Sep
19
2018
2

Life imitates Delta Green at the Sunspot Solar Observatory.

It’s ironic. ‘Child porn’ is the go-to excuse that the Feds use all the time in conspiracy roleplaying games when the government wants to explain away an op: “A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.” Nobody has any sympathy for the victim, nobody gets upset if the investigation isn’t as tight as it’s supposed to be, and nobody wants to look into the matter further.  From a gaming perspective, it’s perfect.

Mind you, I don’t believe that there’s a conspiracy going on there.  But if this was a game, my players wouldn’t buy this excuse for a moment.  Which may say more about the way GMs do games than anything, frankly.

Sep
19
2018
3

Always fun when the Internet implodes.

As in, my personal Internet.  It just… failed.  And then came back, and failed, and came back, and then said all my security certificates were expired, and then took me to my provider and had me set up a new wireless network*, and then failed again.  And so I finally call in to my ISP to get help… and it resolves itself the second he starts chat**.

So that was a fun couple of hours! (more…)

Sep
19
2018
5

Tweet of the Day, She’s Got A Point edition.

That’s how it would go down.

Sep
17
2018
2

SpaceX announces passenger for 2023 moon orbital mission.

Whatever it takes, man.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday night that entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly solo around the moon aboard the company’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch vehicle. Maezawa, a 42-year-old from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online retail shop. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, “I choose to go to the moon.”

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Sep
15
2018
9

OK, what’s going on with the Sunspot Observatory?

This is weird.

Sunspot Observatory was closed and evacuated Sept. 6 due to an undisclosed security risk. Federal officials aren’t saying why it was closed, and the silence has led to international media coverage and plenty of speculation.

[snip]

AURA released a statement Friday, stating it has “decided that the observatory will remain closed until further notice due to an ongoing security concern. The rest of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) facilities remain open and are operating normally.”

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Sep
14
2018
0

Do they give out Emmy’s for outstanding computer news animations?

Because this is flat-out brilliant.

It really drives home what a storm surge and flooding really looks like.  Well done, Weather Channel.  Well done.

Sep
14
2018
1

The first clue should have been ‘vampire facial.’

Goodness gracious.

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Sep
14
2018
4

Hurricane Florence, Scourge-of-Newscasters.

Why do we even have this lever*?

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Sep
14
2018
5

Tweet of the Day, I Hope The Snakes Apologized edition.

How utterly blase this woman is about it.

I dunno whether it’s because she’s a professional, or just being very Australian about it.

Sep
13
2018
1

Goodness gracious, middle school has changed.

I spent three and half hours at the kid’s middle school tonight to get an idea of the class load, and I am worn out. My head is worn out from having to take all the notes and keep track of everything. Swear to God, it was easier… almost forty years ago, tanjit.

Then again, we still had the Cold War going on and it wasn’t really clear that we were winning at the time, so perhaps I shouldn’t be nostalgic. I’m rambling, aren’t I? I need to get some sleep.

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