December 28th, 2015

#5018: Snow

The forecast today was for a "wintry mix" shitstorm. Ice, sleet, rain, bleah.

When I got up, it was to snow: a couple of inches of soggy snow, laying on the ground and turning everything whitish green, except for the low-lying areas where it takes on that half-melted light grey. Temp's already above freezing, which means the snow will not last very long, and the last weather report I saw said it'd turn entirely to rain before the day was done. Rain, and high winds.

Extremely crappy weather.

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The GOP elites really hate Trump supporters. They look down on them with disdain, with scorn, with virtual disgust. The last two paragraphs sum up the entire reason Trump is succeeding:
In the movie business, there’s something called the “cheer moment,” when the long-suffering hero finally decks his tormentor with a satisfying right cross. What the Beltway Republicans fail to understand is that their conservative base — which gave them stunning congressional victories in 2010 and 2014 and has nothing to show for it — has been longing for precisely that moment since Reagan crushed Mondale 49-1 in 1984.

The Trumpkins are sick of winning and having nothing to show for it, and their vengeance will be terrible. Maybe the Establishment should stop belittling them and listen instead.
Yep. This.

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Wahhabism is the focus of evil in the modern world.

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England floods because the water has nowhere to go, not because of "climate change".

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Last night Mrs. Fungus and I tried watching the first two eps of The Expanse, which is a SyFy series. It's set in the solar system, where Earth and Mars and the Belt (asteroid belt) are the three main blocs of power. The Belt is the peon of the triad; Earth appears totalitarian and Mars is--well, after two eps we know Mars is a military power but we don't really know what they're like, yet.

So far the series is watchable and I can't really complain about it. Standard TV tropes apply, plot-wise.

My main beef thus far is when a ship gets blown up and the shuttle from it--some 50,000 km away if I'm not misremembering--is imperiled by the cloud of debris ejected from the explosion. The ship's fairly sizable but if you're 50,000 km from something that blows up, you're not going to endure a 45-second battering by fist-sized chunks of ship unless the entire mass of the ship is pulverized and accelerated in your direction. Of course, it doesn't make for exciting televison if the result of the explosion is just "bip, bap, crash" and that's all.

It's hard to get tension from a scene where people are waiting for a collision. It's easy to throw a bunch of CGI on the screen and show shit hitting other shit.

But it's entertaining enough that I want to see more. Unlike previous SyFy efforts (like Defiance) this show merited watching the second ep, and that's a step in the right direction.

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Not much else to report today. Kind of tired.