Have you found that your sense of your own patriotism has felt...compromised? It's so easy to fall into that pit.
But I tell you: do not cave.
I was asked if I could, given our…Continue
Scene from The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
We are living in intentional continual uproar
I honestly didn’t know whether to write continual or continuous. The uproar in Washington has been almost non-stop since Beast 45 assumed office; really it has been since he began running for office.
I mentioned in a previous post that a friend…Continue
Trump Still Claiming His Fake Renoir is Real: Even though its been well documented that the real Renoir "Two Sisters (On The Terrace)” painting has been hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago since 1933, President Trump continues to insist that the one hanging in his New York apartment is real. Yea, and I’m guessing he believes his Van Gogh self-portrait is real too - even though the ear was actually bitten off by Mike Tyson. What tickles me is that he…Continue
The house where I spent most of my childhood no longer exists except in my memory. It was a modest wood frame three bedroom house with indoor plumbing and no heat other than space heaters in the bathroom and dining room. During the summers I read in an easy chair with a west facing window in the living room. The World Book Encyclopedia, mother’s Book of the Month selections, and assorted religious references were in the arm’s length book case.
In the winter my brother and I…Continue
While watching the baseball games yesterday, I noted (for the first time, I suppose) that the home plate umpire wore glasses!!! The country has gone to hell in a handbasket. The only reason I could see this abomination was because the ump caught a foul off the mask, which he took off for a bit, on camera.
So, off to the innterTubes to find out how long this degradation of America's Game has been going on. I expected a few years, at most.…Continue
last weeks dirty
Gordon Downie, front man for the seminal group The Tragically Hip, finally died of the brain cancer that was afflicting him. It was not before he led one final triumphant tour with the Hip and led the way for the rest of the country to come to terms with our treatment of indigenous peoples.
"The place of honor that Mr. Downie occupies in Canada’s national imagination has no parallel in the United States. Imagine Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe combined into one…Continue
Kabuki is a classical art form, that includes singing, dancing & acting, that is best recognized by the often bizarre makeup and masks worn so as to hide the performer's identity.
Words can also function as kabuki makeup & masks to hide people's intent...
For example, when Michael Tyler, the spokesman for Tom Perez and the DNC,…Continue
This morning I am forced to come to terms with the reality of how media affects our concept of disasters. As the fires approached my community of Oakmont, California in the early hours of Monday morning,…Continue
Internet Buzzing Over Melania Trump Body Double Conspiracy: Melania Trump has become the center of a wild body double conspiracy theory after people began saying the woman who appeared on the White House lawn alongside the President in a trench coat and sunglasses didn’t look quite the same as Melania. If you ask me, the answer’s quite simple - Melania is a robot and the factory provided several copies for Trump’s use. Of course, another other explanation…Continue
Why is Trump whining about the media not lauding his every move? Why is he complaining about Congress being slow to act? Why is he bitching about Tillerson calling him a moron in private, and Corker essentially calling him a child who needs to be babysat in public? "He must have known what he was signing up for, but I guess it must hurt anyway."
From AnandTech we get the louder drumbeat of the Brave New World; run by Corps rather than the Damn Gummint, of course.
From the beginning, the NNP and its Nervana Engine predecessor have aimed at displacing GPUs in the machine learning and AI space, where applications can range from weather prediction and autonomous vehicles to targeted…Continue
Price Resigns from Amazon Studios After Harassment Allegations: Amazon Studio head Roy Price has resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed a producer of one of the company’s most high-profile shows. Amazon officials boasted that, because of the company’s popular Amazon Prime service, they were able to ship Price’s ass the hell out in as little as one business day.…Continue
I was working with a guy from out of town today and we finished about midday. Normally when I've got someone from out of town and we get free time I take them to downtown Washington to show them tourist sites, usually the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It's the best of its kind anywhere. Hanging from the ceiling in one room are the X15, which set altitude records, the jet Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in, and the Spirit of St. Louis. If you view…Continue
A couple of old friends left this morning. I’m in a brown defunkit. (Cf.* )
Erics’s an engineer who just retired, and they are making the rounds visiting friends and family over the southeast and Florida. (cf. ^)
Always curious about how things work, as engineers tend to be, he taught me some tricks with my iPhone about…Continue