A quick schetch of a Maslow-ish “hierarchy of needs” for belief systems.
Interesting the number of comments I’m seeing that boil down to “the Colorado Democratic caucuses were a shit-show”. This wasn’t my experience at all, but perhaps I’m being overly generous with my location? Or perhaps other folks had it a lot worse?
I’ve always been registered independent, but recently changed to Democrat to caucus for Bernie Sanders. Tonight was my first caucus.
So, I participated in a caucus for the first time tonight.
It seems unlikely that the trend of large businesses and startups replacing workers with automation, algorithms, and “on-demand” “micro-employees” (the “gig” economy) is going to end any time soon. But what of smaller (both in terms of employees, and in terms of capital) businesses?
Some random and possibly ill-considered public policy “recommendations” inspired by recent reading…
If you like Ethan Schoonover’s Solarized color scheme and use Ulysses III, please check out my new theme! It’s modeled after Schoonover’s canonical Solarized ViM color scheme, though it doesn’t follow it exactly. I think it’s a lot more visually pleasing than Ulysses’ default Solarized theme.
I loved How to Train Your Dragon. It’s a great story. It’s got great characters. It’s pretty as all get-out. And the score is absolutely amazing. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
So I really wanted to like How to Train Your Dragon 2. And did like it… But I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.
Trigger Warning: Violence against Women Last Night in Santa Barbara California, a Gunman in a BMW opened fire on students near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista. Seven are dead including … He’s a “good guy”! Right. Of course, an actual good guy wouldn’t pick up a gun and decide to kill people.
The murderer called himself an Alpha Male. He wasn’t. He’s another domestic terrorist who grabbed a gun and killed people.
The money quote of all money quotes from his youtube “manifesto”:
On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde slut I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. While they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true Alpha Male.
This should go without saying, but if you think violence is a suitable reaction to not getting what you want, be it an orgasm or a job or a stick of gum, you are not a good person, let alone a nice one.
Though Pacific Rim was arguably a more original and complex movie than Godzilla, it fizzled at the box office – while Godzilla’s formulaic fun earned so much money its first weekend that the studio has already ordered a sequel. What made one giant monster movie succeed where the other failed? [link]
My god, this is a depressing take on the relative fortunes of Godzilla vs. Pacific Rim.
Considering that the purported “message” of both movies focuses on global climate change, the final point (“We just want to be rescued”) lives somewhere beyond depressing.
Here’s something I’ve been working on for the last month or so…