I'm single-handedly keeping alive a fake holiday called Wester, which is the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox... The holiday has its own animal mascot, the Wester Squirrel, which goes around and gathers goodies to hide instead of hiding goodies to pass out like the Easter Bunny.
Over at the main blog, I have videos of squirrels stealing each others' nuts and squirrels using a tactic from "The Walking Dead" to evade snakes. Here, I have flying squirrels going for distance from National Geographic. Hey, it's football season!
To celebrate today's eclipse on the main blog, I posted Vox on the Great American Eclipse. Here, I'm observing the occasion, if not the eclipse itself, with something sillier. Take it away, Unipiper!
Keep Portland weird, Unipiper!
Next, a bit of history about the song itself.
This song is about a romantic relationship with a vampire? First, if I had known that 30 years ago, when it became "our song" for myself and my ex-wife, I might have realized that it could be a bad omen for our relationship. Second, I have just the icon for that!
As a homeowner and inhabitant of the planet, Stephen is really hoping Earth continues to be.Doomer though I am, I'm with Colbert. I may repost this at Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Tuesday, after I post the worksheet for "Treasures of the Earth: Power" that I promised to post three weeks ago, the winners for Dramatic Presentation at the Hugo Awards, and the winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
"[S]uch measures will not affect the thinking of a single Trump voter and will cause the jackasses to bray and dig their hoofs in even further."
Remember, we Democrats are the donkeys and the Republicans are the elephants. That sentence should have read 'the elephants will trumpet and dig their feet in deeper.'
There was a player named Dave in my gaming group who always had giant insects and spiders in every dungeon he ran. I eventually figured out that he did that because bugs frightened him and he hated them for that, so he figured that if they scared him, they'd scare the other players. He was eventually able to act out his feelings about insects in real life. He became an exterminator.
Dungeons and Dragons turned 40 years old this past month. Here are three links to articles that mark the anniversary, and a blast from the past.
Buzzfeed: At 40 Years Old, Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters
Intro and more comments on above article at io9: Why Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters
The practical applications of D&D at Quartz: Everything I need to know about management I learned from playing Dungeons and Dragons
That reminds me of this What’s New with Phil and Dixie cartoon from 30+ years ago: Lessons for Life
Originally posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.
ETA: I forgot to add this link from Kotaku: Ice-T Accidentally Recorded A Dungeons & Dragons Audiobook.
I tried to put together a serious entry last week at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and failed. Instead, I present Vladimir Putin on His Little Pony from JollyJack on DeviantArt.
Yes, Pooty Poot as a Brony. As if that's not enough to twit Vladimir Putin, the Most Interesting Man in the World, here is the music I decided to listen to when I saw this: "Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys.
More at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
The second paragraph of Mid-storm update on Ion in Detroit read:
Then, at 6 PM, my workplace closed, along with dozens of other schools. As the Detroit News describes the situation, there will be "no school from Lincoln Park to Clarkston, Ann Arbor to Utica and Lincoln Park to Grosse Pointe." Snow Day!
Time to post the fantasy and reality of snow days in Michigan like I did in First major snowfall and it's already late January. For the fantasy, I present Pure Michigan's Snow Days.
Remember snow day when the schools were closed and the day was wide open? The first step into fresh powder was like stepping into a new world.
Now the reality from John Kerfoot of Not So Pure Michigan: Pure Michigan: Snow Days.
If this looks familiar, then you read to the end of Hercules leaves behind a snow day. If you did, you should also remember my punchline.
At least we got more than five inches, and I got a snow day. Vacation extended until tomorrow!What do you expect? I'm an environmentalist; I recycle!
Originally posted at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Huffington Post: Pi Day in America
Today, 4,000 years after people first discovered how useful pi could be, we are about to celebrate International Pi Day. The first time a day was dedicated to pi was on March 14, 1989 at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco. The idea was the brainchild of Larry Shaw, a physicist at the center...Also, Mathematicians Pictures is having a pi drop at 1:59 PM EDT today (get it? 3.14159) here.
Since then, this museum and many others, as well as universities, schools and individuals have celebrated Pi Day by performing pi-related activities; some serious and some less so, such as creating pi puns; baking, throwing and eating pies; and singing pi songs. You can check out this year's bash at the Exploratorium here.
The date is derived from the first three digits of pi -- 3.14 -- using American dating order, just as September 11 is 9/11. And 2015 is going to be a big year for pi since we will celebrate 3.14 15 (correct to 4 places).
At first, Pi Day was a gimmick and a good joke, but now it is a big deal. Many North American and UK schools use it to spark interest in maths and science projects (for example, learning how the Greeks or Arabs did arithmetic; studying famous scientists like Gauss, Newton or Archimedes who worked on pi; or perhaps calculating the volumes of real pies before eating them).
Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News, where I made the following meta comment.
Don't expect a lot of serious posts for the next week. Tomorrow is the Ides of March. Two days after that is St. Patrick's Day. Finally, a week from today is this blog's first birthday. Party time!
Romney wins Michigan and Washtenaw County but splits delegates with Santorum
Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner
For the order of finish of the top four Republican candidates, their vote percentages, and the splitting of the delegates between the top two candidates, Washtenaw County mirrored the results of the state of Michigan as a whole. On the other hand, the turnout, percentage of the vote cast in the Democratic primary, and order of the lower ranked candidates on the Republican ballot differed significantly from the rest of the state and displayed Washtenaw County's distinctive take on politics. Elsewhere in the state, Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary may have had an effect on the result in at least one Congressional district.For the rest of the article, surf over to Examiner.com. My blog here isn't monetized, but Examiner.com is.
As for anything I left out of the article, note that I assign part of the responsibility for Santorum's splitting the delegates between the Republicans in the Michigan legislature, who came up with the redistricting plan that moved Calhoun County out of the 7th District and replaced it with Monroe County. That worked to protect my former representative Tim Walberg from a challenge by my other former representative Mark Schauer, but it also made the district more friendly to Santorum. Without that slick move, Romney would have won that district and its two delegates. The rest I give to Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary, although the clearest example involves Democrats voting for Ron Paul, not for Rick Santorum. Sorry, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, Operation Hilarity wasn't as effective as you thought it was, despite your bragging. Even so, the video is hilarious.
In other news, one of my New Year's resolutions was to resume writing for Examiner.com. As you can see, I finally got around to it.
Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
In the previous digest, I promised "global and national environmental issues, local (Michigan and Metro Detroit) sustainability issues, and Tea Party screw-ups." I'll do the first one, as I just posted an entry on that general topic.
Next Media Animation on the Keystone XL pipeline
Next Media Animation on Thanksgiving food inflation
Phil Plait on saving Earth from asteroids
Nebris and I have a conversation
A video gift from a student
Yes, I posted that one before. It's worth seeing again. Besides, I'm an environmentalist; I recycle.
The village of Wukan, China, in open revolt
The situation in Wukan escalates
More paranoia about Agenda 21
You'll see this one again, as it's about Tea Partiers screwing up.
Next Media Animation thinks low birth rates in the U.S. and China aren't all good
Next Media Animation on Canada leaving the Kyoto Protocol, plus a Rick Perry joke
With that last entry, the topics complete the circle, as the first and last are about Canadian tar sands.
There's a new reality dating show on TLC called Geek Love, which started at New York Comic Con with "sci-fi" speed dating and continues after that, showing the geeks in their daily lives, and following them in their quest for love!I wonder if anyone has told Li Anne that she should be careful what she wishes for.
If Li Anne had been there, she would have joined that speed dating session. To find out why, watch as Li Anne gives you her top 8 Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek!
I've been playing a lot of Star Wars: The Old Republic this week and posting about it to my LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, I've been looking for an excuse to post a Star Wars entry that is still on-topic for this blog.* Yesterday evening, I stumbled across not one, but two items that fit the bill.
First, from The Bad, the Ugly, and the Irrelevant: The 2012 GOP pretenders on Facebook comes this macro.
Next, Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of The Atlantic's star political bloggers, is playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yes, really.
If I hadn't already been a fan of Coates, I would be now. Also, read the comments. They're actually very informative.
Return of the Jedi
So how are we feeling about Star Wars: The Old Republic? I just finished installing and patching this morning. I played around with some character creation, but haven't a chance to do much else. But even in doing that little bit, I realized how dated WoW's graphics really are. I suppose that's a good thing in some ways--WoW can run on almost game PC, at this point.
Either way, I'd love to have a new game on my list. I'm a little pissed about WoW actually adding the panderan. It just feels like more comic relief.
* Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News. The second part was also posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.