Is is good

Wow, actual satire and biting mordant comedy on SNL? That hasn’t happened in years.

Damn funny. If you aren’t offending someone, you aren’t doing comedy. By definition, pretty much.

Yeah, we created the mess in Iraq. But pretending that ISIS is a bunch of nice dudes running around rescuing orphans is a very liberal American thing to do. And it just ain’t so.

Making fun of those raping murdering bastards and crass consumerism and resultant marketing is just fine is with me.

Professing

Good article about sexual paranoia in academia that applies to all life nowadays I think.

Of course, the residues of the wild old days are everywhere. On my campus, several such “mixed” couples leap to mind, including female professors wed to former students. Not to mention the legions who’ve dated a graduate student or two in their day—plenty of female professors in that category, too—in fact, I’m one of them. Don’t ask for details. It’s one of those things it now behooves one to be reticent about, lest you be branded a predator.

I miss the Wild West of the internet, the more open times of the 80s (though I don’t miss most of those times), and when generally people just weren’t as uptight and afraid as they are now.

Things weren’t perfect, but people weren’t so paranoid and insane about many things as they currently are (also related to how kids aren’t allowed to leave the house anymore — all connected.)

To be clear, I think protecting people form sexual predation is wonderful. However, 95% — if not more — of these codes are about sexual control of people and are related to the same urges religions express/depend on to control sexuality and thus people, and are based in no desire to protect anyone.

Protection is just the excuse, the canard, the, uh, insertion point.

Everyone is so afraid of everything these days. Fuck that. Just fuck that. Living in fear is like death. I pledged not to live my life that way, and I have not.

Period

Why does this keep showing up in my YouTube recommended videos no matter what I watch?

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Period blood doesn’t disgust me. Almost nothing does except some bad smells. But why, YouTube, why?

Breaking it down

Car windows are very strong, especially on modern cars.

If you do need to break a window, striking near the corner is best. Using industrial grade ceramic from a spark plug or similar breaks a car window easily, as that is quite a bit harder than glass. It takes shockingly little effort to break a window with spark plug ceramic.

Uhh, I learned that on TV or something.

Yeah, that’s it. TV.

Housebound

This movie is a lot of fun.

It blends comedy and horror, but not like you’ve seen it before. It’s not like Evil Dead 2. It’s not like Shaun of the Dead. And it doesn’t fit into any premade slots, hence it’s not-that-high IMDB rating.

It also features a really unlikable but realistic female protagonist, which is a strike against it in most people’s minds.

Anyway, it’s worth a watch. It’s not scary at all and has some really funny moments, and a good bit of black humor.

Recommended.

Crime against

Rape is a horrible crime. In some ways worse than murder, as the victim must live with the consequences.

And many rapes do happen on college campuses. However, more rapes occur in prison, inflicted on men than occur on any college* campus or nearby environs. And more rapes occur in marriages, in families and between non-college acquaintances than on or associated with college campuses.

So why the focus on campus rape**?

And the whole “colleges are rape nests” propaganda is also really stupid. It has nothing to do with reality. Rape exists everywhere and singling out colleges is ridiculous.

Because upper-middle-class people attend in high numbers. If upper-middle class people went to prison in high numbers, that’s where our focus on rape would be.

All rape is equally evil. It doesn’t matter if it happens in prison, in a family home or on a college campus.

I do think that Clarissa is generally pointing the correct way in that the right wing will now focus on college rape statistics to attempt to further dismantle higher education. That won’t help women, nor help stop rape, but it will further erode the American educational system.

*If you include prison, depending on how you interpret the statistics, more men are raped every year than women — but no one does because, like, ugh, right?

**I’m not saying it’s wrong to discuss college rape, but that is becoming the only focus and it should not be. All rapes are equally evil. Yep, even prison rape.

Showing off

The new Google Maps is truly a heaping pile of steaming festering crap.

So many smart people producing something so fundamentally stupid. Dumb people would’ve produced something better and less complex.

Rarely

I rarely fall for these sorts of optical illusions because I’ve spent years taking and editing photographs (some of those as a full-time job).

Didn’t look white and gold or blue and black to me.

Immediately looked brownish gold and blue, and two seconds in Photoshop sampling the colors confirmed this.

Hard to believe that anyone can see it as anything else, but those sorts of color-based optical illusions I’m now almost completely immune to. (Others I fall for just as much as anyone else.)

(Also note: There is no “real color” that the dress is as far as the camera is concerned. It can only be known objectively the reported color values on the screen, which are influenced by camera white balance, light levels, contrast ratio, compression, filters, sensor quality and optimizations and a host of other factors.)