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| Saturday, January 29 2011 |

Dear Hollywood,

Is it really too much to ask that when next you crank out a somewhat watchable action or war film, that Our Hero just pulls the frakin' blasting caps out of the blocks of explosives featured in the Big Scary Bomb?

It really doesn't matter how big, complicated or secured with padlocks that take about 15 seconds longer to cut than a given timer will allow a bomb is secured with. Pull the caps, and you have a bunch of firecrackers and some otherwise stable blocks of explosive.

Is it really that difficult?

posted by Mr. Lion @ 22:49 EST | comments (0)

| Friday, January 28 2011 |

Uh.. so we're clear.

This is Reagan:

So many delight in downgrading everything American when there is so much in our land to be proud of. We don't occupy any countries. We build no walls to keep our people in. But we provide more food assistance around the globe than all the other nations combined. And no other nation works harder -- or, I might add, more effectively -- than the United States to end bloodshed and suffering and bring about lasting peace in troubled areas like the Middle East.

Yes, we face awesome problems. But we can be proud of the red, white, and blue, and believe in her mission. In a world wracked by hatred, economic crisis, and political tension, America remains mankind's best hope. The eyes of mankind are on us, counting on us to protect the peace, promote new prosperity, and provide for them a better world. And all this we can do if we remember the great gifts of our Revolution: that we are one Nation under God, believing in liberty and justice for all.

This is not:
Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn't always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you'd have a job for life, with a decent paycheck and good benefits and the occasional promotion. Maybe you'd even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I've seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts on once busy Main Streets. I've heard it in the frustrations of Americans who've seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear -- proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

Yeah, and exactly who is responsible for the policies that shuttered those factories and emptied those storefronts?

Nice try, media. Nice try, speech writers. But no.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 13:17 EST | comments (0)

| Thursday, January 27 2011 |

Forward thinking.

There's a lot to be said for Utah.

As most of Utah's school kids hopefully know, the state's cooking pot is the Dutch oven, its state fish is the Bonneville Cutthroat trout and the state song is called, "Utah, This is the Place." Now, they may soon have to add a semiautomatic hand gun, the Browning M1911, to their homework on state symbols.

In one of the most controversial state symbol designations since Alabama in 2006 attempted to name the peach the state fruit (amid protests from its neighbor Georgia, the Peach State), the Utah House voted on Wednesday to honor Utah-born John Browning, the M1911's inventor, by naming the semiautomatic hand gun America's first state gun.

Well, some people get it.

The usual suspects, not so much.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 12:33 EST | comments (0)

| Friday, January 21 2011 |

Ferrari nukes the fridge.

I would not have thought it possible for someone to eclipse the Porsche Panamera and take the title of ugliest supercar in the world, but Ferrari has managed it, with this monstrosity, which is as ridiculous as building a web site that resizes your browser window in 2011.

Yes, it's the all-new Ferrari station wagon. With four wheel drive, flappy paddles, and as this is a 612 "replacement", a price tag in the mid-to-high $300,000 range.

Just. Damn.

Now, I've been a Ferrari fan since I was a youngster in the era of Senna tearing up the F1 circuits. I loved Senna, but it always annoyed me that he wasn't in the best car. The one with the soul, the passion, and all of the other italian-esque verbage people throw about these days like they mean nothing.

As such, it was a Testarossa on my wall, and not a Countach. When I'd busted my tail hard enough, it was a 308 in my garage, and later a 355. At this point I've driven just about everything the company has ever made, from a 250 Testarossa (the closest I've ever come to a religious experience) to the F-supercars, to the newest road cars. I've also worked on dozens of the things, which ranges from a joy to a blood-curtling all out mechanical war against italian engineering.

Ferrari, for me, started to lose the plot with the melted soap look of the 360. Then they lost it some more with the incessant drive towards flappy paddles and driver aids, sold under the guise of being "Formula One Technology", but really being there to allow the glitterati to drive the things without actually learning how.

Slowly but surely, Ferrari has bled off the passion, toned down the soul, and washed the rest through an increasing number of design checkboxes. The result of that, ultimately, that every car they make these days is worse than the last. Faster, sure. More reliable, usually. But little more than a Nissan GT-R grade video game experience, as is the case with the 458.

With that said, I've never turned down the chance to drive a new one. They were, after all, a Ferrari.

With this rolling garbage can, however, I have to say that has changed. I have absolutely zero interest in driving one of these things. In fact, as is the case with the Pamamera, I hope I never even see one on the road, so I won't have to avert my eyes from its Pontiac Aztek grade ugliness.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 14:38 EST | comments (0)

| Wednesday, January 19 2011 |

You stay classy, Democrats.

Oppose Obamacare? Well, then you must be a Nazi, according to Steve Cohen (D[umbass]-TN).

"The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it and you have the Holocaust," Rep. Cohen said.

Why, the similarities are amazing!

Just not in the way this idiot seems to think.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 15:23 EST | comments (0)

| Tuesday, January 11 2011 |

At long last.

Finally Apple has cultivated a clue in the iPhone radio department, and in less than a month, the iPhone comes to Verizon.

Apple put me off of the iPhone by launching it with a GSM radio. I bought one, used it for a few weeks, and then it sat on my desk until I gave the thing away. Oh, sure, it had the best interface of any smartphone (still does), and has a bajillion cool little apps, certainly the best form factor, the best browser, and a litany of other reasons to use one.

But I need data speed. Gobbs and gobbs of it, with a usable SSH application, and on a network that has somewhat more coverage than a 802.11 router thrown in a ditch every hundred miles. And so I kept my Blackberry, with its litany of horrid browsers, stupid interface, and buggy OS simply because it's the only thing that did web-and-terminal stuff on a network that didn't suck.

Well, happy day, now I can forever be rid of that stupid trackball. Cake, the eating has been scheduled.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 13:26 EST | comments (0)

| Monday, January 10 2011 |

Oh, fuck you.

You useless, hand-wringing, nanny statist bitch.

One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday.

McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train.

“My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.


Many said that people with a history of mental instability, like the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition used by the 22-year-old assailant.

Giffords hasn't been in the hospital 48 hours, and already the "don't let a good crisis go to waste" bullshit gets dribbled out of the idiot pot.

Here's a news flash, you ignorant, blithering idiot of a knee-jerk anti-constitutionalist twit: Jared Loughner, the unstable, reprehensible scum that he is, had a criminal background prior to shooting Giffords. And yet, he somehow passed a NICS check, with a history one would call somewhat less than rational.

So here's a wild and crazy idea-- enforce the freakin' laws we have already that are supposed to, somehow, prevent this sort of thing?

Not that said laws would stop one from illegally purchasing a firearm, which this freak may well have done. Amazingly enough, criminals and deranged neo-communist idiots like Loughner generally don't care much about said laws, namely as they are criminals who break the fucking law.

And, stockpiles of ammunition? He used less than half a box in his brief spree of infamy, which most sane people would recognize as something less than a "stockpile"-- at least, should they have at least half an ounce of understanding of the subject at hand.

God damn. Fortunately, this idiotic legislation will rot, whatever the hell it is, but that, unfortunately, won't stop these completely ignorant fools from trying to circumvent the Constitution they swore to protect.

UPDATE: You stay classy, Democrats.
An extreme, left-wing Democrat group calling itself 21st Century Democrats has had the gall to send out an email blast using as a fundraising tool Saturday’s criminal shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.

UPDATE: It's now being reported that Loughner evidently did pass a NICS check. Good job, FBI.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 00:45 EST | comments (0)

| Saturday, January 8 2011 |

Dear SourceForge,

Your project-level support forums are the biggest load of shit I have ever seen in my fifteen plus years of web development.

Search results linking to single posts instead of threads? Retarded.

Searching from search results returning some kind of zero response white page of death? Amateur night.

Seriously, you've been working on this garbage can of a project management tool for how many decades, and you can't make a frappin forum work?

I would love to bash VA Linux Software SourceForge... whoever the hell owns this mess now, but, damn. The parody of how this garbage "works" is apt ridicule enough.
posted by Mr. Lion @ 00:32 EST | comments (0)

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