Sunday, April 29, 2012

Super Cool Sci-Fi Weapons and Realty

Games Radar has story comparing the the wanked out weapons and gear in computer games, Fantastic video game weapons vs their real-life equivalents.

I was surprised that the entry on power armor didn't make reference to Project Grizzly.

from slashdot's. Real-Life Equivalents

All Hail Our Glorious Leader Stephen Harper

(from a link by Joesph K. at

Monday, April 23, 2012

Have a Nice Trip

You always say I never take you anywhere.

Roger Sterling, dropping acid,
 Mad Men S05E06

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Putin Demotivational Poster

From wophugus on David Wang's Image Thread.
Also check out earlier post

I Love the Whole World

This TV ad for the Discovery Channel is an adaption of an old campfire song.

Here are the lyrics that someone has transcribed.

I love the mountains
I love the great clear skies
I love big bridges
I love how great whites fly
I love the whole world and all its sights and sounds
boombiada boombiada boombiada boombiada boombiada
I love the ocean
I love real dirty things
I love to go fast
I love Egyptian kings
I love the whole world and all its craziness
boombiada "" "" ""
I love tornadoes
I love arachnids
I love hot magma
I love the giant squid
I love the whole world its such a brilliant place
boombiada '''''''' (forever)

(from a link on Adfreak)

The original video disappeared, the new one is twice as long. The lyrics above now only apply to the first half of the video.

"Do Not Go to Stupid Places with Stupid People to do Stupid Things at Stupid Times"

Rules For The Gunman
  1. Don't carry the gun to make you a man. Carry because you are in fact a man.
  2. Always carry your gun regardless of social pressures
  3. If you can't physically carry a gun, always have a knife.
  4. Whenever you carry a gun, also carry a knife...and some spare ammunition.
  5. Carry the gun you can use best regardless of social fashion
  6. Make sure you are good with that gun through continual and obsessive practice
  7. Don't bluff or threaten with the gun. If you pull it, be certain you are justified and willing to use it.
  8. Using it means shooting the other man or men in the chest and/or the face. Yes, it means killing.
  9. If you can avoid having to shoot, it is a good thing, but do not second guess yourself once it has begun.
  10. To facilitate the former, do not go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things at stupid times.
  11. If you are involved in such activities, take a team with you....and rifles.
  12. The default should be to mind your own business.
  13. The only time minding your own business is superseded by getting involved is if what you see shocks the conscience of humanity and needs to be stopped.
  14. The amount of violence you can justify and the number of rules you can break is directly proportionate to the level of evil displayed by your adversary.
  15. Never apologize for using violence. Not only is it indicative of weakness but also of a lack of moral standing.

posted by lrsd05 at SBPDL 
originally from a bulletin board
 called Warrior Talk.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kill Aliens - Join the Reduction Campaign

AlienSwarm is available free on Steam as is this campaign, AlienSwarm_Reduction, here is the website Prepare to Drop.

Hit by Stupid Shrapnel

Many are aware of the Darwin Awards and chuckled at such stupidity. The problem is that sometimes, many time, idiots don't cause their own destruction but kill the innocent and survive. It is like drunk driving, the stupid often harm more than just themselves.

The above shows the danger of drive by stupidity.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Don't "Root, Root, Root for the Home Team"

I hate this business of bringing England over in pieces . It's strictly for the homesick.
Lane Pryce, Mad Men S05E05 

He also talks about having no fond memories of watching football in pubs. I do during world cup, but I only follow in sport it doesn't involve professional teams.  National teams in big world wide competitions are the only time to pay attention to hockey or football. For me the service that professional leagues provide is that it keeps athletes employed between international events.

What Do We Do Now? - Seen This Movie Before

“…if Barack was going to run, he had to decide quickly, a point the group made by laying out primary schedules and game plans for fund-raising and building an organization. Insights were offered from around the room.

It was Michelle, Axelrod remembers, who stopped the show. “You need to ask yourself, Why do you want to do this?” she said directly. “What are hoping to uniquely accomplish, Barack?”

Obama sat quietly for a moment, and everyone waited. “This I know: When I raise my hand and take that oath of office, I think the world will look at us differently,” he said. “And millions of kids across this country will look at themselves differently.””

From a link in the comments at PJMedia.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why One Must Learn to Serve Before One Can Lead

Once you've taken your share of stupid orders, you think REAL hard before giving an order that could be considered stupid.

Otis R. Needleman in the thread 
discussing the training of junior officers, at

KodaChromes of Rosie The Riveter et al

A selection of 4X5 Kodachrome from a Russian photographer 's blog, Pavel Kosenko's blog, of Americans doing different sorts of war work.Came up in the discussion of the thread United American Flight 817 2.0 on

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Traditional Clue Weapons

This is what showed up in Ugly Americans S02E15 when the main character goes on a boat ride with his new zombie best friend.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Things ARE Getting Better all the Time

As an antidote to easy pessimism here is a UN report, or UNish, about inter and intra state violence, Human Security Report 2009/2010. According to the numbers things are getting better. There is still war but the numbers and severity has decreased. Of course people are still dying. But then things can always be bad as this passage from The General by SM Sterling shows.

Of course, the last battle—his first—had shown him you could get killed very dead indeed in the middle of the most smashing victory. Gharsia's lungs and spine blasted out through his back illustrated quite vividly what could happen to an experienced veteran on the winning end of a one-sided slaughter.

Link to the report from dingbat, in the the thread Star Trek, a New Beginning. at

Medical Malpractice

You must remember Sherlock I was a soldier. I killed people.

You were a doctor.

I had bad days.

Sherlock S02E01

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Don't Be Sloppy

A good interrogator doesn't allow his subject to die. He'd lose the advantage.

ST:DS9 S02E20

This might seem like mustache twirling. It seems like mustache twirling and something more humane. There was an episode of Life on Mars that focused on the  terrible hassle, legal complications and the career limiting problem of a death of a prisoner. Questions will be asked. Forms will be filled out.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

WWII as a Crappy 60's Spy Flick

Danger 5 is a Australian action/adventure/comedy about WWII as reinterpreted into the 60's spy genre. It looks craptacular and worth a look.

Second Careers in Tokyo or Life After Crime

He explained that Tokyo job prospects are poor for an uneducated middle-aged man with nine fingers and tattoos that show beneath a dress shirt.

Former Yakuzi Mochizuki explains
  why he is a chauffeur/bodyguard
  for crime reporter Jake Adelstein.
 In New Yorker article, All Due Respect,
January 8, 2012.

Else where in the article there is mentioned of the book Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan, a book I heartily recommend. It is rollicking story about mid 20th century Japanese crime centered around New York wise guy Nick Zappetti.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In the Desert of Mistrust

In this land nobody ever keeps their promises.
Salam al Atrash
Bedouin Elder

When asked by Jeremy Paxman, on BBC Empire, about trustworthiness of Lawrence of Arabia. I have watched the first episode/segment but the presentation is so guilt ridden. As normal for such histories British imperialism is condemned as inhuman compared to such fun fests as Arab imperialism, Turkish imperialism, Mogul imperialism.