Oct 11

A bolder Boulder plan

With this and the lack of affordable, decent housing everywhere in America, perhaps private home ownership should just be banned altogether?

Ok, ok, I’m joking. Well, half-joking.

Probably the largest factor contributing to the lack affordable housing is not government. Not the rich. Not inequality. And not developers — no, it is NIMBY-infected dumbass existing homeowners.

Why are so many people convinced they are the last “good” one to move into the neighborhood, and then want to shut and lock the gate behind them?

Maybe banning private home ownership isn’t the answer, but it sure would piss off a lot of idiots I hate and that is fun in and of itself.

Oct 11

Failure acceptance movement

Why the fat acceptance movement can go fuck itself.

You know what, I’ve been very fit. Extremely fit. For about five years in the army, I worked out 2-4 hours every weekday. Everyone around me was equally or even more fit.

And you know how often we thought about fat people, or shaming fat people, or spent even one single second contemplating fat people?

Not one second. Not one.

These people are so self-obsessed that not for one moment do they consider that almost nothing others do — and certainly not going to the gym and/or posting selfies of progress — has anything at all to do with them or with fat shaming. It literally has nothing at all to do with them, and I can guarantee that none (or nearly none) of the fit people they inveigh against has a single thought nor care for how fat others are.

No one goes to the gym to fat shame. No one posts selfies to shame others. Don’t like the posts about people doing healthy things, don’t read the goddamn things. Simple as that.

The fat acceptance movement had a possibility once of being something useful and meaningful, but is a joke and harmful to both itself and to society, and I will oppose it at every turn.

Oct 10

Counter

It is easy to imagine a culture much like our own except where altering or “photoshopping” images had become a celebrated and expected ideal, for the purpose of portraying more of what it felt like to truly be there.

Cameras do not capture well the feel of a place or an event. It’s the rare photo that does this, and even then it’s usually incompletely so.

In a different world, photographers would be more like painters where the images are expected or demanded by the public to be altered to better tell the truth of an event.

We’re accustomed to the way it is now, so to some the thought will seem monstrous; but the other culture is just as plausible, and they’d be just as appalled at our claim that an unaltered photo represents any truth of the world.

Oct 10

UI

As user-hostile interfaces become increasingly pervasive, I wonder how the tech morons can justify throwing out nearly eight decades of user interface and design guidelines and findings? Some of this stuff pre-dates computers, even, and yet I bet most of the “designers” out there have never read nor even heard of any of it.

Was thinking about this as I’m probably going to read next James J. Gibson’s The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. If you haven’t figured it out, I do like to know what I’m talking about.

So I’ve been attempting to give myself a better education on human perception, the evolution of user-friendly design, methodological design studies and testing, and successful as well as unsuccessful applications of design in the real world.

I not only want to be smarter than the people I’m battling against, I want to know that I know that I am smarter and more well-educated.

No fancy degree required, but you still have to do the fucking work.

So this is me doing the fucking work.

Oct 08

Block chain

Check out this latest bullshit from Mozilla.

If something is being displayed on my computer — that I paid for in full — over my internet connection that I paid for, in my house that I’m paying rent for, then I will block whatever the fuck I want to whenever the fuck I want to.

If you make it illegal, I will still do it.

Where this is going is that Mozilla will eventually ban/remove/eliminate all ad-blocking software and add-ons, etc. from the ecosystem.

This was in part why the requirement for add-on signing was recently instated, to please corporate entities in the lead-up to this.

Next will be not signing any ad-blocking add-ons so they won’t run on the browser.

Think that won’t happen? Oh, but it will. Their moves have been obvious and telegraphed for years now. As easy to predict as the sun rising.

Also, realize that what Denelle Dixon-Thayer is paid a lot of money to produce finely-honed corporate legalese. One must read between the lines, behind the lines, and through the lines. What she appears to be saying isn’t actually what she’s saying. The BS about centering the user is a distraction.

Summed up, the post is actually saying, “Blocking ads is harming corporate entities and we must do something about that to ‘protect’ the user from not seeing ads that companies who pay us very want the user to see. We will ‘center the user’ by allowing corporate entities to center ads on the web page her or she is viewing — ads that cannot be blocked (if they pay us).”

Oct 08

Just nobody

To those who’ve been conned into believing that “Nobody coulda knowed!” about the bubble developing in the mid-2000s that was likely to be very harmful to the world economy, check out this book.

Publishing date: October 6, 2006.

Heck, I remember telling people (my SO included before she was my SO) that the housing bubble was really dangerous in 2005.

“Nobody coulda knowed” is a way for the people involved in the financial crisis and the greatest scam since the 1930s to evade responsibility and to convince the rabble that they just had no idea — poor little things — what the risks were.

And it worked.

Oct 07

School to prison pipelines

Why did this surprise people?

Prisons are full of — especially now — a wide slice of people. While on average research shows inmate IQs to be lower than non-incarcerated, this doesn’t mean much.

There’s a very good chance that if I’d stayed in North Florida I’d be in prison now. Would that somehow have made me dumber?

Who makes it to prison is more about socioeconomic opportunities than outright intelligence and that is becoming more true in our society, not less so.

Combine that with the fact that many who make it to the Ivy League are quite dull intellectually (legacy admissions, those who know the textbooks but nothing else, etc.) and these results aren’t really surprising.