February 12, 2016

"My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it--all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary--but love it."
--Nietzsche... I enocunted the concept of "amor fati" the other day. Roughly translated, it's "the love of one's fate". More roughly translated, it's an admonition to love this life, this circumstance; it's the only one you're going to get.

I feel like in the mid-90s; somewhere between the end of the Cold War as we knew it and before I started listening to the Y2K worrywarts, I carried myself with a bit more joie-de-vivre; I remember a receptionist commenting on how I was more likely to walk around with a boppy little song.

More recently, I've been so frustrated with my own sense of rage at minor inconveniences, like bad traffic, or recalcitrant computer hardware and software. I wonder if really embracing Amor Fati could help with that.

I think it would make a good tattoo. But maybe I'll start with my phone wallpaper or my next custom case.

Photo semi-related -- Tempus Fugit has some similar implications, but has more anxiety producing potential. But I really liked the design, by Bnomio

The Scots-Irish or "American" whites who see Trump as their champion are profoundly different from the metropolitan whites who dominate the upper echelons of U.S. society--so much so that the convention of lumping them together as "white" detracts far more from our understanding of how they fit into our society than it adds to it. J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, a forthcoming book on the place of Appalachian whites in modern America, estimates that roughly one-quarter of whites belong to the Scots-Irish tribe that has embraced Trump. If we were to separate out these Americans as a race or ethnicity unto themselves, Vance writes, we would finds rates of poverty and substance abuse that would shock our national conscience. But we don't generally collect detailed statistics on the Scots-Irish. We don't have a clear sense of how their labor force participation or disability rates compare to those of other Americans, including other white Americans. And so their experiences and their collective traumas blend into whiteness, where they can be safely ignored. Whites are privileged, after all.
--Reihan Salam in I Can't Hate Donald Trump Subtitled 'I do hate the Republicans who've enabled his remarkable popularity.'

That may be a rather profound point about "whiteness" in the USA. I mean I think there will always be some privilege from, at a glance, looking like the privileged class, but it might not be as much as us city slickers assume.

There's a lot I agree with with David Brooks on Bernie's Danish Dream and a lot that I don't.

February 11, 2016

The Worst Best Hackathon ever.
So OK GO shares the Zero G Flight experience!

It's probably as authentic as it claims (no wires or green screen) but I don't think there's any way it could be "one take"... clever editing though
http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/im-voting-for-hillary-because-of-my-daughter.html Some friends of mine were saying "There might be many reasons to vote for Hilary but if you're voting for her solely because she's a woman, you're sexist". To me that sounded like a bit of a strawman case, they claim that that (the "JUST because she's a woman" aspect) was what they had heard, but I think vanishingly few people are truly strictly single issue voters in that way; the candidate has to be in the ballpark to begin with, or else we would have heard more "Hilary OR Carly Fiorina".

My take on it is this: everyone has to- and generally does- evaluate candidates in a multidimensional way. Some factors you like, some factors you don't. If the claim is that it's somehow illegitimate for "gender alone" to be one of those many factors, I think you then have to explain 227 years of electing nuthin' but dudes to the highest office in the land. Just coincidence then, that in two centuries the best qualified person was always a guy?

Maybe you could argue that it's off balance for gender to be a disproportionately large litmus among many factor, but even then - stopping the signal to half the population that "you're not qualified for this because of your gender" is a worthy goal. And when you think of the mishmash nightmare of national politics an unambiguous signal stoppage would be a clear victory for humanity, vs the more uncertain world of political outcomes. (Even if you dig a person with progressive tendencies, and they win, you have to acknowledge the political landscape will be brutally polarized and obstructed. Possibly even more so than the last 8 years, so whatever ambitions you have need to be tempered with the fact that almost half the population disagrees vehemently with you)
Here's the Eventbrite for the event I'll be joining in on tuba on Saturday and Sunday - free / but donations accepted...

February 10, 2016

Introducing Vector Networks - I'm looking forward to software with this. I love the idea of vectors for shapes but the indirectness of the interaction always left me stumbling.
My Little Sister Taught Me How To 'Snapchat Like The Teens' - This one has been making the rounds. I would love to see a video of someone doing 40 snapchat responses in less than a minute. I'm not sure I've ever felt on the old/young divide as much as with this; to not just accept the "too many incoming messages" paradigm but to embrace it, surf it, make more of it; to have each interaction be SO ephemeral (which was part of the value proposition of Snapchat, it tattletaled if the other person grabbed a screenshot.)

I wonder how and if kids who are into this mode of communication (which almost strains credulity, as described in there) make a distinction between "this photo interaction was as ephemeral as a glance across the table" and "this artifact is worth holding on to".
Amazing emergent patterns from overlaying semi-random and then regular patterns of dots:

How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended SPOILER ALERTS but MAN is it funny...
wife: go see if the baby sleeping
*walks into baby's room*
baby: corporations exploit our
insecurities for profit
me: no babe she woke af
--@mlliondollameat. I've been thinking about this tweet a lot. Besides the baby's point, I do think internet patois is cool af.

February 9, 2016

from Slate's Exercise Advice for Flappers, in Gorgeous 1920s Prints

February 8, 2016

Bill the Splut mentioned the first half of Bob and Ray has also passed on - great low-key comedy. (Like he said, "By the time we figured out we were introverts, it was too late to do anything about it.") This bit Bill shared is great:

Frinkiac is a great Simpsons' quote finder and meme maker:

That's one of my favorite quotes, just a reminder at how out of perspective problems are when they show up right in front of us.
A kiss is just a kiss, but a sigh is a reflex that happens a several times an hour and helps preserve lung function.
My sousaphone roots, Euclid High School Panther Marching Band!

The 1991 Homecoming Game, by the looks of it.