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Thu, Oct. 31st, 2013, 10:40 am
About effing time!

FINALLY, the FAA has told airlines to stop being dumb and let people use ebooks and video players on planes because they will not somehow randomly make planes crash.

Thu, Oct. 10th, 2013, 02:51 pm

Somebody in their infinite effing wisdom decided it would be appropriate to drop a box of kittens in our parking lot today over lunch. So now I have 3 sorry looking little things with diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, and only a rough guess of age. Bold move, ditching them during the day instead of early morning before anybody's here. I guess they were relying on the quick get-away allowed by not even getting out of their damn car, just tossing the box. Shit of it is, they succeeded - we don't have a license number or description other than "maroon car" to turn over to the police. Bastards.

I'm leaving this as a public post, because I kind of hope they happen across it. Or that someone else who is thinking about pulling the same dirty, irresponsible trick does. So anybody out there wondering - this is a dick move. Don't do it. Call a rescue - they're in the business of re-homing sad little kittens. Veterinary clinics ARE NOT (with a few exceptions) shelters. They do not have kennel space to dedicate to random abandoned animals, do not have staff set up to do adoptions, do not have subsidies or grants to support non-profit work, do not have volunteers coming in to clean kennels and work with strays. Be a responsible person - desex your adult cats so you don't have kittens you're trying to offload in the first place, but if you do end up with kittens, take them to a shelter, pay the (usually not very damn large) release fee to help cover the (usually fairly extensive) costs the rescue is going to incur in feeding, vaccinating, de-worming, desexing, and re-homing your kittens, and just generally don't be a prick. Thanks.

Wed, Sep. 11th, 2013, 09:35 pm

Ganked from popehat.com (ie, nothing below this line was authored by me!)

Everyone who's been through high school literature likes to talk about Emmanuel Goldstein when it's a member of their own cultural tribe that's being persecuted, but it's a lot harder to note that the person being vilified by the combined mechanism of the state, the media, and popular opinion might be innocent when it's a member of the other tribe.

When the telescreen tells us that a gang of black youths went "wilding", people on the left see innocent kids caught up in a witch hunt, but people on the right believe Big Brother.

When the telescreen tells us that a white Hispanic with a gun assaulted and battered his wife and father-in-law, people on the right see an innocent man caught up in a witch hunt, but people on the left believe Big Brother.

It's hard, I know. I'm firmly in one cultural camp, and I've got a knee-jerk reaction to these things. We all do.

My suggestion: we, as a society, would be better off if we all toned down our immediate rush to judgement, and maybe even routinely tried to construct alternate hypothesises to explain what the telescreen tells us.

If you are in the cultural right, the next time Drudge tells you about a flash mob of 100 black youths raiding a convenience store, consider that it might be perfectly true. …or it could be an exaggeration, and it was two kids, both white, who did it.

If you are in the cultural left, the next time Kos tells you about a white guy who called a black kid a racist name before punching him it might be perfectly true. …or it could be an exaggeration, and it was a fight over a parking space where both parties are to blame.

And so on.

You'll fail. I know this because I fail. But worse than repeated failure is believing the narrative from your own cultural camp with out question.

Mon, Sep. 2nd, 2013, 03:03 pm
Fly, minions, fly!

Go here, donate money to charity, get chances to win fun things, AND make a couple silly authors do humiliating things like write book reviews of 50 Shades of Gray or sing karaoke.

Mon, Aug. 12th, 2013, 02:34 pm
Karkat, Thor, And Loki Walk Into A Bar…

From Not Always Right

, | Manchester, England, UK | Bigotry, Geeks Rule, Wild & Unruly

(A con is going on nearby, and the fast food joint is full of people in cosplay. A rather attractive woman—dressed as a cheerleader with a pink chainsaw—leaves the building with her friends. They are whistled at by two rowdy customers entering.)

Customer #1: “Hey dude, check out all these freaks in here!”

Customer #2: “Oh, God! They’re everywhere! F****** freaks.”

Customer #1: *to a male cosplayer in front of him* “Oi mate, what the f*** are you supposed to be?”

Male Cosplayer #1: “M-me? I’m ‘Karkat’ from Homestuck.”

Customer #1: “Well, you look like a joke. What the f*** are those on your head?”

(The customer flicks the orange horns clipped to the cosplayer’s hair.)

Male Cosplayer #1: “Please don’t do that; I made these myself and I don’t want them to break.”

Customer #2: “You hear that? The little freak made his own horns! Ah, I guess it’s not all bad though; did you see that chick before with the massive rack?”

Customer #1: “I know, you don’t see hot cheerleaders everyday. She’s totally going to get it off me later.”

Customer #2: “Yeah, we’ll find her and give it to her good. I’m going to squeeze those t*** of hers so hard.”

Male Cosplayer #1: “Can you please stop?! It’s really degrading to talk about women like that.”

(The whole restaurant goes quiet, and they turn to the rowdy customers.)

Customer #1: “If the slag didn’t want it, she wouldn’t have them hanging out.”

Male Cosplayer #1: “She was in costume! Besides, what does it matter how she was dressed? Clothing isn’t an invitation.”

Customer #2: “Do you want to take this outside?”

(Just then, another male customer in the corner, who also happens to be a cosplayer, speaks up.)

Male Cosplayer #2: “If you fight him, you have to fight me first!”

Customer #2: “Who said that?”

(Male Cosplayer #2 stands up to reveal he is well over 6 ft tall, and very muscular, but in costume too.)

Male Cosplayer #2: “I am Thor, Son of Odin, God of Thunder, who commands the Lightning and the Storm!”

(At that moment, a third cosplayer stands up, revealing he too is very tall and muscular.)

Male Cosplayer #3: “And I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose… to defend women from sexist pigs like you, and defend people’s right to cosplay!”

(The two rowdy customers quickly remove themselves from the restaurant, while Karkat, Thor and Loki receive a round of applause.)

Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013, 10:10 pm
It's that time of year again...

For cantaloupe to start attacking people. Listeria again this year. I'd be much more heartbroken if it was watermelon, I admit, but still... I understand some of you folks actually like cantaloupe, so figured I should pass on the warning.

Last August, it was salmonella.

2011 was listeria, and an outbreak that took months to trace and sickened hundreds.

Sun, Jul. 28th, 2013, 11:47 am
It is...

It is, I suppose, possible that I have posted this before, but I can't recall having done so, so here you are.

From The Reason Stick:
The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Fri, Jul. 26th, 2013, 08:38 pm
Comic plug

Just found this comic today, have read the current story (still in progress) and am working on the archived stories. The current story, Inkbeast, starts off as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but takes a quick jog off the expected path fairly early. Quite enjoying the brainmeats of Sammy Montoya so far, especially Departed (one of the completed archived shorts).

Fri, Jul. 26th, 2013, 11:39 am
Straight up linkage post

The anti-anti-vaccine movement :)

Get your selves and your kids vaccinated people. Dying of preventable diseases is just dumb, and condemning your children to die of a preventable disease is despicable and unforgivable.

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