Jun 11

Xbox 1 RIP 2013-2013

I barely care about consoles at all, but the Sony PS4 is so much better than Microsoft’s spying, DRM-infested, anti-consumer pro-publisher nightmare that it almost seems like a joke.

Really, Microsoft’s utter defeat couldn’t have been more obvious if the Sony CEO had come out on stage and taken a dump on an Xbox.

Note: We have Nintendo Wii and one game that we rarely play. I’ve never owned any other game console as an adult.

Jun 10

Deal with it

I liked this this piece and my thoughts are not a response to it; they just happened to parallel something else that I was already thinking about.

Was thinking about an old Amanda Marcotte piece on “dealbreakers” in relationships and how women are (rightly) allowed to have any they want – and so are men.

I don’t have many deal-breakers for a long-term relationship, but the person I’m interested in having tattoos is definitely one of them.

No problem being friends. Whatever. Do with your body what you like, but that means I also can choose not to go out with you. I don’t find tattoos at all attractive and the more I look at them the less attractive they become.

Strangely, I’d date a woman without a second thought who was heavily scarred or even disfigured. But I’d really never date one with tattoos.

I don’t even really know why, nor do I care. It’s so visceral in me that examining it is pointless.

It’s a dealbreaker and I’m allowed to have it, and even if I weren’t I would anyway.

Jun 09

Caved in

General rule of thumb for life: if anyone has a “man cave” or expresses support for a “man cave,” it is best and easiest to avoid them.

Jun 09

Dys

It’s not a mystery why dystopian fiction is so popular now.

After all, most Americans currently live in a dystopia.

Jun 09

Hackity hack

It’s no surprise that a hacker who exposed the Steubenville rape case is quite likely to face more jail time than the rapists.

Hackers and anyone who wants to expose government and corporate secrets that shouldn’t be secret are perceived as a grave threat to any state apparatus, while rapists are not – in many ways, rapists are tools of the system as presently organized and not antagonists at all.

Bradley Manning will also be in jail for eternity while sexual assault prosecution in the military is farcical.

Same reason.

In the future, as we are already trending this direction, I would not be surprised to find that the penalties for hacking and copyright infringement (which is not now a crime if done non-commercially, despite what the copyright industry claims) exceed those of even murder.

This is what happens when corporations are allowed to seize control of the state. It is not unexpected.

Jun 07

So doing

Oh hell yeah, we are so doing this.

I’ve been in some crazy flying situations, but never in a plane so small.

Up to 8x the force of gravity? Most untrained people pass out around 5x. Wonder if I will.

Jun 07

Why?

People are surprised that the NSA is spying on everyone, like, all the time?

Is this even news? I thought it was common knowledge, and had been for years.

Jun 07

Meat me there

I don’t understand the de facto prohibition against eating dog meat, or why people see it as so bad.

If you eat pig and think eating dog is evil, you are a huge hypocrite. I’d eat dog if I could find it on the menu anywhere. I’d eat cat, too, but seeing how scrawny they are underneath all that fur I doubt there is much meat to be had.

I’d eat any animal that was not treated horribly and that was killed humanely.

Meat is meat and killing is killing; pig, dog, horse, cow. There is really no difference.

If you have a ruff time eating dog meat, you are merely leashed by your social milieu and unable to slip the collar of expectation – so despite your dogged resistance to the idea of canine comestibles and even if you think it is barking mad, if you can put your paws on some dog chow in a country where fingers won’t be wagging at you, why not go ahead and woof some down. It might just be a walk in the gustatory park, and a doggy treat.

Jun 06

Work it

What’s most funny (in a depressing way) about this article is the commenters, as even though the article specifically mentions all the research that demonstrates that telecommuting increases productivity, the commenters ignore this and demonstrate exactly the cognitive flaws that the piece bemoans.

My company is firmly against working from home, like most companies. This despite the fact that I am at minimum twice as productive and at maximum around four times as productive at home.

Humans are a flawed design. I will be glad when they are replaced.

Jun 06

Pub

This exact experience has happened to me.

“I remember making a comment at amazon’s discussion forums once about how ebooks used to be very cheap back over a decade ago and their original promise was that it would be cheaper due to no printing/distribution/warehousing/shipping costs etc., and people jumped on me insisting it wasn’t true, that ebooks were ‘always’ meant to supposedly be a premium convenience, etc.

Strange how easily and how profoundly most people are misled by propaganda. It constantly surprises me.

Ebooks when new (about 10 years ago) were advertised as being easier and cheaper then print books. Now, it’s the opposite and almost no one seems to remember when it was any other way, and in fact will flatly deny that it used to be different!

Back when new, ebooks were about 50% cheaper than a brand-new book. Now they are often more expensive. Makes no sense at all.

I intended to write a longer post about how susceptible people are to industrial propaganda and why (consumption becomes part of identity, so reacting negatively to industry propaganda denies one’s own identity), but I have better things to do with my life.