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2015.07.03

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"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work."
--Chuck Close

2015.07.02

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Heh, a photo I took in Kanazawa, Japan made it into this set of Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool (It's the second one in the set, with a person looking like they're reading the paper.) Must've been taken from this flickr page -- at one point the artist's studio contacted me about using it in a book but I'm not sure if anything came of it.

Still funny and cool to see a photo I took show up on my tumblr feed! I remember that happening with a photo I posted of Maureen​ 's cat Murphy, that got turned into a MOAR! MOAR! MOAR! meme

"So, assume you're two parents. One kid: You can double team. Two kids, play it man-to-man. Three or more, all you can do is run a zone defense..."
--My paraphrase of Sayf Sharif​ citing his friend on the relative difficulties of various number of kids...
Oh, Apple. If I "Arrange by Size" I'd really like to sort by size, not in a chunk of "From 1 MB to 100 MB"

Plus, please straighten out that thing where newly added files sometimes get shown as "No Date" in finder. That's serious amateur hour crap.

2015.07.01

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"As the Buddha said two and a half thousand years ago... we're all out of our f***ing minds!"
--Albert Ellis
I attribute too much malicious intentionally to inanimate objects, and possibly too little to people, some of whom have agendas they actively pursue but keep to themselves.
"Masshole" has just been added to the OED. Hooray!?
You know, one thing that might get me to shell out for a replacement for this cracked iPad mini (when, weirdly, I could buy a cheapo windows laptop for less) is the way it's Kindle app is one of the few iterations that lets me highlight in colors (in my case, yellow for 'that's interesting', blue for stuff I want to quote, and red for stuff I disagree with.)

2015.06.30

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"If you think about it, your family tree is an upside down tournament bracket of surnames competing for your last name"
--Triton95, http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/ (but given Western Culture that's pretty sexist!)
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
--Ferdinand Foch. I find that an evocative and scary and kind of hilarious image. I guess part of growing up with a (partially self-inflicted, I guess) fear of endless hellfire, one that still gives me a perpetual sense of being judged by some ineffable Other that might mete unknown but possibly terrible punishment if I get out of line with what I Should Be. Which I guess has kept me on a generally more secure path in life, but it seems like there should be gentler ways to get there.

Also, I dunno, just a weird visual of a dude running around, hands flapping furiously, "MY SOUL'S ON FIRE MAN!!! GAAAAH!"

What a rainbow-ish celebration! Headphones and full screen recommended:

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/29/8860737/casio-watches-smartwatch-features-photos-exhibition Casio has been doing intriguing things with watches for a while!

2015.06.29

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Ice Man was the decent one, Tom Cruise was the dork in Top Gun.
So I'm probably 7 or 8 pounds above my recent low so that means like 12-18 above a dream goal. Need to hunker down on Way-of-Eating, but- should I be grateful for my "fat shorts"? These cargo shorts I got that, without a belt, can just drop off my butt on their even when buttoned.

During my week vacation I was going over and weeding out a lot of old pictures. I guess I can see the difference when I was 20-30 pounds more than I am now, but it's so hard to quantify I'm not sure if I REALLY see it.

2015.06.28

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"I will never know what MY earlobes taste like"
--slycoopar, https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/
"I want to leave a living will saying that if I am in a coma, you should use that time to do hilarious makeovers of me for at least six months before considering switching off life support. (It just seems such a waste that I'll be out of it and nobody will draw a moustache on me or make me up like a clown.)"
--BabyBringMeToast, http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/
https://www.eecs.tufts.edu/~cgregg/typewriter/ a guy at Tufts actually executes on an idea I had myself, using solenoids to be able to use a typewriter as a computer printer.

2015.06.27

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Where was all this "five unelected judges" chatter when they handed down Citizens United? Yeesh, Scalia.
making the rounds...

I'm delighted with the healthcare and the gay marriage push by Obama. I'm trying to figure out what to think about his other push on the trade deal. Why is it so secretive?
"It's so exhausting trying not to judge... I gave it up. "
--MELAS

2015.06.26

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Marriage is so gay.
And straight, for that matter!

2015.06.25

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On my devblog, economics, culture, and electronic communication preference - Some takeaways from an article about how WhatsApp voice memos are becoming the predominant electronic communication format in Buenos Aires, and the parallels with the long standing Flilpino texting culture.

2015.06.24

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So Every state flag is bad
Women's World Cup Matches I like that these matches seem to dig up some old and new rivalness... US v China, Germany v France, Austrail v Japan, Canada v. England. Ok, maybe less so that last one but you get the idea.
"The blues isn't about feeling better. It's about making other people feel worse."
--Bleeding Gums Murphy (Simpson S1E6 Moaning Lisa) I think I've been known to write mopey emails with this same aesthetic.

2015.06.23

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Sigh. I just noticed the FAA still bans stuff like tiny swiss army knives. I thought they had rescinded the ban, but they reinstated it 3 months laters. At the time of the lifting of the ban, the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA rep said " It's not just about the ability to take down an airplane or use the airplane as a weapon of mass destruction as happened on 9-11. It's about the ability to protect the entire airplane including the aircraft cabin and all the passengers on board. It's our job to be focused on everybody" but any damn thing can be used as a weapon. It's ridiculous.

2015.06.22

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tbh I sort of forgot Mitt Romney had been our governor, despite how much I used to think about Romneycare....

When Image Recognition Algorithms Dream...

2015.06.21

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http://oglaf.com/acrophobia/ - man, the first 4 panels are a good stand-in for a host of prejudices.
"I don't think Osama bin Laden sent those planes to attack us because he hated our freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel, our ties with the Saudi family and our military bases in Saudi Arabia.
You know why I think that? Because that's what he f***ing said!
Are we a nation of 6-year-olds?"
--David Cross in 2004.

By similar reasoning, the Charleston shooting was not hating "Christianity", it was about hating black people.

You really can take some forms of hate at face value. Similarly, it's often not "utterly irrational", but a dumb kind of logic starting with horrific, wrong, and evil beginning assumptions.

Of course, the follow up logic is often lacking. "Uh, this is going to start a big race war! Hooray!" Hint to all future massacre planners: so very, very few people will find your murder of innocents inspiring, and the ones who do, you really don't want on your side.

Of course, the fact that the Treyvon Martin case was an inspiration as well. "Hey maybe I can get on this too" seems to be the pragmatic takeaway.

2015.06.20

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what's that story? the lumberjack walks into the forest, the trees reassure each other "the axe handle is one of us!"
apropos of nothing except my mom repurposing a just thrown out plastic bag as the wastebin liner