Sunday, December 29, 2013

This Is Why I'm a Keyboard-Using Luddite

This was written specifically about gaming console interfaces, but I have the exact same opinion about swipy-swipy touchscreens and voice "whadjasay?" recognition software.
"I continue to argue that all these motion controls and Star Trek "Tea, Earl Gray, Hot" mechanisms still require more effort with less reliability than moving a fingertip half a centimeter to press a button."

- Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013


...some people know how to make it fun.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Interesting Thought

From Scott H. Young:
Instead of making definite decisions about a career path, I believe you should get curious. Get curious about the way the world works. Notice your own interests and find small ways you can exercise passion in something. Even if you can’t find a way to make money off of it yet.

The bridge from passion to money-maker can’t be made hastily. Interests often get discarded because they cannot be immediately relayed into a source of income. And therefore aren’t as important as work that does.

Blogging is a great example. I know many bloggers who want to go pro. They want to take the interest they have and turn it into a passionate source of income. But blogging isn’t easy. Even the most rapid successes I’ve seen, took over a year before the author could claim blogging as more than a hobby. And those were due to writing talent, luck and an incredible amount of work.

Patience is a necessary ingredient in evolving a passion. But even more, you need to be open to other possibilities.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Get That Stupid iPad Away From Me!

Via my blogless brother Roy:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Worst Star Trek Character Ever

So I'm working my way through "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (it's been a few years, I wanted to see how it holds up), and I can't help noticing how useless Counselor Troi is.

"What do you think, Counselor?"

"Well, Captain, I sense that the alien with the hesitant speech patterns who keeps glancing uncomfortably around the room is holding something back, but I haven't the slightest idea what."

Biiiig help, that one.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Some People Know How to Make Christmas Extra Special

A Christmas card from my favorite niece & nephew:



To which I'll add:

5) Get all 3 cats whacked out on catnip

6) Release

7) Are you not entertained?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Hate Your Phone - UPDATED

First a headline:

"Constantly taking photographs STOPS our brains remembering what happened"

Second, a song:

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Third... why am I bothering? You're probably reading this on your stupid phone while your best friend is sitting 4 feet away from you.

Looking at his phone.


(Pic via Anonymiss)

In America, the kid on the right would take a selfie while holding the bird and post it on Facebook, captioned "im holdn a burd!! LOL!!"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Wisconsin Winter Version of "The Dog Ate My Homework" - UPDATED

The snowblower ate my phone book:

Before Sunday's snowfall, somebody delivered a phonebook to my door.

But instead of putting it on my doorstep, it was dropped off on the sidewalk that goes from my doorstep to my driveway.

It got covered with snow, and I didn't notice the lump in the snow.

Until my snowblower started making very unpleasant noises.

Yeah. That thing's wedged in TIGHT. The auger will not turn.

I'm taking it to a professional.

I caught a newspaper in a similar fashion a few years back. Took two hours with a blowtorch.

This time, I'm paying a guy.

UPDATE: The greatest thing in life is to know a guy who's retired who does small engine repair just to keep busy and earn a little extra scratch to cushion his pension.

I've got one of those. And you'll probably recognize the type when I tell you that after he removed the phone book, he also replaced the worn-out shoe on the right side, straightened the bent auger, and changed the oil.

I'll note that he does not have a heated garage. He explained "I work out front in the sunshine during the day, it's not too bad. If I get cold, I just go inside."

Heh. Sounds JUST like my dad.

Anyway, I'll add that he undercharges to a grotesque degree for his services (which in this case also included pickup and deliver of the afflicted machine).

Yeah, I slipped him an extra 10.

Hey, I work hard for my money, and I refuse to be... whatever the opposite of cheated is.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Quick Point

Some headlines from CNS:
$4.5M Fed Study: 'Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Air

Dept. of Education Spent $20.3 Million on 10 Equity Centers To Fight the ‘Isms’

Gov't Pays $1,123,463 to Develop Strawberry Harvest-Aiding Robots

Feds Spend $1.7 Million To Attract ‘Potential’ Foreign Investment to Ohio

$742K to Test Breast Milk Composition Globally Using Samples of Infant Feces

If any of these projects were actually worth doing, they wouldn't need government funding, because there would be a way to make a profit by doing them.

Please stop spending my tax dollars on anything that doesn't involve criminal justice or killing belligerent foreigners.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Best Christmas Movie

Gotta be "Die Hard", right?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I Can't Stand to Look at This Picture




29 more pictures here to put that maddening itch-to-fix in your fingers.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

If I Cooked More, This Might Be Worth It

I have the WORST time cooking pasta. It always ends up sticking to the pan unless I stand over a hot stove, stirring constantly, getting my right hand all steam-burnt & lobstery.

Via Dude!!!I Want That..., a possible solution - Stirio:

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