morning 09.21.16

Nasa scientists find ‘impossible’ cloud on Titan—again. The clouds are compound of carbon and nitrogen. They don’t seem formed by condensation, but by chemical reactions.

NASA to Announce ‘Surprising’ Europa Discovery Monday. It’s supposed to be in relation to the subsurface ocean. In 2012 giant plumes of water vapor seemed to be detected. It was never solidly confirmed. Maybe that.

There Is No Ending: The Strange World of… Arab Strap. It’s bizarre to think they’ve been around 20 years. They remind me of an era in which a dear penpal friend would send dubs of whole albums. All of it was dour, quiet with a heavy dose of cynical humor. It was all brilliant music, but more the sort of the thing that one would have to stay all up all night, every night, drinking heavily. My liver couldn’t keep up.

Human remains found in hobbit cave. Human teeth 46,000 years old. The extinction of Homo floresiensis was recently pushed back to 50,000 years ago, much to my disappointment. This is decent support for argument that modern humans were a factor driving Homo floresiensis to extinction. 

‘Rick And Morty’ Theory: Mr. Poopybutthole Informed Rick Of The Truth, Making His Life Tragically Pointless. It’s plausible. Rick & Morty is one those shows that wastes nothing, like Venture Bro. The downside is that when the creators see this theory floated, they probably will change what’s happening to thwart expectations.


morning 09.20.16

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Expanded Halt to Pipeline Construction. It’s surprising how well the protest seems to be going. Despite the lack of media coverage, anecdotally I know many people locally who support it. Even libertarian, kinda racist cranks who cannot wrap their heads around Black Lives Matter support Standing Rock. 

Police execute unarmed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crutcher’s car had stalled on the road. Details.

Occupy Wall Street: Where Are They Now? Nearly every one of them is still engaged in making a better world.

Hooks made of sea snail shell as well as remains of charred cooked food suggest people have been living on Okinawa for the past 23,000 years. Continuous habitation might reach back 35,000 years.

Human remains have been recovered from the Antikythera mechanism site. There’s going to be an attempt at DNA testing of course.

Every time I see photos of Hasankeyf, I get irritated that it could be submerged by the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. It probably qualifies as a world heritage site, but because it’s in Kurdish territory, Turkey won’t even bother to apply.

C. Martin Croker died and he was an amazingly talent guy. I watch the Space Ghost DVDs and think about how I’d hang out at my friend John’s house. He’d tape all of the episodes on VHS because I didn’t have cable when the show first came on. It hadn’t crossed my mind that his voice hadn’t been appearing on many of the cartoons I still watch. A great piece on why Space Ghost Coast to Coast is the keystone for most modern comedy. Croker isn’t mentioned oddly, although it’s been clear all along he was a primary factor in the show’s brilliance. Zorak is possibly my favorite character in Adult Swim history.

morning 09.19.16

Wait, Why the Hell Is Pluto Emitting X-Rays? Good question. Hell if I know. Me like.

Hilarious probability that the guy who deleted Clinton’s private email server ( Paul Combetta) asked for help on Reddit how to do it. He seems doxxed well enough. Depressingly, this election damned well better be rigged. Clinton losing is terrifying. Her health scare last week was darkly amusing and the pneumonia story remains less than convincing. Virginia is not why she picked uninspiring hack Tim Kaine. McAuliffe already provides that. The Hapsburg jokes seem mostly mockery but they’re probably the truth. This is a decadent, dangerous time.

Using thermoluminescence to date tools in southern Tunisia to 92,000 years old. No surprises in this story. It’s the technique that is important.

New Çatalhöyük stone figurine of woman dating from 5500-8000 BC found. It fits the fertility goddess/ Venus of Willendorf type.

Jerusalem came in last Tuesday, but it’s untouched. I have the three paperback volume version. Two copies of the hardback came into the bookstore this Friday, much to my pleasant surprise. Bill tipped me off to new Murahem Bazdulj and new Georgi Gospodinov.

I’ve not even been reading comics these past two weeks. The kid was sick, then I was sick, and then it was a draining work schedule. Only just discovered that Embrace of the Serpent is streaming on Amazon Prime and High Rise is on Netflix. It’s unlikely I’ll watch either in the coming weeks.

morning 08.15.16

Hm. There is still more evidence of Clinton Foundation & State Department coordination than there is of Manafort being an agent of Putin. That said, it’s pretty funny how when Manafort was a consultant for Yanukovych in Ukraine, he was also informing Clinton’s State Department on developments.

Very, very funny.

Manafort also worked with Prince Bandar of House of Saud. The Clintons and the Saudis go way back.

The Black Monday Murders is promising to be one hell of a comic. I read the first issue yesterday in between stints of obsessively monitoring the flooding in the Florida Parishes. Occult conspiracy in the world of finance. Part From Hell, part last act of Foucault’s Pendulum. Coker’s art is perfect- richly detailed and brooding.

There’s something weird going on beyond Neptune. “…the trans-Neptunian object, which has been nicknamed “Niku,” is also spinning around the sun backwards, in the opposite direction of the rest of the planets.” Madness! This is madness! We need to repurpose a probe in the near future to investigate Niku. This is could be key. Niku is only 200 km across. Its behavior could hint of a larger object further out.

Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge. Pacific coastal route ascendant! Earlier entry into the Americas! Yeah! Remember… humans reached Australia by boat pretty early. It’ll be fun to see just how far back the presence of humans in the Americas really goes.

dawn 08.04.16

Tagging mp3s is a morass. That’s how I’ve been wasting my time. It seemed a good idea to curate the shit out of my music selection to get out of the musical rut I’m in. I wound up obsessing on discographies of bands and artists I barely give a fuck about. The only wise decision was finally ditching iTunes for Media Monkey.

I borrowed the book White Trash by Isenberg from work. There’s been no opportunity to read more of it. I glanced at this NYT review, but it’s laughable- falling prey to what about? Sugrue apparently wasn’t paying attention to the Democratic primaries this spring or bothered his pretty mind with Trumpism. I’m not uninterested in the plight of 19th century Chinese immigrants, but that’s another book. I’ve a long way to go with White Trash, but the impression is how a certain group of poor people have been manipulated into perpetuating racism to enforce class structure. Two other coworkers plan to read it. One of them is urging us other two to read Leamer’s The Lynching as well.

Ceres’ interior is weak enough that its shape is governed by how it rotates. Hydrostatic equilibrium. Nifty.

A structure that represents the biggest known genetic difference between humans and Neanderthals also predisposes humans to autism. Huh. It also has gene that codes for protein that forms a complex with another protein that allows capture of iron more efficiently, especially in early cell development.

dawn 07.29.16

The first Nation of Ulysses song I ever heard, buried in a mixtape I received from a guy I traded zines with. It’s the only band on the whole 90 minute tape that truly stuck. (However, I did buy a Plaid Retina CD that I played for a few months and there was a Six Finger Satellite song on there that I dug.)

I stumbled on someone’s old blog post on the band while I was looking for Nation of Ulysses lyrics just now. Good stuff.


morning 07.28.16

A shitty work schedule and following the conventions on Twitter knocked me off posting habit. Quite a few decent links and stories worth keeping track of in future have already been misplaced. Damn it.

Scott Esposito on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress. It’s part of Esposito’s Pillars series, in homage to Gass.

40,000-Year-Old Rope-Making Tool in Germany. I feel pretty stupid not realizing that rope technology existed at that time.

Not only is Twin Peaks coming back for 18 episodes, but David Lynch is directing all of them. That’s more than I could dream.

I’ve almost wrapped up Bojack Horseman. Three times now I’ve fallen asleep on the last 15 minutes of the last episode, because watching it after getting home from a night shift gets tricky. My wife is baffled why I’m so absorbed by such a sad, mean-spirited cartoon. She walked in when the abortion episode was on. No amount of explaining the context satisfied her. Someone wrote Will Arnett is delivering one of the best performances of his life. Yeah, that sounds right.

morning 07.19.16

Combing through my old iPod to make playlists for driving dug out an old favorite, the Tapes “(I Fall) Head First”. Still an odd song. I tracked down at least one of their albums before but recall nothing from it. An old post on another blog gives a bit more background on the band. Also stumbled back onto the Creepers’ “Old Man’s Treat”

It seemed such a revelation when I made the connection over a decade ago that the Creepers were fronted by a guy that used to be in the Fall. Now it’s easy to find that Marc Riley is really pretty famous (it would have been great had the Lost Soul Crusaders made a record) and the Creepers even had an actual video.

Still sorting through this iPod. It’s scary to add or delete anything to it as it’s a 10 year old 80 GB model long since discontinued. Tinkering with it too much invites its death. Streaming has its place, but not in my car. I’ve yet to test if sticking a flash drive in the USB post might work.