Sep
03
2015
7

Interesting new Kickstarter: Mech Deck. (Tabletop modular battle mecha game)

Very interesting looking:

Basically, you create unique mecha from modular components (literally: you put together your plastic mecha from parts) and then duke it out. Random generation of terrain, what looks like turn-based, dice-roll combat. I tossed in a buck because I’ll be blessed if I can figure out who to play it with, but it looks pretty cool. Check it out if you like mecha and/or wargaming.

And who knows? I might end up getting a full version anyway.

Via @cmvbrielman.

Sep
03
2015
14

This is a damned good recipe for a grilled-cheese sandwich.

A good grilled cheese sandwich is, of course, one of the better things out there. The use of olive oil is an eye-opener. I’m going to try this tomorrow, see if it’s good enough to do at my next Saturday gaming session.

Moe Lane

PS: The mere existence of the article is also apparently cheesing off, if you’ll pardon the pun, a few people out there. Don’t ask me why: I just work here.

Sep
03
2015
2

How Ed Snowden helped Russia get a good choke hold on its own online dissidents.

‘Inadvertently.’  How droll. How abso-[expletive deleted]-lute-ly droll.

Let me set the scene: Russia – which has comfortably settled back into the patterns of bureaucratic autocracy that has more or less been its operating methodology for a millennium – has a problem.  It’s that pesky Internet, which was created by those pesky Americans, and our pesky stubborn insistence that people have rights and needs that trumps the State’s. Worse, an American’s instinctive response to foreigners insisting the we shut up on the Internet traditionally involves a bodily function, a rope and directions on how do the former upon the latter. You can do that, when all the servers are on your soil. Sooo

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, this was intolerable. In his mind the solution was simple: force the platforms — Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Apple among them — to locate their servers on Russian soil so Russian authorities could control them.

The challenge was how to do it.

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Sep
03
2015
6

Tweet of the Day, NO! That’s Fine… edition.

…we’ll take it as written and be happy about it.

Seriously, it’s not like it was dated October. Let us simply all get on with our lives, OK? This has already dragged on long enough.

Sep
02
2015
0

‘Sailor’s Prayer.’

No good Amazon link for this one, and it’s a live version anyway. But this is one of the bands that I’d always go to the Maryland Renaissance Fair to see.

Sep
02
2015
2

“The Fifth Wave” trailer.

It’s… interesting.

It’s also apparently based off of a Young Adult novel, so I don’t know how that’ll end up going.  Still, it’s always nice to get a good post-apocalyptic vibe going.

Sep
02
2015
6

Tweet of the Day, Attention, @DSCC: You Can Have My Cell Phone…

…when you take it off of my cold, dead body. That’s because, unlike apparently the people that the DSCC fundraises off of, I retain a basic self-respect:

Working link here. And those were donors.  Truly, the casual arrogance of the Democratic party towards its most loyal members is staggering…

Sep
02
2015
0

Well, WNEP: maybe you should have kept your traps shut about Patches the dog.

When do you people think it is, 1956?

We first introduced you to Patches the crossing guard dog last week. Since then, Patches is no longer allowed out at the crosswalk while his owner is on duty.

Jersey Shore Area School District officials told their employee he can no longer have his dog Patches outside at the crosswalk while he’s working.

Of course the school administration was going to tell the guy to leave the dog at home. They’re bureaucrats.  That is the sort of thing that they do. And they’ll be smug about doing it, too, Because Of The Children.

Great job, WNEP: great job.  Go have a cookie. Because it’s your fault that the dog ain’t there anymore. Freaking reporters…

Sep
02
2015
3

Andrew Cuomo’s War on Tattoos.

Via the Washington Free Beacon comes today’s “Hey! Let’s pound our heads against a wall, because it’ll feel so good when we stop*!” story. Short version: having absolutely nothing else to worry about in New York, legislators there signed… well, read it.

NYC tattoo artists are up in arms (sorry) about a new law that will go into effect in December requiring New York tattoo artists to use single-use ink shots. A petition surfaced yesterday regarding the law, which Governor Cuomo believes is necessary to prevent “potentially serious and life threatening health risks.” Tattoo artists, however, are firmly against the language being used in the bill regarding the ink requirements, which they believe are completely unnecessary.

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Sep
02
2015
7

Tweet of the Day, …By Jove, He’s RIGHT edition.

This would have solved the entire problem, sure enough.

I don’t know why I’m fascinated with this observation. I shouldn’t be. But yet, I am.

Sep
02
2015
1

Hillary Clinton used unsafe server to relay spy satellite data on North Korea.

Marvelous: “One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites.”  Admittedly, the Chinese probably already knew about the aforementioned movement of those nuclear assets, given that North Korea is their particular little embarrassment/headache. But now the Chinese know what we know about North Korean nuclear asset movements; worse, they have a somewhat better idea of what we don’t know about North Korean nuclear asset movements. Lucky break that we’re not currently fighting a proxy war with the ChiComs, huh? – Which is something that we’ve done twice, within living memory.

I mean, can we not pretend, here? This was an epic screw-up by the former Secretary of State. It is the kind of screw-up that the GOP can and will viciously and cheerfully exploit in the general election, should Hillary Clinton be the nominee. And before you ask ‘So what?’ let me remind you that in every election we see a certain number of defectors from one party to the other.  I suspect that, should Hillary Clinton be the nominee, the percentage of Republican defectors will end up being quite remarkably small.

Sep
02
2015
3

Dang. Two posts in a row that didn’t gel.

The first had a narrative that turned out to be unsupportable by the facts on hand and the second was based on a well-designed radical Green hit piece that was disguised as an expose.  I’m getting sloppy. Or possibly I’m just tired? It’s been a stressful week, what with the kids adjusting to school and everything.

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