Apr
30
2017
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‘Steal My Sunshine.’

Hey, you know the pregnant lady in this video?  Yeah, her kid will be eligible to vote in the next Congressional election.

Steal My Sunshine, Len

Apr
30
2017
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USA. USA! …

U-S-A! (Yes, I know the dude’s wearing an Edmonton Oilers shirt. But it’s hockey. The rules are a little different, in hockey situations*.)

Moe Lane (more…)

Apr
30
2017
9

What was the victory condition for the Netflix Orange is the New Black extortion hack?

Brief summary: somebody apparently hacked Netflix, got episodes of Orange is the New Black, and threatened to release them online prior to their first viewing in June unless Netflix paid up.  Netflix said no. The episodes were duly released. And, as Forbes pointed out: what, exactly, was the goal here?

Netflix is a streaming service. Nobody pays for individual episodes of Orange is the New Black. In fact, is anyone even watching Orange is the New Black anymore? Perhaps The Dark Overlord imagined hoards of fans canceling their memberships, finally liberated from Netflix’s tyrannical monthly fee, heading in droves to The Pirate Bay to watch ten out of thirteen episodes in low-definition. Finally, the evil overlord Netflix felled by the might of the dark one.

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Apr
30
2017
6

Group seed: Aglet Solutions.

Pardon the joke.

Aglet Solutions – Google Docs

 

Aglet Solutions

 

A variant of this group can exist at any point of a particular society’s technological or social development.  Provided, of course, that the society has access to resurrection or general necromantic magic.  Aglet Solutions exists to counter such magic, for the noblest of reasons: people will pay them extremely well to do so.

 

The pay is good because this is actually a surprisingly popular service, particularly in worlds where the resurrection process can or does have extremely nasty side effects.  There is a lot that necromancy can do with a person’s corpse, and some of it can be only be prevented or reversed by people who are effectively necromancers themselves, if only theoretical ones. Magicians who discover that they simultaneously have a talent for death-related magic and a basic ethical sense are Aglet Solution’s preferred candidates for employment, as the group gives them an opportunity to practice their art in a non-corrupting manner.

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Apr
30
2017
3

I need a more powerful, more stark version of “Oh HELL No” for this one.

I mean, not in a million years would I do this.  Even if this was fake and a clever use of greenscreen technology I would not do this. As I said on Facebook: it’s like the guy is taunting the Darwin Awards.

Apr
30
2017
2

So I’m putting together a movie list for the next few months.

So far, these are the definite ones:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (5/5)
  • King Arthur (5/12)
  • Wonder Woman (6/2)
  • The Mummy (6/9)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (7/7)
  • Dunkirk (7/21)
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (7/21)

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Apr
30
2017
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Patreon Microfiction: “Sentimental Value.”

Sentimental Value” is my paean to the notion that, even in our glorious transhumanist future, we’re probably going to have to deal with the little things in day to day life.  Also, that people who are in glorious transhumanist futures are probably not going to wander around all day breathlessly going “Hey! How about that Singularity, huh?” …OK, wait, some of them probably will.  Somebody always does.

Apr
29
2017
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‘By My Side.’

I did this play my senior year in high school. This was maybe my favorite song from the musical, although I certainly didn’t sing it.

By My Side, Godspell

Apr
29
2017
1

Book of the Week: Jurassic Park.

I know that this is a little bit of a weird choice, but I spent the day looking through my library to see if I still had a copy of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park lying around.  If I spent that much time looking, it’s worth an entry, right?  That seems reasonable.  Even if I wanted to read it as an antidote to the Power Rangers dinosaur series that my children persist in watching. Over and over and over again.

And so, adieu to Brain Wave.

Apr
29
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, The Raven Looks Kind Of Embarrassed To Be There edition.

He’s got that Hey, man, I have no fingers or thumbs, OK?  If I want to get downtown, this is how I get downtown look to him. Also: I’m not one to judge, but if I was hanging out with a raven I would like to think that I’d have a somewhat more exuberant view of life because, hey, I’m hanging out with a raven and that’s pretty cool, right? Ravens have personality, is what I’m saying.

Apr
29
2017
2

Campaign Seed: Project GAMMA YELLOW.

Just my little joke.

Project GAMMA YELLOW – Google Docs

Project GAMMA YELLOW

 

NATO’s GAMMA YELLOW project would be legendary in the conspiracy theory community, if only any of them had ever heard of it.  But there are in fact certain security restrictions that people do take seriously, and the ones involving GAMMA YELLOW fall in that category.  It helps that the classification is at a level that can be beyond the reach of mere ministers of defense, or even some heads of states. For example, no American President has been briefed on GAMMA YELLOW since Jimmy Carter, and that was widely (for given values of ‘widely’) seen as being a horrendous mistake.

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Apr
29
2017
10

I have made a decision on the $425 Nordstrom Mud Pants story.

Background here.  Short version: Nordstrom is selling pre-muddied pants for $425, because fashion?  I’m also not sure if the pants will just stop getting muddy after you wash them, assuming that you wash them.  ‘Dry cleaning’ likewise seems like an oxymoron, here – Anyway, I’ve seen a bunch of people talk about the abstract issues here, including the important issue of what this says about how we think of physical labor, and its place in our society. (more…)

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