Nov
18
2014
5

AS EXPECTED (but it’s still cool!), organic compounds found on Philae comet.

This should surprise nobody, but probably will surprise some people anyway:

The probe that landed on the surface of a comet has discovered organic molecules, the most rudimentary building blocks of life, according to the German agency involved in the mission.

An instrument aboard the Philae lander detected the molecules after “sniffing” the comet’s atmosphere. An organic compound is one whose molecules contain the carbon atom, the basis of life on earth.

Scientists are analyzing the data to see whether the organic compounds detected by Philae are simple ones—such as methane and methanol—or a more complex species such as amino acids, the building blocks for proteins.

(more…)

Nov
18
2014
9

Keystone: Failed. LA-SEN runoff: …DOOM.

A colleague suggests that Mary Landrieu is beyond DOOM, in fact.

Yup. Senator Mary Landrieu’s last, desperate leap for safety came up short: the Keystone Pipeline bill that Rep. Bill Cassidy championed in the House went down in the Senate. 59-41, of course: Harry Reid ends his career as Senate Majority Leader as he began it. Which is to say, by toadying to the rather disassociated, yet hardcore partisan, establishment figures that run the Democratic party these days. (more…)

Nov
18
2014
4

Tweet of the Day, …No, Senator Manchin, We Would Not edition.

It’s not a 100% rule, of course.  I’m sure that there’s been a time or three when we have.  But our mistake is in being too loyal*. Ask Senator Manchin how he feels about that right now:

Moe Lane

*No, it’s actually a mistake sometimes. Usually when the person that we’re being loyal to doesn’t really deserve it.

Nov
18
2014
1

…Trust me, I would have LIKED to have played Dragon Age Inquisition all day today.

I was ACTUALLY driving everybody else* in the house everywhere else in the county, starting at 8 AM and ending at 6 PM.  Every errand in the world at once, and tomorrow is another fun day in that regard. Whee…

Moe Lane

PS: Hell yes I’m gonna play some Dragon Age Inquisition tonight.   …Eventually.

*Including the cat.

Nov
17
2014
1

‘Red Red Wine.’

Red Red Wine (12” Version)UB40

 

…The music video is highly depressing, by the way.

Nov
17
2014
2

Early night for me.

For a given value of ‘early night.’ I might be going to go take a nap for a couple of hours and then start up with Dragon Age Inquisition at midnight.  Or I might sleep through the alarm.  Gonna be an interesting experiment, honestly.

Nov
17
2014
6

Tweet of the Day, I Wonder How Begich Will Vote On #Keystone Now edition.

…Too soon?

Congratulations, Senator Dan Sullivan.

Nov
17
2014
7

Let me just preemptively apologize for the rest of the week.

Stress is going to be spiking over the next few days.  I will do my damnedest to not ban anybody: do sing out if I do so anyway and it doesn’t look righteous.   Sorry if this sounds mysterious – or worse, dramatic. Kids and the wife are fine: nothing bad with the health, with the exception that I have a temporary crown. I’m just warning people that I’m extra-touchy this week, and am not entirely certain that I’ll be able to compensate for that.

Nov
17
2014
0

Saw Big Hero 6!

Basically, my reaction to the movie is very akin to Shaenon’s (we think Garrity) will-be-famous-someday-if-I-have-anything-to-say-about-it observation:

“Kung-Fu Hustle,” like “Sin City,” is one of those movies that made me wonder why other movies are always forcing me to look at boring things, when they could be showing me machine-gun-toting hooker armies or middle-aged landladies using the Lion’s Roar Attack against the World’s Greatest Killer.

In this case, the cyber-prep* streets of San Fransokyo. Visually gorgeous and well done.  I liked it. I even shed a tear or two at one point.  And the intro short movie was similarly cute.

Moe Lane

*Term cheerfully stolen from Steve Jackson Games.

Nov
17
2014
1

How the GOP used social media to outsmart anti-free speech laws.

Looks like the NRCC was on the ball this cycle.

Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Translation: they probably didn’t, which CNN will concede later. Moving on…

…The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable “soft money” to fund campaigns.

A typical tweet read: “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” The source said posts like that — which would look like gibberish to most people — represented polling data for various House races.

(more…)

Nov
17
2014
7

I imagine that this is how a unreformed junkie feels.

You look at it, and you know.

You know how this ends: with you in a dark room, ready to go bang the gong again.  You can tell yourself stories.  But you know that you aren’t strong enough to hold out. Just once more, for old time’s sake.  What’s the harm?  I’m not that person anymore.  Only… you are.  And you’re about to go prove it to everyone.

It is… your destiny.

Via @BrianFaughnan.

Moe Lane

[PS: I should note, by the way, that it's almost certainly not an official trailer. We know this because it hasn't saturated, and I am using that term in as literally a sense as I can, the Internet.]

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