Sep
30
2015
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‘The Boys Of Summer.’

Tonight was the first night of fall where I was feeling it.

The Boys Of SummerDon Henley

Sep
30
2015
2

Book of the Week: Anno Dracula

How could have I possibly skipped Anno Dracula? It’s marvelous fun (short version: Dracula wins, and what happens afterward), particularly if you like vampire fiction in general.  Shoot, it’s practically a bibliography for the whole blessed genre.

And so, farewell to The Nixon Challenge.

Sep
30
2015
7

Russian hackers trying to phish Hillary Clinton’s servers? …Okayyyy.

I dunno. There’s just something about this paragraph that makes me want to go have a drink. I honestly don’t what it is, though:

Among the emails released Wednesday were five that appear to be random attempts by hackers to penetrate Mrs. Clinton’s email system. The messages appear to be notices of speeding tickets from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. But the emails are well known as phishing attempts by hackers in Russia. It is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton clicked on the malware-infected messages.

There’s just the faintest odor of dread coming off of that. But there’s nothing I can put my finger on, though.  Maddening.

Moe Lane

PS: In contrast, the fact that Hillary Clinton can’t turn her own phone’s ringer on is small beer, really. That’s just a sign that Hillary Clinton is getting on in years.  It’s like there are more dang buttons every year, you know what I mean?

Sep
30
2015
2

THE DELTA GREEN KICKSTARTER IS LIVE. (With a one-day pledge drive.)

Am I shouting? I am shouting. It is live, and it is spectacular.

…And, what the heck: one-day pledge drive. I will spend whatever I get on the Delta Green Kickstarter: if I somehow manage to hit $250 (I will not manage to hit $250) I’ll get the six-book option and… we’ll figure something out at that point. Maybe I’ll host a contest and give ’em out as prizes. Maybe I’ll send a couple to the troops. Maybe I’ll just cackle madly and run a game via Skype. There’s just no way to know what will happen!

…Sorry. I’ve wanted a new edition for, like, forever. Delta Green and In Nomine remain my two favorite game worlds.




Sep
30
2015
1

Anybody here use oTranscribe?

http://otranscribe.com/.  Obviously, it’s a transcription aid, not something that can reliably translated voice-to-text – getting that is apparently a Holy Grail of sorts in the software field – but it’s free and looks like it’s at least functional. Anybody out there using anything better, and is it expensive?

Sep
30
2015
5

New England to shiver from the lack of those natural gas pipelines the Democrats so hate.

(Via @scottlincicome) Political stances have consequences: “Natural gas is so abundant and cheap in much of the U.S. that producers want to export it overseas. Except in New England, where gas is so hard to get that companies are importing it from as far away as Yemen.” In this particular case, the stance was we do not want any of those dirty, dirty fossil fuel pipelines in our backyards; and the consequences are soaring natural gas prices (2/3rds higher than the rest of the country) according to the WSJ, with the price probably continuing to skyrocket because of increased demand from consumers and what may be a really, really cold winter*. There’s also apparently the consequence that New England air pollution levels have been rising in the last year due to the need to burn stuff that’s less efficient than natural gas, but that’s a whole different issue**.

…Well. Loathe as I am to see a bunch of Americans pay through the nose for electric – and more importantly, heat – many, many people are going to not-really-nicely note that New Englanders have largely brought this fate down upon themselves by voting in Democrats.  And it’s true! New Englanders did, and they have.  But let us not think too much about what divides us; let us instead concentrate on what all civilized people can agree with.  Which is to say, it is in the best long-term interests of New England voters to vote in more Republicans to office***.  Say what you like about even liberal Republicans, but our party is in general agreement that Americans should not be cold, hungry, and in the dark****.

One last point: it is perhaps not a great idea for the Democratic party to be more or less dominated by NYC/DC/Californian liberals.  The weather’s better in all three locations than it is in New England and the Midwest, and that’s apparently having an effect on their energy policy thinking. And no, I’m not sure why Barack Obama doesn’t ‘get’ this, being that he’s ostensibly from Chicago.  …

But is he, really? Really?  I mean, let’s face it: we all know where the guy’s true allegiance lies*****…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*This is a basic concept, by the way: when there is a high demand and low supply, prices rise.

**Just wait until New England finds out that their coal and oil plants are going to get targeted by Barack Obama’s EPA too, though.

***Yes, ‘more.’ New Hampshire has a Republican-controlled legislature; Maine and Massachusetts, Republican governors.  May more states up there follow these good examples.

****In fact, we’re all kind of bemused here that the Democratic party seems so determined to stake out the opposite position.  There simply aren’t that many nihilists in America, although I suppose that the existence of the Internet can skew one’s perceptions when it comes to that philosophical position.

*****The Beltway, of course. Barack Obama loves everything about the Imperial District, and always will.  Why, what did you think that I meant?

Sep
30
2015
12

Same-sex common law marriage – oh, yes, it’s a thing now.

It is absolutely a thing. And, in the states where it is a thing, it is going to be a thing that can potentially require a matrimonial attorney:

Jeff Schreiber, a family law attorney in Charleston, South Carolina, said that common-law marriage laws are “not just used to prove someone is married, it’s used as leverage” in negotiating how property ownership and other rights are determined after a breakup. Just the threat that one of the former members of a couple may attempt to claim a common-law marriage existed can encourage the other person to settle with them to avoid that risk.

Screiber pointed out additional “wide-reaching issues” that can be effected by the existence or absence of a marital relationship, such as property rights, inheritance, child support and custody, medical decisions, and criminal law.

(more…)

Sep
30
2015
3

Vox.com ‘forgets’ that Hillary Clinton opposed SSM in 2013.

(Via @baseballcrank) Scare quotes because I don’t think that they actually forgot. I think that Vox knows that its readers are intellectually incurious, and will eat whatever gets put in front of them. The temptation to cater to that is apparently just too strong to ignore…

Sep
29
2015
1

‘King Of The Road.’

My dad used to sing this. Huh. I think Dad listened to more country music than I realized.

King Of The RoadRoger Miller

 

Sep
29
2015
3

Keep the 140 character Twitter limit!

This is a bad idea and whoever came up with it should not have.

Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit, according to multiple people familiar with the company’s plans.

It’s unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are simply images, not actual text published on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

If Twitter has done nothing else, it has done this: it has taught many people how to be mercifully brief in their commentary. It has even taught some of them to be concise – and, dare I say, even clear. Reversing that seems unwise.

Sep
29
2015
3

A teaser trailer for ‘Jessica Jones.’

I forget who pointed this out to me – may have been BigGator5* – but it’s the new trailer for the new Marvel’s Jessica Jones series on Netflix:

An amusing special effect, that. But how do you keep the actress from hurting her hand?

Moe Lane

*Who is not having the best day. Keep him in your prayers.

Sep
29
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, This Is Why I Only Intend To Watch The First Democratic Debate edition.

Interesting thought that occurred to me after reading this tweet:

Is there going to be a single moment in the Democratic debates where a candidate says I’m sorry if my opinion is unpopular among the base, but I’m right anyway about any topic at all? Or is it going to just be an ‘out-Left the other candidates’ snoozefest? I’m kind of betting on snoozefest.

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