Wednesday, March 04, 2015


...usually suck, and will make you stupider for just having read them. Stupider *and* angrier. Youtube is the obvious example, but most blogs are the same.

The exception is Popehat. Comments there are often insightful and hilarious. Not my comments, of course, but comments by people like this Tony Festa guy:

Grendell, like so many of his ilk, takes a one-sided view of first amendment rights, giving all credence to his right to speak freely, but ignoring the incumbent duty of tolerating the rights of others to speak their mind, even if offensive. He seems blind to the strength of American democracy, that public officials can be parodied, verbally pilloried, and grotesquely insulted and still maintain the authority of their office. And this is only because of the long-standing American belief that the power wielded by public officials belongs to the people and is vested in the office, not the person. In our tradition, the office deserves respect, but the officeholder must earn it.


I am not a racist.

I mean, some of my best friends are whitemen.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Note to Self -

Shop more at Newegg

The greatest thing about this story it has a hero, something that is usually missing from intellectual property disputes. An outspoken hero at that:

"I hope Soverain continues their appeal, using the most expensive possible appellate counsel, and pushes their meritless litigation activities against other defendants," said Newegg's top lawyer, Lee Cheng. "After this decision, if they haven't already crossed the line into sanctionable behavior, they will if they keep pursuing people based on the stupid shopping cart patents."
(Note to Self number two - Do not ever try to shake down Newegg by waving around some stupid design patent(s). Your past successes in this regard were, quite frankly, low hanging fruit.  Lee Cheng tolerates no bullshit whatsoever.)

Also, I should buy a Newegg Fight Patent Trolls T-Shirt


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


‘Sex theme park’ with giant penis rides to open in Taiwan

To answer your questions: No, they are not paying me any royalties, and yes, I am considering a lawsuit for trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Monday, January 26, 2015

You know, Taiwan does have its problems...

...but at least we're not Missouri:

The state board of education, public elementary and secondary school governing authorities, superintendents of schools, school system administrators, and public elementary and secondary school principals and administrators shall endeavor to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Slang update

Rekt” is the new “pwned.”

Pwned,” as you will recall, replaced “schooled.”

Schooled” took the place of “crab hustled,” which originated in the San Diego disco scene of 1977.

Crab hustled” came into use over “shellacked like a gramophone,” a phrase first used by U.S. troops at the Battle of the Bulge.

Before “shellacked like a gramophone,” the most common expression in use was “thrice-trounced.” This phrase was brought to the U.S. by Scottish mariners in the 1880’s.

Thrice-trounced” had gained popularity over “cudgeled o’er t’ panky dumpling,” first used by Shakespeare and believed to be Irish in origin.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It is true.


I am often very lack-a-daisy, because I am not facing the beast.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

O glorious Saint Karl the Great, chosen vessel of the highest virtues, thou didst show thyself to be a true child of the eighties, giving refreshment through thy just laws to mankind in the person of thyself. Intercede for us before the throne of the King of Pirates, that we may ever remember the shortness of time, the length of eternity, and the vanity of seeking human favor. Pray that we may grow in the priceless virtues which will endear us to the heart of Budweiser, a thirst which will urge us to place ourselves at the bar, in uncompromising obedience to the voices in our head, and an all-embracing charity for each of our brothers and sisters in chess. Avast.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Their first song, "Doki Doki Morning", was released in April 2011. Later the band shot a music video for the song and in October 2011 released it as a DVD single intended for limited distribution. Having been uploaded to YouTube in the same October, initially the video attracted only some Japanese fans of idols, but in about a month was noticed overseas and confused and shocked people worldwide.

I'd say that sums my reaction up quite well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Once again, the media gets it wrong with this article titled A new cold war: Denmark gets aggressive, stakes huge claim in Race for the Arctic.

There is nothing at all "aggressive" in plainly stating Denmark's irrefutable historical and geological claims to all land within the Arctic Circle. A related issue has been covered in this blog, and it was determined by all right-thinking parties that a) Hans Island is Sacred Danish Territory, and b) No Canadian blogger is a match for the mighty Chaon.

In case you have forgotten, here are the key facts in this case: Denmark has Jægerkorpset and Hjemmeværnet, and therefore all other countries' arguments are irrelevant.

The Danish Jægerkorpset are in no mood
to put up with Canadian or Russian whining.

Monday, December 15, 2014

About the F-35, a.k.a. "The Reaper"

Let me take a minute to explain the science behind the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter. It's like this: When the amount of money that is spent on a military vehicle (in this case a fighter jet) reaches a certain density, a rift in the fabric of space-time occurs which then shrouds the aircraft. The result is that the stealth fighter is entirely invisible to radar, infra-red sensors, and the naked human eye.

This black hole-like distortion of physical reality creates a serious drawback, which is that the F-35 can only attack targets 12,000 years in the past. The only viable target of that time is the city state of Atlantis. Fortunately for the U.S. military, the Atlanteans are all enthusiastic practitioners of communism. So the F-35 will function exactly as expected according to its specifications and known science.