November 28, 2015

I May Actually Get Hired to Write This

A Mack Brain
Radio Adventure

Chapter .38:
The Egregious Eagle

"In 1940 San Francisco, a crusty private detective infiltrates the English Literature department at Berkeley as Ezra Pound organizes “Free Verse Poets for the Third Reich.”  But who is cutting Pound’s checks- not to mention the throats of the writers of California’s least mediocre odes? There’s one clue: a fucking eagle."

November 27, 2015

My Comprehensive Review of Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

I like it.

An overly thorough review by someone else is here.

Buy the game here.

November 26, 2015

Great Black Friday gadget and gear tips


Happy Thanksgiving

Well, let's not push it

Cracked confessional

And yes, I'm putting this shit in list form.


November 25, 2015

This is the best thing I read today

You never know with Catsmeat.  In one of his school reports, which I happened to see while prowling about the Rev. Aubrey Upjohn's study one night in search of biscuits, the Rev. Aubrey had described him as 'brilliant but unsound', and if ever a headmaster with a face like a cassowary rang the bell and entitled himself to receive a cigar or coco-nut, this headmaster was that headmaster.



Kobe 1-14...

My proposal to turn New Jersey into a labor colony for Syrians has been totally ignored!

November 22, 2015

15-0, ties the NBA record

Yeah, stay away from the shootouts

Not without capability

November 21, 2015


How to dance correctly #3

How to dance correctly #2

How to dance correctly #1

Just when I don't think he can do anything worse he does this...AND COMPLETELY REDEEMS HIMSELF

Vacation in the mind

Final and conclusive proof that everything looks good in vintage travel posters (link):

Time to go home, Tex

Alaska’s problems go beyond oil prices. Federal funding has fallen since stimulus funds dried up after the recession, and the state’s influence in Washington has waned since the electoral defeat of longtime U.S. senator Ted Stevens in 2008. The prices of other natural resources, such as gold and salmon, have also declined. Most significantly, the state’s oil production has been falling for decades, dropping below 500,000 barrels per day in 2014 from a peak of more than 2 million barrels per day in the late 1980s.


Bulls wondering where it all started to go wrong

November 19, 2015

Go on

Another day in LA

Clips led by 23. Wasn't enough.

The Warriors scored on every possession in the last five minutes.

Still you doubt

Suddenly, meaning

There are various things we know are meaningless.  Poll results before New Hampshire, for example.  The regular season in hockey.  And, of course, the first three months of the NBA season, usually.

Suddenly, however, the Warriors are challenging that last assumption.  Traditionally the fall is a time when even elite NBA teams work into form, jog around, pretend to play defense, and generally let the other guy have a chance.  The Warriors have broken with tradition by refusing to lose.  Their record now stands at 12-0.

It generally hasn't been close.  The average opponent has lost by 16.3 points this season.  Now there was a 50 point blowout again the Grizzlies, so it's probably more informative to take the median, which is 14.5 points.   On average the Warriors lead by 10 at the half.  They have trailed at the half only in New Orleans (-1 point) and against the Nets (-2).  The Nets actually were stellar, and took the Warriors to OVERTIME, which they lost 10-2.

It would be silly to imagine that they continue this streak indefinitely.  After all, only seven teams have gotten this far.  The record - the absolute limit- is 15-0.  No team has ever started an NBA season 16-0.

And all they have to do to continue the streak is beat the Clippers tonight.

Yes, the Clippers.  The team that called them lucky.  The team whose foaming-at-the-mouth owner has targeted the Warriors, and is enraged that the team is already down 0-1 to them this year.

A man too egotistical and unstable to work as a CEO in the technology industry.

Yes, the same Clippers team that has its coach wandering the mountains alone, searching for a cure, or at least a respite from the pain.

And they can make everything right, at least for a while, just by ending this cursed Warriors streak.

Forget the calendar.  This is a playoff game before Thanksgiving.  This is High Noon.  This is the Rumble in the Jungle.  This could make Vigilante look like Valley of the Dolls. It could make Game of Death look like Gidget Grows Up.  It could make Maniac Cop look like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.   

It's going to be a large-ish early regular season NBA game!

November 18, 2015

Much clearer, thank you

November 16, 2015


November 15, 2015

Form v content

I quite agree with this article about how Apple has lost sight of good design principles.  But grey san serif type on a white background?  Physician heal thyself.

Also, subheads can be set apart with a technique we used to call boldface, before the Dark Times.


Not good:


The new generation of software has made gigantic leaps forward in attractiveness and computational power while simultaneously getting harder for people to use.


The new generation of software has made gigantic leaps forward in attractiveness and computational power while simultaneously getting harder for people to use.

November 13, 2015

I endorse this

 Pharrell Williams raps on this, but looks like he wasn't available to film the video. How they work with that is brilliant.

"The anti-racist Father Christmas!

A kindness from Alan Moore.


November 09, 2015

Run, Marco, run!

[T]he [Bush] group’s chief strategist has boasted of his willingness to spend as much as $20 million to damage Mr. Rubio’s reputation and halt his sudden ascent in the polls, according to three people told of the claim.


November 08, 2015

When it rains top-tier Shakespeare criticism, apparently, it pours

This one via the estimable Ron Rosenbaum.


Actually works

November 07, 2015

Cake Prince

Do you think Bush will drop out?

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