atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1492: Homages

I've seen a few in recent eps of Battlestar Galactica.

#1: The brand name of the "last tube of Tauron toothpaste in the universe" that Starbuck offered as a bonus to the pilot who sees a habitable planet? Felgercarb, which was a swear word in the original series. ("Frak" made the cut. "Felgercarb", mercifully, did not.)

#2: In the ep where Starbuck is hanging out with the piano player, he tries to compose a song and starts out with a couple of riffs. Those riffs were the prelude to the original theme song of the series, the part where Lorne Greene was talking about the Toltecs and the Mayans and stuff.

I happened to see a bit of the original series ep "Fire in Space" the other day. It reminded me of a couple of things, one of them being that a character I referred to as "Boxy" showed up in a couple of season 1 or season 2 eps of the new series. The kid had the same hair style, was a bit older, and an orphan in the new series. More's the pity: a) that there wasn't any story for the character; b) that there was no Serina in the new series. Serina was played by Jane Alexander in the old series, and she was hawtt.

...and there are two eps left of the new series.

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Note to self: I don't much like the Mongolian Beef from the local Chinese place. It's meat and onions--and half the onions are green onions. Green onions, stir-fried, are tough. Lots of fiber there. The flavor is all right but there really ought to be something else in the mix besides two kinds of onions.

It's food, and I can eat it, but I don't like picking stuff out of the food I eat and I don't like the green onions.

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The people in the picture associated with this Michelle Malkin post are giving the communist salute. That "fist in the air" thing is 100% Marxist.

I thought you should know.

DOn't be shocked or surprised by this. The Obama administration gave us the ethics order; because it's an executive order they can make whatever exceptions please them.

"Legal", yes. But it violates the very spirit of the thing, and without that the order is an empty husk. In other words, promising that you won't do something and then making exceptions for people you like makes the vow meaningless.

Not surprising, though. Not even remotely. Dems are always doing things like that.

So the next time we have a Republican administration, you can expect one of two things to happen:

1) Administration rescinds the "no lobbyist" executive order. Media and Democrats scream bloody murder about ethics.

2) Make exceptions for people you like under the same "public interest" reasoning. Media and Democrats scream bloody murder about ethics.

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MSNBC, of all media outlets, has a poll saying that 57% of respondents give Obama a failing grade for his performance thus far.

I should probably watch the news tonight to see if this is even reported.

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Let people raise their kids their own way damn it. White woman won $200,000 in a court case after she was fired for reporting "child abuse".

The "child abuse" in question was a kid getting a spanking for misbehaving.

It's no coincidence that the white woman "...has worked with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect,..." She says, "I don't believe in ever spanking or hitting a child no matter what."

So she took it on herself to report the "child abuse". She's a busybody--the worst kind, a busybody who spends her spare time on a freaking crusade.

Oh, I see that this article is by none other than Mary Mitchell!

That explains everything.

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Moron moron moron moron moron. Woman paints her car into a rolling political ad for Barak Obama:
What does she think President Obama himself would have to say about her art?

"He'd say, 'I'm too busy. Let me solve the world's problems,' " she said.
That's right, Obama is going to solve all the world's problems. War and poverty and famine and global warming and terrorism and bad breath, it's all over now that Obama is President!

You know, instead of ignoring the dunning calls you might be able to work something out with the finance corporation if you answer their calls, lady. Or perhaps you could pay one car payment every two or three months so that at least you keep the thing from being repossessed.

She ruined the resale value of the car by painting it with stupid political junk, and to make matters worse she used acrylic paint: even if someone were to buy the car and repaint it they would first have to get all the acrylic off of it, which would probably mean sanding the thing down to primer; automotive paints are finicky about substrate. (I bet just trying to lay a coat of automotive primer on the stuff would result in all kinds of bubbling and sagging. The solvents they use do not play nice.)

Good God I hate stupid people.

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MC Sleepy isn't interested in foreign policy, so I guess it's not surprising that he hasn't found the time to meet with the head of the UN. Even though he sees eye-to-eye with the UN on just about everything.

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Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is wasting taxpayer money.

It reeks of royalty in many ways, and someone who is utterly out of touch with the reality of her situation in others. Or maybe she just doesn't give a rat's ass about inconveniencing other people. But a lot has to take place in order to make her trips happen, and she apparently doesn't consider any of that when telling the Air Force she needs a lift somewhere.

Considering the mindset of many in the Democrat leadership, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that Pelosi is thinking, "I'm Speaker of the House! That's their job, to see to it that I'm not inconvenienced." Or something.

I wonder how this would have been covered if it had been Newt Gingrich?

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There's a great post by ASM826 over at Big Dick's Place.

The liberal pantywaists at Newsweek are a bunch of girl scouts when it comes to radical islam.

Like ASM826, I don't want to "live with" radical islam. I don't want to accommodate or accept it. It is antithetical to everything I believe: freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and many others, all of which are prohibited by islam under pain of death.
I know Radical Islam is a fact of life. National Socialism and Imperial Japan were facts of life, too. Our grandfathers decided to fight rather than surrender to evil. Today Japan and Germany are our allies, and are reasonably free countries. You need to take a hard look at Radical Islam, and then at your own country, and decide whether the United States is still worth standing up for, or if you just want to go out and buy your daughters their first burkas.

I know where I stand. It's a fact of life, too.
Amen! Preach it, brother!

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Holly's blog is never safe for work. But she's a member of the Gunblogger Conspiracy who writes interesting and humorous articles, so I make a habit of visiting her blog.

The link to Holly's blog, above, is to a regular feature of Pervocracy: she makes merciless fun of each issue of Cosmopolitan as it comes out; and in this one she makes fun of a woman who went to the ER for a sore throat. Heh.

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Just in time for work to resume on Friday, I'm falling asleep around 8 PM and waking up at 6 AM. Whee!

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I'm hoping that the GF and I will go to see Watchmen today.

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Gunbunnysmit is now 53rd level, and partway through that to boot--soon I will have to make the decision about whether or not I want to get Wrath of the Lich King now, or wait.

Maybe I'll wait until I hit 60th...or 70th. I've got Burning Crusade already--I bought the "Battle Chest"--so I don't know. Is it really that important that I get a Death Knight as soon as I possibly can? So much is uncertain.

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I'm not doing a LOL today.

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Yesterday it was in the 50s and rainy. This morning, when I went out to get the paper, it was 16°. So I expect that the Jeep's windows are all frozen shut, and I'm wondering if I should think about replacing the dew wipes on the front windows in the (vain?) hope that that'll prevent future freezing.

Probably not; it probably wouldn't help.

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Last week I had to take Mom to three different medical appointments, M-T-W, and the first of several results are in: her blood sugar, after fasting for 9-10 hours, was 130--way too high--and so now she has to try a diabetic diet for a week and get retested.

...well, not "way too high" if you go with the older standard of 120 mg/dl being the upper limit. I think lowering the upper limit to 100 mg/dl just means more people will turn out to be "diabetic". But what the hell do I know?

Still, whether the limit is 120 or 100, 130 is too high for a fasting glucose--and so now we get to see if diet will fix it.


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This won't work. The idea of having your tires change shape might be neat and look really f-ing cool, but it won't actually improve any of the handling characteristics of the vehicle and--to make matters worse--will actually make the ride harsher. We use inflated tires because they smooth out small bumps, you see. Try riding a bike with solid tires down a gravel road and you'll see what I mean.

Anyway, the article makes mention of the non-optimal configuration of the suspension the tire is attached to, and I had to give a lot of thought to what they meant.

Finally I realized that what they meant was that the suspension would induce camber change under load: it looked to me as if, during cornering, the outboard wheel would be in positive camber while the inboard wheel was in negative, which is exactly the opposite of what you want from a suspension.

(The shape-changing tire would supposedly make up for that, but I doubt it.)

An ideal suspension would give the loaded tire negative camber and the unloaded one positive camber only in turns which is what this tire idea attempts--and fails--to do. (As I recall Mercedes equipped a few models with an adaptive suspension which did just that, but it used conventional tires and some kind of hydraulic adjusters on the upper control arm.)

In theory you want the tire to remain in its steady-state alignment throughout its range of motion, because this affords the most predictability for the driver and eliminates the phenomenon known as bump steer. In practice, though, you have to make compromises, and no practical design is ever perfect.

Oh well.

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