Oct/31
2014

Yeah they're religious but you'd think after a dozen boys they'd get God's message to STOP FUCKING.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) -- A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.[..]

The Schwandts, who live Rockford, which is north of Grand Rapids, consider themselves devout Roman Catholics and don't believe in using birth control. Kateri Schwandt comes from a family of 14 kids. She said she is feeling well.

"I love being pregnant," she said. "I've spent half of my life being pregnant. It's very neat and very special."

The Schwandt are some selfish fucktards. Your town, your state, your nation and this ENTIRE earth does NOT need your genes. Every one of your hungry little hippos will consume resources at the expense of the health, welfare and survive-ability of the whole human race. And yet, somehow, you're more special than the rest of us because "pregnancy feels good."

Ffs isn't there an ob-gyn in your state with a sense of conscious? And why the fuck hasn't your insurance company not kicked you off their rolls? Clearly you're more of a money-sink than a half-dozen patients with "pre-existing conditions".

It's a uterus bitch, not a clown car.

Oct/30
2014

My guess is that someone just put the title in as a placeholder with all good intentions to change it later. Maybe.

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Big-box superstore Walmart has publicly apologized for listing plus-sized women's Halloween costumes as "Fat Girl Costumes" on its official website, calling the decision to do so "unacceptable."

Ok so it was a mistake. According to current nomenclature we now say "Plus Sized". In the past "Full Figured" seemed to be the thing, before that maybe "Rubenesque" or the plain-jane "voluptuous". I suppose there's probably a market for "Booty-licious" these days and maybe even "Dat Ass".

Still you have to call it something I suppose. And when it comes to google searches I'm gonna bet more people look for the literal rather than that PC.

Oct/29
2014

This is what I've been doing lately while slugging away the days in the mines. First, I tune into some nice background atmosphere. The site A Soft Murmur works nicely for that, especially the rain/thunder mix.

Then, I fire up the YouTube. Namely, old timey fire and brimstone, castin' out demons, preachin' from the likes of AA Allen. This is a bloke I've stumbled upon who, like any evangelical preacher worth the stereotype, ended his days in pills and alcohol. But the recordings are tons of fun, such as this one entitled Witchcraft, Wizards and Witches.

And then, finally, I add in some sinister texture. Eerie noise from such as the NASA Voyager's "Symphony of The Planets" recording.

It makes for some great, focused, work as the thunder rolls, cracks and reverberates under the cosmic force of the thin, frantic fear mongering from the past.

Oct/29
2014

The Pope just said science was real. He did. He did? OMFG.

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Pope Francis said Tuesday the theories of evolution and the cosmological Big Bang theory are correct but do not contradict the intervention of a creator. [..]

"The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve."

Great jumpin' horny-toads but that's NUTS! THE POPE HIMSELF SAID EVOLUTION AND THE BIG BANG ARE REAL.

So, where does that leave all the bible-humpin' fundies making sciency-like museums n shit and voting for ass-written text books? It just yanked the fucking rug right the HELL out from under them. Now they'll just have to own up to believing in bullshit "because".

Woo hoo hoo!

Oct/28
2014

Everyone has a special weakness, you know like kryptonite or catwoman, mine is simpler but just as annoying. It's superglue. Honestly I don't know HOW the fuck it happens but hand me a tube, even a sealed one, and I've got the shit all the fuck over and my fingers glued to every surface in the room. Hard to imagine until you've seen me do it. Truth.

I don't know *why* I have a problem with superglue. In my imagination it's an unexplained medical phenomenon like how my mother-in-law has to wear wind up watches because she drains anything with a quartz battery in a week. Even the expensive kind of watches. It's a bloody mystery but harmless unlike myself and the ever-exploding superglue thing which is a fucking nightmare.

You doubt me, I can tell this. Well here's today's example: I carefully held the tube by the little crimped end putting no, I REPEAT NO, pressure on the metal tube. Like Mr. Phelps in Mission Impossible cutting a bomb wire I cautiously unscrewed the bright red cap. Then I stare at the end of the tube. Nope. No glue there. None. Ok, so I give it the tiniest, most minute pinch at the end and a wee bubble forms of glue. As I dab it on the surface to be glued I notice there's glue down both my thumb, index and OTHER index finger. HOW THE EVER-LIVING FUCK? Quickly I ram the cap back on, there's glue everywhere and my fingers are sticking to the chair, desk, tube, each other, the tube (again), and the stuff I was gluing.

Note, however, regardless of my woe I have NEVER EVER glued both fingers together permanently. Nor permanently to any surface. Instead I just wind up rubbing my hands on my pants for the rest of the day trying to wear the shit off. It's mostly off now, just a few glints on each hand but I'd like to have someone set up some stop-motion photography to catch the evil being from the future (not ruling out my future self either) who is jumping in and dousing me with super glue every time I use it as some multi-time-dimensional running joke.

HA FUCKING HA. IT'S NOT FUNNY ANY MORE. And it never was to begin with. So stop already.

Fuck.

Oct/27
2014

Or maybe it's the other way around?

The article in the NY Times is entitled "Dressing For Transparency?s Sake" and the first (and only) line above the illustrations says "Fall?s most beguiling looks reveal subtle hints of skin." When I look at these high-fashion works it brings to mind the stark contrast with the influence of fanatical Islam. On one end of the spectrum I'm reading about laurels to First-world fashion designers who reveal to beguile, at the other women are hidden under personal-sized tents because men should not be beguiled. Much less exposed to the full package as it were.

And yet women in these "revealing" nations are better off, educated, liberated (mostly), advancing in politics, religion and society. It seems there's a correlation there isn't it? But time and again there are articles on CNN and other (semi) newsworthy sources about how "liberating" being smothered in a tent really is, first-world women embracing the third world ways because it gives them a sense of identity they wouldn't otherwise have. I would counter "so did Jonestown". But then you already know which side I'm on.

I love the stories of girls who lope off, or try, to Syria or Iraq to find a more pure way of life. Hilarity. I would say sure, go ahead honey, just don't expect to come back. It's like a less gruesome Darwin Award. If they want to take themselves out of civilized society and live in a warzone with no rights, no liberties, no medical care, please, be my guest. Why waste pearls on self-avowed swine? But let's get back to the point: seeing a woman's face and figure doesn't make a society immoral. It's the PEOPLE that make it immoral. Something that fundies know but don't want to accept responsibility for since it's just easier to have someone to blame.

And the Saudi's want to have their own high-fashion industry now. Not sure how they plan on justifying that, but it'll be fucking amusing when they do.

Oct/26
2014

But I sure the fuck feel like it when I drive in my state. It's like a full 10 seconds once the light turns green before the first quarter-turn of the tire for the first guy in line. WHY SO LONG? WHY?

Yes, I'm originally from New York where people had and apparently still have some sort of reflexes. Unless the reason everyone in Massachusetts drives like a pithed frog is because of some inbred genetic defect. They don't call themselves massholes for no reason.

H8.

Oct/26
2014

The governments in Europe seem to be having a really hard time understanding the intangible. Like the Internet. It just seems to escape the pencil-pushers that the nets aren't a commodity that can be priced by the bushel or kilo.

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1 but does not specify how much aggregators like Google News could be charged. Spain's AEDE group of news publishers had lobbied for what is known as the "Google Tax" but has not provided specifics.

And also this.

Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan. (BBC)

It's quaint, like the little old men sitting outside in the slightly overcast AM, sipping sweet liquor as the misty gray burns off, and just as inane. Taxing something because the smell of money lingers around it, something they CLEARLY don't understand. Like the Froggies taxing Amazon because it was "putting the bookstores out of business". It's amazing they managed to give up bloomers without taxing Y-fronts, or bicycles based on how small the wheels were.

Actually it's just fucking stupid is what it really is and clearly the ignorance runs deeply enough that troglodytes can lobby for the creation of vague and muddy laws which then produce a backlash of public anger. Like taxing the internet based on how much data you use (not that ISP's don't already do this, but THEY at least provide a service.) The idea that a NEWSPAPER, which handily rips off content from people (oh and also the internet) can make a profit for each time their content is indexed is hilariously moronic. The solution to this is so wonderfully simple it makes me hope that it comes true: simply do not aggregate information coming from Spain. That way their content will sit on their isolated servers, limp and unseen, racking up no costs and staying so very safe from unfair duplication.

In other words: yes please take your ball and go home. If you don't want to play with the team you can sit alone and play with yourself. Enjoy!

Oct/25
2014

Who is Timothy Stanley? No one really. He's an "opinion" blogger for CNN which reads as: "not good enough to be a real reporter". Yes, he posts opinions, which the internet-enabled public is surely lacking for. In this article he takes out a big stick to beat an already abused woman, because MANLY, RIGHETOUS, FOXNEWSONCNN-y.

(CNN) -- Shameless. There's no other word to describe Monica Lewinsky. Sixteen years after her affair with President Bill Clinton became public knowledge, she's returned to the limelight with a campaign against cyberbullying -- of which she claims to have been "patient zero."

Too bad Timmy didn't bother reading the OTHER article on CNN today or he might think differently about his woman-bashing blog post.

Washington (CNN) -- A government report obtained by CNN on Friday states that government agents and lawyers mistreated Monica Lewinsky when they approached the former White House intern in January 1998 to get her to cooperate with an investigation into President Bill Clinton.[..]

"Associate Independent Counsel Michael Emmick confronted Lewinsky with her false affidavit and other criminal activities relations to the Jones case," the report states. "In an effort to gain her cooperation, Emmick told her she could be prosecuted on multiple criminal charges, but said if she cooperated, the OIC would take it into account in charging decisions."

In doing so, however, the agents and lawyers denied Lewinsky attempts to speak with her lawyer, Frank Carter.

Little Tim makes the point that Monica raises her profile with regards to victims of harassment, peeking out from under the historic and hysterical tar-and-feathering of "the other woman", a courtesan if you like nice words, whore if you don't. And Monica, being a whore, should wear black and slink in the shadows because women who embarrass men should neither be seen nor heard.

Hey Tim, I'll bet you know this word: misogynist. It applies to you. Because in no way SHOULD Monica stay quiet, she has rights and strength and a story and opinions. Like you. However I have a suggestion for you: stfu. Because your opinions are neither novel, interesting or worthy of first-world press. Also, since I'm really a nobody blogger of my own opinions, I'm going to call you a dickless wonder because a real man with a real dick doesn't go after women. Whores or not.

Oct/24
2014

There's funny and then there's this.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A suburban Dallas man whose Halloween decorations follow an Ebola theme said the disease is "the scariest thing on the market right now."
James Faulk of University Park said his job buying and selling items at auctions meant he already had props including biohazard bins and bags to create an Ebola outbreak-themed yard display for Halloween.

Faulk said the point of Halloween decorations is to give people a scare.[..] However, some residents have said the display is in bad taste.

Gee, ya think?

Ok so Ebola, like Aids, like the fucking Bubonic Plague aren't actually funny. It's fucking scary. And sad. Not funny. Dipshits in Dallas clearly don't have any idea what's not. Like this.

Oct/23
2014

I've heard the following words today to describe the action: riffing, separating, parting-ways, moving on, unable to support, transitioned.

I've heard the following words today to describe the people: capable workers, those affected.

I've heard the following words today to describe the situation: pivotal, crunch, opportunity, optimistic, redistributed.

No names were mentioned. Not in the company email, not in the team meeting. Only aside in whispered conversations did the managers speak the names of those who were (and let's just say it) laid off today.

I wasn't one, as the the people who do the heavy lifting are usually the last to get it in this industry. But being in the "design" department (for lack of a better term) means the situation is just as tenuous. Any more fat trimming and the knife is bound to fall my way.

The amount of spin is what makes me angry. It's the "stick our heads in the sand, thank the stars it wasn't me" vibe from the rest of the company. The "we can overcome this pitfall which has happened to the company".

No... it didn't happen to the company, it happened to five individuals who came to do some work here. Five individuals out of a group of fifty is a huge chunk of the business. It's not like we're not going to forget or the impact will be minimal. It's a blow to the confidence and the morale for a company that is suffering from attrition anyway.

There's fault here and it didn't have to happen to anyone. Call it what it is. Say it in plain English: We overspent, didn't pay attention to the money, hedged our bets on revenue that wasn't there and now we have to send someone to the unemployment office. Oops.

Oct/22
2014

Written by Roulette...

I've avoided a lot of comment and outrage on this. Partly because I try not to care, and partly because the only people willing to actually listen are people that already agree with me.

For a lack of better terms there are a number of groups involved in this: average gamers, game "journalists", misogynists, and feminists. Depending on which spin you're listening to, the facts of the case change dramatically. For example, the extreme section of the feminists claim that average gamers and misogynists are the same group. And the gamers claim widespread extortion and corruption throughout the game press has prevented them from addressing the core of the issue (from the gamers perspective). The break downs go on and on.

Here's my perspective. I don't know the women who kicked this off. Zoe Quinn is not a name known to me, nor is her work in any way important to me. Nor are the names of the other women being bounced around. Due to that irrelevance concerning thier work, I don't care about the truth of the allegations that she slept with people to get better game reviews. Given my complete lack of knowledge of the game in question, if true it didn't work very well. And if not true, then I still don't care about her game. The allegations have no impact beyond the question of impropriety in game reviews. All that matters about Zoe Quinn is that she and the other women concerned in this thing have been harassed far more than is even remotely reasonable. Even if the absolute worst of their critics claims are true, the personal attacks on them are far beyond acceptable.

Moving on the game "journalists". Quite frankly, the obvious collusion in the coordinated response they provided claiming that gamers are dead and don't matter anymore is disgusting, incorrect, and more importantly completely lacking in vision. Again, outside of this particular issue, game "journalists" have mishandled their jobs. They should behave as impartial critics of games and community. Instead, they often act as shills for triple A titles and wildly inflate reviews based on the kickback received. This has come up before, and will come up again. They get away with it by claiming that their articles are actually opinion pieces, and as such not subject to impartiality. That is true, but it's also reprehensible. In any effect, the rise of twitch and youtube reviews and 'let's play' videos has provided the informed with much better sources of review. In ten years, the game "journalist" will be dead.

Now, onto the feminists. Valid points raised. Many games have issues with misogynistic view points. But, the more temperate members run into the same issue as the gamers. The extreme sections of the discussion ruin it for the rest of you. Cherry picking data, ignoring critism, and claiming that "every single person who self identifies as a gamer is a rapist is disguise". That just hurts the idea, and makes people defensive who might otherwise support you. And, same as the misogynists, the act of attacking people and their livelihood simply for them not agreeing with you is reprehensible. The only good thing I can say is that so far, I haven't heard of feminists that have gone quite as far as the 4chan assholes have. I'm not sure I'd take that as a compliment if I were an "normal" member of the movement.

Finally... the gamers. Quite frankly, we're not blameless here. A large portion of gamers went along for the pitchfork ride in the beginning. Even those that backed off are still occasionally being pulled into the conversation. You have concerns with journalists? Ignore them and don't support those sites anymore. Trust me, the profession is dying and they know it. Issues with the feminists? accept that there is some level of truth to their claims, but ignore the vitriol. And the asshole misogynists? Don't help them by allowing them to co opt your views. Instead, as gamers, we should remember that we only have a single mind on one topic: we love to play games.

We don't agree on which games, or why, or even how much we do it. We just enjoy games. And this issue, with all of it's noise and hype is nothing. It's not important, and the people involved with fade away. Some because they're not relevant anymore. Some because they'll get bored with yelling into the wind. And at the end of the day, we'll all go back to pounding our controllers and keyboards, doing what we love to do. In fact, the sooner more of us do that instead of screaming at each other, the better off we'll all be.

Oct/21
2014

Gamergate is a thing and this cracks me up. Really. As a card-carrying member of the gamer community I find this navel-gazing about as funny as when your kid discovers its genitals. Because every kid has one and the reaction is more or less the same: Wtf? Wow! Shit I can't do that here. Yeah but it still feels good.

The idea that gamers hate (h8) on things and each other is hardly news. In this era of "let's solve things with lots of posts and outcry" the notion that some guy would hate on his ex in a gamer forum isn't novel. Unless you're not a gamer. Because vitriol is the lifeblood of organized gaming. The minute two players are joined by a connection the smack talk goes down. And it doesn't matter about what or to whom. It just becomes more "novel" when it's a minority. Like a woman. Which brings me back to a place and time, say the early 2000's and a semi-popular gamer forum dedicated to Unreal Tournament players back when organized team play was still alive and kicking (read: well before Sony, Microsoft and Steam owned all the networks.) The forum was called Pro Unreal or ProU for short, and it was no place, NO PLACE, for a woman. At least one that acknowledged herself as one.

I suppose back in 1999 when UT came out there were SO many players that it didn't matter, but as the community contracted it became more and more select, and the environment more rarefied that only "true" players were tolerated. The rest were run out on a rail. But special treatment was reserved for women, a good decade before "Gamergate" women were hounded with A/S/L, mockup pic of their privates, harangues about their parenting skills (or lack thereof since they were gamers), pranks, hacks, and a triple-helping of misogynistic behavior. That's JUST HOW IT WAS. And if you were a girl you had three options: a. never give out the fact you're a girl, b. take the abuse, or c. quietly hide behind a clan full of guys and never, ever speak up.

Suddenly today that's not ok. Not that it was back then, but then again it wasn't ok for a woman to try and enlist in the marines either.

So where am I going? Here it is: Misogynistic behavior in gamers is nothing new, in fact it's old as fuck. But our society is misogynistic so really WHO do you want to blame? Finally, the press LOVES to vilify gamers for anything, making us scapegoats for every shooting carried out by someone under the age of 40 and now this tidbit makes for additional juicy tripe that buys mainstream attention while ridiculing a subset of nerdy society that HAS no good social skills to begin with. I suggest that gamergate could have been about hamster fucking as much as misogyny and STILL be a current-news thing. (Side note: it would have been more acceptable in 2003 to be a self-avowed hamster-fucker with pics to prove it on ProU than a woman but that's neither here nor there.)

So my position is: gamergate: so the fuck what? A woman in the gaming industry, a woman in the military, a woman president, it's all the same thing. It's NOT news. It's just how things are right now. Sad but fact.

Oct/20
2014

Two gates, two planes boarding, and two attendants with precisely the same intonation and pitch calling different zones. How the FUCK is ANYone supposed to know when to board what and when?

Ffs.

Oct/19
2014

You might be skeptical, but just read below ok?

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend.

The department says Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail parking lot in Paw Paw about 2 a.m. Sunday and noticed she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

It says a breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08 percent blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan. She's expected to face drunken driving charges.(AP)

Drunk woman drives to jail and books herself in. I call that a double win. Maybe that's a hint for more police stations, a little neon, maybe something about "poles" and "cuffs", or even donuts... It could be a thing right?

Oct/18
2014

I went out last night. Yes out. With friends, thanks, all of the same gender, mine basically. We toured around an area that gets very popular this time of year. About half the herd was divorced, some remarried, some still married, some none of the above. One of the pack, recently unchained, is trying to recover their mental and financial footing thus it was unpleasant to watch them spend what they didn't have and rock out when they probably wanted to be home rocking in a blanket and slippers.

Does that make me sound sensitive? I hope not. I don't feel that I am.

Anyway, as the night wore they pulled me aside and recounted much of what I'd heard from friends about their recent plight. In no way did they take responsibility for their actions, it was all on the SO who, by most assessments, is a drug-dragged-fuck-whore but a well heeled one. Also of note: said whore never pretended to be anything other than what they were, so truth in advertising? No? Ok, let's move on.

During their recount I nodded where nodding was expected, and sympathized where that too was supposed to be. It was hard. I don't fake sympathy well. Good thing it was dark out.

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I don't party well. Maybe I'm the one who should have been sitting at home in the rocking chair. Or maybe I just have a low tolerance for self pity. Life sucks you know? Buck up and deal. Oh and maybe lay off the credit cards for a while too.

Oct/17
2014

Where you can't bring yourself to read the news?