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Saw this guy on the MugTome interwebnetsite.

Paul Smith has more grace in his smallest fart than I have in my entire body.

I could probably use a good ass-kicking for my crappy attitude.

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Food finds.

Update: I never saw this before, but Sarah Palin’s turkey incident…

Last night at my local Asian grocery store… I found this.


And, believe it or not, my $0.99 investment paid off. It was sweet and peppery, with a tamarind and rotted-fish taste so wonderfully obtained from fish sauce. Cruel Wife was not sure how she liked it at first and then decided it was too tamarind-ey.

I loved it and took it to work to share. Out of ten people only one did not like it. Everyone looked askance until I assured them that it was not my usual kill-them-with-love-and-peppers MO.

I want this. Go look at this guy’s gallery.


There, Dave. I hope you sell many and prosper. Excellent work.
Normally, I really like what Krauthammer has to say.

But today, I could not agree less.

Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.”

Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

“What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.

I was not shocked by weakness in anything Obama does. He sounds no less weak than he did regarding Syria. He is a gutless chump.
Far be it for me to laugh at someone els… Oh, hell. Who am I kidding?

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More migraines.  More work.  Less sleep.  It all ties in nicely.

Whining over.

I will get major Sith points for this….  heh heh heh…

I just happen to like these guy’s schtuff.

If you walked up to me tomorrow and said “If you give up your legs you can play like that” I’d run and get the axe.


Tell me guys that you wouldn’t opt for the Wolverine Adamantium Claws, too.  A bit gory, might not be good for certain workplaces.

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True Lust.

You have by now become accustomed to my love of knives.  Of leather coats.  Of leather courier bags.  Of sunglasses.

Strangely, those don’t all have to come together to fit some kind of nerdy fantasy.  They are just things I love.

The People’s M-4 Sun – silver with cobalt glass.  They are enough like my reading glasses that I want them but in no way can afford them.  Besides, they cannot meet my request of an OD > 2.3 (transmits something like 0.5%).  I do not like bright light.    aT $425 it is outside of my pay scale.

M-4 Sun Cobalt Silver

But, for the kind of driving I like to do, these will work just fine:

More later…


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Here’s tonight’s installment on the Girl Genius slaver wasp… last night’s cut is here.

Keep in mind:

  • That up there takes serious effort
  • It is not rendered in Blender3D yet – what you see there is the renderer in My Favorite Modeling Software (MFMS) – it is nice but not the final product
  • The “white” gauge is not white per-se, it is saturated by the renderer’s light that is pretty much behind the scene camera.  I don’t care about it enough to change it at the moment
  • It is too shiny – I will add dirt and bump-maps to it
  • It has no lights yet – those require lamps and radiosity
  • It has no gauge decals yet – that might be tricky for me

So – thoughts?  I’m not fishing for compliments – I’m asking for input – there is a difference.

I will say this – this exercise has dramatically increased my respect for the Prof’s Foglio and Cheyenne in their work on GG.  It was high to begin with but this somehow amplifies it.

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Ever since Cruel Wife got me hooked on Girl Genius (something I resisted for years and years because I had a feeling I’d truly like it) I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

I “store them up” and I read them in bursts to Lemurita after a suitable time has passed so we can get blocks of the story at once. Last night for some reason or another I saw a Spark Wasp, that is, a Wasp that can attack Sparks and thought, “Damn if it wouldn’t be really cool to model that thing up in my favorite modeling program and then photorealistically render it in Blender3D.

Note:  This is something I am doing for fun and a nod to the Professors Foglio.  I do not plan to make a penny off of it – didn’t to start, don’t now, and never will plan to do so – and will absolutely attribute it in its entirely to Phil and the gang. 

That tucked-in tail is one of the hardest damn tasks I’ve ever had to do in my favorite modeling program.  The only one harder was a part I designed for that thingamawhatsit project orbiting Mercury at the moment.  It’s all rather tedious as to why it is so freaking difficult but trust me, as of last night I had picked the hardest most ridiculous way imaginable to do it and tonight I chose the second-hardest.  But it seems to be coming along nicely.   Yes, it needs many many tweaks.  I’m working now just to get the geometry mostly similar.

This occurs to me about once every five minutes: I truly wonder how many times Foglio had to draw that blasted thing before he felt it was right…

Wait until those dial gauges cast a glowing green light…

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Siths Bearing Gifts

Note:  I am making this post a work-in-progress.  Hacker-Boy is making Portal 2 levels on Cruel Wife’s computer and needs guidance and maintenance.  Rather than not post at all, I’ll post this and tweak it as I am able.

Aggie Sith sent us a curio case that is chock full of the things our family likes – old-timey victorian stuff with definite steampunk flair.   It required an awful lot of thought and attention to detail on just our parts.  I do not know how SHE did it.  It is awesome.

A glass curio case stuffed with detail and cool things.

The thoughts that hit me when opening up this gift were:

  1. Wow, this is cool
  2. Geez, this is intricate
  3. Holy cow, this takes some serious mad art-skillz
  4. Crap, every thing in here is symbolizing something
  5. How the hell did she know about that?  (After noting some of the symbology)
  6. Sith is a bubbling cauldron of crazy that should never be stirred
  7. Wow, this is cool

Love the old adverts and pill bottles. A House reference with pearl shaped vicodin perhaps?  I’m told that is not the case but that it is a fun idea nontheless.

There is the underlying themes of “Home” and “psycho” running through here. Prime numbers, loose hardware, compasses not pointing north… and in the pic after that… poison.  And BIRDS.  BIRDS I TELL YOU, JUST NESTING WHEREVER THE HELL THEY LIKE!!

Note the waterworks and poison.  Are the two related?  Should I be worrying about plotting betwixt Sith and Cruel Wife?

Cruel Wife wants to go and learn at Sith’s feet.  Sith respects Cruel Wife’s quilt-fu.  Short dangerous opinionated women should not be allowed contact with one another.  All I can say to Sith’s hubby is “Run.”

Fiat lux and other symbologicalness.


Alert reader The Dude sent me this link.  Sick sick puppy.  And I laughed my ass off.

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