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Friday, July 13th, 2012
6:42 am
Monday, July 9th, 2012
12:36 pm
Trayvon Martin
Still all over the goddamned television, or so I hear. Meanwhile the Daily Fail comes through with the news.

Go on and Google the names. There's ol' Barb Mikkelson over at Snopes -- even she seems to've had a liverful of this one, too, by the way; she's in there plugging away with a straight face, but she knows it's a losing fight. And there's some Tulsa news stories. And there's four thousand websites and blogs run by people whose politics you don't like, which as we all know means that in private moments, when no one is looking, they pull the wings off of kittens for sport.

Zimmerman remains in hiding, because he knows he'll get his head torn off and horrible things done down the neck hole if he's stupid enough to show his face in public; the "New Black Panther Party" and others have made clear that they have more important things to worry about than mere law when it comes to exacting their vengeance upon this particular wrongdoer.

No one who matters is complaining about that -- complain about vigilantism? Sure, but what the NBPP has said isn't vigilantism somehow -- so I guess it must be OK. But if anyone were to suggest this Woodfork creature ought to be facing a rope, after what he went and did? Oh, shit, neighbor! Now we have a problem.
Monday, August 15th, 2011
2:15 pm
the only thing I have to say about rick perry
Oh, Christ, not another Texas governor.
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
7:12 pm
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
8:32 am
You'll suffer, but it's mostly worth it.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
12:21 pm
global warming
Not that I'm arguing against either the concept of climate change or the role of human agency in its causation, because that would be foolish; I am of course well aware that nothing save a sackcloth-and-ashes energy policy based on solar, wind, and their consequent widespread privation will avert the otherwise inevitable extinction of all the worthwhile species on this planet and humanity too.

But why is it that, when poked and prodded not too roughly, the IPCC's models seem to be so crap? I mean, 3.7°C±130? Why should I take at all seriously a projection whose margin of error is two orders of magnitude larger than the projection itself? Why should I take at all seriously a model in which that's neither the only nor the largest source of uncertainty? And if "the science is in" on anthropogenic global warming, then why the hell can't IPCC, who would necessarily have a major role in the bringing-in of any such science, do any better than this?
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
1:59 pm
Chrome adds Tcl scripting support? Really?

Which three guys from Shithole Flats, North Dakota wanted that one?

Edit: Anybody know where I can find a copy of the Motif library that can still be linked against? I figure what the hell -- if Chrome's gonna go retro, why not go all the way?
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
1:05 pm
"well played"
This phrase is dead. It died several years ago. Using it makes you sound like a 19-year-old who has just discovered the fedora, but has yet to realize that the fedora has been out of style since about 1959 and that this is not going to change. If that's who you are, then go on saying 'well played', I guess. Otherwise, stop. Think of something else that means the same thing, but hasn't yet been beat to death by two-thirds of the English-speaking Internet, and say that other thing instead. We will all be happier for it. Thank you.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
2:51 pm
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
8:24 pm
Nuclear steampunk*
Because, seriously, what else can you call the Honor Harrington series**? And it works two ways: first, because there's all but nothing in its politics or society which would be out of place in the Victorian era -- once the Victorian era has been neatly shined and polished first, of course -- and second, because while Weber likes to go on at length about fusion this and fission that and reactors the other damn thing, he never utters so much as a single word on the subject of how all that energy gets from the reactor to the rest of the ship's systems, so I feel myself perfectly justified in assuming they must be using updated, shinier versions of the same old steam-driven turbine technology we've been using to generate electricity since about the end of the Industrial Revolution.

I mean, what's the alternative? I guess you could just pipe reactor plasma around the ship to do everything, but that's just stupid. (Don't think so? Imagine a house where all the lights and computers and washing machines run on steam instead of electricity. Fun, right? Now make the steam explosive.) What else ya got? Implausible future-tech niftiness Weber's never even hinted about? Sure, if you like, but if you're gonna have to fanwank anyway, why not have some fun with it?

* There is no better or more worthwhile use of this phrase. In fact, I'm sorry I even made it up. Please just forget I said anything. (Or at the very least, use the silver-tone Krylon for it, okay? The brass-tone stuff just looks like crap.)

** If you're gonna get on to me for my poor taste in reading these, fine, but I guess all your guilty pleasures must be vegan or something, huh?
Friday, February 11th, 2011
6:06 am
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
3:51 pm
now this, I don't fucking believe.
You know the whole "Dickwolves" bullshit with Penny Arcade? Apparently someone has felt the need to escalate the supposedly virtuous side of this argument by threatening to murder "Tycho"'s wife and kids.

Seriously, whoever you are? You couldn't come up with a better way to do feminism than this?
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
8:34 am
Battlestar Galactica: 0 for 2
I've tried twice, and failed twice; I apparently just can't make it through Season 2. I dunno why exactly -- it's like, somewhere between the rape, the torture, the whole "Cylon breeding farm" bit, and the attempt at forced abortion that's only stalled when one of the victims is identified as a valuable biological resource, I kinda forget why I wanted to start watching this fucking monstrosity in the first place, you know?
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
9:18 am
"D'you know, on all the worlds I've visited in all the years I've traveled, I've never run across anyone who had invented anything like this 'chocolate' of yours."

"Wow. Really?"

"Yeah -- this is the worst thing I've ever tasted! How can you people eat this stuff? It tastes like burnt beans!"
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
2:35 pm
Friday, December 17th, 2010
3:40 pm
Oh, those SMS messages which supposedly exonerate Assange?
I'll believe they exist when they show up on Wikileaks.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
2:55 pm
Anonymous: as useless and ignorant as ever!
What the fuck good do you think this is going to do, you goddamned morons? -- I mean, aside from handing a few more rounds to the people who want to sell Comcast the whole fucking Internet, of course.

I mean, honestly, taking down Mastercard's public website? That's supposed to help? For Christ's sake, you could at least do a little research and try to attack their actual payment infrastructure -- sure, it wouldn't help Wikileaks any more than what you actually did, but at least you'd have done something worth taking at least a little bit seriously. But no, can't have that, because we wouldn't want to do anything that'd pose anything like a real risk of cops heading out to the suburbs to roust you out of Mommy and Daddy's fucking basement, now would we? "Sound and fury, signifying nothing" -- the Anonymous way!

Christ, I swear, I've seen squirrels dead on the side of the highway with more brains and more backbone than you dumb bastards. The Scientology stuff is embarrassing enough, but this? This is just goddam sad.
Sunday, November 21st, 2010
10:55 am
More good news
North Korea demonstrates sophisticated uranium enrichment facility to visiting American scientist

And I'm sure our response to this news will be both swift and decisive, and the day their nation's leaders chose to ignore our decrees regarding their nuclear program will come to be regretted by every citizen of Iran.
10:43 am
Obamacare oh boy
From the NYT:

The American Medical Association has urged federal officials to “provide explicit exceptions to the antitrust laws” for doctors who participate in the new entities. The F.T.C. has accused doctors in many parts of the country of trying to fix prices by collectively negotiating fees — even though the doctors do not share financial risk and are supposedly competing with one another.

Hospitals and doctors have also asked the administration to waive laws intended to prevent fraud and abuse in Medicare.

In a recent letter to federal officials, Charles N. Kahn III, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, said, “To provide a fertile field to develop truly innovative, coordinated-care models, the fraud and abuse laws should be waived altogether.”

Funny, the FIRE sector said the same thing right before it burned down. Are we fucked, or what?
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
3:39 pm
everything you need to know about the proto-fascist "Tea Party" movement

edit: actually this from Free Republic is helpful too, especially if you think my calling them 'proto-fascist' is hyperbole:

It is NOT our fault it had to come to this. but it HAS come to this and its our duty to MAKE them understand that its in their best interests to go the F away. We have always been able to put these people down but have shied away from it because we know that once we start to cross that bridge we have to go all the way. We gave up A LOT to avoid this from happening but the F’ers just kept on pushing... Now they have pushed us onto that bridge and we ARE going to cross it. Enough is enough...

Act like a F’ing IDIOT at your own peril.
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