October 20th, 2016



OK, so the above is probably made up, but I’ve been in similar circumstances where somebody bought a fairly high-end computer because they could, and then realized that they had no idea (and no business, to be honest) about using it.

Still, I found this to be amusing, so here y’all go.

*Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard. Don’t be that guy, mkay?

Broken Internet

October 19th, 2016

So, last night the ALMIGHTY INTERNETS went away. This has happened before, although it is a rare thing. I figured that the modem/router thingy had gotten a bug up its’ ass and just needed to be rebooted/reset. Nope, that wasn’t it.

I called Comcast up and got the Robot Lady who admitted that the local service had been disrupted and they were working on it. OK, fine. And then she told me that service would be restored within 24 hours.

My first impression was that they didn’t know what was wrong, and so were giving that vague promise.

Then, I thought that perhaps Comcast is being run by cats: they work like hell for twenty minutes, lick their privates for awhile, and then take a nap. That kind of work cycle could easily take twenty-four hours.

Either theory could be the right one; I just don’t have enough data to decide which one.

Anyway, the Internets came back online at about 0200, and the Earth resumed its’ orbit around the Sun.



October 13th, 2016

Infogalactic is new. It’s being developed as an alternative to Wikipedia but without the politicking that one finds there. It launched this past Monday, 10 October, and right now it’s a clone of Wikipedia, to include the archaic software. That’s being worked on, and soon they will roll out a new framework, one that will allow you to set parameters to let you see what you want in terms of editorial content. I guess the best way to describe it is to say that Wikipedia is vertical: what you see is the latest set of edits and the older stuff is stacked below that, out of sight. Infogalactic, when it gets finalized, will be horizontal. You’ll have a slider (or some other control interface) that will give you both the information you want, and if you swing that way, the political slant that you also want.

No more having to wonder what bias a given editor might be foisting off on you. You can choose that for yourself, and henceforth any Wiki-like reference I post here will be from Infogalactic.


October 13th, 2016

One of my daily visits on this here Int4rw3bz is a site called RocketNews24: It’s one of the best sites I’ve found that shows the insanity of modern Japan. Here’s an example:

“Dear Japan, WTF?”, amirite?

So I’m doing the usual trawl, and I find this:

Not quite as creepy or weird as the pantsu umbrella, but you can see it from there. I scroll down the entry and find the Norwegian Forest Cat and I’m looking right at Deathwalker! I mean, the white part of the face is a bit different, but that’s my cat sitting there!

Check it out:

I had never heard of such a thing, and I’ve never been into “breeds” of cat. Eyes, whiskers, tail, paws, that air of superiority, yeah, that’s what I want in a cat. A particular breed? Not so much, but that seems to be what I have here.

It looks like everybody wants to live in Florida, not just us bipeds.

Ten and a Half Months

October 13th, 2016



Nose to tail is more than three feet of furry mayhem.

A Fabber in Every Pot, a Fabber in Every Garage

October 13th, 2016

XYZprinting thinks the same path is possible for generating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) abilities. Start kids off making things on a 3-D printer that requires only minimal adult supervision, and they’ll build the confidence needed to move on to bigger tools and more complicated projects later on. This week, the company launched what it hopes is going to be the EasyBake Oven of STEAM: the da Vinci MiniMaker. The compact, $250 3-D printer can create objects as large as 15 centimeters in each dimension out of nontoxic filament.


Put in other terms, that’s a third or so of a decent lower end AR.

Here’s the website:

This is clearly meant for kids, but I’m pretty sure that this is useful for those of us kids who are old enough to know better.

Current Events

October 8th, 2016

This is not the sort of thing I write about, but apparently Donald Trump said something untoward some eleven years ago, and the nation is losing its’ sh!t. About the only thing of note is how many Republicans are jumping off the ship. You might think this is bad, but what I see is at least four glorious years of total gridlock in DC. Four wonderful years of those sociopathic narcissists being so PO’d at President Trump that not a single further infringement of our so-called “Constitutionally Protected Rights” will happen.

Who knew?

Who knew?

But Waco Was Just Peachy

October 7th, 2016

Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private email server.

I got it: incinerating a bunch of men, women, and children because they were religious weirdos was fine, but coddling a corrupt politician is over the line.

And they wonder why people refer to them as the American Gestapo.


October 7th, 2016

(WARNING: Dreaded auto-play torture!)

The Army is preparing to configure Abrams tank prototypes able to control nearby “robotic” wing-man vehicles which fire weapons, carry ammunition and conduct reconnaissance missions for units on the move in combat, service officials said.

Although still in the early stages of discussion and conceptual development, the notion of manned-unmanned teaming for the Abrams continues to gain traction among Army and General Dynamics Land Systems developers.

Algorithms are progressing to the point wherein they will be able to allow an Abrams tank crew to operate multiple nearby “wing-man” robotic vehicles in a command and control capacity while on the move in combat.

And soon enough, they’ll realize that in the short-term they only need one guy/gal running the tank and the auxiliary units and then there will be a proper AI.

And then we’ll have the BOLOs that Keith Laumer (et. al.) wrote about all those years ago.

Of Course They Don’t

September 30th, 2016

Each and every time some push for gun control comes up, we get lied to via the “We don’t want to take away your guns” canard. That, my friends, is a bald-faced lie. Here is the latest bit of truth-telling, however inadvertent:

If I could, I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean. Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.

Australia, after a major shooting, rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country.

I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns.

They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned. There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.

Lie #1: “We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”

This is something that’s been debunked at least 33,000 times since it was first published, yet it refuses to die.

Lie #2: “But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”

Except that you just did.

Look, folks, they’re not gonna stop until the cost of doing so becomes too painful. Once again, y’all need to drop the whole “law-abiding gun owner” thing. Yes it was both useful and necessary at one point, but that point was twenty effing years ago. When you claim to be “law abiding” you give OPFOR a lever, one that they don’t need. You’re telling them that if they can get the signature on some legislative horror, you’ll comply.

Peaceable Armed Citizen. That’s who you are, and that’s how you need to identify yourselves to any and all gungrabbers you encounter. You’ll get extra bonus points when you tell them what they need to do to get you to drop the “peaceable” part.

No. Period, end, stop. Again, bonus points for adding “and there’s nothing you can do about it”. We’ve tried polite, and it hasn’t worked. Time to get in their faces about it. I mean, what are they gonna do? Whine? Lie? They’re already doing that.