Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Scenes from the Apocalypse, part II
-My neighbors, good, upstanding blue-collar types, have torn up a large section of their back yard to put in a vegetable garden. This does not appear to be a sudden urge to get back to nature. In all the years I've lived here, they've never had one before. What shall we call these plots? "Victory Gardens" has been done before. How about "Defeat Gardens"?
-I've started seeing people wearing facemasks in public. Seattle hasn't had any cases of swine flu. Ever get the feeling people don't believe the government any more?
-Plants and flowers are over a month delayed from their usual schedule. The sun is still deathly quiet. If we get another Maunder Minimum it won't be funny. Too many people around the world are subsistence farmers, and if the planet cools some of them will starve.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
-No Need For Bushido Check Monday for the biweekly update.
-TwoLumps Do not make chili with gasoline. Thank you.
-Dresden Codak has a strange update!
-Lackadaisy has THREE new pages. I'm thinking lunch may be hard for some people to digest ... Start here.
-Girl Genius Agatha has found Gil, and she is *not* happy.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Scientific Progress goes "Boink"
- A highly scientific exploration of the tensile properties of colloidal suspensions under gravitational stress (trans: Nailing Jello to a Wall) ht/Neoneocon
-Baby Mammoth Found! Immediately petted by small child.
-Exosolar planet in the habitable zone found. Unable to confirm presence of Starbuck's store.
-X-ray laser. Not man-portable yet. This is *very* cool. Trust me, I'm a mad scientist!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Seattle Tax Day Tea Party
We may have made it over the 1K mark this time. Considering Seattle is the beating heart of liberalism these days, that is phenomenal. The organizers FINALLY got their hands on an adequate PA system, which was a relief. I saw some politicians wandering around with their staff (they had big brass nameplates) but they hadn't taken the stage by the time I left. Maybe they were just working the crowd. KOMO 4 had a satellite truck as well.
The other big difference from the other Tea Party/Porkulous protests -- the police were *everywhere*. Five mounted police (here cheerfully providing a photo op for some cute kids), and scads of cops on bikes and in patrol cars. I also saw a police truck towing a trailer full of crowd barrier. They were prepared for all eventualities--and while alert, were fairly relaxed. I don't think they were worried about the protesters.
The hip-hop nation represents. Just because you have an aversion to belts doesn't mean you like being taxed to death.
I talked to the cops about this little incident, the only confrontation I witnessed. Whether on purpose or accidentally, bike helmet guy was banging into people with his bike. The cops escorted him out of the crowd and asked him to park his bike, then he'd be free to rejoin and hold up his sign (which I never got a look at.) All handled very calmly and professionally.
Open carry is legal in Washington State. I just want to point out that nobody fainted, screamed, or got shot even though a citizen was carrying a weapon in a public place. It can happen, folks!
Nobody wanted to talk to the LaRouche supporters.
This gentleman is doing his damndest to get some money out of Obama, by selling tee-shirts at a quite reasonable price.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
-Schlock Mercenary Size matters.
-No Need For Bushido There is supposed to be an update this coming Monday. They promised.
-TwoLumps I never knew that cats planned their scornings.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Desiderata, with happy puppies
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-Max Ehrmann c.1920
And here's a puppy putting the principle in action ...
Sunday, April 05, 2009
W00t! Gone With the Blastwave has a new page! And an April Fools graphic!
-Girl Genius Uh oh. Somebody knows who Gil really is.
-Schlock Mercenary The trouble with contractors that know what your budget is.
-No Need For Bushido General Atsumori is starting to run out of troops.
-TwoLumps Silly kitties!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
The Economy Viewed as a Coffee Shack
Anyway! (I do have a point. Be patient.)
Shortly after the sexy-barista-in-a-bikini theme took off, I noticed another trend. Some of the *other* espresso shacks started advertising that THEIR baristas kept their clothes on. Family-friendly. Focused on the beverage, not the floor show. I thought this was great. The invisible hand of capitalism, so to speak. Some people (Ace's morons, I am looking at YOU) like their baristas a few threads away from nude. They have that option. Others (like me) just want the damn coffee and not a lingerie model handing it to me. Also available. Tastes differ, and someone will cater to that taste if you give them money.
When the government takes over the economy, this doesn't happen. You get one choice. Nobody will like it. I'm thinking it would be hairy-chinned Code Pink rejects, who will charge you $10 for a cup of tepid prune juice. Caffeine is bad for you, you know.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Prepare the Hibernation Chamber, Igor!
And it snowed. Today. In Seattle. For over two hours.
I can take a hint. I wonder, though. Will a thousand years be enough?