Remember what I said earlier with balancing competing interests and all that, well hahhahahahhahahhahahaahahaha. Net Neutrality got bought. Fucking awesome kick to the shins.
People in power’s incompetence re: technology would almost be comforting except for the fact that these are the people setting the ground rules for the NSA, who DO know about what the fuck is going on (heartbleed, fr instance) before even savvy users know.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Supreme Court’s average age is ten years older than Steve Jobs was when he died, It’s appalling that people this powerful are basically two generations behind how people live and communicate. Like, I have conversations where I worry about being the last generation that emails business things because facebook makes things feel loosey goosey and “unaccountable” somehow; which may prove to be a fogey concern in 10 years. I mean, a lot of what I’m ‘feeling’ comes down to user experience/aggregation things; not absence/presence of a given piece of info. However, I have no idea how you make the different layers of this concern apparent in parallell situations for people who seem almost willfully ignorant.
The problem isn’t age but a willingness to learn. While social media and technology generally has reshaped the way society functions it hasn’t made it incomprehensible. Taking the time to understand how new modalities are both analogous and different is the vital step.
More broadly, in re: people in power (politicians), its not so much comprehension as access. From my wheelhouse, telecom regulation is a balancing act of competing commercial and societal interests. Making sure that both sides have access to lawmakers (and subsequent regulators) is what leads to “proper” regulation. This touches on the need for campaign finance reform (indeed, noted legal tech scholar Lawrence Lessig has taken up this banner) and thereby (hopefully) heightening the impetuous to expand political circles. I’m not even sure this reaches the level of willful ignorance but rather a misplaced reliance on familiar sources for balanced information.
This is not original idea and I do forget where I came across it BUT were I in a position to have tattoos on my hands I would absolutely be getting “FOUCAULT” knuckle tats.
Its just the way he was dressed, he was practically asking for it.
Community’s credit cookie was funnier than entire episodes of other shows.
1. Anxiety is the fucking worst. Whatever is changing in my brain that makes this worse/more frequent can kindly get fucked.
2. Not sure whether metal seems to have so much good shit going on because it does, in fact, have many bands making stellar, unique music OR because many bands are making music similar to some abstracted ideal of metal (or less/more nearly, just, a thing I like) but are otherwise interchangeable.
3. Being an adult is not fucking easy and I’m not sure it gets easier. For me a big part of the difficulty is building a greater dataset of failure across my life. Things could get worse than they are now and I can’t shake that.
[Edit: 4. Thinking about writing some noir style vignettes and posting them here. Don’t know why but just have been feeling compelled to do that lately.]
You’ll be suprised how often it works.
Worked for me.
Almost redeems Family Circus.
An engraved and gold inlaid Hi-Standard Model H-D Military .22 caliber target pistol. Circa 1946.
I need this in my life.
All afternoon sitting at my desk eating pretzel rods. I’ve got fucking sores on my lips from all the salt. Every time the big container in the kitchen goes away, it gets restocked. This is insane.
Isaac Asimov (via wordsthat-speak)
This is important.
"As is the human body, So is the cosmic body. As is the human mind, So is the common mind. As is the microcosm, So is the macrocosm. As is the atom, So is the universe."
Heems pretty much killing it on the Japanese commercial front. It’s ramen burger.
Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ based drug users and white-collar criminals profiting from the drug trade.
Whole interview is worth watching.