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Happy “Hitler Dead” Day!

Front page of the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes, on May 2, 1945. Photo by Jeff Nyveen. Click here to see the source.

On this day in 1945, Hitler did the best thing he ever did. He killed Hitler. In his basement.

It’s a pity I have to point this out to some people, but here goes: “Hitler Dead” is a good thing.

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How the “Trolley Problem” actually works in the real world

Thanks to Ramon Grajo for the find!

The moral of the story remains the same: BE RICH.

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It’s April 30, 2021 — Happy Goblinization Day!

Banner, featuring ork: April 30, 2021 — According to “Shadowrun”, it’s Goblinization Day!

The future is here! According to Shadowrun, the role-playing game for nerds who don’t want to choose between Dungeons & Dragons and William Gibson, today is when Goblinization happens.

In the game, that’s the worldwide event when 10% of humanity, for no apparent reason, spontaneously transform into orks (that’s how you spell “orc” in the Shadowrun game system) and trolls.

Cover of 1989 rules for Shadowrun
The original 1989 cover for the Shadowrun rule book, back when it was published by FASA.
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Back in 1989, when the rules for the fantasy-meets-cyberpunk world of Shadowrun were first published, 2021 seemed like a far-off time. Remember, this is when Intel’s 486 processor, Nintendo’s Game Boy, Corel DRAW!, and zip files were brand new things. 640K was considered to be a lot of RAM. We were so technologically backwards back then that if you wanted something like wifi in the Shadowrun game, you had to cast a spell. Arthur C. Clarke was right!

Shadowrun characters in a cyberpunk suspect lineupThanks to Reddit and social media, more than 10% of humanity has already been transformed into trolls — in fact, we had a troll president for the past four years!

No word on the orks just yet.

To close this post, I now request that you all please rise for the Cyberpunk National Anthem:

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This sounds waaay more interesting than a mere “friend with benefits”

Seen in Tampa on Hillsborough Ave., just west of 275. Tap to view at full size.
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Normal blood cells vs. Filipino blood cells

It’s also true for Hawai’ians.

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I’m getting my second vaccine this afternoon

Scene from the film version of “West Side Story” featuring the Jets leaning against a chain link fence, snapping their fingers. Headline reads “When the Pfizer gang see the Moderna boys in the streets” and the caption reads “Finger snapping intensifies”
Thanks to Derek Wong for the find!

It doesn’t matter what gang you belong to — just join one, and work on your finger-snapping, dancing, and singing.

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It’s a rainy day in the neighborhood

It looks like twilight out there, but I took this photo from our front porch at about noon today. Tampa Bay’s under a severe thunderstorm watch until 4:00 this afternoon. Today’s a good day to stay in and get started on your spring cleaning.