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Wed, Aug. 10th, 2016, 10:51 pm
Simulation Output

It’s come up more than once: how big a patch of sky is that long-exposure astrophoto showing? I just realized that I have the tool needed to answer that: Stellarium, available free for Mac, Windows and Linux.

In all of the following screenshots, the red rectangle is (if the dimensions I found on the net are correct) the view that a Micro Four Thirds camera (a mirrorless standard used by Panasonic and Olympus) would get through a telescope with a focal length of 1250mm. I only entered the dimensions once, so even if I got it wrong, it’s still consistent.

The Moon:

M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy):

M42 (the Orion Nebula):
Orion Nebula.png

Earth, as seen from the Apollo 11 site (yes, if the scope and camera worked in vacuum, get off my back):
Earth from the Moon.png

Thu, Jul. 28th, 2016, 07:02 pm
I Just Don’t Know What Could Go Wrong

Just playing around with some new acquisitions.


Some might see this as a metaphor for current events, but that’s not fair. Derpy always means well, and owns up to her mistakes. The world would be a far better place if more people followed her fine example.

Sun, Jun. 26th, 2016, 08:23 pm
So, You Want To Inflict Electrical Damage In GURPS 4e

I think I found it all, so I’m putting it where I can find it later. Maybe others will benefit from my efforts.

Potentially lethal electricity is burning damage with either Surge, +20% (B105; Powers, page 102) or Arcing Surge, +100% (Power-Ups 4 Enhancements, page 21). The difference is that conductive armor is reduced to DR 1 against Arcing Surge. With either enhancment, any target with the Electrical disadvantage (B134; electronic equipment without a character sheet has this) that takes over 1/3hp must roll HT or be disabled for one second per point of failure (until repaired on a critical failure). Repairs are described on B484.

But wait, there’s more. On B432-3, we learn that localized electrical attacks include Side Effect (Stun), +50% (B109, B35), and, if such an attack injures a hand or arm, the target must make a Will roll or drop whatever is being held in that hand, +?% (B???). Full-body electrical attacks add Side Effect (Unconsciousness, Attribute Penalty, -2 DX and Secondary Heart Attack), +330% (B109, B35). For bonus points, explain to me whether or not the effects in this paragraph are supposed to be included for free with Surge/Arcing Surge.

Fri, May. 27th, 2016, 02:54 pm
Yo Dawg (camera edition)

If this is a prank, I have to admire the prankster’s attention to detail. It looks just like a valid Amazon product page.

Wed, Mar. 23rd, 2016, 09:03 pm
Video links

Shot (the original location is having some sort of trouble, but a Good Samaritan provided a backup link).


Wed, Feb. 24th, 2016, 09:13 pm
Your New Wallpaper

Need a little emotional boost? Try this page.

Thu, Jul. 16th, 2015, 08:09 pm
1000 Words on Gun-Free Zones


Wed, Mar. 4th, 2015, 07:51 pm
Super Ultra Mega-Innocent II — this time, it’s personal

I am still staggered. You may have heard Eric Holder’s bluster about how he’s sure Officer Wilson violated Michael Brown’s civil rights, but the relevant legal standard is too high to allow prosecution. Holder is, of course, flat out lying. I have no words. I already used the match/bonfire/Nagasaki analogy before seeing that report, so what can I use now?

That link takes you to the DOJ report on the Michael Brown shooting, written under the shameless reign of Eric Holder, as reported by the New York Times. Claim that my sources are biased against the Hands Up Don’t Shoot mob, I dare you. TL;DR version: according to the people Eric Holder assigned to persecute him, Officer Wilson is not merely unprosecutable, but just plain innocent. How do you top that? People who weren’t even there can’t claim that level of innocence.

If I understand the protocol correctly, I should include a hat tip to Hot Air, because that’s where I found out about this report.

Thu, Feb. 26th, 2015, 08:58 pm
Super Ultra Mega-Innocent

There’s innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

There’s a verdict of not guilty.

Then, there’s so unassailably innocent that even Eric Holder can’t bring himself to prosecute, despite desperately wanting to.

George Zimmerman is officially in the third category. There is still a corps of hard-core dimwits who will never accept this, of course. There are also buffoons who insist that George W. Bush was behind 9/11, or that the Holocaust didn’t happen. All of those serve a valuable function: no matter how bad you fuck something up, you can still hold your head high, secure in the knowledge that there are still millions of people you’re better than.

Thu, Jan. 8th, 2015, 03:30 pm
Je suis Charlie

In case you haven’t seen the news recently, some Muslims took offense at some cartoons in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for suggesting that Muslims are violent. Naturally, they objected, offering logical arguments and historical precedents to demonstrate their peaceful intentions.

Nah, I’m just fucking with you. We’re talking about Muslims; they went to the magazine’s office and murdered a dozen people. It sounds like a crude satire, but is in fact the simple, literal truth: Muslim terrorists murdered cartoonists for daring to suggest the inescapable fact that Muslims are violent. Don’t like that? Good. Make me wrong, or go die in a bacon grease fire. I don’t care which.

There is something the rest of us can do. We know what the bloodthirsty savages want, so let’s make sure they don’t get it. They murdered people in the hope of suppressing cartoons, so I conceive it my duty to publish cartoons.

guest editor Mohammad

L’amour plus fort que la haine

Mohammad with snazzy hat

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