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Chinese New Year Horoscope

The Czar has posted your Chinese New Year horoscopes for the coming year over at the Gormogons.

I can never remember which “year of” I was born in.  I’m thinking it may have been the Year of the Sleestak.

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Rocket Knife

via LMAO

A homemade small scale rocket sled with a knife attached, hurtling down a homemade track at 150 mph, into a variety of objects?  What’s not to like?

150 mph rocket knife

1000 degree red hot rocket knife

I stuck a smoke bomb in the  tail of a model biplane one 4th of July when I was a kid.  I’m sort of embarrassed by my lack of vision.



I don’t generally watch videos on YouTube, especially ones that run more than a minute or two.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s FOMO on some nebulous “better” thing that might be out there.  Maybe it’s because I have trouble hearing speech over background sounds.  Maybe I just don’t have the required attention span.  Maybe it’s just that I prefer the written word.  At any rate, SDA had links to a series on Knights.  It’s in German, but the subtitles are good.  Each one is 50 minutes long.  The fact that I watched all three beginning to end is as high a recommendation as I can muster.

Men in Iron

For Fame and Honor

Last of Their Kind



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Password Security

I have linked information on password security before.  Can’t ever do it enough.  Borepatch has a great post on password security, including an idea for creating strong passwords that are pretty easy to remember.

The only thing I might add is that longer is better.


Dear God

I’m a big fan of Leg Iron’s rants at underdogs bite upwardsThis, however may be among the two best sentences ever written in the English language:

I’m not religious but Dear God, can’t you smack some intelligence into the things you made? You say you made them in your image and they make you look like a fucking retard.

It’s part of a piece called “The Pan Generation” (as in Peter Pan).  It’s worth your time.  Go read it.

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Well, this should be fun

For the last week, the weather folks have been forecasting a major ice storm here in the Ratlands.  They are predicting up to a half inch of ice around these parts, up to an inch a bit further north.  Needless to say, the likelihood that a significant number of folks around here are going to lose electricity is fairly high.

Assuming, of course, the weather actually behaves as the computer models predict.

We were supposed to be having ice by now, but it is still around 35°.  I guess we’ll see.  The Head Rat and I are basically sitting around waiting for the power to go out.  We were thinking of driving over to my parents’ house (they have a wood stove) but my truck has developed an aversion to running in wet weather.

Like I said, it should be interesting.



Lovely graphic seen at Borepatch (who has excellent taste in these sorts of things)

Of course, I’m immune.  I don’t use WiFi in public places.  And, I didn’t talk to people in public in 1995, so it would pretty much be business as usual for me.

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Because America Sucks

Just ask any leftist.

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The Multiplier Effect

If you have never heard of the economic concept “multiplier effect,” your education is severely lacking. If you don’t really understand the concept, you can, at least to some degree, be forgiven because most of us don’t, especially the economists and politicians who are so fond of it. If you would like to understand it, and why it is a twisted cross between pure bullshit, political feel-good magic fairy dust, and unadulterated unicorn farts, I suggest you read Captain Capitalism’s excellent post on the subject.

If you can’t be bothered to read, at least look at the power strip graphic in the middle of the post.

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Drugs are Like Shoes…

“Drugs are like shoes: everybody needs them, but they don’t always fit.”

I have no idea what that means.‡

The Head Rat has me watching Sense8 on Netflix.  Not one of my favorites (although, I have to admit it’s better when you see the first episode).  The quote is from the show.  I only mention it because I’m a fan of really good wordsmithing and great turns of phrase.

That said, I’d really rather not be watching Sense8, but she watched rugby and cricket earlier, so I can’t really complain (although I probably will, just to keep up appearances).  That, and I can play EVE Online while I’m sitting here.

‡Actually, I have a really good idea what it means. Not from personal experience, of course.

Update: (and there is a spoiler, of sorts, so if you want to watch Sense8 you know what not to do…)

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