mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
By an odd coincidence, I've had to deal with the "No, we didn't land on the Moon!" claim three times in the last few days. My views on it ought to be pretty obvious: if you really want a conspiracy theory, there are far more plausible ones than that.

My current favorite argument against the Hoax: There were thousands, if not millions, of Very Very Smart people involved in the Apollo program. Either they were in on the secret or they weren't; if they were in on the secret, then it wasn't much of a secret, really. It's like the "we test unusual stuff at Groom Lake" secret - the details may be foggy, but the whole world knows that it's a government testing base.

If they weren't on the secret, then you have all these Smart People being well paid to develop what they honestly believe will be a moon rocket - to the tune of several billion dollars. These people all think they succeeded, and they aren't idiots - they would have noticed things like "Hey, there's not enough radiation shielding in our design." So, since all these people think we have a moon rocket, and we spent the money to make it, why just go ahead and make the landing? Hmmm?

As an aside - the Soviet Union at the time definitely had the technological ability to detect whether we really went or not - they were quite close to managing it themselves. If we didn't really go, the Russians of the late 1960's really didn't have much motivation to help us cover it up. Unless you believe that the One World Government was already up and running by then, and the Soviet space establishment was also ordered to lie; in which case, I will choose to bow out of the discussion at this point and move on to another World of Warcraft post of some kind. Circy's level 60 now! Woo!

The essential Moon Hoax links:

Quick and simple: http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html

In-depth and pretty: http://www.clavius.org/
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
Really, I can't bear to watch this "UFO Files" program for another second.

Yes, I do indeed love the idea of flying saucers and extraterrestrial visitors, for the same reason I dig Atlantis and telekinesis; because it would be cool. But can I please have more than second-hand stories and photographs of indistinct blobs? Could I please please have some indisputable proof, something that could be used to convince almost anyone?

Sagan said "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," and I'm not going to argue with the man. I'm not here to debunk anyone. I want to hear the story that shakes the world. But it's going to take more than "I knew someone who had a friend who worked with a guy who swears he saw stuff in a government document of some kind."
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (manic)
Question: Are you, the reader, familiar with both the recording artists a) Shirley Bassey and b) "Pink"?

If you are a member of that exclusive club, you would only be punishing yourself by not clicking "play" on the associated video.



Otherwise, you may still enjoy it, but you will sadly be unable to perceive the true levels of awesome presented here.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Thursday, 9/1

I couldn't sleep Wednesday night - a combination of a wired state and generally poor sleep lately anyway. I had to get up quite early to get cleaned up, tuck last-minute stuff in the suitcase, and make a trip to the bank. I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] thatwhichisgene - a very intelligent, charming fellow, even if we don't agree on Shadowrun and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Gene made good time driving down, and we arrived less than 9 hours out from Norfolk - without speeding! Gas was as high as $7.00 a gallon in Atlanta, so after determining that the rented station wagon's tank was good for about 400 miles, we made sure to gas up about 150 miles out where the prices were more reasonable.

On Thursday evening, the Dragon*Con registration lines are non-existent - I strongly recommend getting one's badge this early. Hall costuming was already starting, though the Con was not to begin until 9:00 the next day. I found David Allen (once of Starfleet, now of Plan Nine Publishing) outside the registration hotel, and chatted for a few minutes before returning to the hotel where I was staying.

Dragon*Con 2005 consisted of three hotels - the Hyatt, home of filking, gaming and half the panels; the Marriott, home of two dealers rooms, the art show, an artists' walk, and more panels; and registration, buried in the Atlanta Hilton. I stayed in the Hyatt. It wasn't as crowded as the horror stories would have had me fear, but the five elevators where always unusably queued. Luckily, our fifth-floor room was easy to walk up and down to and from. (Room 523 - a nice Discordian number.) During the con weekend itself, every room in the Hyatt was occupied by con-goers: one wasn't allowed in the hotel without a Con badge. The street between the Hyatt and the Marriott was blocked off for Con traffic. I began to get the idea that this was a big con.

It was late. I was pooped. I went to bed.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
This one's been on my mind for a few days. I blame the alignment of the planets.

Situation: you have a shiny-new Starfleet food replicator, the kind that takes molecular building blocks from storage and makes any kind of food you want based on patterns you've loaded or scanned in.

Poll cut to protect the squeamish )

I know. I'm a weirdo.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
From an Associated Press story:

"Newly sworn-in President Alfredo Palacio, who was vice president under Gutierrez, installed members of a new Cabinet Thursday in an effort to bring stability to the South American country of 12.5 people."

12.5 people? Tell me that's not a banana republic. i think I've ruled bigger countries than that.

Fwip!

Mar. 10th, 2005 10:43 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (manic)
I got a forwarded email about ip addesses today. The subject line was "fwip". This is brought to you by the Easily Amused Association.

I saw the screener for the new Doctor Who this week, and really liked it. The episode was fun, and avoided Fox's mistake of trying to cram too much continuity down a new viewer's throat - though there were a few tips of the hat to we long-term fans. I was going to post some specific opinions behind a spoiler cut, but I can wait until after Technicon to do that. I imagine that TV torrent sites are getting more queries on "rose" right now than the last time "The Bachelor" got pre-empted. I'm looking forward to more!

I've been spending a lot of time lately reading the archives at http://www.randi.org/ - some of the anecdotes are pretty wild. I can't honestly say I'm likely to attain the level of skepticism displayed by Randi or the late Carl Sagan, but I did work out at an early age that there are a lot of charlatans out there waiting to take advantage of anyone they can. I'm a tongue-in-cheek adherent of Discordianism partially because it doesn't want my money and would be disappointed in me if I started doing everything it told me to :)

Part of the fun of being Tech Support here is getting to play legitimately with the Developer Preview of OS X 10.4. Shiny beta plaything!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)

Try me! I'm Chocolate Chip


Or at least, I would be if I was a muffin. *grin* People who match chocolate chip muffins are modern and fast-paced, if a bit generic. We're usually go-getters that like flashy new things and socializing. Just don't try eating us before we've baked; raw eggs and baker's chocolate are a bad mix. *wink*

Take the Muffin Quiz to find out your variety. Quiz created by LJ user Seeking_Insight.

Remember, Muffin is the path to Illumination. No Hot Dog Buns!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Since most of us have long forgotten (though I can name specific people on my friends list that I know haven't), today is the 35th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon.

Of course, the Apollo missions were all complete fakes, as reputable psychics and conspiracy theorists will tell you. The truth is that both Americans and the Soviets have been on the moon since the early 50's, where we have established a diplomatic post for our continuing negotiations with the Xothar Dominion. There is, however, no truth to the rumor that German war criminals escaped Earth around that time to set up their own base in the southern hemisphere of the dark side. Fnord.
mikailborg: Chris drew this picture of my first Starfleet character for a newsletter cover, years ago. (kriet)
Officials discuss postponing Election Day, fearing terrorism: would this not be another case of handing terrorists the very victory they ask for, that of disrupting our society and political process? Assuming an attack was planned, would not competent terrorists be able to adjust their plans for a postponement? Do we really want to give our government the power to delay elections as long as they feel necessary? When I was younger, I read the Reader's Digest version of The R Document; a tale of a government conspiracy to declare martial law in the US and suspend the Bill of Rights indefinitely. Of course, I enjoyed it as a fantasy tale that "can't happen here".

Speaking of reading, I finished Perdido Street Station this weekend. I picked up the book after hearing much hype about this winner of multiple awards and runner-up for others. Book review )

Okay, that's out of my system, now here's the link to the Battle Cattle plushies [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet saw at Origins; and a link to a depiction of Anthrocon in a furry reality.

I just felt like adding this, too. I'm not sure why. From Quotes from Principia Discordia:

THE CURSE OF GREYFACE
  • In the year 1166 B.C., a malcontented hunchbrain by the name of Greyface, got it into his head that the universe was as humorless as he, and he began to teach that play was sinful because it contradicted the ways of Serious Order. "Look at all that order about you," he said. And from that, he deluded honest men to believe that reality was a straightjacket affair and not the happy romance as men had known it.

  • It is not presently understood why men were so gullible at that particular time, for absolutely no one thought to observe all the DISORDER around them and conclude just the opposite. But anyway, Greyface and his followers took the game of playing at life more seriously than they took life itself and were known even to destroy other living beings whose ways of life differed from their own.

  • The unfortunate result of this is that mankind has since been suffering from a psychological and spiritual imbalance. Imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear. And fear makes a bad trip. Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now. It is called THE CURSE OF GREYFACE.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
Holy Muffin

In the beginning there was flour and water, and it was said, "Let there be 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes", and there was, and it was yummy. - The Book of Muffin 1:1
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
The element of Technicon that has stayed with me most this morning is the great pain in my legs from dancing too much too quickly Saturday night. Oh, yes... and I think that next time [livejournal.com profile] raininva and I go to India Garden, we're ordering just bland chicken "tanders" and the garlic "naan" (bread). Our stomachs aren't international enough for much else.

Details of the con )Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nius for putting on a great con - I had tons of fun! I'm already looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] vond's Technicon next year!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
Found this while looking up some furry info:

Furry fan to web columnist: I'm offended by how you bid for cheap laughs by portraying furries as sexual deviants in your previous column. Some of us just suit up and role-play for the experience of being a fur!

Web columnist to furry fan: Chill out. The Trekkies learned to accept being made fun of years ago, you'll have to also. Besides, wearing a fursuit for the purposes of kinky sex makes more sense to me than wearing one for any other reason...

Why am I referring to this? It's beginning to seem to me that openly, honestly weird folk seem to get a lot more back-handed respect than the timidly weird, the "weird only on weekends", the "weird as a form of social protest" types. When one's cheerfully, openly different, yet basically functional in society, they'll still be made fun of, but there'll be an undertone of sneaking admiration for someone brave enough to take a different path and make it work.

On the other hand, the posers, the people who only act different 'cause they're not getting enough attention, the ones who need to constantly defend their differences to people who really don't care, seem to draw more honest scorn.

Hmmm...

Watashi Wa

Nov. 5th, 2002 09:59 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
Googlism for me...

Michael O'Brien's Googlism )

Kallisti!

Sep. 20th, 2002 09:14 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
Hail Eris!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
So, there's frequently this guy at the convenience store where I pick up my Cokes for work. He's often there in the early morning, and he stands in the store talking loudly and incoherently to nobody at all. Sometimes he'll stand near the counter, going on about something (something important to him, from his tone) and one of the clerks there will give me an apologetic grin... then he'll wander outside and stand next to the pay phones for a while, all without pausing in his rambling.

He disturbs me. I try not to look directly at him.

That is all.

The Basics

Jun. 10th, 2002 10:24 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
My LiveJournal "interpreted":

Nothing like getting ready to Lisa and Vond's Leaving for a whirlpool jacuzzis to avoid unnaturally repetitive motion And Halloween costumes to post my Borg parts I probably can probably hover walked two of my car, I miss costuming pics of my hip. Walked a location. Nothing like I'm going still under Gene Roddenberry's inflexible hand, told me? The copies I already have to catch up with what I'd like some of.

Soon, I'll be an air conditioned, level track to the combined Books.

(Try it yourself at: http://www.antispin.net/~martine/cgi-bin/insanity.cgi?mikailborg - you'll probably want to replace my username with yours)

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