“When I began, I didn’t know what the hell I had. I thought it might be a short story; it was just this chapter, where they find these direwolf pups.”

There’s no way the series ends well for Martin; expectations are too high and too low at the same time. It’s the Half Life 3 of books. At least Valve doesn’t tease us by releasing any games anymore.


The best unboxing yet

Well, now I’m disappointed my car didn’t come in a box.

Also I want eight people standing around watching having to be absolutely silent.

These people get it

Satire is the least fake news. I think most people overestimate the power the federal government has in their lives and have no chill, but feelings are reality, facts be damned, so I guess we roll with it.

An American Icon

Dorcas Reilly, inventor of the Green Bean Casserole, has died.

Personally, I only like the crunchy onions on top, but that casserole is deeply important to the American experience.



Why won’t they leave us alone

A bunch of countries that should know better got together to discuss back-doors in digital devices. And this is a nice sentiment:

“Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute,” the statement reads. “It is an established principle that appropriate government authorities should be able to seek access to otherwise private information when a court or independent authority has authorized such access based on established legal standards. The same principles have long permitted government authorities to search homes, vehicles, and personal effects with valid legal authority.”

If it weren’t for the War on Drugs for eroding the 4th amendment to a shell of it’s former self over the last 40 years,  I might not be so skeptical of their good intentions.

And of course it’s for the children, because every rights grab is:

…the governmental group discuss the need for online spaces to be safe, and are “gravely concerned” about illegal online content, “particularly the online sexual exploitation of children.”

Also, I suspect black-hats of being far more capable of exploiting back-doors than white-hats are of securing them.

I’m just leaving this here

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH PIERS MORGAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY: There’s only one winner in Taylor Swift and Scott Kelly’s gutless surrender to the howling Twitter mob — President Trump.

via Instapundit