- Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2 (2016) | YouTube
I watched it with the sound off, which is the best way to appreciate Abramsverse Trek, and was satisfied. Then I watched it with the sound on and HOLY SHIT they might actually have made a good Star Trek movie. At the very least, they seem to be developing their own plots. (You just know that Pegg was responsible.) My default policy, as always, is cautious optimism.
(tags: scifi movies startrek nerd )
- Sting of Myself - The New Yorker
How it works in US politics. "The Watergate burglars look good compared to these guys[...] These guys can’t even figure out how to use an Internet browser, let alone conduct an undercover operation".
(tags: activism journalism fuckwits tech politics usa bloodytories )
- Fear and fascination with a basic income | SWI swissinfo.ch
"an elderly party member[...] was worried about losing her cleaning lady" if she had UBI.
(tags: basicincome politics economy activism europe )
- "Rocky" Theme performed in North Korea - Moranbong Band | YouTube
Apparently DPRK's most popular girlband. They're quite good.
(tags: silly music video )
- All Twisted Up by Gender Bending | The New York Times
This stuff shouldn't bother us, but clearly it still does. At least the distinction between sex and gender is getting some play in the MSM. But the thinking here is still distressingly binary.
(tags: gender sexuality identity intersectionality )
- All the people who have accidentally mispronounced Jeremy Hunt's name on live TV or radio | YouTube
(tags: silly video politics fuckwits bloodytories )
- The Most Completely Insane Thing I’ve Ever Seen In a Cinema. — Medium
"The exec I was talking to sighed, leaned forward, and explained to me that according BBC Scotland that “Scottish people” are more working class and less educated than English people and, therefore, would feel intimidated and patronised if they watched a sitcom that mentioned philosophers, whereas English people can cope with more “cerebral” comedy without feeling as though they’re being made to feel stupid. So if I was going to pitch a script to BBC Scotland then I would have to make sure it was Glasgow, preferably male, centric and with no references to anything that could be construed as “intellectual” or cultured otherwise it would get immediately discarded." This makes a disturbing amount of sense.
(tags: scottishcringe scotland media comedy northofwatford bloodytories )
- The Forbidden Forest | Orion Magazine
The Zone Rouge at Verdun. "At the current rate of clearance it is a conservative estimate that the Département du Déminage will still be finding these weapons nine hundred years from now." Sobering.
(tags: history ecology )
- Du Hast (a cappella) - Viva Vox | YouTube
O Freunde, mehr von diese Toene bitte
(tags: silly music video )
- IBM Just Put A Quantum Computer On The Cloud For Anyone To Use | Forbes
(tags: science computing coolstuff tech livinginthefuture internet )
- 5 Common Regrets and How to Avoid Them | Tiny Buddha
The top five common regrets of the dying: I was talking to a fascinating woman last night, who'd spent some time working in a "fast-track" nursing ward. Made me think of this, and then this article popped up on my feed this morning.
(tags: wellness woo life )
- Boldly going to television: First teaser for ‘STAR TREK’ series | One. Perfect. Shot.
Can I slingshot around the sun at high warp so this comes faster? No new information, except possibly a tantalizing hint when they say "new crews" plural. What I do know is that it probably isn't STAR TREK: EMPIRE, because I haven't sold it yet.
(tags: startrek tv coolstuff scifi nerd )
- What's the EU ever done for us? | YouTube #fb
Worth five minutes, although the conclusion is weak.
(tags: europe politics bloodytories news )
- Glass lift will take you to top of Humber Bridge | Hull Daily Mail
This actually looks surprisingly cool, for Hull.
(tags: news tech coolstuff )
- Abusive relationships: Trauma bonding | Julia Crane Counselling
TL;DR Stockholm Syndrome for relationships. I recognize a lot of this.
(tags: wellness mentalhealth relationships abuse )
- Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa | Lexical Items
Lexical drift for millennials. This article is totally on fleek.
(tags: language words zeitgeisty I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials )
- How women prepare for first dates | Lalajia's random recommendations
When I have a ladyfriend round I show them where the key is so that they can get out by themselves should they wish to do so. All of them, so far, have looked at me like I was odd.
(tags: dating gender feminism sexism )
- andrewducker | I've been contacted by the Twitter Legal Team
Paging Mrs. Streisand.
(tags: law internet socialmedia litigiousbastards news streisandeffect )
- Type III Galactic Societies apparently don’t exist | WIRED
I won't believe it. They're just hiding.
(tags: spaaace science astronomy )
Does anyone have a sofa available on Monday night, the 23rd? I'm an unassuming houseguest.
Also, anyone for tea/coffee/pints Monday afternoon/evening? Evening. Eeeeeevening. Not too late though. I have a train to catch Tuesday morning.
Pub Wednesday night?
And does anyone have a couch going spare?ETA: couch not required, gotta hotel.
I have a day off so I am taking a brief, hopefully sanity-restoring trip to the motherland. The train fare cost a hair over £50, so you'll be buying the drinks. However I can guarantee
witty appreciative conversation.
Reliable sources tell me that the Hoose sucks now. Is the regular meeting still there, or would Dagda or the 9A be a better bet?
- Rising furniture design - Tech Insider
This is pretty incredible from a topological standpoint---I love the table and chair and the occasional table---but the bowl is bloody terrible. All the gravy would fall out.
(tags: design video coolstuff )
- PORTFOLIO — NICK TANKARD ILLUSTRATION
This is gorgeous. Such meticulous shading. Reminds me of Piranesi's work.
(tags: art coolstuff )
- Iain Macwhirter: Shame on the SNP for choosing to park its conscience (From Herald Scotland)
I am not remotely surprised by this, just disappointed. It happened to the Lib Dems and now it's happening, in slightly less car-crash fashion, to the SNP. It will happen any time a party becomes mainstream and/or gets a sniff at the corridors of power. Radicalism is about pushing the envelope: it seems we need to start pushing a little harder again.
(tags: news politics opinion activism northofwatford )
- Take a look at "SwiftKey Keyboard"
Okay seriously, why did I take so long to install this. The leaking curve took twenty minutes and yes, I knew all about that typo there, I left it in for comedic effect. LAUGH DAMN YOU. Typing on mobile is so much more comfortable now; it's uncanny.
(tags: android tech coolstuff livinginthefuture )
- Why Beethoven rules supreme over Mozart | Torygraph
"Beethoven is simply on a different plane, when it comes to grandeur and the sublime." And "[c]ompared to Mozart and Haydn, his music is quite simply noisier"---I have been saying this for years. You can go on as much as you like about diminished fifths, but ultimately it is just that simple. Beethoven rocks your socks right off.
(tags: music opinion )
- Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars | Mashable
(tags: livinginthefuture coolstuff tech news ecology )
- fuck, i need a tumblr for this shit • feministgamingmatters: feministgamingmatters: ...
"A text-replacer extension which corrects “pandering to [group]” to “being enjoyable for people who are not me.”" Yes.
(tags: blog sexism feminism intersectionality equality )
- Computational Hydrographic Printing (SIGGRAPH 2015) - YouTube
Damn but this is clever.
(tags: tech coolstuff video design )
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2016, 12:49 am
Happy Independence Day, Scotland!
Some of the more pedantic among you may observe, at this juncture, that Scotland has no Independence Day. Well, yes, say I, you are correct inna very narrow, technical sense, but as you know I've never been one to let tedious facts get in the way of a meticulously constructed argument.
That argument commences now.
Today, 24th March 2016, is the day that we would have become an independent country, had we not collectively bottled it eighteen months ago. My feelings on this matter have been made clear, but, more cogently for the current discussion: no true Scotsman that I know would let a weak reason like that get in the way of an excuse for a party.
It is an inconvenient fact that 2,001,926 people voted the wrong way in 2014, because they were either too feartie, or misinformed, or Tories. I see no reaon why that should get between me and my celebratory whisky.
Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation. Be the change you want to see in the world. Live positive. Think global and act local. Act as though you already have what you want.
Fly the saltire. Join me inna dram. Strip the willow down George Street. Whatever takes your fancy, really.
And if you don't happen to have any fireworks handy, I hear that molotov cocktails are the next best thing, if you know what I mean, hint, hint.
[This was going to be a comment in reply to someone else's blog, but it wandered a little....]
I found an ink cartridge yesterday. I don't use ink cartridges, because it's not the 1930s. It was in an unused pocket of the belt pouch I use when travelling. At some point, years ago, we must have swapped pouches.
An ink cartridge. Very nearly gave me a relapse.
I thought about it for fifteen seconds, did a little mindful breathing, and tossed it.
I was fortunate, maybe, that shortly after my breakup and meltdown I was compelled to move cities on short notice. It forced me to rationalize: to determine the minimum necessary amount of Stuff with which I can live in reasonable comfort. It forced me to discard Stuff that I might otherwise have insisted on retaining as a keepsake. I had to pack all my Stuff into a single 1950s Admiralty-pattern kitbag and, as a result, it forced me to learn self-reliance at a point in my life when that's exactly what I needed.
Give me a sandwich toaster, a device with mobile internet, a change of underwear, and Kilkerran sherry wood, and I shall move the Earth.
I'm also fortunate that I could leave the rest of the crap in the flat and trust my staff to throw it out for me. The company billed me for it afterwards and they way they went about it was kind of dickish, but it helped a lot to have someone else deal with that for me. I could focus on the moving on.
And then there are things like this ink cartridge. The ink cartridge is a metaphor. We must have swapped pouches years ago: we bought two identical ones in the outdoor supplies shop in Aviemore, 2012 or so. I've been carrying her ink cartridge around for ages without realizing it. Yesterday I was able to dispose of it. A little bit more moving on was achieved.
Things like this are going to keep happening, piece by piece, with no end in sight, but each one is a step in the right direction, although it often doesn't feel like it at the time.
At some point, when I'm back in Edinburgh, I'm going to have to deal with the storage container, 80% of which is still filled with her Stuff (and which I'm still paying for). Does anyone have a need for several boxes of ladies' size 12 underwear?
(Isn't there a womens' shelter in Edinburgh? Is this the sort of thing they might want?)
I added pajh's Rule for Life #40 to the list last week, while I was down in That London, drinking in the pub with some friends. It is this: Never let someone else define who you are.
An obvious corollary is not to let yourself be defined by their Stuff, either. In fact, never let Stuff define you.
Okay, so this morning's linkdump wasn't supposed to be a linkdump. Pinboard allows one to set "to read" items which aren't picked up by the autoblogger, and I was leaving some notes for myself.
Yes, I leave notes for myself in Latin. Why do you ask?
The reason I had forgotten to check the "to read" box probably has something to do with the fact that I was out drinking in Pimlico with two Polish colleagues. It is disturbing to note that I apparently have a higher alcohol tolerance than the Poles, but then I'm a professional whisky drinker, and I've had a lot of practice.
Anyway, I'm leaving the linkdump as it is. It has a kind of a drunken poetry to it.
Seriously though, I'm stone cold sober now and I still think that this is the end of civilization. We now have people younger than millennials complaining that the millennials have ruined everything. I'm still struggling with the Boomers' legacy.