August 04, 2019

One Musical Number and Removing the Whole Casino Bit Would Have Almost Fixed the Movie


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August 03, 2019

Meanwhile:

Imagine if you will a city of two million that serves as a crossroads and transportation hub as it exists on a great lake between two countries, with a modest lake port, roads and an international airport.

Now imagine that the aforementioned lake has recently been discovered to be one of three in the world susceptible to a peculiar and terrifying phenomenon in which the lake explosively emits enough toxic and asphyxiating gasses to kill all animals for miles around, and this is due to the local geology, which includes two of the most active volcanoes on the planet, which have re-paved part of the town and the airport a few years ago and frequently provides a glowing illumination at night from the largest lava lake on the planet.


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Now imagine this hypothetical city consisting mostly of an expansive, 30 square mile favella, with very limited services, sanitation and mostly dirt roads.

Now imagine the city is in the middle of a war zone.

Now imagine that in the middle of all that, a plague shows up.

If this was a setting for a thriller one was writing, one would risk mockery for an over the top, gratuitous setting.

This, however, is not fiction, it's Goma.

Ebola has reached a transportation hub of of 2 million people, Worse, the people are living in pretty terrible conditions, many without power. This is not an isolated rural town or a city with modern facilities and where the first victims were fortuitously caught and quarantined like happened in Lagos, Madrid and Dallas. No, this is people coming out of the jungle, and crawling into a shanty-town where there are basically no facilities outside of the tourist(?!) areas. This is close to a worst case scenario. Rwanda closed the border yesterday, but due to international pressure re-opened it today.

Apparently 'international pressure' is unfamiliar with basic epidemiology.

Ebola is not anything as bad as the flu or smallpox with regards to transmissiblity. However, while it's not technically "airborne", if it gets in the lungs it can be transmitted short distances through the air much like pneumonic plague. This is really a bad situation and it could go international very quickly at this point.

Fear not though, you can still book a tour to the area.

Because why the hell would you not want to go to this place?



Ebola Tan and Wilhelm: Viral gallows humor originally by 蔵田湖山.


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July 30, 2019

Of Mailboxes and Mobs

I post this with the usual caveat that this fellow generally isn't my cup of tea. I've had to use that caveat three times now because things are just that crazy and Mr. Hambly does a good job of encapsulating these crazy things.

Turns out he's just as effective at encapsulating scary things. 

It seems that some YouTuber who goes by the handle of That Umbrella Guy has incurred the wrath of the Professionally Offended Stormtroopers, who are now posting pictures of his wife and kids, sending him daily updates on the state of his lawn and trying to get him fired from his job.

In what is officially unrelated news, his mailbox was just destroyed. 


Hambly has also set up a Go-Fund-Me for the fellow, who has a second kid on the way as his life is being burned down by trolls.

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July 28, 2019

Universal Appeal

In addition to the constantly changing Daily Rankings list, Pixiv has links in the sidebar for the most popular images among male and female users respectively. I looked through both of them this morning, and, as expected, there was almost no overlap. There was some however. In the first 300 images, the following pictures were in both lists.  (Below the fold because, some are NSFW.)
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July 27, 2019

No. Frickking. Way.

The end times. They have come upon us all.


Also: Congratulations!


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Some Respite



Art is by Mocha who now has tutorials as well as collections of his full resolution works available at BOOTH. Additionally BOOTH now has handy dandy instructions on shipping stuff one buys outside of Japan. 

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Some Endings Are Much More Consequential Than Others




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July 26, 2019

The End



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July 25, 2019

A Sobering Realization

Ilhan Omar was only 10 years old when she got here.
She went to school here.
She's had 26 years here.
She bore 3 kids here.

Any hate for us she brought with her she did not unlearn in our schools.
The rest of her hatred was not imported but learned here, in our schools.

I don't say this to defend or excuse her execrable views, but to point out that she is even more an indictment of our increasingly degenerate education system than our broken immigration policies.

Keeping out barbarians is all well and good, but it is a futile gesture if we make them domestically.

 
 

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July 24, 2019

Meanwhile, There's This Story, That Will Probably Never Ammount to Anything.

Well this is fun.
John McAfee has reportedly disappeared.
There are rumors that he's been picked up by the CIA.
Keep in mind, this is John McAfee, so rumors and drama are part of the source code.
However, there is the little matter of that huge stash of blackmail material on the worlds most powerful people which he claims to have collected during his years as the founder and CEO of an IT security firm that he has arranged to release if arrested.



Popcorn is popping.

Keep in mind though that this IS after all John McAfee, who is a certifiable loon. He's running for president despite being on the lamb for tax evasion in the U.S. and when he's not on a heavily armed yacht crewed by mercenaries he is living in...Cuba.

Sketchy doesn't begin to cover this guy.

He is smart though and given how he made his millions he did potentially have access to EVERYTHING. OTOH this is only being reported right now by Bitcoin sites so...who knows?


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July 23, 2019

Here's Something Neat That You Don't see Everyday

Here we have a false color image of...something.
Guess what the 'greenish-yellow' stuff is.


Is it :
A: Impact related lava flows in Lunar Craters?
B: Sand dunes in windswept craters on Mars?
C: Stromatolite colonies in brine pools in Australia?

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While The Nutbars Keep Focusing on the Jews...

...the REAL conspiracy reveals itself to be a plot by orange(?) loudmouth New Yorkers with strange hair to take over world leadership positions.



Everything is crazy.
I'm rather more OK with this crazy than most.

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Oh Yes Please.




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July 21, 2019

Something is Strange:

Despite being done by the STD people, this doesn't actually look like it must inevitably suck. This looks really interesting.

I want to know more.




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July 20, 2019

50 Years



It's been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first person from this planet to set foot on the moon. A mere 7 years prior, an American president set this most epic of endeavors as a national goal, in the same year the first American Orbited the Earth. it should be noted that U.S. rockets were not particularly reliable at the time...



...yet in less than 7 years our civilization overcame immense technical hurdles to put 2 men on our nearest satellite. 10 more would follow.

 In 7 years, we had figured out how to do it reliably 6 out of 7 times and the reason for the one failure was quickly figured out and corrected for the subsequent missions.

Oh and we saved that crew too.

Now with the hard part done and over and a sevenfold increase in the time it took to do the hard part, one might expect that we could now vacation at 6 Flags on the Moon.

Instead, 50 years later the moon is adorned with...6 flags (one of which fell over).

50 years.

We have not been able, as a society to do what we did then.

Keep in mind that then we were fighting a land war in Asia, staring down the most implacable evil of the 20th century (which at the time had over 20,000 nuclear warheads aimed at us and defined peace as an absence of opposition to communism) and we were engaging in the final heavy lifting in expanding the American dream to all races. We were skeet shooting, chewing gum, talking, and horse-diving at the same time.

And yet, here we are.

Looking at old movies, of when we were young and free and full of hope.



Who robbed us of our future and how were we so foolish as to let them?

At least today we can look to Musk and others to pick up the dusty, forlorn baton...

...50 years late.
 

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When I Looked in on Razorfist Tonight, This Was NOT The Video I Expected to Watch


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Turbo-Encabulators Are GO!!!

Tesla Coils are at Maximum Pneumatic Pressure!
Hydrophone Arrays are emitting in the infrared!
Magic smoke containment fields are polarized!
The vampires have been provided with their offerings!
The flywheels are engaged and our datalink is now interfacing with the planetary tube network!



"It's more technically accurate to just say we're back up and running.".

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July 16, 2019

Dumbfounding (Updated)

For those who do not want to be perplexed by the perplexities of my Walter Mitty lifestyle, here is another view of a girl in Penang by Feigiap.

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July 14, 2019

A Pretty Decent OP Cover

Original OP here.

As for the show itself, I found Rising of the Shield Hero to be quite good overall. Despite its grimdark opening and recurring cynicism, the show manages (somehow) to be enjoyable. 

It is both amusing and annoying that despite the rage directed at this series for its being "problematic toxic male wish fulfillment ", it is, if looked at rationally, almost the opposite of what it is being criticized for.

That is, the show is a pointed disquisition on the difference between being a bad-ass glory hound and being a gentleman. Nayofumi , despite his PTSD is the adult in the room. He consistently uses his wits to solve his problems and weighs the consequences of his actions. This is in stark contrast tho those whose messes he cleans up and whose fires he puts out. This is a nuanced but firm critique of the sort of thing that might be legitimately termed "toxic masculinity". However, as its being contrasted with virtuous masculinity it apparently doesn't count.

Raphtalia is a genuine heroine and in a sane world would be considered pretty damned empowering. For instance: She's not the shield bearer. He is. Nah, Redoubtable Raccoon Girl eventually becomes the sword wielder, monster ventilator and dispenser of ass-kicking. She has a genuine (and all too rare) 'journey of the heroine' arc where she comes from less than nothing to achieve true and completely earned greatness.
But she doesn't count because she suffered, overcame, learned and grew as opposed to being a Godlike Mary Sue with nothing to learn. 


  My biggest complaint is that the show doesn't so much end as come to a reasonably acceptable pause point (The story is based on a series of light moves and is not close to being finished). However, it still has a satisfying finale and over the course of 25 episodes the two main characters grow, change and develop in realistic and interesting ways. 

The series is not particularly well animated and the plot does suffer from occasional verbal tsunamis of exposition, which, in fairness, is consistent with the fact that our two main protagonists know nothing about the world they're in. Those criticisms, however, pale in comparison to the far above average character development and genuinely interesting story. 

I recommend this one highly and sincerely hope we see more of this show. 

UPDATE: Yes. Trying to bang out a post in 5 minutes at the library does not lend itself to quality. I think all the typozes have been fixed now. 

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July 10, 2019

Some Correct Scale

Here is an excellent study of the interior of the Stanford Torus space habitat by Rick Guidice.

It's particularly notable as one of the few renditions to get the scale of the actual final design right. 



The Stanford Torus was the final in a series of designs intended as  minimum sized test beds for a self sustaining space habitat. The Stanford Torus's habitation tube was "only" 430 feet wide. That's still almost half again wider than a football field is long, and it would have been 3 and a half miles (5.6K) long, which is pretty impressive.  

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