Archive for September, 2010

09/30/2010

So they found an “earth-like” extra-solar planet

by wfgodbold

Which of course prompts even more speculation that we’re not alone in the universe.  After all, if there are planets like this relatively close, it’s likely that there are even more like this farther away that we can’t see yet.

And thanks to that asshole Drake and his stupid equation, speculation on the likelihood of intelligent alien life is sure to follow, with most people probably concluding that aliens are out there.

There’s only one reasonable response to this news; we must immediately begin preparations to deal with the inevitable alien threat to humanity.

Some people suggest that aliens will be peaceful; I doubt it.  I think it’s far more likely that they’ll be agressive.  An aggressive species would be more likely to develop the tech needed to get into space, and would need to expand (either for more territory, or to hedge against other factions) into space eventually; I don’t know that a peaceful species would have any reason to leave their home planet.  What are they going to do, seek out new planets to be nice to everyone on them?  An aggressive species would want more resources and more territory, and if we’re going to defend ourselves against evil resource and land hungry aliens, we had better get our shit together.

I don’t much relish the idea of future humans being enslaved by a race of galactic overlords; if anyone is going to be top dog (and someone has to be; a galactic UN seems incredibly unlikely, especially given how ineffective the strictly human UN is), I’d rather it be humanity and not the lizard men from the Horsehead Nebula.

And if politicians insist on nuclear disarmament (not that there’s anything left of our nukes after the aliens took them out (see?  We need to hit them before they hit us (no, I don’t really think aliens have been deactivating our nukes)!)), we could end up facing a hostile alien race with nothing but our drive (and communications!) system for a weapon.

Disclaimer: No, I don’t think we’re in danger of imminent subjugation by evil aliens (or even by benevolent aliens), but we should be prepared at all times!

09/29/2010

The 3DS is official

by wfgodbold

And Nintendo is charging an arm and a leg for it.  I’m particularly interested in the Tales of the Abyss port; on a cartridge based system it shouldn’t be plagued by the long load times that made the PS2 version nigh unplayable.

Hopefully the 3DS will be region free; I’m not optimistic, though, since the DSi was region locked, and it was Nintendo’s most recent console release.  Especially with the yen as high against the dollar as it is now, releasing a region free handheld would just mean that a bunch of Japanese customers would buy the (relatively) cheaper American release instead of the domestic (and expensive) version.

The reverse import problem has plagued the anime industry as well; why should Japanese fans pay Y7000-8000 for a disc with two episodes on it when they could just import the American release (which still has Japanese audio) and pay less than that for half (or the entire) series?

I imagine sales of the 3DS won’t really take off until people have a chance to try out the display model in stores; you can tell people it’s in 3D all you want, but gameplay videos and trailers and ads online don’t get the point across as well as actually experiencing 3D sans glasses in real life will.

Once the public has had that, it might be hard to get them to put up with the annoying glasses that movies have been foisting on moviegoers recently.

09/29/2010

Since it keeps getting flagged as spam

by wfgodbold

At Random Nuclear Strikes, I’ll just post the video of the song they should have used as the theme for the upcoming Space Battleship Yamato movie here!

Sure, it’s cheesy as hell, but Animetal does some great metal covers of anime themes (and they look like they’re having a blast (their rendition of Pegasus Fantasy from Saint Seiya is pretty good, too)).

09/28/2010

Monster Hunter Vendetta

by wfgodbold

Larry Correia’s latest is on the way from amazon; the advanced electronic copy was well received, and I enjoyed the first one.  I expect the sequel will be a wild ride, and will definitely be hilarious (especially if the elves show up in this one, too).

Since I ordered it during my brief one-month trial of amazon prime, it should be here on Thursday.  I may read it over the weekend instead of going to see Let Me In, the new vampire movie releasing Friday.

09/27/2010

With about 3,000 words on paper

by wfgodbold

I’d say my late 1800s story is going pretty well, so far.  It’s still very rough, and is mostly in the setup stage, but I have a pretty good idea of where it’s going from here.  I’ll post more information on it once I’ve gotten more written, but let’s just say that certain antebellum expeditions had eventual unforeseen consequences.

09/26/2010

How is this a good idea?

by wfgodbold

Really?  You thought putting the UN in charge of first contact with aliens would be a good idea?  Why anyone would put someone selected by that august body in charge of anything more important than robbing third world governments blind is beyond me.

Are we supposed to impress the aliens with our noblesse oblige (after all, why should the superpowers be the ones to meet with the aliens?  They’d probably just set up exclusive trade agreements that more effectively enabled exploiting the third world!), or hope that the utter incompetence exhibited by the UN convinces them that we’re not a threat to their galactic hegemony, and should therefore be left alone?

It’s well known that the UN is a hive of scum and villainy, more wretched even than that dreaded spaceport Mos Eisley; serial human rights violators are on human rights councils, bureaucrats steal from the budget, and everything bad is laid at either the feet of the US or Israel (or both at once!).

I don’t much care for the UN (shocking, I know); the main advantage I can see to letting them keep their offices in NYC is that it keeps them right here, under adult supervision.  I am curious, though; if the US withdrew, would they have to relocate?

09/26/2010

I’ve put it through its paces

by wfgodbold

And after 5500 rounds (easy to remember; it’s 10 boxes of Federal bulk pack from Walmart!), I think it’s time to clean my P226 classic 22.  It’s performed flawlessly; any failures to fire (and there haven’t been many; maybe a handful or so per box of ammunition) are most likely due to the ammo than the gun.

However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t need to clean it; I’ve been running a bore snake through the barrel every hundred or so rounds, but after 5500 (and rimfire is notoriously dirty), there’s a good bit of build-up in the gun that needs to be cleaned out.  Fortunately the internet won’t let me down!  I’ve found several videos on youtube that should help me clean and reassemble the gun.

Shooting that much rimfire has also saved me a ton of money; ten boxes of Federal bulk pack runs ~$150 plus tax; an equivalent number of rounds in .380 ACP would cost ~$1650.  Even after subtracting what I paid for the P226 and extra magazines, and the rimfire ammo, I’m still almost $900 ahead!

I’m going to fill out the coupon that came with the gun and send it off this coming week; I’ve decided that the little 380 I’ve been carrying (and to be honest, it’s not really that little, either) isn’t enough, and the rimfire practice would carry over better to a full-size caliber on the same frame.  I’m leaning heavily towards sending off for the 9mm conversion (mostly cause the magazines can carry 18 rounds), but I may decide on the .40 S&W conversion instead.  The .357 Sig option is right out; while I’ve read good things about that caliber, the ammunition available is all more expensive even than .380.

Once that comes in, I’ll get some ammunition and get comfortable shooting it, and then order some carry gear from Comp-Tac; they get good reviews for all their gear.  I’ll order a gun belt (reinforced with Kydex and a size smaller than they recommend; I’ve been needing a new belt anyway, and this way I’ll be sure it will last longer than if I order one that’s the right size for me right now), a magazine and flashlight pouch (my pockets are getting pretty damn full, what with two spare .380 magazines, a flashlight, and all the other crap I carry around in them), and an IWB Minotaur holster.

I haven’t had any issues carrying the .380 IWB, but I prefer Comp-Tac’s clip options to Supertuck’s (which is the brand I currently use).

What I really need to get is a dedicated .22 upper for my AR-15; I haven’t shot it as much as I’d like, and the cost of good ammo is still high (reloading is supposed to be easy, but I’m not quite comfortable doing that in an apartment, or without anyone to teach me WTF I’m doing).

In other news, I’ve been seeking help for my addiction to parentheses (but it hasn’t been too effective (and a damn good thing, too; they say the next step is supposed to cure semi-colon addiction as well, and semi-colons are the greatest punctuation mark yet conceived!)).

09/24/2010

Bah, I’m going to have to exchange this

by wfgodbold

Because I’m afraid it’s too big; that’s the downside of buying clothes online- you can’t try them on before finalizing the purchase.  I ordered an XL Khaki coat, and though the description says it has a loose fit, I didn’t expect it to be quite so loose; it seemed more like an XXL coat instead.  I think even with a liner zipped in and wearing thicker clothes it would still be too big; I should have ordered a large instead.

Just after trying it on and giving it the once over, the Special Op Jacket certainly seems well made; the magnets are far better than the buttons most coats use, and the snow skirt and wrist gaiters would make sure that snow has no chance of getting inside the coat.

Fortunately, it’s not a clearance item, so the Oakley Vault should take it back without issue.  The pants and fleece jacket I received in the same order fit just fine, so that’s something.  I’m just glad I ordered it now instead of waiting for the weather to get cold enough that I’d need the coat and wouldn’t be able to send it back for a smaller size.

09/23/2010

After one week back on Medifast

by wfgodbold

I’m down another 7 pounds, putting me at 211.  That’s almost as much as I lost my first week on Medifast last fall, and if it’s as consistent this time as it was then, I should be under 200 lbs in the next two or three weeks.

I haven’t weighed less than 200 pounds since high school.  It’s a welcome change from looking in the mirror and seeing someone who only gets fatter.

09/22/2010

I’ve got an idea for at least a short story

by wfgodbold

Possibly more.  I’m researching background info on it now.  We’ll see if anything comes of it, but right now I’m optimistic.

Back to scouring the interwebs in search of knowledge (a fruitless endeavor, I know)!

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