Friday Quote – 11/23/12

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — *”No, you move.”*

Captain America, in Amazing Spider-Man 537, written by J. Michael Straczynski

I first read this quote and felt inspired. When writing about topics that are not popular with large segments of the population, sometimes it feels like I’m standing alone against a wave of ignorance. Of course, every other person fighting for their beliefs are doing the same thing. To them, they are also fighting against those dark forces of ignorance and malevolence. So, it’s up to me to make damn sure that my armor of ideals have been tempered in the cauldron of research and introspection.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 51

In Chapter 51, Slim, Sport, and Quentin are joined by members of the U.S. Army’s Task Force 11, the American military’s anti-zombie force, to go after the minion. In DC, Mateo gets a bad feeling as the FBI SWAT begins their attack to capture the minion, Ted. When it goes sideways, Mateo joins the fight.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

Communism Marketing?

Yesterday, my brother, a couple of his co-workers, and I went out to lunch at Q’doba. We likes the nachos. Like most places during this part of the year, they had their sign out advertising gift cards.


I don’t know if I was just tired from a couple of intense weeks at work or what, but my mind sees that sign and says “Hammer and Sickle? Is this the new Che? What the fuck? Oh wait, that’s just a stylized Q.”

I’m not casting any aspersions on the graphic designer. I have no reason to believe that he/she/they were trying to harken back to the Soviet Union with their little Q. I just found it amazing how old symbols from my childhood still can evoke visceral responses.

And for those of you who bought Che merchandising, fuck you very much.

Reality Smack in the Face – Child Rearing

My niece and nephew are being raised steeped in geek culture. It’s a natural outgrowth considering that many of the adult influences surrounding them are familiar to rabid with the geek culture. We even speak to them using geek references and things we find amusing, because we are geeks. Every so often, during the children’s interaction with mainstream society, we remember that we do not necessarily live int the same culture as most people. Hence the interaction between my five-year-old niece and her kindergarten teacher.

Setting: Niece is in front of the teacher after biting a classmate on the playground.

Teacher: Do you have anything to say?

Niece: I’m sorry, and I won’t do it again because cannibalism is wrong.

Both children had been informed of this fact after biting one another. I don’t think any of us expected her to extrapolate that out to the rest of the world. I swear those kids are going to get us pulled in front of a shrink one day.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 50

In Chapter 50, retreating from the zombie horde, Slim leads his teammates into an old maze on Skull Island, hoping to funnel the horde into killable bite-sizes. Except, it’s not nearly as safe as he was hoping. In DC, Mateo tells Jess that Collin is the assassin and tells her to guard Kenn and Mercedes while he hunts Collin down. Surprisingly, Tredegar might be able to help with that.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

Machine Gun Jet Pack

Every Tuesday on What If the creator of XKCD answers a hypothetical physics question. This week’s comes from Rob B.

Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward firing machine guns?

The simple answer is yes, depending on the machinegun’s thrust (recoil) to weight ratio.

Then comes the hypothetical lift-pack (it’s not really a jet pack at this point) using 300 AK-47’s.

Then, in true Mythbusters style, the article ramps up. You should RTWT. Especially mounting an A-10’s gun to a Volkswagen. That’s enough there to keep me giggling all day.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 49

In Chapter 49, Slim, Sport, and Quentin fight to escape from the middle of the zombie horde attacking Skull Island’s command center. In DC, Mateo waits impatiently for news about Kenn and Mercedes. Robyn Adams gives Mateo advice.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.