Another person I know on the intertubes – and a little in person, too – has accomplished the rather impressive task of taking an idea from nebulous form to printed (at least digitally) word, this time in the form of Take The Star Road. Peter, the proprietor of Bayou Renaissance Man has been working on this story for quite some time, and the initial reviews (I have not had a chance to read it yet) [...]
Some time ago, an acquaintance of mine expressed to me that she always liked me because I "have a serious amount of ‘I don’t give a f*ck’", and actually go out of my way to say things – to be specific, I put in to words what other are unwilling to unable to express, for a variety of reasons, and direct those words to people largely unaccustomed to hearing them, for any number of reasons. [...]
From personal observation, more acutely honed from recent information, I have found it is always those who most loudly proclaim that they do not hold grudges who are always the ones to hold the most grudges for as long as they possibly can, and display those grudges in the most… pathetic of fashions.
I guess that goes along with the notion of if a man has to tell you he is honest, he probably [...]
I have absolutely no problems with women serving in “combat units” in the military…
… so long as they meet exactly the same, already-established standards that everyone else serving there already met.
Simply put, having separate requirements for women and men in a combat unit is absolutely idiotic; it is not like an M240B will care whether the person humping it 10 miles over a mountain has breasts or not, and neither will [...]
By and large, the Secret Service does not publicize a great deal of information about assassination attempts on Presidents, probably because they do not want future would-be assassins to learn from the mistakes and successes of their predecessors, I would imagine. Some information (Wikipedia warning) does make it out to the press, of course, but I somehow doubt that is all the information, much less all the incidents.
With that said, I am going [...]
I was not a huge fan of the book, so maybe it is just as well the movie’s only point of similarity appears to be its title:
Of course, the movie goes with freakishly hyper-fast zombies, whereas the books featured the standard shamblers… I cannot say as though I have ever been a huge proponent of the former position. I mean, unless we are going to the 28 Days Later theory, "zombies" are [...]
Anheuser-Busch makes beverages that could generally charitably be referred to as "shiong mao niao", but they (used to, per comments) let active duty military members into their theme parks for free, and they have always done what they can to support victims of natural disasters.
(Courtesy of In the Middle of the Right.)
(United States murder rate data from Disaster Center / FBI UCR. England/Wales murder rate data from Home Office Statistical Bulletin; Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2008/2009; Table 1.01. Latter sourced by John Hardin.)
A disappointing number of nitwits are making an astonishing amount of noise that now that NASA is all-but out of the "space exploration" game, we will never get back Up There to do anything interesting.
Hell with that.
A private beverage company just floated a man to the edge of space and encouraged him to jump simply because they could*.
I would say the human spirit of Getting Out There is alive [...]
This point came up in discussions on Twitter a few days ago, and what with the 225th Constitution Day transpiring back on the 17th, this seems like an appropriate, if somewhat late, post.
Anyone who stayed awake during their high school civics / American government / American history classes knows that the Constitution solely and only limits the American government (after first defining it), and has absolutely no bearing on private citizens or control [...]
By and large, NASA is roughly equivalent to a nearly-bursting appendix that really needs to be excised and gotten out of the way of everything else, but every once in a while they do something crazy like land a nuclear-powered car on the surface of Mars by way of a rocket-propelled sky crane, and, well, damn:
So they can figure that out – and execute it apparently flawlessly – but they cannot manage [...]
~25 fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup simple syrup* 1/4 cup rum 1/8 cup lime juice 1/8 cup pomegranate liquor (PAMA or the like) Ice as necessary
Rinse the mint leaves well, then blend everything except the ice until you cannot pick out the mint leaf shreds any more. Add ice and blend as necessary to create a frozen drink.
This might rank up there with one of the best drinks I have ever [...]
Really, I have nothing for today except an exhortation to be safe, have fun, and piss on those laws that would prevent you from doing the latter (in a safe, responsible, civil manner, of course – for the Love of God, do not start a wildfire just because you want to blow something up).
Here is to the men and women, soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coasties, guardsmen, militia, irregulars, and whatnot else who died to keep our country as free and as awesome as it is today.
Lord knows we could not have done it without you.
Why do we have such a fascination with cats in space?
Kilrathi, Kzinti, Orions, Kitarans – all sapient, mostly bipedal, space-faring, warlike felinoid species.
Damned if I can think of a single dog-like space-faring species, though… I am sure there is some kind of anthropological / sociological statement to be made here.