Volcano Fortress versus Meteor: Fight!

The ETA Aquariids were towards the end of their shower on May 27, while the Arietids were at their beginning, so it could have been from either. Both tend to be more visible before dawn. Given that the image was snapped at 11:07 pm local time, the former might be more likely than the latter. The Arietids is one of the most intense meteoroids streams with up to 60 shooting stars an hour but most of them streak through the sky during the daytime so we don't see them.

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Heroes don't eat pussy.

Not even Catwoman pussy.

"In the third season of 'Harley Quinn' we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman. And DC was like, 'You can't do that. You absolutely cannot do that.' They're like, 'Heroes don't do that.' So, we said, 'Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?' They were like, 'No, it's that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It's hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.'"

The duo compares the series to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- "if Mary killed a bunch of people".

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we re-open in FOUR DAYS!

Aaaaahhhhhh it's almost time!!

Thanks to another extremely generous donor, we were able to re-surface the main stage, in the same manner as the dance floor! For the first time in the stage's 32 year life, it is actuallly level, and that weird bump in the middle (from a solitary glass block that used to poke through) is gone.

Last year I put out a call for people who wanted to paint murals on some of our blank walls, but nothing really came of that, so last week I painted some chevrons on the balcony:

I'd still like to get something painted on the walls inside the DNA Pizza and Above DNA restrooms, if only to cut down on the tagging. If you want to volunteer, let us know!

Oh yeah, and since I mentioned last week that we could maybe give some old chandeliers a good home, three have shown up already! Apparently I underestimated the prevalence of the problem: "Why do I have this chandelier, please get it out of my garage". Keep 'em coming.

All the beer kegs have arrived, and they finally took away all of our year-old kegs full of spoiled product (something like $7k in spoilage). However, it's still far from certain that we're going to have draught beer on opening night. We still need to get the lines cleaned, the glycol system un-hibernated, and the kegs actually hooked up to our new CO2 tank, and when the beer distributor's contractors came in to do those things, they found a series of excuses to "come back later", as they nearly always do. So we might be bottles-only for a little while. I'm not too stressed about that, though, because never in the history of bars has someone said, "Oh, you don't have anything on tap? I find that I am no longer thirsty."

I am also eagerly awaiting word on whether on opening night we will have front doors that actually lock or whether we will be screw-gunning them closed every night. Early in lockdown, someone really went to town on our doors with a crowbar. They were not able to break in, but they did manage to completely destroy the doors, the closures, and the frame, and so for the last 14 months, the doors have been welded shut and boarded up. But now we'd sure like them to work again...

I am assured that "parts have been ordered" and that "they should be here soon". I agree! I agree that they "should"! But, we're assuming it's gonna be a screw gun scenario.

You probably cannot imagine, or maybe you can, how insanely fucking expensive secure doors with panic hardware are. So thanks for that, Incompetent Burglar.

But look at this, we have a calendar again! These are just the events in the next two weeks! And ticket sales have been pretty good so far, so maybe people will actually show up?

We hope to see you all soon...

Friday, Opening Night:
Turbo Drive & 8bitSF
Saturday Early:
Hubba Hubba: Juneteenth
Saturday Late:
Bootie Mashup
Also Saturday Late:
Lower Underground
Death Guild, The Return
Apothecary Raree
Next Friday:
So Stoked For Pride
Next Friday:
LGBooTie Pride
Also Next Friday:
Fake & Gay
Thu Jul 1:
Sequence: Monxx
Fri Jul 2:
Moombahton y Reggaeton
Also Fri Jul 2:
Street Fever

jwz mixtape 228

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 228.

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Current Music: as noted

"To be clear, the whale did not want him in its mouth"

Diver Nearly Swallowed By Humpback Whale

"I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out," Packard wrote. "I am very bruised up but have no broken bones." [...]

"To be clear, the whale did not want him in its mouth," Kerr added, comparing the situation to an open-mouthed biker accidentally inhaling a fly.

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Spent Fuel Pools


This is not a place of honor
Nothing valued is here

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How the Web became unreadable

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"Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" Production Shut Down Over Explosive Diarrhea.

The upcoming TV competition series has shut down indefinitely after up to 40 crew members fell violently ill during production on a remote ranch in Simi Valley, California. The outbreak of "awful explosive diarrhea" left people "collapsing" on set and "being forced to run into port-o-potties." [...] According to an insider, many original crew members are reluctant to return to the shoot and blame the production for not ensuring that fresh, clean water was used on set.

Plus side, maybe Ow My Balls will get picked up for a full season.

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Unintentional forensic edit logs via font changes

I always enjoy it when people tell on themselves with their font changes, making it clear that they have sent a hastily-edited form letter rather than a sincere one-to-one communication. Here's what a recent email looked like when viewed in Mail on iOS:

And here's what it looked like in Mail on macOS. The difference is more subtle, but the text of [MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA] is still smaller (capital letters are 25px instead of 28px).

Also one of them is Arial and the other is Helvetica. Now, I know what you're thinking -- normally when someone makes that distinction you know that you're dealing with some kind of font-hipster super-nerd. This is true. But when they're side by side, sometimes even normal people can tell them apart!

Here's an easy way to screw up like this on macOS:

  • Compose an email in Mail.app.
  • Format / Make Rich Text.
  • Type stuff.
  • Open Notes.app and copy stuff.
  • Paste.

You will almost certainly get different fonts, because you didn't do "Paste and Match Style".

"Make Plain Text" also works, because nobody needs to see the damned fonts in your damned email in the first place (sorry not sorry).

And it's not just Apple; the Google and MICROS~1 tool sets all fuck up in nearly identical ways. Besides the highly visible breadcrumbs that they reveal through this kind of font fuckery, view source also reveals many other edits. You tend to get a new DIV or SPAN every time you paste something or join paragraphs, and that reveals clues about your editing process, information that you probably didn't intend the recipient to have.

I guess it's unsurprising that the people writing these rich-text editors screw up in this way -- it's probably inconceivable to them to be concerned about the on-the-wire representation of the data they are emitting, beyond whether it displays correctly for them personally. For other examples of this lack of craftsmanship just look at how pathetically every mail reader encodes quoted-printable -- a format intentionally designed to be readable by humans in the raw, but now universally treated as a binary blob. Or the criminally incompetent manner in which they all convert HTML to text/plain in multipart/alternative. Or, gestures wildly at the entirety of XML and JSON.

But the font size changes are surprising, because it's so obvious. It makes you look like you screwed up. Surely people have complained about this. And by "people" I mean "people who matter", you know, wealthy clients.

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Chrome The Moon for a Brighter Tomorrow!

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change during a House Natural Resources hearing.

"I would have to follow up with you on that, Mr. Gomert."

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