May 21, 2015
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.)
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...
May 20, 2015
May 14, 2015
We just had another amber alert. The sound my phone makes for those is really rather shocking; it sounds like a klaxon.
Anyway, a non-custodial mother just stole her four year old daughter from the father over in North Bend, which is on the coast. I assume she won't get far; they've put out an All Points Bulletin on her car.
The vast majority of child kidnappings are by relatives, it turns out. Anyway, I hope this one gets resolved soon.
And I'm frustrated; I can't remember how to call it up from my phone's memory. I thought it was with the SMS stuff, but it isn't. I wonder if I inadvertantly deleted it when I turned off the alarm?
UPDATE: They got her, and the child is safe.
May 11, 2015
They released a figurine representing a female character from Metal Gear Solid, and made it so that her breasts are someone soft and can be squeezed.
As you might imagine, the SJW's are having a cow.
But... figurine makers have been doing that for a long time. I have a figurine of Sonsaku Hakufu I bought years ago which is like that. It's in storage now because I don't have enough room on my shelf for all the figurines I've bought. (Not that I have all that many, I just don't have very much shelf space.)
Anyway, there isn't anything new about this. But the SJW's only just now noticed, and also because it's another atrocity by OMG Gamers!!!
No one cares about otaku atrocities because so far the SJW's haven't noticed us. Just wait, though; they'll be after us soon enough unless they get slaughtered trying to take the Gamer hill. We're the hill just after that.
UPDATE: I don't really have that many figurines, but if SJW's saw the ones I do have, I think there would be a run on fainting couches...
And I am grateful to Robert/Bob for making it possible for me to be so politically incorrect without having to spend appalling amounts of money and without having to break any laws.
May 07, 2015
I do have to say I'm enjoying reading the list of all the parties participating in the UK election today. With partial results (199 seats reporting out of 650) we have something called "Plaid Cymru" which has managed to bag 3 seats with 153,513 votes. Scotland? I assume so.
But it's further down the list where it gets fun:
"Class War" party currently has 59 votes.
"Monster Raving Loony Party" has 358. (Wasn't this one in Monty Python?)
"Yorkshire First" has 647.
"Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol" has 4,121. (Gotta be Cambridge!!!)
Man, we Americans miss out on the fun.
Actually, not totally. A couple of years ago there was the "Rent is Too Damned High" party in NYC.
The British party I'm rooting for is UKIP, who currently have 863,441 votes but no seats yet. Anyone who hates the EU can't be all bad.
UPDATE: Oh, brother. Monster Raving Loony Party has a website!
UPDATE: Plaid Cymru is in Wales, it turns out.
UPDATE: The Conservatives have an absolute majority in Parliament and can form a government without any coalition partner. Which is a shock. Labour lost 23 seats; the LibDems lost 48, leaving only 8. The Conservatives gained 23 seats.
UKIP only has one seat, but it got 3.9 million votes, coming in third.
If you want a morning grin, check out Metafilter's response as the results come in. Start here.
May 06, 2015
May 03, 2015
Some people in Texas held an art show today for pictures of Mohammed.
Obviously it was a provocation, and a pair of jihadis showed up to make the party complete. Latest word is that one policeman was shot in the leg, and has been released from the hospital. Meanwhile, the jihadis are both cooling.
They haven't been taken to any hospital because there was a strong suspicion that they were wired with explosives. So they got left where they fell until the bomb squad could check them out. I don't get the impression anyone is in any hurry, either.
Yes, the art show was a deliberate provocation. No doubt about that at all. But our right of free speech has been getting seriously eroded in the last few years by various forms of heckler vetos, and it was about time someone stood up for it. Some of the hecklers are willing to die in order to shut us all up. The only way to preserve our right is for some of us to risk death to prove how important it is.
Let's make something really clear: If we don't have the right to deeply offend other people, then we aren't free at all. If I can only say things that no one objects to, then I am a slave. The right of free speech must include offensive speech, including "hate speech", or it is meaningless.
The people who attended the show knew exactly what they were doing. (I wonder how many of them were carrying concealed?) Pam Geller, the organizer, wasn't stupid; apparently they spent $10,000 on security. From the evidence it was well spent.
As always, the press is trying to ignore what's obvious to everyone else. Wapo says:
The incident occurred outside theCurtis Culwell Center where the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) was hosting a contest that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad, according to the Associated Press. But Harn said its still unclear whether the shooting was related to the event.
Horseshit! If it's unclear to you, then you're blind!
The AFDI is classified as an anti-Muslim "hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its leader, according to the group's social media postings, is Pamela Geller.
The Southern Povery Law Center's "hate group" listing has become notorious last couple of years because it paints with a ridiculously broad brush, and has included some absurd choices. But the point here for the Wapo is "See, those idiots holding this art show are h8ters; they brought this on themselves."
Putting a crucifix into a bottle of urine? Art!
Drawing a cartoon of Mohammed? Hate Speech!
May 01, 2015
Seems we're having another volcanic eruption right now. I didn't know about this one.
It would be awesome if it crested out of the water, like Surtsey did, but that won't happen for thousands of years if ever. Pity.
It says I'm 67. I'm actually 61. But I admit I'm not aging gracefully. (But I didn't go bald!!!)
April 28, 2015
Tomorrow the Chicago White Sox will play against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, in an empty stadium because of the riots. I assume it will be televised, but the players don't see that. All they'll see, and hear, is nothing. The only cheering they'll hear is their teammates.
I wonder how it'll go? Has this ever happened before?
UPDATE: MLB is making this game their "free game of the day" on their website.
UPDATE: The Orioles won, 8-2.
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