April 2nd, 2012

#3287: 11 Hours of Pure Nerdcore

Sunday night, around 7 PM-ish, I threw in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

...and I watched all three movies, extended/expanded/director's cut versions, at one sitting. I just finished Return of the King about 10 minutes ago, tops. (As of 6:18 AM, that is.)

"In for a penny, in for a pound," I figured.

Mom did this once; I don't remember exactly when, but she wanted to watch them and I put them at her disposal. To my surprise, she watched all three at one sitting--and there I was, out-nerded by my 80-something mother. Well, it's about time I took back the crown, damn it.

I don't even remember the last time I watched these movies. I know I watched RotK when I bought the extended/expanded/director's cut version, but I don't remember when that was--nor do I have the mental faculty remaining to find out.

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I put the motorcycle seat on the bike yesterday evening; and as I was working on it I figured out a way to adjust the rear shock absorbers without having the right spanner on hand.

I took 'em off (one at a time) and clamped them in the vise, and then lifted up on the spring while turning the adjusters--and pop they went one notch softer, just as I'd wanted.

After everything was back together, I had to take her for a ride to see how it felt--and it's much better.

Og weighs a bit more than me; he had these shocks adjusted for maximum load, so the thing had a harsh ride. When I first rolled out of the driveway after adjusting them it felt like the rear tire had gone flat, but after only a few blocks I got used to it--and the ride is much smoother now.

By the time I got home I was fain to freezing. Still, it was a nice ride.

...I didn't polish so much as one thing on the bike, though. I left that for later. Well, Ajax doesn't go bad, so what the hell.

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That's another thing: when I went shopping on Saturday, I was greatly surprised to see that Ajax sells for $0.69 per can. Comet sells for about $1.19, and the other similar cleansers were even more expensive than that.

But Ajax isn't a scouring powder like other cleansers are; it's pure surfactant with no abrasive. That's why it's safe for use on chrome and other polished metals. Yet I have used it on rusty chrome--bicycle rims--and found it to be an excellent cleaner for such; they came out clean and shiny. Granted, it can't have pitted the metal and it can't be severe rust; but it takes surface rust off chrome pretty handily. I expect this to be perfect for cleaning everything on the bike that's dirty. And for $0.69 per can!

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Right now, though, I'm going to feed my cats, brush my teeth, wash my face, take my pills, and go to bed.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

#3288: Monday! ...what happened to Monday?

Oh yeah, that "nerdcore" thing last night.

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This is what it looks like when a real scientist is seriously wrong about something.

The guy who was in charge of the team at CERN that said they might possibly have proof of neutrinos maybe going faster than light if everything checked out--perhaps--has resigned after their findings were demonstrated to be the result of faulty cabling.

Meanwhile, "Doctor" Michael Mann is still taken seriously by the climatology community even after his now-infamous "hockey stick" graph has been proven to be fraudulent--not just "wrong" or "mistaken" but actively fraudulent.

Which one of these is "science"?

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Equality before the law, unless you're Christian. Let the lede do the talking:
A human rights official in Kentucky says it might be perfectly fine for a printing company run by “gays” to refuse to print anti-”gay” literature, but a Christian company refusing to print T-shirts for a “gay” event would not have that same right.
That's right! If you're Christian you have to toe the PC line, buddy, or else! You don't get freedom of expression or freedom of association because we know you're up to no good! You bigots don't deserve First Amendment protection!

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To my surprise, we made it to April and the Eurozone didn't blow up.

Karl Denninger thinks we're not out of the woods. Myself, I'm still wondering what they can do about Spain, Portugal, and Italy. They haven't been fixed; they're on the same trajectory as Greece is but not nearly as far along the curve.

And Ireland, which Denninger talks about in his post.

And unemployment in Europe just hit an all-time high. And guess where it's worst?
Spain remained the worst affected, with the highest rate at 23.6 percent, followed by bailed-out Greece at 21 percent, Portugal at 15 percent and Ireland at 14.7 percent. Italy hit a record 9.3 percent.
"Austerity" means eliminating the artificial expansion of GDP due to government spending, which in turn means higher unemployment.

...which leads to even lower government revenue, leading to more austerity.... This is why deficit spending is so bad for us in the long term, and why the longer we continue it the worse the inevitable crash will be.

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Vox Day:
Cherished illusions are powerful; thus, it is possible for Americans to believe they are still governed by the free voice of the people, even though that voice is now trumped every single time it conflicts with the will of the ruling elite. No matter what the subject is, be it homogamy in California, the military occupation of Afghanistan, the bailout of the Wall Street banks, illegal immigrants in Arizona or abortion on demand, democracy in the United States is repeatedly proven to be entirely impotent, even when the democratic forms are superficially followed.
Can you argue the point? I certainly cannot.

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ABC admits that Zimmerman was injured. Well, I suppose this is progress of some sort. Media still plays the story as "white racist kills black boy because he's racist gun-toting bigot", though.

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So, did you see this? Obama is warning the Supreme Court not to strike down ObamaCare.

After all, they're "unelected", and ObamaCare was passed by a "democratically-elected Congress", so of course it should be allowed to stand!

Now go back to that Vox Day quote, above. I'm gonna edit the shit out of it and emphasize parts here:
...homogamy in California, ..., illegal immigrants in Arizona or abortion on demand, democracy in the United States is repeatedly proven to be entirely impotent, even when the democratic forms are superficially followed....
I emphasize those things for good reason:

Abortion on demand: legislated from the bench; Roe v. Wade forced all state laws banning abortion off the books even when they were the result of democratic processes.

Homogamy: None of the democratically-implemented laws banning gay marriage in California have been allowed to stand; all have been struck down by judicial fiat.

Illegal immigration laws: Arizona's law was immediately challenged by Obama's own Attorney General in spite of its origin in a democratically-elected legislature. As far as I know it has not been struck down yet, but a federal court has issued a stay for the implementation of the law.

So you see, the left in this country is quite comfortable with judicial activism and using the courts to strike down laws when they don't like them.

But when the shoe is on the other foot they hate it with all the fires of hell.

It would be, apparently, an "unprecedented, extraordinary event" if ObamaCare were to be struck down. Not like Roe v. Wade or any other times that lefties could get their way only through the courts, oh no! Remember in Iowa, how gay marriage was brought into existence by a slim majority of the Iowa Supreme Court? That wasn't anything like this!

Trying to shame liberals with their own hypocrisy, though, is like trying to convince a dog not to eat its own vomit. The dog doesn't see anything wrong with it and can't understand why you're keeping it away from its food.

Likewise, liberals just don't have the capacity to understand why people expect them to obey the same rules as everyone else all the time, regardless of how good their intentions are.

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I've got 20 min to get a shower before choir practice. I'd better get moving.

#3289: By the way--

I heard--somewhere, some time in the past few weeks--that some congresscritter had the brilliant idea of forgiving the student loan debts of people who couldn't pay them off. The proposed law would allow the balance of a person's student loans to be forgiven after he'd made 120 payments at a certain percentage of his income.

That is to say, if you've been faithfully paying some percentage of your income (it's a sliding scale, depending on how much you make) for ten years and your debt isn't paid off, they generously forgive the rest of it.

...after you've been paying interest for ten years they can afford to do that; they've gotten back their money with interest and the rest is pure gravy.

Problem: the law already says this.

Let me say that again: the existing laws for government-guaranteed student loans have this provision in them. It's not going to fix anything to make a new law saying what the law already says!

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Watching the LotR trilogy last night, I was struck with how much influence it had on World of Warcraft.

I mean, every time they showed Barad Dur (Sauron's Tower) I immediately thought, "Look! Icecrown Citadel!" As I've observed before, the way the game portrays invisibility (from the invisible one's point of view) is almost exactly the way it's done in LotR.

In Return of the King, who does Eowyn stab in the face? The Witch King. (Rather than Arthas, the Lich King, from WoW.)

Can you dig it.

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Incidentally, if you saw my motorcycle now you would never know that the seat was sitting in pieces on my coffee table about a week ago, unless I told you. If you took it off you'd see the shiny new staples holding it on, and that might lead you to ask me if it's been reupholstered.

But of course this kind of thing is not exactly rocket science. The seat cover is form-fitting and did not take much effort to get back into place correctly (other than me having to learn how to use the f-ing staple gun). A new seat cover might be more difficult; and then again it might not.

I'm not about to open an upholstery shop or anything, but it's a bit of an ego boost for me to be able to do something like this myself (however haltingly) and do it correctly, to the point of being indistinguishable from factory.

If I'd ever get off my duff and clean the thing, it'd be really pretty. *sigh*

The other thing is, I've been looking at the JC Whitney catalog; they've got a "trunk" which they're selling for $80 which would be a nice addition. It mounts to the existing cargo rack, and it's big enough inside to fit a full-face helmet; one version removes with a key, so you don't have to ride with it all the time--just when you want it.

That way I could make food runs on the bike. Like when I go for Chinese food--it'd go in the "trunk" and be just fine in there for the trip home. Also other things, like when I go to the store for some small items.

That sort of thing is why I wanted a motorcycle in the first place; I've had that idea for a long time. Instead of taking the 13 MPG (city) Jeep the half-mile to the corner store for cole slaw and potato salad, I take the 60 MPG motorcycle. See?

Though, the way things are going in the economy I might end up putting a basket on my $99 Roadmaster mountain bike and taking that to the corner store....