But this one was awesome.
Actually, they're all awesome in their own way. The characters look either realistic or anime-style (but it never bothers me, either way) and for a little while I get to visit with characters I like in a setting that's not controlled by anyone but my own subconscious. But for the most part, the anime dreams I've had have only been relatively awesome; last night's was the exception.
You see, last night I got Osaka to be my girlfriend. I beat out a whole bunch of other guys to do it, too.
I was younger than I am, and Osaka was older than she ever appears in Azumanga Daioh. I think we were in our early 20s. Anyway, it was a "real mode" dream, so Osaka looked like an actual person rather than an anime character; she had the same hairstyle and voice as the anime but spoke English without an accent.
It was really only a short segment of a much larger dream, but it was really cool. All the other guys who dug Osaka really hated me because of it, but I didn't care--in fact, not only was I proud of it; I was smug about it. Half the reason they hated me was because I'd had the balls to actually ask her to be my girlfriend when they hadn't.
"Real mode" Osaka, aged twenty-something, was awesome anyway. She was more together than in her high school days, but it was still clearly Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga whose affections I secured.
We didn't even kiss in the dream, but it was clearly going to go that way someday--just not right then.
That's just so awesome.
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So Arnold Schwartzeneggar does understand the concept of "opportunity cost" after all and just doesn't know how to apply it to things like taxation and environmental regulation.
When it's his own bottom line, though, he gets it: he understands that by being governator, he couldn't star in movies, and that kept him from adding $200 million to his net worth.
Where he falls down, of course, is in understanding that if you make businesses pay higher taxes (especially to truncate their carbon emissions), they then don't have that money to use on hiring people.
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This is pretty stupid. It's a yacht that looks like a chunk of Monaco.
It's not even a big yacht: it's got room for 16 guests and 70 crew. That's only 86 people, and that's freakin' four crew per guest.
"It is basically a floating city," says the designer. No! No, it isn't! It's a floating mall.
I don't care about the price tag and I don't give a rat's ass how rich people spend their money; but I think it's stupid.
I want to see real "floating cities": seagoing arcologies. There are a couple people who have ideas along those lines but this kind of idea takes time.
In 2000, when I was rewriting the canon for my SF universe into something that made sense, one of the focal points of my efforts was a water world which had only recently been opened for development and colonization; and it was home to just such a seagoing arcology. It was meant to be a resort, though the interstellar war that began shortly after the place opened ended up making it a shore leave destination for military ships: the planet's oceans had a higher concentration of deuterium than is normally found*, and the military used it as a refueling stop for whatever ships might be in the region.
(*Yes I had a rational and reasonable explanation for that. No I'm not going to discuss it here.)
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The headline of this AP piece reads: "Obama wants to shed rules that hurt job growth".
But in fact, Obama "...planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses."
Who decides what "unreasonable" is? That's the crux of the matter: a particular business or industry may think that a 200% tax on its products is unreasonable, but that doesn't mean that the federal organization in charge of regulating it thinks so.
I mean, if I'm in the business of generating power, I may think that federal regulations limiting my carbon output are "unreasonable"...but if the EPA doesn't think so, the regulation stays, doesn't it?
This isn't Obama wanting to "shed rules that hurt job growth". Oh, no. This is Obama wanting to give the appearance of trying to help business.
Besides, by the quote I used above, it seems that Obama just wants them to look for such rules, not to do anything about them. And in fact, if you read on, it turns out that Obama wants to strengthen federal control.
This isn't about deregulation to foster job growth. And when I clicked on the link, I already knew that.
Michelle Malkin writes about this today.
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If James Hansen prefers a Chinese dictatorship over our representative republic, perhaps he should move there.
The best part of this, of course, is that this asshole admires China for its dictatorship while it's surpassed the United States in carbon emissions. This dickhead's entire raison d'etre is anthropogenic global warming, yet he's admiring China for its "foresight" even while it's dumping more pollution and more crap into the air than any other country in the world.
It just goes to show that if you scratch an environmentalist--especially a warmista--you find a communist dictator wannabe underneath.
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You're not supposed to say this kind of thing, I know, but Africa's problems are entirely cultural--and Alan Caruba makes that point quite nicely.
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Let me join Vox Day in wishing:
...Steve Jobs all the best and sincerely hope he makes a full recovery in order to come back and subject a new generation of Macintossers to imprisonment in his beautifully landscaped, walled-in, fascist, techno-utopian garden.Heh.
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My friend Marilyn, in Iowa, plays the bagpipes; and she has been called to do funerals.
I dedicate this link to her.
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Sultan Knish points out that the Democrats have rediscovered bipartisanship--their brand of it.
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Advice Goddess talks about a professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago who was fired for making a silly joke about Arizona immigration law.
One student that filed a complaint, Cristina Solis, has spoken out, describing the outcome as fair and saying that she does not regret her decision to complain.Here's some "social justice" for you, bitch: someday when you have a job, maybe you will get fired because some teenaged asshat was "offended" by a joke you made...and then you'll learn what it's like to lose your job because of someone's pathetically thin skin.
"If that is what it took to give him a reality check, and to make sure that no other student has to go through that, maybe it's for the best," she said.
She believes the remarks were inappropriate for "a school like Roosevelt University, which is based on social justice."
"Freedom of expression" does not include the right not to be offended.
As a white Christian man, I am expected to put up with a lot of insulting bullshit from a lot of people--many of them people like little miss Cristina Solis--who can't take the kind of horseshit they dish out, and will sue if you make a single comment they don't like.
On the plus side, the fired prof has legal standing to sue, and I hope he gets a lot of money out of those shitheads.
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Well, tomorrow is my interview, and I've got a lot of stuff to do to get ready for it. I didn't get squat done yesterday; I slept a lot, though, and was up this morning at 8 AM after that awesome dream about Osaka.
After getting the paper and feeding the cats, I made myself a farm breakfast, and sat down here to eat and blog. And now it's time to get moving...and I don't want to.
On the plus side, today there is no schedule: I can do what needs doing in whatever order and time frame I want; as long as I pick my suit up after 3 or 4 PM, I'm golden.
Every place I want to go except the tailor's is open until 8 PM.
Still, I don't want to procrastinate too much. Right now I'm trying to decide if I want to go pick up a four-pack of pecanbons today or not; I'd also be stopping at Harbor Freight to pick up a 12' HDMI cable if I went.
But the way I feel right now, I'm not sure I want to. Here's my list of today's chores:
Grocery shoppingAs you can see, I have enough to do without driving to freakin' Merrilville for cinnamon rolls.
Buy dress shirts
Prepare Jeep for travel (check tires and fluids)
Type up list of references and former employers (name, address, phone)
Make notes of questions I want to ask
Find my copies of my manuals and decide on a way to carry them--briefcase or messenger bag?
Pick up suit
Find another alarm clock and set it for 6 AM
Make mexican lasagna for dinner
I guess I'd better get to it.