|Wednesday, October 19th, 2016|
|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|
|Friday, August 12th, 2016|
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2016|
|A brief Windows 10 PSA.
If you've gotten the "anniversary update" of Windows 10, you have probably already noticed that it wasn't just an "update", it was a clean install of a new copy of the OS and then an import of your settings and profile. Which means annoying things like the default MS apps (Edge, Explorer, Store) are re-pinned to start menu, the crappy MS programs for music and things have reset their defaults, your privacy settings have been eBayed unless you were careful during the update, etc.
All that's fine. It's annoying, but not actively harmful.
Actively harmful: The option to "notify me when a restart is required to install updates" has been REMOVED. Now there's no setting in the Windows Update options to avoid automatic reboots when it "thinks" you aren't using your computer, and you can only specify a 12 hour window of "never reboot during this time"
The good news is, there's a solution to that, hiding in Local Group Policy (Win10 Pro) or the Registry (Win10 Home).
If you've got Win10 Pro:
1) click start, type "gpedit.msc", press enter. Make the window fullscreen, you will need the room.
2) On the left, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.
3) On the right, locate "No auto-restart with logged-on users for scheduled automatic updates installations" and double-click it.
4) Change the radio button from "not configured" to "enabled". Click OK.
5) Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
Now, the machine will no longer reboot as long as a user is logged in. If all the users are logged out, it'll still reboot automatically but that's generally much less of a problem.
(OPTIONAL: in that same location from Step 2, choose "Configure Automatic Updates", click Enabled, choose option 3. This reverts to the Win7 default behaviour of "notify me before installing updates", which is good for updates that require a reboot to install and BAD for updates that don't require a reboot. If you set this option, you need to watch for update notifications and deal with them in a timely manner. You can't afford to ignore them.)
If you've got Win10 Home: Fucked if I know, it's in the registry somewhere. I'm 100% sure it's there, and I'm also 100% sure I don't know where it is. I'll go digging to see if I can find the setting, later, and I'll update this post if I do.
EDIT: It *looks like* the right solution for Win10 home is: Start -> "regedit" -> Enter. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate
If there's an "AU" subkey, click on it. If there isn't, right-click on "WindowsUpdate", choose "new->key" and name it AU. Inside AU, right-click and choose "New->DWORD Value", name it "AUOptions" and set its value to "3". Close regedit and reboot. This is the same as that step marked OPTIONAL up above for Pro users - if there's a registry equivalent to "No auto-restart with logged-on users" I haven't found it, but this should also get around the problem.
|Tuesday, August 9th, 2016|
|Saturday, August 6th, 2016|
|A slice of life with TV:
(In a serious scene about the lifethreatening side effects of misusing a brain stimulator)
TV character #1: "I must also point out, that device is not intended to be used in that manner."
TV character #2: "That's what she said."
torrain: [spews her drink]
|Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016|