Team Murder No Brain No Headache.


While Idiots Blow Shit Up Outside My Window

Eventually I'm going to narrow this posting to Team Murder thing down to a single post per month. I'd intended to do a fair amount of work yesterday including some code pounding but Yoon and I went to the eye doctor so I could get an eye examination and contact lenses again for the first time in something like eight years. I was really surprised at how much more cool and observable technology has made its way into optical exams and fitting. The look through the different sets of corrective lenses portion of an eye exam is startling short now since they used the prescription from my glasses (which should've been woefully out of date) and used some slick ass laser light thing to figure that out. This is all fine and uninteresting other than a sociological mini-tour of how long you'll let necessary health care lapse when you've been crunched for money for +4 years. The bummer part was the dilation drops since they rendered me useless for most of the day. I did get a chance to ask the doctor how they work and it turns out assuming that he was truthful that they actually block nerve reaction in your eyes. I'm a little paranoid about anything that's a neural inhibitor and having no practical vision for twelve hours or so didn't help. There's a pretty good justification for this barbaric practice that I didn't see until this morning. Uh, bad pun there but I did get a chance to try out Gnopernicus or at least the screen magnifier portion of the package so I could sort through some of my mail.

I've only seen snippets of Colonial House but I did read (woo hoo, I can actually read today) an engrossing article by one of the historical consultants on the difficulties faced when planning something like that with some shred of authenticity intact and whether or not that is even possible. I like the fact that he also thought of the show as something akin to Little House On The Prairie meets Survivor. Consider things like this:

However, there were practical limits to the project. For example, a real colony in 1628 would most likely have been an armed camp, complete with a night watch, a hastily constructed palisade, and a military leader such as John Smith or Miles Standish. Unfortunately, safety precautions and modern-day laws preempted any efforts to arm our colonists with clumsy matchlock muskets, leading to the wholesale elimination of an important aspect of a colony's first months. It is probably just as well, or we might have accidentally lost a colonist or two. Still, a little martial drill with some unloaded firearms and the construction of a section of palisade might have at least given the flavor of this experience.

and it becomes pretty clear that a project of this sort really has to cause feelings of conflict in a historian.

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