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I want to talk about these election results from yesterday.

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And I'm not going to remark on the Democrat taking such a big share of votes, or anything like that. I just want to know if anyone else noticed that PENNYWISE THE DANCING CLOWN is apparently a Republican congressional candidate?
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This is, as the saying goes, basic shit.
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Today marks the start of year 13. Normally I'd be all "death ray! Comment statistics! posts!" but honestly, I just don't care this year.
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This year's Hugo Award finalists were announced about an hour ago.

It's a good list this year, only a couple of real turds and some truly excellent options.

Best Dramatic Long: HIDDEN FUCKING FIGURES. That one is winning OR ELSE I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND I'm just saying.
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Yikes, I haven't made a post in a while. OK, first New!Content! in a week.... tell me about music players.

Yes, yes, "a smartphone", I know that one. Phones *suck* as music players for me because the controls are on a touchscreen, which tends to lock, making them COMPLETE ASS while driving.

I want a device that plays music with:
1) a standard stereo out that will go to my car's stereo in.
2) at least 30GB of storage
3) CONTROLS THAT I CAN OPERATE ONE-HANDED WITHOUT LOOKING AT THEM. I don't care if I have to look at it to select a specific track or podcast or something, but I want to be able to reach down from the gearshift and, at the very least, manage play/pause/forward/back, by touch alone.
4) Controls that let me choose specific tracks, playlists, podcasts, etc if I *am* looking at them.

Nice to have: Syncs to the old version of iTunes that I've neutered down to the way I like it and that I use to sort my music.

Basically, the perfect device that works exactly the way I want it is the 6th generation iPod Classic, which, since it's a perfectly good tool that fills an important niche that the iPhone doesn't, Apple no longer makes it. You can get them on eBay for, like, $800 and fuck that. It's actually the device I've got right now, but despite lasting WAY longer than any Apple product normally does, it's starting to fail on me (it crashes and the battery life isn't great any more).

So. I'm not spending $800 for a used device, or even for a "new in box" Apple device manufactured in 2014. Apple's batteries are legendary, and not in a good way - my device living as long as it has makes it an outlier. Who makes a device these days, that plays music through a stereo jack, with controls that can be operated by touch?

Holy crap:

Mar. 1st, 2017 10:29 pm
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Imagine being *such a dipshit* that you side with spammers and telemarketers and other malware vendors.

Of course, Chuck Asay loves telemarketers because they're the only time a human will talk to him.
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Bad news: The Alzheimer's drug isn't curing Alzheimer's the way we wanted.
Good news: It makes your teeth grow back?
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Arkansas passes law allowing your rapist or your father[1] to sue you to prevent an abortion.

[1]: To be fair, Arkansas is a Repubican-voting state. Those are ALMOST CERTAINLY the same person.
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Did you know that The Atlantic was founded in the mid 19th century? And that they have an author page for the articles Frederick Douglass wrote for them?

(And also that trump and Spicer both clearly have NO IDEA who Douglass was, or that he's dead and not a current figure. But let's leave the racist idiots aside and bask in "the greatest American of the 19th century also wrote essays for a current magazine")
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There's something I'm desperately waiting for Marvel movies to use again.

There will be, at some point, an EPIC Hugo Weaving reveal, as the Red Skull returns. Everyone (including Captain America, who saw it happen) thinks the Red Skull touched the Tesseract and was disintegrated.

..... but that's not what happened. You won't see that special effect again until TWO MOVIES LATER, and it's not called out when it happens. No connection is made by the characters, but the visual FX are *absolutely identical*.

The Red Skull does not vanish because the Tesseract disintegrates him. He touches the Tesseract and disappears in a vertical beam, shimmering in all the colours of visible light. That's not disintegration.

That's a bridge. A rainbow bridge. The Red Skull is carried off by BIFROST.

And oh yes, he's coming back.


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