Friday, February 12, 2016

The Way of Kings

This book is over a thousand pages long. By my estimate, about 100 pages are devoted to describing what the characters are wearing.

On second book, Words of Radiance now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


There are a lot of things that everyone seems to love, that I just can't get. I mean I just can't figure out the appeal.

The Big Lebowski
Robbie Williams

This weeks addition to the Karl-doesn't-get-it list is The Kingkiller Chronicle. I'm not saying the books are *bad*, but I do not understand why they are so popular. Not at all.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Well well.

The election is over, and it appears that someone's 15 years of efforts have finally borne fruit. Delicious green fruit, and a lot of it. A few thoughts:

- I felt kind of bad for Eric Chu at the end there. His concession speech was clearly pretty well rehearsed, because he and everyone else knew how it was going to turn out. But I don't think he ever wanted to run for president (in this election), and watching him try to accept personal responsibility for the failings of his party was depressing. And speaking of his party...

- I think the popular view that the KMT is unfocused and out-of-touch is largely correct. They've been running on inertia for a long time now. But even die-hard supporters now have a hard time articulating exactly what the party stands for these days.

- BUT. Even if the KMT had it's act together, they were going to have trouble winning the presidency this time. Tsai Ing-wen's marketing was simply masterful on all media fronts - on message, emotionally moving, and visually stunning. If Tsai picks cabinet members as well as she picks advertising agencies, the country is in good hands indeed.

- The Chou Tzu-yu apology uproar. Didn't affect the presidential race, but probably pulled enough angry votes to the DPP and the New Power Party in the legislative elections. If I were conspiracy-minded, I would say that the video was intentionally filmed with that lighting and at that angle, to make it look like a North Korean forced confession. Not necessarily to influence the election in Taiwan - my bet would be someone at JYP wanted to stick a finger in China's eye.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Facebook Status:

Account is deactivated. No special reason or drama involved.

Future shenanigans will be posted to the blog and/or Twitter and Google+.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Seen in YouTube comments:

So let me get this straight; Jango Fett kills a Jedi with his blaster with relative ease then afterwards does a cool cowboy style gun twirl as he re-holsters it, and no hard core Star Wars Fan bats an eyelid! But Boba Fett slightly turns his head as he walks down a hallway and all hard core fans think HE'S THE MOST BADASS STAR WARS CHARACTER OF ALL TIME! Seriously?


- False -

By definition, the person on the bicycle cannot be wrong.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Tsai's team is fucking killing it.*

* In the modern parlance, where "fucking killing it" means to perform a task exceptionally well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


That's racist!

Sort of, I guess. I'm not all that offended.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Philosophy for our times

One of the most common formulations of the "Omnipotence paradox" is:
Can God create an object so heavy that he/she cannot lift it? 

I think a more modern (and relevant) version of this idea is:
Can God create a pair of sunglasses that Karl cannot lose?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

What's wrong with this picture?

This is from Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals Season 2 Episode 1.

Who can tell me what Jamie has done very, very wrong?

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Cultural Appropriation

I think I found some.

Buddha’s Herbs is a family owned company, headquartered in New York, started and now managed by professionals, having vast experience in the field of Natural Products. Its name and operations are motivated by the teachings of Buddha and its logo also signifies Buddha’s positive attitude towards life. When the Buddha was young, he learned the science of medicine. He became knowledgeable about the nature and cure of diseases. The Buddha’s realization of the perpetual cycle of rebirth and the stages of aging, illness, and death, enabled him to guide others to live a healthy life.
His pragmatic approach includes the insistence on proper hygiene and medicine, but more to the point, he never resorted to what might be considered "faith healing." Instead, he offered rational, practical instruction for dealing with both physical injury and mental illness. These golden words summarizes his teachings beautifully.

Bonus: What in the name of Buddha's angry right testicle is that "the" doing in there?

No, Honey.

I am most definitely not going to "the pub." You act like drinking beer is the only thing I ever think about. For your information, I am going to a spa. For my health.

Words of Wisdom from Trump

Monday, December 07, 2015

DIY cajun spice.

1 part cayenne pepper
1 part chili powder
3 parts black pepper
3 parts white pepper
4 parts salt

Friday, December 04, 2015

You Know,

When I was a teenager I'd walk into a health food store like GNC, look around in wide-eyed wonder, and think to myself "Wow. Look at all of these products that can give you health, energy, and longevity." Now when I walk into one of these stores, I look around, scowl*, and think to myself "At least 95% of this stuff is total bullshit."

* Well to be honest, I scowl at most everything these days. But I scowl more in health food stores.
Creating a Star Wars Style Opening Crawl

Thursday, December 03, 2015