atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6961: One week until Christmas

Which is fine; I finished my Christmas shopping last night. I'm going to go buy some stocking stuffers on Monday, when I pick up a pie and Cinnabons, but that's mainly incidental stuff. Woohoo!

I've been listening to old Christmas albums on YouTube--old ones, from the mid-1960s. Stuff that's dropped into the public domain. This helps me avoid burnout on the music I've got in MP3 format.

Last night I made toffee bars, and then whipped up a batch of sugar cookie dough. Tonight we'll be cutting and decorating and baking cookies. The mixer did a yeoman's job, making it possible for me to do all that without my wrists and forearms dying.

The sugar cookie dough in particular: you start with three sticks of butter and two cups of sugar, and so I just let it run, and added ingredients one by one and didn't even have to scrape the beater. Meanwhile my wife was watching Christmas in Connecticut and we were enjoying ourselves.

Besides that, I discovered that if I run the thing on medium speed, the beater tends to be more self-cleaning, and I don't have to stop and scrape it as much. Next up are peanut butter cookies, of course, and I still want oatmeal cookies! Saturday I will make nut cups, I think.

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There's this guy, Andre Gagnon, who did a Christmas album, and parts of his version of "Adeste Fideles" are absolutely sublime.

He puts a bit of "bridge" into the song, from 2:20 to 3:20, which fits so perfectly it sounds like it was part of the original composition. But don't go right to it! No, start at the beginning and listen all the way there and you'll understand what I mean:

I had a serious moment where I thought I was listening to something done by Joe Hisaishi, and when I found that I wasn't, I thought, If Miyazaki ever did a Christmas movie THIS is what the soundtrack would be like! and I couldn't hit the thumbs up fast enough.

* * *

Well, they went and did it, the fools! Democrats pulled the trigger on impeachment.

I'm not so pessimistic. I think that it's just possible this may be the turning point for a resurgence of traditional American values.
The Democrats don't look happy at all. Indeed, many of them dressed in black for the occasion. The spin was that they're somber for this solemn occasion, but you know that many have looked at the polls and heard from furious constituents and think that they're guests at their own political funerals. It all looks like a huge miscalculation--rather than the impeachment process driving Trump's poll numbers down it's done the reverse. Voters everywhere are annoyed at the whole charade and Trump's supporters are infuriated. The Democrats didn't see that coming at all, because a biased media makes them stupid. I predicted.

And the Democrats are reminded that even if Trump were to be removed from office, they'd just get President Mike Pence. "Adam Schiff: Oh Yeah, We're Going to Impeach Pence Too".

Go for it, turkeys! By the time you're done doing that, the American public will be so sick of your shenanigans they might just start hanging y'all from lampposts.

* * *

ObamaCare's individual mandate is unconstitutional and so the court now must take up the question of whether or not the individual mandate is severable from the rest of the law.

If it is not, then the entire shebang becomes unconstitutional, just like that, and ObamaCare is history!
If you've forgotten the backstory, Roberts ruled that Obamacare itself was Constitutional as part of the tax power of Congress, even though Congress explicitly denied it was a tax and deliberately crafted the individual mandate to not be scored as a tax.

Without a central part of the law being, supposedly, a "tax," it would have been found unconstitutional.

But now that "tax" has been reduced by law to zero, making it not a tax at all, but an unconstitutional command to citizens to buy a product they don't want:

* * *

Even a more-efficient way of hydrolyzing water into oxygen and hydrogen does not change the fact that it is a storage medium for and not a source of, energy.

* * *

The critics rave! "The Rise of Skywalker" gets a raging 59% approval rating from the critics. No audience score yet since the thing hasn't been released in theaters--that doesn't happen until tomorrow--but then again that "59%" thing might be a good sign.

Let's face it: if the critics don't like it all that much, perhaps it will actually not suck as much as we're all expecting it to!

...but it's not the way to bet.

* * *

I do not believe this but I have to admit it would be fucking awesome if it were true:
Around the 12:00 mark in the speech, [retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Steven L.] Kwast makes the somewhat bizarre claim that the U.S. currently possesses revolutionary technologies that could render current aerospace capabilities obsolete:

"The technology is on the engineering benches today. But most Americans and most members of Congress have not had time to really look deeply at what is going on here. But I've had the benefit of 33 years of studying and becoming friends with these scientists. This technology can be built today with technology that is not developmental to deliver any human being from any place on planet Earth to any other place in less than an hour."
I guess we'll find out.

* * *

You don't go straight to mechs or Labors or Gundams or whatever you want to call them. No, you start with exoskeleta, things that just make work easier.

* * *

Chicago is boned. There is not enough taxpayer money for the city to pay its bills.

* * *

Americans are highly autodidactical. Meaning, they teach themselves a lot of things. Some things are highly practical and useful, like making things out of metal or cooking or carpentry or-or-or. Some things are useless, like collecting and watching magical girl anime. Some are physical, like roller skating or sports or yoga or martial arts. But regardless, a lot of hobbies are nonetheless a learning process for the people who take them up.

I read, somewhere, an essay which asserted that the entire reason for "modern art" stemmed from the fact that classical art forms had become all to accessible to the common man.

* * *

Let me remind you that in the 18th century you weren't really educated unless you could speak fluent Latin, and at least one of the following in addition to your native tongue: French, German, or Italian. And typically, you learned it all by the time you were sixteen.

These days? Faugh.

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* * *

Mrs. Fungus and I watched Charlie Brown Christmas and then I fired up the mixer and made peanut butter cookie dough. It needs to chill at least an hour before being baked.

...but I'm tired and there's no real upper limit on how long it can be in the fridge. We were going to bake the sugar cookies tonight but it turns out we have only two cookie cutters in the bunker: a six-pointed star and a Christmas tree. Time to get some new ones, I guess. Tomorrow we're going to go buy some. So tomorrow will be baking night, I think.

I still want to do nut cups this weekend; so Friday, I think, will be oatmeal cookie night.

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Christmas is but a week away. Can you dig it.

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