pogroms against Buddhists and Christians.

My attempts at commenting on her post were unsuccessful, but I would note that Kanazawa is neat and its history is really interesting. There is an awful l lot of "What If" potential there. Additionally, I gather that Lady Eboshi's outpost from Mononoke no Hime is based in part on this town.

The area still has a reputation of having a bit of an independent streak. 

I took some pictures when I was there. 

One thing that probably helped them initially (and most likely moved them up on the 'conquest priority list') was the fact that the area has one of Japan's few natural resources. Specifically, the river there is fairly rich in gold. ( Panning is NOT allowed today...the gold in the river is the property of some mining company which has a filtration plant....and any gold flakes that make it past are still company property...and can just go out to sea)

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