And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Linkee-poo, the fat man in front of me is calling black people trash to his children and he's the only trash here I see

Two observations. A while ago I said something about climate change and what happens when a buffer runs out, that the transition isn't a slow one. Anybody else getting a feeling the oceans have become as acidic as they can without a major inversion? Also, it's possible after the "meal down" of Trumpster this past weekend that it occurred too early in the process and he now has the chance to change and not enough time for his solid base to abandon him. While he isn't the brightest bulb in the pack, he's not stupid. He can learn, he can be taught (note speeches where he keeps to the teleprompter). Now would be the exact moment he would need to turn it around.

The Guerrilla WFC panels list all the cool kids are talking about. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Ann Leckie tweetstorm on writing without concern for "market direction" BS. (Grokked from Julie Winningham)

While I normally link to stories about the Trumpster in the politics list, I'm including this one up in the writing links. "The rhetorical challenges of Trump are not just those of substance — or the lack thereof, but of syntax — and the lack thereof… His unscripted speaking style, with its spasmodic, self-interrupting sentence structure, has increasingly come to overwhelm the human brains and tape recorders attempting to quote him." Or, in other words, written dialog is never a transcription of how people actually talk. He's an extreme example, but maybe one to learn on. In other news, our national supply of em dashes is running short. We suggest using en dashes as a temporary substitute, or learn how to use semi-colons and ellipsis. (Grokked from Dan)

Or as some people said of Sarah Palin, "Damnit, I didn't bring enough bread crumbs to follow that."

Interactive temporary tattoos for your future world building ideas, also using them to create on skin interfaces.

Forget the butter cow, there's a butter USS Enterprise at the Iowa State Fair. You win this round Iowa. (Grokked from Julie Winningham)

The Dorito Effect. On how our food became less flavorful, and then the food industry then sold us flavors.

Home based carnivorous robots that use energy from their prey to power their fuel cell. Such as a fly killing robot that "digests" the flies it catches to power itself. I see no way this could go wrong. (Grokked from Dan)

The Great Egg Wars of the Farallones or how do you feed the Gold Rush.

A law professor is suing over the use of stingrays (cell tower simulators/spoofing devices). His suit is hinged on the premise that because the police departments and FBI that use stingrays do not have license to broadcast at the frequencies used by cell phones (and that it interferes with the already tricky 911 function on cell phones) that they are illegal devices that violate FCC regulations. It's a long shot, but an interesting take. (Grokked from Dan)

If only government would get out of the way between you and your doctor and let the professionals get in between you and your doctor. In this case, your health insurance company and their prescription formularies which are dropping coverage for a whole bunch of drugs.

John Oliver on the sub-prime auto industry. History may not repeat, but it sure does rhyme.

The Marines test new equipment, procedures, and tactics in preparation for Sea Dragon 2025.

How the Republicans just can't quit the Trumpster. Or, Frankenstein has to come to grips with the monster he's created before it destroys him. They've got the tiger by the tail there, only they thought they were directing the tiger and forgot it's a metaphor about playing with fire and how once there, you can't let go lest you are also devoured by the tiger. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"After Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson blamed President Obama for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, the famously unflappable flack admitted on Monday that she was mistaken." Oh look, it was another faulty earpiece that caused the problem. Jeez people, they can't even make up new excuses. Next up, the dog ate my homework. And on the same day, "'The voters want someone that’s gonna fight back because they are tired of seeing left-wing reporters literally beat Trump supporters into submission into supporting policies they don’t agree with,' Pierson told Fox Business Network, as quoted by Politico." This is the person who is in the campaign position that if (Brid forbid) Trumpster won the election would become the White House Press Secretary.

"Carl Paladino, the co-chair for Donald Trump’s campaign in New York, said that Khizr Khan's remarks at the Democratic National Convention demonstrated a 'lack of character and backbone' that dishonored his son, a Muslim-American soldier killed in combat." Dear Carl Paladino, please fuck off and die. Seriously, how twisted is your soul?

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