Feb
20
2017
0

I don’t really have anything else tonight, sorry.

I spent a large part of the day at Carmax, watching a ninety minute job turn into a three and a half hour one.  Which I should have expected, but I didn’t. Thank God I ate lunch before that, though.  Other than that… I was going to snark on Conan Exiles some more, but it was essentially the same snark as before.  I figure that it’ll look more like the Hyborian Age after the next couple of patches, or something.

So let me load up the music tape and call it a night.

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Feb
20
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, :Pointing: …Cow. edition.

Note that it’s ‘unfamiliar’ cattle.  Apparently, familiar cattle you can let right on in.  …Which, OK, makes sense, but only by accident.

Feb
20
2017
3

This ‘The Mysterious Package Company’ thing looks intriguing.

The Mysterious Package Company crafts… well, it’s right there on the label. Multimedia High Weirdness By Mail, to quote the Church of the Sub-Genius; eldritch and hand-crafted and apparently just a little sumptuous.  I’d be getting The King in Yellow one right now if I had somebody to send it to.  Or if I could afford it; this is not a ‘casual weirdness’ link. This is a ‘what you get that impossible to buy-for person for his/her birthday/Christmas’ link.

 

 

Feb
19
2017
1

We are having an amazingly mild winter here in Maryland…

…and I cannot say that I mind it one bit.  Beautiful weather for the next week; gonna hit 70 again in the second half, which means that it will not be cold. I am not a fan of cold. I like shirtsleeves weather year-round, thanks.

So enjoy it while it lasts, of course.

Feb
18
2017
3

‘Danger Zone.’

Hey, new Archer this April.  Noir.  Mind you, I mostly just watch YT clips of it anyway.

Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins

Feb
18
2017
3

What are you doing? It’s a beautiful day out!

Go outside!  Seriously, we’re just back from the art museum, and now I’m going to go have a freaking beer or something and maybe sit on my front steps.  If I feel particularly energetic, I’ll go get the mail once I’ve finished the beer.

Feb
17
2017
0

Pelgrane Press’s Cthulhu Confidential is having a contest.

Basically, Cthulhu Confidential is for one-on-one roleplaying sessions between the GM and a single player.  Personally, I prefer to have at least three other people around the table, but one-on-one has its place, especially if placed in the context of a larger campaign. At any rate, they’re having a contest with a free game giveaway. Go over there and tell them which fictional character you’d want to roleplay this as!

http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/cthulhu-confidential-competition-who-would-you-one-2-one-with/

 

Feb
17
2017
4

Got the DVD player to talk to the monitor.

So, they told me Moe, just buy a new DVD player that can be hooked up to the monitor.  And I said I’ll chase it round YouTube, and round the ‘Zone, and round planned obsolescence, and round Perdition’s FLAMES before I give it up. …Well, the DVD player to monitor setup finally works.  No remote and I’m probably never finding it, but, dammit, I got it to work well enough for what I wanted it for.

Ain’t nobody the boss of me.

Feb
17
2017
3

Time for your Moment of Sheer Terror!

Smashmouth, using only Window XP sounds.

That’s not the terror, though.  The terror is that this is on the verge of becoming a thing that happens on the Internet. Flee! FLEE!

Feb
16
2017
3

‘Particle Man.’

It’s my old fraternity’s anniversary. Flood was pretty much our theme album.

Particle Man, They Might Be Giants

Feb
16
2017
4

Tweet of the Day, THIS WAS MY CHILDHOOD edition.

Dear God, but was it my childhood. I still mispronounce the occasional word that I’ve merely seen, never heard. Although admittedly it gets harder and harder, as the Internet goes more and more multimedia…

Moe Lane

PS: I am probably going to steal “I was raised by books” at some point.

Feb
16
2017
3

Howard Stern in hot water over IRS call.

This is intriguing. I mean, my first-response answer was ‘nothing should happen to the Howard Stern show.’  But when I think about it, that’s not really the right answer, is it?

In a fact pattern worthy of a law school exam question, an IRS employee calls the Howard Stern Show and is put on hold. The IRS employee on a different line, apparently either using fat fingers on a conference call feature, or on a speakerphone, takes a call from a taxpayer while on hold with Stern. The Howard Stern Show then picks up, hears the IRS employee talking with the taxpayer and puts the nearly hour-long conversation on the air live. The law school question is … in how many ways might the Howard Stern Show be civilly and criminally liable?

Via TaxProf Blog. I mean, it’s fairly clear that the IRS is hosed. They’re supposed to keep taxpayer information confidential, and that’s hard to do when your employees are calling up shock-jock radio programs and then keeping the line open. And the Howard Stern Show’s basic problem here is that they deliberately decided to broadcast the telephone call. It’s not their fault that they heard the call, but it is their fault that it got put on the public airwaves.

Be interesting to see what the lawyers do with this one.

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