The Killing of Goats


A cousin of mine owns a very small farm and, among other things, had three goats. Note the past tense implied with “had”. Someone killed them.

If you live anywhere in the Vancouver, WA, area and have any information about this, please contact local law enforcement and help track down this jerk.

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Don’t Share These Sites


Just a short, helpful message to my fellow liberals. Please don’t share links or stories that come from these websites. They’re generally just the liberal version of Fox News and are something we need to avoid.

Some New Thoughts on No Man’s Sky


I refused to join in on the bashing bandwagon when it comes to No Man’s Sky. I like the game. I like it quite a lot. I’ve been playing since release day, and while I don’t play it quite as often as I used to, I still play it.

And now there’s more to like.

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The game has added bases, and freighters that one can buy. There are more plans, more diagrams, and more and different minerals and elements. There are small quests that one can go on, and the universe itself feels more “lived in” than it had before.

I really like this addition. I landed on a hot, barren world that I named New Phoenix, and I then claimed a nice little base. I’ve begun building it up, and though I’ll probably take it apart and move to a new planet, I’m pleased at the progress I’ve made.

There are still issues with the game, and with the update specifically. I find it irritating how scarce plutonium now is, and I could really, really do without the incredibly dense asteroid fields. They also still haven’t put in a multiplayer mode, which is fine with me, but annoys some people.

Still, I’m pleased by the game now, and have always been, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play now.

Badger still can into space!

On the Value and Virtue of Vacation


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It’s important to take time off from work and engage in a bit of sloth from time to time. I’ve done that for the last several days. I last worked on the 18th, and go back tomorrow. It’s been nice to have time to relax, recharge, and enjoy myself.

Everyone seems to know that taking vacation time is good, and that it’s a good thing to not have to work. However not everyone takes the time off they’re entitled to take, and many don’t take any at all.

Why? What the hell is wrong with you people? You’ve got an employer who is willing to give you money that you don’t have to be at work to earn. Why wouldn’t you take this time off?

There are excuses, of course. But they all seem like bullshit to me. The value of taking time off from work (including more productivity, less burn-out, an other benefits), is amazingly good, yet 41% of people leave three or more days of vacation time behind and don’t use them. It baffles me.

The problem is so bad that one company implemented an unlimited vacation policy, and then had to remove it, because, among other things, people weren’t taking time off.

If you are fortunate enough to have an employer that gives you paid time off, take it. Trust me. It’s well worth it, and I’ve worked for many a place that didn’t provide it. Having time down, where you can just relax and not have to worry about work, is a good thing. And while we’re at it, don’t log  into your work email or anything like that during your time off. Your boss shouldn’t ask you to, and you shouldn’t volunteer. You earned that time off. Go enjoy it.

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Things to Stream


Enjoying your long weekend? Well, as it starts to wind down, I have some recommendations for what you can watch tonight and tomorrow.

First off, for those who have Netflix, check out the new Werner Herzog documentary, Into the Inferno. It’s about volcanoes and about how they’ve influenced humanity. It’s a very strange documentary, as one would expect from Herzog, but it’s very good.

If you want something a bit more costume-drama, then check out The Crown on Netflix. This is a drama series about the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, with Matt Smith doing a great job as Prince Phillip, and John Lithgow, of all people, turning in a fantastic performance as Winston Churchill.

Finally, on Amazon Prime, episode two of The Grand Tour has come up for streaming. It’s good, but not great, and I didn’t like it as much as the previous episode. Still, worth watching if for no other reason than to see the insane-looking successor to the Bugatti Veyron.

So there you go. Things to watch.

Yay, Dinner!


I had a delicious dinner with friends today. We cooked a turkey in an oil-free deep fryer, which tasted just fantastic, and I made all the basic sides. It was fantastic. How much so? Well, here’s my best friend prior to eating.

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And then the way he looked after gorging.

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Yeah. It was a good dinner, and we did our patriotic duty!

Stop Trying to Fix This


I read an article on Slate today about how it’s perfectly acceptable to go out to dinner at a restaurant for Thanksgiving. I suppose I can agree with that, but that isn’t really what this article is about. This article is about the good-two-shoes out there who are trying to put an end to stores being open on Thanksgiving.

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Yes, this feels historically accurate.

Working on Thanksgiving isn’t my preferred state of affairs. When I worked at my previous tech support job, as well as at this one, my preferred state of affairs was to have Thanksgiving off. I enjoy the holiday; it’s one of only four I celebrate along with New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. So having it off matters to me.

But when I’ve had to work it, like when I worked for Circle-K for a few years, I got paid extra for doing so. Sometimes time-and-a-half, sometimes double pay. Hell, with my last tech support job, working the day of a holiday amounted to earning double-time-and-a-half, and you’d best believe I was all over that.

I know that not all the employees who are working on Thanksgiving, especially those at retailers who are doing early Black Friday sales, aren’t paid extra. But quite a few are. Quite a number of them are happy to work Thanksgiving because of that extra pay, or because they simply don’t celebrate the holiday, or because they celebrated it earlier in the day and now are happy to go in to work.

If you personally don’t want to go shopping at Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving evening, that’s fine. No one’s going to force you to. But for a number of people, working that day provides them with a little extra money they can use later when trying to buy Christmas presents, or whatever else they might need it for.

So stop trying to solve this problem. If stores want to stay open on Thanksgiving, or even on Christmas, more power to ’em. I’m completely fine with this as long as they pay their employees a little extra, and indeed, I’m known to volunteer to work on Christmas because I don’t celebrate the holiday, and double pay is quite nice.

Basically, go find another problem to solve. Leave this one alone.