Friday, July 31, 2009

Dirty Book Disappoints Conservative Who Reviews It At Length

Mike Baron's finest moment:
La Muse intends to be a serious look at the consequences of absolute power but views the world through a politically-correct lens that sets your teeth on edge. People naturally fear and hate [La Muse]. After one of numerous assassination attempts, La Muse’s Boswell, her sister Libby, writes, “It was another bunch of zealots trying to kill her. Jihadists, anti-abortionists, anti-gay activists (though she’s not gay), intelligent design fanatics, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, you name it, they want her dead.”

Who’s missing from the above laundry list of traditional liberal bugaboos? That’s right. Liberals. No liberal ever wants anyone dead (unless it’s Rush Limbaugh or Clarence Thomas.)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Crying Shame

Cheating ballers poke their bums
With needles full of drugs
If only they’d grown up with
Loving mothers full of hugs.

Proof of Age

A school burned down near me today and I thought "That is terrible."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FYROM This to That

Once a new country made a flag:

The flag, the new state's constitution and its name all became the focus of a bitter dispute between [Macedonia and Greece], during which Greece imposed an economic blockade on the Republic from February 1994. In July 1995, Greece lodged a request with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for exclusive copyright to the Vergina Sun. Greek objections also prevented the flag from being flown at the United Nations Headquarters building in New York The blockade was lifted in October 1995 when an agreement was reached to change the flag, modify the constitution and resolve the naming dispute through United Nations-sponsored negotiations.

Did Macedonia learn this lawlessness from Romania? You decide:


A certain blog is receiving updates.

Lemon-squeezing and asses so far. Disquisitions on Hayek to come?

The Use of Acid

This is a fairly plain song, dull production, good lyrics, unremarkable singing, and then Richard Thompson's guitar leaves bloody marks where your ears used to be. Thompson's still a Muslim and was at the time of the recording, so I don't imagine he was partaking at the time, but do you wind up playing like that without some hefty chemical inspiration in your past?

Play loud: the contrast between song and assault is fun.

Kitschier. These poor hippies do not know there is a lion on their stage ready to rip them all to shreds:

Still melting brains 40 years after Fairport:

Also he is a smartypants:

Granny Unbound

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Found an easy way to make her bouncier and less stompy.

This is important.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Killing Time Again


Ol' Buddy Burt

The Case Against Mortarboarding:
I have received a number of e-mails over the years from disgruntled parents griping about the left-wing indoctrination their kids are forced to undergo at colleges and universities all over America.
Yeah! College suck suck sucks!
Whenever people use that court of law argument to make a point, I know they’re desperate. Heck, O.J. Simpson and Al Capone were never convicted of murder, and Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Idi Amin and Kim Jong-il, have never even been convicted of jay-walking.
Hmm, here's where the "college sucks" doctrine fail fail fails.

Mikey loves screenshots:

The link, FYI, like it matters, you hair-splitting pedants.


A new and exotic definition of sarcasm walks the land:

Monday, July 27, 2009


Another Iran podcast from the BBC.

From near the start, referring to Iraq using chemical weapons on Iran:
It's a very hard balance; they're using chemical weapons, so you want them to stop using the chemical weapons, at the same time you don't want to see Iran win the war.
-George Schultz

Swinging on a Star

A Mr. Jeremy D. Boreing - I have a stupid name too! - sees fit to reprint his initial essay on Sarah Palin after her selection as wannabe VP:
The only name in the media today, for better or for worse, is Sarah Palin. For better because she has single-handedly solved John McCain’s two biggest problems, his base, and his base.
Well-said my friend! He adds an update:
In the end, I suspect that the Sarah they have most to fear is not Vice President Sarah or even Governor Sarah at all. It is Citizen Sarah’s first day on the clock, and her star seems as bright to me as ever it did last September.
Any stars seen were likely headlights.


Sunday, July 26, 2009


Mark Steyn vs. graphs.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I wonder if mikey has tried Inkscape. Supposed to be an Illustrator replacement. Not having dealt with Illustrator in depth I dunno, but it may make doing things in Blender easier via an SVG export.

And hey, what's below was wholly unplanned. 3D means you never know what you'll find when you rotate a view.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Diamond & Pearl Stormfront Card List

My Depravity

I saw this at Roy's. Then I clicked through and saw a strange little tidbit:
I've blogged before about being at the Toronto Film Festival when the Todd Solondz film "Happiness" premiered. It was highly anticipated. It's a grotesquely misanthropic movie, a film that puts the viewer in the position of rooting for a pederast as he tries to drug and anally rape his son's playmate.
You know, I quite like Happiness - it's one of the few movies I own - and I did not find myself rooting for the child molester at that point.

Perhaps I'm some sort of sick freak.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You're Welcome

To Ass-Rape With Explosives Or Not To Ass-Rape With Explosives

Our man John T. Simpson:
[Do you really think many Lefties, especially the ACLU, would have] given Man On Fire’s John Creasey carte blanche to jam a C-4 Easter egg up a corrupt Mexican cop’s ass in order to extract information on the kidnapping and presumed murder of Dakota Fanning’s Pita Ramos? Ya, as if! Yet in all those cases, those characters get right in our faces and demand of us, “what would YOU do in this situation?”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Not Even Trolling

Andrew Klavan doesn't think freaking out ordinary people is funny:
But there’s something about the talented, creative and undoubtedly funny [Sacha Baron] Cohen’s whole modus operandi that just really bugs me.
Fine. The rest of the article's a sort of anti-Candid Camera complaint and bleg for Obama jokes. The real gold is at comment six:
6. sinanju:

Do tell.

Can anyone think of any other country where Cohen could pull this crap with everyday people and not get his butt kicked inside of five minutes?

I Have This Problem All The Time

At about twelve minutes in thrill to a call placed to LBJ's White House by former astronaut Scott Carpenter, who is phoning from an undersea chamber with a helium atmosphere.

You Could Have Answered That Email, But NO.

Too late:
GENEVA — Swiss authorities on Thursday lifted a 12-year freeze on nearly seven million dollars in assets the late Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko held in Switzerland, allowing their return to his family.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Top One John Hawkins Writing Technique

Jan 9, 2009

Listening at Work


The BBC World Service is doing a series on Iran's relationship with the West, starting with the revolution. Part one is worth a listen.

Personal Stimulus

Watch the squirming in comments over a question to St. Ronnie:
Here is my question Mr. Reagan; as a good conservative I don’t believe in handouts or welfare. I think the government is spending us into socialism and pushing us towards rampant inflation. At the same time the money Mr. Obama is handing out to buy cars is my money! Should I take the $4500 from the government or should I stand on principle and leave the $4500 discount on the table?
Are there similar agonies about the use of the sidewalk?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Spirit of Rebellion

Mark Steyn:
The transformation of developed societies - either into old folks' homes (like Japan) or semi-Islamized dystopias (like Amsterdam, Brussels, etc) - will lead, in fact, to emigration. A young German or Japanese circa 2040 will have no reason whatsoever to stay in his native land and have most of his income confiscated in a vain attempt to prop up an unsustainable geriatric welfare system.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I Suggest "Pornographic"

The BBC informs us that
An Irish cinema showing controversial film Bruno has taken a novel approach to attracting customers, warning them that the film is "vile".

Well, That Was Tedious

Moving and name-changing and all. Seems to work though.


Friday, July 17, 2009

The Stamp of Approval

On the one hand, peace between Israel and Palestine would contribute to stability in the Middle East.

On the other hand, war between Israel and Palestine would contribute to stability in the Middle East.

Let the Photoshopping Begin

John "Humbert" Derbyshire will soon have a new book out, and I gotta say I like the cover:
The "doom" is apparently a running gag.

Via mikey:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Have No Bridge and I Must Troll

God, I feel so good now. Got it all out. Okay, let’s hear it in the comments section now. No holding back. That includes you, Unrighteous Bubba and Cognitive Dissonant. Tell us about all the kinky things you like to do with tinfoil, Vaseline and vacuum cleaners while watching sick online German porn in your mothers’ basements :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Biggus Dickus Is Angered!

Roy takes Rod Dreher to task:
The other has to do with Dreher's idea of life in general. He's alarmingly sympathetic to plural marriages between/among nymphets and middle-aged men in a religious context. But the notion of sexual fantasy nauseates him. With God, all things are possible indeed: if a grown man picks the right faith he can live like Humbert Humbert minus the guilt, but if he or anyone looks at Miss November not only is he doomed, but so is society.
So too does this gentleman:
Rod Dreher irresponsibly drags the "problem of pornography" onto his blog and then attempts to hide the mess behind a few utterly boring "essay" questions. Typical Dreher. Bring up a problem that is at the root of the soul-annihilation of an entire generation, hope people will applaud you for noticing (and being "above it all, really"), and proceed to render the gravity of the problem vulnerable to the most basic statistical and narcissistic critiques.
Why yes, thank you for guessing, smart person!

It's RIMWELL again!


A dynamic logo for a dynamic personality:


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Subsidized Blogriculture

Mark Steyn spies this:
The closing of a newspaper means a little piece of democracy has died.
Mark Steyn responds thus:
This kind of indestructible, fatuous narcissism is a big part of what's wrong. What other industry conflates itself with the very legitimacy of the state? If you're insisting on your indispensability even as millions dispense with you, you're the one with the problem.
That makes me want to donate money to the National Review which could not survive in the marketplace without the blah blah blah.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bicycle Race

Antonio Ruiz, 1938.

Philadelphia Museum of Art.

How Dare They!

Billy is outraged!
Last but not least comes Madonna (who just screams “family values”). During the 2008 campaign, she used a photo montage during one of her performances to compare John McCain to Hitler.

In comments to the article (which is entitled "Hollywood's Oxymoronic Definition of 'Liberal Tolerance'"):
Here's the sitch. These fragile ego'd pretenders in Hollywood feel guilty because they know they know what they do is a joke and yet they get paid well and are fawned over. They feel bad because they play act all day and do nothing of importance yet earn much more than people of real significance. They also are aware of what dirt-bags they are (remember "casting couches" -- Think they went away?) and due to a non-belief in God are unable to ever feel forgiven for their shortfalls. To fight and appease this nagging guilt, they get involved in social causes. Further, most all of them have massive insecurities and so they cannot tolerate anyone who shines a light on their immorality. As such they surround themselves with other dirt-bags, including a dirt-bag President who will not threaten to expose their immoralities and shortcomings.
Also the site is entitled Big Hollywood, because conservatives are supposed to like entertainment just like regular folks.

The Human Shrub

The world needs heroes.

Corrupt bureaucrats cannot stand the shining green light of justice aimed at their actions:
Martin Hunt, the council committee member for parks and gardens, said the only reason containers were bereft of flowers was because the planting season had yet to begin.

"If the Human Shrub is crossing dual carriageways in order to make a political point then I think he is being very irresponsible," he told the East Anglian Daily Times.

"He could get himself injured or killed, or even worse could lead to someone else being injured or killed. At least when he was outside the town hall he was amusingly stupid. This is not funny at all."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quartz Composer

I've been fiddling with Blender once in a while, which is free, but the learning curve is steep and I tend to give up after extruding a sphere or two. While I was looking up some related material I remembered Max/MSP which had a nifty kinda modular interface but costs oodles of money for honest law-abiding citizens such as myself. For some reason I looked that up on the Wikipedia and I find I have a low-budget modular video synthesizer right on my Mac. Quartz Composer is a fucking snap to use.

Share with me the fruits of my labours:

Autoplaying and looping YouTube is awfully fun.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Here is Michael S. Rulle Jr.:
He is manager of his very own financial firm and loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
I have been trying to figure out how to work the Red Hot Chile Peppers’ (RHCP)* 1999 hit, Californication, into a blog.
This is a wonderful coincidence, because prior to moseying over to Big Hollywood to nutpick I had spent upwards of twenty seconds trying to figure out how to work this picture "into a blog":

Shall we finish up the first paragraph?
I had known and liked the song for some time. Who doesn’t?** But other than simply liking the song and having a general sense of what it was about, I had never listened closely. Of course, the title itself has almost the entire meaning of the song within it. I had recently read economist Russell Robert’s Hayekian novel, “The Price of Everything.” It is a simple yet spiritual characterization of the mystery of what Hayek called the “spontaneous order” in human organization.
What follows are a couple thousand words of similar character and spontaneity in an attempt by Mr. Suit and Tie Guy to have a more dignified midlife crisis than his buddy who got the clap. After a painful verse-by-verse examination of the lyrics, we wind up here:
Lets put it all together. We know this “Californication” thing is “bad” but what is it? Californication is libertinism, crass materialism, solipsistic interactions and spiritual emptiness. It is our modern secular world, in short. Who knew RHCP shared something in common with cultural conservatives?
Like Hitler, Anthony Kiedis is fond of children and dogs.

*My gratitude to the author for clarifying what might have been a confusing acronym later in the article.


Dave Brockington has a post up at LGM about Chernobyl tourism. (I'll be damned: spell-check likes Chernobyl.)

One of our party wanted to go, but our schedule was full and some of us were opposed, myself included. I had no wish to become irradiated or have to replace everything I was wearing. The lure of of inhabited land turned feral - not just returned to nature but poisonous - remains pretty powerful though, and I still regret not going, much as I know if I was presented with the chance again I still wouldn't take it.

Below is a picture from the terrific-by-Ukrainian-standards Chernobyl museum in Kiev (photography not allowed, dumb tourists cut some slack). These men who look so pleased at their triumph over the reactor died shortly thereafter of course.