May 30, 2019

Republicans are brazen about gerrymandering to screw Hispanic voters and Democrats in general.

May 30, 2018

Nothing I know matters more
Than what never happened.
John Burnside, 'Hearsay'

I follow a few retro-nostalgia tumblrs and was surprised to see this beauty, my mom and I had this in the '80s

Love the look of the case art! And the whole LCD aesthetic was pretty cool. This game had solid play, epecially given the limitations... (via Twentieth Century Kid)

May 30, 2017

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W.H. Auden, "First Things First"

This... really happened? Ivanka Trump suggesting "Make Champagne Popsicles for Memorial Day"?

Ah, the Trumps. The dumb guy's version of what rich guy life should be.
anyone know what this tool is for, it came in a little useful when hanging pictures but I'm not quite sure what it's intended purpose is

May 30, 2016

Red Sox are doing pretty well so far this season... here are some Infrared Photos from Spring Training, including this one:

May 30, 2015

If there is a god, I don't like him.
Annie Korzen's mother (a jewish woman who became rather secular after WW2)

May 30, 2014

But this talk of secret courts and wiretaps is a little bit misleading. It leaves us worrying about James Bond scenarios in a Mr. Bean world.
Though in weird ways I'm less uptight about privacy and more uptight about the possible "house of cards" aspect of a lot of companies I like to use or might want to work for someday...

May 30, 2013 excellent short-short sci-fi story in the form of a bug report to Twitter....
After 3 or 4 months of almost exclusive OSX use, I think I'm finally adapted to option- and cmd-arrow keys to hop around. Windows keyboards had less to think about in that regard, but then again there was little consistency where "Home" and "End" would be on any given laptop...
One is never confronted with a single isolated situation but is always in the midst of a vast multitude of situations, and there is never just one single valid point of view to take but always a variety of reasonable points of view.
Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander "Surfaces and Essences"

that's hot

May 30, 2012
from Diane's Google+:

Enjoying a Davis Square Libre: whiskey somebody forgot at your house with pepsi max from a promoter in the square. Garnish with a lime.

The Bible is the best fan fiction ever written.

"Girls" is not without its flaws, but it has good comic timing and taught me you can txt your GPS location to people if you want.
The gods have no mercy, that's why they're gods.
Cersei on "Game of Thrones"

Decent if light "Design for Dummies" (well, Developers)
I dig this cover of Paul Simon's "Graceland" by "The Tallest Man on Earth
Can't get over how fucking stupid unskippable piracy warnings are. Hey Kids! Pirate this stuff to not see stupid warnings! Such a fundamental misthink of how to get a message through to people.

la danse serpentine

May 30, 2011

-I saw this at the Centre Pompidou-- dig the color shifting.
Good literature is about Love and War. Trash fiction is about Sex and Violence.

seks w wielkim mieście

May 30, 2010

--Polish Sex and the City movie poster, via's 15 Grossly Misleading Movie Posters. I love that Eastern Europe tradition of making their own covers for Western books and posters for movies.
Now this is a street that knows how to get the beerpong mojo working for its block party....

then he COULD see her now, wouldn't that be better?

May 30, 2009

....and now we're in the future they're talking about. Sort of. The sardonic, skeptical tone of this video is terrific. Along with the goofy technology. And the Benny Hill-esque closing music.

Like all compromises, the CA supreme court's decision to allow marriages made in the pre-Prop 8 interval likely annoys people on both sides of the issue. I like to think of it as a ugly, harsh, modern California respecting the "Full Faith and Credit" clause in regard to its former, friendlier self. (But I really would like to see Prop 8 get smashed away by the voters... 52% seems like an awfully small number for Constitutional "amendments")
This chart makes me sad: -- too many java ajax jsf toolkits, too little time.
The man we know as Ernest Hemingway was actually a collective of highly-literate elephant seals operating an elaborate bearded puppet.

His 'suicide' was the result of increased orca activity.

"Ice Road Truckers", "Most Dangerous Catch"... I'm waiting for "Tough but Dumb Camera Crews"

hi, i'm from the sun will rise tomorrow party, can i have a moment of your time?

May 30, 2008
Whoops, another hectic day.

Quote of the Moment
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's because those dogmas or goals are in doubt.
Robert Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

Link of the Moment
The World's Spookiest Weapons. It reminds me of my thought, as I was in Hiroshima, that the atomic bomb really was a sci-fi-ish "superweapon", even if you could get the same job done with more conventional killing devices.

sigh. I just made all June more annoying by printing a pass ticket instead of adding it to my tap and go card.
'succinct' is way too hard to spell and firefox's spellcheck ain't much help

book inventory 2007

May 30, 2007
I took a personal day yesterday and used some of the time to reorganize my books, since I was moving 3 bookcases from a common room into my bedroom to make more space for my bike.

I'm not too obsessive about sorting my books, but I do liked them lumped by large category. I thought it would be interesting to take an inventory. (Each shelf provides about 24-26 inches of book space.)

So, going from the front of the house into my bedroom I have:

1 shelf - poetry and eastern religion
1 shelf - self-improvement, home maintenance / interior design, and fitness
1 1/2 shelves - graphic novels, especially superhero and star wars
1 1/2 shelf - indy comics and cartoons, with a lot of Alison Bechdel, Jeffrey Brown
1 shelf - video game history and cheat guides
1 1/2 shelves - technical computer references and tutorials
1/2 shelf - star wars, with a lot of those oversized photo-books
1 shelf - stacked vertically and two deep with sci-fi paperbacks
1 shelf - larger format sci-fi
2 shelves - american humor (including 1 just of James Thurber, Garrison Keillor, and a hint of Woody Allen) which drifts into...
3 shelves - modern literature, a lot of Douglas Coupland and Tom Robbins
2 1/2 shelves - science and philosophy
1 shelf - history and culture
1 1/2 shelves - of mostly oversized art, design, and music
1 1/2 shelves - "school literature" including a stack of paperbacks and books from my childhood
1 shelf - boudoir reading
2 shelves - "to read", which shold be assimilated into the appropriate shelves as I get through them.

26 1/2 shelves in all. 56 feet (or so) of reading! And I've conducted a few purges in the past, so most of what remains is pretty good stuff.

Well, that was probably more fun and informative for me than all of you, but still. Anyone else ever try this?

Video of the Moment

--From the Muppet Show: A Drum Battle, Animal vs Buddy Rich.

Less visceral, but interesting and a bit topical with today's entry: a video art piece on cerebral organization by Jim Henson, introduced by Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.

Quote of the Moment
In this limitless world, breath is like a swinging door. If you think 'I breathe,' the 'I' is extra . . . what we call 'I' is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and exhale. It just moves; that is all. When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no 'I,' no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.
Suzuki Roshi.
Its been dawning on me that 55-odd feet of books, or rather my attachment to them, is not really in harmony with principles of Zen. Or decluttering for that matter.

that was the day

May 30, 2006
I see Amazon now has a way of categorizing past purchases as gifts, and for whom. Great! Now maybe it'll stop sending me completely inappropriate reading recommendations.

The UI for it, though, as so much of Amazon, is extremely poor. Even stuff like... I know it has a concept of me being logged in, and I want to login to take advantage of some of that, but I cannot find a simple "login" link. I have to try to figure out what activity will most require a login, and start that, and wait for it to realize that I have yet given it my credentials.

Plus, and this may always be a thorn in my side... if you're going to let people assign "priority" to their wishlist items, make that the damn default sort, at least when other people are viewing it!

Photos of the Moment
Always surprising to see a parade outside the front door:

News of the Moment
Is it just me or does the real life "fight club" sound really really retarded? And odd that it's "techies" in particular.

Science of the Moment
Personally, I hope we do start growing meat in vats. I've been interested ever since reading about "Chicken Little" in "The Space Merchants", a giant chick heart slab they'd skim meat off of for people to eat. It seems a lot more humane. I wonder if they can put some effort into faking an environment so that it has some of the finer qualities that good grass-fed freerange cows have.

Geekness of the Moment
Note to future self, when you're on windows and trying to see what ports are being listened to, "netstat -a" is the command for you.

"i am a human from earth, this is where I live."

May 30, 2005
Game Review of the Moment
This Earth game amuses me. I enjoy flying the little space ship, although it could not possibly work without a Quantum Juxipostulator. Much like any typical human, I had a highly enjoyable time figuring out the most efficient route through this basic simulator. I completed the challenge in but 36.92 nano-krumlacs. After playing the game, I ate a typical Earth meal consisting of steak with chocolate syrup, and a refreshing glass of Windex. Then I returned to my place of employment, where a man asked me, "Why are you here?" To which I replied, "I am a human from Earth, this is where I live." Then he said, "No, why are you here in the building? It is midnight, and I am the night janitor." I am glad he did not ask me about space, because I know nothing of that. I have no home among the stars! I know nothing of the planet Quuallic 9, home of the Parliament of Universal Harmony. I have certainly never been there, for I am from Smalltown, Canada. I will not speak of such things any longer. Instead, I will speak of this game. It pleases me. I score it 12 quannularcs.
Klaaitalc, the Human Gamer, reviewing "Star Wars: Dengar Strike III: The Search for Nien Nub" in "GameInfarcer", Game Informer's April Fool's special.
I enjoy that whole "Alien badly pretending to be human" schtick...for a while I was playing the videogame "NHL Hitz" with my cousins, and my character was "Klaatu"...a 7 foot tall "human" who was breaking through Hockey's gender barrier, fondly recollecting her girlhood in PhiladelPHIa...good times.

Quote of the Moment
You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
...a half-remembered version of this line has been in my head for a few weeks now.

the password is "password"

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May 30, 2004
Life Imitate Arts of the Moment
So the combination is one, two, three, four, five? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
SAC remained far less concerned about unauthorized launches than about the potential of these safeguards to interfere with the implementation of wartime launch orders. And so the 'secret unlock code' during the height of the nuclear crises of the Cold War remained constant at OOOOOOOO.

Photoshopping of the Moment

--Worth 1000 had a photoshopping (image modification) contest John Ashcroft would love, taking paintings and art involving nudes and putting some dang clothes on 'em!

Article of the Moment
Nice Slate piece on the design of flags (like the enormously unpopular one we kind of comissioned for Iraq) with plenty of examples.

vacation filler day 9 (backlog flush #28)

May 30, 2003
Travel Photo of the Moment
Me and the Old Frankfurt Opera House, as reflected in a Volkswagen, 2003.05.26

everyone will be famous for 15 seconds

May 30, 2002
Ranjit got a big sentence in this NY Times piece on the ArtBot competition. (You can also check out the previous link.)

Link of the Moment
Slate had a cautiously optimistic piece on the chances of Pakistan and India not going nuclear, that had a link to a more unsettling 20 Mishaps That Might Have Started Accidental Nuclear War. (Most were during or near to the Cuban Missile Crisis.) I didn't realize that he had U.S. interceptor aircraft armed with nuclear missiles...

Quote of the Moment
I had a stick of Carefree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowin' that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I went back to pondering my mortality.
Mitch Hedberg


May 30, 2001
I revamped the blog archive. It now shows you a month's worth of entries at a gulp. This makes a better reading experience I think. A lot of places either over- or under-do it when it comes to their archive: either everything at once, or one thing at a time (and generally requiring a lot of clicking...I often write scripts that will, say, take all the image references for a comic site and put them on a single web page, so I can scroll rather than click.)

Quote of the Moment
"Everything," I am told, "tastes better when it's sitting on a Ritz." No exception is made for other Ritzes, so from this statement we can infer that any given stack of Ritz crackers tastes better than any smaller stack of Ritz crackers, and thus the tastiest stack of Ritz crackers is the tallest one that you can fit in your mouth.

Art of the Moment
I was trying to figure out why I had saved this one little special insert from The New Yorker on their covers and I realized it was probably because of this one Eric Drooker painting (local mirror) they used as a cover and had reprinted in it. You can see more of his work at, unfortunately the link for Prints seems to be inactive.

Let me make a general observation--the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
There ain't no answer.
There ain't going to be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
There's the answer.
--Gertrude Stein
Hickory dickory dork
The mouse he fucked a fork.
"They have not yet fallen in love."
--Susan Richards Shreve
Pierre Menard wished to write Don Quixote by becoming Cervantes. How odd.
"The best thing about the 90's is that it's almost over"

"Alone In Your Arms“
would that be a good title?