Too Much Pressure

Sep. 23rd, 2017 10:35 pm
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Creating an inaugural post is like writing on the first page of a new notebook. I want it to be special. I want it to be meaningful. I want it to look nice.

As I've learned with new notebooks, it's best to just write whatever is going through my mind. It takes away the preciousness and lets me get down to the important thing--words and ideas. This is just like any other sort of writing. It's better to have something flawed than to have a very promising blank page.

What I Want (pt 1)

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:48 pm
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Voting Rights:
Voting districts to be drawn based on a sensible national algorithm that is built by a committee of PhD specialists and is open to anyone to read.
Oregon's vote by mail in all states with automatic registration unless the person opts out.

Requirements for Service:
People who run for office should be required to pass the same tests that people applying for citizenship must pass.
All people who run for office must release their tax returns. Finances matter.

Policing:
Police officers must pass national background checks with a max number (3?) of shooting people or write ups for bad behavior. Accidents happen but there are patterns that shouldn't be ignored.
Police officers cannot belong to hate groups (per SPLC designation) or have identifying marks of hate groups.

Oh, Frankenstein

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:49 pm
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How I love this movie. Like 1984, it tells deep truths about the human heart and mind. Ignorance begets evil in many ways in this story- from Dr. Frankenstein creating a monster without thought of consequence, to the monster's ignorance of the little girl's frailty, to the townspeople burning him because they couldn't understand him and thought him evil when he was really unaware. An old and perpetual story.

Karloff is an amazing actor.

A less public public place.

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:06 pm
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So what is it about a new format or forum that is so tasty? Why the drive away from the blue monster? I really feel like of the 400+ friends I have on facebook I am seeing entries from only the tiniest few of them. In fact it is clear to me that like a Pandora station, the content keeps shrinking. I once left a Pandora station on for 8 hours and it ended up with 5 different versions of "I want to marry a Lighthouse Keeper" in rotation. It kept deselecting new things in response to one thing I said I liked. Well, I don't like monotony, so it got nuked.

And yet, I don't consider myself someone with a lot to say. I know a lot of things and I have opinions but mostly I keep them to myself.

But occasionally it would be really nice to have a place to post about music or fashion or film that doesn't feel like a high school courtyard. I'm also aware that my interests in occultism and goth culture are something that's hard for several contingents of my fb friends to understand- mostly the scientists and the relatives. I think therefore that this might end up being a music and culture blog on the face of it, with the esoteric posts limited to personal contacts. That way, people don't have to think about potentially uncomfortable things and everyone is kept happy.

News and Comment for Sept 23, 2017

Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:36 pm
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  • The most important thing to know today: ACA repeal is not over, not by a long shot. Andy Slavitt lays it out for us here.

  • Facebook is blaming their AI for the fact that you can targets ads to "Jew Haters" on their platform.. On the one hand, between this and other betrayals of privacy, there is a good case for abandoning Facebook entirely. On the other, there is a case that Facebook's problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Remember Total Information Awareness? Do you think that's gone away? Or, on the other hand, do you think that maybe someone at Homeland Security is doing exactly the same analysis that Facebook is, but geared towards rooting out enemies of the state instead of selling advertising?

  • Lots of people among my Facebook friends and anti-war buddies supported Trump on the grounds that he would be better for brown people overseas (even if worse for brown people in the United States)
    than Clinton. This proposition looks silly yet again as Trump tries to do away with Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes.

  • Today's award for Best Troll goes to Slashdot user phantomfive for this piece about weakly vs. strongly typed languages, wherein he adds a parting shot, "Does this make you want to avoid Python?" Why is this trolling, you ask? Because the definition of strongly typed is ambiguous and often misunderstood. Python, for example, is considered a strongly typed language, albeit a dynamic one. The resulting thread would make my programming languages professors want to drink to forget.

  • If you're going to the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in a few weeks, you should know that Liv Rainey-Smith will have screenprints of Shub-Niggurath, Cthulhu, and Krampus for sale. These are not woodblock print originals, but screen prints on wood veneer!

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