I've seen some stuff that would really make you say "like what?"

Friday, December 19

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What Good Is A Dead Terrorist?

Not much good to anyone, it seems.

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Wednesday, December 17

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Birth Of A Brickmuppet


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Two Notes About Recent Events

One, apparently he did have a license for that firearm.

Update: No, turns out the least surprising thing is true after all.   The firearm was unlicensed.


Two, Russell Brand is ot-nay ery-vay ight-bray, and people should just stop paying him attention.*

Update: Still a loudmouthed idiot.

* If you say "Who?" at this point, you are a good person.

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Sunday, November 30

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No Australia Tax

Funny thing about the computer goodies I most want this Christmas: Adjusted for the current exchange rate and Australia's federal sales tax (which is included in list price) as opposed to American state and local sales taxes (which aren't), Apple's Retina iMac and Dell's P2715Q 4K monitor are actually slightly cheaper in Australia than the US.

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Given how some manufacturers treat us downunder (coughLenovocough) this is refreshing.

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Friday, June 27

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Grey's Law

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

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Monday, April 21

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A Serious Question

What the hell is it with Democrats and totalitarian iconography?  They don't even seem to care whether they steal from communists, fascists, or movie posters for 1984.

The Hillary poster in particular seems to come from some weird alternate universe in which Eva Peron was an admiral of the Imperial Japanese navy.

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Saturday, April 19

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Portlandish

So, a reservoir in Portland is to be drained because someone urinated in it.  Essentially, they're using 38 million gallons of water to flush the loo.

This is...  Something of an overreaction.  Apart from the ick factor, and the possibility that the phantom micturator has an implausibly infectious UTI, the toxic substance in urine is urea.   And if the entire population of Portland emptied their bladders into that one reservoir, the concentration of urea would still be undetectable by taste or smell and below the allowed limit.*

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Sunday, March 30

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Irony Alert

Terra-Medica, a company I'd not heard of before that apparently sells overpriced placebos, has been instructed by the US FDA to recall several batches of their pills because they may actually work - due to accidental contamination with penicillin.

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Monday, March 03

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President Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Based On Fantasy

Well, I know that, and you know that, but the interesting thing is that apparently the Washington Post knows that - because that's the title of their editorial today.

And via Insty, this very insightful analysis of why the dithering idiots in Washington can't get a line on Putin:
"This is less a question of how many collection resources we throw at Russia and more broadly about the analytic challenge of understanding Putin’s mind set,” said Michael Hayden, a former CIA director and NSA director under President George W. Bush. "Here our Secretary of State is saying this is not the Cold War, it’s win-win and it’s not zero sum. But for Vladimir Putin it is zero sum. That’s what we need to understand.”

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Thursday, December 19

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The Company

I'm reading Kage Baker's Company series at the moment.  I thought I'd stopped mid-way through Mendoza in Hollywood (book 3) long ago, just before the story arc that connects all the books together kicks in.  But I just finished The Graveyard Game (book 4) and as I was getting to the end, I was overwhelmed with deja vu.  I definitely got that far before.

The series is about Dr. Zeus Inc., a.k.a The Company, a business that controls the secrets of time travel and immortality and is naturally immensely rich and run by idiots.  (Because if a corporation controls the secrets of time travel and immortality and isn't run by idiots, there's not going to be much of a story.)

The reason I bring this up is firstly because the stories are quite good and readily available on Kindle (back in the days of paper the middle volumes seemed perpetually out of print, and when I first got my Nexus 7 last year the middle volumes were virtually out of print as well), and second, because of pajama boy.

The background of Baker's books posits a decline in human moral fibre from the 21st century onwards (the books cover events in eras from around 150,000 BC through to at least the 24th century) to the point that everything remotely worth doing has been banned.  Which seemed a bit far fetched to me until pb* popped into the public consciousness.  He's the poster child for the achordate 24th century society of The Company.

Except for the fact that their list of banned substances includes chocolate.  For now, I suspect even our insufferable man-children of left-wing propaganda would consider that a step too far.

* You have to earn capital letters.

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