July 14th, 2013

#3898: If that was a riot, it was anemic.

So after last night's post, I went to look at Fox News to see what was happening. Most of the time I don't bother watching television news because of the leftist bias it has. Fox News is moderate but still not totally square, and so I tend to avoid it all. But I needed breaking news, and the broadcast media are the best at doing that, so off I went.

What I saw was a group of eight protestors holding up a sign while one of them in a New Black Panthers uniform harangued the crowd. As I continued watching, I saw that these people were the only real protestors present; everyone else was either a spectator or with the media. I did see a white woman sitting with her four "children of color" and a sign protesting the decision, but they didn't seem connected with the first group (unless she was the wife of a New Black Panther? I don't know.)

Three of the eight with the New Black Panthers and their sign were Standard White Liberal College Kids: the skinny guy with a fungal growth on his face that's trying to be a beard, Bruna the Stocky Lesbian, and Stick Girl the Bespectacled. (You now know everything you need to about these three based on their appearances.) After watching the news for perhaps half an hour, I realized nothing was going to happen (at least, not Saturday night) and returned to the computer.

Meanwhile Steven gets a laugh out of the liberal wails on MeFi. Apparently someone over at that liberal shithole has said that this decision means Florida now issues "black man hunting licenses".

I tried reading the stuff Steven links to, but unfortunately I find the typical leftist's willing ignorance of reality to be infuriating. Karl Denninger is more my speed, even if he does overuse the emphasis.

Still, there are reports of "demonstrations" coming down through the Intartubzorz, though no reports of violence yet. We'll have to see how things go, I guess. It would be very, very nice if the media and race pimps had failed to enrage the black population sufficiently to give them the riots they so desperately wanted.

But, what the hell--I suppose the Department of Justice could always pay people to riot, if nothing else.

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The back yard was a riot of fireflies last night, so I spent some time on the back patio watching them. Always a worthwhile pursuit.

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I've been playing this game on my Nook HD+ called Gurk". It's an 8-bit-style RPG in the vein of the early Ultima series, only without as much story. It's pretty bare bones, but entertaining in its own way; you have a group of three pre-generated characters--a knight, an archer, and a wizard--in a typical blocky tile RPG world. There's no direction given; you just explore and fight monsters and upgrade equipment while gaining levels. The stronger the characters are, the deeper you can explore the various dungeons.

Gameplay is...clunky, but not egregiously so. The "pain in the ass" factor is moderate but the simplicity of the game and its diffculty level compensate for that. Most of the PITA factor comes from having to use on-screen controls which are too small for my fingers.

The other game I have on the thing, but which I haven't played as much, is Iruna. This game is a full 3D MMORPG and it looks gorgeous. Gameplay is also clunky, but for a different reason; it took me three or four (short) sessions of the game to figure out how to turn the camera so I could see the terrain in back of me.

One of the things that bugs me most about games like this is how they don't set the camera up so that you're always looking in the direction the character is. When I turn to the right, I want the camera to move right, too, but in several cases (Tera, Guild Wars 2) turning the camera requires different controls than the movement ones. Trying to move right makes the character strafe right and the camera moves laterally instead of turning. This is fine if you are only being attacked from the direction you're looking, but as these are 3D games, monsters and other antagonists can get behind you.

In the case of GW2 I figured out how to change the controls such that the character turned rather than strafed, but Iruna--like many tablet- and phone-based apps--is not nearly as configurable.

And speaking of which--

They "improved" Chrome for Android. It updated without asking me, and now when I scoll a web page, the tab bar scrolls off-screen with it. To get it back I must scroll down, and sometimes it appears only to hide itself again. There is, of course, no way to turn off this behavior, and if you do tabbed browsing (as I do, a lot) this gets frustrating very quickly.

In fact, there are almost no options whatsoever. There isn't even a way to organize bookmarks in the thing; Chrome lacks a bookmark tab (of course) and you can't set it to alphabetize them, much less put them in any other kind of order. You also can't change the way they display; you get a grid of 28 icons per page (though the list will scroll if you have more) and if you don't like that or want some other kind of view? Tough. The only thing you can really do to organize your bookmarks is to set up folders, and even that is handled in a clunky and obnoxious way.

The YouTube app just works, though, and presents no trouble or obnoxiousness. Ditto for HBO Go (to which Mrs. Fungus has a subscription, via her job) and Pandora. The video is crisp and clean and the audio is great.

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Now it's Sunday afternoon. July is just about half over. Whee!

#3899: I can't believe I wrote some of this stuff.

I spent some time this evening looking through old, OLD writing--like from the mid-1990s--and some of it is pretty good. The story about the LA cop investigating technological crimes has been outstripped by reality, though; there's a scene in the story where he's complaining that his PDA is now also a pager: "What's next, making them phones, too?"

iPhone anyone? *sigh* But they're neat stories.

I'm doing this because I'm working on putting together an anthology of some of my short stories and novellas, which will be published on Amazon once I get everything hacked together. Title is TBA.

More news as I have it.

#3900: Right on schedule, here comes the DoJ to file civil rights charges.

It used to be that double jeopardy was a violations of one's civil rights, but not any more. Nope! If the state fails to get the race lynching accomplished, then the feds take over.

See, here's why it's scummy to do this: if the feds wanted to try Zimmerman for that stuff on the grounds that he had somehow violated the civil rights of a man who was beating the shit out of him without provocation, they should have been preparing this from the get-go. Instead they waited until the state failed to convict him of something, and now are winding up the federal lynch mobs prosecutors in order to punish Zimmerman for having the gall to protect himself from an unprovoked attack.

Let me remind you: following someone is not grounds for attacking him. You don't get to jump on someone, sit on him, bash his head into the sidewalk, and pound on him. That's not legal self-defense; that's you saying to yourself, "That bitch dissin' me, man, and I gonna get him fo' it!"

The most damning thing is in the timeline; Martin had an opportunity simply to go home but instead doubled back to attack Zimmerman. That shows mens rea, that Martin intended to confront Zimmerman; the chief of police in that jurisdiction refused to arrest Zimmerman initially because he thought so, and the jury must've agreed because they found Zimmerman not guilty. That intention to confront Zimmerman is not covered by the "stand your ground" law because all Zimmerman was doing was walking behind Martin in a public place, going the same direction. That's not aggressive behavior, at least not the sort which would have enabled Martin to claim self defense.

If someone is walking behind me, and I double back, get in his face, and beat the crap out of him, I am the aggressor. Regardless of circumstances, I started the fight. Since there are no witnesses who say that Zimmerman was verbally abusing Martin, or calling him names, or taunting him--since Zimmerman was merely following Martin--Martin had no legal recourse. You are not allowed to attack someone just because you feel "disrespected", and it does not constitute self-defense. (Contrary to the arguments put forth by the dipshit liberal sector.)

So when he was attacked, knocked to the ground, and beaten, Zimmerman defended himself. And since the state rightly found him not guilty of wrongdoing, now the federal government is going to step in and make sure Zimmerman is punished.

It's double jeopardy, trying him a second time for the same set of circumstances under a ginned-up charge solely because the state failed to convict. It's wrong because they would not be doing this if he'd been found guilty.

This is the federal government saying, "You did something, and we're going to make sure you are punished for it!" This is entirely a political prosecution, done solely for political reasons and not because the defendant is actually guilty of violating any laws.

But of course we have a black racist running the Department of Justice, someone who won't prosecute clear violations of the law that are committed by black people. I guess this kind of mockery is to be expected.