April 18, 2016
Ubuville is Under Water We've been dealing with some annoying occorances of late, including but not limited to illness, exams, term papers, a sinkhole, severed cable line, and a spider. However, these do not compare to 20 inches of rain in 24 hours.
In the sincere hopes that Ubu Roi drags his bedragled self inside unharmed we're going put out some Ubu bait.
April 07, 2016
Somewhere In the Great Smokey Mountains, Lies the Valley of the Win
"We should really pay more attention to J.Greely's sidebar!"
March 22, 2016
An Atypical Indicator of Genius
While by no means a reliable marker of stupidity, lowbrow humor is generally not a particularly dependable indicator of high intellect. However, it should be noted that humor of any type often does not translate well across cultures and this difficulty is greatly increased when one is attempting to convey a boorish bon-mot in something other than ones native tongue.
Learning a language is hard. Learning its nuances is extremely difficult.
Thus, the use by a native Russian speaker of the word 'titular' in this particular context can only be an indicator of the highest acumen and as such serves as an uplifting inspiration to all of us who are striving to learn a foreign language...at least those of us who are sufficiently problematic and déclassé to snicker at a boob joke.
Well played Pete.
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
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.
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.
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."
September 29, 2015
Nothing I Can Type Can Possibly Improve Upon This. Go now. Read this.
September 17, 2015
A Horrifying Possibility ...with almost Lovecraftian implications.
Tam ponders a profound proposition that's perturbingly probable.
It's all a lie!1!
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..
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
August 19, 2015
When The Commute IS the Workout
Glute conscious cityscaping by Izumi Sai
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CDR Salamander on China and VietNam.
Russian Newkyoulur forces current status.
Meganekko of Yith by Aor Saiun
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)
December 23, 2014
A Few Random Links The Guardian suggests that declining oil prices may cause the Russian Oligarchs to launch a sort of "palace coup" . Meanwhile, the New York Times suggests that Russia's oligarchs...at least those with meaningful political pull, are a myth and Putin is so firmly in control of his nation's elites that any threat to him will not come from that direction.
It's nice to know that there is some consensus on the matter.
Some good news on the Free Speech and CYA fronts: Sony has changed course yet again and is in fact releasing The Interview, albeit only through art houses. (Which, in fairness is all they CAN do, given that the major theater chains are still saying no.)
Much has been written about Keurig's asinine imposition of DRM on its users to crush the competition in the single serve coffee refill market. Well it is even worse than that. If you take D, R &M, rearrange them a bit and add a few more letters, you get MURDER! It seems that the little robot coffemakers are not only harassing their owners about what brand coffee they use, the monopolistic little Cylons from Planet Java are spraying them with boiling water.
Tam has dreams; oddly awesome ones.
No...nonononono. No I say.
(I actually wanted to be an astronaut.)
Tech imitates fiction. Now all we need to do is break the thing...and work out that time travel bit.
Circumstances have prevented me from doing many reviews of late. Don has a suggestion on where to find more.
With regard to reviews, I had never even HEARD of this show. I may have to check it out (though I'm unsure one of the names is translated correctly in this review.)
December 20, 2014
This Just In....
Via Colleen Doran
November 29, 2014
Insert Post Title Here
While I was being buried in cardboard (and was forgetting to hit PUBLISH), Tam was finding the perfect Thanksgiving day picture.
Also: Several bloggers went all musical at once..
and Don, for whom this was less surprising than his joining the reds.
All the cool kids are doing it, so I should probably take a slash at this.
November 16, 2014
Wonderduck Takes One For the Team Between his F-1 coverage, military history discussion and pointers to shows we might want to watch, Wonderduck has been watching a show called Ben-To...so we don't have to.
He has finally finished it and his overviews can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, not here, here, here, here and here. Yes. He watched the whole thing...to keep us safe from it. His posts on this subject are a bit surreal, but are estimated to be 77% less damaging to ones psyche than watching the actual show.
Words cannot express my gratitude to him for enduring this on our behalf. Thus I can only offer him this as thanks.
October 30, 2014
An Epiphany This afternoon, It suddenly occurred to me who the proprietor of Zoopraxiscope is.
The guy is obviously a genius since he can find gems like this.
Thus, he probably has a PHD.
That he's musically inclined is obvious.
The final giveaway though was that, his name is Don. He probably didn't count on someone having spent their childhood playing with plastic toys that had names like Iguanadon, Trachodon and Deniedon..but I did and so I know!
My first go at doxxing....more...
October 09, 2014
Bad Day For Borepatch Borepatch has apparently had a bike accident...
7 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and a bruised lung. I was lucky that the lung didn't collapse or get punctured. They had me in the ICU for almost 24 hours. The guy in the next room didn't make it this morning. I guess it could have been worse.
Well, not so bad when taken from a certain perspective I suppose, but still...OUCH!
Send him your thoughts here.
September 19, 2014
AVAST! It'd be best to be refrainin' from tauntin' or any o' yer Scottish mates as there be a 45% chance that they be feeling lower than bilgewater right now.
"So raise the gangplank already!"
The Dread Pirate Whitebeard, master o' the fierce and mighty galleon Chizumatic, has let slip that he's found a guide to treasure just o'er the horizon. The scallywag be tryin' to make it out to be not worth goin' after but I hear tell that there be at least one gem in that thar chest....
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