Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Turtle Island Genocide Day

Will E.T. be in the new Star Wars?

I am feeling particularly nihilistic, tonight...

And Random.

Sleep well, humanity.

Or not.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Weather and Sloth

I took a week-long stay-cation to try and get some things accomplished around the house. Mostly things that require being out in the yard. Of course it would rain. All week.

So, here I sit. I have accomplished very little. Mostly things I can do when I'm not on vacation.

Maybe I'll get some of it done before Monday.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Who am I?

When Stacy Bridges asks the nameless man Clint Eastwood plays in High Plains Drifter, "Who are you?", it makes me ask myself that same question: Who am I? I think I'm more the person on this blog than the person you meet when you meet me for the first time. I'm probably more the person on this blog than the person you know if you've known me for a while.

I think it's because there is always a sort of body language conversation going on when you are there talking with someone in the flesh that doesn't come into play in text. Your body language will change, sometimes, if you are nervous or distracted and make the words you say seem to mean something completely different than what you intended. The text is just the text... there is no looking down, bouncing your leg, looking around or other things that might make a person misunderstand what you are saying.

Eastwood's character's body language is direct and unaffected. It's as if the essence of the dead Marshall has just materialized in the town to correct the wrongs. Stacy Bridges, played by Geoffrey Lewis (one of my favorite character players of all time) is all body language and façade, until the last seconds of his life, when he asks, "Who are you?"

That's who he was all along: a scared, insecure man who mistreated and bossed everyone around to prove he was what he believed he wasn't. He needed to have a blog.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Mercator Projection

The Mercator projection is the world map most familiar to us. However, as you may know, it isn't scaled evenly. This Mercator Puzzle shows just how skewed the projection is:

Yes, that is Australia covering Canada, Brazil covering the US, and Mauritania covering Alaska. I put South Africa up in the Arctic and Greenland down in Brazil to show their relative sizes as well.

h/t to Boing Boing

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You can See Vesta!

If you look in the constellation Cetus, right around his tail, you should be able to see the asteroid Vesta for the next few days, if your sky is dark enough.

Monday, September 28, 2015

No Blood Super Moon for Me

Seems like the more hyped up it got, the less interested I was. I did poke my head out... I mean I literally only put my head outside the door but saw only clouds. I think I like comets better. You never know when a new comet might show up and they are usually visible for days or weeks, allowing for better viewing opportunities. And there is also the possibility that they might be on a collision course with us, so there's that extra excitement, too.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Native Americans Still More Likely to be Killed By Police; You Ignore the Facts

According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice,
"The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans..."

I don't see any campaign on TV or the internet to protect Native lives. Hey, you 'lives-matter' people... do something about THAT, why don't ya? Wait... you can't. You can't do anything because you only do something if you are told to do it, or if it's 'cool'. You are so worthless. Does it make you feel good about yourselves to talk about lives mattering? You know you don't really do jack squat... you are utterly out of touch and clueless about what is really happening in the world.

If you truly wanted to help, you'd take the cases where innocent people were killed by police for no reason at all, good or bad. But you don't. You pick the ones where the victim is of questionable character.

I'm beginning to wonder if you aren't trying to incite racial hatred, anyway. You make martyrs out of exactly the wrong people, while completely ignoring when innocent kids are being killed by police. You ignore the cases that would be a good example and use these other examples, knowing that folks will see the videos of those kids beating up and bullying people before the police killed them and lose sympathy.

Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin were not the best examples. You could have taken sweet little Aiyana Stanley Jones, or one of many from the lists found on the internet of the innocent victims of law enforcement. Most of them are white, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports that over the span of more than a decade, around 2,000 whites were killed by police compared to around 1,000 blacks. Yes, about twice as many white people are killed by police, although, per capita, Native Americans, followed by blacks, are the most likely to be killed by police.

Maybe you just don't want to admit that the problem isn't racism, it's statism.

I know my words here are probably in vain. I know my rant won't wake anyone up. It's just so frustrating that I have to write it somewhere and this blog is pretty much my only outlet.