Archive for February, 2012

02/29/2012

Leap year!

by wfgodbold

I hope everyone had a great February 16th!

Okay, back to studying.

02/27/2012

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – General Charles Napier

by wfgodbold

Gen. Napier famously said:

Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.

I wonder how he would deal with fanatics in Afghanistan who feel compelled to go around shooting people and setting off suicide bombs just because someone burned a book.

Not that raving hysteria over burning the Koran is anything new.

If even the Afghanis who have trained with US forces and work with them daily are shooting our soldiers over this, it’s time to pack it in and leave them to their own devices (which will presumably be hand-crafted and -powered, since any infrastructure they’ve got is going to disappear once we stop protecting it).

The reason no one ever conquers Afghanistan is because they eventually realize, much like Han Solo in Star Wars, that “No reward is worth this.”

02/26/2012

It’s been one of those weekends.

by wfgodbold

After rear-ending a truck yesterday, I haven’t really felt like blogging (no one was hurt, and the truck’s bumper was scuffed; my car was worked over by the trailer hitch, though).

I may be out of this funk in a few days (unless the car is dead for good, in which case I will descend to the next level of funk down), and hopefully post less depressing content then.

In the meantime, pay attention out there! Even just glancing down at the clock can prove costly.

Hope everyone else’s weekends are going better than mine!

02/23/2012

Well, it works

by wfgodbold

Though posting on wordpress is annoying, and it won’t let me upload media (wordpress must use flash).

So, after transferring them to my computer, I have some screenshots of brand new PS Vita fun!

Tales of Innocence R is as good a place to start as any...

 

I even managed to hit PS + Start while fighting to get an action screenshot.

Even Twitter works!

I downloaded the Netflix app, too, but it’s very laggy. I’ll get in more play time tomorrow and over the weekend; for now, it’s back to the law school grind.

I suppose I should thank Lexis Nexis and their student rewards program; if it weren’t for the points they give for research and training, I would have had to pay for this myself! Instead, I traded my points in for Amazon credit and got a huge discount.

02/22/2012

In which Amazon lets me down, Or First World Problems strike home…

by wfgodbold

For some reason, my PS Vita order (which ended up costing me $89, thanks to various amazon.com credits) didn’t ship with release date delivery.

So instead of amazing handheld gaming today, I have to wait almost 24 whole hours for its delivery tomorrow.

I used to think #FirstWorldProblems were something that happened to other people, but now I know better.

They can happen to anyone!

02/21/2012

Nic Cage is the greatest actor of our time

by wfgodbold

I attribute his versatility and range to his nouveau shamanic acting method.

Anyway, I saw Ghost Rider over the weekend, and while it didn’t rise to the level of so bad it’s good as the first Ghost Rider did (this one was more so bad it’s okay, but that’s still better than so bad it’s terrible), it was still entertaining.

And most of the entertainment is from Nic Cage just throwing himself into the part; he tends to act completely crazy, but somehow it works. Maybe it’s the shamanic influences. Maybe he got his Oscar and just quit caring and decided if he was going to get paid for playing pretend, he would really throw himself into it.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was probably not worth seeing in theaters, but if you can get past its mediocrity, you’ll have a good time.

Henry Fonda was a better devil, and Sam Elliott was a better narrator.

02/18/2012

Fighting of the Spirit

by wfgodbold

The original Tales of Phantasia boss music (for fights against the spirits) was pretty good.

S.S.H.‘s arrangement is even better (not really surprising, since the SNES, while pretty good for music, was still limited by the hardware).

Of course, I tend to think just about any music can be improved by fusing it with metal. I must have been dropped on my head when I was a child.

02/17/2012

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAARGH

by wfgodbold

On an NRO post excoriating Santorum’s strong anti-libertarian bent, commenter YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAARGH has this to say:

The problem with the Republican party today is that they are the party of Boromir: they don’t want to destroy the state, they want to use it for good. They mean well–as does Mr. Santorum–but that’s because, like Boromir, they don’t understand the problem.

I read something similar in a piece yesterday talking about how it’s all well and good that the Republicans want to cut departments and programs like PPACA, but what are they going to replace them with?

Why do they need to be replaced with anything? Most of te stuff the feds are tied up in isn’t any of their damn business in the first place, so why would any sane person who just cut the government replace it with anything at all?

I just want the government to leave me alone. And because I’m such a nice, friendly guy, I want the government to leave everyone else alone, too. Is that so much to ask?

02/16/2012

If This Goes On–

by wfgodbold

Nehemiah Scudder*, is that you**?

At this point, I think i may just wash my hands of the whole shebang and pull the lever for Gary Johnson.

*The first Prophet, elected President in 2012 in Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History***. Even for RAH, that’s pretty damn eerie.

**I can’t decide if a “by their powers combined” Captain Planet reference or a Voltron/Constructicons reference is more appropriate here.

***Which seems doubly (trebly?) appropriate, given that Newt Gingrich (wannabe psychohistorian) is doing his damnedest to be The Man Who Sold the Moon. Ladies and Gents, welcome to the science fictioniest election of all time!

02/14/2012

It may have taken me longer than most to get around to it…

by wfgodbold

But I did manage to doff my hat to Starbucks today (and leave a Jefferson in the tip jar).

When you’re fighting against people on the wrong side of history, every little bit helps!

It doesn’t hurt that they’re completely divorced from reality, either.

On the other hand, I paid cash for my coffee.

Now the fuzz has another reason to put me on a list.

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