Nov
15
2018
2

I’m not saying today’s snow day was kind of ridiculous…

…no, wait, I’m saying that today’s snow day was kind of ridiculous.  The kids didn’t mind at all, of course — but they’ll mind next spring, when the county has to make up days at the end of the school year.  Although, to be fair: this is the usual problem in Howard County.  If you’re on the south-east side of I-95, you get less snow than the north-west side.  There are parts of my county that may get up to six inches — just not anywhere near us, where it is currently raining.

Although if the roads freeze overnight I’m going to counsel my wife to work from home tomorrow.  This state goes stark raving mad when it comes to frozen demon sky-water and treacherous ninja devil-slicks.  She’s sane and sensible, but she’ll have to drive alongside these madmen, and that can oppress a woman.

Nov
10
2018
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Tweet of the Day, Now I Want To Go To Finland edition.

If I saw this coming out of the Helsinki airport I would feel absurdly complimented.  This is great advertising, in other words. Whoever came up with this should get a little something extra in the next paycheck.

Nov
09
2018
5

Tweet of the Day, Ding-Dong, Die Hexe Ist Tot edition.

That was a great day. 

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Nov
08
2018
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Quote of the Day, Sing It, Brother edition.

T. Crown, on his recent enforced absence from Twitter:

I’ve also relearned a lesson in humility, as my absence apparently hasn’t even been noticed, let alone protested. I like to quote The graveyards are full of indispensable men to myself with some frequency, and this is a poignant reminder that I wouldn’t even make those rows.

…I am familiar with this phenomenon.

Nov
07
2018
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Going to go see Overlord Friday.

I was persuaded by my new negative indicator model: does this movie tick off people that I kind of enjoy seeing ticked off?  — Only substitute a different phrase for ‘tick off.’  We’re trying to be civilized around here.  Or at least I am.

This was a really busy day, by the way.  We scheduled a lot of family infrastructure stuff this week. And the week isn’t quite done yet, either.

Nov
07
2018
2

Flu shots today!

For the kids!

:twitch:

:twitch:

Open thread.

Nov
06
2018
8

I want to believe in derelict starships.

I want to believe.

Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside our solar system. But its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets.

Now a pair of Harvard researchers are raising the possibility that Oumuamua is an alien spacecraft.

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Nov
05
2018
2

Happy anniversary to us!

I’ll say this for getting married on November 5th; it’s not a hard date to remember. ‘Course, one might not particularly want to have one’s romantic event associated with a bomb plot, but it’s not so bad, really.  After all, we’re not from the UK.

Moe Lane

PS: We typically schedule celebrations for a week later. Veteran’s Day is a federal holiday but not a school holiday, so my wife has off and my kids don’t.  Such a tragedy…

Nov
04
2018
6

Item Seed: Lockcracker.

Lockcracker – Google Docs

Lockcracker

 

Description: Lockcracker was clearly adapted from a 1950s one-handed Geiger Counter; the cover and dials have been painted over, the buttons have all been disabled, except for one painted red, and the hand-held sensor unit has had three wires added.  One wire ends in an alligator clip; another in a thin, flat piece of metal with rounded edges, and the last in a what appears to be a very tiny microphone. If Lockcracker has batteries (the casing is quite thoroughly soldered), they haven’t been replaced in fifty years.

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Nov
02
2018
1

Tweet of the Day, This Fan Gladiator Sequel Ain’t Bad, Actually edition.

It’d never get made, but it ain’t bad.

I don’t think Hollywood could pull it off, honestly.

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