Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nothing To See Here

I used to be bit more of optimist with respect to global climate change, seeing at as more disruptive and expensive than necessarily catastrophic. Welp..
In just two years, 2009 and 2010, sea levels along the Atlantic coast north of New York City jumped up by more than 5 inches, according to a paper published this week in the journal Nature Communications. That might not seem like much on its own, but consider that, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global sea levels are rising at a rate of less than a half an inch each year, and that’s causing all sorts of havoc.

By catastrophic I mean extreme weather events or disruptive change that happens so fast that adaption in the short run is essentially impossible at any price.

Bomb Trains

We get a lot of these rolling through Philly every day. If something bad were to happen, it would be, well, bad.

Stadium Nightmares

The best thing you can say about this is that probably won't happen.

Yeah, It's Saturday!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Night

Rock on.

Rise Of The Nerds

Various people have been making this point in various ways, but once upon a time nerd stuff - like Star Trek - was for nerds. Admitting you liked that stuff was begging for a wedgie. Even video games were, for a long time, nerd stuff. Now basically everything is nerd stuff, and we even understand that sports fandom is actually just a different kind of nerd stuff. Those football jerseys are just cosplay of another kind.

I'd guess the X-Files started making it cool, or at least not totally uncool, to like nerd stuff.


Haven't had a major bank failure (that I noticed) in awhile.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $748.9 million. Compared to other alternatives, Banco Popular's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF.


RIP Leonard Nimoy.

Lunch Thread


Nowhere To Go

Just where are The Kids Today supposed to hang out?

Larger Than Life

I haven't seen Birdman, but agree that all the 'oh no all the superhero movies what about Real Cinema' stuff is a bit weird. Literature, broadly defined, hasn't exactly shied away from fantastic tales throughout the ages.

I don't know about the mechanics of acting in one of these movies. Maybe all the stunt doubles and effects and green screen acting makes it a bit less fun. But who wouldn't want to play a wizard or a guy who can fly?

And the great thing about the contemporary age is that actors are much less likely to get stuck in those roles. Star Trek actors had a hard time finding more work. Christopher Reeve didn't have a great post-Superman career. Harrison Ford managed to break out of it, but that was kind of surprising at the time. Now you can play Gandalf and Magneto and still go on to do other things.

The Weekly Frontrunner

I'm reminded of the last GOP primary season, when it seemed like every single candidate had their brief moment in the sun, suddenly surging in the polls to become the frontrunner, only to do or say something stupid and then open the door for the next person.

I think it's time for Trump.

Morning Thread

Everybody always talks about the weather, but nobody is willing to do anything about it.

For instance, Senator Inhofe threw a a snowball on the Senate floor to prove that there is no global warming. He chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee.

It really is too early to start drinking.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Late NIght Thread

Evening Thread

Out for the night. On your own!

Afternoon Thread

Rock on.

The Purpose Of Drive-Thrus

I never knew.

What's The Frequency

Net neutrality is one of those issues abobut which I really can't tell if people are stupid or lying. I mean, I know some are lying. I did a net neutrality panel once and the lobbyist who was also on the panel was, you know, lying. And paid to lie. But random conservatives who aren't in on the grift seem to be opposed to net neutrality because arglebargle.