atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3251: This is what happens when you turn in a good performance

I've been asked (by the pastor's wife, no less) to be in a production of King of the Jungle, which is a more-or-less cheesy/hokey kids' song-and-dance thingy with Typical Christian Message.


Approximately the same kind of thing as the Christmas show the church had back in December. There are two adults in the production, and I get to play the part of "Dad"--one kid's father--who's some kind of executive in the tween fashion industry and who is trying to get some vital work done while he's going on a safari ride with his daughter.

There's a bit much of the "You know, I learned something today about God!" stuff in it, but when I read the script I could see how to play the lines; and depending on how things shake out job-wise this year this may be my last chance to really contribute to church stuff.

It looks like it might be fun--cheesy though it is--and it won't leave any visible scars, so why not?

* * *

Uh oh! Witchcraft! Witches! Get out the torches and pitchforks!


Two whack-jobs killed a kid because, well, have a gander:
The 'feral, wild and completely out of control' pair believed in a twisted version of a Congolese religion and became convinced Kristy was possessed by an evil spirit and controlling another child in the family.
Yeah, that's "witchcraft", all right. It's totally not a couple of ignorant fools getting the faintest scrap of a moronic idea into their heads and then thinking the only way to fix the nonexistent problem was to hurt a child until he stopped breathing.

One of the murderers "...admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility claiming lesions on his brain suffered as a child left him schizophrenic."

Yeah, right. Whatever.

Lock 'em up and throw away the key. Since you brits haven't got the guts to shoot obviously rabid dogs. Shit.

* * *

Volt production on hold for five weeks because NOBODY WANTS THE DAMN THING. It's the 21st century Edsel, and it's a bargain at $35,000 (after $7,500 government subsidy)!

The article says, "The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car,..."

"Extended-range"? The damn thing can manage to go forty miles on a charge before its engine starts. That's not "extended-range"!
Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.
Yeah! We're selling an average of 640 cars per month, so let's build a hundred times that many! That way we can completely cease production of the thing for almost eight years!

If you look at how production worked in the USSR, you find stories similar to this one: overproduction of things no one needs and underproduction of stuff everyone must have, solely because Commisar A, who's in charge of the left-handed coffee cup factory, is more powerful than Commisar B, who's in charge of the toilet paper factory.

So because GM was taken over by the feds, and because its management now serves at the pleasure of Democrats and their union goons, now suddenly GM is forced to build stupid cars no one wants, and in quantities which are orders of magnitude greater than actual demand for cars of the same type across the entire industry.

And, it must be said, at a prohibitively high price. Let's face it: the Volt is an econobox and it has an MSRP of over forty thousand dollars.

So GM's actually not going to build 60,000 of the things this year, which at least is some sign of progress. Someone's actually beginning to think, "Gee, maybe it's not such a good idea to build 60,000 cars for a market which has demand for about 1/8th as many."

For crying out loud.

* * *

Yeah, if one penalty isn't enough, surely two penalties will do it!

This is the same kind of thinking which leads to ever-stronger gun laws. "Gee, that guy we put away for armed robbery last year got out of jail and got a gun and committed robbery again! Clearly we need to make illegal gun ownership even more illegal!"

Yeah, we'll send him to jail for two years for felonious gun posession! That'll show him! That'll reduce gun crime!

...of course the story isn't about gun crime. It's about a 17-year-old kid whose driver's license was suspended, and who drove anyway...and so the judge has super-suspended the kid's driving privileges! That'll keep him from driving without a license!

THe kid's lawyer "...says the penalty is too harsh and may be improper. But the teen can apply to the court to get his license back."

Some "lifetime suspension".

* * *

A bunch of common myths which are promulgated by the media.

* * *

There will be no more DOOM! posts. Monty at AoSHQ has decided to stop doing them. *sob* *snort*

We'll just have to struggle through these dark times.

* * *

I didn't get to bed until after 4 AM last night. After logging off WoW I listened to music for quite a while.

I spent a little time trying to get the subwoofer crossover dialed in. 80 Hz seems to be about the optimum level; higher and too much of the low frequencies get shunted into the subwoofer. It makes--for example--a bass guitar sound weird.

But I didn't sleep well. I feel embalmed. *sigh*

* * *

A bit more than 2 weeks to the vernal equinox. We're in meteorological spring right now (just not calendar spring) and the tulips and jonquils have already sprouted. The tulip leaves do not look good considering all the sub-freezing weather we've been having; I'm not exactly sure but I think late February is really early for these things to be sprouting. Well, we had a pretty mild winter, so I guess it's to be expected. But it's just the tips of them; they'll grow out and be fine.

The weather forecast is predicting low sixties tomorrow. Considering that the current temperature is around thirty, I'd bet that'll mean high winds are coming, because there's no way we can warm thirty degrees overnight without some serious movement of air.

And high winds means no riding the motorcycle, because it just wouldn't be any fun.

Well--it'll be even warmer later in the year, anyway. Heh.

* * *

Damn it, I can't even keep my eyes open. But a pathetic plea for more Garfield Minus Garfield has been entered, and I cannot disappoint my public!


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