Saturday, November 19, 2016


Here are the full lyrics for A Pair of Brown Eyes (1985) by The Pogues. See if you can follow the two narratives. It's about a drunken encounter of two men in a pub--one young and the other much older. The plot is easier to follow with the indentation separating the two first-person points of view:
One summer evening drunk to hell
I sat there nearly lifeless
An old man in the corner sang
"Where the water lilies grow"
And on the jukebox Johnny sang
About a thing called love
And it's "how are you kid and what's your name?"
And "how would you bloody know?"
In blood and death 'neath a screaming sky
I lay down on the ground
And the arms and legs of other men
Were scattered all around
Some cursed, some prayed, some prayed then cursed
Then prayed then bled some more
And the only thing that I could see
Was a pair of brown eyes that was looking at me
But when we got back, labeled parts 1, 2, 3
There was no pair of brown eyes waiting for me
And a rovin' a rovin' a rovin' I'll go
For a pair of brown eyes
I looked at him he looked at me
All I could do was hate him
While Ray and Philomena sang
Of my elusive dreams
I saw the streams, the rolling hills
Where his brown eyes were waiting
And I thought about a pair of brown eyes
That waited once for me
So drunk to hell I left the place
Sometimes crawling sometimes walking
A hungry sound came across the breeze
So I gave the walls a talkin'
And I heard the sounds of long ago
From the old canal
And the birds were whistling in the trees
Where the wind was gently laughing
And a rovin' a rovin' a rovin' I'll go
A rovin' a rovin' a rovin' I'll go
And a rovin' a rovin' a rovin' I'll go
For a pair of brown eyes
For the longest time (30 years!) the lyrics confused me. First, I didn't understand that two different men were having a dialog about the same thing. In this sense, it's a bit like Neil Young's "Old Man." Second, I didn't understand that the older man had not only been through a horrific wartime experience but that he too had lost a woman. The older man says:
And the only thing that I could see
Was a pair of brown eyes that was looking at me
But when we got back, labeled parts 1, 2, 3
There was no pair of brown eyes waiting for me
I used to think that he was talking about literally finding a pair of disembodied brown eyes, or maybe a survivor with brown eyes who then vanished when he came back to "label (body) parts one to three." Rubbish. The soldier's memory of a woman with brown eyes back home got him through the horror. But when he returned from the war, she had left. This triggers the younger man who too had once had a woman with brown eyes. The younger man leaves the pub, hating the older man. 

I wanted to subtitle this post "When the artist betrays his own meaning." Just look at the video released by The Pogues to promote the single: 

Utter rubbish. It's all Thatcher Derangement Syndrome and Big Bad Government. Why couldn't they have been truer to the meaning of the song?
It’s just about a guy getting pissed at a bar 'round here. He’s getting pissed because he’s broken up with this bird and… you know how it is when you just go into a pub on your own to drink and it’s really quiet and you get this old nutter who comes over and starts rambling on you. So this old guy starts on about how he came back from the war, the First World War. Or the Second. One of them anyway. And he tells him about the ship he had out there and how he got out and came back and this girl had fucked off with someone else, a girl with a pair of brown eyes. Which is the same situation as the young guy sitting there listening to all this rubbish and the juke box playing Johnny Cash and Ray Lyman and Philomena Begley, classic London juke box tracks. And in the end he gets to the stage where he says fuck it, and he goes stumbling out of the pub and he walks along the canal and starts feeling really bad, on the verge of tears, and he starts realising that the old guy has had a whole fucking lifetime of that feeling, going through the war and everything, but his original reaction is to hate him and despise him. I’m not saying he goes back and starts talking to him but you know… ~ Shane MacGowan link

Trump vows to protect us from illegal Aliens!

A shocking video claims France’s first female astronaut screamed “Earth must be warned!” before she attempted suicide.
Claudie Haigneré, 59, reportedly had to “be restrained” after yelling the eerie caution prior to falling into a coma from an overdose of sleeping pills.
A six-minute YouTube conspiracy film by UFOmania has resurfaced this week examining her story. It has been viewed nearly a million times.
In 1993, esteemed scientist Claudie was a backup crew member for the 1993 Mir Altaïr mission, which included her future husband, Jean-Pierre Haigneré.
She made it to the Mir space station in 1996 as part of the Russian-French Cassiopée mission, and in 2001 became the first European woman to visit the International Space Station.

Milo on Gregg Gutfeld

This video is not current. It aired at the time Twitter removed Milo's authentication check and before they kicked him off for insulting Leslie Jones. I saw this for the first time a few days ago by YouTube suggesting it. And the thing that stuck out to me right away is the sharp contrast between Milo's television projection and all of the other guests.The other guests are Tucker Carlson,  Katherine Timpf, Steven Bauer, they skipped the introduction of the brunette next to Milo.  Milo shines as metal halide next to dimly flickering 40w bulbs throughout the entire clip.

Why? How? I watched it again to see what Milo is doing and the other panelists are not doing, including a professional actor. Milo puts on faces, innocent, coy, coquettish, girlish, he flaps his hand as if waving handkerchiefs, he puts on various voices to accentuate his point, he mispronounces disarmingly, "The guy was born in Canader," "Medier has forgotten how to talk to these people," "Doesn't compaaah to the popular support for Daddy," then mugs his use of the unconventional word.

Milo is compelling, he concludes, "I find it appalling."

Tucker Carlson is intellectual, he concludes. "The latter."

Milo is intellectual within his projected character. Tucker is merely intellectual, and that is his character. Milo is flexible, soft malleable, elastic. Tucker is rigid. Milo moves, he tucks in his head and shrinks within his suit, tilts his head to an angle, tilts his head downward and speaks looking through his own eyebrows. Tucker is stiffly looking directly forward and barely turns his head to address the guest next to him.

The actor, Steven Bauer, looks nothing like his previous self, he looks aged and  withered and nearly dead next to Milo.

And the two women are basically Milo's natural props. Excepting their sexual dressing, for gravitas they suppress their own girlishness, their femininity that Milo exaggerates.

Gregg Gutfeld cracks me up. Commenters at YouTube find him irritating and I find that surprising.

Gutfeld directs the conversation to his guests very well while comically including a backhanded slap. The guest accepts being call on to respond while silently accepting the comedic slap. "Kat, my guess is that you get harassed all the time on Twitter, but I also guess that you probably deserve it."

Gutfeld, "Kat, you’ve been following this stuff a lot. What’s your take on  this; surprised, disappointed, aroused?"

That kills me. 

It reminds me of one of the funniest scenes I've seen on film. This is the top. Robin Williams is teaching Nathan Lane how to behave as a man. I never thought that Williams can be upstaged but Lane gives him a good run. Williams is actually playing straight man (literally) to Lane's comedic virtuosity. And the script they are given is perfect. It's hard to imagine anyone doing this better. The two lines that lodged are Williams saying he didn't realized John Wayne walked like a swish. Then later, the same scene is edited with an interjection of a highway scene, Williams and Lane are still practicing. Lane plays the faggiest fag in all fagdom. 

Williams behaving gruffly teaching Lane to shake hands like a man and strike up banal conversation that is not possible for Lane. " How do you feel about that call today, I mean the Dolphins 4th and 3, play on their 30 yard line with only 34 seconds to go."

Lane responding to sport related cue,"How do you think I feel? Betrayed. Bewildered." 

I die laughing at that. I can't help using that in real life. Answer with feelings inappropriate to the question about how I feel on any given subject. I watched these scenes again and cracked up laughing all over again. They'll never stop being hilarious. Lane is over the top portraying a gay in his rarified specific and completely self-contained world. This clip is the worst technical quality with the complete scenes of Williams trying to teach Lane how to butch it up, a doomed task. It's worth a watch to lighten your day. It has me in tears laughing so hard. 

The improbable is possible... no this is not another post about the Cubs nor Trump

After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work.

The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according to our current understanding of the laws of physics.

In case you've missed the hype, the EM Drive, or Electromagnetic Drive, is a propulsion system first proposed by British inventor Roger Shawyer back in 1999.

Instead of using heavy, inefficient rocket fuel, it bounces microwaves back and forth inside a cone-shaped metal cavity to generate thrust.

According to Shawyer's calculations, the EM Drive could be so efficient that it could power us to Mars in just 70 days.

But, there's a not-small problem with the system. It defies Newton's third law, which states that everything must have an equal and opposite reaction.

More at this link:

Ben Domenech reacts to the cast of Hamilton calling out Mike Pence

Link to video of the cast exhorting Mike Pence to the delight of the crowd.
The cast of Hamilton bravely criticizing the Vice President Elect sounds a note of utter naivete and a betrayal of their origin story.
Hamilton built his career on respect. Respect for the citizen and the marketplace.
Hamilton did not hold to any view that placed the citizen as subservient, in need of protection from the state
He instead believed that all citizens possessed unto themselves the rights not expressly diminished by the Constitution.
The description of fear expressed by the @HamiltonMusical cast perverts the very meaning of The Federalist Papers and our Constitution
It suggests a universe where our rights are not intrinsic, but are bequeathed by government, dependent on executive protections
To accept such a view of our status is to break faith with Hamilton and all his peers who saw things otherwise.
Link to the tweets reposted above from the publisher of the Federalist Website:

Rehab, ASL, uploaded by Philip Hayes

I love these kids so much. It aches. What fun they're having together. The main young woman is Caroline Moyer. She delivers a highly glossed version ignoring the English construction and precise lyrics and gives us instead a more direct feel of the song.

The word for "rehab" is the word for "help" a fist lifted upward with the palm of the other hand, except for "rehab" the fist is replaced with an "R."

The word for "compel" or "bully" or "abuse" is an individual finger being shoved downward with the opposite palm. It's a really cool word. She uses that system for "shove."

The two signs combined reversed, "rehab" + "shoved" along.

"I ain't got the time"  is "time get" in her hands.

From what I can see, and this really is how people speak, so kudos for this fantastic translation. I love this woman, it goes like this:

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, “no, no, no.”
rehab me compel, no no no

Yes, I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know, know, know
yes me drunk I (claw back to myself)  know, know, know

I ain’t got the time and if my daddy thinks I’m fine
time-get father think now (this here, moving along)  now they (points) compel me go, go, go

He’s tried to make me go to rehab but I won’t go, go, go.
now compel I not go, go, go,

I’d rather be at home with Ray
I home rather choice (associating)   (significant other)  points (to him)

I aint’ got seventy days
not time (for that over there) anyway enough

Cause there’s nothing
me rehab help teach me (dismissive expression)

There’s nothing you can teach me
rehab help (from head directly outward) dismissive expression

That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway
wave off  (floating) satisfy

I didn’t get a lot in class
school, nothing (at my head) over my head

But I know it don’t come in a shot glass
not, know pour (in this glass) sip.

There is absolutely nothing precise about it, no fidelity to English lyrics, no aligning poetry, no beat or melody or rhythm whatsoever and yet together they convey the same careless slaphappy and dismissive defiant tone of the song. And that's why I love them so.

They do this song entirely differently than I do it and all I can say is, "Well done!"

Tucker Carlson grills Jonathan Allen on Jeff Sessions being racist

The title actually says, "GRILLS," and Tucker does seriously grill, but it's actually about Allen claiming Sessions is racist by Allen's impressions, not by Allen's proof. It's not about Sesson's racism, it's about onathatn Allen saying so. In the interview Allen says he does not say so while Tucker insists that he does nine times.  Other websites are saying, and other conservative principals are saying, that Tucker Carlson "crushed" Allen, and Tucker Carlson "destroyed" Allen." Ann Coulter says, it's the greatest TV she's ever seen. Mike Cernovich says, Tucker will make Fox great again and he will have the top rated show. Others chimed in on Twitter saying similar things.

Possibly, but I'm not seeing Jonathan Allen being destroyed or crushed, not anything near to that. Tucker Carlson  challenges Jonathan Allen and doesn't let Allen get away with his nonsense and Carlson checks Allen's repetitions, but I'm not seeing Allen being crushed, or moved, or convinced, or even budged half an inch. His mind is distorted permanently. Fixed as concrete is cured. Allen walks away from the interview thinking, "Well that went rather well."

clear ice, the directional method

This was the point made in a science show about a lake that froze with weirdly clear ice so that you could see the rocks on the bottom. To prove they went into a cold garage and filled a large basin with water. A clear ice sheet formed on top but not all the way through.

I like the video. A nice presentation. Every element is thoughtful. Clean kitchen. No extraneous items in the background. Well dressed presenter. Well groomed. Pleasant relaxing voice. Straightforward material. And after all that, the comments are even more entertaining. Not everyone is having it. They made me laugh. Let's have a laugh.

* Instructions not clear enough, dick got frozen in the block.

     * Apply gratuitous amounts of salt. Will fix.

* Doesn't the large portions of ice become a block in the face while shooting that last sip?

* Only me that hates ice sticks? They're so annoying when you're drinking the cocktail.

* you sound like spike spiegel

* Is this served in safe spaces?

* The only problem with this is you need to live in a place where the tap water is actually good, like Madrid, Spain. In many places tap water is just not drinkable and using bottled water for ice like this is expensive.

     * If you live in third world, just filter...

     * Exactly, and if you live in the first world, just keep drinking that chlorine

* The shapes and the clarity of the ice are so pretty and charming.  I don't know how most men would feel about these things, but I think they would be a very special touch to us women.

     * Good men take pride in their work. Which means they take pride in their presentation. I believe the sexes line up pretty well on this one.

* this dude cares way to much about his alcohol😂

* Will it work if I don't play fancy music while making these?

     * Of course not. You also need a nice dress shirt and a manly beard or an elegant updo and cocktail dress for the ladies.

     * Things like this aren't for guys with beards. More like pencil dick weirdos with oversized glasses and skinny ties.

     * Thank you for your contribution.

     * Wow, pencil dick weirdo's huh... sounds like someone is a bit threatened by anyone and everyone just a little bit more interesting than themselves. Bet you're the kind of guy who calls everyone a hipster.

     * Scott Baromski No, just faggots with black and white profile pictures with their DSLR to show off muh deep artsy side, excessive wristbands, a faggy haircut, and dubstep playlists.

     * Hahaha, am I supposed to be offended by a social cripple like yourself? Hide behind your anonymous profile and keep trolling the internet. The real world is too harsh on losers like you, as I'm sure you learned in high school

* why am i even on this part of youtube... i dont even drink cocktails

     * +MarineKingHS maybe it's time for you to fuck off

     * +RexXflash Well that's not very nice...

 * +jakerussell96 neither is an alcoholic encouraging people to drink

     * same here. started with woodworking and now I am here... I'll go back the hockey game..

     * you drink cocks.

     * +SK 텔레콤 승리 Because google found enough instances of "cock" in your search history to start recommending "cocktails"?

     * +RexXflash I agree fully, good sir. people should drink less alcohol, now that we have these formidable alternatives, such as codeine, xanax or angel dust.

     * +Andy Yang
Yeah, the guy should really smoke a fat blunt to chillax a little.

* Just gimme the bottle who needs ice, or a glass...

* I was watching gaming did I end up here

     * I was watching Filthy Frank lol, idk either

     * that's weird... youtube gives me control on what videos i click on

     * Mez282 Gamers can be classy too.

used this with the silicon skull ice cube makers you can get. Like with the sphere I fully submerged them and they came out as crystal clear ice skulls that look great and kind of eerie in a clear drink.

Kinda sounds like Louis Litt from Suits...seems like something he'd do too

Stay Hungry My Friends 

     * You mean thirsty

can you carve a dog out of this?

     * i would use a different knife for that. How is South Korea?

The whole time i thought it was Andre from "The League". And then All that hair Killed it at the end! Too funny!

Shiet nigga Im just tryna get my date drunk so i can get my dick wet

I've just lost the will to live..........

dude you put 2much ice !!!!

what plant r u on

I don't want those ducking hands touching the ice of my drink

Is the narrator Ryan Ryenolds?

would freezing distilled water not create clear ice?

     * No, just In the same way a piece of iron isn't automatically magnetic. The internal atomic structures of both need to be aligned in a singularly unified direction.

     * only if it's also holy.

It disturbs me that there is a book directly behind the sink.

some bastard bartender gave me this clear ice sphere in my drink once...i hate it...aesthetically it looks awesome...but when you get like half way on your drink...the shit sits on your face specifically your nose! ... never in my life did i want to hit an inanimate object like i did this...

     * If you tilt your head upward (instead of tilting your nose downward and into the glass) and slightly tilt the glass when you drink then the ice won't come out and hit you in the nose. Glass at a 45° angle, chin up, eyes on the horizon. That's also the best way to drink a beer that has a head on it.

* I think people who take their alcohol that serious are ignorant. you're consuming poison which isn't a very intelligent thing to do so being uppity about it is just.. no.

     * Says the guy with a baby getting punched in the face as his avatar


stop saying "perfectly" they look good, but are nowhere near perfect.

Why am I here? I don't even know anything about cocktails. WHY Youtube WHY??

How can I look classy drinking boxed wine... from the box. Kidding :)

hey man, where you at?"
"I'm in the lab... making some high quality ice."

     * "That's... cooooool."

* I really, Really, REALLY hate it how this guys man handles the ice pieces and rub his hands all over em before he puts them in the bag.

     * +navidski I really love how we can just assume that he didn't wash them.

* what a waste of time

* Anyone else think this guy sounds just like Spike from Cowboy Bebop?

* I use a different methode. I take a bucket, fill it up with water and fix a vibrator on the outside of the bucket with some ducttape. Turn the vibrator on (it has to be one of those 12 hours runtime things) and let it freeze. Because the water vibrates the air will get out. And air is what makes the ice go white in the middle. 

     * I would love to hear more. Is this a known technique? (And, no, I'm not just looking for an excuse to buy a vibrator that lasts for 12 hours).

     * +Aubrey Hesselgren Well you certainly can say "I just bought it to make crystal clear ice".
But chances are the cashier wont believe you and doesnt care.

So many more simpler ways. This is a great example of working hard, not smart.

     * +Matt smith i hate it when people do that. "oh your ways suck and I kniw a million ways to do it better but I won't tell you"

     * Pay me! And I'll tell you.

     * +J Thomas Rains Jr please email me on to arrange payment for this information

im watching a guy make ice on a saturday night, im such a loser

     * +aznsushi41 Hey man I spent dozens of Saturday nights watching an old dude with cancer & some young punk cook ice so you're not that much of a loser ;)

I thought the guy speaking was bobby flay... Lol

Hate to be this guy... But you definitely used a rye not a bourbon for that maple old fashioned.

super cool but i cant imagine its worth it unless you own a martini bar in an area where one can charge 10 per beer and 15 per mixed drink.

OMG just use clouded ice !!!!!

This might be the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Anyone in the history of the world without an automatic ice maker figured this out when they got annoyed waiting for their ice cube tray to freeze completely and take it out too quickly. 

instructions not clear...finger in center of iceblock. not mine
     * Did you try cutting it with the serrated knife/hammer combo?

     * Was is clear ice though?

     * thats because you didn't insert the dick upside down.

     * Black ice.

     * Who cares if the instructions are clear. Is the ice clear? That's the important thing.   


The guy spent hours making clear ice and the first thing he puts it in is a cloudy drink,  ????

All that for one clear ice ball, imagine serving these to hundreds of people sheesh

I was wondering why YouTube recommended this to me if I've never had a cocktail before, but I still ended up watching the whole thing. Damn you YouTube.

     * Me too. It's annoying.

     * Same here.

Clever way to sell less drink for more. Ice is evil.

Now put those cubes of ice in your pants and play mister cool...

Wow, a lot of wasted water just for a whim...

     * how much oxygen do you waste? Lets get to the roots!! ROFL

     * you proved your  state of mind in the previous comment, no need to repeat that...  You did anyway...

     * You really haven't much to do to even take the time to reply with a dynamic link. Honestly I was waiting for a less generic diagnostic. The ''frustrated and angry at everyone and everything'' was kind of easy. But what does this argumentation makes you? You are making no point, not trying to prove something or teach something or make people aware of something, you're just messing with somebody you don't even know, for fun, and who didn't wrote to you in the first place. What does that make you? I first said that the process in the video was waisting a lot of water, a precious and rare resource. That makes me a frustrated person? No! but you just fooling around and saying stuff like ''you're just frustrated'' and ''you're wasting oxygen'' and nothing else constructive, that probably makes you a little, pointless, clowny, insignificant YouTube fuck around.

Make more! :o starting off as a barman and i love watching these tricks and tips, i think it will help me in my professional life

now that's alcoholism at it's finest.

Wow... you have ENTIRELY too much time on your hands.....

     * To pour water and put it in a freezer?

  * If you have enough time to worry about cutting perfect cubes of absolutely clear ice, for a cocktail, yes

     * Let's be honest that shit isn't going to come out perfect you can see it didn't. he's not shaving it just rough chop. I've had homes without icemakers and if you want ice you gotta do the same shit.

     * I'll say it again: you have entirely too much time on your hands..... stick it in the fucking freezer and get on to more important things...

     * you must be a really important person to not have time for cold beverages.
if you absolutely don't have time to fill up a cooler and put it in the freezer, then you definitely don't have enough time to be watching a youtube video on how to do it. without a doubt not enough time to argue with someone over the proper time saving method of freezing water.
but that's none of my business..

     * Listen asshole, it's simple: You open the freezer door, remove the ice cube tray, close the freezer door, walk to the sink with ice cube tray in hand, turn on cold water, fill ice cube tray with cold water, turn cold water off, carefully turn around and walk back to freezer with ice cube tray filled with water in hand, open freezer door, carefully place ice cube tray with water back into freezer, close the freezer door, go do laundry, vacuum, tune up the bike or mower, reload ammunition, clean your guns, jerk off, watch a movie, jerk off some more, return to freezer, open freezer door <GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!> YOU HAVE ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


     * Why am I the asshole? you can do the exact same process with a cooler and not have to waste a bunch of time while waiting on your water to freeze. I don't wanna sit around killing time while my water freezes, it's worse than watching paint dry. I rather just leave it overnight if you don't mind. you're over complicating things.

     * How is it over complicating the process by sticking an ice cube tray filled with water into a the freezer? And sticking it in a cooler isn't?!

     * I honestly don't know ,that's what I'm asking you. sounds like the same process to me except with your way I gotta find activities to do until it's done freezing.

     * Dude, you stick the cube tray in the freezer and forget about it..... There's nothing to wait around for.

     *  seems to me the same could be done with a cooler but to each their own.

This is not useful at all, yet very satisfying.

Finish the drink and get a black eye by ice-ball to the face... Nice job Youtube!

just use boiled water in your mold


* Finally a way to add some class to my 40 oz.

     * +123corey Gold.

I don't even drink I'm just watching this cause I don't wanna do my essay :(

I got a strange boner looking at that old fashioned.

this was interesting and educational, we might not save the world with this info, but our cocktails are going to be a tad more stylish while we watch the world burn ;D

Deadpool is that you?

i wish all i had to be concerned about was how clear my ice cubes were....must be nice


     * +Ville Nilson Bake me a cake ! 

     * What?

Fun fact: ice is actually a mineral, and calling it a "rock," even in the context of cocktail ice, is geologically incorrect.

     * "In geology, rock or stone is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids."


     * A solid, inorganic substance with a regularly repeating crystalline structure is characteristic of minerals. Geology for the win! :o

* This is fancy as fuck!

* I watched this whole video... I'm 14 :\

     * Now you can make cool looking lemonade with clear ice and a citrus peel garnish ¯\(ツ)/¯

     *  I watched it and I have just been conceived by my parents

     * This is bout the age I started drinking...

* amazing stuff. how did you make a bourbon old fashioned with rittenhouse rye? LOL


* ice is transparent already. pointless video is pointless. if you can't seem to use your brain to make "clear ice" you don't have common sense.

* looks like an alcoholic trying to act sophisticated

* Everything in this video was great for making a high class cocktail and making the presentation perfect, but then I had to give it a thumbs down because at 4:55 he was drinking it WITHOUT putting his pinky out! No respectable 1%'er drinks anything without their pinky out! lol! jk I didn't give it a thumbs down but that was a pretty significant mistake at the end.

* I can never find fresh ice.  All the bars near me just use that frozen stuff.

     * That's why I began growing my own. I keep an ice garden in my freezer, you just need to make sure to water it.

     *  I'm terrible at gardening.  Maybe if I put my mind to it and ignored the frostbite I could eventually get some gangrene fingers

     * Or you'd at least have a gangrene thumb

 * Way too much work to get drunk.

I find the way you fondle the ice disturbing.

I thought this was going to be a song called "Clear Ice" by someone named Cocktail Chemistry.

[Apparently the comments never end. There's more of this same cynicism and delight.]

Friday, November 18, 2016

Haves a happy holiday wit me an' Olive!

Dr. Phil’s Shelley Duvall interview as cruel as feared
By Bryan Hood November 18, 2016 New York Post

It was every bit as grotesque as we feared.
Despite calls for a boycott, Friday’s episode of “Dr. Phil,” featuring a much-hyped interview with actress Shelley Duvall, aired as planned.
The star of “The Shining,” 67, who hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2002, struggled to string together more than a couple coherent words at a time, and bore little resemblance to the actress who appeared in a number of popular and critically acclaimed movies in the 1980s.
“I need to get the Bermuda Triangle off of me, because I do not want a hairy chest,” she said in one of her more lucid moments. “I’m not a Chia Pet.”

TV reporter fired after writing a post expressing relief Trump won.

Scarlett Fakhar said she was recently canned from her local news gig at Fox in Houston for posting last week that she was “happy and relieved” over Trump’s unexpected White House win.

Fakhar had said in the post, which has since been deleted, that Obama made the “entire county hate one another” and claimed God “had a hand” in the election. She also said she could “barely sleep from how happy and relieved she was” after Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

“Fox 26 Houston fired me today for expressing my conservative views on my private Facebook page,” Fakhar posted Thursday. “That is all I will say for you. But I want you to know how much your support has gotten me through this. God bless you all.”

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Extreme Vetting

Peter Thiel has created a secret database called the 'Plum List' to screen and 'fast-track' top talent who have shown loyalty to Trump - and come from OUTSIDE the Beltway

Insiders said the Plum List, which is being run outside of the official Trump transition, will serve as a central database to help wade through the thousands of incoming applications and identify key talent.

Sources said the list is being spearheaded by Thiel, who was appointed to a top spot on Trump's transition team last Friday.

Via Twitter. More at

Scotland considers legally enshrining the 'right to food'

It is one of a number of recommendations being looked at following the publication of a report by the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty earlier this year.
The group said that while enshrining the right would not in itself end food insecurity, it would mean the Government and other public bodies would have a duty to ensure everyone has secure access to adequate and affordable food.
“The Scottish Government would be prepared to be challenged legally on how well it is implementing policies and deploying resources towards this end, within the limits of its existing powers,” its report said.
Other measures recommended by the group and accepted by the Government include introducing a system to measure food security in Scotland, and calling on the UK Government to help reduce the risk of sanctions and benefit delays in the welfare system.
The charity Trussell Trust has reported a rise in the use of food banks in recent years, with problems with benefits identified as the most significant reason for the increase.
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"Girl, 14, who died of cancer cryogenically frozen after.."

"telling judge she wanted to be brought back to life 'in hundreds of years'"

The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked a High Court judge to intervene.

In a heartbreaking letter to the court, she said: “I don’t want to die but I know I am going to...I want to live longer...I want to have this chance.”

The girl, known as JS, asked Mr Justice Peter Jackson to rule that her mother, who supported her desire to be cryogenically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body.

More at this link : via Reddit 

Pop-up cards of the world's greatest architecture

I've had an email from Robert Sabuda in my inbox for over a week pointing to a new project seeking support on Indigogo here.

Sabuda collaborated with Chuck Fisher to create a means for producing pop-up cards of important buildings. Any building. You name it. You actually name it. You provide photos of the building and as much information as possible and they use their program and their laser cutters and their printers to to fashion a card for it. Even your own house, if you like. They look like this:

Now, anything this marvelous doesn't come cheap. Friends keep pushing me to sell mine. It's a thing, I think, probably not uniquely American, but certainly nearly universally American. Come along with any neat-o idea and your friends will urge you to try marketing it. It's in our genes.

"Why not?" They ask.

"Because I would charge $150.00 for this card that I'm giving you. That's why. And who's going to pay $150.00 for a silly pop-up card. Nobody. That's who."

"Oh. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha"

But theirs are not nearly that costly.

They offer several packages. Let's do some cost analysis.

* 6 cards for $75.00  ($12.50 each.) Not bad, actually. That much for a card. They're big cards.

* 2 cards for $25.00, Monticello and Highclere Castle. ($12.50 each, again.)

* 3 cards of your choice $35.00 ($11.66 ea.)

* 8 card for $115.00 ($14.35 ea. ) What?  Oh, one is a special edition. And you get your name on something. And a signed thank you pop-up.

And so on through various iterations of number of cards, type of binding, glory of having your name somewhere.

So that's the cost of them.

With that photograph, I sense how this is done. I'll show you. But first, look at their video. It's a very well done video. These guys are pros at pitching their product. I must say I'm impressed. I cannot display the video, apparently it's available only at Indigogo.

Come on, watch it. It's fun.

Because I want you to notice how the buildings are set on the diagonal at 45˚ smack on the centeral fold. And it needn't come to a point. One side or the other can be missing at the point, so long as there is a glue line, a hinge, at the opposite angle. So that the central fold and the two hinges form the shape of an arrow either pointing away from you or at you, that is, either forward or backward. Those are the only two variations possible with this grid approach.

I used it myself before for the shape of a chessboard, the pieces are characters from Tim Burton's interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. Here is the page for it. It turns out one of the more popular cards. The person who has the card doesn't know that, but you do.

When you watch the architecture video you'll see that all of the buildings are this same approach. The buildings are all cut out from a grid. That's how the 3-D computing can comport with pop-ups. They all use the same template. The Alice in Wonderland photo shows how only two sides have hinges at the bottom attached to the the card. Everything else is free while interlocked with itself. I can even take out the character pieces and place them elsewhere on the grid. You can play chess with the characters, and the card will still fold flatly. 

I think we all got our idea of this from the inserts that go into cases of wine. Pull one out sometime and play with it. It's an incredible invention created from necessity. A packager thought of this. The slats are not even glued. They have slots. The slots match up. Half the slots are inverted so the slots slip into each other. That is, a slotted slate slips into the slot of a corresponding slat. And incredibly the whole grid arrangement fold flatly. And that forces you to imagine that configuration of slotted slats inside a pop-up card instead of inside a case for wine. And that's what these guys are doing.

I'll show you. 

The case of wine is 4 X 3, and that's fine for things like buildings. You can extend beyond your hinged sides all you like, and you can cut away portions, and you can do things within the grid too, like make little roofs, if you want. 

Now, imagine the sides of a castle drawn on the outside of this box, with the top and edges trimmed to form crenelated parapets. And inside the grid cut and draw whatever is needed to produce a castle from this case of wine with its inserts.  

I wanted to show you this for a whole week. This gif is made just for you. 

Oh! Here is Chuck Fisher on YouTube. We see what the man looks like, and his other books. Hey! I have that Genesis book. I didn't know he's the guy who wrote it. You know what? I had two copies of that book so I gave one away to a religious woman and she told me later that she treasures it. I said it has too many words to suit me. She thinks it's beautiful and splendid and amazing. She likes her copy better than I like mine. She appreciates all the wordy-word words inside it more than I do. Actually, I have a couple of his books.

26 used from $1.98. What?  The Genesis book has 5 stars rating. People love that thing. 

Amazon is not helpful searching his name. Apparently Chuck Fisher does not have an Amazon author's page. I don't understand that. YouTube has more information than Amazon. 

So anyway, this how you do architecture in pop-ups. By taking the clue from cases of wine. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Back to Black, ASL, by alittleamber

First. And not exactly unrelated, yet another CEO goes back to black by traducing Trump and all his supporters, that's you, by means of standard Democrat bullshit. This time Bill Penzey Jr. of Penzey Spices responsibility went off the rails by the loss of his criminal candidate's run for presidency of United States.

Get over yourself, Jr. Like the rest of us get over your spices *snap* just like that.

Fuck Penzy Jr. and the spices he smelled in on. Man, I sure use a lot of spices too. Why just a few hours ago I used oregano, tarragon, cayenne, and nutmeg. They say if you don't use your spices within a year then you should throw them out, but my spices never last that long. I use a LOT. But not Penzy's. Dude, you just shot yourself in the foot by simplistically and malevolently mischaracterizing Trump and all his supporters, showing us all what an incredible partisan dope you are. For believing any of that crap. For mixing your personal politics with your family business. For your displaced sanctimony that makes you do stupid things. For not simply accepting the results of an election as grownups do. Apparently there's sufficient Democrat spice business to keep you separated and happy.

He doesn't deserve our time. But alittleamber does. She's quite good. Alittleamber, I like you. Can we be friends? Come on. Be a sport. I'll help you pin your hair.

*There are several ways to say "go." She says it like, "voop."
* "regret" is "sorry"
* she says the words "head" and "high" instead of pantomiming holding her head up.
* she says "back" "B + K" and this is standard. There is another way more graphic, a "B" being pushed back,
* she says "you go back to her" by including a signal for "join."
* "100" is a "C" for Roman Numerals

Denver, first snow

For some strange reason the sight of the snow caused an impulse to hop in my truck and drive somewhere. To walk out into it and do something, go somewhere. 

Then I looked out the window as I write this, within half an hour, and the snow is gone. All of it. 

That's Denver weather for you. Psych! No, you cannot build a snowman, no, you cannot skid around. 

Sunset Magazine wine offer

The offer is made by First Leaf through Sunset Magazine. And it seemed like a very good offer, but with a hook. These three bottles were only $15.00 and a membership that sends bottles thereafter at triple the cost, that is still a very good price when you like experimenting with wine. 

But I don't. 

Every time I drink a glass of wine the whole time I'm thinking, "I wish this were a Pepsi," but now that Pepsi is politicized in such a low class manner I've lost my taste for that. Poof. Gone. Just like that. 

This is for other people. For visitors. I hope it's okay. I have no way to know. I have wine in there that's languished for a decade. Sometimes I take out a bottle to use for cooking. 

That reminds me. One time I prepared a brine for Thanksgiving turkey. In a cleaned out utility bucket. I didn't have a cooler then so I kept adding ice through the day and lot at night. So it kept being diluted as it went. On impulse I dumped in a bottle of wine. Not the best way to go. Health inspectors would shut me down. And that turned out the most tender and moist turkey I ever produced. Baked it rapidly. It beat all of the turkeys my mother baked twice each year for holidays for decades using her slow roasting and constant basting method. When I cut a slice from the breast, as they show on t.v., the slice folded like paper and veritably melted in my mouth when I ate it. Total win. So then, I suggest doing that. Just pick any white wine, like this one here and dump into your bucket. 

Lemme look. 

Oh wait. I'm wrong. Sorry. That one was buttermilk. The wine one was great, truly great, because the wine facilitated carrying the flavors, but the buttermilk turkey was superb. The turkey wouldn't fit in the largest bowl so I used a towel soaked in buttermilk to drape it. It wasn't the prettiest thing when it baked, rather awkward, and there Mum's turkey beat mine for looks, but hers were dry and this buttermilk soaked turkey was the most moist in my whole family's history. My sister carries on with our mother's technique. And they are very good, no complaining, but this one was the most moist of all.

I used powdered buttermilk a bit diluted.

It was ugly

I guess I didn't wipe the buttermilk off enough. 

Maybe I didn't wipe it off at all. 

As for the wine offer through First Leaf, they seem like an upright company. I think they know that a lot of people will bite on the offer but not on the program thereafter. They were ready for people like me. They retuned a very considerate and professional email, perfectly worded tactfully, as if by a diplomat, just so, better than Hillary speaking to Children Defense and with the perfect tone. 

The wine came beautifully packaged to impress. The three bottles nested in pressed cardboard material as egg carton except for three bottles not eggs. With black classy cardboard panel to lift off from the top inner box, attractive, and with a very nice professional welcoming letter. 

I emailed them last night to cancel my account with no explanation and they responded this morning acknowledging the cancellation and graciously extending another offer for $10.00 off each shipment for the first year, and that is a very good offer. It really did force me to reconsider. I could stack up even more bottles, what the heck. Then cancel again after the year is up, unless I get hooked on wine by then.  I like these guys. They really worked me. They got me. I have to appreciate that.  

[Incidentally, I read three times a few weeks ago that the word "moist" is at the top of the list for most despised English words. I haven't a clue why. It seems 100% innocent to me while it bugs the crap out of other people. Nobody explained why.]

Another great suggestion for Trump's cabinet!

Trump considers top charter school advocate for cabinet position 

New York Post By Daniel Halper and Marisa Schultz November 16, 2016 

New York City’s energetic charter school executive, Eva Moskowitz, met Wednesday with Donald Trump, as the president-elect moves to fill high-level government positions that include secretary of education.
Moskowitz is considered one of the contenders to oversee the nation’s schools.
Others include former DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Rep. Luke Messer (R-Indiana) and former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett.
Trump is a supporter of school choice and has proposed a $20 billion block grant for states to provide more choices to 11 million students living in poverty.
Rudy Giuliani, a senior Trump adviser, predicted over the weekend that the president-elect would be “the best thing that ever happened for school choice and the charter school movement.”
(Eva Moskowitz is a very intelligent and forceful advocate for charter schools and children getting an education. She has no use for the teachers unions or the politically correct bullshit you get from the education establishment. She would be the perfect person to oversee the dismantling of  the education department and the turning over of funds to the states to use for vouchers to gut the teachers unions and the rat hole of public education. This is going to make the media lose it's shit because of her record. Plus how could Trump appoint this Jewish Lady when he is such an anti-semite. Didn't Steve Bannon guarantee that no Jews will be in the administration?)

Take a breath......The God Emperor just got started.

bagoh20 said...
What happened to burning it down? Draining the swamp?
In stead we get deal making, pragmatism, and all the same old excuses we got from the lame ass ones already there.
They have all three branches now, and the very first thing they do is start cuck, cuck, cucking.
What a bunch of pussy ass bullshit. I understand pragmatism, and reality, but what was all that posing and tough talk about for the last year. All it did was alienate a bunch of people for nothing.
"Trumps supporters won't cut and run like the cucks and the Vichy Republicans do at every turn."
They won't have to run. They just accept it like a good cuck.
Trump caved on Obamacare instantly because Obama talked to him. Trump is tough on people who cross him, but Obama realized right away that all you have to do is kiss his ass a little and you can get whatever you want from him. He's a pushover like that. Now Obama and all the Repubs, and even foreign leaders are doing it. They will be all nice to him and treat him with respect, call him "daddy", and then get him to do exactly what THEY want in return.
You can't drain a swamp without getting rid of the stagnant water. Unless you seriously shrink the size of the government, you are not gonna change anything or fix what ails us. Just a few different people sucking up tax dollars, directing them to different friends, buying new houses in the Hamptons and giving us nothing back. You think these people are looking out for you? Do they know you? Do you have business with the government? They already got what they needed from you. They say "thanks, we'll get back to you again in four years."
I expect more - a lot more. He promised it. You Trumpers promised it, and now you're folding like kids handed candy to stop a tantrum.November 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM
All lobbyists have been cut from Trump's transition team
By Mark Abadi UK Business Insider

Vice President-elect Mike Pence has ordered the removal of all lobbyists from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team,The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday night.
The action was among Pence's first since formally taking over the team's lead role. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was abruptly dismissed from the post last week.
Critics had excoriated Trump for including lobbyists, Washington insiders, and Republican Party veterans among his team, saying it contradicted the antiestablishment message that defined his campaign.
Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said Americans "do not want corporate executives to be the ones who are calling the shots in Washington.
"What Donald Trump is doing is that he's putting together a transition team that's full of lobbyists — the kind of people he actually ran against," she said.

Lisa Benson cartoon

Study: Most people would rather have Wi-Fi than sex, chocolate or alcohol

"Wi-Fi is not only the most popular method of internet connectivity, it has surpassed many other human luxuries and necessities," said Pat Hume, Chief Commercial Officer at iPass. "The idea that Wi-Fi would be considered more important than sex, alcohol and chocolate would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. For some time now, the internet has appeared on the bottom line of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, almost as a longstanding joke in geek culture. Recently, the idea has gone mainstream."

The reason behind Wi-Fi's growing favour, it seems, is the impact it has had on our daily lives. Apparently, unlike sex, sweets and booze, the proliferation of internet connectivityseems to have had a largely positive effect, with three-quarters of respondents saying Wi-Fi had improved their quality of life.

Via Drudge: