May
25
2015
0

‘Bob’s Dog Obedience School and Taxidermy Shop.’

I love this song.  So much so that I don’t mind the lack of an Amazon link.  No, really*.

Seriously, my wife and I can and do sing along to this one.

Moe Lane

*But feel free to buy stuff anyway, if you like.  I’m pretty close this month in referral fees to be able to afford the Wii U.

May
25
2015
3

You know, I don’t actually believe that demonology works…

…and I’m aware that balancing a pencil on top of another pencil is inherently unstable. Still, I’m pretty sure that I’d never voluntarily engage in a conjuration ritual.  I mean, what if I’m wrong? What is the victory condition when you summon up a malevolent supernatural entity that can eat your soul? Not getting your soul eaten?  You can get that by not participate in the ritual in the first place.

Sorry, but it all seems very sketchy to me.

Via Drudge, because it was a slow news day, OK?

May
25
2015
3

The Democrats’ Demographic Mistake.

Interesting tweet, this.

Basically, it would appear that the rate of Hispanic immigration – which appeared to be ever-booming in, say, 2004 – has instead decreased. Couple that with the news that illegal immigrant population has stablilized, AND the fact that the birth rate among immigrants is rapidly approaching that of the native born American population, and… well.  There has been a remarkably consistent strategy by the Democratic party over the last ten years to court minority votes at the expense of white ones.  Do you think that the Democrats were assiduously keeping up with the latest demographic studies during that time? – Because I don’t think that the Democrats were assiduously keeping up with the latest demographic studies during that time.

May
25
2015
1

Book of the Week: “Conquistador.”

Conquistador by S.M. Stirling is an… interesting book. The premise is classic Golden Age science fiction: a H. Beam Piper*-esque hero creates a stable dimensional portal to an alternate California that Europeans have never colonized, or even visited.  And so, in classic Golden Age style, the aforementioned Great Man of history goes and carves out a nice little kingdom for himself and his fellow freebooters… and that’s where the book gets a little enjoyably awkward, because S.M. Stirling quite enjoys reminding us that our grandparents and great-grandparents were from a completely different people.  The book is not precisely a dystopia, but the society it describes is perhaps not somewhere you’d want to live.  Read about? Sure.  Live? …Not so much.  But it is indeed a page-turner.  Especially if you like your adventure fiction to come with appendices, and who among us does not?

And so, adieu to Digital Divide.

Moe Lane

*This was so totally a homage to H. Beam Piper.  Stirling made it pretty explicit, in fact.

May
25
2015
2

ZOMG THEY MADE PHYSICAL GWENT DECKS.

Gwent, for those wondering, is the game of chance that you play in The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Collector’s Edition – Xbox One (there’s a reason why I put up the Xbox One link: keep reading).  It’s basically a digital CCG that is simultaneously absurdly anachronistic and sweating-blood engrossing.  Which is why Tycho at Penny Arcade is going nuts over it; and why he wrote this:

I was going to say that, unlike many digital card games – ones that play with the mutable data of the cards themselves, or “summon” cards from a superset you don’t own – there’s no reason why this game couldn’t be played on a table.  Except we know it can be, because the Xbox One version I never considered for a fraction of a second includes physical decks in its collector’s edition.

Indeed, there is currently one – one – available on Amazon right now (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt *2 Gwent Card Decks* from Collectors Edition Xbox Version), and if I had eighty bucks to throw at it I would.  They absolutely must sell these decks.  Absolutely.

 

May
25
2015
1

Oakland protesters upset that they can no longer block traffic.

The horror: “Police made arrests as demonstrators marched in downtown Oakland against the city’s new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests — the second such gathering in as many days… Officers watched closely Sunday night as the protesters marched several blocks. About 100 to 150 people marched before organizers ended the event and then a group of 15 to 20 started another protest, spokeswoman Johnna A. Watson said.”  Basically, the city of Oakland has decided that protesters need to stay on the sidewalks, and not take over the streets – and, not incidentally, refrain from destroying people’s cars.

Oakland, as you probably know, has what protesters would probably call ‘a vibrant commitment to social justice culture’ and everybody else would call ‘a sometimes literally bloody nuisance.’ To give you an idea: protest culture is so, ah, vibrant that in 2003 freaking Moonbeam Brown (who was then mayor of Oakland) felt the need to disperse the crowds with wooden and rubber bullets.  It takes a good deal of skill and ingenuity to be too over the top for a hardcore liberal icon like Jerry Brown, but then I guess that any group that thinks that it needs to have formal pre- and post-protest protests is probably up to the challenge. (more…)

May
25
2015
14

The Fall of Mozilla, continued.

Neil put it pretty clearly:

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May
25
2015
0

Tweet / Picture of the Day, Memorial Day edition.

Comment unnecessary, I think.

May
24
2015
2
May
24
2015
0

Regular posting starting tomorrow.

Tuesday at the latest. It’s been fun, but I do have stuff to do.  Like, around the house, too.

May
24
2015
5

State Obamacare exchanges contemplating combining to form Vol…untary multi-state exchanges.

This Hill article tries to obscure the basic problem a bit

A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability.

Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year.

…by going on to present a third-party allegation that states on the federal Obamacare exchange are maybe interested in joining a multi-state exchange as being a fact.  There’s plenty of states contemplating this, by gum!  The guy running the Connecticut Obamacare exchange wants you to know that you’ll be amazed by the names! …But he can’t tell you which states, because no bureaucrat has ever wanted to even slightly embarrass a Republican office holder, ever. (more…)

May
24
2015
3

It was and is remarkably quiet today.

Which is fine by me: quiet is, in point of fact, a good thing. Quiet means that nothing bad has happened. I am in favor of nothing bad happening.

Of course, it also means that I have nothing to amuse people with, unless I pull stuff from The Witcher. And, let us be honest: there’s very little that’s less interesting than a second-hand video game story when you’re not playing the game. Well, the glitches can sometimes still be funny, sure – but that’s about it, really.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m beginning to get the impression that they may have overstated just a bit how powerful a machine I’d need to play this game. On the bright side, the frame rate is awesome.

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