Monthly Archives: June 2014

What I Learned From The Lego Movie

1.  Everything is awesome.

2.  Trust your instincts, unless your instincts are stupid.

3.  Due to #1, if the only thing stuck in your head is a song from Frozen, CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY!

4.  Double-decker couches are deceptively useful.

5.  Lego Batman is not as adept at music as his DCAU counterpart. (Nor does he benefit from auto-tune like in Brave and Bold)

6.  Lego Batman is a Jerk.

7.  Don’t miss the heart of your child.

8.  The dad was probably frustrated with a lack of control in the workplace and his very livelihood being threatened by senseless choices made by others.  The Lego area of the basement was probably the one area in his life where he had a sense of control.  That said, see #7.

9.  Missing pants = comedy gold.

10.  Everything is awesome.

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Barking About Broken Windows

     It’s summer.  And year after year the same problem persists.  Irresponsible morons leave children and/or animals trapped in a hot car.
     We hear the horror stories on the news all the time.  Yet people seem to rationalize this stupidity with “Oh, it’s hot, but not THAT hot out.” or “I’ll just be a minute.” If it’s 70° F out, it’s over 100° F inside your car even with the windows cracked.  If it’s hot at all, it’s too hot.  Also, “just a minute” is enoughtime to cause heatstroke.
     A living organism in a hot car is in danger.  These situations are life-and-death emergencies.  Removing the victim from clear and present danger should be protected.  Why, then, am I reading about countless instances where the police WON’T break the window or in some cases, the good Samaritan is arrested and charged with property damage for breaking the window?  I’m not even talking about people who abuse that option as a first resort!  Take for example, this guy.  He looked for the owner and had them paged in the store.  He called the police for help.  When neither the owner could be found nor did help arrive for HALF AN HOUR, then and only then did he break the window.  He is now in jail.  WHAT!?  He saved a neglected dog from a cruel fate, saving its life and alleviating suffering, and now he is facing charges.
     The seriousness of this situation MUST fit the doctrine of “that which is necessary is legal”, right?  It should be protected by good Samaritan laws.  Whether it is or not, it is a clear case of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.  Deal with the emergency, then face the consequences.  Mere minutes can cause irreparable harm.
  To this end, if I come across your car, and a child/baby/animal/other living being unable to escape your car is shut inside on a hot day, I will act in the following manner:

1.  I will try the door. – If unlocked, problem solved.

2. I will record your tags. – snap a pic, take video, write it down, whatever works.

3.  I will attempt to locate you by reasonable and timely means. – You’d better respond by opening that car.  Anything else moves me to the next step.

4.  I will call the police. – If I get here, you’re already going down for negligence, abuse, cruelty, and any other applicable charges.

5.  I will open that sauna-of-death you call a car by any available and effective means should help from step 4 not arrive in a timely manner. – Fron jimmying the blockb with a hanger to smashing the window, I will go by WHATEVER works.

6.  Deal with the consequences. – If I get this far, Inhave deemed the situation worth doing time for.  I do NOT mess around with innocent lives.  This post is the only warning.  Deal with it

    What would you do?

Update Lack And Thanks.

Today, you are probably reading this while I am working.  I will be working from 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and going to a 3:30 p.m. doctor’s appointment.  It is 40 minutes after I should have gone to bed as I’m typing this.  So no time for a real post.

I am looking forward to one thing.  I won a ton of shirts from Geek Outlaw that should await me when I get home.

 

Will post later.

Podcast Playlist

Didn’t want to leave you all hanging, but I’m looking at a very hairy work week.  So I thought I’d just give you a rundown of the podcasts I listen to.

1.  The Reformed Pubcast. – My theology is more in line with the Churches of God General Conference.  The guys at the Reformed Pubcast are Reformed Baptist.  Minor theological differences aside, these guys have everything.  Beer, theology, and general geekery.  Check them out!

2.  The Arkham Sessions. – A two-host podcast that breaks down every character and episode from Batman: The Animated Series from a psychological perspective.  One of the host is actually a licensed and practicing psychologist.  A must for any Batman fan.

3.  Comics Therapy. – All analysis, no reviews.  An unusual approach to comics.

4.  The Nerdist. – Chris Hardwick interviews just about everybody you’d want.

5.  The Nerdist Writer’s Panel. – Advice for writers, from writers.

6.  Geeks With Wives. – The rotation of hosts no longer is reflected in the name.  They are all still geeks from different interests, but not all of them are married and they now have women hosts.  Every topic is covered.

7.  Stuff You Should Know. – ‘Nuff said.

8.  Freakonomics Radio. – Economics made easy and fun.

9.  Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. – Less of a podcast and more of and audio textbook, you learn things about the English language.

10.  I Should be Writing. – See above.

11.  Stuff to Blow Your Mind. – A collection of interesting facts that you always wondered about.

 

All of these are on my Podcast Addict playlist.  What do you listen to?  Tell me in the comments!

Science Fiction Dreaming

     If you paid attention to any science, science fiction, or technology blog last week, you know that the design of the Alcubierre Drive has been tweaked into feasibility.  This means that there could be one day be interstellar ships that fold space.  I would love to captain one of those.  I’m not thinking Star Trek and alien contact, I’m thinking manned exploration and colonization of other planets outside of our solar system.  People talk Alpha Centuri, I think Zarmina in the Gilese system and its neighbor.
     Imagine leaving politics of earth behind and dealing with the smaller scale issues of a settlement.  Seeing what no one else has seen and founding something new.  That would be awesome in the truest sense.

Why Recommending Self-Defense Isn’t Victim Blaming

     I’m typing this post last Monday.  The big news seems to be everybody in an uproar over an answer given by Miss Nevada.  She suggested that women learn self-defense.  Now some feminists are up in arm claiming that her suggestion is victim-blaming.  What!?
     Most people know what victim-blaming is.  For those who don’t, it is the concept that somehow a victim “asked for it” or contributed to their own assault.  Those who blame victims hold the victim somehow responsible (in whole or part) for what happened.  Victim blaming is obviously ridiculous as no one EVER “asks for it”, regardless of clothing choice, behavior, or other factor.
     A victim will be assaulted whether or not they defend themselves.  Defense begins after the assault starts.  “Pre-Emptive” attacks are just assault.  No self-defense advocate holds the victim accountable for what happened.  We just seek to reduce assault overall.  If more victims can defend themselves, there would be less FUTURE victims.  And of course, no victim is responsible for another person’s future assault, be it their attacker or another person.  Each person is simply responsible for their own actions, period.
     “Let’s teach men not to rape.”  FACEPALM!  First, a problem I have with the #yesallwomen advocates is the claim they make about men being the primary aggressors and women being primary victims according to reported cases.  This completely overlooks the fact that rapes where men are the victim are supposed to be the most unreported crime.  The words of such advocates have actually worsened the depression for which a male victim I know is being treated.  Second, who doesn’t realize that rape is wrong?  Rape, theft, murder, and assault are all wrong and we all know it.  Yet it still happens.  We teach children not to play with matches, but we still have fire extinguishers and 911 on speed dial.  A back-up plan is needed.
     “But I shouldn’t have to resort to violence to stop a rape/theft/assault!”  Someone told me this on Twitter.  And you know what?  They are absolutely right.  We shouldn’t have to.  But we do need to.  People shouldn’t rape/steal/assault/murder.  But they do, and that is why we need to resort to violent means.
     Some people say that we should try to find out why people do these things so that we can stop assaults before they occur.  Go right ahead.  Learning self-defense won’t interfere with that.  Prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Until the disease is upon you.  Then prevention isn’t worth squat and cure is everything.
     Others make the claim that self-defense is fear mongering.  No, gun control is fear mongering.  Good guys with guns do stop bad guys with guns.  I see it all the time on my local news.  Elderly woman shoots home invader, woman shoots attempted rapist, man shot attacker, so on and so forth.  You can also learn unarmed defense.  I wholeheartedly recommend it whether you own a gun or not.  Seat belts are not fear mongering, nor is self-defense.  It really is the same thing.  Chances are you won’t be assaulted.  Every self-defense advocate acknowledges that.  But it is just common sense to be prepared.