Random Thoughts: The Gorilla Channel and Celebrity Presidents

So Netflix’s orc cop movie had 11 million viewers it’s first week, and I realized I have absolutely no clue how to compare that to a major theatrical release since that’s always in dollars.

I hope the Netflix knows that no matter what they title it, the sequel will be known as “the second orc cop movie.”

Don’t get so caught up in making fun of Oregonians freaking out about having to pump their own gas that you neglect to also make fun of New Jerseyans.

3 days into 2018: Unfixable security flaw in all modern processors.
Not every bad thing has to be about Trump.

I understand how Meldown can trick an Intel processor into putting secure data into a cache, but I don’t understand how you can get the data out of the cache. Is there a good explanation for a low-level programmer who doesn’t want to read a whole white paper?
I mean, we all understand how branch prediction and caching works. But I don’t quite get how that leads to seeing secure data.
Fun fact, as part of a college project, designed a simple pipelined-processor in Verilog that had no branch delays. It was pretty neato.

Is there anything other than voting where it’s considered racist to ask for a photo ID? Like purchasing a gun, for instance (which is a constitutional right).

That it’s trivially easy to commit voter fraud but it’s science fiction to think anyone would ever do that is not a compelling argument even if you really believe it’s true.

It’s an incoherent argument that voting is important so making it slightly harder to vote is the worst thing ever and that voting is unimportant so don’t worry about voter fraud. That’s because the debate is all partisan now and coherency be damned.
My preferred solution is make voting as irrelevant as possible. If people didn’t feel their rights were on the line with each vote, no one would care about voter fraud or whether they were able to vote.

It really warms my heart to see my kids play Street Fighter II against each other with SNES controllers in hand.
Yes, my son is holding it upside down. He still won.

I used to be a contrarian, but then EVERYONE started to be a contrarian so I stopped.

Everything in Michael Wolff’s book other than the stuff about the gorilla channel are complete lies, and I think the gorilla channel incident makes Trump more sympathetic.

I stopped watching The Gorilla Channel because of how it covered the Harambe incident. People watch The Gorilla Channel to see gorillas fight each other, not for political commentary.

I once sat next to Donald Trump on a plane. He made it very hard to read because at random intervals he’d shout at me, “I’m not crazy!” Still, it was very reassuring to know the person next to me wasn’t crazy.

My prediction for the State of the Union is in the middle Trump will start shaking wildly and scream, “My genius is destabilizing!” and then someone in a white lab coat will rush the stage and inject him with a green liquid. And he’ll probably mention the tax cuts.

Why aren’t you always able to digitally rent movies from Amazon? There seems to be this window where you can rent them, but after a certain amount of time (when they end up on HBO or similar maybe?) you can only buy them again.
I’m guess it has to do with all those movies no longer available to rent all have a “watch free with trial of HBO Now” or “watch free with trial to Showtime” which are both done through Amazon.

I don’t get why people are freaking out over recent Trump tweets. If he had tweeted that he was dumb and mentally unstable, that would be concerning, but Trump literally said the opposite of that.

I don’t usually praise partisan spin, but I have to give it to Stephen Miller for sticking to his talking points while on The Gorilla Channel even while the gorilla host pummeled Miller with his giant gorilla fists.
Miller knew his boss Trump would be watching and he wanted to impress him, and I’m sure he did. Knowing Trump, though, he still probably cheered on the gorilla.

Watched Baby Driver and really enjoyed it, but I can’t get over the leads’ name: Ansel Elgort. Sounds like something they assembled from IKEA.

TRUMP: “I need to know what Michael Wolff said about me in his book.”
STEPHEN MILLER: “You could just… read it.”
Trump glares at him
STEPHEN MILLER: “We’ll have it turned into a puppet show right away, sir.”

Can’t they get Trump a helper monkey to do his tweets for him?

I hope Hollywood is doing a lot of back-patting for not tolerating rapists for like three whole weeks now.

Just a few short years ago, Trump v Oprah for president would be a wacky comedy pitch, and now it’s probably the Democrats’ best move.

It’s unbelievable that not a single woman was nominated for best director at the Golden Globes. Hollywood needs to come together with one loud voice saying, “Direct better, gals!”

If they want more public interest in the Golden Globes and Oscars, they should add a “Best Comic Book-Based Movie” category. It would also make sense for Wonder Woman to be nominated for that unlike for best picture.
I’m not sure Wonder Woman was the best comic book movie of the year, though. Logan and Thor: Ragnarok may have been better. I’d have to watch them all again to be sure—which would be fun since they’re comic book movies.

The more I think of it, awards shows should just be about movies based on comic books instead of the usual super boring movies they’re all about.
Oh, and I probably should have said “superhero movies” instead of “comic book movies” because I forgot about all those boring indie comics about feelings and junk where no one ever gets punched into the sun.

I support Oprah for president just so we can shed the silly idea that the presidency is ever not ridiculous.

So I guess in the future we’ll select our president by finding the smartest, most capable celebrity, a group known for being much dumber and less capable than the population at large.
Eh, at least Oprah seems to have some business sense.

Isn’t Oprah the sort of person who could have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein early on because she’s too powerful for anyone to come after her?

My recommendations for a celebrity ticket would be Dwayne Johnson/Chris Pratt. Just win on likability and say vague niceties while never talking specific policies. Could be an ’84 type landslide which right now it seems like we’ll never see again.

I’m not even slightly tempted to read the Fire and Fury book. Why would I want to read a whole book on why Trump is dumb and bad when that’s been the premise of every news article for the past two years?
A more interesting book would be why all the things Trump does that look dumb and bad are actually smart and good. I assume Scott Adams is already writing that book.
I think I could write that book too. I have the science fiction skills.

I realized what’s a big difference between Trump and other politicians: He has to be the only politician ever whose rhetoric is worse than his actions.
Admittedly, that’s because Trump’s rhetoric is the worst — the absolute worst — as he sounds like a tyrant who doesn’t even vaguely understand the principles of classical liberalism, but still it’s refreshing to have a politician who under promises and over delivers.
We’re just so used to politicians like the previous president who talks about freedom and unity but then by his actions is just another aggressively mediocre political hack who furthers partisan divide and our country’s malaise. Trump is different.
Not necessarily good different, but I think it provides some clarity on how much garbage we put up with with previous presidents as long as it came in a fancy package. They could be the worst as long as they threw us a bone to think them respectable.
And in a choice between someone who rants like an idiot and delivers mediocrity versus one who talks of greatness and delivers mediocrity, the former sounds more honest.
So as much as I detest Trump, I have absolutely no desire to go back to politics as usual. While Trump talks like the worst, that was the worst.

One thing that’s always bothered me about Steve Martin’s The Jerk was that the main character wasn’t really that much of a jerk, just dumb.

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  1. re: Meltdown (quick overview) – the exploit requires not only putting the secure data into the cache, but making an access based on that data, so that different values of the secure data produce different cache lines present in the cache. Then, in the exception handler, you iterate over all the possible cache lines that might have been accessed and see which one was, based on timing (attacks like this have been known for the last decade or so). Hope that helps…wish I had some humorous or pithy remark to end with…haven’t finished my coffee yet…

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  2. It’s an incoherent argument that voting is important so making it slightly harder to vote is the worst thing ever and that voting is unimportant so don’t worry about voter fraud. That’s because the debate is all partisan now and coherency be damned.
    My preferred solution is make voting as irrelevant as possible. If people didn’t feel their rights were on the line with each vote, no one would care about voter fraud or whether they were able to vote.

    Don’t worry, once the Democrats complete the “Death State” your voting preferences will make no difference in how you will be governed.

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  3. It’s unbelievable that not a single woman was nominated for best director at the Golden Globes. Hollywood needs to come together with one loud voice saying, “Direct better, gals!”

    Did they get rid of the “Best Nag the Director until he it gets it right” category?

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