Archive for the ‘Bad Dad’ Category

Of peas and princesses.

My first sight when I got home.


Heaping teaspoon of saccharine, anyone?

Lemurita and I have started watching Fringe. A week or so ago we watched Blade Runner (sorry, Mitchell).

Co-worker Prime Number and I are in a race to the bottom with our same-age daughters, where we both let them watch fairly intense stuff with the shared understanding that it allows us to discuss real-world heavy shit with them before the real world gets its claws into them and fills their heads with nonsense.

He watches stuff with his daughters that I would not and vice-versa, but it sort of evens out. He selected Jaws last weekend.

I cannot get Lemurita to watch the Weeping Angels.
I would say something political but I am disgusted by the leftist NPR and conservative bitch-radio both. Conservative outfits can only bitch, not offer solutions. Liberal outfits can only deny reality.

Neither is blowing up my skirt.

Today, my liberal coworker, MaoMao (who carries a photo of Mao in his wallet) darkened my doorway, needing input for the packaging and shipping end of [The_Presure_Cooker_Project].

Being emphatic about the importance of my input, he says “I need attention.”

“Super-strong feminine side, eh, MaoMao?”

“No, just liberal.”

“Is there a difference?”

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I have it on good authority from real researchers that you can turn one of these:

Into one of these:

With simple video games. Yes. Apparently in western culture our children are so devoid of anything in their lives that constitutes an anchor that they will grasp on to the one thing we provide them – a single video game console, and the only game we give them, whatever it may be.

Grand Theft Auto will turn them into Marv (or only slightly worse, Kevin) from Sin City.


But if we give them wholesome things like Pokemon or Candy Crush, we will end up with the perfect child – one that we will not even have to interact with when raising them! Awesome!

Below is my son after just two applications of Clumsy Ninja(tm). Now, aren’t you envious?


Of course, a number of educated women don’t seem to appreciate art’s ability to start discussion and thought. Maybe they have been out of touch with life?


Immigration reform seems to be wobbly (for now, anyway) but even when they try to get it right folks on the right get it wrong. Like a kid with autism that mimics empathy he isn’t feeling but doesn’t do it in the right context, politicians don’t seem to get what people are against.

“There are serious divisions because there are some people who, frankly, just don’t want a lot of folks coming from the outside,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) on Wednesday. Pointing to the current jobless rate, he added: “They have some very legitimate arguments.”

It isn’t that we don’t want anyone coming from the outside. It is that we don’t like people doing it illegally and then getting a free end-run around the system because it is politically expedient to grant absolution for all the years they broke the law.

From The Examiner, Boehner sails true to his colors..

He’s under pressure from business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to pass legislation that would increase visas for both high- and low-skilled workers. But he knows moving too quickly could risk a rebellion from his right flank and could turn off the Republican voting base ahead of the November election.

“We are going to continue to discuss this issue with our members,” Boehner said.

“But I think the president’s going to have to demonstrate to the American people and to my colleagues that he can be trusted to enforce the law as it is written,” the Speaker added, “It’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”

Funny to hear tough guy talk from Boehner, the 200lb fish reeled in on 4lb test line, since he lacks the balls or fight to do anything with conviction. He’ll suck up to whoever can further his goals or destroy him.

Been a bit under the weather. The usual head-cold thing except everything in my head is raw and burning (eyeballs, nose, ears, sinuses), and there is an inner ear part of it. The room is spinning sideways. Not in yaw but in roll, and it is really making it hard to do much of anything. Work isn’t remotely possible because coherent thought is really not reasonable.

I have been thinking recently, however, about making some large amplitude sound. If I am reading some aeronautics papers correctly, it should not be exceedingly difficult to generate somewhere around 150dB (acoustic) using rather easily fabricated geometry and using a standard compressor. And if I can make a resonator…

Why? Mwuh-hah-hah-hah. I want to be a Spark, of course. Sparks don’t need reasons. Just ask Cruel Wife if the idea I sketched out doesn’t sound sparky-ish.

And I will do it steampunk-like. If the idea works, you’ll be able to own a Dr. Lemur Etheric De-Pestinator(tm).

Yes, mooooooo-ooooom, I know 150dB can destroy hearing and is moderately dangerous. And yes, I know you can make a lot of heat with an expansion nozzle.

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Blowing goats.

Yes, you heard me. This. Cold. Snap. Blows. Goats.

Could be worse, I know, but damn it is cold. Taking the trash down to the road reads like a Jack London story.

To impress the kids last night I ran barefoot out in the snow and did a Global Warming dance. At -18F it doesn’t take long to get cold.

Cruel Wife and Lemurita followed suit later on after a double-dog dare.

Cruel Wife and I recounted to the kids the Christmas We All Vomited Copiously (during dinner).

Lemurita got the virus first and passed it on to us.

So I said slyly, “Well you know Lemurita, that is why you have been grounded for years and will remain so until you are eighteen.”


“Oh yes. It is why you don’t have a cellphone. I imagine HackerBoy will get one next year.”

(Scream). “Daaaaa-aaaad!!!”

I looked at CW and said “I am a bad person, aren’t I?”

(She nodded emphatically as she checked her hearing on her right side.)

“No, seriously, Lemurita…. Do you really think I would be so rotten as to do that?”

She looked at me with a steely stare and said, “I wouldn’t have until you said that.”

My sister has been worried about Fukushima and what it will do to the Northwest.

To read a number of sources, the whole affair sounds like self-cooking shrimp and Fallout 4 and 5 will happen there.

So… I don’t think so. You can find a million billion jillion links out there that paint a conspiracy of isotopic lingering death spirals, but I just don’t buy it. Dilution, baby.

Cruel Wife says “No.”

I think this kind of decor would be cool.


This article has hogged a tag on my browser for some time. Time to clear it out.

Seriously, is the “EM messes with life’s karma, dude” refrain ever going to go away?

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