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Sickday.

My son is a plague vector, Patient Zero.  We were vectors one and two.  Therefore, I am not blogging today other than this:
The key point to remember is this one screenshot from the Big World below.  (h/t to alert co-worker Inscrutable Half-Breed)

 

And at the XKCD link below – you have to WORK for these goodies –

Here is the day’s XKCD… If it doesn’t “work” then go to XKCD directly:  http://xkcd.com/1110/

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My blotter is here.  I’m happy.  It is gorgeous.

I know this is going to sound silly but I’m going to post a picture of the real thing tomorrow – it’ll look a lot like this but without the lettering.  That ridiculous picture doesn’t do it a bit of justice and neither will the picture I take, either.

I do plan on having it framed.  It’ll go between my favorite professional documents in my office.  USPTO and NASA type stuff.

Pièce de résistance, Cheshire Le Mew

In such company it will look extremely ridiculous, like tube socks on a banty rooster, and I will probably be threatened with termination if I do not take it down.  And then it will become this big crossroads decision.

Do I want to take a stand, thereby being terminated, being unable to make payments on our mortgage, losing everything in the house to cover how far underwater we are, being forced to live in an ancient jeep, the wife and kids leaving me for a more successful model/parental unit (like a shoe salesman who sells steroids to high school jocks), me ending up on skid row, selling my body for cheap tawdry sex with movie starlets just to pay for my one-can-a-day gold paint habit?

Or do I want to keep my job?

I’ll get back to you on that.  Gonna sleep on it.

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Guesses?

Cruel Wife ordered this for me when I saw it on eBay.

Because the interwebs are just full of information it’s pointless to ask if you can tell me what it is, but the question is really is “Did you recognize it when you saw it?”

And no, I’m not asking if you recognize the Cheshire Cat…

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Thanks to veeshir’s post  – not that I read his blog, because we’re boycotting each other’s sites in a seriously hurtin’ way – I was told indirectly by this friend who knows this guy who has a barber who knows this guy’s girlfriend whose hairdresser knows this guy who knows this guy who knows this guy’s sister’s poodle’s hairdresser’s boyfriend who stumbled upon doubleplusundead, and so that is how I have this link.

So I followed links and drilled down to to http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/01/robert-farago/gun-grabbers-to-boycott-starbucks/ and found this useless idiot:

“Starbucks allowing guns to be carried in thousands of their stores significantly increases everyone’s risk of being a victim of gun violence,” says Elliot Fineman, CEO of the NGAC. “Open and conceal and carry are among the reasons there are 12,000 gun homicides each year in the U.S.  If we had England’s gun laws we would expect 375 gun homicides each year—97% less than we have. England’s gun laws are based on protecting public safety, ours on maximizing sales for the gun industry.”

Seriously?  It’s the open conceal and carry laws that lead to so many homicides?  Really?  And here I thought it was because of a bunch of lawless punks and felons.  Who knew that the vast majority of CCW holders are not the responsible adults we thought they were?

Starbuck’s coffee generally tastes to me as if they took a very old and dry worn-out boot, roasted the hell out of it until it was all burnt and crumbly, crushed it into powder, and then ran hot water through it until it gave up the remains of the ghost.  I don’t usually get their coffee unless I’m dying for a caffeine fix.  But by God, I’ll drink their crappy coffee even if only to show that I support their support of our rights.  Attaboy ‘Bucks.

Before anyone points out that they support Planned Parenthood, I already know it.  One thing at a time – give credit where it is due.

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So here’s a question for you:  If the judge orders that the government cannot use the information on your computer against you, why would he order that you decrypt the hard drive so everyone can see what is on it?

Am I missing something here?

The defendant, Ramona Fricosu, had unsuccessfully argued that being forced to do so would violate the Fifth Amendment protection against compelled self-incrimination, Wired reports.

“I conclude that the Fifth Amendment is not implicated by requiring production of the unencrypted contents of the Toshiba Satellite M305 laptop computer,” Colorado U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ruled Monday.

That doesn’t jibe with this:
Blackburn ordered Fricosu to surrender an unencrypted hard drive by Feb. 21. The judge added that the government is precluded “from using Ms. Fricosu’s act of production of the unencrypted hard drive against her in any prosecution,” Wired reports.

Is “act of production” the key set of words here?  It reads like the government cannot use her production of the information as a confession but they can use whatever they found there as if it were turned up in an investigation.  Are we splitting legal hairs?

 

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Pre-Weeny

First off is a steampunk haunted house (Evolve Company and Third Rail Projects).  I love that mask down below there.  It has MOVING PARTS.

I need a cigarette.

Photo by Chad Heird - go check out their stuff

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Next will be my equipment pics for the Pre-Weeny preparations.  Operation NoondaySun Pumpkin.

I won’t reveal much other than it involves 1.2kW and a pumpkin.  I had to scale back from the original 2.5kW I had planned.  I was bummed, but there wasn’t a way to safely do it (that I could get the components for in time).

Pictures to come.

 

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Who says romance is dead?

Sent to me by The Butcher of Lansing.

No idea where it came from originally.

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Found here:   http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/cave-johnson-combustible-lemons#.Th9cz4Lud8FFavorites:  “I don’t want your damn lemons” and “Demand to see life’s manager!”

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“You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”  – President Obama speaking while in the grips of a full-blown psychotic break

No, what the majority of Americans want is for the US government be restricted to the same financial limitations that they are.  If you are in debt, accrual of more debt is not an option.  Things that you’d like to have must be cut – be it cable, internet, fancier food, pet grooming, going out to eat, new car

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I have no idea where he got it.  But it would be a crime to not post it.  If this graphic is yours, please do claim it so you can get proper credit!

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