Served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, 2005-07.
Viscount of Hyrkania and private cartographer to the house of Beifong.
FINALLY a Gift Guide for GUYS!
Every holiday season comes and goes and I'm left wondering, why doesn't someone make a gift guide for guys? Don't shoppers need to be clued in where to find cool masculine tchotchkes? Well I'm done waiting, I took the initiative and made the first ever gift guide just for GUYS!
The Strange Zombie Existence of Pan Am
Pan Am was once the de facto American flag airline. Where as other countries had state owned airlines--known as flag airlines--running international routes, America did not. We had Pan Am. It was both the biggest and know for it's luxury, including comely stewardess.
The most minor events can be news if they happen at Hooters
There was recently drama at a Hooters restaurant in Plano, Texas. A group of boys came in to try to sell chocolate bars and were escorted out by a manager. In response three adults came in and assaulted the manager.
"Fat raindrops began sizzling on Shrek's hot knob"
In 2001 there was a lot of buzz about Shrek. When I saw it in theaters I wasn't that impressed. It wasn't terrible, I just didn't think it lived up to the hype. Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming, and now here I am in 2022 and it still seems like there's a lot of buzz about how great Shrek is. Particularly in the form of Shrek memes.
Cowards all the way down
Tucker Carlson is a rambling nincompoop and bootlicker to dictators. He recently did another bad take on the war in Ukraine. He explained that Ukraine had no hope of winning (lie) that Russia was just too big, with a "relatively huge economy" (lie) and that there would have been peace between Ukraine and Russia already except that USA had vetoed a peace deal back in April--this is such bullshit it's hard to know where to begin.
A Review of Four AI Art Generators
Artificial Intelligence generated art is a hot new tech right now. It is despised by many artists. Well I'd love to personally commission some artists to create things for me, but I don't have the budget for that. It's been awhile since I've done an article on Red Sonja, my favorite comic book character, I decided to see what images I could make of her. The AI art that I hear about most is Midjourney A.I., and I could get good results with that, but that one costs money and again, no budget here. So here are some results from four AI art websites with free options.
Glory to Ukraine
Grifters who are supposedly policy geniuses (and ones who are obviously not) advised Ukraine to try to negotiate or just outright surrender when Russia invaded. Ukrainians did not take this advice because they understood they were in an existential battle for their very existence as a people. There was no point negotiating with Russia because Russia is a bad faith actor who could not be trusted.
Return of the Iconic Swimsuits
Stars in swimsuits--there's never a wrong time for a list of those. Yes, push down that invasive voice telling you to write another political opinion piece about the decline of democracy and the loss of shared realities--nobody needs another one of those! Instead, bikinis!
The Future of Invention in 1879
The Atlantic recently fully digitized their archive going back to 1857. This is an examination of one article from the August 1879 issue entitled The Future of Invention by W. H. Babcock to see the hopes and fears about technological change.
Visions of 1991 from 1970
"The prophets, the messenger angels of the Gospels, Delphic oracles, Arab stargazers, Tibetan lamas, medieval astrologists, wandering Gypsies, saints, poets and charlatans--all have tried their hand at probing the future. Then came the science-fiction writers, plagues of them, and they are still coming. Is, then, another book devoted to this overworked subject worthy of special note? Yes, if it is unique."
Tubal Ligation and Giving the Game Away
Tubal ligation is an elective surgery to permanently serialize a woman. It is low risk, can be done on an outpatient basis and can be done immediately after childbirth. Its availability recently became a topic on twitter.