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Babe vs. Babe

well gang, it’s about that time again… should be a beautifoo weekend, so definitely want to take advantage of it… but before i bounce out of here, here’s another quickie — left or right?

** don’t be douchebag, make a choice.

have a great weekend, mang!

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Appleseed: Alpha

feels like it’s been kind of a geeky sorta day, maybe because i keep seeing/reading stuff from comic-con… anywho, i’m a little excited to sit down and watch the lastest Appleseed, which according to amazon should be on my front porch this afternoon.

i know not everybody is into it, but i’ve been a fan for quite awhile now… that, and i’m digging the new ghost in the shell: arise, though i’ve only got the first two episodes on amazon video… really wish they’d just release the whole thing at once, instead of dribble’n out the episodes like once a year (ugh) — loving the reboot, though.

anybody else into amime? any suggestions?

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Random Sexiness

feels like it’s been awhile since i posted one of these, so here we go… a few random shots that caught my eye at some point during the week.

#sexybitches

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Halo: Nightfall

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Halo: Nightfall,’ set to blast off despite Xbox Entertainment Studios closure

i was wondering if the online Halo tv show was still coming, after hearing that microsoft was shutting down the Xbox entertainment devision — but thankfully, the Halo show is still a go… niiiiiice, looking forward to firing up the XB1 and tuning in when it comes out.

on a sidenote:
the next halo game is “Halo 5: Guardians”… the good guys in bungie’s latest game, Destiny, are “guardians”… and the movie i’m most looking forward to at the moment is “Guardians of the Galaxy”

lots of guardians going on of late.

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Nuclear Fusor

Nuclear Fusor: Build yourself a star in a jar.

Nuclear fusion is the process of squeezing two atoms together so tightly that their nuclei fuse, creating a heavier atom and releasing a blast of energy. Fusion creates the inferno inside the sun — and the hydrogen bomb — but no one has yet harnessed its enormous power for peaceful uses.

They’ve tried, however, often with skepticism. In 1989, physicists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced they’d achieved “cold fusion” of hydrogen into helium at room temperature, only to face withering scorn when others failed to replicate their results.

Luckily, DIY nuclear engineers can achieve honest-to-goodness “hot fusion” right at home by making a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusion reactor, or fusor for short.

now this would make for a cool hackathon project!

(hat tip: paul)

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George Patton’s Summer of 1944

George Patton’s Summer of 1944

Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.

Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers — and his German enemies — considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation. But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth, both were ill and at least one was suffering from malaria.

Public outrage eventually followed the shameful incidents. As a result, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to put Patton on ice for eleven key months.
Tragically, Patton’s irreplaceable talents would be lost to the Allies in the soon-to-be-stagnant Italian campaign. He also played no real role in the planning of the Normandy campaign. Instead, his former subordinate, the more stable but far less gifted Omar Bradley, assumed direct command under Eisenhower of American armies in France.

In early 1944, a mythical Patton army was used as a deception to fool the Germans into thinking that “Army Group Patton” might still make another major landing at Calais. The Germans apparently found it incomprehensible that the Americans would bench their most audacious general at the very moment when his audacity was most needed. Continue…

these are the types of posts from victor hanson that i’ve come to really dig… i love it when he puts on his historian hat and drops some history on us — good stuff over a hot cup of morning coffee on a sunny friday morning.

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The Vacant Presidency

The Vacant Presidency — The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green.

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising, and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s proxies’ shooting down a civilian airliner — are in doubt.

The preferred explanation for the president’s detachment is psychological. He’s checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal.

Perhaps. But I’d propose an alternate theory that gives him more credit: Obama’s passivity stems from an idea. When Obama says Putin has placed himself on the wrong side of history in Ukraine, he actually believes it. He disdains realpolitik because he believes that, in the end, such primitive 19th-century notions as conquest are self-defeating. History sees to their defeat.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” is one of Obama’s favorite sayings. Ultimately, injustice and aggression don’t pay. The Soviets saw their 20th-century empire dissolve. More proximally, U.S. gains in Iraq and Afghanistan were, in time, liquidated. Ozymandias lies forever buried and forgotten in desert sands.

it sure does seem like he’s kind of checked-out, or even semi-retired, at this point… it sure does seem like whenever the shit hits the fan, he’s either playing gold or at another fund-raiser — benghazi? he goes to a fund-raiser in vegas… russia invades and takes crimea? fundraiser… 60,000 underage illegals crossing the border? nope, he still goes out fundraising… ukraine? an al-quaeda army raising hell in iraq? fundraising.

it’s pretty unreal.

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Netflix In A Box

This Box Can Hold an Entire Netflix

You’ve probably heard about Netflix peering issues recently, the pissing contest between Netflix and ISPs arguing over who should pay who for what, with us poor binge-watchers caught in the crossfire. But at the heart of all the arguments is mundane yet spectacular piece of hardware. An unassuming box that holds approximately one (1) Netflix.

What’s in the box??!?!

Each one of Netflix’s Open Connect Appliances (OCAs) is basically a badass connected hard drive. But we’re not talking in GBs of storage here. No, OCAs are measured in TB. The most basic unit, known as a Rev. A, is a 100TB device.

How much storage is that in practical terms? According to Netflix, HD video streams use 3GB of data per hour, so if you do a little math you’ll find that a 100TB device holds some 34,133 hours of HD video. That’s 1,422 days, or 203 weeks or just under four years of HD video. And for all that, it’s a mere 7″ x 17″ x 23″, about the size of an old-school PC tower, and weighs just 100 pounds. Heavy, sure, but liftable. It’s hard to lift four years of video; go figure.

it’s cool to get a behind-the-scenes look at the hardware running Netflix… it still almost boggles my mind just how much traffic netflix sucks down on average, and it’s only going up.

p.s. why we need “real” broadband, damnit!

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Sad-Eyed Kitten

This sad-eyed kitten would like a word with you…

i’m not really into the whole cat thing that sometimes seems to have taken over the internet at times… i remember somebody once saying it was 90% porn, 6% cats, and 4% for everything else — or something like that.

anywho, felt the sudden compulsion to post this pic.

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My First Porn?

#Love: My First Experience With Internet Porn

Pornographic media has existed since the dawn of time, but it has never been as widely available and accessible as it is today. That’s largely due to the internet, which provides a launch pad for our curiosity no matter the topic. But with sex, a topic relatively more private and intimate, the internet can serve as an important resource for sexual exploration, understanding, and yes, enjoyment.

That said, we collected seven peoples’ stories from all walks of life about their first experience with porn on the internet. Some are funny, some will horrify, and some are oddly nostalgic.

Austin

Oh, I downloaded so much porn on Napster. Gay porn. Straight porn. Just, so much porn. I probably started looking for it when I was 13 or 14, using the family computer in the office next to my parents’ bedroom. I would search for stuff, download it, and then delete everything from the computer. I would sometimes re-download the stuff I liked, and search for other stuff, too. Continue…

kinda funny to read through some people’s first impressions or experience with online porn… got me thinking, or trying to remember my very first online porn, and i can’t remember it for the life of me — i do remember trying to load a seemingly huge JPG of some playbody chick on a 1400 baud modem and waiting… waiting… waiting… forever before it loaded enough to actually show her tits.

oh man, those were the days.

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Simon Cowell Declared Gay in UK

Simon Cowell Declared Gay in Court

A music manager in British X-Factor Judge Tulisa Contostavlos’ drug trial was heard on an audiotape played in court saying that Simon Cowell was gay. It had nothing at all to do with the drug trial, but the judge allowed it to be heard so the media could freak the fuck out. The music manager quickly came out and admitted he was lying on the audiotape to impress his cohort, but that has not stopped people from speculating on Cowell’s sexuality since it’s very difficult to distinguish if British men are gay or merely British. In America straight guys spill barbecue sauce on their football jerseys and bitch about not getting blown. In England, straight guys dress snappy and talk about art and culture and then blow each other.

Since Cowell’s main project over the past twelve months was fucking around with his married friend’s wife then knocking her up and taking her away from him, he’s either gloriously heterosexual or the cruelest gay dude ever. I know, I can’t make up my mind yet either.

the last i remember hearing anything about this guy was that he finally knocked up some chick and was having a kid, which for some reason was all over the internet for a whole day (like, omg)… but seriously, who cares or is surprised anymore? gay or straight, whatever… it’s boring and nobody really gives a shit anymore.

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One Windows To Rule Them All

Microsoft will merge separate versions of Windows into one unified operating system

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings call today, Nadella told analysts Microsoft will “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system.”

Describing the implications of the change, Nadella said “this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes.”

Previously, under the management of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft had multiple teams producing different versions of Windows working separately from each other. “Now,” Nadella said, “we have one team with a common architecture.” The Microsoft boss didn’t clarify exactly how Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox will be unified, but noted the benefit for users and developers — while Microsoft will still sell different editions of Windows, the new unified platform will allow the creation of universal Windows apps that work across all devices running the OS.

great in concept, and they’ve definitely been moving in this direction for quite awhile now (Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox One), but it really has always been easier to preach… actually doing it, and doing it well is another thing.

curious to see how it shakes out, though.

OS X Yosemite to Launch in Late October, 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K Desktop in the Works

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