Thursday, December 29, 2016

A torch

The Times writes, somehow with a straight face
This particular norm is of paramount importance because the court’s institutional legitimacy depends on its perceived separation from the elected branches — a fragile concept in the best of times. By tying the latest appointment directly to the outcome of the election, Mr. McConnell and his allies took a torch to that idea — an outrageous gambit that, to nearly everyone’s shock, has paid off.
I don't know of one person who imagines, after what's gone on in the past decade, that the judicial branch of the government is anything more than another tool for the exercise of power.

And F D R took a torch to that idea a long long time ago.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Want to help back up the internet?

Run Archive Team Warrior! Just requires some bandwidth and Virtual Box. I'm always afraid of forgetting everything, so this is great. Also read A Canticle for Liebowitz and The Name of the Rose while running it for optimal gains.


Achewood comes to a second end!

Alas. But apparently I've missed a story in the blogs?


Monday, December 19, 2016

Vintage Raymond Chen

Signs your project is doomed. Remembering to use Alt-Esc to switch windows.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Win16 game emulator!

Now this is pretty neat.
A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my partner Jen’s PC to 64-bit Windows. It all was going well until she went to play some Windows 3 card games that she enjoys when we realized that 16-bit programs don’t work on Windows x64.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dubious roundup!

Historical House says things as the Curia can't even. In Light of the Law says things but more legally.
While other contenders for an over-reaction prize can be suggested, here I consider the speculations voiced by the Dean of the Roman Rota, Msgr. Pio Pinto, namely, that Pope Francis might strip the four cardinals of their cardinatial dignity. Setting aside how inappropriate it is for one of the Church’s highest judicial officers to speculate publicly on the possible legal liability of and canonical consequences against bishops as yet uncharged with any crime, let’s review a pope’s canonical authority over prelates holding the office of cardinal.


Monday, September 19, 2016

"Progress" in the geek space

And for that matter, in the grand scheme of things I don’t even have it that badly. I know really awkward, unpleasant-to-be-around people for whom, say, 4chan-type spaces online are their only social outlet. They are marginally employed and have little to no money. Many of them still live with their parents while pushing 30. They’ve set down a shitty path in life, and they have little hope of ever leaving it. These social spaces are their only treats in life.
Or, what happens when reformers try to exclude people from their own social spaces.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Government ordering people to start new lines of business

The Church of Anti-Discrimination, most confident of sects, will settle for nothing short of full establishment: under a California court settlement,, which bills itself as the largest online Christian dating site, has agreed to establish search options for men seeking men and women seeking women.
Insane. As the article points out, that means that gay dating sites also have to cater to straight couples now . . . I wonder if JDate allows goyim?


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