Feb
09
2016
1

Why I miss Harold Ramis.

Because in three and a half minutes here Harold Ramis manages to pretty much write a hologram for almost the entire movie. Not entirely perfect – no Sigourney Weaver, no Annie Potts – but in terms of plot and characterization you know everything that you need to know. If this is the only clip that survives of Ghostbusters, you could watch it and still know what the movie was all about.

It’s the three and a half minutes that’s really impressive here, too. But that’s also due to director Ivan Reitman, who simply showed you everything, secure in the knowledge that you’d follow along.  How did this movie not win an Oscar?

Feb
09
2016
7

We may now proceed with public vote-shaming.

If you’re below the age of twenty-five, this news should alarm you.

Basically, the courts ruled that you can in fact take a selfie of yourself with your ballot, despite the fact that it was previously against the law. And why was it against the law? Because, as that text in that picture noted: “The law against what have come to be called ballot selfies was designed to keep people from being bribed or coerced into voting a certain way.” …But that no longer applies!  So, guess what’s gonna happen in future Election Days?  That’s right: you’re gonna be social-media shamed by people for not ‘showing your pride in your vote!’ – And God forbid that you vote the wrong way, of course.  God forbid.

Gonna be exciting when that percolates all the way down, huh?

Moe Lane

Feb
09
2016
4

The 7th Sea 2nd Edition Kickstarter pledge drive is officially CANCELED.

CANCELED.  I swear to God, I checked a half hour ago, and the Kickstarter wasn’t even UP. And now it’s up, and all of the $500 pledge levels are GONE.  GONE, GONE, GONE.  I gotta go return some money now.

Ach, well, such is life.

Feb
08
2016
1

‘Boom Boom.’

Boom BoomJohn Lee Hooker

Was gonna be BB King’s ‘Lucille,’ but no embed.

Feb
08
2016
0

I was gonna show the Eddie the Eagle trailer, but…

…I don’t think that it happened that way, did it? I mean, the guy did know how to ski, right? Just not… ski jumping. Mind you, while I remember him and the Jamaican bobsled team (which has also gotten a historically revisionist movie out of Hollywood) I don’t remember many other details about that particular Olympics.

Feb
08
2016
0

The Cough has migrated.

Over from the children to the wife and myself.  On the bright side, they’re gearing up to declare tomorrow a snow day.  Although I can drag myself out of bed long enough to walk them over and back to school, of course.

Yes. Yes, I’ve been sick a lot more often this winter, it seems. That’s because the kids are bringing it all home, honestly. I may start wearing a cleanroom suit around the house…

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Feb
08
2016
1

So, not to be That Guy, but: ethanol, huh, Gov. Walker?

In retrospect, I think that Scott Walker made a bit of a mistake in throwing Liz Mair over the side like that because she hates ethanol subsidies as much as I do.  It complicated Gov. Walker’s narrative, at exactly the wrong moment in time. And it turned out to not even matter, which legitimately has to eat at the guy.

Ach, well.  Grist for the mill, folks.  Grist for the mill.

Feb
08
2016
3

It’s not so much the vulgarity: it’s that Donald Trump is a sneak about it.

Yes, I’m talking about the point where Donald Trump gleefully repeats the woman who called Ted Cruz a p*ssy. And yes, I know that we all – and that includes Presidential candidates – know the word.  But here’s the thing: there’s nothing brave or transgressive about that little routine.  If Donald Trump wants to call Ted Cruz a p*ssy, he should come out and openly say so.  But playing it out that way was just  passive-aggressive, *I*-didn’t-say-that deniable dreck that I normally associate with progressive suckweasels.

Seriously, be PC or not PC as you please, but don’t coarsen the debate unless you’re prepared to own it. That was not owning it. That was faking it.

Feb
08
2016
6

The Looming 7th Sea Kickstarter Fund Drive. [CLOSED]

Lemme explain this one. 7th Sea, for folks who don’t know, is a Swashbuckling, Musketeers and Pirates and maybe a little Horror behind the scenes RPG that my wife and I used to play; both separately, and in the same campaign. I enjoyed it, she loved it. The Kickstarter for a Second Edition starts up tomorrow.

goal-thermometerThat’s not what I’m fundraising.  I easily have the cash I’d need to get all the books, no problem, no worries. However… if I can put together $500, I understand that I can add a player-character to that game world… and by GOD my wife’s favorite character would be perfect for that game line. My characters?  …Well, I had fun with them, and they were good characters, but they weren’t legitimately special like my wife’s best one was.

So, this is what I’m doing. On the left is all the cash I have at my disposal. I’m going to put up the button below. If you feel like buying my wife a present – and you do not have to feel obligated to chip in to buy my wife a present – feel free to do so.  If I don’t make it to $500 on this one, I refund your money. If they use up all the slots on the Kickstarter before I get the cash together, I refund your money. If you can’t be hassled with a refund, I’ll spend it on her for something else.  …A spa, or something. She could use a spa afternoon. Well, so couldn’t we all.

Oh, and when the Kickstarter drops: 7th Sea is an AWESOME game. I’ve been wanting them to Kickstart this one for, like, forever.

[UPDATE: It funded in moments, and the $500 pledge levels washed away like sugar cubes in a hurricane. I’ve already refunded everybody’s money.]

Feb
08
2016
6

So, what exactly IS Github’s purpose?

(H/T Instapundit)  I mean: is Github “a cloud service that programmers use to store their software projects, share them, and work on them collaboratively in teams”? Or is Github a “product to tackle social issues, including diversity within the company itself”? I know that boosters for the latter would naturally reply that it’s both, but I’m really getting the impression that a bunch of people inside that company aren’t exactly as sanguine about the prospect.

Something to keep track of, I suppose. Admittedly, this isn’t exactly my patch; but I suspect that some of my readers may be more checked-out on this topic.

Feb
08
2016
9

Why Kevin Williamson wants DeRay Mckesson to be the next Baltimore mayor.

Largely because Kevin thinks that Mckesson can’t be any worse than the current idiot running things, and because Mckesson needs to learn where the real problems are.  Also, this:

…if the education of DeRay Mckesson turns out to be as deliciously brutal and pitiless as expected, then it also presents an opportunity to educate, to some extent, a generation of silly and ignorant young activists in aching need of a swift kick in the ass from reality.

Being someone who lives within a half hour of Baltimore, though… not just no.  HELL, no.  Say what you like about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, but she was at least able to step aside and let Governor Larry Hogan (seemingly effortlessly) restore order in that riot.  A hypothetical Mayor Mckesson might have ordered Baltimore cops to actively resist the National Guard. Because he’s just that dumb.

Not that Mckesson would ever get the nomination, of course.  Not in Baltimore…

Moe Lane

Feb
07
2016
0

‘Paranoid.’

ParanoidBlack Sabbath

…Don’t do drugs, kids.  Even if you manage to power through it the way that Ozzy does.

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