September 11th, 2021

#7809: The "help" they need is to be EXPELLED

All this due to fifteen troublemakers. Expel the shitheads from school. When their parents show up to bitch about how their precious little snowflakes etc, show them the video and tell them that their kids can come back when they learn how to act like civilized people, instead of savages that chimp out at the slightest provocation.

Of course, schools can't do that, because that would be "racist".

Over at Unwanted Blog they note that it's a "STEM" campus, a place where kids are supposed to be learning the useful things (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), but of course we're talking about a public school system, so they're probably learning Socialism, Trangenderism, Econazism, Masturbation instead.

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BIDEN LIED, KIDS DIED. This is one of those amazing situations where I have to decide who to trust, because every last participant has been proven to be as trustworthy as a $50 car.

Do I trust NYT? The paper that openly shilled for Stalin?

Do I trust the Biden regime? An illegitimate junta with mush-for-brains as its figurehead?

Do I trust the Taliban? A bunch of islamic terrorists?

So what I end up doing is to look at their past behavior and compare that to what they're doing right now. NYT always covers for communists, socialists, and democrats (BIRM) so them reporting something that makes a democrat look bad may be my cue.

And let's face it: this is a war crime. The victims of the drone strike include seven children.

"Because of the chaos of the Kabul airport evacuation, an official told us, president Biden and the military have delegated the authority to approve airstrikes to lower-level commanders." Translation: they know this is a war crime and want to make sure no one in the upper echelons is blamed for it. Much better to put a colonel or a major in Leavenworth instead of a general, right?

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So, yesterday I recalled something from years ago and got curious, so I checked it out.

Earl Boen's CV. He played Dr. Peter Silberman in the Terminator franchise, but in the late '90s, while perusing something-or-other about the latest offerings from Cartoon Network, I saw him in a dubbing studio. I remembered that, thought, "IMDB can tell me what he worked on," and looked him up.

A whole lot of "not what I expected" there...including the fact that he did the narration for WoW.

You see, whenever you start a new character, you're given a little cutscene and a short bit of narration about the race of the character you've selected. Given that the only narration in the whole game is those bits, I'm pretty sure that's him doing it.

He also did the voice for Magtheridon, one of the big baddies of Burning Crusade.

He did Ghost Pirate LeChuck in the Monkey Island series of games.

Not much anime in his CV, but he did one of the main bad guys in 3x3 Eyes.

...this guy's all over!

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Looks like I'll be turning on the AC again, later this afternoon--and it'll stay on until at least Wednesday if the forecast is right. It's still pretty comfortable outside right now, though.

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As I said yesterday, I'm not much motivated for a 9/11 retrospective. Pretty much, I've said everything I had to say about it; and the conditions under which we find ourselves now are a great deal more dire than they were on this day two decades ago.

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Right now I have no pressing matters that need minding. Hoping to get a call from the bike shop to go pick up my front tire, but I'm not holding my breath for that one.

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O, the irony: I actually ordered a book from Amazon the other day. Bil Herd's Back Into The Storm, which is about his time as a hardware engineer working for Commodore Business Machines.

Herd is one of the principal engineers who designed and built things like the C128, and since my first PC was a 64 I'm very interested in hearing about how Commodore's pivotal machines were developed.

And Commodore was extremely important to the development of modern computers. First off, they made a powerful (for its day) computer that was "appliance" cheap, so everyone could afford to buy one. Remember, in the early 1980s, an Apple ][ with one floppy cost $1,500 at a time when that would buy a pretty decent used car; but by mid-1983 a C64 with floppy drive ran $400. And that was when the C64 was state-of-the-art for personal computers.

By buying Amiga and then bringing the computer to market, they cemented the "multiprocessor" nature of present-day systems, where drawing the video image was off-loaded to a separate processor rather than handled by the CPU, as it was in prior systems. As were sound and I/O. The Amiga's big contribution to computing was to demonstrate that it was both desirable and economically feasible to build a computer that way, so that the CPU could be focused on one task--running programs--and leave the other parts to subsystems which could be optimized for their tasks.

So, yeah--I think it'll be a worthy read.

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Well: I have had my motorcycle for ten years. It's a 1982 bike so I've owned it for 1/4 of its existence.

It's nice to be able to ride it to work, that's for sure. That's helped me to ride it a ton more this year than I did in prior ones.

Now, it occurs to me that a friend's father had something very similar. I remember sitting on a red Suzuki about the size of mine, in the garage at his parents' house, and thinking, "I wouldn't mind having one of these." Even though it was a 2-cylinder bike (having illicitly ridden my brother's 4-cylinder Honda Nighthawk 650 around the block a few times, a bike very much like this one) I thought that wouldn't be bad at all.

I never got to ride that one, worse luck, but that's okay.

You can't buy a new bike built that way, of course. You can get a Honda CB650 (or its modern equivalent) but you sit on it like you'd sit on a sport bike, and I have never been into that, not even when my back could handle such a posture for longer than a few minutes at a time.

Probably I--one day--will buy a cruiser, because at least that way I can sit comfortably and not all scrunched up, and they can be found in configurations which are not completely beholden to 1950s motifs. But I'd sure like to get a bike with more than two cylinders, is all I'm saying....

#7810: CLONK

Thought, around 5-ish, that I'd take a little nap. It ended up lasting four hours. *sigh*

Before laying down I was watching a video on YotsuPutzu which featured a cab-end view of a Japanese train ride. I'm not sure where it was but the scenery was gorgeous.

Anyway, every so often along the track you'd see this little blue and white sign. It was a stylized wave, and there was text underneath it. Some kind of tsunami information, I figured, but when I was able to get a good look at the text, it made no sense to me.

I can't do kanji here so let's just characterize it: [character for up] 2.3 km [character for down] 1.2 km

As hard as I tried I couldn't make sense of what information the signs are trying to convey. I presume they make sense to Japanese people but I needed an explanation and couldn't find one.

I mean, it's not because I don't know what the characters mean, and just to be sure I used Googe translate to verify my translation. So was my sample sign saying "up", 2.3 km, and "down", 1.2 km? Distances away from that sign? I don't know, and lacking context I wasn't able to puzzle it out. I tried a number of searches to find an example of the sign, hopefully with an explanation, but wasn't successful.

I see plenty of signs with distances in meters--as in "height above sea level"--but in this video it was obvious that the height of the train tracks above sea level was not high enough to be measured in kilometers. The Kanto tsunami peaked at something like 130 meters in some spots but that's still not kilometers.

I don't normally have this much trouble understanding stuff like this, but there's just not enough information present for me to puzzle this one out.

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I managed to change that single page of story into four, but I really had to work for it. It's all pretty much introductory material that needs to be in place before I can really get anywhere, so I stuck it all under "prologue"; but I need to start the actual story now and that's proving intractable.

Well, either I'll get there, or I won't.

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Anyway, that's all.