Monthly Archives: April 2014


By | April 26, 2014

One of the reasons I like Lorde is that she seems like she might be from the future, and perhaps a cyborg modeled on Wednesday Addams. The benefits of that cannot be overestimated.


By | April 26, 2014

I’ve been reading a lot about the historical roots of conservatism (modern and not), and thinking about how far it can be distilled to its base message; that is, what people hear or think they hear when a conservative thought is released into the human cognitive sphere. The best I could come up with is… Read More »


By | April 25, 2014

I’d like to point out that at a technical level, it’s a lot easier to have net neutrality than to enforce different-speed “lanes” on the internet. I don’t feel like one of my massive write-ups today, but the resources involved in providing tiered service levels are pretty large, while throwing in some high-end routers and… Read More »


By | April 25, 2014

A film starring three women that does not pass the Bechdel Test. What the fuck. How does this even. I just don’t know.

The rent

By | April 25, 2014

This post about how absurdly pricy rent is getting in the developed world (especially the US, UK, and Canada) reminded me of talking to a girlfriend’s father years ago about his cost of rent during the 1960s. He lived in Virginia, if I remember correctly, and said something like, “Back when I was starting out,… Read More »

Internet done

By | April 25, 2014

I was saying this was inevitable early as 1996 by the way, but the internet as we’ve know it is now dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster… Read More »

Like a lamb to

By | April 23, 2014

This is amazing. This shows basically that there is no factory job in existence now that a robot could not do – it’s all just a matter of cost. As robots get cheaper and more capable (even than they are now), factories will all be automated like this. And so will many other jobs.


By | April 22, 2014

Now that I think about it, one of the main reasons that I have distaste for NPR and its programs and hosts is that they remind me of people who looked down on me sneeringly when I was a feral North Florida white trash* kid. They were judging on appearances of course, and never even… Read More »


By | April 21, 2014

I am sure all of these terrible things are true of Amazon, but I also have very little sympathy for publishers. Publishing has been historically and still is one of the most hidebound, exploitative, decrepit businesses in the world, right behind the clowns at (and members of) the RIAA and MPAA. A hardback book at… Read More »


By | April 21, 2014

Why the fuck do people still buy vinyl records? Absolutely shitty sound quality (poor dynamic range, degradation over time, etc.) as well as being so huge and fragile. I am old enough to remember and have used vinyl records (I believe the first 45 single I bought with my own money was this one, for… Read More »