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This Is Not Normal

The one thing authoritarians want you to do is to accept that their conduct is normal, even when it is not. They do not want you to yearn for a freer, less oppressive and less corrupt time, and they do not want you to think it odd when, say, a government agency is purged or a bunch of protesters are arrested and vanish into the prisons without ever seeing trial. They want you to think it is normal when the President is openly selling your interests out to a foreign power, or when he is using the levers of government to materially enrich and empower his family. The presumption of normality during abnormal times is one of the most powerful weapons the authoritarian has, and that is why it is so important to recognize how profoundly abnormal Donald J. Trump will be as president. So I assembled a list.





The Abnormal Presidency

I was going to quote a bit of this one as a teaser, but you should read the whole thing if you haven't already. Because, well, This Is Not Normal.
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I don't think I've ever loved my neighborhood more than I've loved it this past week. When I voted on Election Day, the line was just long enough for me to see that my fellow voters included African-Americans, Spanish-speaking immigrants, and at least a couple of Muslims. I am living in the land of Trumplethinskin's nightmares and I love it.

Of course that means that most of the neighborhood feels like our country has just voted us into our own nightmare. People have been numb, anxious, depressed. Yesterday it seemed that the shock was wearing off and being replaced by anger and a determination to stand up for each other--our fellow Americans, our fellow immigrants, the good people elsewhere on this beleaguered planet we're sharing. Here's hoping that determination lasts a good long while--because even if Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the electoral vote, we'd still have a bunch of people the worst part of DJT's campaign has emboldened to fight against not only her, but against all of us who love the diversity of our country. The number of "Black Lives Matter" signs in people's yards seems to be have increased since Tuesday, which I'll take as a good sign.

Link mostly for myself: Trendspotting from John Evans of Techcrunch, which has a bunch of links which may lead to other things I need to think about.
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Lessons for Americans from the city that elected Rob Ford

"Dear Americans,

"Hello from Toronto. We promise not to be smarmy or condescending.

"It's just that we have some experience electing a uniquely unqualified bigoted demagogue whose stunted emotional maturity and tenuous grasp of reality caused people to fear for things they held dear. But while we can't pretend that our late former mayor was ever nearly as terrifying as your president-elect, there are sufficient similarities that it may be worth comparing notes...."

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2016 09:58 am
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Take some time to remember what our veterans fought for. Think about the things that you consider worth fighting for. Are you a nonviolent person interested in pursuing paths of peace? Good for you! There are ways to pursue what is right that don't involve picking up a weapon. If you can volunteer for good organizations that are under threat, please do so. If you have money, please donate. If you aren't able to volunteer or donate, send messages of encouragement to the people who are doing the work you believe should be done. Even a very little thing can find roots, branch out, and grow into something big.

The world is a big place. The world is your oyster. Be an irritant under its shell.

Consider the possibility that you've always been a butterfly.

Oh, just in case it might be relevant, here's a link: Autocracy: Rules for Survival.
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"If you ever doubt that C. S. Lewis was gifted with a prophetic voice, you need look no further for correction than Prince Caspian." Thus begins an opinion piece (which I got from the Inklings mailing list) which includes the question "Did C. S. Lewis foresee the rise of Donald Trump?"

I'm sharing this link mostly because I ended up getting sucked into multiple political conversations while I was out today; and, while I am delighted to know that my neighbors and friends all over the political spectrum--from Tea Partiers to mixed baggers and moderates to raving hippies--are nearly all in agreement that Trump should never ever be elected dogcatcher, much less POTUS, that still meant that I had to think about the clown for an extended period of time, which didn't help my headache. So now I'm sharing the pain.

Now I want more tea (no party).
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"I’m a mom, a wife, a doula, an urban chicken farmer, a life coach, an extended breast-feeder, a weaver, a kombucha brewer, a yogini, and a Therapeutic Healing Touch practitioner. But most importantly, I’m a mom. And as a mom, I know what’s best for the health of my family: magical thinking."
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Want a better life in 2015? Reading this and following the advice may not make your life perfect--but then again, maybe it's worth a try: "Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer.

Hey, if I had either a cat or a camera...
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...and we don't even have the full force of the Arctic blast yet. Right now the main problem is wind (and I'll be turning off the computer shortly so nothing gets fried if the power goes out (please please please don't let the power go out tonight!)). As a general rule, I would rather be too cold than too hot; but when you're talking about wind chills below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it's time to accept that Mother Nature wants to kill you. Folks in colder climates may take pride in the fact that they survive anyway, and that's understandable. But that doesn't negate the basic fact that such weather isn't made for human bodies to enjoy.

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A couple of silly linguistic links via the Slacktivist:

OED Birthday Words. Mine is "megastar."

New York Times Dialect Quiz. My three cities: Baltimore, Arlington (Virginia), and Raleigh. Not bad, considering I'm from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. I wonder why DC itself isn't on the list. (Least similar cities: Providence, Detroit, Milwaukee.)

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Miles walked today: Roughly 3.5. I don't expect to go very far in tomorrow's chill.

Today's music: J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. I was going to listen to all six concertos, but got distracted by the desire to go out while the weather was still semi-reasonable. Maybe tomorrow.

Loads of laundry done: Three. And that, my friends, tells you all you need to know about how exciting my day has been.

Happy Peak Bloom!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 09:30 pm
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Finally, here in the DC area we can say it: Happy Spring! (It's now feeling more Summery than I'd like, but you take what you can get.)

I'm not really up to saying anything coherent, so I'll leave you with a link to a visualization of the Cherry Blossom Festival and Peak Bloom Dates.

Also, a quiz result which should surprise no-one who has seen me recently:

I'm sure this is all about the hair )

Bits and Links

Monday, November 7th, 2011 09:13 pm
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Links first:

Quantum Theology: Our Spooky Interconnectedness, because you just knew that the phrase "quantum theology" was going to get my attention.

Harold Camping is not sorry.

The Rize of Zombie Walks: Is the human race finally embracing its true identity?

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Am tired. Walked a little bit yesterday--something less than a mile--and a littler little bit today--just a walk around the block. My body thinks I should stay in bed most of the day, which is mostly okay with my mind since I've been in the mood for lying down and reading books anyway. Still, I do hope I have energy to do something useful tomorrow; and I have plans to do something useful on Wednesday, so I need to get some energy soon.

I did get to a grocery store yesterday, though, which gave me the opportunity to buy an alternate breakfast cereal for those days when I'm tired of what I've already got. So what did I buy? Crunchy granola with non-GMO hemp seeds! Mmmm... tastes like hippies.

As a housemate pointed out, I have enough hair to make a hippie--but I refuse to grow dreadlocks. I wouldn't mind having more tie-dyed clothing, though.

I have done nothing useful today. Today would not have been a good day to make phone calls, because today was not a good day for conversations with people who are not already accustomed to the way I babble on days like today.

Tonight's supper ingredients: ground lamb, red onion, garlic, sweet potato, Stayman apple, Russian kale, collard greens, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, and coriander. Whatever's making me tired, it's not a lack of nutritious food.

Book I've been reading: Blind Alley by Iris Johansen. I'd never read anything by her before, but so far this book is exactly the kind of mind candy I needed.

Oh, for those wondering: I finally finished a book from the 400s class of the Dewey Decimal System. I still haven't visited any museums yet this year, though. Maybe I should give up on that particular New Year's resolution for 2011.
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Characteristic Ages of Genres, via [personal profile] supergee.

This morning I feel old enough to be a cozy mystery, possibly because I spent time last night when I should have been sleeping listening to an interview with an old college friend of mine while trying (and possibly failing) to find a legitimate e-mail address for said friend.
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The Top Things to Do at the Smithsonian in 2011.

Though I had hoped to do something interesting today, my body had other plans, which was both disappointing and expected. At least I can still plan for future outings!

Good things

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 09:02 pm
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Reasons To Be Cheerful. Link via [personal profile] supergee.

So far today I have napped, eaten some good food, eaten some junk food, walked about a mile after sunset enjoying the absurdly warm weather, and read a slim children's book about fairies (from the 300s in the Dewey Decimal System, thank you very much). A headache threatened this morning, but it went away after the nap. There are worse ways to begin a year.

Wednesday notes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 10:19 pm
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Two links to keep this entry interesting:

"Mike Russell Talks BLOOM COUNTY And More With Pulitzer-Prize Winning Humorist Berkeley Breathed!"

And for those in search of Christmas gifts: The Tea Party Children's Book About How Obama Stole Christmas: The Liberal Clause: Socialism on a Sleigh.

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Today didn't begin too badly, and it quickly became obvious that it would be a day when I'd be full of more energy than usual. Unfortunately, my body decided to entertain itself by being icky in other ways, so I didn't go as far as the thrift store I'd been hoping to get to. Still, I did some light cleaning, walked about two miles, bought some essential peanut butter, and enjoyed the gloriously windy day with leaves (and occasional twigs) coming down everywhere.

In the evening as the breeze died down, so did my energy. After supper, I put on a fuzzy pink nightgown, curled up in my chair, and watched The Sixth Sense, a movie for which I had been thoroughly spoiled but which was still quite watchable even if it did star Bruce Willis. Now I should get to bed and see if my body will let me sleep well tonight, because I am hoping to get out of the house for a long while tomorrow.
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Weekly World News: 10 Signs Your Co-Worker Is an Alien (link via [livejournal.com profile] supergee).

Number 1 is a good one. I had a professor once who regularly wore suit jackets and ties with jeans and sneakers, and he openly admitted he was an alien: he was Irish.
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A lovely essay via [livejournal.com profile] mind_hacks: COOKIE MONSTER SEARCHES DEEP WITHIN HIMSELF AND ASKS: IS ME REALLY MONSTER?
How can they be so callous? Me know there something wrong with me, but who in Sesame Street doesn't suffer from mental disease or psychological disorder? They don't call the vampire with math fetish monster, and me pretty sure he undead and drinks blood. No one calls Grover monster, despite frequent delusional episodes and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. And the obnoxious red Grover—oh, what his name?—Elmo! Yes, Elmo live all day in imaginary world and no one call him monster. No, they think he cute. And Big Bird! Don't get me started on Big Bird! He unnaturally gigantic talking canary! How is that not monster? Snuffleupagus not supposed to exist—woolly mammoths extinct. His very existence monstrous.

More seriously, and also via Mind Hacks, there's a story about Erick Turner, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University and a clinician at the Portland VA Medical Center, ...[who] published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that revealed antidepressants are not as effective as we’ve been led to believe.

While I'm looking at Mind Hacks anyway, here's one that will come as no surprise to some of you: "Karelis, a professor at George Washington University, has a simpler but far more radical argument to make: traditional economics just doesn't apply to the poor. When we're poor, Karelis argues, our economic worldview is shaped by deprivation, and we see the world around us not in terms of goods to be consumed but as problems to be alleviated."

Sidewalk Psychiatry.

My head still hurts. Bah. Me want cookie.

Two quick links

Friday, December 8th, 2006 01:49 pm
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First, via [livejournal.com profile] supergee, we have a post about science for girls and science for boys. Who though all this jelly bracelet stuff was a good idea? Personally, when I was a young girl, I'd have been happy just learning how to make a nuclear bomb. I know my father would have helped out, too, if only we'd had the chance. That's how to make science fun!

On a more intentionally silly note, [livejournal.com profile] theferrett links us to webcomic DM of the Rings. Ferrett has a description and review here. The comic is aimed at D&D players, but if you know the Lord of the Rings and have ever had any conversations with geeks, that's probably enough.

Various

Monday, October 23rd, 2006 10:26 pm
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Morning annoyance: Telemarketers who know they cannot legally call the housemates' cell phones, so they find out what landlines are associated with this address (the landlord's line and mine) and call us instead. It's bad enough when I get spam calls meant for me and all my dead relatives--I don't need everybody else's junk phone too.

Flashback: When I cued up the "Come Closer" mash-up this morning, Trent & the Beatles sounded like someone was playing their LPs at 16 RPM. I had no idea Windows Media Player could even do that. Freaky.

Fun link: Klingon Pumpkin Carving, via [livejournal.com profile] windsparrow.

Jeepers! Via [livejournal.com profile] musesfool: There are crazy people on my Internets. The problem isn't that someone fell in love with a fictional character. I could respect that. The problem is that if the fictional character were real, he would need a restraining order.

And via comments in that thread: Meet Mrs. Berlin Wall. I might have less trouble with this if I thought there were any chance of the relationship being consensual.

Feeling a bit better: I actually got out and did stuff today. Not sure how much the bureaucratic stuff will help, but at least I used my birthday gift card to buy underwear and socks.

Dream from last night: It seemed to be some kind of holodeck simulation. In front of me at some distance was a large, old building, red and white, stretched between stands of trees to my left and right. It could have been a mansion, but it was more likely a museum or a municipal building. I was standing in a structure like a glass-and-metal bus shelter situated in the middle of a large field, with a forest in the distance behind me. Closer to me was a mob, composed of both men and women, mostly white but with other races mixed in, all of them armed with rocks or flamethrowers or other such things you'd expect from a mob about to storm a castle. I wasn't interested in this kind of entertainment that night, but as there seemed to be nothing I could do about it, I watched in morbid fascination as they all surged forward toward that building, shouting about the heretics inside and how they all deserved to die. I thought to myself that at least this wasn't real, at least they couldn't hurt me--and then some few in the crowd noticed me and turned toward me, letting me know in no uncertain terms that because I did not join them in their destruction, they were going to burn me for a heretic too. I asked if they couldn't tell I was pregnant. They knew, and they did believe that the baby growing inside me was an innocent life, but they were quite willing to kill the child and any other guiltless parties in order to destroy heretics like me.

And now I want to set something on fire. It's cold in here.

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 11:19 am
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Had to cancel another appointment yesterday, though not for the same reasons as the one on Thursday. My body really needs to start communicating more clearly about what it needs me to do.

So I spent some of yesterday sleeping, some reading, some chatting with [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk about aliens and astrology, too much eating, and a lot of time playing around with the search feature in Yahoo! mail. I found one thing which made me incredibly giggly indeed--the notification for [livejournal.com profile] skygypsy's very first LJ comment! Since it was a response to a post that was deleted long ago and it was thought that the comment notifications were all gone as well, we thought her LiveJournal introduction was lost forever, but it wasn't! I won't post it here because, hey, it was originally in a locked post and had some old personal stuff in it. But re-reading it again made me cackle gleefully. *NUKE BEIGE!* Oh, and I also seem to have broken someone's brain, though I'm not at all sure how that happened.

In a [livejournal.com profile] slacktivist post yesterday, it was written:
Sometimes I read something interesting on the Web, bookmark the site, and then write about it here on the blog.

Sometimes, though, I read something interesting, bookmark the site, and then never get around to writing about it. Weeks and months pass by and the bookmarks folder gets filled to overflowing. I usually label this folder "current" -- a label that quickly becomes inaccurate. My current "current" folder is actually labeled "MLK," because I started it back around Jan. 15 when I was bookmarking a bunch of stuff for a post on Martin Luther King Jr.

So, does anyone else do this? I certainly do. It's not in a bookmarks folder because I know I never get around to cleaning those out, but a bunch of links will be in a text file, usually labeled "Post" or "Post3" or "Sources" or something, and every once in a while I'll go through them and wonder "What the heck was I thinking when I saved this?"

Other times, I know exactly why I saved what I saved. For instance, many of you need to see The Completely True Untold Origin of Doctor Doom, No Kidding For Real. And then you need to make some posts of your own. Also: The Periodic Table of ComicBooks. And... good grief, I found half an essay I was going to post back in June. I wonder if I'll ever actually finish that?

Odd dreams last night. A few involved things I won't mention here, but I will say that Colin Hay's version of the Icehouse song "Icehouse" works surprisingly well in my head. Oh, and my sleeping mind has odd ideas about what should be done with chocolate.
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Somebody, clearly somebody fascinated with transportation systems, has a bunch of pages devoted to DC's Metrorail, with pictures of all the stations in the system, movies taken in many of them, and information about the unique features & architecture of each station, as well as stuff about the different kinds of trains the system has running. My reaction alternates between "Somebody had too much time on their hands" and "Wow, this is pretty neat!"

In the fall, I always kinda wish I had a camera to take pictures of the trees from the Silver Spring station. There's no pic of that here, alas, but there is a photo of the other fun thing at Silver Spring: Penguin Rush Hour! [Edit: Metro's own website has three photos of the mural, starting with this page.]

The main site also covers rail systems in NYC and Pittsburgh, as well as bus systems in DC and some VA cities.
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National Park Service Web Cameras
The National Park Service operates digital cameras at many parks to help educate the public on air quality issues. These cameras often show the effects of air pollution such as visibility impairment. Because these cameras are typically located near air quality monitoring sites, the camera web pages display other information along with the photo such as current levels of ozone, particulate matter, or sulfur dioxide air pollutants, visual range, and weather conditions.

Here's the one for Washington, DC. Right now, I'd rather be in Denali.
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What might otherwise seem to be wasted time as I sit here on the phone hoping to talk to someone at a doctor's office or insurance plan is instead spent reminding myself just how much my geographical knowledge could be improved. I have probably linked to The Degree Confluence Project before, but it's been a while. What is this Confluence Project? "The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures, and stories about the visits, will then be posted here."

I'm having fun starting with a point fairly close to home and then moving east or west, north or south, to see what else is on the same line. Much more entertaining and educational than playing my ten zillionth game of solitaire.
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The Snopes Urban Legends Reference pages have confirmed that certain pictures floating around the internet are authentic photographs of Muslim protesters in London during this year's unrest over the Mohammed cartoons. Behold the face of the Religion of Peace! This is the harsh reality, people. We're so much better than they are: They have placards urging the faithful to "BUTCHER THOSE WHO MOCK ISLAM"; We have Left Behind: The Videogame.
Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is "to conduct physical and spiritual warfare"; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice. You have never felt so powerful, so driven by a purpose: you are 13 years old. You are playing a real-time strategy video game whose creators are linked to the empire of mega-church pastor Rick Warren, best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life.

I have to admit, after reading more about the game here, here, and here, it sounds very well-done, very entertaining. It may not be so good at providing spiritual clarity, however, judging from this article (Edit: if that link won't work, same column here, or use a search engine to find the Left Behind column by Joel Stein):
By the end, [Left Behind Games President Jeffery] Frichner had 24 soldiers and I had three. Defeated, I asked him if the game had accomplished its objective of making him feel invigorated about the believers' role in the end of the world. "I thought I was playing the devil," he said with a confused look. I took that as a no.

Personally, I think players of the game should be required to read all of [livejournal.com profile] slacktivist's Left Behind posts (latest one here).

In other news: "Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies' products."

The problem here isn't that the Bush administration is Evil: the Clinton administration and all your favorite lobbying firms have produced the same kinds of "news" and sent them to all the same television stations for years. The problem is that the major TV news organizations all pass this stuff off as real news. Look, the Republicans hate the MainStream Media because they think it's biased in favor of the liberals, the Democrats hate the MSM because they think it's biased in favor of the Eeevil Bush administration, and what they all fail to recognize is that the media are, quite simply, biased in favor of whoever will do their work for them. If you're not willing to do something to change that fact, maybe you should quit complaining and go back to playing your videogames.

Green students and spam

Saturday, May 27th, 2006 09:38 am
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This was in the [livejournal.com profile] bruce_schneier feed, but since I haven't been paying much attention to my RSS feeds lately, I actually got the link via [livejournal.com profile] supergee:
How to cheat good
8. Edit > Paste Special > Unformatted Text

This is my Number 1 piece of advice, even if it is numbered eight. When you copy things from the web into Word, ignoring #3 above, don’t just “Edit > Paste” it into your document. When I am reading a document in black, Times New Roman, 12pt, and it suddenly changes to blue, Helvetica, 10pt (yes, really), I’m going to guess that something odd may be going on. This seems to happen in about 1% of student work turned in, and periodically makes me feel like becoming a hermit.

Yes, our modern college students actually need to learn how to cheat well. I suppose this always was true, but in a world where nobody ever needs to look at the papers they produce it becomes more vital than ever to pay attention to minor details. Sure, students could always try to do a little bit of writing for themselves, but whoever has time to do that?

(Aside from the quote, you know I'm writing this post by myself; even though I've barely typed anything yet, there are already three sentences in "X, but Y" form. It may seem sad that my thought processes regularly fall into the same pattern, but that just shows I have a balanced Libran mind. (No, I don't believe in astrology, but I love it anyway.))

(Overuse of parentheses is also a clue, but I've gotten much better about that over the years. No, really.)

Ahem. Here's another link which I, perhaps irrationally, suspect is related to the previous one. The Evolution of Spam-Consciousness
Is the internet itself trying to communicate with us?

If it were, how would we be able to detect it? First of all, we’d have to look at how it learned, how it became conscious. Presumably it would have (or will, or is) learned by watching us. It will have been analyzing our patterns of interaction, our blog posts, our photos, our search engine queries, our emails, our instant messages to one another, our e-commerce transactions. Surely, within that vast sphere of data, it will have noticed certain topical trends: a seeming obsession with sex, the ridiculous over-the-top attempts to sell products to each other. You get the idea. As an impartial developing intelligence observing the patterns of our interactions, it might make sense to not only believe these things are of supreme importance, but to try to reach us via these very same channels.

From this admittedly absurd hypothesis, we become able to formulate the question, with a possible straight face, of: how many of the spam emails you get each day are from a developing internet consciousness, a ConsciousNet as it were?

Speaking of computers learning from our blog posts, have any of you found your LJ entries posted in weird automated blogs you never imagined existed? I've recently seen posts harvested because I mentioned eating Nestle candy (it was a Nestle Tollhouse Brownie candy bar that day, though I have also recently eaten Nestle Crunch with Caramel), because I mentioned watching a bird (that robin whose nest in the tree outside was invaded by a crow), or because I was listening to Ancient Beatbox (collected by a site which supposedly has instructions on how to build a catapult, with related blogs on how to paint flowers, how to start a daycare centers (plural?!), "how can i connect my switch to the internet" (because we all know switches are so much harder to connect than bottoms are), and how to beatbox (which, strangely, has nothing on it about the Ancient Beatbox album and all the lovely hurdy-gurdy playing)).

Yes, the preceding paragraph was a blatant attempt to find out how many bots I can get to link to a single post. While I'm here: get a university diploma in learning how to change a guitar string while playing poker 7-card stud in our online casino and listening to your free iPod as you lose weight fast! Since your Viagra isn't here yet, perhaps I may interest you in a home equity loan? Or maybe you would like to start your own home-based business, so watch our sales training video today!

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 10:01 pm
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Today, [livejournal.com profile] mister_wolf (no relation) linked to this wonderful bit of work: The Internet Theologian Explains The Da Vinci Code. Looking through [livejournal.com profile] holyoffice's recent archives, I believe many of you also need to read The Interpretative Dance Theocrats, an exceptionally useful reference guide for identifying some of the key denominations, terms, and concepts in Christianity--that is, if the phrase "exceptionally useful" is redefined as "very funny and only tangentially related to actual fact." (Note: There are also many useful comments. For an example, see this thread.)

Bits

Monday, April 10th, 2006 03:12 pm
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Slept most of the weekend. I really haven't much to say by way of an update, though I did walk a few miles yesterday.

Seen at the grocery store--and maybe I'm the last person to notice--was a product tie-in that made me stop in my tracks. "Why yes," I thought to myself, "peoples lips always are more chapped in the wintertime. So of course it makes perfect sense to get your ChapStick from a land where it's always winter and never Christmas!" Bloody obvious once you think about it.

Seen via some feed or other ([livejournal.com profile] stayfreemag, probably): The Past Is Over: "Can you imagine a speech given by president Bush that would convince you that he has had a change of heart and could actually be the president of your dreams? It is all too easy to criticize our president and his administration. Life changing events (often of the extremely painful variety) force us to reevaluate our values and actions. What if something like this happened to our president. What if he were humbled in some way which caused a profound change in his outlook on life and his role as the leader of our country - turning the aggressive posturing of an all-attack-all-the-time leader into a gentler, wiser soul determined to demonstrate the power of honesty and vulnerability."

These kids probably aren't Republicans.

Not sure where I got this one: Air Force Plan: Hack Your Nervous System. Yay?

What the heck is wrong with people, anyway?

An Art-History Professor Explains to his 4-year-old Daugher Why the Fair Market Value of Her Picture Is Actually Far Less Than that of a Thousand Words.

For fans of House M.D.: this could make a good start page.

For fans of House M.D. and Casablanca: these may make you giggly.

Update-type entry

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 01:59 pm
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Wow, have I actually not posted anything here this month? I must rectify that, yes indeed.

So, we had an April Fool's Day this weekend. Most pranks vaguely annoy me, but I must admit I enjoyed Google Romance (pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] technomensch). This morning, [livejournal.com profile] supergee pointed out a post speculating that George W. Bush may be descended from Aleister Crowley, which is one of those things a lot of people would like to believe. But as a C.S. Lewis geek, my favorite April 1 post has to be "Enter Into Thy Closet": A neglected aspect of the life and works of C.S Lewis, which may well be the start of a completely serious branch of CSL scholarship.

In personal news, just before the last of my scheduled dental visits, my gums decided to become really hypersensitive again. I know that my teeth are not falling out, and the pain is receded enough that I can think of it as an annoyance rather than a major stress, but I'm still not thrilled with my mouth's pranks right now.

On April 1, most of the housemates got together and cleaned out the kitchen. Hooray! The work was disgusting, but the group effort made it fun. There was one pot of food in the refrigerator which was very scary and the only person who would touch it was an Army guy who demonstrated great valor by escorting the enemy mold out of the house.

Have had wildly fluctuating energy levels the last few days. Not sure what's up with that, but I've managed to get some walking in each day anyway. Yesterday was much warmer & more humid than expected, yet still not a bad day for wandering around the neighborhood. Things that stick in the mind: walking past a policeman who smelled very strongly of baby powder, watching kids on swings singing "I Believe I Can Fly," and violets & dandelions taking over people's yards.

I'm taking time to relax today so I'll have energy to deal with bureaucracy tomorrow. That's the plan, anyway.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Anti-Terrorism Valentine's Day Tips. The article may be three years old, but it is still oh-so-important for us all.

A little more seriously, Slate this year has a collection of Valentine's Day poetry worth taking a look at.

And for those of you who believe that February 14 is a day for laughing and laughing until you stop breathing and lose consciousness, Unfortunate Valentine's Day Cards are the best holiday tradition of all.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
i heart guts! Aww, how can you resist?

And some of the niftiest crocheted art ever! If you are a twisted child at heart, you will love this link. If you are a parent of a twisted child, your emotions may be somewhat mixed. (Both links via [livejournal.com profile] drawn_ca.)
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As seen at idiolect:

Google image search for Tiananmen Square on Google China.

Google image search for Tiananmen Square on Google UK.

(US Google results look the same as UK results, at least on the first page, though less information about the images is given.)

[Edit: For a while, there was apparently a leetle bug on Google's Chinese service. Sadly, the bug has since been fixed.]

Morning linkage

Saturday, January 21st, 2006 09:07 am
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
Azurelunatic summarizes the past few days of life on LJ (link via [livejournal.com profile] conscience).

LJ Maintenance has their own update, which is less amusing. Of course the news has made it to Slashdot too (that post merely quotes yesterday's Washington Post blog entry, but comments can be fun).

In non-LJ fraud-related news, check the footnotes here.

And just for fun, a silly quiz result:
The badass apotheosis Test  )
Hee! I like that result. I like it a lot.

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