Monday, May 14, 2012

A New Opportunity to Kill Zombies? o_O

Have you ever wondered how well you'd fight back in a zombie invasion? It looks as though there's a new game in the works that would give you your chance to find out.

"Survive is a hybrid FPS/RPG game, where the main objective pretty simple: you have to survive. The game focuses on cooperating between the players, while you collect supplies, find and fortify your safe houses, collects and crafts weapons. The game itself takes place in a random-generated city, heavily infested with zombies.

The most important aspect is the teamwork – nobody has any chance on their own. You have to watch out for each other as you move around the city, looking for food, drinks, building and crafting materials."

If you're interested in learning more about the game then this would be the place to click.

Let's hope they succeed in their funding drive. The world definitely needs a chance to kill more zombies! ^_~

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Rutherford B. Hayes Pwnz Barack H. Obama! ^_^

Mr. Obama, in his eternal quest to dumb the American public down to the education level typical of a Chicago Democrat and also to justify his own indulgence of a pseudo-science scam called "green energy", recently claimed that Rutherford B. Hayes had scorned the invention of the telephone when in point of fact Mr. Hayes was the first President to install one.

Well, I guess it's only fair that this gave rise to some a captioning frenzy and I think the only thing left for me to do is to note that aside from some repetition it seems to currently be 37 pages of snarky goodness. Enjoy! ^_~

Hat tip: Instapundit

Mood Music: 'Don't Know Much About History Written' by Sam Cooke, Lou Adler, and Herb Alpert. As sung by Sam Cooke.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Opening Quote For 2012! ^___^

"There's always an unexpected fighter who calls forth latent power, reversing the hopeless situation." - Panel 1, page 113 of Volume 10 of 'Beet, The Vandel Buster' by Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada. [San Francisco: Viz Media LLC, October 2006].

Let's hope that this year is a year that brings forth the latent power in all of us! ^_~

Mood Music: Little Wing (Opening song to "Scrapped Princess").

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oh Noes! An Experiment in Nepotism Goes Awry! ^O^

Headline from a Yahoo news article by Dylan Stableford: "Critics on Chelsea Clinton’s ‘Rock Center’ debut: Boring!"

Is anybody surprised? o_O

She was chosen for her family background rather than for her talent. I might sympathize with the young Mrs. Chelsea Mezvinsky who was doubtless only thrust into this position because her parents wished to use her as a pawn rather than from any desire that she herself had for the post, but the fact is that this is not what she was trained in nor is it anything she had job experience in. I wish her well but this does seem to be what happens when someone is thrust into a job because of nepotism rather than because of skills. In any situation where technical competence or talent matter and the recipient of such patronage lacks it you will find that it is merely an act of cruelty both to the recipient and those who must suffer from her lack of ability.

However both she and ABC may comfort themselves with this....

1. At least none of them put themselves into the same position as the poor fools who voted someone into the Presidency with no more executive experience than that of being a "community organizer". Nor are they in the same position as the poor foolish "community organizer" himself who will go down in history for his outstanding incompetence. :P

2. If they learn from this that such nepotism as this is a very bad idea then they will have proven themselves quicker learners than the people of Illinois.

I think that those are solid items of consolation, don't you? ^_~

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Poison in the Well!

Quoth Glenn Reynolds: "Reliance on Bellesiles is scholarly malpractice."

I actually have to disagree with him on this one. The problem with pseudo-histories of the sort that Bellsiles practiced is that it is easy for them to become embedded down through the ages by virtue of the fact that even the most determined scholar cannot check every source. You and I might know that Mr. Bellsiles is unreliable by virtue of our knowledge of current events but can some innocent researcher of the 23rd century necessarily be expected to know this as well? This is how "scholars" such as Bellsiles and Parson Weems thrive. It's in essence the Livy vs. Polybius approach to history in action. Livy felt that the purpose of history is to create accounts of the past that would guide moral behavior while Polybius felt that the purpose of history is to provide accurate knowledge of the past by which we might learn from past mistakes and precedents and thus be prepared when similar events come our own way. As someone who considers himself political scientist and historian I am inclined to consider the approach of Polybius the correct one. The path of Livy is nothing more than poison in the well.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

A Cartoon Worth Reading, Say I! ^_^

Glenn Reynolds is right. When someone seeks to censor a cartoon or a book or *anything* then the proper response it to repost it as widely as possible so that as many people as possible may see it. As far as I'm concerned if Islam and Anime cannot share the same world in peace then Islam will just have to die! ^_~

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A 2nd Look at the "99%" Courtesy of the Daily Northwestern! :P

Headline from The Daily Northwestern of Monday, October 17, 2011: " 'Occupy Chicago' still evolving".

I can see how this might be exciting news from their point of view. At this rate it's doubtless that the Occupy Chicago people will eventually become multicell creatures. ^o^

But perhaps I shouldn't be snarky because on page one of that same paper Katie Glueck, the author of the article, informs us that the organizers of their Grant Park rally say that they drew about 2,000 people. Assuming that any demonstration's organizers can be trusted not to exaggerate the attendance of a demonstration that really is not a bad draw for a weekend. Or rather it wouldn't had this "Occupy" movement not claimed to constitute 99% of the American population. That deserves mockery. A LOT of mockery. Tons and tons of mockery laid on with a trowel. Katie Glueck on the other hand deserves praise. Faithful readers of this blog will know what I mean when I suggest that she has shown greater numeric precision than the crowd estimate of thousands given to us by CNN on a similar occasion. And unlike CNN, Miss Glueck was kind enough to provide the source of just where her estimate had
come from so that we might form our own judgement of both their knowledge and their reliability. This did represent a better work ethic than that shown by the CNN people and we hope that such diligence in research is not a hinderance to Miss Glueck when she graduates and seeks to take her place among her fellow "professionals". ^_^;

But all the same 2000 for a weekend isn't a half-bad draw at all. Were it not that the peeps involved boasted of being 99% of the population it would be worthy of respect rather than of mockery for pretentiousness could we be sure that the figure were accurate. By way of comparison an annual Science-Fiction convention named Windycon gets 1300 to 1500 people in a weekend. I guess that means that Windycon attendees are entitled to call themselves "the almost 75%"? o_O

But let us not forget that 2,000, if accurate, was a respectable figure considering that the "Occupy Chicago Movement" is a lot less important then the things that take place at Windycon and not nearly half as much fun either. As a second comparison let us note that Anime Central's attendence for 2011 was 23,183. If 2,000 people are truly "the 99%" I guess that means that our local ottaku are the 1089% after we take the time to round down? ^_~

Meanwhile, attendance at Gencon is 2011 was 36,733 . Does that mean that gamers outnumber "99%" of Chicago by 18 to 1? @_@

And yet even Gencon's attendance is well and truly dwarfed by that of the San Diego Comic-con which claimed an attendance of 125,000 in 2011. That it would imply that comic book fans outnumber "99" of Chicago by more than 60 to 1. n_n

And please note that I have been very carefully abstaining from mentioning the fact that Windycon, Anime Central and GenCon all charge for attendance while the Occupy Chicago people did not. But then again which sort of event would you rather be at? :P

Mind you, all of this doesn't even bother to mention that the population of Chicago is 2,695,598 so once again it appears as though our "99%" people are once more actaully less than 10% of 1% even on a weekend! >_>

But I'm sure they'll still "the 99%" in their mind! As long as we don't buy into their delusions I guess we shouldn't mind if they go ahead and claim to be the Queen of Sheba as well. ^_~

Mood Music: 'Run That By Me One More Time' as sung by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner. ^_^

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