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Round the Tubes, stealing from S. Weasel edition.

So the Sun is still messing with solar scientists. A sunspot unleashed another solar flare they’re all excited about, but this is the part I’m talking about, I’ve read this same sentence  or one like it in a bunch of articles about the Sun over the last 10 years.

This could be the sunspot that breaks the recent lengthy spell of calm space weather around our planet.”


And still the Sun keeps not being as active as they’re used to.


This is a couple days old, but still darn funny. Drudge put pictures of Stalin and Hitler next to the story about Obama trying to take my guns, our fine journalistic betters were appropriately OUTRAGED!!!!!, apparently, comparing POTUS to Hitler is verboten.

Chimpy McBusHitler was unavailable for comment.

Funny site of the day. Yes, DPUD is linking “”, why?

Dear Dianne,

I do not need to be told by a politician or a lawyer what the meaning liberty is…

What do you really think you are going to get by attempting to disarm the American Public? I hope that peace is possible but I Promise you that there are many in this country who will uphold their oath to defend the constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

Try it! Lets see what happens


I look forward to Feinstein trying to strong arm them into giving up the domain.

Now on to just giving the blog to S. Weasel.

Here we have people who go to the Thames to look for stuff that people have been throwing in the Thames for hundreds of years. They find all manner of stuff, some from last week and some from Romans.

Notice, however, how unfree they are. Quoth Stoaty

To metal detect along the Thames, you need a license from the Port of London Authority…. There are only about fifty people with a license at the moment.

Imagine that, you can’t use a metal detector without a permit. WTF??????????


She was on a Doom kick, not the new-normal, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! doom, but the video game.

Doom comic!!!!

As Stoaty says,

What do you do for dialogue when your plot consists of some guy running at full tilt through a building shooting stuff? Well, these folks decided to go with Doom Guy’s stream of consciousness.

…quote from comic deleted…
This is something between Ripley’s hissed version of You Are My Lucky Star while she shoots the alien out the airlock, and that dog who REALLY fucking wants him some Kibbles ‘n’ Bits.


That’s exactly what it’s like.

And now for a word from our sponsor.


S. Weasel’s fine line of “Let It Burn” merchandise.

Have fun everybody, and remember, Doom!



Posted: January 11, 2013 by veeshir in FAIL, Geektasticity, HAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

Important update: Yeah, I probably should have linked the story.

I have no idea what CES is or why it’s noteworthy that Microsoft didn’t open it (Qualcomm did), but I do know that this review in pics and tweets is pretty darn… well, a taste.

Desmond Tutu: finally, something weirder than an exec talking to Big Bird while wearing another Big Bird’s skin. #qualcomm #ces

That’s my favorite type of larious. High.

It’s as if the crowd watching Shatner sing Rocket Man realized it was unintentionally hilarious and started pointing and laughing.

Which I cannot understand why they did not do just that.

Crap, forgot to H/T it,

Thanks ninme. I still have no idea what a ninme is, but I do know it likes cats and making me laugh.

One out of two isn’t bad.

SMoD is on its way

Posted: October 1, 2012 by aliceaitch in Funniest End of Civilization Evah, Geektasticity

It’s just running a bit late.

Microsoft fired all its graphic designers

Posted: September 17, 2012 by aliceaitch in Geektasticity

I was originally thinking that Visual Studio 2012 was the bastard child of JGrasp and Visual Studio 2010, but after looking again I’ve decided JGrasp is prettier.  VS2012 may be the ugliest version of VS ever.  (Yes, leave it to a girl to write a blog post on the prettiness of her IDE rather than on whether it, you know, works.)

Behind the cut because I’m posting a few pictures. And because probably only one of our three readers is going to be even remotely interested in this anyway.


I have moved on from Russian pop music (at least for tonight) to German pop music and thought I would broaden your cultural horizons while I am at it:

Novaspace – Beds are Burning

Run to You

Shall we burn some books in his honor?

Posted: June 6, 2012 by aliceaitch in Geektasticity

Ray Bradbury dead at the age of 91.

Bout damned time

Posted: June 4, 2012 by aliceaitch in Geektasticity, Get Your Nose Out Of My

This should be the default on EVERYTHING.  Now if only it weren’t Internet Explorer…

Avengers: Solid

Posted: May 19, 2012 by socklessjoe in Geektasticity, The Big Screen

The Avengers is a solid summer blockbuster comic-book movie, and has the potential for X-Men style franchise strength.  You’re not going to walk out of the theater with your mind blown, but you’ll have gotten your money’s worth.

I happened to see the 3D version, which also happens to be the first 3D feature I’ve taken in.  Frankly, I could have done without the 3D.  Yeah, it’s cool in parts, helping with the immersive experience, but in high-action scenes it’s a bit much to take in.  Honestly, certain hand-to-hand combat scenes were a headache-inducing blur.

And while I’m yelling at those damned kids to get off my lawn, I think that low-pitched grumbly Batman-esque dialog should be banned from movies forever.  Not only is it lame, but I can’t understand what the hell the characters are saying.  Dear Hollywood: A big chunk of your target demographic has low grade hearing loss from years of headphone abuse.

Totally cool seeing Robin Scherbatsky, errr Cobie Smulders in the flick.  She kind of had a younger Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix look working for her. Nice.  Scarlett Johansson looks amazing, and Sam Jackson is once again his usual BAMF self.

I hadn’t seen Thor, but picked up pretty quickly on what was going on. The part of Loki was well-cast, IMO.  The guy totally has crazy eyes.  Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Bruce Banner was passable but not great.  He’s the third Bruce Banner since 2003, and over all the years I just don’t think they’ve ever quite figured out how to make Banner work as a character.  Hulk is kind of a big deal, but unlike Iron Man, Thor, and Cap, we’ve never seen this version of Bruce Banner before, so it was a little weird.

Sure, there are plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, and Loki’s staff and mind control seem derivative of the Stargate SG-1 “Ori” villains, and but that’s not really why we watch comic book flicks.  The characters were generally believable and relatable despite their absurd conditions, the action was blam-tastic, and there was a general “good guys vs. bad guys” moral undertone to the whole thing, despite occasional moral ambiguity exhibited by individual characters.


Tech Bleg: CableCARD system?

Posted: May 6, 2012 by socklessjoe in Geektasticity, Random Crap

Almighty Comcast is finally transitioning us hillbillies to digital service.  Unfortunately, this has rendered my stand-alone analog DVR/DVD burner unit virtually useless.  Basically, I’m looking to buy or build a stand-alone unit so I have control over the system and don’t have to pay monthly fees to Comcast… and a unit that I could conceivably move to a different cable system should I ever be so fortunate as to move out of Comcastland.  Yes, the monthly fee is a factor, but really it’s a control thing.

Does any manufacturer make an M-Card ready system?  Or do I have to build my own?  Or maybe I should just build my own for the hell of it?

If I go the DYI route, Windows or Linux/Myth?  It is advisable to go with a low-spec processor, like one of the newer dual core Atoms, or should this be a balls-out system?  Usage-wise, I’m looking to get basic programmable DVR functionality, maybe on occasion burn some recorded video to DVD (if that’s even technically possible anymore due to DRM).  I’m not really looking to rip a hundred DVDs and CDs and archive them just so I can randomly stream Ghostbusters to my tablet whenever it strikes my fancy.

Two pieces of hardware that show up in my initial search are the HDHomeRun and the stuff made by Ceton.  The easy way to go looks like buying a new Win-7 system and slapping a Ceton card in it.

Anybody have experience in this realm, either in the build, or any unforeseen headaches getting your cable provider to play ball with the CableCARD?  It seems like most folks just bite the bullet and rent a unit from the cable company.  Obviously, I am reluctant to go this route, but if you morons tell me I’m in for an experience less fun than a root canal, maybe I’ll just give in.

Cry me a river, jackass. Your precious little elitist ever so creative company is focusing on the market? And leaving you behind? Poor baby!

I’ve always been intrigued by the Apple fanboys who act as if Steve Jobs was some kind of selfless artist who only wanted to create pretty things for the artistic class to play with. Um. No. He was an utterly ruthless businessman who saw a market niche and exploited the hell out of that. I say that with all respect. And now Apple is looking around, saying “Yeah, we want that money there, screw you” and the whining is starting. Seriously, only a Muntz ha HA can properly express my response.