Mar
25
2015
11

Headphone/microphone troubleshooting bleg.

I’ve got one that plugs into analog jacks on the computer – one for the microphone, the other for the speaker.  The speaker jack works fine: I can hear the sounds come through, no problem. The problem is the microphone: Skype doesn’t see it, Mumble doesn’t see it, Audible doesn’t see it, Windows 8 itself doesn’t see it.  How do I convince the computer to recognize that there’s a microphone there?

Mar
25
2015
10

Report: Bowe Bergdahl to be tried for desertion.

Oh, dear.

So it is apparently now the official position of the US military that the US government went out and traded five terrorists for a deserter. I’d almost – almost – be close to maybe understanding it if we were at least planning to hang the guy afterward, but let’s be realistic.  Bowe Bergdahl, even if convicted for desertion, will not be executed for it. He’d probably spend a lot of time in jail, but he’d be unlikely to be hung, shot, or given the needle. (more…)

Mar
25
2015
3

Freedom Watch files racketeering suit against Hillary Clinton.

Hee!

The conservative group Freedom Watch has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The civil suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, argues that Clinton used her private emails to sell access to other officials in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

(more…)

Mar
25
2015
7

It is a glorious day at National Review Online.

Cthulhu reference. Also, SMoD. And, well, this:

Cruz is great. Rand Paul is great. Scott Walker is great. Bobby Jindal is great. Rick by-God Perry is great. Jeb Bush . . . was a really, really fine governor. We have primary elections for a reason, and these are some big boys (and girls? What says Governor Martinez? Governor Fallin? Governor Haley? Governor . . . ?) who are more than capable of inflicting upon themselves whatever savage and perverse ritual combat Republican-primary voters demand, with the last man standing demanding of the conclave in Cleveland: “Are you not entertained?”

Should be a hoot.

Personally, I recommend staying frosty when it comes to the primary. After all, every Republican candidate except one will end up losing it; their supporters should probably be prepared for that to happen. Or, conversely: if they’re planning to take their ball and go home if their candidate loses… then they should probably do it now, and avoid the rush.

Mar
24
2015
5

‘Foil.’

This is, like, one of my theme songs. Mostly because I play an Illuminati in that conspiracy MMO that I play.

FoilWeird Al Yankovic

Mar
24
2015
2

The ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ trailer.

Why?

 

Simon Pegg, that’s why.  I somehow missed that he was in this series; now I have to go catch up on ‘em.

Mar
24
2015
10

Sen. Dan Coats (R, Indiana) to retire at end of term.

A bit of a surprise, which hopefully doesn’t mean that the man is ill. I’ve certainly heard no rumors of scandal associated with Senator Coats, and you usually hear those things ahead of time; the Senator is in his early seventies, and has been in various federal public offices since the late Eighties, so possibly Dan Coats is simply ready to retire. (more…)

Mar
24
2015
1
Mar
24
2015
2

Quote of the Day, Yea, Verily, Indeed edition.

My wife mentioned this (Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father) in a conversation with me this evening: it’s almost two decades old, but still hysterical.   It’s usually called “The Mommy’s Old Testament,” which is kind of… annoying, because it wasn’t written by a woman.  Ach, well: here’s a taste.

On Screaming

Do not scream; for it is as if you scream all the time. If you are given a plate on which two foods you do not wish to touch each other are touching each other, your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while you point to the offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say to you, scream not, only remonstrate gently with the server, that the server may correct the fault. Likewise if you receive a portion of fish from which every piece of herbal seasoning has not been scraped off, and the herbal seasoning is loathsome to you, and steeped in vileness, again I say, refrain from screaming. Though the vileness overwhelm you, and cause you a faint unto death, make not that sound from within your throat, neither cover your face, nor press your fingers to your nose. For even now I have made the fish as it should be; behold, I eat of it myself, yet do not die.

Fortunately, my kids are either more finicky – or less finicky – than that; it’s hot dogs and nuggets all the way with them. Plus multivitamins so that they won’t get scurvy, or something. People might talk, otherwise.

Mar
24
2015
10

The X-Files is coming back as a miniseries. With the original leads, too.

Great day in the morning.

After a 13-year break, “The X-Files” is officially returning to television as a six-episode event series on Fox.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their iconic roles as paranormal phenomena-investigating FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the network announced Tuesday. Creator/executive producer Chris Carter will also return to helm the reboot.

Well, I guess that I’m just going to have to go and watch this then, huh?

Via AoSHQ.

Mar
24
2015
0

Light posting: mildly sick kid.

I really don’t get how two-income families manage to handle stuff like this.  I mean, from my point of view getting the kid out of school is a… well, it’s not ‘trivial,’ but it’s neither complicated nor onerous. But if both parents are working, well, somebody’s gotta leave work early and take at least a day off, right? – Because the school nurse was remarkably and preemptively adamant about me getting my eldest and keeping him out of school tomorrow. To the point where I almost said something, until I realized that the woman probably had her reasons…

Mar
24
2015
3

It’s SCOTUS Day!

Yup, it’s Supreme Court season again.

Nothing too dramatic today, I believe, but you never know.  Also: as usual, I am bemused that I am now in a headspace where the Supreme Court decision calendar is a source of excitement.  Or at least content…

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