There’s something about the phrase “Poached a bear in Wis.” that brings to mind a Johnny Cash lyric, no? Whether or not the Area Man in the center of an uproar about a Zimbabwe lion-killing ends up in Folson like the man who shot a man in Reno - well, we’ll find out.

The Telegraph quotes an associate, who gives us a preview of the defense:

“What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”

Oh, well, that’s a whole different story! 


During the hunt – which the organisers later admitted was badly carried out – it was alleged that Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot with a bow and arrow. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.

And everyone was very proud of themselves afterwards. THEY SHOWED THAT LION.

His website is currently offline - a 503 error, which means the server is overloaded. His Facebook page, backed up by much more powerful infrastructure, is full of exactly what you might expect. Lots of people expressing their outrage by wishing horrible things on his children, which is the quickest way to tumble off the moral high ground.

HEY YOU What are you doing wrong today? Here’s Bloomberg with today’s stupid click-bait assumption / accusation: Your E-mail Font Is Ruining Your Life.

"It used to be, until relatively recently, that most readers in a corporate environment would not have very high-resolution screens," typographer Gerry Leonidas said. Simpler fonts, without all the details and design elements that come with serifs, would render cleaner on those lower-resolution screens. But "in the recent four or five years, we have significantly higher resolution to get good spacing, clean separation, so you don't get grayscaling of characters," Leonidas said. So e-mail clients no longer have to use sans serif fonts.

This is about changing the default settings. You can change the settings on your own. If you like. The article suggests  the  Bookerly typeface, aka the Kindle font.

I’m all in favor of making email as ugly as possible, so it dies faster.

Also today in lousy websites:

I’ve seen this going around in various forms; the number varies, and sometimes they will SHOCK you instead of inducing cringes. What’s this picture, exactly? I believe it’s the photographer in Hitler’s bathtub, or something like that. I’m not clicking on that. Not going to give them the satisfaction.

Okay, okay. I’ll click. For the cause. It’s mostly WW2 atrocity photos. One hundred of them. Bailed after 12. The arrow, by the way, points to Hitler’s picture.

Let’s see if there’s something else the web can do to annoy us all today . . . ah.

That sums up half the web better than anything.  No thanks; I'll just sit ere and dislike it in private.

UH HUH SURE This will rock your world and make you question everything.

In 1972, NASA shut down the Apollo Program. Budget cuts due to money being needed elsewhere and the public losing its interest was the official explanation. But not everyone was convinced this was the truth. Many conspiracy theorists became convinced the space program continued covertly and that Apollo 18 and 19 found evidence of extraterrestrial presence on the Moon, but Apollo 19 was lost due to a catastrophic collision.

And you know how hard it is to convince conspiracy theorists. It gets better:

Despite running into problems as well, Apollo 20 succeeded in recovering alien technology as well as a humanoid female in suspended animation.

It’s all on the dark side of the moon, which is why you can’t see it. No, you say, there is no dark side of the moon. As a matter of fact it’s all dark. You would be quoting the Pink Floyd album, of course, but who said it? Gerry O’Driscoll, the Abbey Road doorman. Wonder if he got a taste of the revenues.

VotD Related, in the sense that’s actual stuff in space: What happens when you put an antacid tablet in a water bubble in space in 4K Ultra HD? Here’s another question:“what happens when interesting science footage is set to slightly annoying music that belongs on a sports highlight reel?” This.