January 18th, 2008

#839: Sir News-a-lot

Apparently he likes big bottoms and he cannot lie.

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David Limbaugh entered the Limbaugh family business back when it was still "being a lawyer". Now that his brother is famous and extremely rich, David writes commentary when he's not doing his "day job".

Anyway, David L. lists many reasons why Fred Thompson probably won't get the GOP nomination. His article is meant as an endorsement, but reading it I came to that conclusion. I don't like this situation any better than David L. does.

The best way to describe this article is with this quote: "'These documents paint a disturbing picture of how Hillary Clinton and the Clinton administration approached health care reform – secrecy, smears, and the misuse of government computers to track private and political information on citizens,' said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton."

And that's the sort of administration we face if Hillary wins: Stalin Lite.

Which, coincidentally, is what Hillary calls her homebrew lager.

Farah on the dangers of unlimited buttsecks. Yes, MRSA can be spread by casual contact, unlike HIV.

Planned Parenthood lied? Say it ain't so! The organization, founded by eugenicist and racist Margaret Sanger, apparently has no qualms about lying if it looks like they won't get what they want.

Dr. Kevorkian, senility is calling.... Wow, this article contains all sorts of entertainment for those of us who thought Kevorkian was a bad guy from the beginning.

Carbon dioxide trading will threaten 50,000 jobs in German steel industry. And in 25 years when we're setting record cold temperatures in summer no one's going to say a word about "climate change hype".

Z$10 million bill expected to ease cash woes. ...for a little while. "Zimbabwe faces the world's highest official inflation of an estimated 25,000 per cent. Independent financial institutions say real inflation is closer to 150,000 per cent." The article has a picture showing someone holding a loaf of bread in one hand and the cash required to buy it in the other. I'm expecting that picture is out of date, though.

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The predicted high temperature for tomorrow is 3. Yay.

#840: June 10th??

I'm looking at Amazon.com to see what I can order, manga-wise, from them. The Border's near here has a crappy selection of manga and I want to start filling in holes in my collection.

Strawberry Marshmallow volume 4 came out in July of 2007. When is volume 5 due out?

JUNE FREAKING 10th, 2008

WTF--WTFF is that about? What the hell kind of crap do you call that, making us wait eleven months for the next freaking book? It's not like this shit is being published in Japan and they have to wait for a book's worth of issues to be released; the damned anime is 100% available here and the books haven't gone farther than about episode 6 in the series. This is ludicrous.

I guess I'm going to use that gift certificate to buy some Ann Coulter instead. WTF.

#841: Singularity PDF, for download.

That's right, I've finally gotten around to it.

Right click here and select "Save Target As" for your own copy of Singularity.

I don't really expect this to be an issue, but if you can't download the file, just wait about an hour or so and try again. I don't have a huge amount of bandwidth available; I'm limited to a couple of megabytes per hour.

Interesting point: when I tested the PDF download and display just now, Vista informed me that the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which was included on my machine--and which worked perfectly since I got it--now has "known compatibility issues".

Oh well. Enjoy.

#842: Spam, false confidence, and buying music online



Claire Frey wants to be shot.

boermansassen uses what I am pretty sure is a hacked e-mail account to tell me that Our Love Will Last. I don't even know who the hell this person is, but the last woman who told me something like that broke up with me a scant two months later. So piss off, you asshat.

Xmas store apparently hasn't seen those commercials which say, "timing is everything". Christmas has been over for more than three weeks, and I estimate that it is not less than 11 months and 6 days before next Christmas. So piss off and take a look at a calendar, you asshat.

Guadalupe Floyd wants to sell me tainted drugs. Piss off, Floyd.

delphi is the only spammer in today's batch who knows what he's talking about.

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Maybe "false confidence" is not the right term, but this article made me shake my head.

Part of the problem is that the problem itself is not defined correctly. Teens are confident that inventions can solve environmental issues such as "global warming, water pollution, and fossil fuel depletion".

1) Global warming: in 25 years, when the high temperature for the summer is about 85, we're all going to wish Al Gore had been right. We don't need "inventions" to solve this one. What we need is to be rid of "inventions" like Al Gore's hype.

2) Water pollution: this one's so easy it almost defies logic. Anywhere you have a business taking water from the environment, and then discharging it again, you simply require that their discharge pipe be upstream of their intake pipe. That's it. Because then the business has a vested interest in making sure the discharged water is clean.

3) Fossil fuel depletion: the market will take care of this. This isn't really an "environmental" issue, anyway.

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Today I got around to redeeming an Amazon.com gift certificate I got for Christmas. As noted earlier I couldn't spend it on manga (argh) so I had a look around for alternatives.

I bought Bluetech's Elementary Particles & Prima Materia, which contained songs I had heard on Musical Starstreams and digitized from recordings of said program. I also bought a few individual tracks, including Witchcraft's "We Rest", which I have wanted since about 2005.

I don't know what kind of music Bluetech is, but I like it, and the combined two-album set was $9 as an MP3 download.

The whole thing was convenient enough that I am now cudgeling my brain, trying to think of other rare tracks I want. One, "Ripping Off The Monks" by Karl Moeller, is not on there; but I used to have a list of songs that I was looking for--and God alone knows where that list is now, since it's been years since I even thought about it.

Oh well. It's not like the gift certificate will evaporate if I don't use it right away. And, worst case, I can always get me some Ann Coulter.