Linkspam Marks Monumental Changes

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:01 pm
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[tumblr.com profile] elfgrove: [tumblr thread re: @FanSince09 tweet: "How Millennials are killing participation trophies." re: @BNONews: "BREAKING: Protesters tear down Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, where it stood for nearly 100 years"]
Yeah. I said cheap and mass produced. These statues have neither artistic nor historical value. “Why did the statue go down so easy? Many “Lost Cause” era C monuments were mass-produced in the cheapest way possible for mass distribution. There wasn’t even a layer of the most basic mortar holding the pedestal to the base. Gravity was enough for granite. Cheap, tacky crap.

Antonia Noori Farzan @ Phoenix New Times: Activist Turns Confederate Memorial At Arizona Capitol Into Participation Trophy
She immediately got to work crafting two banners that say "2nd Place Participant" and "You lost, get over it."

David Krugler @ the Daily Beast: America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas
What made 1919 unique was the armed resistance that black Americans mounted against white mobs trying to keep them “in their place.”

Ken Schwencke @ ProPublica: Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet
“This is fucking serious. 8/12 changed everything,” tweeted Pax Dickinson, a lead technical voice for the far right, referencing the Charlottesville rally.

Nicholas Fandos, Russell Goldman, & Jess Bidgood @ NYT: Baltimore Mayor Had Statues Removed in ‘Best Interest of My City’
History could not and should not be erased, [Kaylyn Meyers, 29] said, but men like Taney did not belong on a pedestal in a nice public park, either.

[personal profile] siderea: [US] Fwd: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Address of May 19
Starts good, gets great: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's magnificent address of May 19 on the removal of the Confederate monuments from New Orleans. It's 22 minutes long, and, Americans, it's absolutely worth making the time. Beautiful, firey, and uplifting, it's worth hearing it delivered rather than reading a transcript.

3 Good Things

Aug. 16th, 2017 05:14 pm
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I've been in a minor funk of executive dysfunction the last few days. Today was better; here are some joys that made it so:

1. I swung by the cobbler's on my lunch break in hopes he might do leather repair other than shoes (the stitching attaching the shoulder strap on my beloved black handbag unexpectedly gave way yesterday). He initially said no, then changed his mind to yes when I showed it to him, and he did a gorgeous restitching job in time for me to pick it up on my way home.

2. The leftover carrot-zucchini cake I made for the friend who runs my D&D group (in honor of his birthday, and last night being the last D&D session of our current arc) was enthuastically devoured by my coworkers.

3. I had chicken dumpling ZOMG-so-much-spinach soup for lunch, and it was good. (I finally made the damn soup Monday night, after two weeks of stressful waffling on when exactly I'd get to it, so to have that done, and to move on to the simple pleasure of enjoying it, is very good indeed).

I'm pretty sure it's impossible for me to get everything I have to get done at work this week before I leave early Friday for a few days of vacation, but I've already managed more than I'd thought I might when pulling a 12hr work day Friday wasn't enough to whittle it down to a reasonable amount.

One day at a time is enough, betimes.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 09:11 am
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Pretty much any time you hear someone preface a generic noun with the definite article (the school, the city, the game, the church), you know there's going to be be parochial BS to follow.

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Aug. 12th, 2017 10:30 am
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Selfie (the library is open), Vancouver, 2017-08-11
© Bill Pusztai 2017

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In the little bit over a year since I last did this the news got of course even worse, and yet I still seem unable to just limit myself to looking at fluffy animal pictures.

Still with ticky boxes for everybody who can't decide what to be most anxious about:
Poll #18679 why ratcreature should only look at pictures of fluffy baby animals, 2017 ed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?

View Answers

nuclear armageddon! started intentionally by horrible politicians
6 (28.6%)

nuclear armageddon! but brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
5 (23.8%)

the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes
3 (14.3%)

no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
5 (23.8%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by an ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
4 (19.0%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following Brexit in particular
1 (4.8%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by some rampaging "alt-right" mob that felt slighted on the internet
4 (19.0%)

the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
4 (19.0%)

climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
8 (38.1%)

climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
6 (28.6%)

I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
3 (14.3%)

I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by the above (or other) ecological disasters
3 (14.3%)

I won't die from any of the above disasters directly, but while fleeing from it
2 (9.5%)

terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
1 (4.8%)

terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

my government's malicious policies will kill me without them bothering to label me as "terrorist"
6 (28.6%)

crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
0 (0.0%)

crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
0 (0.0%)

a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
1 (4.8%)

killer robots will get me
1 (4.8%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
4 (19.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
1 (4.8%)

and so on and so forth... (civilian nuclear disaster! genetically modified crops! (lack of) bees!...)
7 (33.3%)

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Aug. 10th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Colin Tilney, Vancouver, 2017-08-10
© Bill Pusztai 2017

I met Colin many years ago at the Toolbox, and am delighted to have finally had the chance to photograph him. You can read about his career here and see & hear him play here.

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Recently I often fail to add fanfic I've read to my Pinboard bookmarks, but still manage to click the bookmark button on AO3.

I feel like there ought to be some (semi-)automated way to get my AO3 bookmarks into a format that Pinboard could import. Ideal would be if canonical tags became Pinboard tags but not the Tumblr-style tags and it could recognize duplicate bookmarks already in my Pinboard.

Does anyone know of an AO3 add-on script or such that would harvest and reformat your bookmarks there into a bookmark file that then could be used by Pinboard? I can't be the only fan who'd find that useful.

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Aug. 4th, 2017 03:28 pm
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Vision, dir Margarethe von Trotta, 2009, Germany. Well that was interesting. I'm not sure I "get" vonTrotta's storytelling style. The film seems to fall somewhere between a straight up biography (which is necessarily difficult given the scarcity of material about Hildegard), and a morality play that never quite reaches its moral. Lots of gorgeous light.

My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada. A surrealist film about the hometown of every Canadian of my generation (plus or minus some years and geography). Much was made of this film when it was released. It's hard for me to actually see it as, say, an American might, cause this is in many ways my own story. It ends with the question _Ghosts. How can one live without his ghosts?_

Lately I've been having a lot of "misses" when it comes to picking films. Yi Yi, dir Edward Yang, 2000, Taiwan ... I got about 20 minutes into it and just couldn't give a damn about any of the characters. The Party, dir Blake Edwards, 1968 (a vehicle for Peter Sellers), which I thought was great when I was a kid, just left me cold. In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar Wai, 2000 ... I couldn't care about any of the characters. It's absolutely gorgeous though, beautifully made and subtle. And Woody Allen ... maybe it's the weather, but I just couldn't get into it, although I loved his work when I was in my 20s. Too much water under the bridge, maybe. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Terry Gilliam, 1988, USA ... where Brazil was brilliant, this is just brassy; I can see it being a good summer film for children, but that's about all. Sweet Movie, Dušan Makavejev, 1974, France/Canada/West Germany; am I becoming a prude? this film seems to be an excuse to film unlikely heteropervy sex, with a bit of social critique and film history thrown in to make it arty. If anything it seems to be anti-sexual rather than the "paean to sexual liberation" that critics thought they saw. Lots of awesome cheezy 70s clothes.

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