MonthJanuary 2019

Adding To The Lexicon

I came across a tweet from Hanne Blank (@hanneblank) on Facebook – because we must cross the streams – that kicked over my giggle box. Then, it made sense. So, adding this to my writing lexicon.

Fucktangular (Adj.) – Describing a situation that was complicated and messy in multiple unpleasant and difficult ways

Watching Game of Thrones is seeing one fucktangular situation after another.

Living With Robots

The future is funny sometimes. We use Echoes in the house. Yes, I know the security issues and I’ve judged the risk acceptable at this time. What amuses me is some of the “human” failings of the robots.

Today’s example – We have three Echoes, which with our small house often means two will pick up the verbal command. This morning, my wife orders the bedroom Echo to turn the lights on. No problem. The living room Echo, because of sound changing as it bounces out of the bedroom misheard and proceeds to tell me that there are no alarms set.

The future is weird.

Metal Tuesday- Powerwolf – Fire and Forgive

We’ve had Powerwolf on before. This is the title track off their new album.

Scientology in Florida Prisons

Reason reports.

From the article: An organization connected to the Church of Scientology has run seminars in more than a dozen Florida correctional facilities over the past several years, public records obtained by Reason show.

For anyone not clear on the insidious nature of Scientology, I would recommend watching Going Clear. Here’s the trailer:

Friday Quote – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity.

Tax the Texts!

California’s Public Utilities Commission is considering taxing text messages. People aren’t doing voice calls as much and the commission is spending a lot more for its subsidy program for telecommunications for low income people.

I’d laugh, but this is something I could see spread across the nation. The states have trillions in unfunded obligations, and they’ll be looking for any way to extract more cash from the populace.

Operation Chokepoint – Not Just Guns

We in the gun world know all about Operation Chokepoint and its impact. I didn’t think it would impact something like death metal. From one of those affected:

When the processors would run a check on me and my business it comes back as HIGH RISK and RERPUTATIONAL RISK some of the red flags come back as: Promoting hate speech, promoting rape, promoting violence and promoting hatred.

“An absolute atrocious characterization and a very convenient way of fusing music band names, titles to an actual call to arms. The slightly veiled assertion is one that marks me as one who is inciting these actions. The overlords now wish to control what you can sell and what you can purchase. Speaking with a few individuals within the banking system (underwriters) as well as other labels [I learned that] this started with Operation Choke Point from the DOJ to curtail predatory lending, which, like most [rulings] has now expanded its tentacles.”

Metal Tuesday- Mary’s Blood – World’s End

This little gem combines female-fronted metal with an almost anime-feel to the songs. It could be because their Japanese. Kinda like how Brits sound smart due to their accent and dialect.

Tab Clearing

Time to clear out some open tabs on the browser.

You Think You Know Me looks like an interesting party card game. Particularly if you have people you’d rather not play Cards Against Humanity with.

[This is an interesting iPhone feature] for those of us worried about having our phones searched.

Tam recommended Thyrm lens covers for your weapon mounted light. These are disposable covers for range time to keep the lens clear.

What do you call a guy who is a decorated Navy SEAL, a Harvard-trained medical doctor, and an astronaut? I’m going with ”Dr. Kim.” The best comment I’ve heard is this is the kid who when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up answered ”Everything!”

Friday Quote – Margaret Thatcher

Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.

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