Oct 31


Have been reading more academic writing than usual lately.

I *hate* it. Academic writing and how academics are required to write if they want their papers to be published is just horrifically bad.

Strange how norms develop, and how they are enforced.

Oct 28

Suddenly Billie

Wow. All of the sudden, I like Green Day.

That is very much like something I’d do. I have very low tolerance for men harassing women and if I see it in person, I step up.

Fuck yeah Billie Joe. Who knew he was the real deal? Well, now I know.

Oct 28


About the below, the endpoint of all that — as in, what will actually happen in the real world — is that women will only end up interacting with the worst men, as that sort of social sanction doesn’t have any impact on them.

Meanwhile, men with good intentions will follow social conventions and not interact at all.

Strange how many human “solutions” have exactly the opposite of the intended effect.

Oct 28

The path

In some ways — in many important ways — Americans are more repressed sexually and socially than those in traditional Islamic societies.

There, at least there are socially accepted ways to proceed. There is a script that works — yes, for women, it works very poorly indeed but there is a path.

In America, however, there is nothing — it’s just a confusion. If you’re a man and you talk to a woman at work in any way other than robotically, you’re an evil harassing creep, while actual harassing creeps pretty much get away with nearly anything. Meanwhile, women are forced out of companies for reporting the actual harassers, while the men who just wanted a friendship often face the consequences the worst of their brethren in their sociopathic nature completely avoid.

There are many other examples, but that was one I was thinking about.

When the conventional wisdom is that expressing anything other than robotic indifference to a woman is harassment (as it is becoming), then we are all doomed. The harassers will still proceed with abandon and many more people will be more lonely than necessary.

All too often, our “fixes” just make things worse.

Oct 28


I’m not into sentimental photos in general, but if someone did this to me I’d never speak to them again. Even if I were married to them. They’d find the divorce papers in the mail.

That’s just absolutely horrible and unconscionable, and a sign of mental problems. I have difficulty understanding jealousy at all, but that’s so far beyond jealousy it truly is some form of mental illness.

Oct 27

Presence and absence

Something that non-cinephiles don’t know about movies and TV: In most films and shows, especially if they have any actors with recognizable names in them, if the actor’s face is not actually in the shot there is a very good chance the actor “in” the scene was not on set when it was filmed.

The reason is that “named” actors are very expensive, and the more you can avoid having them work the less costly the production — and often, the less hassle.

So if you see the “actor’s” hand? Likely not them. The back of their head? Likely not them. Hear them talking but don’t actually see them? Probably dubbed in later.

If you don’t actually see an up-close shot of the actor’s face in a scene, there is a really good chance they were not present at all when the scene was filmed.

Oct 27

Fuck Windows 10

Something else that Windows 10 has disabled is pasting passwords into modal password dialog boxes.

This makes security worse. I just changed three of my passwords to be less secure since I can no longer paste them. I was forced to reduce their complexity greatly because previously they were all 16 characters or greater and used a full character set. Thus, they were nearly impossible to type.

Since Microsoft has implemented this “security feature” in Windows 10, I changed them to seven characters with nothing except alphanumeric components so I can type them in less than 10 minutes.

Much more secure, obviously.

Fucking idiots.

Oct 27


Unpopular Opinion – The Witch is the Best Horror Film of the Past 10 Years.

Not unpopular with me, because The Witch is incredible and marvelous and lovely in its own way.

Non-horror fans should definitely watch this movie, even if you think you won’t like it. It’s not all that scary, but it’s extremely unnerving.

Why, though, should non-horror fans watch it? Because it is utterly committed to existing in its chosen time period of the 17th century Puritan colonial North America. After you watch this film, you’ll realize how terrible most “historical” dramas are, and how lacking in nuance or commitment to their era or the way people approached problems cognitively in a completely different cultural context.

I re-watch very, very few films, but I will definitely view The Witch again one day soon.

Watch this movie. It’s just fantastic. After I did, all movies I attempted after seemed limp and pallid. God, what a great film.

Oct 26


Because of “smart” phones, it is shocking and disheartening how far computing has regressed in only ten years.

Functionally, we’re back around 1988 now. Design-wise, we’re closer to 1983 or 1984.

So sad and horrible to observe and experience.