I’m too lazy to write a post


Or even to put up a guest post. Or even to look through for a blast from the past.

Okay, not lazy, but still tired and aching from floor laying down and such.

Isn’t this body still under warranty? Why is it breaking down? I’m fairly sure it wasn’t made in China, though admittedly it might be cheap (in the sense that I don’t think mom and dad had to pay anyone to have me.)

Anyway, I just don’t feel it.

I’ll write tomorrow.

Meanwhile, if you wish to amuse yourselves with the image, be my guests.

157 thoughts on “I’m too lazy to write a post

          1. If I remember correctly, foxes are noted for having as many vocalizations as cats can.

            And after a freakin’ half year of study, I still can’t turn those into sounds very well. -.- It’s even phonetic!

        1. Your avatar always makes me think of Florence Ambrose – an uplifted wolf and an engineer to boot – who speaks English perfectly well. I’m fine with you making the same noises you usually do. 🙂

          1. I must admit, I also have an overwhelming urge to sneak up behind sleeping cats and startle them…..

            (she was a D&D character, based off of foxes being the first not mandatory evil lycan on the list; I can’t RP as evil and lycan was the random problem my character got)

              1. …. the correlation between my rhetorical style and this comic is a little discomforting.

                Not helped by my having quite literally just came back in from disassembling the car door so I could remove the lock cylinder, get the stick bits that my most active child, Ntme (always introduced as “It was Ntme!”) shoved into it, fixing it, and reassembling the door. Without breaking it, or having to do an emergency save on the glass.

                1. Oooooh, have you not read Freefall before? Are you in for a treat!

                  A fairly extended one if you read the whole thing. Just so you know for planning purposes.

                2. Oh, wait, you remembered the sneaking up on sleeping cats. I may have misunderstood, apologies.

                  1. I haven’t hard-core read it– don’t care for it in large doses, so I haven’t read through it. When I was checking I had recognized the character correctly I flipped through the first appearance gag series.

                    Am highly amused, though. ^.^

                    It’s quite good as an occasional snack, though, and the characterization is solid enough that I don’t need to know more than the basic set-up.

                3. >> “Not helped by my having quite literally just came back in from disassembling the car door”

                  [shakes head]

                  Lady, you keep this up and Florence Ambrose is going to start reminding me of YOU. 😛

      1. The aardvark wishes to remind the fox to not eat either pink or green rabbits around here.

        The blue ones are fine, though. In fact, a visit to the blue garden would be appreciated before it gets turned to bare earth. . . .

    1. Holy crud. What a maroon that reporter is.

      Think about it. A blog is a publication, and publications are allowed to have unsigned editorials and the like. So if the blogger doesn’t want to be specifically named, why wouldn’t the reporter recast the story to be about the publication instead of the person?

      But in general, this is the kind of responsible action that makes journalists so trusted and beloved. Not.

      1. Holy crud. What a maroon that reporter is.

        No. This was deliberate: There have been whispers of an attack coming for the last week or so.

        Scott has talked about far too many un-good bad-thinks.

        1. Further, that was no reporter, that was an enforcer for the woke state.

          Also known as a Special News Information Technician, Cultural Hegemony.

            1. Reporters are ALWAYS water-carriers for whoever is setting editorial policy. Always. Always were, always will be. It is one of the Fascist Left’s most successful disinformation campaigns that makes anyone believe that there was EVER an unbiased media. It misdirects huge amounts of energy that might be used for getting competing bias before the public into complaining “Why are you so biased?” , which is futile burbling.

            2. If Democrats win it becomes Germany in the late 1930s, although the Democratic Party paramilitary has gotten a head start on Kristallnacht.

          1. Any possibility of legal action against the NYT? I suspect they have way too many lawyers to make it worth while, though some other, er, more creative sanctions might be appropriate.

            1. I rather like Ace’s principle: “The rules you make for us are the rules you make for yourselves.” If this guy were to get every last detail of his life publicized – including his address and phone number – I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep over it.

              1. The reporter’s name is Cade Metz. I expect the NY Times has a directory of employees’ work numbers and that LinkedIn likely provides a great deal of information, as well.

                But the people to target are those setting policy … and they, too, are knowable.

                National Review offers a brief interesting review of the kerfuffle with observations about the Times policy and its history, as well as news about the reporter’s failure to disclose to multiple persons interviewed about the blog that they intended to dox the blogger …

                What an NYT Reporter’s Doxing Threat Says about the Paper’s ‘Standards’
                … Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of communications for the Times, told National Review in a statement that “we do not comment on what we may or may not publish in the future. But when we report on newsworthy or influential figures, our goal is always to give readers all the accurate and relevant information we can.”


                Perhaps the Times intended to cover this blog and the broader subculture it inhabits. But Alexander, who did not return a request for comment, writes that the supposedly flattering article would come with a catch — the Times had “discovered” Alexander’s full name and planned to reveal it in the story. When Alexander pushed back, the reporter told him “it was New York Times policy to include real names, and he couldn’t change that.”


                Silicon Valley entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan identified the New York Times reporter as Cade Metz. Multiple users on the blog’s active Reddit subforum also claim that Metz reached out to them for comment. And emails reviewed by National Review confirm that Metz was indeed asking around for sources to speak on Slate Star Codex, without mentioning that he planned to reveal Alexander’s identity. “I am putting together a story about Slate Star Codex — a truly interesting and powerful voice and community, particularly at this time,” he wrote in one such email sent last week.

                Matthew Keller, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, confirmed that he also spoke to Metz.

                “We spoke about the blog, mostly in glowing terms. He did not reveal Scott Alexander’s true identity (and of course, I have no information to provide about that),” Keller said in an email. “I cannot recall if Cade spoke of revealing his true identity, but if so, I would have assumed that was done with Scott’s blessing. For what it’s worth, in general I do not agree with outing an anonymous blogger if they want to remain anonymous. Perhaps there are exceptions to that, but I don’t see this as one of them.”


                n 2018, [Times associate managing editor for standards Philip] Corbett unpacked the paper’s policy regarding the granting of anonymity to sources. “Under our guidelines, anonymous sources should be used only for information that we think is newsworthy and credible, and that we are not able to report any other way,” Corbett wrote. “When the anonymous sourcing is central to the story, it generally must be approved by an even higher-ranking editor like a deputy managing editor,” he added.

                The policy — which was announced in March 2016 by Corbett, Times executive editor Dean Baquet, and deputy executive editor Matt Purdy — was intended to tighten up what critics considered a lax policy on anonymous sourcing. The situation was considered by certain staffers to be so dire that former Times public editor Margaret Sullivan launched a feature called “AnonyWatch” to catalog the excessive granting of anonymity at the paper.


                While there are differences between quoting an anonymous source and deliberately outing a public figure who is already anonymous, the lack of a hard-and-fast rule casts doubt on Metz’s professed inability to secure anonymity for Alexander.

                Indeed, in a profile published earlier this year of “Chapo Trap House,” a popular socialist podcast hosted by unofficial Bernie Sanders surrogates, the Times identified one of the podcast’s co-hosts as “Virgil Texas,” explaining that “he lives and works under that pseudonym.”

                Why the Times denied “Scott Alexander” the same right it granted to “Virgil Texas” is unclear. … It appears the exceptions made for Trump-related coverage have bled into the coverage of a pseudonymous blogger.

            1. At least Pravda and Tass had the excuse of having to worry about literally being put up against the wall ans shot. Duranty loved the system that did that. The left in the USA loved the NAZIS right up until they broke the deal with Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union. It is no accident that Roosevelt and the NY Times ignored the Holocaust.

          1. Nyah – I haven’t that high an opinion of them, and haven’t for over twenty years.

          2. Read the Allan Bender transcript. Both ‘newspapers’ are owned by the Security Ministry of Qatar. So is CNN. So are at least two U.S. senators and an unknown number of congresscritters. Qatar has set aside more than $600 BILLION for bribery. Who knows how many politicians and bureaucrats they have bought?
            Wing: ”Have you ever heard the phrase, Living well is the best revenge?”

            Miles: “Where I come from, someone’s head in a bag is generally considered the best revenge.”

        1. The NYTimes worships power and ruthlessness.

          On doxxing: I’d like to dox the voice actors who record robocalls. On billboards.

      2. Back *coughcough* years ago, I got an ear-full from a gal who was trying to avoid an abusive ex. She’d legally changed her name. She was picked to be an Olympic torch carrier, and the local paper insisted on doing a story. She balked, and the paper said that either she’d cooperate, or they’d write their own story, including that she’d once been known as [former married name]. Nasty buggars.

        The policy-makers for the NYT remind me of the NY state lawmakers who can’t understand why so few people will file sexual assault charges any more. (NY law makes the names, addresses, and contact info for accusers and witnesses available to the defense in sexual assault and rape cases.)

        1. Remember, the first purpose of a civil war is to settle scores. That documentary on the Spanish Civil War I love that is on Netflix pulls no punches on that and even if it is mildly pro-Republican they don’t shy from pointing out when the Republicans did it.

          Lots of reporters want the Boo to get rid of the right. They will learn they’ll be lucky to survive it given the markers they’ve put on themselves.

          1. Lots of reporters want the Boo to get rid of the right.

            Everybody is always to the right of somebody.

          2. The reason the communists lost in Spain: they committed the most and most egregious atrocities against civilians.
            That’s it.
            No, I don’t want Franco here, but he was better than the alternative.
            Pray we don’t get to the same point.

        2. One suspects NY law became that way for a reason. I have my guesses.

          Similar notion:

          A lady I met through a mutual friend managed to work her way from go-go dancer (look it up, and get off my lawn) to (at the time) software engineer, and later to become a math professor somewhere in the United States).

          Her first husband was a nasty piece of work and came to a bad end when the authorities started to figure out that he was responsible for a whole lot of missing people and found some decidedly unpleasant “features” where he lived. Made national news, and was a big deal in the region. Naturally, the local rag decided to out the lady and carefully identified her by the first job she had. Pretty much hated that paper and the pond scum who wrote for it ever since.

          Lost track of her, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to give anything that would ID this mess.

        3. NY law makes the names, addresses, and contact info for accusers and witnesses available to the defense in sexual assault and rape cases.

          They expanded it to other charges.

          And were “shocked” when the one guy who would still testify against MS13 got a sudden case of dead.

      3. She says it’s a NYT standard and I believe it.

        The NYT is at the top of “the rules I apply to you I refuse to allow to apply to me” stack.

      4. I think the blogger failed to ask the critical question implicit i the journalist’s advice: “How much is it going to cost me to keep that information private?”

        BTW – it occurs to me that he has done the Times SNITCH an undeserved courtesy by not revealing his identity, attributing the policy to higher-ups (I don’t know on what they’re higher) — but the reporter owed a duty to provide the information about the doxxing element before conducting any interview. It also occurs to me that a great deal of the Times political coverage relies upon anonymous sourcing (“a White House source” is still an anonymous source, as is “a senior administration official”).

        1. Yeah, I saw some people posting examples demonstrating that the policy is, to say the least, not universally applied, including a person who went unnamed because, the article said, she’d always wanted to be an anonymous source.

        2. The blogger who shall remain nameless does have one good piece of advice: “Never talk to the media.”

    2. Figures. I linked to a lot of old content there and it was one of the blogs where I knew I was possibly going to disagree and have to defend (to myself) any disagreement because I’d get a real, honest, argument.

  1. Saw a meme the other day on FB — Kermit the frog sitting at a beach looking out over the ocean was the picture, so nothing special, but the caption:

    I don’t mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly.

    That was what made it.

    I just tossed it up on imgur, so here’s a link — https://imgur.com/a/J1pdR6w

  2. You should rest. This is the kind of post you often post just before you get sick. “Fall down and go boom” is better done voluntarily than on a sickbed.

    Btw, I saw somewhere that jewelweed (besides being great against urushiol, before or after rashes and blisters) is also good against eczema. And jewelweed soap is handier than going out in the woods to find jewelweed.

    But unfortunately, I can’t find the person who made my jewelweed soap years ago (now the bar is down to about half its size, due to loaning out to various coworkers with poison ivy). And there’s been some kind of jewelweed soap craze among handmade soapmakers, some of whom are making it with counterproductive ingredients if you’re fighting rashes.

    But you might try hardware stores, because they often have commercial brands of jewelweed or pine tar soap.

      1. It seems pretty easy, assuming you have jewelweed in your area somewhere. (The “jewel” is actually how rain or dew looks on the leaves.)

        Apparently there are different schools of thought on the soap bases.

        https://altnature.com/jewelweed.htm has a lot of good info about gathering and using jewelweed, and oil versus water preparations. She also lists the scientific studies, for and against. (And I think this is the lady who made my soap, but the color and packaging have changed somewhat.)

            1. She has a couple of problem spots right where her hands join the wrists and she’ll scrub them against the carpet until she has a bloody patch, then comes to me saying “Oh no, oh no!” In the exact same distressed tones I make when she’s scratched her knees bloody. I’ve got the current scabs medicated and creamed and covered with band aids.

              Oddly enough, teething/canker sore gel seems to be one of the quickest numbing agents I’ve found that stops the itch. I’ve also used this cream that’s meant to soothe new tattoos. It helps for a while but since I don’t know when she gets the itching until after she’s clawed at them… (〒︿〒)

              1. Me, too. I discovered that nightshades and shellfish are big problems for me that show up on my wrists and upper arms. Foods with nickel in them aggravate my fingers (small, extremely itchy bumps appear on the sides of my fingers within ~12 hours.

            1. I was about 7 or 8. And, now it’s back and looking like it did when I was in junior high. Then it faded and last 5 years or so it’s come back with a bang.

              1. For me the biggest trigger is stress, with carbs secondary.
                BUT stress doesn’t need to be psychological. The work I’ve been doing? yep. Physical stress.

          1. That does look and act very similar. Jewelweed is Impatiens capensis (yellow jewelweed is Impatiens pallida, and doesn’t have the medicine sap as much), and Touch-me-not Balsam is Impatiens noli-tangere.

            Re: itchy spots, you might want to just buy several sample sizes of lotions and try them out. Different people react differently to different ingredients. But you’re in Australia, so they must have bag balm and lanolin hand creams. There are other oils and creams with various bases (olive oil, coconut oil, glycerin, shea butter, goats milk, Vaseline, petroleum jelly), and you might be able to find one your daughter can tolerate every day, so you can pre-lubricate the itchy spots.

            When I was a kid, I remember that I really really didn’t like any creams that included capsaicin (which was a big thing in “soothingly warm” adults’ hand creams in the 1970’s, and burned like the dickens on sensitive kids).

            1. Olive oil, sesame oil, etc. sometimes get used just by themselves, both as soaps and moisturizers. A little gooky, but if the lotions don’t work…. And with a little kid, just a dab will do ya.

              1. Assuming no family allergies, coconut oil that’s to be used for frying and is sold as not having flavor or scent is really nice, too.

            2. Noli mi Tangere. Gigglesnrrrt!

              I’m currently using E-45, a cream from Europe, and if Child Farm lotion is on sale, will buy some. (I know, weird name.) She also gets whatever Daddy uses since she sits with him when he has to tend to his face, and now mimics the motions of him putting moisturizer on his eyelids and forehead.

              I’ll have to try some goats milk on my little Snow White sometime. She inherited that beautiful alabaster Asian white that comes from my Chinese ancestors and it needs to be cared for much like a redheaded Irishwoman’s pale skin. Just not sure if sunscreen will be okay with eczema prone skin. I guess I will ask the next time I am at a pharmacy.

              I use those heating creams, but find that unless it comes from an Asian grocery, the heat isn’t enough for my aching muscles. The extra hot Salonpas plasters on my neck… ahhhh.

              1. I know it’s a popular “medication” for cats– short of dunking them in it– because it’s not going to hurt anything, might give very mild squirts if they get a lot of it.

                I suppose with humans it could possibly cause pimples?

  3. The headdress and garb seem more ornamental than practical. Of course, the same could be said about a great many fashions through history.

    1. They do.

      My first thought was, that would make a great portrait for the girl who is growing up to be the villain of my not!Mughal fantasy. 😁

  4. I know I need to Get Stuff Done. Last formatting work before doing the final EARC reading test of Solist At Large. Set up the website. Do the last bits of things.

    But, I am just so tired of this crap that I’m having to keep myself working my exercise program and chores around the house.

    Fingers crossed. I might have to take a day off somewhere just to get some mental head space.

      1. Thinking about that. Have to decide if I want to get a day away NOW, or after the 4th of July. I don’t want to be far away from home on the 4th of July weekend, because I think it will be a bad weekend all around.

      1. Got it 4 or 5 years ago when Amazon had ‘The Mel Brooks Collection’ on sale for $20 or so on blue-ray. I was disappointed that it didn’t include ‘Life Stinks’ but still, 9 movies for $20 ain’t bad.

        The Twelve Chairs
        Blazing Saddles
        Young Frankenstein
        Silent Movie
        High Anxiety
        History Of The World Part 1
        To Be Or Not To Be
        Robin Hood: Men In Tights
        Doctor: “Give this patient 300 milligrams of Thorazine, stat!”
        Nurse: “Three hundred, Doctor?”
        Doctor: “He needs it!”
        [Later] “This patient has been over-narcotized! How does this happen?”

        1. The Twelve Chairs is an underrated and relatively unknown entry in the Mel Brooks filmography, but it’s a classic.

          1. I adore The Twelve Chairs, it is arguably Brooks’ best film — and its box office failure condemned him to burlesque and slapstick in his subsequent films (admittedly, it is great burlesque and slapstick.) The film features terrific performances from Ron Moody*, Frank Langella** and Dom Delouise.

            *Fagin, i Oliver!
            **Title role in the Edward Gorey stage production of “Dracula”, repeating the role (opposite Laurence Olivier’s Van Helsing) for the screen in Dracula (1979).

    1. So, that’s what you call that genre. I’ve also discovered this lately.

  5. Tuesday is supposed to be a day off, under the new schedule!

    Of course, as yesterday was Saturday (per Witch’s Daughter) that would make today Sunday, in which case we should be getting Vignettes & promos.

    I am getting unusually confused. Wasn’t it Theodore Sturgeon who told us “Yesterday Was Monday”?

    1. That’s because tomorrow is yesterday, And don’t worry about being unusually confused. This time travel stuff will do that to you.

      1. The aardvark reminds everyone not to go through a door with a smaller number of stars on it than the one before, unless you’ve come back in the main area first.

          1. One of the characters who hangs out about here. He’s not the oldest. The oldest is the dragon Fluffy. (Look, when the dragon decides to get the collar with the label “Fluffy” you nod and agree. Besides, he does good BBQ.)

            Also there’s the sea serpent in the minion pool.

  6. I’m sleepy, a not-feeling-good kitty wouldnt let me sleep. $500 vet bill later and they still dont know whats up

    1. I hate THAT.
      Right now we should be sleeping better without Euclid crying in the night. Actually I’m not quite done crying, which I’m sure doesn’t help with the exhaustion from doing other stuff.

            1. Can’t find the cat’s bladder?

              My vet’s usual solution to that was “Leave her here for a bit, we’ll give her water/saline/Ringer’s lactate/whatever and try later.”

  7. Sigh. Either this computer is entering a death spiral or needs a number of correctives to eliminate routine accumulation of debris — I spent nearly two hours getting it properly booted up and am preparing to reboot after running various cleaners.

    Regardless, I find this a good day for low Blog participation (acknowledging that my participation here is generally of a very low sort indeed.)

    If I disappear for a while send no search parties.

      1. De gustibus non est disputandum

        Let’s not go there. It is a four-year-old laptop, that’s like forty in computer years.

        1. If you’ve got about $300 available, there are refurbs showing up on Newegg and such. Chasing the work-from-home market, and that leaves enough to cover the “dump coffee on it, we’ll fix it or refund the machine” warranty.

          1. The refurbs I bought were sold through Amazon and were done by various vendors. The first one had Win 7 installed, while the later ones had Win 10. The laptop had a copy of Win 10 that seemed to be a brand-new (or fully-reset) installation.

            Somewhat newer machines at a somewhat higher price (usually) through Dell. I haven’t used this source, but someone I trust has, extensively. These are business machines off-lease.


        2. Um….
          Which is switched my old laptop to Linux in the first place.
          A lightweight distro, and it runs like a champ.

        3. Meh; the newest computer in the house is a refurb Win 10 that hasn’t seen the ‘net since it got set up. Next newest is a 2015-ish travel laptop, with the heavy lifting done bye 2012 and 2014 refurbed desktop business machines. All but the mute Win 10 are running Slackware Linux. Yeah, there’s a couple of things that I can’t do right now, but they’re aren’t important. To me, anyway…

          As a secondary note, the barn/shop machine replaced a 2001 vintage Sony Vaio. I couldn’t run Libre Office on that, so that was the endpoint for that machine. OTOH, it’s a servicable backup if necessary.

          FWIW, the travel machine and the refurbs were under $300 each.

          1. The Raspberry Pi 4 has recently been upgraded to 8 GB RAM, and the new Raspberry Pi OS kernel is 64-bit. Raspbian is still 32-bit for backward compatibility. You can’t beat that for $75.

            1. yeah, as long as you keep in mind that you’re running things on what amounts to a midrange smartphone…

              1. 1.5 GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM with dual 4K HDMI ports and gigabit Ethernet is a bit more than ‘mid-range’.

          2. … running Slackware Linux.

            I will remind, as many here seem to have forgotten, that Theological Arguments are among the standing requests topics we are asked to eschew. I am glad you attend the Cathedral of Linux but have ZERO interest in worshiping there. My complaint about my computer was an off-hand remark, engendered by having spent an hour and a half getting it booted and various problems quirks un-kinked; it was NOT an request for invitations to a Linux Tent Revival.

            I was apparently too subtle in my earlier demurral to engage on the topic, so I now politely suggest you take your Linux operating systems and put them where the sun don’t shine.

            1. Fair enough. Just mentioned Linux because it seems to be a good way to let computers keep going beyond the limitations of MS stuff. I have a decent laptop that was idled because a) it runs Win 7, which hit end-of-life and b) I never was fond of MS’s policies with respect to Win 10. (By not allowing the Win 10 machine to see the ‘net, I avoid the update issues that bug me. ‘Tis used for a very few specific applications.)

              When I get the round tuit (and a fresh battery), I’ll shift it over to Linux.

              1. Urk, meant to be clear; shifting the Win 7 machine. It has the nicest screen of any laptop I’ve run across, and would be ideal for watching DVDs when I do the occasional medical trip.

                1. That makes a lot of sense. In my case, I was using and doing limited sysadmin stuff on Unix boxes several years before Windows was a thing, and except for Windows 7, I wasn’t quite comfortable with MS ways. I did like Win 7, but as Microsoft pushed Win 10 (IMHO, long before it was ready for prime time), I was ready to switch back to Linux on the desktop PCs. When Win 7 hit end of life, that was it.

                  I understand people not wanting to get within miles of a Linux system, but I’m happy using it for my purposes. Mileage will vary for each person.

    1. Not event horizon. (Im)Probability “barrier” – trips are not necessarily one-way, but the effects are… Interesting. Potentially.

      1. I agree, that probably is not an event horizon, but even if it were, to judge by the lack of support provided by (or required of) her bra I doubt gravity troubles her unduly.

  8. Last night as a corrective to the world around me and its affect on me I drove to HPB and bought Star Trek II: The Wraith of Khan. I wouldn’t be too far if I said the crew of the Enterprise (along with Mannie, Mike, Wyo, the Prof, Johnny Rico, his father, Col. Dubious, and Sgt. Zim) occupy the space in my life that so many millennials seem to have filled with the inhabitants of Hogwarts.

    I notice a lot of things now in writing, echoes and setups up, I didn’t even two years ago.

    Of course, that movie also resonates differently now because I’m older than both Kirk and Shatner in it (Kirk was turning 49 in the birthday scenes and Shatner was 50). Maybe if Admiral Kirk could commit mutiny and reboot his career chasing around the galaxy at 50 (yes, there are two more movies in that arc, but they probably take place over a year span at most) I can get off my duff and finish stuff and get it on Amazon and move to the country.

    It was also helpful to fill my life with a lawful good party instead of the chaotic neutrals who think they divinely good running around the nation being egged on by the lawful evils of the elite.

    1. Figured out why the allusions to Hogwarts are so popular– people have read it, and will admit to having read it.

      So it works like the Bible use to.

    2. Shatner did a tour with Wrath of Khan a couple of years ago. Showing the movie and then Q&A afterwards. It was fan-freaking-tastic.

    3. Wouldn’t “Wraith of Khan” have to be *after* Star Trek II? He doesn’t die until the end of that movie.

      And III would have been better as “Wraith of Spock” I think.

  9. The woman in the image puts me in mind of a dark elf sorceress from Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy. Except that she’s wearing more than most sorceress models (the sorceress figure that has a head piece most closely resembling the one in the picture is topless), has brown skin (the only thing dark about those dark elves is their hair; and their hearts, of course), and has round ears instead of pointy ones (I checked).

    1. She’s far enough into the Uncanny Valley that I’d suspect her of being an android or a cyborg. But with wasp wings?

    2. I have Kimball Kinnison, Clarissa Macdougall, Richard and Dorothy Seaton and Martin and Margaret Crane – and, ok, Blackie DuQuense in there along with the Heinlein and ST folks.

  10. With that headdress, she’d make a much nicer, and kinder, Hel, Norse Goddess of Death!

    1. What get me is the insect wings. I guess that the magic needed for her to fly with those can probably Keep the headdress from snapping her neck…

  11. Age doesn’t come in on little cat’s feet. It comes in stomping like an elephant.

    1. Yeah, and I was busy doing other things….. I didn’t notice.
      My cousin-sister (she was raised with us) who is fourteen years my senior laughed when I told her “I’m so mad that I do something and take three days to recover!”
      She just said “oh, honey!”

  12. My observation has been that the warranty runs out when you hit 30, and then you start getting the bill for all the dumb sh*t you did when you were younger.

  13. And now for something completely different…

    Took my motorcycle to the shop today for some minor work and wound up walking 5 1/2 miles home BECAUSE… the city buses won’t take cash. You have to get some sort of a ‘transit card’ to ride the bus or trolley.

    Every time I’m sure they can’t make this bullshit any stupider, they have to go and prove me wrong.

    Of course, it’s all because using cash will kill everybody! Couldn’t have anything to do with tracking who rides the bus, when, and where, now could it?

    Anyway, it wasn’t too bad for the first hour or so, but after that the suckage kind of fed back on itself. Now my feet hurt and I’m pissed off.

    Oh, well, at least now I know I CAN walk 5 1/2 miles if I have to.
    Dark Willow: “Bored now.”

      1. Seven miles? I am confident you could do it.


        And spend the following week losing foot races to turtles and snails.

  14. You certainly earned a break. I am loving Witch’s Daughter.
    Interesting pic. I’d say she is wearing her spine on her torso. This gives so many more opportunities for stereo backaches, chiropractic options, sleeping positions… The mind boggles. Well, mine does, anyway. It’s boggle-prone.

  15. Regarding the picture: The spine armor up the ventral surface is disconcerting, but that could be a tactical advantage.

  16. When I first saw the top half of the picture without scrolling down, I thought she was going to have a snake’s body from the waist down, like a naga.

      1. Hm, maybe one of the Allamigan chimeric lamias from Final Fantasy 14.

        Can’t find any good pics online, but here’s a video of the boss battle between their Primal* and the heroes.

        * Thirty second explanation: the primal for each tribe is a sort of a kami for the guys summoning it. Captain America punching Hitler in the old WWII comics would be a decent example, if you summoned him by collecting crystals, and he could do a mind-wipe on people to make them helpers who share his will.

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