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A day late.

Well, it was MESSENGER’s ten year anniversary yesterday.  The world is not a safer place, no lives have been saved, and milk still goes sour after a spell.  Kittens still die, killers still live, and Obama is still president.

But MESSENGER is one thing that seems to be working mostly as it was intended, so I am content, at least until Ebola or the wave of the world’s illegal immigrants swamp us under.

Two weeks ago as the wife and kids were still in the PNW visiting family, I was shopping for myself and muttering.  Muttering is something I forgot that single people do (or at least I did) and it came back surprisingly quickly.

Mid-mutter I saw a display sign that said simply:

Food Alternatives

Wow.  If I had checked it out I could have found an alternative to food, but I had a house to go clean and a MineCraft mine that needed digging.

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According to Thomas Sowell, thinking may now be obsolete.  I think he is right.

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About damn time already

Netanyahu finally says FU to Beloved Leader Obama.

Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

 

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_MIDEAST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-02-05-10-33

 

I hope our next president repairs our relations with just about every once-ally we had that Obama has shat upon, but no one more so than Israel.  The Euro-Snobs realize we’re about the only thing keeping Russia from taking over Europe, if he so chose.  But Israel, how could he have pissed on Israel?

Go Bibi.

Want to stop attacks on Gaza?  That’s easy – tell the terrorists to stop firing rockets at Israel.  The fact that the disparity in lethality exists is irrelevant.  A scrappy little dog keeps biting an even scrappier bigger dog with sharp teeth – when the big one finally leans over and kicks the little dog’s ass, no one ought to be getting pissed at the bigger dog.  Especially when there is a pack of little dogs going after the patient one.

But that is what we are seeing in Gaza.

“But LEMUR…!”  you say… “These are CHILDREN who are dying!”  

Yep, sure are.   Who are also being trained to do as their fathers are doing, which is always attack from behind the skirts of women and children, like cowardly dogs.

But no, it is easier to attack Israel, isn’t it?

 

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Wow, they whisked away to safety pro-Israel demonstrators from outside the White House after being surrounded by menacing Hamas supporters.

Why not deal with the menacing folks?

They had to be rescued by the police from the radical pro-Hamas protesters.

So we are now supporting pro-terrorist organizations who threaten others?

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Getting a grip.

Oh for f*ck’s sake.  Will you people please get a grip?  Put your hands on your shoulders, take a deep breath, and pull your heads out of your ass.

brazil-womanI mean, geez, have a little pride, why don’t you?

If the harshest thing in your life is the loss of a soccer match, then you aren’t dead but you surely aren’t living.

That’s it for now.  Busy enough at work that I have little good to say so I’ll keep it short.

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I can’t resist this one because CW says I have to blog it.

A Zonkey.

Zonkey. Of course it is.

Yes.

OK.  So Minecraft.  A life size 1:1 scale of the St. Louis Arch.  Life size.

I give you… St. Lemur’s Arch.

St. Lemur’s Arch.


Under the arch.  Lava lights it up at night.

That was built to the real arch.  I started with the equations for a catenary arch and built a table for elevation, displacement, centroid at each 1m interval.  Took about a week to make sure I translated it all correctly to MC analogue units.  It is 190-ish units high (base elevation 63) and 192 wide at the legs.  The triangular cross section is 14 wide at the base and 6 wide at the top.

The server-master did challenge us to build something that could be seen from space…

Took about 2 days.  Survival mode.  Zero deaths.  More cobblestone than I can count.

They say insanity and creativity suck face.  Well, I say that, anyway.

H/t to The Dude…

Paint job, awesome.

Another blackly humorous one… Wrap your normal garbage like this.

How to make garbage day more interesting.

 

 Why?   Beats the hell out of me.  I like Aliens.

Ok. Whatever.

 

 

 

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Hats.

I’m a hat, jacket, and boots fan.  I could be the analogue of Bill Cosby except he has more class.

But anyhow, Mitchell has offered up one of his hats and hilljohnny wanted to know where the hats can be gotten.

Nice bonch of hats, hyez?  (Head’n Home Handmade Hats)

Here are the plug images…  american-outback-banner-logo

american-outback-bannerSo assuming the hat size works and Mitchell still wants to give me a hat … wahoo!  Thanks Mitchell, even if it doesn’t work out.

Hats and swords (or knives) are two things you can never go wrong with giving me.  (hint hint hint, CW)

I would normally have something to say right now but this is proposal/report week, a perfect storm, and I’ve got enough hours in that my brain actually hurts.  Figuring out how to open and work with a Zemax file I made just last night was… strenuous.  Much more effort was required to generate enough brainpower to change an optic out and swap in an asphere (which should be like adding 2+3).

So I have nothing to say.

Other than:  Obama and Democrats… choke on it!  Suck it!  Ha ha ha you scheming bastards.  I hope your next election cycle is the equivalent of being covered with boils.

In fact, I hope you get all you want with that Filibuster-proof bargain you just did, and that Obamacare really sinks in, and I hope you try really hard for immigration reform even as you pull QE back and the stock market has to live without huffing paint fumes for a while.

Then we’ll see what 2014 elections bring.

A co-worker – a total libtard – sent me this today (let’s call him Komrade Greeny-Weeny):

While leaders are elected (or they steal elections like Bush), no one sees the future.  Did you know that Bush was going to sleep thru 911, start and not finish two wars, destroy the economy, create Homeland Security/NSA (with Republican support), …  I suppose you voted for him so it is truly your fault, not mine.  Still, we both paid the price of his idiocy.

So I replied:

Nice talking points on Bush.  Let’s rack up Obama’s sometime and then we’ll talk.  If Bush’s mistakes are on me, I’m thinking Obama’s mistakes are truly yours, which kind of puts you in a bad spot.  Ouch.   I mean, Obama was voted in with what you say was essentially a mandate and yet his ratings are at or below Bush’s – look how much more he had to do wrong in order to fall so much further.

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This just in… a glowing hole filled with water has stopped glowing.  It’s probably because of something Bush, or even I, did.

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“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”

- Source:  Politico

Now, what do you want to bet that Minh Ta either disappears or is found pounding pavement looking for exciting new careers in the field of culinary drive through swabbing, while being unburdened by those high costs of the Obamacare Act because he cannot get enough hours to qualify?
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Oh, no, that isn’t weird at all.  Compared to “Tentacle Pr0n”, no it isn’t.  But all by itself it is stark batshit crazy.  A gameshow to not have an org@sm on… on public TV.  Those wacky Japanese.

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Where there is smoke…

Cruel Wife came out to show me what she has done and helped me in the shop with moving the bigger stuff around to get ready for the contractor. She’s not very big, but she’s strong. Her first baby come out sideways – she didn’t scream or nuttin. **snorrrrrt-snort-snttt**

15 points if you can guess the movie reference.

Anyway…

About 30-40 min later HackerBoy came running out to the shop hollering “There is something on fire on the stove!”

So we ran back to the house to find it filled with thick heavy smoke. You have NO IDEA how much smoke can come from burning rice. File that away for future reference next time relatives outstay their welcome.

Oh boy oh wow, it is hours later and the house still reeks of it.

Don’t worry, the cats are ok.

I told CW that I am not as fond as all that of brown rice. Used to be white. Now, not so much.

She was all embarrassed but as I pointed out, the boy did the exact right thing and nothing was hurt. All good. Exceptin’ maybe the smoke.

No idea where the goat came from… Might have stolen it from Laura but I put less than 5 percent on that possibility.

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I have had that happen with other ruminants. And it is embarrassing every time.

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Woo-woo.

A week ago I went with a friend to “be there” while she got a real diagnosis on some skin cancer that has, uh… gone beyond.

It wasn’t pleasant but the news that there is a 70-80% chance that it hasn’t gone on a jaunt through her body is better than we envisioned prior to going in there.  It seemed quite grim before.  So there is a chance.

Add to that the shoulder MRI and cortisone shot and lots of work hours and I’ve been a bit waterlogged.

But I could be worse!

I have a stark bat-crap crazy co-worker who is such an illogical emotional flaming liberal that he actually annoys me.  I found this somewhere – I’ll dig it up first chance I get – and it just FITS…  He does this almost daily, sometimes baiting me just so he can pull what we now at work refer to as a Papa Foxtrot (Poo Flinging).

poo

Alert reader The Dude has kept me fed with lots of images gathered from God only knows where.

bun-hare

My favorite because it has attitude.

speedy

This snail has ambition. Hard to knock snails with ambition.

cthulhu

This is why fathers protect their daughters.

hounds

Yeah.

bacon-dispenser

This dispenser would be empty far more than the regular scotch tape and that only lasts hours.

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