Tonight, as mentioned on stream the last few days, Brickmuppet Channel on Twitch will be having a surprise stream featuring La Pucelle: Tactics. Starting at 21:00 EST/01:00 UTC......
WE'RE GONNA PLAY IT TILL WE BEAT IT!
It might take 4 hours. It might take 24.
We're also having a sub-athon, but that is ongoing while I pursues my far away goal of 15 subscribers, so the important takeaway is that I intend to actually FINISH a game.
If we finish exceedingly early we'll chat a bit and explore some of the other games that the channel has acquired.
Come by and say "Hi!" as we grind....and grind....and grind some more in preparation for sallying forth on yet ANOTHER rematch with the final boss!
Again and again....until we vanquish this genocidal monster with mommy-issues and save the world, our friends and hope itself.
Stare in bewilderment at the late '90s Japanese take on fantasy Christianity. Marvel at the boomer trying to make sense of a PS2, Laugh at the inscrutable early 2000's Woolseyisms, Come for the scuff, stay for the cringe!
See you all there in 3 hours.
It took almost 10 hours....but La Pucelle: Tactics has been vanquished. Thursday, we begin Disgaea!
a) war zone that is an information warfare environment. b) A ways back someone joked somewhere about the Russians moving the goal posts to 'recognizing the independence of' Oblast 'republics' that had been internationally recognized as Russian Federation well before the previous invasion of Ukraine. c) we shall see.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Mon May 22 18:58:23 2023 (r9O5h)
It also gets better. Apparently just down the road from these people is the town of Golovchino. Close enough that it appeared in one of there maps shown in the video our host posted. Allegedly there is an ammo dump a little outside of town that supposedly contains 240mm nuclear rounds. Stories about this are blowing up on Youtube. Personally I say caveat emptor on this story because I can't see Russia positioning nuclear rounds that close to a border, even in the Soviet days, much less with a hot war with Ukraine running.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon May 22 19:22:23 2023 (QTWPE)
The funniest part about it, I think, was when the ukronazi terrorists drove two Humvees into a pitfall trap, barely covered with some wood planks and trash. Moreover, the dastardly Russians didn't dig it in the roadway, but alongside, and placed some kind of marker. It's the Roadrunner and Coyote school of warfare for the 21st Century.
The 2nd funniest part, I already see pro-Ukrainian accounts saying that it was all staged and Russians dragged those Humvees into the hole. It wasn't just completely ukrodiots who cannot drive, no Sir. It was a Putin's psyop. Who do these people think they are fooling with this?
In the comments, Pete said that stream every night.
Well, sadly, I'm not that competent.
My internet alter-ego is streaming from an abandoned curry mine deep within an active volcano in the dinosaur infested jungles of Vermont*.
He does this on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with occasional surprise streams on Saturdays. All streams start at 18:00 EST / 22:00 UTC except the very occasional Saturday streams generally start at about 21:00 EST / 01:00 UTC. Join him tomorrow at twitch.tv/brickmuppet and point and laugh as a weeb muddles through Eorzea with delusions of adequacy.
*Note that zoology, geology, geography, and how spices are acquired all work differently in the internet.
Addressing the Irrelevancies In a Knowledgable, Erudite Manner
Peter Zeihan is a smart guy. He has a profound understanding of global trade, the shipping industry and various factors that are generally overlooked by not only laymen, but policy makers. He is someone whom one should listen to as he has great insight into second and third order effects of various disruptions on global shipping that many would just call "Black Swans". Do follow him.
However, he also frequently wears a man-bun.
And that is a warning sign, as can be seen in this video where he exudes a pitch perfect, high-pitched blue-county-sneer as he relates in fantastic, and knowledgeable detail the process of accession into NATO.
He does this to explain that Russia cannot possibly feel threatened by NATO expansion because the process is democratic.
While the process is a good one, I think that in this context the actual process is irrelevant.
The Russians, especially the current Government (who are totalitarian assholes) do not care one whit about "process". Totalitarians care about results and the result of the process is that Nato has moved closer to Russia's border. Russians are, as a people, clinically paranoid. This stems from the fact that the history of Eastern Europe over the last thousand and a half years has been written in Slavic blood.
The thugs who run Russia are especially paranoid because they live in constant fear of court intrigues. He takes the argument of the stupidest , 2-digit-IQ, Russia-simps ("Ukraine is a conspiracy run by gay-Jewish-NAZIs"1) to dismiss the concerns of a very large number of Americans.
The idea that this situation couldn't have been handled better in any way is simply not defensible, and his dripping, Aristocratic contempt for those who do not support neo-lib foreign policy is poor form coming from a guy as well read and used to looking at all sides of an issue as Zeihan is.
I say this as somebody who generally supports the idea of arming the Ukranians if they are willing to fight and who sees this as the closest we've come to an actual "Munich moment" since, well, 1938.
I'm GLAD Europe is standing up to aggression in this case, but the people who are justifiably concerned about Russias 5,889 nuclear weapons are also the people who WILL NOT be talked down to anymore by the man-bun wearing laptoppers who, as a class, have made the world a far worse place for working and middle class Americans.
Zeihan is a smart guy, but his dripping contempt and strawmanning people's concerns risks the exact sort of backlash that led to the disengagement of the U.S.A. from the world in the 1930s and facilitated one of the worst wars in human history.
Zeihan has made the case elsewhere that Russia sees this as a response to an existential threat and I find his reasoning on this to be sound. Given that postulate, as well as the obvious paranoia of Russia's executive branch ( I don't know what the situation in the Duma is) it is not unreasonable to suggest that we don't allow the sort of mission creep that causes us to go from propping up the Ukraine to "Bear Baiting" when the bear has almost 6,000 nukes.
Few things are more dangerous than a wounded bear that feels it is cornered.
There's a lot of blame to go around regarding how we got here because we started on this course back in the late '90s. However, lacking a Tardis or Time Tunnel, we must deal with the world as it is and not let the pencil pushers in Foggy Bottom and Brussels start World War Three.
It's probably an equally bad idea to piss off and scare Middle America so bad that the U.S. Government is forced to abandon Ukraine and bring Russia to the Polish and Romanian frontiers.
A sneer is not an argument.
1: Yes...that is an actual argument that some people are making because the world is stupid.
Zeihan is quite knowledgeable, but he has huge blind spotss on the causes of this war that he shouldn't have given his knowledge. I will say, however, that his talks, among others, about the causes of the 90s collapse of the USSR and their dependency on petroleum/nat gas exports opened my eyes to the real causes and explains a lot of other things that have happened.
Short form, the Sovet Union had been floating their economy on oil exports to the West for a while. In the early 90s, the price of oil collapsed and the USSR economy imploded due to lack of foreign currency. Flash forward to today and Russia is even more of a petrostate than the USSR was. Now about a decade or so ago it bacame public knowledge that 3 of the world's largest completely untapped Nat Gas reserves were in places named Crimea (off shore), Donetsk to Belarus, and the Carpatian Mountains. If those fields came online, it would displace most of the Russian NatGas going to Europe, causing a replay of the 90s in Russia. As evidence, when Putin took Cirmea and Donetsk in 2014, ALL the infrastructure that was built to tap these supplies were destroyed or repurposed. Putin didn't even want to steal it.
Now, for bonus points, this puts a hiuuge spin on US domestic politics as well. What do you think the Bidens, Clintons, and many many other US political dynasties were going after in Ukraine. When Putin invaded in 2014, he blocked them from skimming Billions off the top of the NatGas revenues. That's why we've had a so-called Russain hiding behind every thing that could possibly be blamed on them since and they became enemy #1 for many of our elites.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Sat May 20 22:06:07 2023 (zmt6b)
About a month ago, a friend of many years whom I had not seen in forever invited me to go see a Robert Plant concert in Charlottesville on the 18th.
Well, this past Thursday, when I made the commute to Charlottesville, to my utter astonishment, I had no trouble at the Richmond beltway and arrived in 4 hours....way less than expected. Given that we suddenly had time to kill...hours, in fact.... she asked to go see the new Guardians movie.
Now, I have not been impressed with any of the Marvel Movies I've seen after Endgame and the buzz amongst fandom is that the MCU has become a steaming pile of poo. Furthermore, giving money to Disney is on my "to do" list about even with "licking doorknobs in Wuhan". So, I was....unenthusiastic. However she really wanted to see the film, and honestly, how bad can a Guardians movie be? So I went without any outward protest.
That was a happy accident.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is an absolutely superb film. Whether you've seen the other two movies or not (and I missed 2 due to my stroke) this film is an amazingly fun romp. I laughed, I cried...no really, there are moments in this film that are heart wrenching, and others that are heart warming.
Marvel has largely run out of A-List characters to bring to the silver screen, but the B-List comic characters they dug up for this film are handled fantastically well and with absolute respect for the source material, In some ways, allowing what had been also-rans in the comics to realize their full potential.
They made the High Evolutionary a top notch, Grade-A villain and, while there were some minor liberties taken with Adam Warlock, in this film he is a great character with a fantastic arc. This film was quite clearly a labor of love.
This dippy comic book movie has more to say about, friendship, sacrifice, tragedy, utopianism, responsibility, mercy, and the nature of heroism than just about anything else I've seen in the last 10 years.
it is a surprisingly deep and even insightful movie by the standards of todays entertainment , all the more surprising given that it is a comic book movie with over twice the USDA recommended daily allowance of poop jokes.
But there are enough pathos, ironic and unironic philosophizing, superb characterizations and slam-bang-oh-my-God-action-sequences to make this a healthy, balanced, and white-pilling film-going experience.
The action choreography in this film is brilliant while retaining a human...er...sophont element that makes it all the more impactful.
I highly recommend that you go see this film.
However, while I almost never include trigger warnings, I must warn that some of the characters are put through the ringer , physically and psychologically in ways so absolutely gut-wrenching as to leave me amazed that the film didn't get an "R" rating. Also...utopians will not be pleased.
Heroism action, redemption, action, and fun and even more action can all be had if you go see this film.
I've been in and out of the hospital. Since going back to work I've been pulling as many hours as possible to make up for the hospital bills and lack of having worked which has been exhausting.
I've sat for several hours in front of the computer trying to opine on matters of import but the matters have left me dead inside and unable to type.
These include, but are not limited to:
Fox firing the one guy who said on air that the Dominion accusations were bullshit.
The looming food situation in much of the world.
That the following is a topic of conversation:
The self inflicted erosion of trust in so many of our institutions.
My view is that there is clearly malicious information warfare. When I have no spoons to analyze with perspective, it is correct to 'turn off' awareness of the potentially bad fact patterns. Opposition cult is 'expert somewhere has a plan that will have perfect results'. Ends do not justify means, means create ends. Fundamentally, take a break from being genius expert who foresees all, and focus on personally behaving right. Then, maybe good things get done which you cannot foresee or account for. Measureable is not the same set as important, and signal that is not purely noise can still be productively filtered as pure noise, if trying to find the information content is distracting your awareness.
Posted by: Pat Buckman at Tue Apr 25 14:54:11 2023 (r9O5h)
I made a mistake of listening to that idiot and only came to my senses when he started talking about China and India. I have a feeling that he completely forgot about 1962. It was the last war, it was fought in high altitudes, and it ended in a crushing defeat for India. The entire Indian army was routed and disintegrated. Delhi was in panic, they expected Chinese just march in in columns any day. Meanwhile Chinese didn't have any such plans and they just wanted to return to the McDonald line, which they did. That conflict guided the development of nuclear weapons and missiles in India for decades. Their governing circles understood that without nukes, Chinese could wipe their feet upon them at any time. Of course now it's completely different and I agree with his point of Chinese army being an army of peace for decades, and thus worthless. Still, to think that fighting through Himalayas is impossible takes a certain level of ignorance that I am not sure I want to applaud.
Anniversary! Note:It's a Blogging Best Practice to let your post sit for a bit before hitting "publish" so you can check spelling and grammar with a fresh eye.
It is an even better practice to actually hit "post" and not assume one has made a programming announcement like one did on Discord.
Tonight is the one year anniversary of my first stream. So, despite it being a Saturday we will have an extended channel stream this evening beginning at 9PM EST 1AM UTC.
We are on the Final Fantasy 14 North American server (in Sargatanas) if any members of chat who are FF14 players would like to do a dungeon or something.
After a bit of gaming while people filter in, we will change gears. At around midnight EST (depending on combat and cut-scenes) we will show two films from the 1920s that promise to be quite a treat.
1 Week is a Buster Keaton short from 1923. Watch and be amazed at the master of physical comedy.
Our feature for the evening is CHANG! A semi-documentary from 1927. These days the academic nature of this film is criticized, its educational bonafides being somewhat hampered by the lack of any anthropologists on the 3 person shooting crew, but Adventurers Meriam C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack and Adventuress (and former spy) Marguerite Harrison more than make up for the lack of scholarly references by filming an absolutely great story. This film has been really hard to find and only recently have I managed to track down a copy not in French.
In addition to narrating the title cards, I'll be providing some trivia about the making of the films.
After the movies, we'll most likely do a little bit of grinding, in one of the channels current games.
I have it on very good authority that Twitch.tv/brickmuppet will be livestreaming it. Join my internet alter-ego and his Crack Team of Science Babes....
(well....at least one of them)
...as they discuss this momentous occasion and provide a thoughtful, if snarky peanut gallery to any unplanned fireworks.
Like this for instance...
Join us for the festivities beginning at 07:00 EST/ 11:00 UTC next Wednesday the 19th.
UPDATE: Well...THAT'S a nice clarification. The Space Rocket Launch Schedule website now says that the launch date is TBD. I'm not 100% sure it did not say that before , but I didn't see it, and I'm fairly sure that paragraph was not as long when I read it the first time.
This morning I saw an announcement that it was going to be next Monday and currently I'm seeing this on Yahoo News :
Current federal requests point to a liftoff between Monday, April 17, and Friday, April 21. Many believe Musk would be happy to see Starship fly on April 20, or 4/20, which is often used to reference all things marijuana-related and has become a favorite joke for Musk.
I'm sorry about jumping the gun on this, but it looks like no date is set as of this time.
Posted by: Mauser at Wed Apr 12 19:35:05 2023 (BzEjn)
That site you have that reports a date of 4/19 actually said very clearly that no launch time was yet scheduled, they just put that in as a placeholder. Mutliple sources have started saying as of last night (Wednesday) and into this morning, that the FAA launch license will be granted on Friday and the launch attempt will be Monday 4/17.
Posted by: David Eastman at Thu Apr 13 17:12:00 2023 (hiYWq)
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Apr 14 20:02:39 2023 (BzEjn)
April 20th is also Hitler's birthday, so if Musk is into the stoner joke, that is reason to suspect that he is really a Nazi.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sat Apr 15 11:37:34 2023 (r9O5h)
Yeah. There's little doubt that a Hitler fetish is what will get reported. His social credit score with the powers that be went way down after he took off the mask, went all Fascist, and started advocating for free speech.
(Did you know that people who advocate for manned spaceflight who are not affiliated with universities or government are actually engaged in an insane plan to try and gain access to Thule' in the hollow earth via the polar opening in NeuSchwabenland? )
If this thing works as advertised, it will be a game changer, heralding a massive downturn in launch costs and increase in frequency.
Starship also is designed to go to Mars, though it can potentially reach anywhere between Mercury and the astroid belt, perhaps even the outer Jovian system which is about the absolute distance limit of useful solar power.
This is a much bigger deal than people seem to realize.
This is No Joke: This is No Joke:
All hands to gaming stations:
Tonight at 9pm EST 2am UTC we will be having a surprise Saturday stream. The occasion is the one year anniversary of the first attempt at streaming on the channel as well as the fact that we will almost caertainly finish La Pucelle: Tactics this evening.
If we finish before or around midnight we will also show 2 silent film. The short comedy 1 Week staring Buster Keaton and the Semi-Documentary CHANG from 1927. The latter is a true classic, filmed on location in Siam that follows the lives of a young Thai couple as they try to eek out a living in the unforgiving jungle.
Its academic nature is somewhat hampered by the lack of any anthropologists on the 3 person shooting crew, but Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack and Adventurer (and former spy) Marguerite Harrison more than make up for the lack of scholarly references by filming an absolutely great story. This film has been really hard to find and only just now have I managed to track down a copy not in French.
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to download,acquire er... WATCH any particular Pikamee streams you might be fond of, because her agency has stated they will purge all her content once she graduates on April 1.
Yesterday, after confirming that the blog was working again, I literally had my phone in hand to call a friend and tell him the good news. (He had been quite eager to get back to the keyboard with duck pictures). However, as I cleared out my spam comment's, I noted a comment that conveyed the terrible news that my friend had passed away.
On the 8th.
I had not spoken to him since mid February.
Do not let the interval between contacting friends get out of hand. Days become weeks which become months and then years....and then they are gone.
See that you make some time for friends, while you can.
So, yesterday, I learned that Wonderduck, (Eric Carra) had thrown off this mortal coil on the 8th of March.
I do not know the circumstances of his passing beyond that it was due to complications stemming from his health issues, which were many of late.
Eric was a blogger from back when blogging was new and his website remained an eclectic convergence of interests; ducks, history, anime, ducks, wacky anecdotes science fiction, music, Formula One racing, and ducks....rubber ones usually. He was an avid collector of rubber ducks.
Wonderduck's Pond remains a repository for quite a few reviews of anime spanning nigh on 20 years, reviews that were exceptionally entertaining and brought many a chuckle to his readers over the years.
He was also an amateur historiographer with a particular interest in the battle of Midway. Shortly before his health took a sharp turn for the worse in 2021 he was invited to contribute to a historian's roundtable on the battle. Due to his hospitalization he was unable to do so.
'Wonderduck' encouraged me to become an early adopter of mee.nu, when I outgrew Blogger. (His site was hosted on mu.nu, the predecessor of this service.)
He also was a good friend. When I was recovering from my stroke he was in a hospital bed, yet despite his own issues, he gave me considerable encouragement through those dark times.
Eric was a well liked blogger who had a following and counted as fans some of the more impressive representatives of the medium. No small feat.
His last few years were fraught. A blood clot precipitated a hospitalization which in turn led to several other issues that combined to cause him great dismay.
Yet he soldiered on.
While we never physically met, we did used to correspond at least once a week, however, I had not spoken to him in just over a month. Despite his myriad problems, his main complaint was that he was having difficulty blogging due to technical issues, so he was still pursuing his hobby after everything.
Wonderduck had a lot of hurdles to deal with in his short life. Despite that he brought smiles to the faces of many people from all over the world over the years and made the world just a little quirkier and fun.
Few people accomplish that.
Eric, you will be missed.
We've managed to obtain an actual picture of Eric in heaven, studying naval history and being a kaiju.
Hospitals kill. The sleep deprivation is a legitimate crime against humanity when bad guys use it, but we allow hospitals to continue with it. And, of course, infections. Finally, one of my friends died in post-op in 2002 because they mixed-up his meds. I was quite relieved when Wonderduck transitioned to rehab, but then he had to check in again and looks like that was too much.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Mar 27 23:40:03 2023 (PiXy!)
March 8 is the feast of St. John of God, who tried to improve conditions in hospitals (among other things). So I guess Wonderduck has been recruited for a new job.
I do want people I know to stop dying, though. This last five years has been rough.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Mar 29 11:25:18 2023 (cHUaN)
I haven't checked the Anime blogs I follow recently, so this is the first I'd heard of Wonderduck's passing. I've followed him during his medical travails of the past few years, and always enjoyed his wit and style.
Very sad to hear that he's gone.
Posted by: jabrwok at Fri Apr 7 18:33:32 2023 (T4WaI)