Tuesday, October 08, 2019


1985 Me: Whoah! You live in 2019! The future must be awesome! Lunar and Martian colonies, flying cars, world peace and stuff!

2019 Me: We don't have any of that, but we have the internet.

1985 Me: Internet?! Sounds cool! What's the internet like?

2019 Me: It's like this:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The best part...

...is that you can hear the disgust in Caine's voice when he says "ninja".

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Star Wars

There is a new Star Wars trailer out, and I am reminded of these wise words:

“Subvert my expectations once, shame on you.

Subvert my expectations twice, it serves me right for being such a mindless fanboi.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hairy Situation

All right. Apparently one of you is sneaking into my room at night and applying Rogaine(TM) to my eyebrows, ears, and nostrils.

That is the only possible explanation for what is going on with my body, and I demand that you cease these nefarious activities immediately.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

I believe that history is driven by clam engrams. That's right, I'm a Dianetical Materialist.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Choose your cellphone wisely

Tell me, Grasshopper

In season one of the TV show Kung Fu, in the episode called "The Stone", Kuai Chang Caine encounters a Capoeira fighter (played by Moses Gunn).

How in the hell did TV scriptwriters in the 70's know about Capoeira?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Game of Thrones Ending

*spoiler, sort of*

Arya's departure reminded me a lot of the ending of Lord of Light, when Yama-Dharma deparrted Khaipur.

He may have ridden into the east, possibly even crossing over the sea. For there is a legend in another place of how the One in Red went up against the power of the Seven Lords of Komlat in the land of the witches. 

Setting up for more stories to follow, though Zelazny did not write a sequel.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

There is no Why

We feel like Greeks, we feel like Romans
Sophists and laymen just cluster round us
We speak in lectures that we refine
From the ideas of master Plato

We are no monsters, we're moral people
And yet we have the strength to do this
This is the splendor of our achievement
Evoke the dogmas with a shared interest

Priests and cannibals, prehistoric animals
Everybody happy as the days of old Rome
Big black nemesis, anacoenosis
No one move a muscle as the point is hammered home

According to my Facebook feed this morning...

When Bug Bunny called Elmer Fudd a nimrod, he was not calling him an idiot. He was sarcastically comparing Elmer Fudd to the biblical figure Nimrod, a mighty hunter.

Nimrod, also spelled Nemrod, legendary biblical figure of the book of Genesis. Nimrod is described in Genesis 10:8–12 as “the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The only other references to Nimrod in the Bible are Micah 5:6, where Assyria is called the land of Nimrod, and I Chronicles 1:10, which reiterates his might. The beginning of his kingdom is said in the Genesis passage to be BabelErech, and Akkad in the land of Shinar. Nimrod is said to have then built NinevehCalah (modern Nimrūd), Rehoboth-Ir, and Resen.

Well now we know. I gotta wonder what other references there are in old cartoons that I totally missed.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Gods and Politics

On Tuesday, Terry Gou of Foxconn fame announced that he is running for president, and claimed that Mazu, the goddess of the sea, told him to run. In Taiwan, that is a pretty big claim, because Mazu is the most venerated of all the Chinese deities here. 

But yesterday there was a powerful earthquake in northern Taiwan. So the joke making the rounds is that Tudigong (God of the earth) seems to disagree. 



There are more local deities than you can shake a stick at, and if they all decide to start endorsing presidential candidates, it will get pretty complicated. Much easier in America, where you only have to worry about which candidate Jesus loves the most*.

Guan Gong also frowns on Terry Gou's shenanigans, but to be fair he frowns on pretty much everyone's shenanigans.

*Turns out it's Tulsi Gabbard, which is kind of weird, what with her being a Hindu and all.