atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#4294: Bleah.

Cloudy, chilly, rainy day today. It's 8 PM and all I've done today is lay in bed and read A Feast for Crows even though it is easily the most boring book in Martin's Song of Ice and Fire that I've read thus far. The first three had plodding chapters, but this one is all plodding. I find myself skimming paragraphs when Martin decides to get all flowery, and every so often I have to set the book aside because it's so slow going.

I'm forging ahead, though, because when Mrs. Fungus and I went to Meijer the other night I happened across a copy of Jim Butcher's lastest Dresden Files book, Skin Game. Yeah.

...but I'm in the middle of this stupid crow book. *sigh* And I know that--unlike Martin--Butcher writes engrossing, entertaining stories that I can't put down, and I'll race through the book in a matter of hours.

On the plus side, reading this book I now understand why the TV series has been structured the way it has. There are a lot of things going on concurrent to the action presented in the last two books I've read (the current one included) which don't appear to be described until the next book. For example, Theon Greyjoy has been missing, presumed dead, since the end of the second novel, but thanks to seeing the TV show I know exactly what happened to him.

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It does not help that I need bifocals. *whimper*

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The writers and editors of Rolling Stone apparently have trouble with generalizing:
Rolling Stone has compiled a definitive record of “The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America.” They are, and I’m not kidding here:

Pistols

Revolvers

Rifles

Shotguns

Derringers
Here is my list, which puts their list in perspective:
Handguns

Handguns

Long guns

Long guns

Handguns
Or, you know what, here's another way to present that list:
Guns

Guns

Guns

Guns

Guns
This is what happens when people who know absolutely nothing about something decide to share their brilliant wisdom about how icky-yucky-nasty-bad that thing is. It's like my late brother-in-law, thinking that a power plant was nuclear based solely on the fact that said plant had a cooling tower.

Guess what? Some non-nuclear plants also have cooling towers. I merely asked, "Why would a nuclear plant have a smokestack?" (The NIPSCO generating plant in Michigan City, for the record.)

When a generating plant uses water from a river or lake for generating steam, the water has to be below a certain temperature before it can be dumped back into the contributing body. You use a cooling tower to do this, because it's the most efficient way to get that water cold enough.

I suppose there's a lesson in there somewhere, but I'm not sure what it is.

Speaking of guns, I'll say it again: Chicago doesn't have a gun problem; it has a gang problem. Most of the gun violence in Chicago is perpetrated by a bare minority of the population, and 90% of the time it's gang-related.

Get rid of the gangs and Chicago will stop being a shooting gallery. But you might as well wish for the moon, because the gang problem is very useful to the Democrat machine running the city, and none of the prominent Democrats have to worry about being caught in a crossfire. (They have armed bodyguards, anyway.)

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Mrs. Fungus couldn't sleep last night, so when I got up this morning there were potato chip cookies. They're pretty good.
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