April 23rd, 2009


International Pixel-Stained Techno Peasant Day

Once again, it's that faboo time of year when we give away stuff... just because we can! (There's a lot more at ipstp.) Here's my offering: an MP3 of my concert at last year's MillenniCon. It's 1:24, about 122 MB, and has a lot of things I do regularly, with a few surprises and a couple of improvs, not to mention a slightly familiar cover right at the very beginning as part of the sound check.

Houston, We Have A Solution

The latest from Andy Cobb (the guy who did the Teabagging videos last week):

(h/t AmericaBlog)

Now, Texas is home to some of our regulars here, e.g., redneckgaijin, shockwave77598, and starcat_jewel, as well as some of our favorite companies (e.g., Steve Jackson Games) and conventions (e.g., FenCon). So, what's the sales pitch to get 'em to move to where you are? I think they should come to Ann Arbor, where the food and weather are better and more diverse, the fannish community is strong and centrally located, and indie artists run free.


In case you didn't figure it out, the question I asked in the last thread -- how would you convince our friends to leave Texas in case it secedes -- was facetious. I don't want Texas to secede, it's against the law for it to secede, and I'm quite sure most of our friends there are quite happy.

This does not mean the state doesn't need some work:
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.


... [N]othing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children....
Now, in fairness, this happened three years ago (thanks to hughcasey for noticing what I did not). I'm sure things have gotten much better since.

Original story here, with a hat tip to admnaismith.