Sep
01
2015
0

*Also* In The Mail: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1.

I got The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power in the same Amazon shipment.  Because I am a good husband, I carefully did not open it so that my wife could have the pleasure of reading it first. Then, once I was absolutely sure that she was done with it, I read it in one sitting, because: Squirrel Girl.

There’s a movie in this characte, I’m telling you. And it’ll make money, too! Marvel seems to be good at making money out of its superhero properties.

Sep
01
2015
1

In the Mail: The Desert and the Blade.

The Change series is lots of fun, if you like post-apocalyptic fiction where technology above a certain level abruptly no longer works and the return of magic really doesn’t make up for it at all.  Which, yeah, led to billions of people dying.  But the survivors are having plenty of adventures! …Which, as S.M. Stirling himself noted elsewhere, means ‘somebody else in deep trouble, far away.’

Ahem. The Desert and the Blade: A Novel of the Change (Change Series) is a fun read so far; I’m enjoying it.  But you definitely should start with Dies the Fire, which is the first book in this series. Or maybe Island in the Sea of Time, which is kind of in the same universe but is a good deal more chipper. Assuming you haven’t read any of these before

Sep
01
2015
11

Great. We’re going to have an entry in the Olympics city selection, after all.

This is awful. Can the decision be appealed?

Seriously, having the Olympics is a boondoggle these days. An expensive, annoying boondoggle. I’d be just as happy if it stayed out of the USA for a while. Besides: it’s no fun without the Soviets to beat.

Sep
01
2015
0

Quote of the Day, It’s Naive NOT To Call Isis Evil edition.

Jim Geraghty knows that already, of course. That’s why he wrote this:

You know, of all of the injustices in the world, the idea that the Islamic State’s viewpoint isn’t getting a sufficiently nuanced assessment in Western discussions is pretty far down my list of concerns.

Same here. I mean: Jesus Christ, it’s a no-fooling human-sacrificing death cult. And I’m not swearing, either. I’m presumptuously bringing that fact to my God’s attention.

Sep
01
2015
13

What does Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) intend to do about that defiant County Clerk?

Via @EsotericCD comes this latest action in the same-sex marriage wars:

Speaking as a same-sex marriage supporter: I was and am adamantly opposed to using the courts to force Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to issue the licenses in the first place. I therefore feel that her continuing defiance is a matter for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and does not really require my personal input. But it does require the personal input of both Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Kentucky Governor Steve Bershear (D). Spoiler warning: neither man particularly wants to be involved in this issue. (more…)

Sep
01
2015
0

Ain’t no trolling like @FreeBeacon trolling (says he, respectfully).

I mean, this is as far as I got before writing this post:

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That’s worth it. That’s worth it, right there. So let me hit publish, and then actually read the article. Not that I need to, but I want to. Because of that picture.

Aug
31
2015
0

‘A Thousand Years.’

I think a second night of Piano Guys is in order.

A Thousand YearsThe Piano Guys

Aug
31
2015
0

Book of the Week: “The Bunker.”

I was under the impression that The Bunker was what they based Downfall on, but it turns out that the two works are just looking at the same thing; the last days of the Nazi regime (specifically, Hitler’s final days and death in the Berlin bunker). It’s a very lively work, given that it was written by a journalist and not an academic. I also assume that we’ll get at least one person in comments who will politely but firmly bring up James O’Donnell’s (the author) weakness for a good narrative. Still, it was and is compelling reading.

And so, adieu to Snow Crash

Moe Lane

Aug
31
2015
11

Big Government in action: FDA busybodies target… ‘vegan mayonnaise.’.

Via Reason comes this charming look into the soul of a federal food bureaucrat:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the labels and website labeling for your Just Mayo and Just Mayo Sriracha products in June, 2015. The label for these products directs the consumer to your website at the Internet address www.hamptoncreek.com. We examined your website in June, 2015. Based on our review, we have concluded that these products are in violation of section 403 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 343] and its implementing regulations found in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 101 (21 CFR 101). You can find the Act and FDA regulations through links on FDA’s home page athttp://www.fda.gov.

[snip of violations]

The above violations are not meant to be an all-inclusive list of violations that may exist in connection with your products or their labeling. It is your responsibility to ensure that your products comply with the Act and its implementing regulations. You should take prompt action to correct the violations cited in this letter. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in regulatory action without further notice, such as seizure and/or injunction.

(more…)

Aug
31
2015
0

Tickets are now available for the Sept. 30th showing of the digitally remastered Iron Giant!

You can get them here. I have already bought mine, and am very much looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. I wish that I had done so at the time.

Aug
31
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, …And This Is Why Labour Lost edition.

Seriously, it is.

Moe Lane

PS: They ever find the stone tablet?

Aug
31
2015
10

Does @Ted_Strickland support changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali?

I ask because Ohioan legislators are ‘fuming‘ over this:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement on his Facebook account that he was similarly “disappointed” in the decision to rename the [Alaska] mountain long named after “a proud Ohioan.”

“The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress,” Portman said.

“I now urge the Administration to work with me to find alternative ways to preserve McKinley’s legacy somewhere else in the national park that once bore his name,” Portman added.

President McKinley was from Ohio, you see. So politicians from Ohio are going to be just a little bit touchy on the subject. Well. Certain politicians. Apparently Ted Strickland doesn’t actually care about his own state’s history…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: If you think that this is a silly issue, then obviously the easiest way for Ted Strickland to prove that he’s not ducking said issue is to come out and forthrightly say that Barack Obama was perfectly justified in unilaterally changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali. I’m not joking. Ohio Republicans aren’t afraid to be publicly upset about this (and, by definition: if the Speaker of the House thinks something is relevant, it automatically becomes so); why can’t Ted Strickland show a little gumption and come our swinging on President Obama’s behalf? – Unless, of course, Strickland’s kind of against the name change, too, but doesn’t want to look like he disagrees with Obama. Which is, admittedly, pretty much how state Democrats cringe and fawn these days every time they’re in a dispute with the national party…

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