Aug 15

Memory Hole

Librarians call it “the 20th century black hole.” You can log on to the Internet and find creative works spanning almost the whole of human history. According to the internet, though, people by and large stopped creating things in the early 1900s, and only started back up again around the year 2000. What happened? Copyright—or, more clearly, our modern version of copyright, an exaggerated, metastasized version that’s now doing a great deal of harm to history.

So true. There are books and games and other software that I used during the mid-80s and very early 90s that I can find no record of any kind on the internet. For books, perhaps if I had the ISBN I could re-discover it. However, all I recall is the title of a book that might have been sold only in a region of the country, or a bit of software that might have sold 5,000 copies and been distributed mostly on BBSes. These items are forever lost to history thanks to obscurity combined with copyright laws.

All times lose most of their history. Thanks to copyright, DRM, and the evanescent nature of digital media, we are likely to lose nearly all of ours.

Aug 15

Lost in Posey Space

I feel the same way about the Lost in Space reboot.

It’s a show that never really resonates because it alternately tries to be light family fare and something deeper and darker. This could work, I guess, but in this case it does not.

Parker Posey’s Dr. Smith, though, is just great. What a slimy sleazeball that you somehow still feel some sort of begrudging affection for, and don’t even understand why you do. She just cannot help herself and I think that’s why. She’s the scorpion that can’t help but sting.

Aug 14

Cusp

You can tell the world is on the cusp of enormous revolutionary changes and rearrangements because everyone — including many so-called humanists — is quick to proclaim that philosophy is irrelevant, meaningless, was a mistake, etc.

It’s always when philosophy is the most important and the most consequential that those most enmeshed in the status quo want to declare its irrelevance and unimportance.

Aug 14

Cogit

She is the smartest person I’ve found on Twitter lately. And shares the moniker of my favorite fictional spy. I don’t agree with all of her ideas or positions, but dammit, at least she’s thinking. That is much more than I can say for the vast majority of my fellow humans.

Aug 14

Pickled Tink

The conventional wisdom is that you cannot tickle yourself. Yet, I can do this pretty easily. I don’t seem to have any enormous neurological deficits (despite what some ex-girlfriends might say) so I am not sure what that means, exactly.

Aug 13

Fa la la la

I have to admit, I was skeptical — attempting to renounce my own violent past, I think, and well aware of how violence can spiral out of control. And that I would enjoy punching Nazis, in my darkest heart, and I don’t want that to be the judge of what a political movement should do.

Antifa was right and it worked. Thanks to those who punched some fucking Nazis. I can’t think of a better hobby.

Aug 13

Point

Well, yes, that was the whole point of the entire movie, really.

What’s odd about that movie is really not a single neoliberal standard issue pseudo-feminists understood it. I am not sure what that means, fully, but it was clarifying.

Of course, most people’s analysis is shallow because most people are pretty shallow. This willful misunderstanding was something different, though. Narrative lock-in is interesting, and it explains a whole lot about our current predicaments and our inability to solve them.

That film is a good assay if you are capable of thinking on your own or not. Better than most, that’s certain.

Aug 13

SQ

Who thought it was a good idea to name a soda Squirt?

“Ruby red squirt?” Now you’re just fucking with us.

Aug 13

Knows

Well, damn, how did I forget the best cover that is better than the original? It’s “Everybody Knows” by Concrete Blonde, originally by Leonard Cohen. As much as I listened to that song in the 1990s, I never realized there was a video for it.

Johnette Napolitano’s voice is just perfect for that song and the intricate, spidery fretwork also exceeds the original.

Brings up a memory of a former friend of mine in high school. We were watching some show where Johnette Napolitano appeared live. Don’t remember the song or the show, but previously he’d been a fan of Concrete Blonde but (as was fairly common those days) had never seen her or the band, so he had no idea what she looked like.

He remarked on how ugly she was and declared he was no longer a fan. That’s the first time I lost all respect for someone (that I’d previously respected) in just one single second. After that, I rarely talked to him if I could avoid it.

As you can see from the video, Napolitano is indeed a hideous troll (for the dense, that is sarcasm). And even if she were, how does that change the quality of the song? (I suspect he actually disliked her cocky brash confidence more than her looks, now that I think about it, but could not express that.)

But, what a great cover — far better than the original. I can’t believe I forgot it the other day.

BTW, Concrete Blonde’s cover of “Little Wing” is also pretty great, but not better than the original. Just as good, but not better. Look it up sometime.