Animal Justice FAIL

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake should not be re-elected* should be impeached! If you haven’t heard the bad news, Houston citizens Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice have been making ends meet by producing videos of themselves torturing and killing kittens, puppies and other small animals.

Certainly these warped mental throwbacks should be allowed to draw cartoons, tell stories and painstakingly describe animal cruelty in whatever manner their sick and stomach turning imaginations can contrive. The guarantee of Free speech, however, does not somehow magically  make acts of animal cruelty legal.

I understand that there are legal implications for slaughterhouses, wild game hunters, research labs and all kinds of other questionable consumers of animals. I eat meat, so my hands aren’t clean. These kinds of businesses require you to obtain licenses. I would pray that any slaughterhouse that puts up videos of themselves maximizing the pain of their livestock as entertainment would not retain their license for long.

* District Federal judges are appointed. Thanks Avi.

The Son of Man is reborn and so is my taste for alcoholic beverages!

I gave up drinking for Lent since its one of the only vices I struggle with. I’m not a Catholic but I do love Carnvial and I’ve grown to see Lent as a worthy exercise for your will power. Its hard to make a change in our routine, even temporarily, so its refreshing to exert some control over something in your life where you know you are a bit too self-indulgent.

One of the neat things about getting interested in Carnival (or Mardi Gras if you prefer) is that its made me aware of the constellation of seasonal Christian festivals that I would probably otherwise be unaware of. For instance, Lent ends on Holy Saturday (or Easter Eve or Black Saturday as you prefer) and is, according to legend, the time when Christ descended into Hell to retrieve the souls of the righteous. The Wikipedia page on the “Harrowing of Hell” is an entertaining and informative read.

Unfortunately, I’m very, very busy with some commercial deadlines so I can’t really properly relax and indulge myself. I’ll probably have a drink with dinner but that’s about it. I can’t wait to clear my plate and sit around my neighbor’s brand new pool with an ice bucket full of beer. Hopefully that can happen later this week.

Kickstart Ralph Bakshi!

Legendary animator Ralph Bakshi is trying to Kickstart a new animation effort. You can get an original cell from any of his landmark movies and even original drawings, depending on the level you support it at. The effort is a hair’s breadth from succeeding and has just a little while left. If you have ever been a fan of his work this might be the ideal time to pick up a more personal piece for yourself and be a part of his next effort.

I bought in at the $250 “original cell and character drawing” level. You should too!

At the OCNP

Mardi Gras

Adobe Application Manager Error A12E1

Really this should be on the Adobe support forums but they have marked the issue as closed and I can’t attach a comment.

On a fresh Windows 8 install, I found that I could not install Adobe’s Creative Cloud services because Adobe Application Manager would fail during its install with a nebulous “A12E1” error code. After examining the logs it became clear that the application manager though there was an existing copy already installed in a “corrupted state”. This version was installed in the “Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp” directory. I removed this directory in its entirety (after snapshotting my VM state) and then ran the install without any problems.

No promises here but if you are trying to install Adobe Creative Cloud on a fresh Windows 8 install and you are seeing the A12E1 error then this fix might help you out. I’m hoping Google magically brings those troubled by this problem here since A12E1 is a pretty unique search phrase. Good luck and safe travels.

Regarding the Social Security “Chained Consumer Price Index”

So, let me get this straight. If I like $5 hamburgers and inflation rises so that my favorite burger costs $7 I am forced to respond by switching to a crappier burger that previously cost $3 but now (due to inflation) costs $5. Because I’ve switched to a new $5 burger (that sucks), inflation doesn’t exist? I’m still eating an inferior burger to what I previously was eating.

How is this supposed to work for things that don’t have cheaper alternatives? What about a gallon of regular unleaded gas? What about a gallon of milk? I guess we’ll find jobs closer to our houses and water down our milk? That’s supposed to mean that inflation isn’t occurring?

That’s madness.

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A few pictures I took of the Chinese lantern exhibit at Fair Park.