atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6695: All the machines are conspiring to annoy me

So I need to run some errands this morning. Ended up waking up earlier than anticipated, so I figured I'd go run 'em and then hit the hay for a couple more hours. Jeep said NO, even if you're up and ready to go this early I am not.

It really does need a new battery. Or maybe the starter is old enough that the brushes are worn out and--anyway, had to put it on the charger and leave it, because even at the 50 amp setting it would almost start but not quite, cranking just a little too slowly to kick over on its own.

Fine. Charger on 10A setting, let it go, go inside, have a PBJ and do a little surfing.

...go to post here and Livejournal pops up a box asking me if I want to revert to the saved draft. Dismiss it, go to type a post title, POP! there it is again. STFU


Anyway, here's hoping I can go run my errands once this is done.

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Brickmuppet on a highly underrated bit of anime. It's not a series, though it was meant to be; it's two episodes. Mighty Space Miners is the hardest SF I've ever seen, making only one or two little mistakes, and it was a crime that it was never completed. But it was too expensive and people in Japan didn't like it much.

Seems to me that if the light novels had been published today, it would get 13 eps and a movie if it were popular enough to be animated. That's how things go, though.

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More about plastic. The density of plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean, at the so-called "garbage continent" or whatever they call it, is four little particles per 260 gallons of water. Most (as in "nearly all") of that trash comes from Africa and Asia.

And like the asteroid belt, you could sail right through it without noticing.

Incidentally, that's not the only eco-nazi horseshit that's coming apart this week. Glacier National Park is quietly removing the "Gone by 2020 signs", mainly because the glaciers won't be gone by next year, especially considering that the glaciers have been growing for the past decade.
Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting. Some signs indicate that glacial melt is “accelerating.”
A common trick used by the National Park Service at GNP is to display old black-and-white photos of glaciers from bygone years (say, “1922”) next to photos of the same glaciers taken in more recent years showing the glaciers much diminished (say, “2006”). Anyone familiar with glaciers in the northern Rockies knows that glaciers tend to grow for nine months each winter and melt for three months each summer. Thus, such photo displays without precise calendar dates may be highly deceptive.
Oh, no! No, these selfless warriors for the ecology would never be "deceptive"! They would never present data in such a way as to make a false impression--

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Apparently coffee is good for you again. Or at least "not bad". They keep going back and forth on that, and other, dietary advice, mainly because the science is shit. This is why I don't bother heeding these stories any more.

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"A lawsuit of some sort"? What sort?

Woman is killed in a drive-by shooting, and it turns out that the media's carefully-constructed narrative is utterly false. Now the woman's father (among others) are planning to sue--whom? The police? For what?

Chicago is hopeless.

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A couple of days ago Mrs. Fungus had a documentary on about the Stonewall Riot, which was a turning point in "homosexual rights". In that documentary, there was a clip of a homosexual activist going on TV in the 1960s and being interviewed.

He said--I paraphrase--"Homosexuals don't want to get married. They don't want to adopt children."

Forty years later--yeah. This same guy claimed he was no longer a homosexual, that he'd decided it wasn't for him. I thought it wasn't a choice? "Who would choose this?" We are asked, by the same people who attend parades at which they express their pride at how they use their genitals.

Recruitment is another thing, we are told, that homosexuals don't do. Or maybe that should read "we were told," because obviously GLSEN is trying to recruit.

Of course, if kids can be recruited into the homosexual lifestyle, then it's a choice. Guess where that leads.

My attitudes towards the gay lifestyle have been explained here many times so I won't reiterate all that, but suffice it to say that if the honest truth were told in the media, about what it actually entails, people would probably not be nearly as tolerant of it as they are.

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Pixy Misa links to a ZDNet article which asks why the new Mac Pro is so expensive. "Because (a) Apple can get away with it and (b) no, that's all," is how he summarizes it, and that's essentially the case.

The Mac Pro has one basic market: video editing. How the Mac became the premier machine for video editing is beyond me, but it is, and the new Mac Pro is essentially aimed at that niche.

...which is all well and good so long as Apple has that market sewn up. But IMHO depending on a single niche is probably not good in the long term. I mean, video production used to be done on Amigas.

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Well, it's been a minute or two since I plugged the Jeep in. I suppose I ought to go give it a try now.

And make sure not to shut the engine off when I go run my errands. Just lock the doors.

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