March 01, 2024

Very Cursory Thoughts by a Layman on the New York Situation

My opinion of Donald Trump is summed up here. I think he's crass, ethically fraught, and unlikely to win. However, if one wants to beat him, one needs to make the case, to the American people. 


That ought not to be hard.

However, the Democrats have taken his 2016 success as an affront and are trying to destroy Trump via lawfare. They are attempting to keep him off the ballot in several states (an unprecedented bit of chicanery not seen since the lead up to the civil war). And in New York, they are attempting to destroy the man for the crime of existing. 

Specifically, they are fining him 355 million ( now over$400 million) Dollars for allegedly overvaluing his properties, in order to secure better interest rates for loans. While judgement has been reached, I say "alleged" because not only did the banks allegedly defrauded by this alleged overestimation actually testify ON TRUMP'S BEHALF in the matter, and denied that they had been wronged in any way, but the judge summarily declared Trump guilty. Now he is being charged interest every day he does not pay the fine, despite the fact that the ruling is being appealed. 

Some idea of how bad this is is that what Trump has been accused of is such established past practice that real estate developers, even those who dislike Trump, are fleeing the state because this seems to be such a bullshit verdict, based on politics, & in an era of cancel culture that's a real threat. 



The purpose of this is clear, bankrupt Trump, and make it impossible to win the election. This is third world level crap and it unleashes a huge Pandora's box when such a fine, so completely out of line with sentencing guidelines is leveed due to political animus. 

The results of this are likely to be quite dark.
When the sum total of the law becomes " I think he's bad! GET HIM" society does not become better. The history of my own part of the U.S. (the southeast) is illustrative of why this is, but it has rarely been articulated so eloquently as by Paul Schofield here...




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February 29, 2024

Schedule Change....Again

I've had a death in the family. I won't be streaming this evening. 

I'm unsure when the funeral is, so I've cancelled streams until next week. 

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February 26, 2024

Schedule Change

 We'll be playing Genshin Impact in lieu of tonight's Final Fantasy 14 stream. The Futile wailing against Meteor Girl will resume next Sunday. 


Instead I'm barreling ahead and pursuing the plot (Archon Quests?) in Genshin Impact this evening. 

Stream will Start at 7pm EST / 12midnight UTC. 

Going forward, the schedule is as follows: 
Sunday: Final Fantasy 14
Monday: Final Fantasy 14
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
                 Project Zomboid (collaboration with other streamers) 
Friday: Genshin Impact
             (Plus Occasional collaborations) 
Saturday: Usually nothing but there will be Occasional Special Events/ Movie Nights

There may be one or two additional games added in the next month, and I'm planning to resume science streams, however those are necessarily going to use guerilla scheduling. 

The streams start time may change going forward. If so they will be getting earlier rather than later, lengthening the streams. 

If a Friday stream is cancelled, (this will occasionally happen due to IRL concerns) We'll switch the Sunday stream to Genshin. 

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February 25, 2024

Victory Dance!

I will be playing Genshin Impact tonight, (7:30pm EST / 12:30am UTC). After flexing a bit about finishing Phantom Brave and all the Total Overwhelming Victories achieved in Genshin on Friday, I'll be trying to make sense of all of these crazy people we met in Liyue on Friday who claim to have known us for years. Also: The RNG provided a Chibi Gremlin and her Radish Rabbit, so  I will be running them through their paces. Come and marvel at this  intersection of "Kawaii" and "Kowai"!  



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Kisin on Tucker's Potemkinism

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February 21, 2024

My Battery is Running Low And It Is Getting Dark

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February 20, 2024

While Looking at Houses on Zillow, A Rabbit Speculates Insightfully Regarding The Creative Process @ Disney

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February 19, 2024

What Are We Gonna Do Tonight? THE SAME THING WE DO EVERY MONDAY NIGHT!

At 7pm EST/Midnight UTC , I'm going to be streaming FF14: No sidequests  tonight. We're going to just be wailing on METEOR GIRL! (I promise to go at least an hour before I rage quit & stream something else!)




...and, TBH, we're getting a little better at this every time so this might actually result in victory!


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February 18, 2024

TESTIFY!



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February 16, 2024

Not Stressed Enough? Getting Too Much Sleep? Unable to Maintain a Fetal Position While Rocking in the Corner for a Day or More?

Rudyard has you covered. 


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February 14, 2024

Tired, But Better

Mom's out of surgery. The surgery was unrelated to her symptoms the other night, which seemed like a heart attack but turned out to be a prescription interaction. 


Happy Day. 

In other news, I have been visually contemplating everything I've eaten the last few days.

I expect to be back to work tomorrow. 

Anyway, I'm back. 

Thanks for the kind words. 

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February 09, 2024

Hiatus

Mom's in the hospital.

There will be no streaming or posting for a few days. 

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February 08, 2024

So apparently...

 Nijisanji has cut themselves, stepped into a kiddie-pool full of gasoline, sat down, and lit a road flare.




Art by:KoaPhan96 

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February 05, 2024

One of the Scarier Interviews I've Seen

Brett Weinstein, a world renowned biologist, has been looking at the migration through the Darian Gap. Here he is interviewed by Tucker Carlson and reports what he saw firsthand, his conclusions and he hypothesizes some genuine grade-A high-octane nightmare fuel. It's an hour and 12 minutes.


 I urge you to watch the whole thing. 

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February 04, 2024

The Panda-Girl Cooking Challenge!

Join us to night @ https://www.twitch.tv/brickmuppet at 7:30pm EST/12:30 am UTC as we continue to try to learn to play Genshin Impact. Tonight we're trying to finish the panda-girl cooking challenge...No...wait...I mean....we're NOT cooking Panda-Girl. She's a celebrity chef and we're helping her cook...and there is a time traveler....WHAT EVEN IS THIS GAME!?    



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January 30, 2024

Meanwhile: On the Moon


Art by Shapoco

It appears though that JAXA has gotten SLIM to work, at least somewhat. This is pretty impressive since it's upside down

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This Warrants Some Pondering


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January 28, 2024

38 Years Ago





High Flight

John Gillespie Magee Jr.

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."




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January 27, 2024

Surprise!.... ZOMBIES!

Check out https://www.twitch.tv/brickmuppet  tonight @ 9pm EST / 2am UTC for an unscheduled Project Zomboid stream. Come, stop by, say "Hi!" point, laugh, and make "useful" critiques of my gameplay as I celebrate finding my keys (no really) as well as my first payout from streaming! ( I am now officially an internet celebrity!)



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Holy Crap!

If the Orthodox Patriarch and the Catholic Pope each took a dump in the same chamber pot, it would still not warrant the phrase "Holy Crap!" as much as this does. 

And it might stink less.  


So: "Powerful People Back East" are willing to pay a populist large amounts of money to back out, and make oblique references to 'The cartels being active in every state' when she says no. Given the bloodbath happening across the Rio Grande that's a VERY specific reference. 

My thoughts on Trump have already been stated, but this is actually the sort of thing that his supporters can rightly point to that justify their forlorn clinging to him in hopes of stymieing, in some way, undeniably malevolent forces in our leadership cadre. 

As I stated before, I don't think their trust or hope is justified, but, if,  as now seems to be the case, I find myself voting for him in November, I'll hold my nose a little less tightly as I figuratively piss in the wind. 


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