"i want small government, by which of course i don't mean cutting the largest military budget in the world, avoiding foreign intervention, reducing the prison population, or limiting the state's ability to imprison people without trial. mainly i'm just mad that food stamps exist"
Hot take: Jeff Bridges was in Tron, Iron Man, and of course was "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski, and is not the same person as Kurt Russell (who was in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Escape from New York)
AIweirdness blog's neural nets continue to delight, this time with Roller Derby Names. Would love to see the source material as well.
Honestly the only way I keep track of Latitude vs Longitude is the old beer commercial (Corona?) that says "change your latitude", i.e. think in a more southernly climes way...Some of my friends responded with some interesting devices to remember which is which:
- Liz: "Longitude is long. Latitude is Fat."
- Dave A: "Latitude lines are horizontal like the rungs of a ladder. That's how I have always remembered it, even though that's a stretch of a mnemonic."
- Tim: I remember learning it with the second-letter correspondence... L(A)ttitue runs e(A)st to west. L(O)ngitue runs n(O)rth to s(O)uth.
I think this may be an example of "nouns vs verbs" thinking. I feel it's a spectrum for many folks - probably "bathtub curve" shaped. It's pretty abstract, but I think many programmers think in nouns, and they're the ones who love Object Oriented programming, and Declarative program -- "lets start with what you are, and then fill in what you do, or how you do it" while I'm always more concerned with "what are we doing, how are we interacting".
- Open up System Preferences | Keyboard
- Go to Shortcuts (tab) | App Shortcuts (left column) | All Applications (right column)
- Hit the + button
- Enter "Paste and Match Style" (exactly as it appears in the Edit menu dropdown) for "Menu Title" and then hit cmd-V in the "Keyboard Shortcut" box, then click "Add"
"'Words are just an invitation. Actions are the party.' Dang, that's some sage wisdom. I kind of want to write that out in my fanciest lettering over a poignant photo."
--Missy at Basic Instructions
DeVos: Safety commission won't look at role of guns in school violence
"Will your commission look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools?" Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked DeVos.LOL Republicans. They are billboards of their own bullshit.
"That is not part of the commission's charge, per se," DeVos responded.
"I see," Leahy responded. "So, you're studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns."
"We're actually student school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school," DeVos said.
- Creature Comfort (Arcade Fire) - powerful song. Also think about the weird 8bit computer-ness of that one sond...
- Venus Fly (feat. Janelle Monáe) (Grimes) LOL, guess this is a "tidal exclusive" so no youtube for you, just a Michael Scott from the Office look to a snippet from Amazon music...
- Seven Nation Army (From Westworld: Season 2) (Ramin Djawadi) Always a sucker for a good cover of this song, and this sitar-centric version w/ some deep bass is great.
- London Bridge (Fergie) Forgot there was a version of this not mixed with "Short Skirt Long Jacket".
- Pre-Fab Housing (BleuBird) Kinda alt hiphop, from the Suicide Girls DVD.
- Run (AWOLNATION) Tracked this down after the Run Meme Compilation
- You're Gonna Go Far, Kid (The Offspring) The "Dance F***er Dance" song.
- Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan) The Everybody Must Get Stoned song, played it at Porchioke.
- Brave (Sara Bareilles) PLayed this at Porchioke - missed it when it came out but dig the acceptance message of the video.
- Don't Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchesxra) Played at Porchioke. "don't bring me down - broose" or whatever it is is kind of odd.
- Mama Said Knock You Out (Undefeated Remix) (LL Cool J) Solid remix from the Deadpool Trailer.
- White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane) Porchioke. Do dig that bassline.
- This Is America (Childish Gambino) This one has got a lot of attention, and justly so.
- I Want to Be Evil (Eartha Kitt) "I'm tired of being pure, and not... chased"
- Rubberband Man (The Spinners) The Guardians of the Galaxy (in the latest Avengers movie) put this one on.
- Vivir Mi Vida (Marc Anthony) I was told the "Version Pop" I had was not the right for Banda de Paz
- Voto Latino (Molotov) Kinda rough.
- Drover (Bill Callahan) - from tne Netflix Documentary "Wild Wild Country" about the Rajneeshpuram cult community in Oregon. The opening "The Real People Went Away" is so horribly evocative.
- F**k tha Police (N.W.A.) So it went, so it goes.
Me: I wish to spend an extended time rubbing my fingers over some small patch of pleasantly-textured surface. Perhaps the fur of an animal?
The miniaturized apex predator with which I share my home: [vibrates at a soothing frequency to encourage this behavior]
Ahh, that's better.
Josh followed up with
"Follow Your Blisters."
--Companion advice to "Follow Your Bliss", and don't expect it to be effortless or always fun.
I guess the two biggest features on my psychological landscape from my childhood are A. "Kirk is Already Great and Personal Growth isn't Really a Thing" - this is a big set back in terms of ambition, but is hugely protective armor in other ways and B. "Every feeling must submit to rationality and any thing that doesn't
TIL: jibe is a word, distinct from jive. Thanks Tom Parmenter!
"I like my women like I like my coffee, strong enough to kill me but with a hint of mercy."
--Aaron Giles, "How to Survive the End of the World (when it's in your own head)", a book on anxiety attacks.
Miyamoto in 2002 : "Get accustomed to the GCN Controller because, 10 years from now, this controller will be the standard" -- and in 2018 the Switch will let you play Smash Bros using it! It was so good, I love how differentiated the buttons are and how the scrunchy-then-click triggers work
"who needs people when you can have a glass and steel slab with ALL the people"
--MiFi and me on work Slack.
"Those macarons were pretty good. I mean it's not the glory of a cupcake. By the way, I want that to be the title of my posthumous biography, 'The Glory of a Cupcake'."
Because I am a partisan jerk, I was curious if it would reflect the political divisions of our nation. Nope, though there is a maybe even more problematic latitude correlation.
Who wore it better: Children detained in McAllen, Texas or Ivanka Trump pic.twitter.com/atifVrteeY— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) June 18, 2018
Hank Azaria on his voices. Man, I love voicework. I don't have a careful enough ear to be good at accents, but putting on voices is such a good way for even wannabe funny guys like me to temporarily change persona...
Happy Juneteenth Everyone.
Blender of Love
from this tweet, The result of taking a panorama while rolling down a hill
"Is depression funny?"
"Oh, I think it's hilarious. I really think it's funny. I am not interested in well-adjusted people because they just don't know they're depressed yet. I'm a snob about depression, I think we are superior. I honestly do. I think our brains are more developed and it's... and it's a burden."
--Jen Kirkman answering John Moe on his The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. Funny hearing about her being panicked by low flying aircraft in the 80s, like I was, assuming they were the harbinger of nuclear doom. (I got over the fear on my own years before my buddy Mike pointed hey, ICBMs travel MUCH faster than the speed of sound, you'd never hear 'em comin'.)
¡7 Trombones for niños y niñas! is a fundraiser I started on FB...
Had a lovely gig playing for Make Music Boston which JP Honk, which I think is always on the solstice. Knowing it was the longest day of the year, and thinking about how June has kind of slipped by, reminded me of this poem:
THE LIVING END
Before long the end
Of the beginning
Begins to bend
To the beginning
Of the end you live
With some misgivings
About what you did.
Consider the Lobster (as a potentially immortal being that made a deal with devil)
The idea of a graffiti robot is kinda brilliant
Had I know I'd'a worn a better T-shirt than Rick and Morty.
"Boston, which used to be a city of a thousand nooks and crannies, back-alley restaurants and shops, dive bars and ice cream parlors hidden under its elevated, is now one long, monotonous wall of modern skyscraper."
--The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence. I mostly feel this in Harvard Square. Too many landlords holding out for too much rent from too stable and boring a business, like another f'in Bank Branch or CVS. Squares with nothing but empty lots and boring as dishwater franchises are a blight on our land. I think they should be dealt with via tax breaks for funky, less-corporate businesses and harsh tax penalties for landlords who just sit on spots, waiting for the right boring client and bringing down the neighborhood values for everyone.
--Michael F. Flynn, "In Panic Town, on the Backward Moon" Arun introduced me to the podcast "Clarkesworld Magazine" where Kate Baker reads short sci-fi stories published by the magazine.
I hate "we're fucked."
I mean, I don't want to shame anyone who has said it, thought it, or posted it. I have too. But as a philosophy, as a statement of belief, I hate it. Because it means you've given up.
We are absolutely NOT fucked.
Things are so bad. This country has taken a turn that I could never have predicted. It is absolutely fascist, nativist, and extremist. It's every bit as scary as it seems.
But we are not fucked.
I read a long-form article on the Russia hacks in the New Yorker not long ago. However much you think that influenced the outcome, it was an instructive piece of journalism. There is very little indication that there was a specific political agenda that was being wished for. The goal was simple: Sow chaos and undermine the faith of Westerners in their own institutions.
This is really important to think about right now.
I have a high regard for Mueller and I think his investigation will have some influence. But don't wait on him to save us. He can't. And don't wait on impeachment. I would support it fervently, but it is nothing to bank on. And especially don't assume Trump can't win again. He absolutely can. Our best bet - better, even, than all of our protests and actions - is actually voting.
It's so square. It's so old-fashioned. Many of us involved with the hard-left or anarchist scene have been trained to disregard it.
Fucking don't. NOT NOW, guys. It is the best tool at our disposal. Yeah, you can say that they will sabotage it, reject it, whatever. "Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof." In other words, don't create troubles before they exist. Anything seems possible to me right now, but it remains the case - despite hacked voting machines and gerrymandering - that there is no known mechanism by which our government can deny massive voter turnout.
Take back the House in November. Then take back the Presidency in 2020. The worst thing we could do is pretend that these are givens. I never, ever, ever thought that this piece of shit could sit in the Oval Office. I was so humbled by my error. Therefore I assume he could take it again - I know he could - unless we accept the threat as real.
When we say, "We're fucked," we roll over. We defeat ourselves. We do their job for them. Don't do that. We are NOT fucked. We are in a fight. It sucks. It's hard. People are suffering. The earth is suffering. It will get worse.
You know, since everyone loves the Nazi comparisons, there were people during the HEYDAY of the Third Reich who NEVER said, "We're fucked." They said, "We're in a fight." And you know what's interesting? Nazi Germany went from the worst regime in the world to a liberal democracy within a lifetime.
Look at Japan. Take the historical view. Stop pretending that the worst of what's happening now is what is going to always happen. This is what is happening RIGHT NOW. That's all you know. If you think it's going to be this way forever, read a book.
Countries slide into fascism for long periods. It happens. Countries also have short-term extremist right-wing governments. Happens in Europe all the time. They get voted out. The threat remains. The threat of fascism will remain in America in a way it never has before. It's a real movement. But we're not fucked. Not even close. We can get off the ropes in the mid-terms and knock them out in 2020. But only if we stop saying that we're fucked, and start seeing this as a fight.
I'm no Pollyanna. Things are so unutterably bad that I walk around in a constant state of nausea and horror. But you have to take the historical view, and you can't lie down and say we're doomed, or else they have beaten you.
Again, I don't want to shame anyone who says, "We're fucked" as an emotional reaction. I get it, I really do. But if you say that as a historical reality, then you SHOULD be ashamed. We are so far from being fucked. It's time for that warrior spirit, from everyone.
Our best bet, actually our only realistic bet, is to mobilize the vote. There has always been a silver lining to this situation. I have always hesitated to state it, for fear of sounding like I am not taking the horror seriously. Fuck that; I do. But there has always been the possibility, there remains the possibility, that this is a time when our country faces up to its worst reflection, sees it truly, and breaks the fucking mirror. A time when the last bastion of white power and male supremacy and oligarchy attempts to enact fascism, but the antibodies of the American system and American multi-culturalism kick in to reject it.
Where do you want to stand in that equation? As someone who rolled over because we've have had two awful years of shit that much of the world has already experienced many, many, many times over, so you decided that we're finished and done for? Come on. Look at Europe, look at Africa, look at Asia. Back and forth with this shit, and much worse.
I have your back. Get up. Here's my hand. Let's fight.
It can't become hip to give up. It can't become hip to say we are fucked. Look at history. People have been so much more fucked than us, and won. If you truly believe we are finished, I'm sorry, but you were the first to fall. Stick a fork in you, turn you over, you're done. I don't want to see you do that, if only for the selfish reason that we need you.
Do all the protests, do all the direct action, make all the phone calls, then mobilize in October and November. That's when we can get off the ropes and start punching again. Take the long view, my sisters and brothers. Don't let them take you out of the fight.
And if you need me for anything, I am here.
RIP Harlan Ellison - "For I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" is one of my favorite titles ever, not to mention all his work on 'Trek...
--Capital Gazette reporters Selene San Felice after the latest shooting
My company has a joke of "Best Dressed Award" when 2 or more folks wear the same thing... turns out working just a few doors down from Old Navy when there having a sale on cephalopods-theme shirts right at the front makes this an easy "win".
Great thread of life-in-eras-of-shitsnami-news advice from a former CIA military analyst...
If the rule "dress for the job you want, not the one you have", our VP of Consumer Solutions would prefer to be doing UI Engineering.
Oh good lord.
Anyway, a practice panel.
Young Astronauts in Love is my favorite of all the (mostly "24 Hour") comics I link from alienbill
I think the trick for me might be zoom way out to do the first rough outline - my natural doodle format runs small - and then do it over zoomed in.
I'm under few illusions about my level of talent. It has a sort of style is the best you can say of it, and I can usually get what I want to express across, more or less. I've never put in the work to learn it right- I think the studio art classes were a dead end, in the sense of, it's one thing to practice drawing precisely what's in front of you (and important to learn not to draw your brain's iconized version of it) but quite another to know enough anatomy etc to do a decent illustration from scratch...