March 05, 2014
Ace says that mu.nu is under a massive spam attack today. I know that Wonderduck caught some of the flack. mu.nu is the same physical server as mee.nu (they're different virtual servers running on the same hardware) so indirectly it's possible for it to affect mee.nu performance, and I've noticed performance being poor a couple of times.
Be patient. I'm sure Pixy will do whatever he can to fix it.
"Chekhov's Gun" refers to a dictum from great author Anton Chekhov that if you write a scene with a gun hanging on the wall, that before your story is over someone better use that gun for something. Otherwise you shouldn't have put it in.
In one of the Freefall strips about 4 years ago, Sam stole a vial from EU and gave it to Florence. "It's a factory reset. You sniff it and it erases any direct orders your evil Human Overlords may have given you."
Ever since then I keep expecting it to get used. I'm sure it will be. But when? and for what?
I think now we're coming to that point. Florence has just learned a lot of things she shouldn't know, and eventually someone is going to give her a direct order not to reveal any of it to anyone. They may give her a lot of other orders which end up messing her up. She's going to use that vial to cancel them.
It's possible that Dr. Bowman will tell her something about the bolt-on brain design that is dangerous and not widely known, and that's what she'll be ordered to suppress. And after the override she'll tell the robots.
March 03, 2014
I don't know about you guys, but that's what my breakfast looks like.
At this point I can say that there's only one thing good about Obama being reelected in 2012: it means he's still President when the consequences of all his idiotic policies came due, and has to suffer the results.
Not as much suffering as the people of the US and the world, of course, but suffer he will.
Nemesis should result in humility, but in this case it probably won't. No matter what goes wrong, for Obama it won't be his own fault.
What's worse, from his point of view, is that he's well on his way to establishing a record to be ashamed of. Part of what has motivated Obama was that he was the first non-white to be President, and he wanted to leave office with a positive, praiseworthy legacy. But at this point he's right on track to leave office with the reputation of being the worst, most incompetent President in the history of the nation.
But it won't be his fault, you know.
It's all spoilers.more...
March 02, 2014
The Oscars are a funeral for the living -- Greg Gutfield
And apparently tonight is the night.
I wouldn't know; I've never watched them and never will, and not just because I don't own a TV. Hollywood in general just isn't an important thing for me. The last movie I saw in a theater was The Matrix and it's been years since I bought a movie on a disc.
I bought the first four Harry Potter movies, but I never watched the last one.
As much as we bitch about the 90% of anime which is crap (and it's an even greater percentage) most anime is still better than most of what comes out of Hollywood any more.
UPDATE: Correction: it's been years since I bought a Hollywood movie on a disc.
I've bought several anime movies in the last couple of years: Haruhi, both Nanoha movies, Summer Wars, Strike Witches, and the Fairy Tail movie. And I'm ready to buy the Mouretsu Pirates movie and the Girls und Panzer movie as soon as they're willing to sell them to me.
February 28, 2014
I tell you, I'm losing it as I get old.
I saw this, and instantly wondered what kind of planes they were. Somehow or other I got it in my mind that they must be Japanese, which confused me because I couldn't remember an Japanese plane with a tail like that. So I went to Wikipedia and ran through them all. No, it wasn't a Nell, and it wasn't anything else, either.
Then I did what I should have done to begin with: clicked through and looked at the fullsized version, and saw that the man working on it was anglo. Of course, said I, they're B-25's.
Kodama and the haunted teddy bear!
Kodama goes to the mall to buy some lingerie, and then spots a vintage teddy bear in a shop and buys it.more...
February 27, 2014
I dunno whether any of you are old enough to remember an ad campaign for brassieres that went "I dreamed ... in my Maidenform Bra". It was kind of like the American Express Card ads, where they kept coming out with new versions over a period of years.
It seems a strange advertisement, for obvious reason. Think of it: what they're saying is that if you (a woman) use their product, you'll get no-pants dreams. This is a good thing?
Freefall: Now that is a big surprise. I sure didn't expect it.
UPDATE: And now Florence knows the real reason for all the data-chaff about him.
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