Global Village Grouch
MY RECENT POSTS
- Hey, Check Out This Nifty
November 11, 2011 10:13AM
- An Addendum, On Things Which
October 17, 2011 02:49PM
- In Which I Watch "Work Of Art"
October 17, 2011 10:50AM
- Michelle Bachmann vs. Ayn Rand
August 10, 2011 04:25PM
- Judge Rules Atheists Have
August 12, 2011 11:48AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Well, from what I've
learned so far, "art is
October 17, 2011 02:16PM
- “Doug -- no need for
magic will, I have Salon email
somone posts a
March 05, 2011 08:20AM
- “Why should it stop now?
It's been going on for
January 14, 2011 11:00AM
- “A quick summary of this
book:"Don't tell Dumbo the
January 14, 2011 09:23AM
- “Doug: Oh, I'm not
depressed. I've got a very
December 22, 2010 10:34AM
- MY LINKS
OK, this kind of falls into "1994 called, they want their wide-eyed wonder about the miracles of cyberspace back", but I was playing with this, and, fairly easily, managed to get from Albert Einstein to the British Regency, via Einstein-Relativity-Big Bang-Restaurant At The End Of The Universe-Dougla… Read full post »
This started being a reply to a comment, but it was going on so long that I decided to turn it into a post. I think the adderall is seriously kicking in. (I have a prescription, people!)
When I was in High School, we read The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. Message:… Read full post »
So, we decided to record "America's Next Top Artist", or whatever it's called (Evidently, it's called "Work of Art"), on Bravo, just to see what it's all about. Hey, I managed to get hooked on "Design Star", so, anything's possible, right? (I refuse to watch the "Real Housewives" of anyplace. I… Read full post »
As if there was any further proof needed, here is yet another reason why there is effectively no common ground between actual libertarians and whatever it is the Republican party has become over the past decade or more. I find it rather hilarious that many on the left claim that the… Read full post »
Pull quote:"The transit authority and its advertising agency, On The Move Advertising, had required payment of a $36,000 deposit to run the ad. The group then changed that to a $3 million insurance policy in case of bus vandalism by angry Christians." Given Luke 6:27-28, would any/… Read full post »
As we learned in the episode "Lisa The Iconoclast", the word "embiggen" is perfectly cromulent. As it turns out, the word has been spotted in the wild before, but this is the first time I've seen it -- in this article in Discover, in which we are told "click to embiggen… Read full post »
I posted this on RPG.net in a thread about Pathfinder (a clone of the 3.5 rules of D&D made possible due to such rules being released under an open license) outselling Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition, which made many changes to the 3.5 rules that a lot of players rejected. It's… Read full post »
OK, this is something of a rant on a rant... it doesn't serve much purpose except catharsis, but that seems to be enough. The joy of the Internet is that every snappy comeback we might imagine to every editorial, TV show, or overheard conversation can now be shouted to the world,… Read full post »
In a brief moment of good news and sanity, the Supreme Court has struck down a California law criminalizing the sale of "violent" video games to minors, hopefully ending the many different state laws which have all been proposed and struck down by state courts over the past decade. A 7-2… Read full post »
Warning: Contains politics. And sarcasm. Mostly sarcasm.
Not inspired by any one incident, but just about everything was inspired by something. Sometimes many somethings. But sometimes nothing. Just so you know.
1)An unpaid intern at a major comic book publisher, while going through the archives o… Read full post »
You know what I mean. You let... those kinds of people... into the neighborhood, and the next thing you know, they've destroyed your traditional values and culture, and maybe even tried to date your daughter! Over your dead body, right?
As a Red Sea Pedestrian by birth, and atheist by choice, it's always nice to realize that stupidity born of religion is not limited to just one faith, but infects all of them. After all, if only one religion led to stupid behavior, it could be argued… Read full post »
Once again, someone writes an article (or in this case, writes a book, which the article is a shameless shill for, disguised as "news") they think is Daring and Original and Cutting Edge... on a phenomenon noted well over a decade earlier. I wrote this ( http://www.mrlizard.com/OldSite/fragments.html… Read full post »
Cease, then, to fashion State-made sin,
Nor give thy children cause to doubt
That Virtue springs from Iron within--
Not lead without.
(Rudyard Kipling, "The Portent")
So, over at Reason Magazine (when it's online, is it a magazine? I mean, we don't say "On the Hulu Channel" or "At my… Read full post »
Apparently disturbed that most Americans cannot name all of the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court is most graciously removing several Amendments from the list, such as the Fourth. The Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled that illegal entry is just fine, since you can sue the… Read full post »
As all fans of anime know, "baka" is Japanese for "moron".
Who would have thought it was the same word in English?
Not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead!
It is one of the great injustices of the universe that I can't resurrect dead assholes to force them to see how their ideas have been condemned and forgotten.
In a just and sane universe, the MPAA, the ESRB, and every other form… Read full post »
"Mother And Child Reunion" is the name of a Chinese dish that includes chicken and egg. Get it?
This was originally posted in response to this article: http://www.geekmom.com/2011/01/twelve-steps-to-a-compassionate-life . I expanded it a little bit from my original posting.
"Let us care for all cre… Read full post »
Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Fort Wayne High School football coach and the entire team were arrested and held without bail when it was learned they planned to "totally annihilate" their rivals at an upcoming match. Police bomb squads failed to locate any explosives or other weapons at their homes, but seiz… Read full post »
In the original novel "Logan's Run" (written years before the
movie), the following was the introduction:
"The seeds of the Little War were planted in a restless summer during the mid-1960s, with sit-ins and student demonstrations as youth tested its strength. By the early 1970s over 75 percent of… Read full post »
This is something I posted over on this thread. It's sort of the kernel of something I want to develop into a longer, full-fledged, rant, but I figured I'd get this out there for now.
Trying to discuss religion as a phenomenon of belief or thought is wrong. Religion is… Read full post »
I present to you two links, which ought to mostly speak for themselves.
Firstly, there is this: A publisher decides to omit the word "nigger" (in the interest of making a point about censorship, I will not use the n-word euphemism) from Huckleberry Finn.
"Well, we have stockpiled what we can, now we celebrate the fact we're alive and hope to whatever gods or spirits we believe in that we have enough left to keep us until spring, might as well get ready to hunker down under fur blankets and screw like bunnies so the… Read full post »
Is there anything more delicious than the taste of dying idealism, of broken dreams, of shattered hope? Of course not. Two years ago, I was deluged with idiots bleating about how everything had changed, everything was different, this was a revolution in America, we had changed directions, blah, blah,… Read full post »