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February 23, 2017

Trumps really worried some country is gonna out-nuke us? Jeez-louise.

February 22, 2017




--photos by Andrew Huang
Trump to say transgender protection is a "state's rights issue"

Huh, I didn't realize states had genders.
I just read the book Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences. I took the "Left/Right 20 Questions" quiz from the appendix and put the 20 Questions online with automated scoring. I score reasonably liberal, a 5 or 6 spots over.

February 21, 2017


Doing some light coding, watching an episode of Girls, drinking Amaretto underneath a little whipped cream from a spray bottle. I feel like a zen master of soothing distraction.

February 20, 2017

An image I made up for a devblog entry on an alternate binary numbering system

February 19, 2017

"The sorting hat increased polarization and instability in the wizarding world by sorting youngsters into predefined echo chambers, so they grow up without understanding opposing viewpoints"
--/u/concave_ceiling

February 18, 2017

Two thoughts on the Trump press conference. 1 is I heard a few clips on the radio, and I sort of get why the people who like him respond well to that tone. He is an entertainer after all. 2. After all those rumors about the Russian dossier, did he really hold the whole thing in front of a cascade of golden curtains?
I saw the Steelers use remote control tackling dummy robots.

I think - well, hope - the future will be Atari's Cyberball 2072:


I don't know if it's considered embarrassing to admit to using dandruff shampoo, but ever since I heard that Head & Shoulders was the only product or procedure our beloved president would cop to using on his hair ("like cotton candy made of piss" to quote one magician-comedian) I have been anxiously awaiting finishing up this giant bottle of it... On to Selsun Blue! Probably forever.

February 17, 2017

The Atlantic had a small piece on Bolivia's cebritas, or traffic zebras... they figured the drivers there would respond more to goofy mockery than to punishment, and so various folks (often people being given a second change) put on the zebra outfits and go to the crosswalks.

(Reminds me of how long it took me to realize Douglas Adams saying Man "goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing" was about traffic safety and not a surrealist absurdity, or perhaps a slice of life scene on Eastern African plains)
"my favorite thing i've learned in college is that way back in ancient china there was this poet/philosopher guy who wrote this whole pretentious poem about how enlightened he was that was like "the eight winds cannot move me" blahblahblah and he was really proud of it so he sent it to his friend who lived across the lake and then his friend sends it back and just writes "FART" (or the ancient Chinese equivalent) on it and he was SO MAD he travels across the lake to chew his friend out and when he gets there his friend says "wow. the eight winds cannot move you, but one fart sends you across the lake""
--lieutenantriza
Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward declining Trump's offer to be national security adviser saying it was a "sh*t sandwich" reminded me of a quote I posted 12/31/2000, literally the second day of my blog:
"Life is a sh*t sandwich. But if you've got enough bread, you can't taste the sh*t."
--Jonathan Winters

February 16, 2017


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February 15, 2017

Dig this DK art, from the Colecovision version - so detailed!

via suppermariobroth
I've always loved Homer Simpson's "Could you, um, work any harder than this" style of management...

February 14, 2017

"College has taught me you don't need fun to have alcohol."
--/u/danknice on /r/Showerthoughts/
Valentines Jello by Melissa and candy hearts for her :-D <3



Years ago, The Onion put up a Kid's Valentines Day Page... I feel like they're on the verge of falling down the old memory hole, so here they are...









Those cards actually aren't as good as these old authentic but horrifying ones!

February 13, 2017

New tuba bell cover for BABAM. I split the difference between wanting to look homespun and wanting to get what the acronym means by using a tool in Sketch Club for iOS that let me draw with a line made up of repeated words...

February 12, 2017

Re: that album cover yesterday, Bill the Splut mentioned "Record stores in the day would arrange these by year, because there was an ongoing storyline, seen a year apart."

CRUISIN' the 50s and 60s is the way back machine for an old tripod site with the complete album cover story and a lot of background. Pretty cool idea for a series really, and the song selection was great.
xkcd.com/1796/:

February 11, 2017

Bickering politics with a conservative friend. Can I just say Increase Records had these great 50s/60s compilations called "Cruisin' 19__" with real radio DJ banter from back in the day, and these awesome covers, this was the one brought to mind...

"I don't need a spoon, It's in a cup- I can treat it like a beverage."

Melissa says I eat the fruit like a pelican, or a seagull, just letting the fish or fruit in this case flow down the throat
"Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts."
--Serge Gainsbourg

February 10, 2017

"Honestly, Ivanka would have a lot more success selling her brand at Walmart"
--/u/-bawb405- via /r/Showerthoughts/
I admit yesterdays event was more of a pain in the butt than I was bargaining for- and next week has the potential for being worse, with the next big threat on Monday.