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And no one sings me lullabyes
And no one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Linkee-poo is dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones at Fox News

Cheap shot, I know. But looking to leave the day thing early, and then it's Two Weeks of Vacation, Baby! Two weeks where I get to work most days at the hospital or have family obligations (more days at the hospital). Hope you're having a good holiday.

Neil Gaiman's Nicholas Was poem. Also, a video with Neil narrating. And while I love Mr. Gaiman's voice, I prefer this video narrated by Craig Ferguson. And God bless us, everyone.

The four minute crash corse on the mythology of Middle Earth. You know, if you don't want to read The Silmarillion. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Need a character for your epic fantasy? How about using the 5th Edition D&D character generator? Come on, you know all those characters are just your D&D pals run amok, right? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The story of how NORAD Santa Tracker began. Sometimes I love my fellow airmen (and women). Also pointed to because of the misprint in advertising, and that just because someone looks straight-laced in their dress blues doesn't mean they don't have a sense of humor and a warm heart underneath that uniform. Thank you, Col. Harry Shoup. Stands and salutes.

Of somewhat a concern to me as I'm trying to lose weight, given the first law of thermodynamics, where does that fat go? (Grokked from Janiece)

For luck, there is no Chapter 13, just this Christmas photo album. When holiday card photos go bad. To brighten your heart as you read the 12th "Annual Wrap Up" letter that makes you jealous and want to start drinking (because it obviously worked for those other people). (Grokked from Jim Hines)

NASA's Venus atmospheric mission. You can long for Mars all you want, but Venus has everything we need (it's just not cool and all red-soily as Mars), and it's just around the corner (as it were). And speaking of Venus Cloud City, I know this guy… (waves at Geoff Landis and Tobias Buckell). (Grokked from Pablo Defendini)

You know that moment when your talking with friends or coworkers and you totally forget they have cancer or just lost a parent and you crack that insensitive joke or say something you thought was witty, but really wasn't? Don't worry, it also happens to news anchors. And then there's that moment when they're on your show and you say something asinine to them. Seriously, WTF Fox News? Totally Unexamined White Privilege. Wow, how can you be so clueless and get paid so much? Basically Bill is saying, "Why aren't the Blacks more grateful for the crumbs they've been given, instead of being upset our police are killing them?" So totally ignorant of their own position. You're insulted? Fuck, dude, you've been insulting my intelligence for the entire time you've been on TV.

Let me play Devil's Advocate here… A comic on why you shouldn't (or at least what it really means). (Grokked from Janiece)

The Instagram Rapture. Instagram makes good on the threat to delete SPAM accounts. (Grokked from Dan)

Vermont's single payor plan gets put on the shelf. I expect to hear this being beaten by the various conservative news outlets as proof it could never work in the US. Although note, those increases aren't total percentage increases, but the percentage of increase on the current tax rates (ie. the 11% payroll tax increase wouldn't be Current Tax + 11%, but Current Tax x 111%, which is lower). Also note that the plan wouldn't work because of the loss of Medicaid funds (fixable, especially at the national level) and some other federal grants.

And just because it aired this morning, we have the best healthcare system in the world (when it comes to suing poor people for their outstanding bills, which should be covered under "charity care", for which we pay for with our taxes). Sure, the healthcare system didn't need changing. I'm sure we all agree that non-profit hospitals should have $45 million dollars in profit.

So, "dog-bites-man" stories won't run which is why we get "man-bites-dog" stories all over the place. How about "dog-shoots-man" stories?

Sure, all cops are wonderful people who only want to serve and protect. Yea, cops, just like our armed forces, are made up of people just like the rest of the population. Most of them are really nice, some more of them just want to do their job and go home, and then there are the assholes. And while most cops are good (or at least not overly biased as compared to the standard population), just like pyromaniacs are drawn to be firefighters so they're around fires and get their kicks, there's a lot of assholes who want to be cops so they have the power to be assholely to other people.

"She adds that the Satanic Temple is hoping the holiday display episode will serve as an example to the state Legislature, where the Michigan Religious Freedom and Restoration Act has stirred debate over allowing people and businesses to claim exemptions from state laws owing to their religious beliefs." I think I'm beginning to like these people. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Davy stole a Christmas Tree from K-Mart last night



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Scenes from a Commute

As usual, click to embiggify.





You're as charming as an eel



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Linkee-poo turned and looked at you and all but the bitter residues slipped away

Incidental decorations, notes, scribblings and other miscellany on medieval manuscripts. (Grokked from Tor.com)

The modern "child raised by wolves" story. In this case, a child kept off the grid by a parent hiding out, has access to a 20 year old computer and writes his own games and a GUI interface. (Grokked from Dan)

Say, did you know that Ewok song at the end of Star Wars, Episode 6 had an actual English translation? Now you do. (Grokked from John)

Neither brother needs to tattle to Mother when you are arguing on CSPAN, because she's watching you (all the time). Now, that is epic. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

In a previous life I used to manage partner-level meetings and training sessions for our company. So when I say, "this is some cool shit and I wish my customers would have given me the resources to pull something like this off" you can be assured that's a professional assessment. (Grokked from Dan)

"Half a million years ago, on the banks of a calm river in central Java, they scored a deep zigzag into a clam shell." Well, that answers a few questions. First off, is creativity and decoration a uniquely "human" quality? Apparently not. Also, it answers the age-old question of who originally looked at a clam or oyster and thought, "I'd eat that." It was Homo erectus. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"One would think that when the state incarcerates a pregnant woman in order to “protect” her fetus, they’d at least do everything they can to ensure a healthy pregnancy — that is literally the only supposed purpose of such a law, after all. You’d be wrong." (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

When a man loves a horse very much… I'm beginning to worry about this sexual preoccupation conservatives have with beastiality.

The epidemic you haven't heard about, yet. I wonder how soon before some TV or radio talking head confuses Chikungunya with Chanukah.

The US Army is prepared to launch an aerostat that will monitor most of the mid-Atlantic seaboard. What could possibly go wrong? (and another more in-depth article about them) (Grokked from Dan)

And, a signal boost for Fred Clark who takes the news of the weekend and serves up a healthy dose of truth to power. In this case the truth about how we do have a culture of violence, but it isn't terrorists, it's men killing their partners (wives, girlfriends, etc). One side in this argument doesn't want to hear it, because they can't admit to anything being wrong with the American Family.

"'It's absurd, and it's part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this administration has established,' (Marco Rubio) said." Oh, these young people and their silly ideas. Dear Sen. Rubio, let me introduce you to the 80s.

And now for some JS Bach



Monday, December 15, 2014

Linkee-poo woke to the sound of drums, the music played, the morning sun streamed in

Need that refill of piss and vinegar? I recommend listening to Animals by Pink Floyd. It does wonders. "The Lord is my shepherd…"

Random Michelle K has a good example of how the cover makes the book. MY guess is the publisher went with the other cover to try and trick the bodice-ripper contingent (and they are mighty, if I haven't said that before) to pick up the book.

Ever wanted to play Zork again? Well, now you can on an Altair 8800 clone you can access from the internet. You're in a forest where all the trees look the same. (Grokked from Dan)

Janiece pretty well sums up my feelings about looking at my Facebook page. Add in the "being majorly disappointed in both the political leanings and inability to logically parse the news from people I once respected" and that about wraps it up.

So, the American who helped write the Ugandan "Kill All the Gays" law now faces being tried for crimes against humanity. So, 1) obviously, in this country we do know what constitutes "crimes against humanity", 2) we can pursue charges and 3) but we still think drowning and recovering someone multiple times in a row isn't torture. (Grokked from Dan)

The GOP to Acorn, "We just can't quit you." You know what the good thing about slaying the monsters under the bed is? You win every time. 'Cause they were never there to begin with. Or, as the old joke goes, "You don't see any elephants here, do you?" (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Fred Clark puts the icing on the cake, as it were, on this social discussion on white privilege and institutionalized racism when it comes to police in enforcement.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hosed for the holidays

Well, a little down time here at the hospital (working, not a patient), and I tried reading some s for a linked-poo post but with e latest iOS I'm kinda hosed for copy/pasting things in blogger. I'm sure it works fabulous with the blogger app, but I don't want to hog bandwidth on the public wifi to download it, and I shouldn't have to use it.

But I wanted to give you all a heads up that with the holiday coming up, I'm massively over scheduled. So things may get light again until after the new year. Yea for extra work. Boo for not having any free time.

Yea, chalk up one more thing that is a hassle to do on a tablet.

I'm not sure how this will layout because I'm having a lot of problems behind the scenes so am trying a different scheme.

Hope your holidays are a little less hectic.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Linkee-poo dreamed you had left my side, no warmth, not even pride remained

Kameron Hurley talks about being a corporate copywriter and being a novelist. Note to new writers, all the writers I know who make their living writing do corporate copyright as their main source of income. Just food for thought. Also, she has great advice on how being a copywriter changes how she views the various travails and garment rending that goes on in "literary circles."

Why you can't catch your own typos. Brain science. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

What if Earth had a ring system like Saturn's? For your interest and world building conundrums. Imaging how fast we would have invented ocean navigation if we had those? (Grokked from John)

For your world building enjoyment, Peruvian skulls intentionally deformed because of "beauty". (Grokked from Steven Gould)

The graves of Polish vampires show evidence they were residents of the towns that buried them with special accommodations. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Wanna use non-approved k-cups on Keurig 2 coffee makers? Well, there is a way. Note, using these techniques will make Keurig mad at you and may violate warrantee and licensing agreements you made when you purchased the Keurig 2. We take no responsibility for how you use this information and it is only provided on a "this is hilarious that you have to hack your personal small-appliances these days" basis. (Grokked from John)

Fred Clark schools Rick Perry for the Gospel quote he used recently, "the poor you will always have with you." Just like many other quotes thrown out by supposed "Biblically Living" people, Ricky gets it wrong. I'll note here that Mr. Clark is performing that grievous sin against the Church that my grandfather taught me, "you have to read the whole thing", not just the verse they reference in the program. You should read at least the whole chapter that verse appears in so you can understand the context of the verse.

And Ben Franklin said, "Fart proudly." Also, you should know, your sphincters (anal, pyloric, and the pseudo cardiac sphincter) aren't air tight. You're leaking gas all the time. And it's a good thing. If you didn't, your intestines would inflate like twisted balloon animals. No. Really. I've seen it in x-rays. (Grokked from Rae Carson)

Jim Wright goes and does it again by saying was I was going to say about the Torture Report. Although I will add that the goal of terrorists is to make the targeted government respond by breaking its own laws and violating its own moral code in a way to show the citizens how corrupt it really is and to sever the social contract, sparking revolution. Glad the Bush Administration let the bastards win. Good for us that we are a nation of barbarism, hatred, and intolerance of the other or this report could really be damaging (on top of the realization that our police force has become militarized and still has institutional racism at its root). Keep rooting for it Fox News.

So, why does the control for the 30 kW laser aboard the USS Ponce look like a game controller? You have view the video to see it.

Dear conservatives, want to know why liberals think you're insane? Because this defense of torture, and "it's all political", and the refrain of "Democrats just hate this country" isn't either new or convincing. But apparently your media source believes these lies to their core. This is the example of "America, Fuck Yea!" that makes us wonder just what the hell traumatized you early in your life. And I know the psychologists who "consulted" the CIA on torture got $40M a piece for selling out their souls. How much did the people on Fox get for theirs? This is the country they love and want, not the one the rest of us love and want.

Dear Rep. Petey King, prove it to me by volunteering to go through "stress positions" and take the CIA's counter-interrogation training where they are water boarded as a part of that training. Do it and prove to me what you're saying that "it's not torture." After all, if it isn't, surely you could survive 4 hours of stress positioning and being water boarded twice. Do it, coward. I dare you. I triple-dog dare you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Linkee-poo contemplates the things done in our name

When I was but a young lad, Pink Floyd was one of those groups that I loved the hell out of. The musicality, message and structure of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall were amazing. In my college years I seriously dug Wish You Were Here and Animals. But as I grow older, I've fallen in love with their earlier works, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to Obscured by Clouds. But I mostly love Meddle. Just checking my iTunes list and I've listened to the various songs on that album (yes, album, get off my lawn!) more that all their other albums.

Justine Larbalestier on some common "writing facts." Everybody's career is different. The 2-3 novels thing is averages, it doesn't mean you'll sell your second or third novel.

The Apple eMate. I always wanted one of those. When people were going all agog over network appliances (Chromebook and the others), I kept on thinking of this little machine. To bad nobody designs computers like this anymore. (Grokked from Dan)

While we have electronics that will dissolve in the body, they dissolve too quickly for any real use. But, if you encase those devices in manufactured silk, the crystalline nature of the silk can make those devices last longer. (Grokked from John)

Because the "No Social Security for Nazis Act" has been getting a lot of press lately, it might be time to remember when we actively recruited dedicated Nazis to help our Cold War efforts. Space program, anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

"Whether or not you ever break the law, you should be prepared to protect yourself and your property just in case police become suspicious of you. Let’s take a look at one of the most commonly misunderstood legal situations a citizen can encounter: a police officer asking to search your belongings." Just say, "No." Ask them for cause. And if they say they have a warrant, ask them to show it to you. If there isn't a judge's signature, it's not legal. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Fred Clark with some interesting points on the crossroads between Pre-Millenialism and politics.