Bits & Pieces (Friday Night Open Mic)

DNA Nanorobots can deliver a cancer-destroying payload to take the fight to leukemia. Yay, technology!

How was it that bad ass bounty hunter Boba Fett could be killed accidentally by a blind Han Solo? Finally, the truth can be told.



You can’t make this shit up: $6 Trillion in Fake U.S. Bonds Seized in Mafia Probe Were Part of a Plan to Buy Plutonium.

Oh, Obama. I want to keep liking you, but you make it so hard. Among the many campaign promises President Obama has largely broken, his promise to leave medical marijuana legalization to the states (where it ought to be, IMHO) has come to naught.

I may have mentioned, I am an on and off writer of various fictions (mainly off), but here’s one I wrote that I like: “Rain on Mars“. How can it rain on Mars? Read it and see!

I’m in the process of sporadically writing a fantasy novel that apparently engages in every fantasy cliche every committed by aspiring unpublished writers of fantasy novels. “Black Apple” is a short story I wrote in 1990 set in the same fantasy world, and featuring one of the characters. Not that you care, but I’m short on other stuff right now. As regards to writing a fantasy novel, that is nothing but tired fantasy cliches and a collection of the common pitfalls of such writing (too slow to start, too many locations, heavy on explanatory dialog, etc) . . . well, it’s mostly for my own edification, anyway. So there.

That’s it for me. See you next week! — KW

Bits & Pieces (Wednesday Night Open Mic)

The Rev. Manning advised Ron Paul to whip Obama’s behind with the Constitution. Or did, can’t link to it now because his YouTube account has been suspended and he’s under a federal investigation for being a birther. How come this happens to him, but not Donald Trump, eh? Well, here’s a clip from one of Rev. Manning’s interesting rants now set to music. Jammin’!

Also from World Net Daily, John Stossel explains that when politicians talk about “cutting” spending, that word does not mean what they think it means.

Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics tackles the long history of negative campaigning. I cannot recommend his podcast enough. He asserts that early newspapers were essentially the blogs of the day, and also tackles the economics of the emancipation of the slaves.

4 Things Star Wars Fans Need to Accept About George Lucas.

Whose a scruffy lookin' Nerf Herder now, your highness?

Media Matters wanted to hire gumshoes to dig up dirt on the employees of Fox News in order to “discredit” them. That such a strategy might backfire, and make their side look like the bad guys while not impacting Fox’s viewership a jot or a tittle apparently never occurred to them.

That’s it for me! — KW

Bits & Pieces (Tues. Evening Open Thread)

Admiral Ackbar Cereal: Your taste buds can’t repel flavor of this magnitude!

QB: You can do real dashes by dropping into HTML and typing — where you want the m-dash to appear. See below.

I also occasionally do music. If you can’t come up with something better to do, then you have to listen to it. Tonight’s selection: I Love You. Although I did it in 2008, the vocal samples are from 1990 or before, and it has a background (it’s like a prequel to I Hate You, a similar-ish song I did at least 3 versions of back in the late 1980s). While I included the link to I Hate You, I might mention that it’s at least 3 minutes too long, and that, perhaps, is charitable.

For the fellas: remembering Bettie Page.

Do you like Daryll Hall and John Oates? Well, I can’t stop listening to this. The Bird and the Bee did a whole album of covers of Hall & Oates. Brilliant! I’m listening on Spotify, rather than YouTube, but . . . worth listening to, if you like your Hall and Oates.

Some people are cynical about the future of Social Security because of the Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment. Well, that’s one reason to be, I guess. — KW

Our fancy dancy new FAQ page is now up and operational. Thanks to all for looking it over and adding to/editting it!
Fairlington Blade, if you show up, I need you to go take a look at it; I need some input from you specifically still. Thanks!

— — Michigoose (OK, Kevin, could you check the HTML and tell me what I did wrong there?)(Nope, still having the same problem. May be the different browsers issue [although shouldn’t HTML code be HTML code no matter what?][and where your mdash is inserted I don’t see the code. Hmmmmmmmmm])

[It apparently converts the code, so I guess you can just copy and paste an M-Dash if you want to, or type one . . . alt 0151 on the PC, option-shift dash on the Mac. Typing format for HTML entities includes the semi-colon: “—” or “–” or “©” (that’s a © symbol) and so on . . . Here’s a list! —KW]

[Yo-ho!! Got it that time! Michi]

Okie, a link to your video (how it would be formatted when writing it in a comment):

<a href=””&gt;This is a tear-jerking video, why am I trying to make people cry before work, I should be ashamed of myself</a>

 Like that. Start with a <a href=”link”>Put something in the middle, then end it with a </a> . . .

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