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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thunderbirds Have Gone.



So, Friend Fred may well disown me, or block me on Facebook, but I must confess to you all...

I just finished season three of Amazon/Pukeko's hybrid series "Thunderbirds Are Go". I like it in the sense of "It's the only game in town.". That said, it is not in that sense, the way that ST-TNG was in that sense. I have spoken of my initial reaction to the practical effects/CG series elsewhen.

I like it in that the updates on the ship designs are somewhat logical, and seem to help in the rescues (Thunderbird 3 is now more than a space taxi). I like that Ben and Nick Foster have produced a soundtrack built upon Barry Gray's iconic "Thunderbirds" theme. (They have been doing Doctor Who scores of late, as well).

Check out the launch sequences:



(Mr. Wolfe, there are a number of full episodes on YouTube, as well)

The shading on the secondary characters is somewhat better...sort of a digital version of the plasticine heads in earlier Anderson shows, used for lesser one-off characters. (Oh! The sets and ships are real, practical models. The characters are CG.) The New Zealand producers have predictably ramped up Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Shiny, Happy, Dark and Moody SocialismTM. Thunderbirds often work hand-in-digital-glove with the GDF (Global Defence Force). This is problematic. The whole "Must maintain secrecy at all costs" has been jettisoned, apparently due to the universal use of CCD cameras. The camera detector must have been plonking constantly, 'til Scott put a bullet through it.

The rescuees have a predictable male/female dynamic. The guy is either an oaf, or just weak, relying on the strong-woman-who-don't-need-no-man to get through it all. It is wearisome.

The Hood has become an uber-capitalist who relies on cybernetic gadgetry to do his dastardy. He does not have hypnotic glowing eyes. He has cyber glowing eyes. Meh.

The Hood has a confederate, "The Mechanic" who is physically plugged into his equipment to interface and control it. He is creepy and indulges in histrionics, playing to the back row to get across that he is controlling multiple drones at a time, his own self.

HOWEVER, Brains (who is apparently Indian, and with a lessened stammer) has come up with A Thing. Rather than developing new single-use vehicles, he has developed a pod system, infinitely customisable with attachments and tracks and gizmos, oh, my. Clever, and nicely dirtied and banged up. Used.

They apparently got over environmental catastrophes in the first season. Good. Uranium's bad, mmm-kay?

It is fun chewing-gum for the brain. Gives me something to do whilst I wait for FIRESTORM.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rosemont Reportage

Hail the conquering heroes!

Noeru and I have spent the weekend selling shirts of awesomeness at G-Fest, the foremost Godzilla/kaiju convention on the planet. This is the 24th year of the venerable con, and the Aardvarks have been blessed in being able to provide printed shirts for the convention for the last decade, if memory serves, as well as our own pop-culture shirts that we sell in the dealers room. Riatsila started going with me to the con, and I have also had Mark Hooton (a NASA engineer friend) and David the Good (of www.thesurvivalgardener.com fame!) as my helpers at G-Fest in years past.

G-Fest is an offshoot of J.D.Lees' G-Fan magazine, celebrating the likes of Godzilla, Mothra, and other tokusatsu movies and series (like Ultraman!). The con imports actors, artists and technicians from the various incarnations of Gojira, and offers the chance to meet and hob-nob with these worthies. G-Fest is held at the Chicago O'Hare Crowne Plaza in Rosemont, IL, a fantastic venue which is only now beginning to feel the strain of a growing fandom. The Crowne Plaza has been the location of G-Fest for as long as I have been in attendance.

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We have some thirty kaiju-specific designs that we designed for this convention.

It is THAT good, and the fans are THAT enthusiastic.

We have many friends and fans, as well. and it is always a joy to see them, year after year.

I have a request, though. My dealer neighbor (call him "D") has a dreadful health issue, one which has him on a countdown. Please pray for him to be well.

More later.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A cacaphony of consonants




I want you to know what a STRUGGLE it is for me NOT to share those gelatine mould salad pictures.

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Lots of fussing about $6(?) trillion missing from the Pentagon. "They need to find it!" say concerned folks.
Look in orbit, sez I.

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If I can emotionally extort someone for it, then it's a RIGHT!


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When the arm-flailing over "MEDICAID cuts" begin, here's the skinny: the "cuts" are reductions in INCREASES.
There are still increases in the budget, just not quite as many.
It is still a large net gain.

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"This Island Earth".
The Monitor played the reporter in "The Thing".

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The most hateful thing about Boomers is all the old people adverts they have spawned.


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In Biblical arguments, the text is the thing. Your opinion matters not a whit.
Here is the issue:
Many people SEEM to think that the Bible is Somehow Different from other books, in that "because spiritual", the rules of grammar, usage, comprehension and logic become squishy, and do not apply, as they do in reading the encyclopaed
ia or Upton Sinclair. Also, the "living document" business need not apply. Just as Webster's dictionary "fixed" the language, standardised it at a set point in time, so the Bible is set. The words and thoughts mean what they meant WHEN WRITTEN; they mean what they meant to the then-current audience. This means we must apply ourselves a tad to understand the (historical) context in which it was written. Ezekiel was not writing to 21st century Americans about a UFO sighting by the river Chebar. He was writing to Jewish exiles in Babylon, using imagery well understood by his audience.


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How exactly do you get "vworp-vworp" from the TARDIS matrialisation sound?


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Farewell, you moon-faced assassin of joy, you.

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STILL better than Mitch.
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I really, really HATE this design.
Mash-ups are one thing, but someone just swallowed a lot of sci-fi, then threw up on a shirt.




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Yet another in the endless string of annoyances...
"Put the petal to the metal.".


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Have a lovely rest of the week!

 

Friday, June 02, 2017

Post-prandial palaver



And the hilarious bit is, the John Birchers were right!

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Once again it comes down not to can I, but should I?
(I'm going to let you guess.)

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The biggest result of withdrawing from the Paris Accords will be that we won't subsidise China, India, and other signatories for doing nothing.

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Penguins are melting, so that they look like black-and-white cookies with beaks.

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Saw a bit of David Jeremiah shilling posthumously for Tim LaHaye and the "Left Behind" series.
This paragon of biblical scholarship spent the time preaching about "The Rapture", a doctrine that did not exist until the 1800s. If Paul nor Peter nor John did not write of it (much less Jesus preaching about it) it is...suspect.
They DID teach of the Resurrection just prior to the day of judgment. I'll bank on THAT one.

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“There are three intolerable things in life—cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women." -- Orson Welles


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I suspect that people might have happier lives if they did not hope for or expect the worst for others.


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I mourn the loss of restaurants-gone-by. Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants. Howard Johnson's. Shakey's Pizza (One exists in Auburn, AL).
The original Charcoal Grill in Dillon, SC. DeEtte's Kitchen in Dillon.
I HUNGER!

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Drove by a restaurant in Cary, NC this weekend, hight "Greek Fiesta".
The name is what's off-putting. It sounds like Greek-Mexican fusion. I hate fusion.
I am a food segregationist.


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From a year ago. The feelz, they are the same.
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I miss old Superman. Comics Code Superman. The bank robbers dump Jimmy Olson down a well, and the signal watch goes zee-zee-zee Superman.
Funny book Superman, the ones I read as a kid. Escapist fare, not gritty in-your-face mean streets of Metropolis Superman. Multi-colored Kryptonite Superman. Bizarro, Mister Myxzptlk, and Kandor-in-a-can Superman.
Pre-retconning Superman. Lois Lane, Perry White, newspaper biz Superman. "Really, glasses are your disguise?" Superman.
I miss fun Superman.

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Done with every group complaining about how bad it all is, and how "X" must be done to placate them.
I wanna know when MY group is gonna be addressed seriously, and no longer be made fun of!

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Have a lovely weekend!



Saturday, May 06, 2017

Tantalising tidbits of taco



The DD has been binge-watching thesurvivalgardener.com
David the Good is...good.
(He is also the producer of our adverts of awesomeness!)

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Insanity:
Going to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo.


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Cinco de Mayo: the day when American virtue-signalers and Mexicans go to Mexican restaurants to celebrate taco diversity, and all sane people go for pizza.

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See, the original idea was that the several states were EXACTLY that, (rather like Europe used to be). The Governors appointed ambassadors to represent the states in D.C. These ambassadors were called "senators", and represented their state and its interests to the FedGov just as the ambassador of a sovereign nation would.
This was changed by having the PEE-pul elect the Senate, turning it from an Embassy of the states into a fell Super-House-of-Representatives.
IKEA lovers...what happens when you ignore the instructions.

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It's May 5th.
Who wants Chinese?

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Not an immense fan of Natural News, but this puts it as plainly (though polemically) as it could be. “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel!"

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-02-1-trillion-budget-america-swamptopian-future-beyond-reform-reason.html


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I guess we will all have to buy snow shovels to dig through the corpses at the door.
Me, I'm renting a Bobcat.

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Saw an odd pilot/TV Movie.
"Star Command". Not bad. Done for UPN.
Has a "Boy, we wish we were Babylon 5!" vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZdblxn9tjA&t=305s

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The Dread Dormomoo and I watched the first half of "The Ten Commandments" (1956) last night.
We are amazed that there was any scenery left, it was so thoroughly chewed. Every line from Charlton Heston sounded as though carven in stone. And the pseudo-scripture writing...
"The light of eternal mind.". Had no idea Moses was a Theosophist.

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So tired of the trendy, real George use of the word "optics".

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Saddest TV moment:
Kenny crying when Cartman has eaten all the KFC skin.

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Billions and billions...?

From G.K.Chesterton's "Orthodoxy":
"But modern thought also hit my second human tradition. It went against the fairy feeling about strict limits and conditions. The one thing it loved to talk about was expansion and largeness. Herbert Spencer would have been greatly annoyed if any one had called him an imperialist, and therefore it is highly regrettable that nobody did. But he was an imperialist of the lowest type. He popularized this contemptible notion that the size of the solar system ought to over-awe the spiritual dogma of man. Why should a man surrender his dignity to the solar system any more than to a whale? If mere size proves that man is not the image of God, then a whale may be the image of God; a somewhat formless image; what one might call an impressionist portrait. It is quite futile to argue that man is small compared to the cosmos; for man was always small compared to the nearest tree. But Herbert Spencer, in his headlong imperialism, would insist that we had in some way been conquered and annexed by the astronomical universe. He spoke about men and their ideals exactly as the most insolent Unionist talks about the Irish and their ideals. He turned mankind into a small nationality. And his evil influence can be seen even in the most spirited and honourable of later scientific authors; notably in the early romances of Mr. H.G.Wells. Many moralists have in an exaggerated way represented the earth as wicked. But Mr. Wells and his school made the heavens wicked. We should lift up our eyes to the stars from whence would come our ruin.
But the expansion of which I speak was much more evil than all this. I have remarked that the materialist, like the madman, is in prison; in the prison of one thought. These people seemed to think it singularly inspiring to keep on saying that the prison was very large. The size of this scientific universe gave one no novelty, no relief. The cosmos went on for ever, but not in its wildest constellation could there be anything really interesting; anything, for instance, such as forgiveness or free will. The grandeur or infinity of the secret of its cosmos added nothing to it. It was like telling a prisoner in Reading gaol that he would be glad to hear that the gaol now covered half the county. The warder would have nothing to show the man except more and more long corridors of stone lit by ghastly lights and empty of all that is human. So these expanders of the universe had nothing to show us except more and more infinite corridors of space lit by ghastly suns and empty of all that is divine."



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SJWs?
MYOB

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I got to the shop last night, and as I drove up, there was a...something...in front of the shop door.
I got out, walked over, and found a box.
It was a Ouija board.
I suppose I need to start wearing an ascot, and drive an aqua and green van. With a dumb Great Dane.
Jinkies.



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"What I do know is, in little more than 30 years, we have gone from a nation where the “quiet enjoyment” of one’s private property was a sacred right, to a day when the so-called property “owner” faces a hovering hoard of taxmen and regulators threatening to lien, foreclose, and “go to auction” at the first sign of private defiance of their collective will ... a relationship between government and private property rights which my dictionary defines as “fascism.”"
-- Vin Suprynowicz
(1950-) American columnist, author
Source: Live Free or Die: How Many More Carl Dregas?, September 21, 1997

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Bill O'Reilly fired?
Clearly it's "Irish need not apply" ALL over again!

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Had the most dreadful nightmares the other night, visually as though Wes Craven and Heavy Metal had a shoggoth.
I pray not to have a reboot.

Maybe I'll watch "The Langoliers" as a lullaby.

I know...NOTHING is as bad as that was.

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"If these aren't the End Times, they will certainly do until they get here." -- John B. Wells

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Going beddie-bye, now.
I'll try not to pull an Alan Tracy.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Choice Chunks from the Chalice of Reeks



Sean Spicer is historically and contextually correct. He is NOT being a "Holocaust denier". Der Fuhrer did NOT drop gas bombs or fire gas missiles, such as was done in Syria.

The Germans DID use gas in enclosed spaces to exterminate Jews wholesale, and against Russians in caves. That is not what was done in Syria.

One of these things is not like the other. To use the Holocaust as a mere political tool to beat up a political opponent dishonors the memory of the millions slaughtered in the Third Reich, and cheapens the horror of what was done in the Second World War.

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If you ever feel you have too much of life left, and should therefore waste part of it:
"The Night of the Lepus"
Giant bunnies rampage. Hilarity ensues.

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I am amazed at the number of social media people that are Health Physics experts.
#Fukushima
Plutonium is like vitamins!!
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Mercury in retrograde?
Maybe the transmission needs work.

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Watching Rodan on Svengoolie.
I'm convinced that Marvin Miller does some of the dubbing. Of course, Keye Luke, Paul Frees and George Takei, but Miller's voices are pretty unmistakable.

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Wonder Woman:
"In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights..."
No. No she wasn't.

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Congress.
Can you hear the 'copters?
Hint: Pinochet
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We lost a brave soldier.
One of the girls zapped me.

( YouTube beekeeper videos with them going without The Spacesuit:
IT'S A TRAP!

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Found comment from a Swiss citizen:
"We Swiss are the government. We do not allow our civil servants to forget that, as some people who imagine they are still free do."

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"Consent of the Governed"
What are you consenting to?

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When you check into a hotel, it takes 24 hours for YOUR personal biome to assert itself in your room. But it DOES.
This SHOULD be a comfort to those of us who travel incessantly.

( The microbes that live with you in YOUR home environment. Your micro-environment...you carry it with you. When you move into a hotel room, your biome asserts itself, and overwhelms the previous person's bio-leavings.
The territory, she is bio-marked.)

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What a faithless lot.
"Trump did something I disagree with. I am BETRAYED!!"

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If you insist on playing "Monopoly" by Blackjack's rules,the game will end badly.
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I made French onion soup. Used butter and bacon grease to saute the onions.
Oh, mercy.
My only regret is not having a bit of sherry to add.

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Also, it appears that the use of the word "empathy" is to one-up those with "sympathy".


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A friend has brought up a Thing in my noddle.
Why is it when a person expresses annoyance or disgruntlement, why do people feel the need to jolly him or her up? Why must it all be smiles and giggles?

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I would rather squeeze an apple for juice than use a product called "JUISIR".

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https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?singlepost=3419181

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Oh, NHK.
When did "kawaii" turn into "bag lady"?
(Seriously. Grown women sporting "couture" that screams "My 2-year-old mugged me with Lisa Frank stickers!".)

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Watching 1967's "The Champions" at the shop whilst printing.
Really can't stand Peter Wyngarde (ep 2 heavy).
OTOH George Murcell in ep. 3 (I suspect that the SUPERCAR sculptors used his face for Prof. Popkiss).

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HEY, OLD GUYS.
If you are going to quote something from a classic show or movie to exhibit your being a fan,
GET THE QUOTES RIGHT! If it's wrong, it's not a quote, and, well, you look like AN OLD GUY!

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They got Smith so right, and The Robot so wrong.

Hanna-Barbera, this is why we can't have nice things. And besides...

Robon? ROBON??!


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A runabout...
I'LL STEAL IT!
No one will EVER know!!

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YouTube comment of Utmost Tragedy.
"I'm not body-shaming or anything, but shouldn't Lady Death be... thinner?"
Because cartoon.

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Dear Yucatan Guacamole:
Guacamole isn't supposed to be fluffy.

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Watched this tonight whilst printing.
Really rather good, and a brill Cold-War take on the Frankenstein motif.

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New Chic ad. "Believe Me, These Pant Is Easy to Match Clothing."
Sign me up.

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Bless me, for I have cinematically sinned....
I actually LIKE "Meteor".

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The best way to ruin Science Fiction movies is to let the Italians at 'em.

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From Randall Schanze, the most pellucid contrast of Star Treks TOS and TNG:
"Pick anyone from TOS, I'd love to have lunch with them and hang out. Pick nearly anyone from TNG, and I would not."

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May you all have a blessed Good Friday, and an even MORE blessed Easter Sunday!

I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father,
By whom all things were made;
Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man,
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried,
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
And ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead:
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord and giver of life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come.
Amen

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He is risen.
He is risen, indeed!









Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Rusty Robots of Rutan


The idea that humankind is essentially good will be the death of us.
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Ultra-Q on Shout! Factory TV.
It was like a Fifties SF/Horror flick each week, with a real "Twilight Zone" vibe, by way of Osaka. (That's a joke).
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Anyone remember Walter Cronkite's CBS series "The 21st Century"?
Anyone wanna sue CBS for being SO wrong depicting the 21st century as being exciting and cool?
I feel like I drank an ennui latte with whipped tedium on top.
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Scrawny bird sez: "Whoa, I've been sick!".
I need to know the provenance of this cartoon gag. Was it a Draft thing? There is NOTHING online that I can learn from searches.
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A private citizen leading the Lord's Prayer has NOTHING to do with "separation of church and state".
"CONGRESS shall make no law..."
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Sometimes I think that the Pokemon GO A.I. was ported from the original X-Com.
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MUST Dollar General smell like bargain night at a joy house?
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Gun sales have dropped considerably since the Trump Ascendancy. People aren't worried about losing gun rights.
The Left should be turning cartwheels, but no. If he multiplied hot dogs and buns, they would fuss that the buns are in 8-packs, ant the hotdogs in 10-packs.
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I cannot imagine that drawing tally marks on your skin with Sharpie could possibly be good for your liver.
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"Hate Crime" = "X" lives matter more
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I'm glad my interests go beyond politics. It wearies me to see utterly non-political posts muddied by commenters who HAVE to make some political point out of it.
To quote the Great Shat:
"GET A LIFE!".
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Friend to Robert Frost: "Yeats is dead."
Frost: "Good."
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I am sad that I know as much as I do about Flat Earth theory.
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Advert:
"Enjoy 20/20 hearing..."
Uh huh.
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"Sure, sure, sure."
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Where has "Invasion of the Saucer Men" been all my life?



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Pandas are no longer on the endangered list. Maybe Panda Express will stop substituting moggy.

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"Mr. President, we must not allow a mine shaft gap!"
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I know it's foolish to ask, but must it be the binary "Ban refugees" vs, "Open the borders and let 'em all in" argument?
Maybe there are other intermediate options. The Ellis Island model appeared to work well. I mean all the proud "we were ALL immigrants" people are in fact here. Maybe we could just use the extant laws and regulations, instead of marching and punching and in the end, accomplishing nothing.
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I watched "War of the Insects" whilst printing shirts late last night. The only joy I have left to me is to inflict this as broadly as possible.