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|Thursday, February 4th, 2016|
I figure I'd feel better if I had actually gotten more than 7h of sleep last night, which is one more hour than "Situation Critical," but far fewer than actually currently required. *sigh* Current Mood: tired
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016|
|Quotes, What Happened When the Weather Changed Edition
Antifascism is the fascism of liberal fascism.
-- Megalovanian, Alicublog, comments
Horses are actually indigenous to North America! They evolved on the continent, moved to Eurasia and thence the world, then went extinct on the continent they evolved on. Possibly because of, possibly in parallel with the arrival of humans.
-- WLU, Science-Based Medicine, comments
The sin of socialism is that it socializes the benefits, unlike our current system, that privatizes the benefits and socializes the costs.
-- Villago Delenda Est, Balloon Juice, comments
STAHP DYING EXCELLENT PEOPLE!!!! STAHP!! STAHP!! JUST F-ING STAHP!! Now it's the turn for the BAD people to DIE!! Republican (or whatever your country calls right wingnuts) politicians, LINE UP!!
-- Lawrence Thompson, Facebook, on Marvin Minsky's death
For God’s sake, go down to reception and get rid of a lunatic who’s down there. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless!
-- Daily Express
editor, 1925, of mechanical television inventor John Logie Baird, quoted in Cara McGoogan, "Who invented the television? How people reacted to John Logie Baird's creation 90 years ago," The Telegraph( PHOTONS STAHP! MY EYE BULBS!Collapse ) Current Mood: sick
|Sunday, January 31st, 2016|
The terrible house madness is over for now, at least, and I feel remarkably de-stressed, even after practically killing myself cleaning. (I fell into bed Friday night pretty much unable to walk, and slept most of Saturday, and a good bit of today, and I'm going back to bed soon so I can with any luck put in a yeomanly effort tomorrow at work.)
The good news is, the house looks fantastic, which actually will probably go a long way toward ameliorating my depression. The bad news is, the landpeople weren't pleased with the house madness verdict, exactly, and Jaygor and I had to practically kill ourselves to get the house looking this nice. Current Mood: annoyed
|Tuesday, January 26th, 2016|
|And the Terrible January Streak Continues
Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88Professor Minsky, in 1959, co-founded the M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence Project (later the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) with his colleague John McCarthy, who is credited with coining the term “artificial intelligence.”
Beyond its artificial intelligence charter, however, the lab would have a profound impact on the modern computing industry, helping to impassion a culture of computer and software design. It planted the seed for the idea that digital information should be shared freely, a notion that would shape the so-called open-source software movement, and it was a part of the original ARPAnet, the forerunner to the Internet.
Professor Minsky’s scientific accomplishments spanned a variety of disciplines. He designed and built some of the first visual scanners and mechanical hands with tactile sensors, advances that influenced modern robotics. In 1951 he built the first randomly wired neural network learning machine, which he called Snarc. And in 1956, while at Harvard, he invented and built the first confocal scanning microscope, an optical instrument with superior resolution and image quality still in wide use in the biological sciences.
*sigh* Current Mood: disappointed
|Monday, January 25th, 2016|
|Quotes, I'm So Dizzy, My Head is Spinnin' Edition
I'm thinking of having a label made for the scarves and mittens I knit that says "98% wool, 2% pet hair."
-- shay simmons, Science-Based Medicine, comments
Will January just fuck off already?
, More Words, Deeper Hole, comments
Nothing is a more perfect accompaniment to an apology from opposing counsel than the sound of their grinding teeth.
-- Harold Feld, Facebook, comments
A snowstorm rewards indolence and punishes the go-getters, which is only one of the many reasons it’s the best natural disaster there is.
-- David Dudley, "In Case of Blizzard, Do Nothing," The New York Times
What's the difference between USA and USB?
One connects to all your devices and accesses your data, the other is a hardware standard.
-- Twitter users @mikko_2011 and @alfiedotwtf( Mind-altering substances this way!Collapse ) Current Mood: uncomfortable
|Thursday, January 21st, 2016|
|Might as well turn in my card...
A lot of things about modern leftists just make me want to say, "Jesus, don't you have anything better to do?" Current Mood: exhausted
|Tuesday, January 19th, 2016|
|Quotes, You Ain't Got Nuthin' Better to Do Edition
[I]f the laws aren’t for everyone, then they aren’t for anyone.
-- kc, Balloon Juice, comments
Hanging around high level O[il]&G[as] executives is like going to a megalomaniac convention.
-- StringOnAStick, Alicublog, comments
We ended up down the ditch, at which point he slammed brakes on, and abused me for being on the road on a horse, and both drivers told me horses are not allowed on the road
-- rider response from Thompson and Matthews, "Inroads into Equestrian Safety: Rider-Reported Factors Contributing to Horse-Related Accidents and Near Misses on Australian Roads," Animals
As Ben Carson and the other GOP candidates were busy trying to turn this into Iranian Hostage Crisis 2016, the non-incident was over before they could even settle on alarmist rhetoric.
-- Ed, "I Drive a Dodge Stratus," Gin and Tacos, on the Iran/US sailor incident
“Dad! Dad! When I grow up I’m going to be a pilot!” The old man looks at him and says, “I’m sorry son but you can’t do both.”
-- VTCC73, DailyKos, comments( And I"m procrastinating.Collapse ) Current Mood: sleepy
|Sunday, January 17th, 2016|
Of the many ways in which you remind me of Jorj, the sheer stonking size
of your...solid depositions in the litterbox is not the best way
?! Current Mood: tired
|Fun With Hebrew
Okay, so...clueless Canadian moment... A guy in my Hebrew class was talking about going to Morocco and seeing sand dunes, so -- as you do -- I asked the instructor how you say "a dune made of snow" in Hebrew, reaching for "snowbank," which was a word I didn't think she'd know. She gave me this perfectly be/amused look, and said, "There isn't a word." (Oh.)
So later on my friend Richard and I were talking and I told him that story, and he asked me what she'd said, so I said "duna shel sheleg," (one of those words is a cognate -- "dune of snow"), and he of course had to turn it into a compound noun (smichut) -- that's really advanced grammar! -- "dunat sheleg."
So of course we got riffing on that: "dunat sheleg, do not pass Go, do not collect 100 shekels," and so on. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, January 13th, 2016|
|Quotes, Flint Knives and Snyder Skins Edition
Several years ago, I was riding my bike down a quiet side street at moderate speed when a Japanese beetle (notoriously clumsy flyers) smacked into my forehead. It was a more violent collision than you might imagine, Japanese beetles being fairly big as far as insects go, and it caused me to swerve into a large trash can that was parked next to a driveway. I knocked over the (full!) trash can and landed in the soft grass…in a big pile of dog shit. So to recap, a BUG caused me to lose control of a bike, slam into a trash can and land in dog shit. I only twisted my ankle, but that was small comfort as I limped home with a welt on my forehead and dog shit all over my clothes.
-- Betty Cracker, "Most Embarrassing Injuries (Open Thread)," Balloon Juice
True fact: Before it changed its name in the mid-twentieth century, General Electric was known as "Marx & Engels' Dielectrical Materials." True fact!
-- mds, Alicublog, comments
I prefer Rational Explanation Whip.
-- Stephen Banks, Facebook, comments
There's nothing funny about people want to do evil things, even petty evil things..
Cartoonishly inept evil, on the other hand, is hilarious
, More Words, Deeper Hole, comments
Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison -- but you decided that taking over the city and "cutting costs" to "balance the budget" was more important than the people's health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders). So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River -- a body of "water" where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical in this water to "clean" it -- which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint's aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people's taps. Your callous -- and reckless (btw, "reckless" doesn't get you a pass; a reckless driver who kills a child, still goes to jail) -- decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city's top medical facility, caused "irreversible brain damage" in Flint's children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint's adults. Here's how bad it is: Even GM won't let the auto parts they use in building cars touch the Flint water because that water "corrodes" them (link). This is a company that won't even fix an ignition switch after they've discovered it's already killed dozens of people. THAT's how bad the situation is. Even GM thinks you're the devil.
-- Michael Moore, "Arrest Gov. Snyder," MichaelMoore.com( *Competent* cartoon-villain evil, on the other hand...Collapse ) Current Mood: cold
|Monday, January 11th, 2016|
|Oi Daon't Loike Mint!!
Why is it that toothpaste has become the Model T of commodities? You can get any flavour so long as it's mint? Oh, sure, you can get COOL mint, or FRESH mint, or GEL mint, or whatever, but it's ALL MINT!
Me: Have you got anything without mint?
Toothpaste makers: Well, there's cool mint sensitive with potassium; that's not got much mint in it.
Me: I don't want ANY mint!
I bought some hippy-dippy fluouride-, triclosan-, sodium-laureth-sulfate-, and everything-but-paranoia-free toothpaste the other week at the health food store *precisely* because it's star anise flavour, and I'm bloody sick of mint. At least in the 1990s you could get Closeup, which was cinnamon-flavoured, even if it did
scorch your mouth like RedHots. Yeesh.
I'd really rather use normal toothpaste all the time, but I am so fucking sick of peppermint-flavoured toothpaste, I could chew boards and spit nails. Even spearmint would be an improvement. I actually legit hate peppermint flavoured just about anything. I would *love* wintergreen-flavoured toothpaste. Even clove-flavoured toothpaste wouldn't be too bad, if it were a mild clove flavour, although clove is not my favourite flavour in the world. I'd enjoy lemon-flavoured toothpaste, or lime. Lemongrass would be interesting. Licorice, goes without saying. Rose, yum yum. Violet, ditto.
And no, I'm not interested in the gag bacon-flavoured toothpastes (gag for real!) you can get at like Archie McPhee or someplace, igh. I think there should be like ordinary, mainstream, buy-it-at-the-drugstore-or-supermarket mass-market brand toothpaste FOR ADULTS that comes in other flavours besides mint. Please! Current Mood: annoyed
|Thursday, January 7th, 2016|
|More Fun Health Stuff!
I had just gotten over the sinus infection someone gave me as a pre-Christmas present, and then I went out on Saturday, feeling pretty good. Monday I was feeling kind of tired, but I chalked that up to too little sleep on Sunday night and having to wake up at 0830 for my two minute commute from the bed to the bathroom to the laptop. I slept too little Monday night, but felt basically the same sort of tired Tuesday.
Tuesday night I decided I was going to be virtuous
and go to the gym and swim for a while. While I was swimming I noticed I was getting shockingly short of breath quickly, but not in the sort of way that had me breathing hard, just that I felt like I was running out of air all the time. Afterward, I went and got a few groceries, and then came home and went to bed too late.
Wednesday, I did very little work at all because I felt totally zombified, and my lungs hurt, and I was really short of breath. I'd also started coughing. I called the doctor and got an appointment for this morning. Last night in the middle of the night, I started to feel really strange and dizzy, and I thought I must have pneumonia (again). Couldn't hear any wheezing or popping when I was breathing, though.
Got to the doctor's this morning and she checked me over, and says I have bronchitis and an inflammation of the membrane around my lungs (pleurisy), so I'm on a steroid inhaler, strong NSAID for the next 2 weeks, and have a Ventolin inhaler as well.
*sigh* Current Mood: annoyed
|Monday, January 4th, 2016|
|Quotes, In Space, No One Can Hear Their Bladder Scream Edition
My bank "statement" is really more of a threat.
-- Greg Mumblebritches Hawes, Facebook, comments
For urine, men use a funnel and women use a cup. These attach to a tube that sucks the urine into storage, where it's later converted into drinking water. It's expensive and impractical to bring water up to the station, so every drop of refinable liquid counts. And you can pee upside down, which I did, just for fun. Wouldn't you? The real trick is knowing when
you need to go. We all know what that feels like on Earth, but when there's no gravity to push waste downward through your body, it can't give you its regular cues. The first time I went to space, I was working away when I happened to notice that my stomach was swelling up like a balloon. Only then did I realize that it was time to go take care of some business.
-- Chris Hadfield, "6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong," Cracked
[P]ut your brain in gear before you let the clutch out on your mouth.
-- Windriven, Science-Based Medicine, comments
Climate change has essentially ended summer as we always knew it in the valley where I live. Once the wildfires start in mid July, you’re living in a prison. There were some days last August, when I could barely see my neighbors house across the street. And I live a a couple of hundred miles from the Oregan fire that was the source. Doesn’t look like there is going to be enough run off to save us next summer either.
-- dogwood, Balloon Juice, comments
Let's call a spade a spade: if you're with Bundy you're with McVeigh.
-- Twitter user @dick_nixon( Let"s hear it for pee-er review!Collapse ) Current Mood: awake
|Friday, January 1st, 2016|
|Quotes, Harpy Nude Ear Edition
God does not play dice with the universe... He plays three card monte.
-- satch, Alicublog, comments
I got nothing to say anymore, cause nothing I might say could ever help.
-- OzarkHillbilly, Balloon Juice, comments
Some charming fellow on Gawker, after the PP shooting, wrote a long treatise about how, as with all mass murders, all womankind is to blame, because we’re all too shallow and horrible to fuck creepy, violent men with bad hygiene, so the poor men have no choice but to go on shooting sprees. I pointed out that plenty of men who fit all those descriptions still have sex and romantic relationships, and someone else said, “Yeah, but the only women who want to have relationships with them are creepy, leftover bitches!” Despite the fact that the men being discussed are — by definition — creepy, leftover dudes, he considered it a great travesty, and a sign of how evil and shallow women everywhere are, that every man in the world, no matter how disgusting and awful, isn’t guaranteed access to the supermodel of his choosing simply because he has a dick. Right, dude, WOMEN are the reason you aren’t getting laid. Nothing to do with you at all!
-- ad infinitum, Jezebel, comments
The kind of person who could convince himself that a spoiled, sociopathic billionaire is the voice that the Common Man really needs is fully prepared to accept any logical impossibility that he decides to embrace.
-- Ed, "2015 Lieberman Award Winner: Donald Trump," Gin and Tacos
Frederic Larson enjoyed a successful 30-year career as a staff photographer with the San Francisco Chronicle, during which time he won numerous awards, including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist. As Forbes reports, he was downsized during the recession, and needing income he “monetized his assets.” He turned his house into an Airbnb hotel and his spiffy Prius into a Lyft taxi. Now for 12 nights a month—40% of his life—he shutters himself in a rabbit hole inside his own home and showers at the local gym while complete strangers have the run of his place. This award-winning professional photographer has been turned into an innkeeper in his own home and a taxi driver in his own car.
-- Steven Hill, "Welcome to the '1099 economy': The only things being shared are the scraps our corporations leave behind," Salon( May this one be better than the last...Collapse ) Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, December 31st, 2015|
|Tuesday, December 29th, 2015|
|Quotes, Eight Days of Anxiety, AND a Stocking Full of Coal Edition
This is the sort of thing that would have given me nightmares as a child. And a teen. And a young adult. And a middle-aged adult. Damn it, will I be able to sleep?
-- Shakezula, Alicublog, comments
There are no police cats.
-- Germy, Balloon Juice, comments
Thank you God...and Boeing, for this ram air turbine.
-- Captain Bob Pearson, dialogue from "Freefall: Flight 174"
It seems we are discussing Fetridge’s Law. It was named for Claude Fetridge, a radio engineer in (I think) the 1930s. He went to Capistrano to broadcast the famous annual arrival of the swallows. He got there in good order to find that the swallows had arrived the day before. I found this description: “Fetridge’s Law…states that important things that are supposed to happen do not happen, especially when people are looking or, conversely, things that are supposed to not happen do happen, especially when people are looking.”
-- Old Rockin' Dave, Respectful Insolence, comments
Newfoundland and Central Standard Time are why we have second day Yom Tov anyway
-- Richard Hoch, Facebook, comments( Five golden toques!Collapse ) Current Mood: tired
|Sunday, December 27th, 2015|
|Yes, I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
No spoilers, but it's a lot more like original-recipe Star Wars than J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies were like Star Trek, and quite exciting. The plot's dumb, but the majority of the Star Wars movies have dumb plots. I did like that (unlike the so-called "prequels") everything was grimy and gritty and patched, much like in the original movies.
None of this in any way reduces my desire to kick Abrams' ass square for the diet, caffeine-free Star Trek that went flat in the can other movies.
Yes, I'm one of those
: Given a choice between Star Trek and Star Wars, I'm Team Star Trek 100%. But not the flat, diet, caffeine-free kind, or Enterprise
, aka "Star Trek for Republicans."
|Thursday, December 24th, 2015|
|It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Time for me to post Halachos Xmas
again -- the laws of how to celebrate Xmas as if it were a Jewish holiday.IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT CONTROVERSY OVER THE USE OF MANUFACTURED TREES. L'HALACHA [In Jewish law], SOME HOLD THEY ARE PASUL [forbidden],(15) WHILE OTHER AUTHORITIES HOLD THEY ARE VALID.(16) L'MAASEH [In practice], HOWEVER, EVEN THE LENIENT OPINIONS HOLD THAT ARTIFICIAL TREES ARE TOO TACKY, AND THUS VIOLATE THE PRINCIPLE OF "HADAR" [beautification of the commandment]. BUT IF ONE HAS ALREADY MET HIS OBLIGATION BY DISPLAYING AT LEAST ONE KOSHER XMAS TREE, HE MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL TREES OF ANY KIND, NATURAL OR NOT.(17)
(15) Based on the pasuk [verse] "Etz chayim hee" ("A tree is alive"), teaching that even if it looks like a tree, it still cannot be a tree unless it was alive at some point.
(16) Based on the pasuk "Etz chayim hee" ("It is a tree of life"), teaching that some trees have life, and others do not necessarily have life.
(17) Similarly, manufactured trees are acceptable in malls, offices, and other exempt public places.
I hew extremely strictly according to my family's minhag [custom] and maintain that only natural trees of certain types are kosher, with Scotch pine being (of course) ideal. Current Mood: exhausted
|Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015|
|Faith in humanity plummeting, please wait
I just discovered today that there are such things as Challenger disaster troofers. Stealing from that eminent Nazi wordsmith Hans Johst, and only because it's such a great line, "When I hear the term 'crisis actor', I release the safety on my Browning!" Current Mood: cynical
|Sunday, December 20th, 2015|
|Quotes, Black is Blacklist Edition
The thick plottens.
-- Simba, Science-Based Medicine, comments
Only argue with amateur idiots.
-- Jon Meltzer, Facebook, comments
I've got a name, you know.
-- Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, on being addressed as "Fatty," from his Wikipedia page
Adulty adults of my age are married, own property, and have spawned. I'm cold leftovers, and I am not, and never could have been, hot enough to be a trophy wife or a cougar; my solid birthing hips did not overcome my personality and occupation.
-- Faintly McAbre, Gin and Tacos, comments
If they say to us, "We must fight this war to preserve democracy", let us say to them, "There is no such thing as democracy in time of war. It is a lie, a deliberate deception to lead us to our own destruction. We will not die in order that our children may inherit a permanent military dictatorship".
-- Dalton Trumbo, 1940, quoted at imdb.com( I want my writers back...Collapse ) Current Mood: relieved