atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#981: It's Friday! Not Saturday!

...I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday. It wasn't until I saw the garbage can at the bottom of the driveway that I realized no, it's only Friday.

Al Gore demonstrates how poor his position is. Unable to refute science-based skepticism of man-made global warming (or "climate change"), he once again resorts to petty insults.

Gore claims that those of us who don't think the science is quite settled are similar "...to those who believe the world is flat." Yes, that's right: those of us who say that we don't really know what the climate is doing or why are kith and kin with those who think the Apollo moon landings were staged.

Gore: "That demeans them a little bit, but it's not that far off."

Translation: "I'm Al Gore, and I believe that your carbon emissions are destroying the planet. (Not mine, even though I pollute more than five average people combined, because I buy offsets!) Anyone who disagrees with me is a crazy weirdo freak."

This story about a Dot Com Bubble event really took my breath away. If you read it, you'll see why.

This principal isn't your "pal". Apparently he told some science teachers that if they didn't get their students' test scores to improve, he'd kill them all and kill himself: "You don't know how ruthless I can be."

Whoa! Time to put down that Starbucks-Macho-Latte-Grande-WTF 55-gallon drum of expresso, dude, and take a deep breath.

60 lbs of depleted uranium won't make much of a "dirty bomb", guys. I mean, yeah, technically depleted uranium is hazardous, in that inhaling dust comprised of nearly pure U-238 would not be good for you in the long term. You do have a greater chance of getting lung cancer from it. But it would not be bad in the sense that a dirty bomb made from Strontium 90 or even 10,000 smoke detectors' worth of Lawrencium would be bad. You'd be safe as long as you wore a simple $0.40 dust mask when outside, and hosed yourself off every time you came back inside. U-238 just isn't that dangerous, and all the "decontamination" that the area would really need would be a few thunderstorms' worth of rain.

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I'm saving up "Pepsi Stuff" points to get a t-shirt. As of now I'm at 59 points. So soon a t-shirt will be mine! ...plus shipping and handling, of course, which will probably cost about as much as the "made in {third_world_country}" t-shirt costs. (Little "Word" joke there.)

I need 60 points for the t-shirt I want. One more bottle...

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The opening themes for Kimikiss--Pure Rouge and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi are catchy. I'm going to digitize them.

...and it occurred to me, at work Wednesday night, that I am in rarified territory for computer audio, as I have been digitizing music since before I had the ability to make my own CDs.

I used to grab "sound bites" to use as Windows event sounds, for one thing; I was doing that back when Windows 3.11 was "state of the art" and had even added sound bites to certain batch files under DOS. (Such as, for example, having it play a "Doom" sound effect when I started that game.)

The first music I digitized for the sake of having on the computer was the opening and closing themes for You're Under Arrest!, from laserdisk. I used the MP2 format which was all the rage for about 14.3 minutes, before WinAmp appeared.

MP2 was being championed by Iomega, as a natural for making "compact" sound files to store on your handy 100 MB Zip disks. (Which I had. I was an early adopter.) But Zip disks couldn't compete with CD-R, since the media was cheaper (even in 1998) and stored 6x as much data.

ANYway, once I had the ability to burn CDs--and once I could encode MP3s--I started seriously digitizing music. (By then, everyone was doing it, though.) And for the most part, almost everything I digitized was anime music, because there were precious few places once could get the stuff.

I thought of this Wednesday night, when I popped in my current "ultimate" anime music disk. It clocks in somewhere north of 78 minutes, far enough that I cannot squeeze on so much as one more TV-length (1:30) song--and some of the tracks are ones I digitized when I lived in Iowa, when I still had a career writing avionics service manuals.

When I digitized "Dream, Hurry Up!" (opening theme to Cat Girl Nuku Nuku OVA 5-6) I did not think I would be listening to it ten years later on a beat-up boom box in front of a carboard baler at a Target store. I didn't think about anything like that; while I was doing it, I was thinking about the technical details and whether or not I should have another can of Pepsi before bed.

But if I had been thinking about it--if I had thought, "Gee, will I still listen to this in ten years? Where will I be? What'll I be doing?"--the reality would not have been what I imagined it to be.

That's how life is, I suppose.
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