- More fires in the Sacramento valley, more smoke, and more wheezing from me (because as I’ve said before, this blog is all about ME and how the world affects ME!!!). My boss suggested that I work from home today to hang out near my nebulizer and my air purifier, mostly because there was more smoke in our office than outside. Good guy, my boss, but bad air conditioning in our office. As far as I can tell, the fires are dying down and so there won’t be nearly as much smoke tomorrow.
- Jennifer and I have been playing lots of House of the Dead 3 on our new Wii. We’ve gotten pretty far but have not been able to defeat the final boss yet. He’s a spinning flying bastard and we haven’t figured out his vulnerability yet.
- I’m hearing more and more rumors about Sarah Palin dropping out of the race within the next couple of months. Nothing verifiable, though. I’m not sure I would call it a rumor, even, just a hypothesis thrown about by some hopeful Democrats, and even some hopeful Republicans. It’s interesting that the selection of Palin as the VP candidate seems to have killed any hope that McCain might get the independent vote in November.
- Speaking of Sarah Palin, I’ve gotten several hits to this blog today from people looking for nude pictures of Sarah Palin. To reiterate from my earlier post: there are no nude pictures of Sarah Palin here. Not even any pictures of Sarah Palin in scantily clad clothing. There are no such pictures in existence, and any pictures you might find are hoaxes.
- Looks like this week’s Story of the Week is going to be a two-parter. This technically violates the rules that I established for myself with this project, but I consider my authorial integrity unviolated. This story — “Teh K1ng In Y3110w” — will provide more backstory for The Solitude of the Tentacled Space Monster, though no spoilers for that novel. Assuming it’s ever finished.
So, that picture of Sarah Palin in a bikini and carrying a gun? Yeah, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong. Much as I despise Sarah Palin’s positions on most issues and insane as I think the McCain campaign is for selecting her as a VP candidate without bothering to vet her at all (I stand by my assertion that the main reason for the selection and timing was to draw attention from Obama’s amazing speech at the Democrat convension), this kind of thing — a PhotoShopped image which gets captions like, “Meet America’s First Trailer Trash VP” — is really just beneath us. Beneath us as Democrats, beneath us as liberals, beneath us as Americans. It’s absolutely appalling that any woman who rises in politics or any other endeavor which brings her into the spotlight is simply assumed to have posed in skimpy clothing at some point in her past, or even completely nude. Palin never has, and to suggest, even via PhotoShop, that she has is pandering to the worst elements of our culture.
I also should mention that I am thoroughly unimpressed with the revelation that Palin was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party. Unless there is substantial reason to believe that she still believes in their cause and supports their goals, it’s completely irrelevant. After all, I was once a Libertarian; now I consider libertarianism just as flawed as Communism. People change their politics. So what.
And as for her teenage daughter’s pregnancy: Well, yeah, Palin’s remarks display a remarkable amount of hypocrisy, but for God’s sake leave the kid out of it. Again, it’s just beneath us.
In other news, yesterday Jennifer and I finally got ourselves one of these:
I was shocked that Fry’s Electronics actually had them in stock.
Plus we got this game to go with it:
Because for de-stressing after a long day at work or hanging shelves in your pantry than squishing zombies that spurt green blood everywhere. Once upon a time we actually bought a Sega Dreamcast specifically to play this game. And when we saw this game on the shelves, we knew we had to have it.
So what are your favorite Wii games?
From the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection comes what it possibly the coolest overlay for Google Earth ever: a collection of historical maps which you can overlay on Google Earth. Here’s a screenshot from my own computer:
I’m not really a map geek myself, but I do have a fondness for historical maps and globes, so this is especially cool.