Mar 05

Aquatic ape

This is why I always denigrate the Fat Acceptance movement.

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That is some deeply whacky bullshit. And almost certainly not a troll.

The Aquatic Ape theory is my favorite absolutely wrong theory. However, even if true, we would’ve evolved our aqua-simian (kind of like Aqua Man, but apier) features where temperatures are warm so our blubber requirements would be minimal.

And gah, the stupid, the stupid, it burns.

Mar 03

Laura Cox

How is it that a woman with a French accent* is the only one who’s yet made a credible cover of “Sweet Home Alabama?”

That’s a very hard guitar solo in that song. Hell, even the rhythm guitar in that song is not easy. She’s a great rock guitarist. Really just great. Watch this.

Listen to those notes bend. If you haven’t figured it out, she’s playing all the guitar parts and mixing them in post-production. Including bass.

Bonus because it’s fun watching such an overtly masculine song played and sung by a woman.

Ah, hell, why not one more. Known very hard solo.

*I have no idea where she’s from, but French is definitely her first language.

Mar 03

The Walking Dead – not the zombies

Could one show improve as much as The Walking Dead did ever again?

It went from meh to bad, to holy fucking god that is world-class drama and acting.

How? Is this? Possible?

The transition really started in season two, but seasons four and five are right up there at the pinnacle with any TV show ever made. Better even than Lost at is prime, for the most part.

When the protagonists become the villains and you understand why, agree and realize that you’d probably do the same in their situation — that’s really fucking fine work as that’s so very hard to do dramatically.

OMG I love Carol so much. What a great, great character she’s turned out to be. Simply masterful writing and portrayal by Melissa McBride.

It’s great to watch someone become who they should’ve been, even in such dreadful circumstances.

Mar 02

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.

Mar 01

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 from 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.

Mar 01

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?

Mar 01

Petralent believer

I’ve adored Petra Haden’s work since the 1990s. Here’s why:

Yeah, the video quality is potato and the audio not much better, but it’s so much fun. Talent alas is not evenly distributed.

Mar 01

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.

Mar 01

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.

Feb 28

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.