Give us this day our daily bread. Oh sure.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Nobody better trespass against me. I’ll tell you that.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are the merciful. You mean we can’t use torture?
Blessed are the peacemakers. Jane Fonda?
Love your enemies – Arabs?
Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. The hell I can’t! Look at the Reverand Pat Robertson. And He is as happy as a pig in s**t.
--Kurt Vonnegut, a piece I assume he assembled but only got to read a bit of on his Daily Show appearance in 2005
The humble PDF as the worlds most important file format
What's Happening Mr. Silver? was a psychadelic TV show on WGBH by a Tufts instructor The thing about getting people to set up 2 TVs to 2 different channels and then playing with that is kinda mindblowing. Funny how much lore you mighta missed if you went to Tufts in the early 90s...
I Felt Despair About Climate Change--Until a Brush With Death Changed My Mind
Here's a story of how illness - and the more imminent than usual threat of death - can reshape our views on more global matters.
It can feel like a bummer when a kind of existential equanimity is our consoling philosophy; when we change our focus from our own mortal plight to humanity's fate, we kind of hope that the boundless futurist optimists are right, and that collectively, at least, the universe may be our oyster. But there are no guarantees. And even if civilization or even our species as we know it fails, we will have been here, and that matters as much as anything can matter.
Being able to spontaneously pick and start watching nearly any movie for a reasonable fee from one of a couple streaming services is an under-heralded wonder of the past decade...
Many of us mourn the passing of the local video store - especially the independent and funky ones, but still, this is a pretty sweet deal.
Funny thinking about some of the milestones to get here - Netflix DVDs in the mail or calling your cable company and having them descramble a channel with a fixed movie starting at a fixed time.
Of course Netflix streaming changed from "gee nearly as good as the DVD selection" to the Showtime / HBO model of "a few big films, some decent original content, and tons of filler"...
"Lady Bird" was the movie in question. It was pleasantly nostalgic, but... I dunno, I could see why it didn't get much Oscar love.