|Monday, October 24th, 2016|
|2016 trying to get back in the good books too little, too late.
As of about 2 hours ago Chick Publications is reporting that Jack Chick is dead. (Not linking. Fuck Chick Publications.)
Despite all of Chick's promises, even with all the D&D I played I never got to cast Magic Missile in real life. I felt so betrayed! Jack Chick Lied To Me! Well, now the bastard needs to explain his lies to JESUS.
|Thursday, October 20th, 2016|
|Wednesday, October 19th, 2016|
|A kickstarter I can get behind.
"Most people think of the space race as an elaborate way to kill dogs using explosives. In Flaustria, it is conducted with class. A model astronaut must show sparkling wit, a winning smile, and perhaps a working knowledge of what the spaceship buttons do. In Astronaut: The Best, your duty is to train a procedurally-generated team of deviant screwups into brilliant space heroes, or give the impression of having done so. Anything less, and you will be killed and left in a ditch."
A wacky game of managing the space program, described alternately as "It’s like a Mel Brooks version of Papers, Please" and "It’s like Princess Maker or Long Live The Queen, if you were raising a whole bunch of princesses, any one of which might turn out to be a hideous reptile at any time, but even if that were the case, there could totally be a silver lining to that cloud" and "It’s like a wonky physics game, like Goat Simulator, but the physics is human interaction"
Only 48 hours left on the Kickstarter and 10K to go, but I'd never heard of it before. I've backed it, and you should too, and share it with all the people you think deserve this sort of game.
|Applying the rules of power saw safety to internet security
here are some of the key safety features that are built into the DeWalt Mitre Saw. Notice in all three of these examples you do not have to do anything special, just use the device. This is how we need to think from a security perspective. - From Securing The Human
Safety Cover: There is a plastic safety cover that protects the entire rotating blade. The only time the blade is actually exposed is when you lower the saw to actually cut into the wood. The moment you start to raise the blade after cutting, the plastic cover protects everything again. This means to hurt yourself you have to manually lower the blade with one hand then insert your hand into the cutting blade zone.
Power Switch: Actually, there is no power switch. Instead, after the saw is plugged in, to activate the saw you have to depress a lever. Let the lever go and saw stops. This means if you fall, slip, blackout, have a heart attack or any other type of accident and let go of the lever, the saw automatically stops. In other words, the saw always fails to the off (safe) position.
Shadow: The saw has a light that projects a shadow of the cutting blade precisely on the wood where the blade will cut. No guessing where the blade is going to cut.
Safety is like security, you cannot eliminate risk. But I feel this is a great example of how security can learn from others on how to take people into account.
|Sunday, October 16th, 2016|
|Saturday, October 15th, 2016|
|Wherein I have opinions.
Trump supporters are worthless Nazi pieces of shit.
(Yes, specific Trump-supporting follower-of-mine, I AM talking about you, and I AM calling you a worthless Nazi piece of shit, because you support Trump. Go fuck yourself.)
The only good thing about Nazis is that you don't have to feel bad about shooting them in their stupid Nazi faces in video games. Real-world Nazis (for example: all Trump supporters) have no redeeming features.
|Thursday, October 13th, 2016|
|Tuesday, October 11th, 2016|
|On the topic of New TV.
There is a whole lot of new TV lately, and I like comedies. So I need to mention a few.
#1: Speechless: Minnie Driver is an overprotective mother of a kid with cerebral palsy who needs a wheelchair and can't speak. Hilarity ensues.
#2: The Good Place: Kristen Bell has died and gone to heaven, or at least the sort of heaven you get when the most any religion has gotten right is 20%. Catch is, there's been a clerical error, she's not supposed to be there. Hilarity ensues.
#3: Graves: Former President Nick Nolte regrets everything he did while in office from 1980-1988, loses the plot, decides to fix things. It's The West Wing meets Bojack Horseman.
|Monday, October 10th, 2016|
| Mormon church endorses Clinton.
(Yes, both the Mormon church and the Deseret News *claim* they're independent, but they're not and never have been. The biggest subfaction of the LDS Church owns the newspaper, and the newspaper does not publish anything without church approval.)
|Sunday, October 9th, 2016|
|Saturday, October 8th, 2016|
|Wherein I endorse a product and/or service.
Today in "Valve owns my soul" is a free-to-play weekend of Sniper Elite 3. I've done the first few missions and this game scratches all my "I feel like shooting Nazis" itches. Basically, you wander around northern Africa, shooting Nazis with a rifle or a pistol, and sometimes you set traps and let Nazis blow themselves up, and sometimes you just set something on fire.. No stupid AI teammates (in the first few missions, at least), no giant robot enemies requiring many shots from a rocket launcher (in the first few missions, at least), just some sneaking, some hiding, some tactics, and some Nazis to shoot in their stupid Nazi faces.
Free to play until tomorrow, 80% off (meaning, $11 Canadian) until Monday afternoon, DEFINITELY worth checking out if you like tactical/shooting games. And, hey, if you do get it, there's a co-op mode and I will 100% play some co-op with people who also want to shoot Nazis.
|Monday, October 3rd, 2016|
|Sunday, October 2nd, 2016|
|Thursday, September 29th, 2016|
|Sunday, September 25th, 2016|
|Thursday, September 22nd, 2016|
|Thursday, September 15th, 2016|
|A slice of life.
torrain, returning from LCBO: "Look what I got!"
Me: "It's pink and has skulls. OF COURSE you bought it. It's your brand!"
torrain: "I do not have a brand. And if I had a brand it would have mushroom clouds."
Me: "If that had a mushroom cloud, you would have bought ALL of them."
torrain: "I would not! I would have bought three."
Me: "And how many of them were there?"
|Tuesday, September 13th, 2016|
|Monday, September 12th, 2016|
|Thursday, September 8th, 2016|
|An interesting tactic, to say the least.
So here we have Mike Pence making an unusual choice - clearly endorsing someone other than Trump. And why mention only three candidates? If you're going to admit that wannabes, no-hopers, and also-rans exist, why not mention all of them? Or at least make it clear which one you're endorsing?
He mentions his running mate (that's Trump), he mentions a "bold truth-teller" (from anyone else that would mean Clinton, but that seems an unlikely choice for Pence's endorsement), and he mentions the most dishonest candidate in history (presumably he means Clinton and is just repeating the standard lie).
So who's the "Bold Truth-Teller" he wants everyone to vote for, who he's supporting *over* his own running mate?
|Wednesday, September 7th, 2016|
|I love this game's idea of "subtle"
Lorenzo de Medici: "I need some corrupt guards killed and I need it to look like an accident."
Me, walks up to guard in crowded market and grabs him in a headlock, dragging him towards a well: "HELLO do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour HAHAHA SNEAK ATTACK TOSSED YOU DOWN A WELL!"
Guard: [faint muffled splash, glub, blippy interface noise of combat ending because all enemies are now underwater and sinking]
Me, doing a victory dance on the lip of the well, in his best Ducky voice: "Guard go down the hooooooole"
Crowd of 40+ civilians: [shocked stares]
Me, drawing a sword, shouting: "He was drunk and fell in on his own. I was never here."
Crowd of 40+ civilians: "He was drunk and fell on his his own. What assassin? We will probably never notice the dead body in our water supply."
Me, running off, shoving people and tearing up "wanted" posters with my face on them: "Yay!"
Lorenzo de Medici: "Excellent work, here's a bonus for keeping it quiet."
(Assassin's Creed 2)
| Hey, remember when John Kasich's brand was "I'm the sane Republican"? I don't blame you if you forgot, "sane" never polls more than 2% among American Republicans, so you could totally be forgiven for forgetting John "sanity is a rounding error among my target audience" Kasich.
Anyway. Kasich has decided that sanity is off-brand, and as "the only sane Republican" in September 2016, he's decided his best course of action is to attack Daniel Radcliffe. Yes, the English actor who played Harry Potter. Because Radcliffe has said "I am an adult who tries to understand the world and deal with it like an adult" and Kasich apparently considers attacking that something that will win him votes in the USA.
Kasich isn't WRONG, by the way. He's deeply stupid, but not wrong.
|Tuesday, September 6th, 2016|
|Friday, September 2nd, 2016|
|Thursday, September 1st, 2016|
|Wednesday, August 31st, 2016|
|Tuesday, August 30th, 2016|
|Monday, August 29th, 2016|
|Friday, August 26th, 2016|
|This makes SO MUCH SENSE.
MORPHEUS: For the longest time, I wouldn't believe it. But then I saw the fields with my own eyes, watched them liquefy the dead so they could be fed intravenously to the living -
NEO (politely): Excuse me, please.
MORPHEUS: Yes, Neo?
NEO: I've kept quiet for as long as I could, but I feel a certain need to speak up at this point. The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine. The efficiency of a power plant at converting thermal energy into electricity decreases as you run the turbines at lower temperatures. If you had any sort of food humans could eat, it would be more efficient to burn it in a furnace than feed it to humans. And now you're telling me that their food is the bodies of the dead, fed to the living? Haven't you ever heard of the laws of thermodynamics?
MORPHEUS: Where did you hear about the laws of thermodynamics, Neo?
NEO: Anyone who's made it past one science class in high school ought to know about the laws of thermodynamics!
MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?
NEO: ...in the Matrix.
MORPHEUS: The machines tell elegant lies.
NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?
MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn't run on math.
- from here, right at the bottom.
|Wednesday, August 24th, 2016|
|Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016|
|A terrifying thought.
Donald Trump is *not* the most racist, least coherent, and stupidest Republican running for office in the USA this year.
Aulani Kaaihue is the Republican candidate for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, and she is.... confused, at best. In all-caps. Very Christian. And boy howdy does she hate herself some Japanese people.
Bonus, if you scroll down you'll see that about 1/4 of her posts are about her boyfriend Howard Kim, who is running as a Democrat in Hawaii's 1st District on a platform of, I shit you not "Elect me because I do not have cancer". Because the previous holder of the seat, Mark Takai, died of cancer last month.
Notably, Mr Kim was *not* chosen by the Democratic Party as their candidate in the election - he lost to Colleen Hanabusa and will not be appearing on the ballot at all. Ms Kaaihue *was* chosen by the Republican Party as the person they most wanted to represent them.
Also notably: The entire turnout for the Republican primary in her district was approximately 16% of the turnout for the Democratic candidate alone.
Ms Kaaihue has been denounced by the Republican Party Of Hawaii, who apparently now deeply regret choosing her as their spokesperson and representative.
: although that hasn't stopped his, uh, "campaign" to win the byelection to finish out the last of Mark Takai's term. Again, I want to point out, on a campaign of "Vote For Me, I Do Not Have Cancer Like That Last Guy Did"
|Sunday, August 21st, 2016|
|Saturday, August 20th, 2016|
The Tragically Hip are a garbage band that is only famous because of CanCon laws. When Gordon Downey's brain cancer was revealed, the tragedy was "The Tragically Hip will continue to perform", not "their singer is dying". In a just universe ruled by a loving god, the opposite would be true: Gordon Downey would live a happy life in obscurity with nobody ever hearing him "sing", and The Tragically Hip would never have performed any shows, ever.
|Friday, August 19th, 2016|
|Wednesday, August 17th, 2016|
> vol destroy vol0
Are you sure you want to destroy volume 'vol0'? y
Volume 'vol0' destroyed."
(I had a very good reason for doing that. )
|Tuesday, August 16th, 2016|