Jul
30
2014
3

This is not entirely dissimilar to one of my The Secret World Characters.

I suppose that I shouldn’t admit that, but what the heck. It’s an amusing video.

Mind you, my Secret World character is also carrying an Assault Rifle – which, bizarrely, is one of the items that you also use to heal* in that game – but I suppose that wouldn’t have worked for the ad. (more…)

Jul
30
2014
8

The “Dreams in the Witch House.” Lovecraftian rock opera. [Content warning]

The folks over at the HPL Historical Society (need to think about getting a lifetime membership: $75 is a lot of discretionary income, though) helped put together a rock opera based on one of Lovecraft’s short stories (‘The Dreams in the Witch House,’ obviously).  I just picked up the album (Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera), largely on the strength of this (DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK YET!) music video - but please note that I am putting a content warning on said video, which I do not often do.  This is a rock opera based on a horror story, and the video features images of a disturbing and alarming nature that are all the more so because they are not done in a cartoonish fashion.  Do not watch this at work.  You have been warned.

I get the impression that the HPLHS might be expanding this, later on (they’ve already done the radio dramatization of the story).

Jul
29
2014
0

‘The Power.’

This is an exceedingly Nineties song.

The PowerSnap!

 

Seriously, I don’t know if some of those colors actually still exist, outside of that particular decade,

Jul
29
2014
3

How you know when you may have been doing this gig for a while.

When the words You know, honey, we should put a whiteboard up here on the bedroom wall show up in the middle of an explanation that you’re having with your spouse over a tricky federal court case.

…Because, no, we don’t need a whiteboard up there on the wall.

Moe Lane

Jul
29
2014
17

So, yeah, Dragonriders of Pern flick.

That’s gonna be interesting.

Warner Bros. has, according to a story at Deadline, secured the big screen rights to Anne McCaffrey’s classic fantasy series, Dragonriders of Pern. The 22-book series will serve as the basis for a feature film that aims to launch a new franchise.

“Dragonflight,” the first in the series of novels, follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.

Particularly since the books were… well, there’s some somewhat unusual stuff in them, as I recall. From what I recall, this was science fiction, not fantasy: and the overall plot of the series is not exactly a good fit for a standard action-adventure format. Still, dragons. (more…)

Jul
28
2014
1

‘You Are My Sunshine.’

This counts as folk, because Aretha Franklin so hush.

You Are My SunshineAretha Franklin

 

Look, we’ve had this conversation before.  There are three kinds of people in the world: people who love Aretha Franklin; people who are wrong; and Communists.

Jul
28
2014
1
Jul
28
2014
4

To quote Charlie Stross, I failed to save vs. shiny.

Ayup.  Amazon Fire Phone.

Because, hey, I don’t have nearly enough ways to be connected to the World-Mind.

Jul
28
2014
11

Quote of the day, “a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular” edition.

The US Court of Appeals, in the process of telling a bunch of insecure atheists* why they should sit down and shut up about the 9-11 Cross:

In short, neutrality is not so rigid and absolute a principle as to command “a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular.”

(more…)

Jul
28
2014
1

xkcd might have a point, here.

I have to admit: the sketch and the photo do match up fairly well.

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Jul
28
2014
19

I need a recommendation on a portable power pack for a CPAP.

I’m going camping, I have sleep apnia, and I need something that can provide power overnight for a 120-240v ~ 50/60Hz, 2.1A [12V - 5.0 A] device.  Assume that I can recharge during the day from a power socket.  Please bear in mind that while I know that V = volts, Hz = Hertz, and A presumably = amps, my eyes will glaze over when we go deeper into those weeds (I have apparently subconsciously decided that anything engineering-related is to be filed under ‘let my wife take point on that’).  The more it costs, the harder it will be for me to justify spending the money, although a portable power pack isn’t a bad thing to have around the house generally.

Available on Amazon?  Definite plus.  I need this before the end of the week.

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