What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, March 30, 2015


Oh Gov. LePage, Stephen King wouldn't use you as a villain, but as an easily disposable comic foil. Oh, and he wouldn't have to pay you royalties for it, either. Public figure, fair use. It's now up to Mr. King to decide if he really want to, and if he believes that even a straight up portrayal of such a cartoonish governor could be believable to fans who demand verisimilitude.

"Fusion broke down sales figures compiled by ComiChron, and it turns out that feminist Thor is selling significantly better than old school dude Thor." Reality 1, Trolls -20,000 (a month). (Grokked from Tor.com)

Looking for new music? Try NPR's All Songs Considered Austin 100 SXSW 2015. Link to download songs goes away April 2.

Computer ads these days are boring, not like the computer ads from the dawn of the computer age. (Grokked from Dan)

I don't know about you, but I never get tired of looking at photos of the surface of other planets. In this case Mercury, as our probe, Messenger, gets ready to plow into the surface. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Opportunity sees its shadow. I guess that means four more months of winter on Mars. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The Rings of Charon is a great short story title. (Grokked from Tor.com)

"'The true inspiration [for the program] was, frankly, seeing all the waste on farms,' says Claire Cummings, a waste specialist for Bon Appetit who created the Imperfectly Delicious program." Lots of vegetables are thrown away because producers don't think they can sell them because they don't look perfect.

Antarctic ice shelves, which hold the land based ice/glaciers, at bay from flowing into the ocean, are melting faster than we thought.

And, on the other side of the planet, the Winter Maximum ice coverage of the Arctic is the minimum ever recorded. No need to worry. Especially if you get your campaign money (and personal grift) from fossil fuel producers. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

A Congress member asks constituents for their Obamacare horror stories, people share why the actually like Obamacare. Strange that. Doubt it'll change their mind (because their objection to Obamacare has nothing to do with how it works, who it helps, the cost savings, etc and everything to do with whom it is who is perceived to help Americans live their lives and how that impacts political control of governments). Also, it goes against the grain of government actually being able to help people. The conservatives hate when that happens because it breaks their world view and myth building.

Eating their own. Dear Rep. Peter King, I wouldn't be so sure about the supporters of the other potential candidates. I suggest you do an experiment by bad mouthing all of them, individually, and see what kind of response you get. (Sits back, munches popcorn, waits for the fireworks)

"In an interview on Saturday with The Indianapolis Star, (Indiana Gov. Mike) Pence, a Republican who served in Congress for a decade before becoming governor, said: 'I just can't account for the hostility that's been directed at our state.'" Kinda sucks when someone hates you without giving you a full hearing, doesn't it Mikey. If only there were protections against that kinda thing. All snark aside, I'm sure it is surprising to find out that your insular world view isn't actually shared by, you know, the rest of the world. Other states and other conservatives take note, your ideology isn't mainstream, and there are soon to be consequences (YMMV in gerrymandered "safe" districts).

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