October 9th, 2011

#2990: Ten-to-go-a-go-go before 3,000 posts

Closing in on the end of the millennium, and it's only been 5.5 years since the Fungus began.

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Last night's AoSHQ open thread had this as one of its segments:
I used to love going to movies a lot as a teenager and in my 20's but since I have become more politically aware, not so much any more. This article captured some of what I had been thinking about in this regard. Democrats vs. Republicans: Stars They Won't Pay To See. I admit it. I won't pay to go see Sean Penn, Micheal Moore, Tim Robbins, or any other raging, foaming out the mouth stupid ass libtard that is highly active in the political sphere. I remember before I started getting like this that my father-in-law was the same way and I remember thinking but he's missing some good movies. Now I understand.
In fact, overall, 35 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Tea Partiers consider a celebrity's political position before paying to see their films, compared with 20 percent of Democrats.
You have to admit, that it is pretty stupid to piss off this large of a percentage of your potential audience. Most good companies that are successful are careful not to show party preference. I suppose the fact that these actors/musicians get paid up front regardless of ticket sales gives them some leeway to be more vocal politically and not fear the loss of ticket sales. I was surprised to find out that Sean Penn has NEVER had a movie gross more than $100 Million.
The most common argument I've heard from people claiming that Hollywood doesn't have a liberal bias is that "Hollywood is all about money, and they're just going where the money is." Yet time and again we see that movies which tend to favor the right side of the political spectrum--or which are, at least, neutral--generally far outsell the ones that don't.

Hollywood favors a liberal viewpoint in spite of how much money it costs them.

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AoSHQ link 2: Dumbass gets drunk and sues college et alii for injuries sustained due to her drunkenness. If you're over the age of 18, and you get drunk and fall out a window, guess who is responsible for your getting drunk? Hint: it's the person you see in the mirror every day.

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Eric Holder fires off a 5-page hissy fit and, in the process, may have admitted that the entire point of "Fast and Furious" was to give the government the statistics it needs to limit gun rights.
Equally unacceptable however, is the fact that too many in Congress are opposed to any discussion of fixing loopholes in the laws that facilitate the staggering flow of guns each year across our border to the South.
Apparently Mr. Holder never learned the rule that "'however' always goes between two commas."

"Equally unacceptable, however, is the fact that..." is how you'd correctly use "however". I'd expect someone at Mr. Holder's level to know that, or at least be able to hire someone who could correct his grammar before he made a public statement. (You can bet your ass that if I were in public office, I'd have an expert grammarian on hand to proofread everything I wrote or signed my name to. I'm pretty good with grammar but not perfect. But then again I am not Attorney General of the United States.)

Setting aside my grammar nazi tendency, I have to say this is a fairly damning admission that the entire point of F&F was to generate ammunition, so to speak, for clamping down on gun ownership. If that's going to be Holder's defense--"We had to do this in order to close gun law loopholes!"--he's already grasping at straws. If he thinks that's a righteous position, he's going to find it to be a rather flimsy defense.

Assuming, that is, anyone actually has the guts to hold him to the law.

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Yeah, that's not hard to understand. Make it hard to produce meth in the United States, and production of the stuff will just move outside the borders.

Despite all the laws limiting people to a handful of pills per week--whatever the limit is now--the meth labs continue to operate in the United States, albeit at a reduced capacity. We send (as the linked post mentions) grandmothers to jail for going a fraction of a gram over some arbitrary limit, and we do nothing that actually limits the flow of drugs through our communities.

...yeah: led away in handcuffs for buying too much over-the-counter cold medicine.

But we were born free.

This kind of thing is why I am slowly moving into the "fuck it all and legalize it" camp. We might as well; the "war on drugs" is an abject failure and if we legalized it at least then the government could tax the stuff and regulate purity and formulae. (No more rat poison in the LSD and tax it like cigarettes. Win-win.)

The alternative is forcing all of us to risk jail time because we bought too many cold pills in a week. Felony jail time. For six hundred milligrams of Sudafed.

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Midwest Chick talks about the GOP.

"As surely as a dog returns to its own vomit, so doth the fool to his folly." All the stupid crap about "electability" invariably gives us crappy candidates that we can't elect. McCain was 'electable". Remember?

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The uncensored AsoIku has finished downloading. I might actually get the first four eps dumped to DVD tonight, if nothing else crops up.

Right now, though--

Owing to the fact that my sleep schedule is 200% whacked, I slept from about 11 to 2 last night, then from perhaps 6 to 8:30 this morning. I had gone to church with the intention of coming home and going right to bed, but instead I had a sandwich and wrote this post. Now that I'm done with all that, though, I'm sleepy again.

...but while checking Gmail for an archived conversation with Og, I discovered that my spam box was full of spam, and went to check it...and found the activation code for my FFshrine account!

I HAVE THE LAUGHING TARGET OST!

Woohoo!

#2991: Half a large pizza. *whimper*

I couldn't decide what to have for dinner tonight, and with my stomach not exactly getting happier with each passing moment I realized that pizza sounds decent and set out to get one of Pizza Hut's delicious "super supreme" pizzas.

Bonus: "Any pizza $10!" so I got a large.

The super supreme is awesome because it has five kinds of meat on it and then they add mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black olives. I don't like olives but I like them on this pizza, so it's actually a plus. The damn thing is laden with toppings and for $10 you cannot beat it.

...and I bring the thing home and eat half of it.

To be fair: like all fast-food pizzas this one was not cut with millimetric precision; the intersection of the radial slices was off-center and I ate pieces from the small side, so really it's probably closer to about 35-40% of the pizza that I ate, and not 50%.

...but there are four slices and the remainder is approximately semicircular.

Considering, though, that I haven't eaten anything since about noon--and I got home with the pizza about 7:30--it's not exactly a case of binge eating or anything. It would be different if I'd had dinner at 4 o'clock and then had this pizza on top of it.

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Diet Pepsi now tastes about as good to me as the sugared variety did. I bet I couldn't drink the sugared kind now without going on a sugar jag and ending up with a monster bout of hypoglycemia.

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Before I went for dinner, I felt like riding the motorcycle, so I did that. I was hoping to get an idea of what would be good for dinner by riding past various places and seeing what appealed to me, but nothing did. On the plus side I discovered that the clutch is slipping more.

...I'd wager it's because I'm not shifting very proficiently. The clutch needs adjustment, dang it, and I'm through putting that off. Once Sailor V gets the Escort out of here, that's going to be job 1.

Job 2 will be the Fiero's brakes. Okay???

All of which is subject to change should the torrent box parts arrive. The motherboard is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. The case shows as having departed California on Friday, but nothing else, and is scheduled for delivery on Thursday.

A lot of UPS' cross-continental freight moves via intermodal train. UPS trailers get put on flatcars and hauled by rail. It's efficient, but slow compared with other methods, but when you're talking about something coming all the way from California it's to be expected. WTF do I want out of free shipping anyway?

The memory is going to be delivered via the mail. It's a weird system: UPS delivers the package to the post office, which takes care of the final delivery. This is the first I've heard of this method but I suppose it makes sense for a package that's small enough for a single DIMM.

Thursday, eh? Oh well.