Dec 19 2014

There is no way I am getting on the freaking Satan Claus express train. That’s a death wish. It has managed to screw up my commute, so… Good work CTA?


Dec 19 2014

Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

“Babe”

Another pig farmer fails to do his job. —No stars.

“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” An excellent film. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out, and an enterprising young boy receives a…

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Dec 12 2014

Fan Death • Tommy Nicholas

“This is one of my favorite phenomena because it underscores a basic human emotion: being 100% confident that something is not true, yet simultaneously unable to escape the feeling that is can’t be completely untrue. Fan death is such a beautiful illustration of this phenomenon, because unlike other popularly cited examples of this phenomenon (aliens, adherence to a specific religion, even ghosts) – it doesn’t really come with any agenda. It’s so specific and easily refutable beyond any doubt that it truly underscores in absolute isolation: cultural mythos is so powerful that it can make people believe things they know to be untrue without even offering them anything in return.”

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Dec 09 2014

The ABA holiday party is substantially less grim than last year’s “I can’t believe it’s not a kidnapping” theme.


Dec 09 2014

When Nerds Collide

“Many geeks can tell you stories of how they and a few like-minded companions formed a small community that achieved something great, only to have it taken over by popular loudmouths who considered that greatness theirs by right of social station and kicked the geeks out by enforcing weirdo-hostile social norms. (Consider how many hackerspaces retain their original founders.) Having a community they built wrested away from them at the first signs of success is by now a signaling characteristic of weirdohood. We wouldn’t keep mentioning it if it didn’t keep happening.

I’m not claiming that’s entirely rational, because fear isn’t rational, but it sure does explain the response to being told that our culture is broken and must be adapted to accommodate the very people who rallied it into being by shunning us from theirs.”

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Dec 01 2014

The Kuleshov Effect

“In Kuleshov’s view, the cinema consists of fragments and the assembly of those fragments, the assembly of elements which in reality are distinct. It is therefore not the content of the images in a film which is important, but their combination. The raw materials of such an art work need not be original, but are pre-fabricated elements which can be disassembled and re-assembled by the artist into new juxtapositions.”

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The Kuleshov Effect is a film editing (montage) effect demonstrated by Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in the 1910s and 1920s.It is a mental phenomenon by which viewers derive more meaning from the interaction of two sequential shots than from a single shot in isolation.

Here’s an example:

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Nov 27 2014

The Thanksgiving menu at my house tonight. #noturkeynoproblem


Nov 25 2014

The nice thing about the “Rule of Law” framing for an argument …

They Live (1988) Directed by John Carpenter… is that it’s a really easy way to get people to ignore thinking about the ramifications and consequences of the particular situation, focusing their attention instead on the general opprobrium for the principle of order. The mind gets caught thinking about whether laws, in theory, are good on the whole, and forget to think about the ACTUAL ISSUE under question. Some examples:

“We need voter ID in this country to make sure there is no election fraud. Don’t you care about the rule of law in our democracy?”

“We can put up our satanic monument in the state capitol building, because if you let the christians do it, you have to let any other religious groups do it. That’s what the rule of law means!”

“The President’s executive order on immigration is making a mockery of the rule of law by bypassing the will of Congress”

“Those violent protesters really have some good points, but they should respect the rule of law and just let the cops and the justice system do their jobs.”

It’s a handy, general-purpose argument for whenever you want to try to defend the status quo from anyone who’d like to change it.

“Rule of Law” on Wikipedia

Nov 24 2014

Every police officer convicted of murder …

Nov 24 2014

CLYNK™

LOL: “CLYNK brings the power of the sharing economy to the world of punitive incarceration.”

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Have you ever wondered why city, state, county, and federal governments waste countless millions of dollars on the simple task of keeping the criminal element locked up and off the streets? Have you…

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