April 20, 2015

Adium Blog:

We do not know yet how long you'll still be able to use Google Talk. Google has been making it clear they want to move forward with Hangouts, which we have no plans to support. For now, you'll still be able to sign in to Google Talk and talk to people using Hangouts, but we have no information about how long this will be possible.

Speaking of deprecated services, we believe MSN is now totally dead. We expect this to be permanent, we currently have no plans to support Skype.

Facebook Chat will also stop working on April 30. We have no plans to continue support.

Looks like the era of interoperable messaging services is over... negative man

April 17, 2015

Here's some links to recent stuff I've written elsewhere, which I'm posting to alleviate my guilt for not updating in a while:

Something Awful

Awful Link of the Day: Eckankar (Thanks, super macho dude!)

Awful Link of the Day: Rubmaps (Thanks, Crow_Rodeo!)

Tech News Rumor Insider

Review: Apple Watch

rubbercat.net/simpsons - IN THE NEWS

The Simpsons Outlives DVD Market

Confirmed: Simpsons Returning From Hiatus (Note: Not Actually Confirmed)

March 31, 2015

Strong contender for the most depressing phrase in the English language: "The Official Twitter for Jake from State Farm®"

March 28, 2015

I picked up this oral history about Nickelodeon for pretty cheap and it's a good read... except for the inexplicably boneheaded decision to omit people's job titles, so you have to constantly flip to the back of the book to read the bio for every other person, just to find out they were some stage manager for Welcome Freshman or something.

Here's something I thought was funny:

KEN SCARBOROUGH: The one question I get asked is, "Did you ever put something dirty in there?" Why would I do that? What is the upside of hiding dirty things for children to find in there? In the first place, it's just a gross and weird thing for anybody to do.

(about a hundred pages later:)
WILL MCROBB: That's what Nick wanted, but there was a line. "John, you can't do a blowjob joke on Ren & Stimpy." "But no kid's gonna get it; it'll go right over their heads!" Every time I'd make a counterargument, his response was, "It's not like I'm showing them fucking!"

March 27, 2015

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 03/20/2015

Mallard Fillmore, 03/13/2015

Liberals hate all religions, so clearly President Obama, who can't bring himself to denounce Islam, is not a liberal.
March 18, 2015

Awful Link of the Day - The Slums of Elwood:

The Slums of Elwood is a "Most Peculiar" message board where dorky teens and weird adults chat about the long-running PBS cartoon Arthur. With lax moderation and a focus on "strange and disturbing Arthur-related topics and fan creations," it aims to be to the show's fandom what Weird Twitter is to Regular Twitter. The details are a bit sketchy, but apparently it was formed in the wake of an earlier Arthur board's implosion, partially due to some drama over the concept of a certain tertiary character removing his hat. Sounds like the Arthur fandom was pretty damn weird to begin with.

March 14, 2015

Buying a $500 smartwatch to combat the problem of "looking at your smartphone too much" is the most 0th World thing I can imagine

March 10, 2015

I wrote an obituary for Sam Simon on my Simpsons site's news blog.

I didn't really set out to write serious, hopefully respectful obituaries on my jokey, ironic fansite, I just kind of fell into it. I wrote a quick one for Polly Platt a few years ago because I thought her small role in the genesis of The Simpsons was a neat little anecdote that not a lot of people knew about. And then some other folks died, and I figured, "well, if I wrote all those words about someone who was only tangentially connected to The Simpsons, I'd better write something for them..."

I suppose my overall goal is to just share whatever relevant Simpsons arcana I've had rattling around in my brain for years in the hopes that it might be somewhat interesting to other Simpsons nuts, the kind of stuff that's overlooked by actual news organizations.

March 7, 2015
Hooray I can post this again

March 6, 2015

Awful Link of the Day: /r/WatchPeopleCode

/r/WatchPeopleCode is at the forefront of the perplexing "live coding" trend, where turbonerds record themselves wrangling ones and zeroes and stream it on the internet for other turbonerds to watch in real time. "Think of it as like a ridealong in an episode of COPS, where who knows what I'm going to be running into," teases a Firefox engineer at the start of a 2-hour video about printing in Linux. Yeah, ok.

March 1, 2015
monthly traffic exceeded
Oh, hi, I don't know if you noticed, but rubbercat.net was down for the past eight days, for the same reasons outlined here. I've always been frugal with the amount of disk space I have, but it looks like I've outgrown the "Economy" plan and I'll have to upgrade to the "Business" plan next time I renew my hosting. It comes with an unfathomable amount of space, which can only mean good things for lovers of content!
February 7, 2015
The politics of the death penalty began to change in Virginia in 2005, when Timothy M. Kaine (D), a death-penalty opponent who had defended death-row inmates pro bono, was elected governor. Kaine's Republican opponent, Jerry Kilgore, ran a TV ad saying that Kaine wouldn't have supported executing Adolf Hitler.
February 6, 2015

Awful Link of the Day: Happier Abroad

Founder Winston Wu modestly describes himself as "the most freethinking Asian since Bruce Lee, and arguably of all-time as well." After finding himself stuck in the quagmire known as the friend zone, he fared better overseas, where "Sex and getting laid with attractive women comes more naturally." Ever since, he's made it his mission to preach the virtues of "Global Scale dating" and "deprogram you" from American propaganda, like the hurtful claim that you shouldn't need a passport to find a date.

January 26, 2015

Washington Post via msn:

Rand Paul will need to broaden his appeal far beyond his father's hard-core supporters if he hopes to win the GOP nomination his father never could. But some members of that core said he was losing them by adopting policies closer to the GOP mainstream.

"He is the 'Star Wars, Episode I,'" said Kent Ohler, 38, who records sound for TV and movies. He meant that the younger Paul was like the long-anticipated but largely disappointing sequel to the "Star Wars" movie franchise. "You have to like him to some degree, just because the name's still stuck [on him]. But at the end of the day, he's just not freakin' right."

Ohler and his younger brother Adam, sitting next to him, took the analogy further: Rand Paul's endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 election was his "Jar Jar Binks" -- comparing the Romney endorsement to the annoying alien that many "Star Wars" aficionados said made the "Phantom Menace" prequel irretrievably bad.

I'd say Rand Paul's desire to dismantle the social safety net is his Dex's Diner, his foreign policy is his General Grievous, and his toilet tirade is his Lumpy.
January 23, 2015
Thomas the Tank Engine The Island of Sodor puzzle

I don't think it's a coincidence that the island of Sodor is only one letter off from Sodom

January 19, 2015
howard the duck is here!

Last year I was joking, er, predicting a big Howard the Duck reboot, which sorta happened, in a way. Comics blogger Mike Sterling called it "strangely prescient." What can I say, I have my finger on the pulse of the pop culture zeitgeist. I would now like to use my newfound oracle powers for another bold prediction: Woozie Winks will make his long-awaited cinematic debut by 2025.

January 18, 2015
Mallard Fillmore Watch

mallard fillmore 1/15/2015
January 15, 2015

You know who the real victims are? You guessed it: white people.