I make stuff. Sometimes I post pictures of it.
I go places. Sometimes I post pictures of those places or the conveyances that take me there. This may include my feet.
I have a dog. Dogs seem to like me. Sometimes I post pictures of dogs.
I drink beer. Sometimes I post pictures of beer.
I like my work. Sometimes my coworkers are a trial and I rant about them.
I like humor. Sometimes I will attempt it. Occasionally that works.
I like the clientele here.
It's about that time of year when people start wondering things like "hey, why isn't DECEMber the tenth month of the year?"
So it's time for my little lecture on Romans, calendars, and our friend Gaius Julius Caesar.
I'll be posting it as a tootchain replying to this one, but if you're impatient, here's the whole thing: https://gist.github.com/joyeusenoelle/3754e00a37fe81aa43aad3eb9543f3ce
So: “Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”
The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.
Perhaps an object lesson.
1400 year old ginkgo tree.
Photography: Han Fei
stupidity, grievous injury, death. And possibly the best anti-war song ever. Also alcohol and drugs.
And with that, I believe I'll go drink beer and smoke weed and snuggle the dogs until either I stop crying or fall asleep.
2/2 war (and peace)
And then in the 1950s the USA said "Screw this holiday celebrating the hopes of peace. Let's make it a holiday celebrating warriors and war." So Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holy day of the cult of war and warriors.
I say fuck that noise. It's Armistice Day today. Celebrate that long ago hope for peace, and mourn those who died and those who were damaged because of humanity's stupidity as well as the environmental wreckage that stupidity leaves behind.
1/2 war (and peace)
101 years ago on this day, a really stupid war ended in a hopeful peace. At the time of the armistice, it looked like the idea that nations could exist cooperatively, rather than in bellicose competition. A holiday was created to celebrate this ideal - Armistice Day.
But some thirsted for revenge, some felt betrayed, and some thought they could live completely apart from their neighbors - in the end this fucked the whole thing up, and the wars didn't end.
NASA once invented (but never built) an escape pod that involved an inflatable space capsule filled with expanding foam.
Imagine sticking yourself in a plastic bag, and then cracking open a can of insulation foam, and then flying the bag back to Earth.
It was called "MOOSE".
Shanghai travel tip for beer lovers
I organized a community event there and everyone had great comments about their #beers. I tried 3 different ones myself and loved them all. As a responsible host I didn't drink more, but will definitely return on my next trip to indulge myself.
Looks like they have a branch in #Beijing as well.
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