xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2013-02-25 09:50 pm

Terrible Temptation, Gateway Drug or Satan's Siren Call?

It's Catnip Madness

When your cat wants to feed its head, you'll know what to do.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2012-05-10 12:52 pm

Have some fun!


A study on whether university students can tell a study from an organ harvesting scam will take place at UNION HALL this Friday!
Free Drinks!
xlorp: (Cthulhu Uncle Sam)
2012-04-09 10:38 am

A Good Time to Reevaluate Your Community

"Its not satisfying to fix the problem this way. We want to hear the beautiful sound of compliance wrested from the unwilling."
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2012-03-10 08:22 pm

The War Against Women Is Never Over

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at The War Against Women Is Never Over
When they marched for the women's right to vote 100 years ago, they were imprisoned, put into straight jackets and force fed until they vomited blood. They fought for your right to own property, to have access to birth control and your right to an education. This video is fun and clever and hits on some hard truths. And it makes you ask yourself...what I am willing to do today to fight back and protect our rights as women and citizens?  

To borrow and slightly amend from Frederick Douglass, who saw clearly:
"Would you have me argue that woman is entitled to liberty? that she is the rightful owner of her own body? You have already declared it."
xlorp: (Cthulhu Uncle Sam)
2012-02-09 11:54 am

(no subject)

Dear Universe,

All I want for my birthday is rule of law and transparency.
And complete disavowal of corporate personhood.

xlorp: (Hello Cthuluh)
2011-12-10 11:01 pm

In which we examine the behavior of a cat

And how she confirmed her name...
Our dear, sweet, recently tamed kitty clearly reads the back pages of comic books and dreamed of a mail-order magic kit. She must have found some way to get her paws on one for tonight we were graced with the death-defying and jaw-dropping inaugural performance of "Pulling the tablecloth out from under everything on the coffee table trick!"

It worked like a charm at first. She strained, pulled and finally hooked her claw and startled like a flock of starlings. Cat sails northward at increasing speed. Tablecloth slithers, then leaps and billows northwards, encouraging said cat to sail faster.

And then that flock of starlings landed with a crash. No, not starlings. Junk mail envelopes, cardboard boxes and inflated plastic packaging stuffers. Just as well really as real birds would leave an awful mess on the floor; yes worse than this one.

Little Sagwa.
Silly melon-head.
Daintily eating a few feet from the flotsam and jetsam of her show biz career.
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2011-12-08 03:24 pm

Applied Chemistry or Nature's Most Dangerous Game

Here's a little blog I love reading. No esoteric horror or Deep Ones rising to spread the Dread Word. Just complex cautionary tales you should pray never become relevant to you.

xlorp: (Default)
2011-12-06 11:17 pm

Cross-discipline reading is dangerous

I used a Quantum Mechanics metaphor (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) today in order to justify a new approach to our manufacturing supply chain architecture.

If this works it'll be total nerdvana.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-12-06 11:07 pm

I don't care if this is apropos of nothing today

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
xlorp: (Cthulhu Uncle Sam)
2011-12-04 05:05 pm

The invisible sky spirit shaped like a hand

I don't understand the heavy genuflecting whenever a politician or economist (as they style themselves) references the mystically powerful invisible hand of the marketplace.

Is it a clue that we missed the significance of a secular ideology assuming the unabashed trappings of moral imperative, loyalty oaths and of course the theology of the select? When did possession of hard currency become a symbol of divine right?

Humans are really good at imagining virtual connections and entrusting collective efforts to achieve useful goals. Humans are terrible at reigning in these collective efforts when those at the helm can enrich themselves further by brushing off constraining measures.

Hells bells, I suspect there's absolutely zero investment effort in the Fortune 500 corporate stable (to pick an arbitrary symbol) in bettering the entire human condition in the long run. The specific short term goal is always stock pricing and shady disposition of retained earnings. Are we getting value for what price we as humanity are paying? I doubt it.

I really hope the internet blossoms further as an unbreakable mirror of everything that we are. believe and do as humans. The sooner we come to terms with that the sooner we might work up ways of governance and allocating resources that don't reward outright theft, waste and abuse.

This posting brought to you by spending what is either still too little or way too much time perusing social media today.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-12-02 08:29 pm

Everything you need to know about MMOs

The first time the folks that ran the place talked to me, they asked if I was new and needed help with the game.

The second time they talked to me, they asked me to please stop spamming profane ASCII art in local chat.

I have been informed by reliable sources that this sounds like a personal confession. I am merely an unwilling connoisseur of the shock value of strategically positioned alphabet fragments.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-11-25 05:33 pm

A Useful Distinction in High-Tech

What's the difference between ignorance and indifference?

A sales department and an engineering department.
xlorp: (Cthulhu Uncle Sam)
2011-11-22 04:30 pm

Quotes about banks I've been saving up

"I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They’re first in with their fees and first out when there’s trouble" -Earl Warren

"A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain." - Robert Frost

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." -John Maynard Keynes

"Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell." -Frank Borman

No wonder we're losing interest in them.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-11-18 10:20 pm

More Nerd Humor

"Sorry, we don't serve neutrinos faster than light here," says the bartender.

A neutrino walks into a bar.
xlorp: (PDB Supper)
2011-10-04 03:45 pm

What do you get when you combine...?

Atari 800xl and Floppy Drive 0$
3.5 Inch Hard Drive 0$
Adaptec 2940UW SCSI Card $5
TI-99/4A and Tape Drive $15
8 Inch Floppy Drive $20
HP ScanJet 3C $25
Eico Oscilloscope $28


Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Old School Computer Remix
No effects and no sampling was used.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-09-21 11:52 am

Corporate "rights and privileges"

I'll believe corporations are people the day the State of Texas executes one.
xlorp: (Wacky Joker)
2011-09-21 09:20 am

Why I feel a glimmer of hope still...

"Only Rich People Can Love America, Everyone Else Must Love Rich People"

I love bloggers. Eventually the collective societal dialogue dispenses with the smoke screens and the BS, coming around to deeper realizations. Ask the questions, uncork the genie, change the way the world sees itself.
xlorp: (Default)
2011-09-02 09:28 pm

Alea Jacta Est !

I hope I can post more about this in something less than three months.
xlorp: (Default)
2011-08-16 09:34 pm

When questioned about my ranting credentials

I say I majored in just world theory with a minor in fundamental attribution error and libertarian calvinism.

Any response to that really sets the length and tone for the rest of the conversation.
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2011-08-13 11:54 am

About England - applies everywhere else too

"There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

This presents an easy image of involuntary disenfranchisement and the inexorable consequences. Too bad this wasn't the first group to lose its willingness to cooperate with society as a whole. What is not in the dialogue are the extremely rich and manipulative strata who also lost their sense of belonging and have already looted the world economies on a staggering scale. What is so infuriating to me is that the first wholesale robbery escaped punishment and incarceration (except for a few foolish types like Bernie Madoff who victimized their own privileged neighbors and were kicked out of the country club) and are now the ones howling for blood, curfews, military deployment and express-lane mass imprisonments. Karma is a bitch and the kettle has not even begun to boil.

Adding a pithy rejoinder from another thread:
Just to set it straight we are of course all in agreement that only the ultrawealthy are capable of enacting 100% efficient political violence against the other classes.