Nice to read a little book review / journal entry I wrote a year ago and it holds up. :)
"God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonnegut
Omaha list of alternatives to police https://dontcallthepolice.com/omaha/
Amazing that a drone caught the actual final snapping of cables at Arecibo https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/nsf-had-a-drone-watching-as-arecibos-cables-snapped/
An excellent recap of how Chinese languages were (are still being) mapped onto the QWERTY keyboard starting in the 80s https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/wubi-effect
Somewhere in the sprawling mountain ranges a monk makes his ascent to the peak of one of the mountains. With gladness in his heart he spreads out his rug and prepares to meditate.
His harried and excited breath slows to a steady rhythm. He flows deeper and deeper into meditation.
He sends his thoughts out into the universe.
From behind him a voice cries back:
"You should really try XMPP or Matrix".
The world will need to decrease fossil fuel production by roughly 6% per year between 2020 and 2030 to hit 1.5°C. Countries are instead planning and projecting an average annual increase of 2%.
Tomorrow, 7pm (Pacific) I'll be live streaming a DJ set and I'd love for any of you who are around to drop by.
As I always do before a public release of #owncast, I get people together to hang out, listen to some music, and help test the software just by having a good time.
It's a ton of fun, and we get valuable feedback from you that we directly use to improve the live streaming experience. I'll bug you all about it again tomorrow :)
July 4, Hawaii, Independence
Imagine a Native American community who had a Disneyland-like resort built over their villages and ancestor's graves, the people made to do bastardizations of their sacred dances, wear mock 'sexy feather headresses' and entertain the rich tourists for starvation wages, 12 hours a day 7 days a week, living sardine-packed 20-to-a-house. And then be arrested for speaking their own language. It'd be an outrage, right? But that is just everyday life, in US-colonized Hawaii
holocaust ... joke?
This is so meta I'm not sure how I feel about it. Rare for me in things that are obviously trying to be comedies. Song: "Remember that We Suffered" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY
I'm similarly uncomfortable with JoJo Rabbit. I was unable to accept as humor that parts that were clearly trying to be humor. Which made the tragedy less impactful on me I think.
The planet is level 4. If you're living in a level 1 country feel free to speak softly, locally, about your "freedoms" and "rights." Otherwise shut the fuck up. You're killing people, getting them killed, and sucking up medical resources from people being more responsible than you. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
Once every 5th episode or so they also roll the "which dead character isn't actually dead" die.
S2E18: Pretty sure in the writers room they just roll a die to decide which character is going to double-cross this episode. Of course at this point, depending on how the die lands, we're talking about triple-cross. Or 4 or 5 or ... These poor actors keep having to act the same "I can't believe you betrayed X ... again" scenes.
S2E9: The Indian Air Force is going to level a building because it has nuclear suitcase bombs that must be destroyed before terrorists get them out. Our heroes are inside the building, yet the CIA cannot get the general to delay the strike, even for 10 minutes.
Our heroes hear 5 fighter jets approaching (lolwut??). 1 jet fires 2 rockets, which lightly damage the top of the building. Our heroes get dusty briefly, are not hurt. The 5 jets fly around in circles, everyone leaves.
My favorite so far:
Last season (I think) another spy agency located the SD6 super secret underground HQ and blew the fucking thing completely up with explosives. "This changes everything!!" -huge musical swelling, stings-
The next episode the universe is completely reset, the HQ has been rebuilt(?) in the exact same location(what?!?!?), nothing has changed.
CW so you can skip me laughing / complaining about a stupid & fun spy TV show (Amazon Video) I run as background noise while I'm working
S2E7: Sydney pulls out her lipstick "bug killer" so they can have a private conversation w/o spy agencies listening in. Then her cell phone rings, she answers it. What kind of RF killer device still allows her cell phone to work? And if they have the tech for her phone to still get through why wouldn't other spies use the same tech? lolz
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