atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2373: Chances are it ain't a time traveler.

Does this image contain an image of someone in 1928 using a mobile phone?

Oh sure it does. Yeah, someone ended up stranded in 1928 with a freakin' iPhone and decided to call ATMA (American Time Machine Association) to arrange for a time-tow-truck. Yeah.

...ON THE CELLULAR SYSTEM THAT WOULDN'T EVEN EXIST UNTIL 1983. (First cellular system in the US became operational in 1983 according to Wikipedia.) And that was an analog system that an iPhone wouldn't even work on, so WTF.


While it is possible that this is an image of someone who is communicating with someone else via some kind of electronic device, and that this is a literal anachronism


Jesus Christ, these people are stupid. "That woman's talking on a mobile phone! It can't possibly be anything else!"

And by the way--the nonsense in the story about "Some viewers have suggested she is listening to a portable radio close to her face,..." do any of those idiots have any idea how big even a "portable" radio was in 1928, THIRTY YEARS BEFORE THE INVENTION OF THE FREAKIN' TRANSISTOR? Hint: it would be slightly larger than palm-sized.


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I thought Oregon had socialized medicine. Why is this woman trying to perform a back-alley circumscision when she lives in a state with socialized medicine and legalized circumscision?

I mean, according to liberals, that kind of thing just doesn't happen when medical procedures are legal and paid for by taxpayer dollars!

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If you don't let TSA pervs look at your naked body in the full-body scanner, other TSA pervs get to feel you up, in detail.

Og discusses the necessary evil of airport security but I think things have gone too damn far with this nonsense. All of this bullshit is being done because no security apparati are allowed to concentrate their searches on people who, y'know, actually might be involved in islamic terrorism.

Simple fact is, we don't need this level of security. We could go back to airport security vintage 1985 if we would simply station a couple of heavily-armed, well-trained, plainclothes air marshals on each flight. Do you honestly think anyone would risk committing a terror attack on (or using) an airliner if he knew he first had to find and take out the two guys aboard who had guns and knew how to use them?

How many of the hijackings of 9/11 would have succeeded had there been armed air marshals aboard those airplanes?

Oh, but no, we mustn't actually have armed people aboard aircraft! The mere presence of those guns means everyone's life is in mortal danger!


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I disagree with this article in only one respect: that the economy is running, present tense, out of gas. I think the tank's been empty since mid-2009.

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I really, really hate "white on black" text. But Snigs has personal experience with black-on-white racism which is a must-read, IMHO.

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Democrats are going fishing for dirt on possible Obama opponents in 2012.

Now: just imagine the outcry from the media and Democrats and liberals and leftists had Bush done anything which even approximated this kind of thing.

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Damn it, the bots keep getting better and better.

You want to see the face of Alyssa from my short story Singularity, it's remarkably like that. That's about what a stock Mitsubishi Model 1 Meido-san would look like.

(The first eight parts of Singluarity. The rest can be found in the Fungus archives starting here., December 17, part IX.)

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This is awesome. WEERD recounts how Sharron Angle sent flowers to Joy "I'm a hate-filled bitch" Behar after Behar went on one of her hate-filled anti-republican rants. (What? Behar herself says "bitch" is a term of endearment; didn't you hear that?) Angle sent her flowers in part because Behar's rant ended up netting Angle some nice fat campaign contributions. Heh.

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Also from WEERD this "empathy" test thing.

...I took that test and scored around 22, which--according to the test!--means I am a cold, heartless bastard.

Yeah, I'm really heartless. I'm so heartless, I apologize to spiders I find inside the house before I squish 'em. I'm so heartless I prefer trapping and releasing mice to using lethal traps. I'm such a mean person I refuse to use adhesive traps for anything but flies and mosquitos. I'm so heartless, I panic-stop to avoid hitting varmints like raccoons and opossums. I'm so unfeeling, I always took too much time to do procedures in the nursing home because I treated the residents like people.


It's crap.

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I like to "imagine" a world without John Lennon. One where he never existed and never wrote that stupid fucking communist song.

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I agree: give kids back their childhoods. I see my brother's kids being involved in 50,000 things, keeping them busy 26/9, and wonder when they actually have time to be kids around all the music lessons, the sports leagues, the volunteering, the this, the that?


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I heard on Limbaugh today that the "great orator" Obama needs a teleprompter when he's meeting with his own people.

Wow, that's just pathetic.

You know, I watch videos of Chris Christie giving speeches to people, and it's obvious he's not even using notes during his speeches...yet he speaks well and doesn't hem and haw.

Contrast that with Obama: he reads off a teleprompter very well, but the instant that machine is taken away he turns into a stammering mushmouth. "Ehm, erm, uh, um, well, uh, er, uh, that is, uh...." He's not even articulate.

Even when I hear Obama reading from a teleprompter--even when he has that crutch--I don't hear a "great orator". His "reading aloud" style is dead boring.

Sarah Palin is "stupid" because she wrote a couple points on her hand; Obama can't even talk without a teleprompter, and he's a "great orator".


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Remmyton hit 29th level last night. I've been splitting my time between Redridge and Duskwood only because I didn't want to work too hard (and get too frustrated) on any of the quests in Redridge. With the help of a guildie I took out the two big group quests in Duskwood ("Legend of Stalvan" and "Mor'Ladim") and I spent a lot of time shooting skeletons and zombies and worgen for fun and profit.

In Cataclysm, worgen are going to be a character class. I wonder if you'll still be able to skin 'em?

But now nearly all the Redridge quests are green, so I'm going to knock them out.

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Last night, though, while I was playing, I realized that the desk chair was more like a desk chaise. I'm not kidding; if I sat back in the chair, I was half-supine. So I decided to see if there was anything I could do about it.

The thing's held together with allen head bolts, so I had to find the right tool; but once I had that, I unscrewed the bolts holding the arms on and discovered that yes, there was a problem with how they were attached.

When I put them back on, I left the back off and attempted to position them so that the back would be as vertical as possible; and when I put the back on I pressed it forward as I tightened the bolts.

When I sat in the thing, it was like a whole 'nother chair.

It got me to thinking, though, about how some Fiero nuts put Fiero seats on office chair pedestals. That would be nifty, though I'd lose the arms; I'd have to find an office chair which attaches its arms to the pedestal rather than the seat. (Or maybe just knock all the padding and upholstery off the seat bottom, and attach the Fiero seat to that?)

Making an adaptor bracket would not be too difficult. Hell, I have a freakin' welder and 1/8" steel would be plenty strong enough. And in fact I have a chair that I can use as the basis for this project.

The only real problem for me is finding a Fiero seat that's in decent shape. The most awesome idea would be to get one from an '84 or '85 with speakers in the headrest, and then connect that to the computer's speakers.

(No, I am not taking one from my '85. Not even temporarily.))

The Fiero seats are very comfortable. I've driven my '85 to Iowa and back several times, which is a 4-hour drive.

Of course it doesn't have to be a Fiero seat. There are all kinds of comfortable bucket seats out there. I'd just prefer a Fiero seat, because I'm a Fiero guy.

Wow, Pick-n-Pull charges $30 for a single non-electric bucket seat. Maybe I'll go look next week, assuming I have time.

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"Assuming I have time":

Mom's got PT for her back pain, and she's got other appointments besides. Tuesday was the only day this week I didn't have to drive her to a medical appointment. (Yes, she has one tomorrow, too.)

I suppose I could go on Saturday....

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