Monthly Archives: April 2017

Bernie Sander on Drumpf’s 100 daze

Bernie, you’re relentless. We all love ya, but take a breath, sit back and reflect on the absolute absurdity of this “down the rabbit hole” situation we’re in.

“I know, I know, it’s hard to realize just how bizarre the country’s political landscape has become, but bear with me here…”

“You could not write this as fiction, you would be laughed out of the publisher’s house…”

“You wake up and think this is a twisted, impossible nightmare. But let me reassure you, this is real. And, yes, it is hard to take day in and day out, but we must prevail, so stay with me here…”

You need to personalize this. I know it’s hard for you; the facts, one would think, should speak for themselves. But “facts”? No, it’s not just the story — it’s how it’s told. Appeal to us as humans. Breath, laugh, roll your eyes — you do it once in a while — add some incredulous pauses to your expose’s.

But yes, do keep at it, we want to see this Press-a-dent (into the history books as the worse human being ever to take office) gone from our media feeds. We want to see this incoherent bloviating imbecile turned out to drool pablum in some retirement home.

Take a breath and laugh at the impossible absurdity of it all.


Of labels and classifications

“A young black man walks into a store…”

Why does he have to be black, or white or Asian or Hispanic or…? Why can’t he just be a young man who walks into a store? Why do we have to label people?

Why does he have to be young? How about “A man walks into a store…”

Even that sentence has classified our protagonist. Why does it have to be a man?

“A human walks into a store…” What? Now we’re prejudice against animals?

“A sentient being walks into a store…” Whoops, we’ve got still one more bias to eliminate — walking.

“A sentient being enters a store…” There. Now we’ve eliminated our biases. Well, most of them… Sentience? Is that a bias? Are we favoring beings that can think? Or move?

My point here is that biases, prejudices, labels and classifications are required — at some level. But where do we draw the line? At what point do our bias-agnostic intentions become absurd? Surely there are divisions that make sense. But what are they?

So far in this simple exercise we’ve reduced our biases to the absurd. But what if we expand them further? “A shirtless, mentally handicapped young black man with one arm, who hasn’t eaten for days, stumbles into a store…” As a story teller, perhaps this description fits our needs.

But as a reporter — explaining a robbery — perhaps such a sentence crosses into bigotry. Should a reporter call out the race, age, gender or disability of the accused? Under what context does information descend into prejudice? Should we try and refrain from attaching labels to people when we describe events and situations?

I personally would like to, and in fact, try to avoid race, religion or culture anytime I describe someone. To me a person is just a person. It’s hard mind you. And I slip, often. But to me it’s a worthy effort to change the way I label or classify people.


Wealthy dream of wealth?

When I dream I dream poor, struggling and oppressed. I’m floundering in some quagmire or combating assailants who are set to deride and abuse me. Not always mind you, but mostly.

I never dream I’m powerful. Or privileged. Or special in anyway.

Do the wealthy dream they are wealthy? Haughty and elite? Do they strut around in their dreams giving orders expecting them to be obeyed? “Remove that filthy animal from my sight — at ONCE!” “I would never be seen wearing THOSE shoes…” “Is it possible for me to get ONE GOD DAMNED SLICE OF CAVIAR TOAST WITHOUT SOMEONE SPITTING ON IT?!”

People’s life stations must surely influence their dreams. Their environment providing the context of who they see themselves as when they dream.

Or does media, their reading, their daytime dreams and hopes influence them more? “I vow to be the best TSA Agent in the airport today!” And then dream of foiling a bombing attempt…

I never seem to dream of success. There’s always contention with my efforts in my dreams. You? Do you dream of a life of luxury and ease? Or what?


UBER + MADD

Who would love to create an app that keeps drunk drivers off the roads?

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers — that’s who.

We don’t need no UBER to commandeer the entire ride sharing economy. Lyft? Yeah, Lyft this!

What MADD might want to do is build their OWN app and offer DEALS through BARS around the world to get the app onto people phones and to provide a discount for app users IN THE BARS! Alcohol is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP – and bars can afford to pony up a discount or three to those who use the app and hire MADDrivers to drive them home.

Mobile App for Drunk Drivers MADD!


Chromecast + Home = Present

If you had a Chromecast plugged into your TV, and a Google Home…

And if I had the same…

Then maybe they should be able to talk to each other. You know, telepresence. Call it Google Present.

And if every household (probably in their kitchen) had a setup like this — we could all “Hangout” together, all the time, that is, never off. We could always be connected.

“Hey G-Home, is my Dad home?”
“Hey son…”
“Hey Dad. Did you see what Sis’ sent me?”
“No, what was that?”
“Here, hold on. Hey G-Home, call up sister Kassandra.”
“Hey brother, what’s up? Oh, I see Dad’s here too.”

And so it would go. All the tech is there. it just needs to get connected and packaged right.

Google Present — my present to google.


Typical Microsoft – threats!

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I just happen to be reading Lawrence Lessig’s The Future of Ideas. In it he depicts all the strong arm tactics Microsoft used to stymie innovation in the computing / internet world.

Why should we expect anything better from such a company?

 


Unexpected latitudes…

Unexpected latitudes…

None of Florida is in the tropics. And none of New Zealand. But half of Australia is. And parts of China too.

Iceland is not above the Arctic Circle.

Paris is farther north than Seattle.

Cambridge England is as far north as the northern most tip of Mongolia.

Edinburgh Scotland is farther north than the southern tip of Chile is south.

The southern tip of Africa is the same distance from the equator as Los Angeles.

Denver, Philadelphia, Madrid and Bejing are all about the same distance north.

Nice, France is farther north than Vladivostok, Russia. And is farther north than Tasmania is south.