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  1. Friday, November 8, 2019

    The Dresden Files has had more than one occasion when Harry stuck the end of his staff into a mop bucket because he couldn't just carry it around. A cane, a baseball bat, a conductor's baton, knitting needles, a "Sirius Black's Wand" from the Franklin Mint or wherever, a jai alai or lacrosse stick....in the upcoming winter season, you could use a wooden-handled windshield scraper/brush combo or snow shovel. As for other, ah, toys being used for such purposes, wood is indeed a questionable choice. But, we don't know the magic-retention properties of other materials, such as plastic, silicone, batteries in the core, glass, steel, etc. Such a choice would rather defeat the goal of being inconspicuous and easy to carry around. On the glasses front, I was always told that we get less nearsighted as we age, generally becoming farsighted instead. Hence the cliche of someone who's aging, but in denial about needing glasses, holding what they're reading out at arm's length. I always hoped that somewhere along that transition, there would be a sweet spot where I'd have 20/20 vision....
  2. Monday, October 28, 2019

    I thought that trying to kill each other was a family tradition in most royal lines! That's where the "act of heroism" comes in. How could I forget Princess Leia? And she *is* born daughter to Queen Emeritus Amidala, as well as being an adopted Princess (or did she get elected to that position?) so it's only being live-action that keeps her out. I don't think Disney would *dare* claim adoption doesn't count. I must confess I haven't seen the movie Vanellope is in yet, so I can't comment on her.
  3. Monday, October 28, 2019

    According to Disney, to qualify as an official Princess, one must be born royal, marry royal, or perform an act of heroism. (That last is generally acknowledged to have been added for Mulan.) They also have to be human or human-like, be a protagonist in a feature (which must be completely animated, no live-action segments allowed), and not introduced in a sequel. Many of these rules seem to exist to explain why other potential Disney princesses don't qualify (Giselle, Alice, Wendy Darling, Maid Marian, Jane Porter, Jessie, Vanellope, etc.)
  4. Monday, November 4, 2019

    And of course the 100th ninja will be an orphan. (Or claim to be...) Tragic backstory is a prerequisite for ridiculously overpowered characters, isn't it?
  5. Monday, November 4, 2019

    The pirate would take out 99 of the ninja, but the Law of Conservation of Ninjutsu tells us that the 100th ninja would be badass enough to take on a whole ship full of pirates. (Unknown if pirates get to get better the fewer of them there are left or not, though....)
  6. Video Game Discussion 4

    I've been getting into Ingress more, but still playing Wizards Unite, too. I guess I like the fact that Ingress involves interacting with other players, while WU is mostly a solitary pursuit. Even if "interacting" sometimes means cursing as you see them take out a portal within minutes of your claiming it. These days, I just figure that means more chances to take out enemy portals and build experience points, getting me that much closer to reaching level 10 and being able to recommend new portal/gym/inn sites!
  7. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    Wait, did we need to specify *successful* business experience? Did we really need to spell out a "no bankruptcy" clause?
  8. This Day In History

    I actually knew about this one, because I had a summer camp counselor from Dominica years ago. Charming accent, very musical! Yeah, that does seem a rather appropriate description, doesn't it? Be fair, it was on the way to a German supply route. And we got such a great poem out of the Second Battle of Ypres, maybe they were hoping for another iconic one from the Third.
  9. This Day In History

    Now, now, Prince Charles hasn't even ascended to the throne yet, and already you're discounting the possibility of a Charles the Great? And between that and his American holdings, he was said to rule "the empire over which the sun will never set." Gosh, what a memorable phrase! Surely it will be associated with the Holy Roman Empire forever! Sure, he tried to get people to call him Charles the Great, but it never really took for him....he did get several beers and a popular Mexican chocolate bar named after him, though! We eliminated rinderpeste a few years ago, too! That one was in cattle, but it's believed to be what measles evolved from around 1000-1100 CE, so what we learned about it may help get that scourge next. If we can bring down the percent of idiots, anyway....
  10. This Day In History

    The article 1491 has a great discussion of the new thoughts on North American populations pre-Colombus. De Soto arrived in 1539 and saw thousands of warriors lining the shore of the Mississippi as they passed, finding large towns and cities everywhere. The next Europeans in that area, in 1682, didn't see a village for 200 miles. "The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán dazzled Hernán Cortés in 1519; it was bigger than Paris, Europe's greatest metropolis. The Spaniards gawped like hayseeds at the wide streets, ornately carved buildings, and markets bright with goods from hundreds of miles away. They had never before seen a city with botanical gardens, for the excellent reason that none existed in Europe. The same novelty attended the force of a thousand men that kept the crowded streets immaculate. (Streets that weren't ankle-deep in sewage! The conquistadors had never heard of such a thing.)" (Of course, Europe had Gothic cathedrals, but they were relatively rare and the day to day city streets were a far cry from them. ;-)
  11. This Day In History

    Even more awkward than Barak Obama's Nobel, which even/especially he saw as rather a bizarre and premature choice at the time. In America, the Twenty-Second Amendment says you can only be elected to be President twice, or once if you've already served more than half a term after succeeding from the VP spot. However, it doesn't say anything about being elected VP and then becoming President again that way. So, in theory, we could have Bernie Sanders head the ticket, and Obama as his VP. However, the Twelfth Amendment, which modified the procedure set forth for electing the President and Vice President, has a line that states "But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States." So, Constitutional scholars (like, say, President Obama) debate about whether that would include having served two terms already or not. There not being any term limits yet, that line in the 12th was only intended to mean rules like minimum age and being born in the United States should also apply to the VP, so which side y end up on probably depends a good deal on whether you believe the intent when written is a factor, or just the exact wording.
  12. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    Except that Trump has, at the very least, violated the Emoluments clause of the Constitution, from day one.
  13. Things That Are Just Annoying

    "There's a black hole in the center of the galaxy It'll suck down you, it'll suck down me Don't believe me, just wait and see We're goin' down the Cosmic Drain!"
  14. Favorite Quotes

    "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
  15. This Day In History

    They leave out most of the story, and the run, in that version. The traditional story is that a professional message-runner named Pheidippides ran from Athens to Sparta, about 150 miles (240 km) in two days, to ask for aid against Persian invaders, and ran back again with their answer, presumably in another two days. He then ran another 25 miles (40 km) from Athens to the Battle of Marathon, found out Athens had won, and ran back to Athens with the news. So, it wasn't a run of 26.2 miles that made him drop from exhaustion, it was running 350 miles (560 km) in about five days that killed him. Of course, that story doesn't show up until about 500 years after the Battle of Marathon. The historian Herodotus worked from first-hand interviews with eyewitnesses, and he never mentioned what would have been quite a compelling story.... If only we could go back to that sort of crazy President! Hey, for all we know, a curled nose was considered the height of beauty in that culture. He may have been the equivalent of Sir Strongjaw or Empress Spathic. Some of them reported hearing Belisarius mutter "Oh, boy...." just before the battle commenced. And then some weirdo realizes it's a perfect match to the tune Stafford Smith created for a drinking song about an obscure Greek poet who promised from heaven to teach the singers the fine art of drinking and wenching at the same time. Hey, you could do worse than someone smart enough to realize the battle is lost, and tough and sneaky enough to survive to fight another day. As long as he didn't do something dickish like order all his troops to fight to the death even when it became clear they'd lost....