June 24, 2015

Justice is done. Or will be done someday. Maybe

Dzokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. And maybe, in 20 or 25 years, or 50 if we're still executing people by then, he might get the needle. Or the rope. Or face a firing squad. Or get vaporized by an antimatter beam. Or whatever contemporary fashion dictates.

Assuming capital punishment hasn't been banned outright. Again.

My biggest complaint about the current practice of capital punishment in the US is that the process is entirely too inefficient and too long. The appeal process should be expedited -- and limited -- so that it ends in a reasonable amount of time.

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June 16, 2015

Darwin gets another one

Rule #1: Treat all guns as if they are loaded.

"Alcohol was involved."

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June 12, 2015

#Otherhack!

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So it turns out that Chinese hackers broke into another monstrous USGov database and stole millions more records about people in the military and people working for the CIA and so on.

What I'm wondering is whether anyone's checked to see if the IRS records are secure? Have Chinese hackers broken into that, too?

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Otherskin?

As of today we have yet another strange term: "Wrongskin". It means "I was born white but deep inside I feel like a black person."

Or something like that. Reminds me of "otherkin", people who believe that they are actually mythical creatures, rather than human.

I wonder if anyone would believe me if I said that deep down I was a Ferrari? (Or maybe a Yugo?) This is almost enough to convince me to open a Twitter account, just so I can respond to this hashtag.

I think that with this step we're close to having this whole house of cards collapse from sheer idiocy and ridicule. Sure hope so.

UPDATE: By the way, "Godfrey Elfwick" is a world-class troll, and that post really skewered the whole thing beautifully.

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June 03, 2015

The Big Lies

Traditionally the "three big lies" were:

1. It's just a cold sore.
2. Of course I'll respect you in the morning!
3. We're from the government and we're here to help you.

In 2015, it's beginning to seem like there's now a fourth:

4. I won't change my mind later and claim you raped me!

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Godzilla has been given Japanese citizenship

Which means the next time he decides to visit he doesn't have to enter through the gaijin-gate at Narita.

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May 31, 2015

The things I dream: SJW Hunt

I had a dream last night about a new computer game called "Social Justice Warrior Hunt". It was a shooting gallery game and the targets were ugly fat women with long straggly black hair and protest signs. They fired irate tweets at you. Every time they hit you, the screen got a little darker. Every time you got one of them, the screen brightened up again. The game ended when the screen went completely black and you lost the game.

Ye Gods, is my subconscious trying to get me strung up? I can hear the lynch mobs forming already!

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May 26, 2015

Shorter Me

Every time out there I see someone say "Shorter XYZ" it always gives me a strange feeling. Because I was the first person that was used for, back in 2003.

It's interesting that my most important and longest lasting contribution to the web could be due to being the target of a sarcastic insult. Not exactly what I would have hoped for, but... well... it's something. A form of immortality, I guess.

Even if no one remembers my involvement in it.

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May 21, 2015

Undead and Undressed

How's this for a name for a computer game? Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Well, you can find out what it's about next Tuesday, because it's coming to Steam. (Lots of sample images and a couple of videos at that link.)

UPDATE:

In AKIBA'S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, players work to repel a brooding malevolence that has suffused Tokyo's popular electronics district, Akihabara (Akiba for short), which has been painstakingly remodeled in the game to resemble its real life counterpart. Akiba has been invaded by creatures known as "Synthisters” who prey on the otaku patrons of Akihabara like vampires, but feast on their will to live and energy to socialize rather than their blood.

"Will to live and energy to socialize"? Rather thin hunting there, I would think...

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May 20, 2015

Duck lanes

I think we're doomed.

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