Yeah, yeah. It lives. OQ forever. Dozens of links stowed across a spectrum of digital notebooks and some seem terribly quaint in their dated relevance already.
Space leaves astronauts partially blind and now we may know why. Whoever I first snagged this link from mentioned an Octavia Butler story predicted this.
A Millennial Feminist Explains the New Feminism to a Boomer Feminist Philosopher. Katie Halper rips on that Bordo book, which almost seems quaint now that Shattered squashed the exasperation with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton. Of course the Clintons are hunting down the sources for Shattered to punish them.
No, Google Hire Won’t Share Your Search History With Employers. I fell for this one. However, it’s still possible and likely to happen in future.
Working with Tarkovsky on Stalker. Everywhere Stalker stuff. It’s strange.
Lost city found: Etzanoa of the great Wichita Nation. Kansas. City of 20,000 people in 1609.
Towards Democratic Regulation of the Airline Industry. It turns out that deregulation is not accurate. It’s regulated all right, but to protect the industry, forcing collusion for profit, rather than protecting the public.
How Liberals Fell in Love with The West Wing. Fuck Sorkin. Listening to Chapo rip on some episodes felt good, hearing how they were into it too, only to grasp the horror and hypocrisy of it all. I was old enough to know better, and already came from a place where being antiwar, pro-union, etc were unequivocally good. The “by their own logic” garbage likely appealed because of over a decade of fruitlessly arguing with Christian fundamentalists using their own religious texts and feeling undeservedly smug about it. Those debates also should have informed me that the arguments of The West Wing were nonsense and the world doesn’t work that way. TBH, I didn’t realize I was supposed to agree with nearly everything the characters said. When Sam Seder said name-calling the one-percent was bad, it seemed it was a flaw on his. When Toby argued for cutting social security, I thought the viewer was supposed to hate and resent his cynicism. I do shit like this all of the time- seeing depth and nuance that isn’t there. It wasn’t until The Newsroom when I thought Sorkin “lost it” then revisited The West Wing to see I essentially hallucinated a show that never existed and it still managed to infect me with shitty liberal values. Obama also helped purge those bits of Sorkinization, because Obama’s intelligence and seriousness proved regular disappointments.
Branding VICE. There is still the occasional Vice article and segment I enjoy, but always have to keep in mind just how unethical and mercenary they are. My boss at work became mildly politicized after Trump won, and has taken to watching Vice news from HBO. TBH, I enjoy that she’s at least familiar with some issues and seems thirsty for more rather than completely ignorant. One of the Radio War Nerd episodes brushed on Vice too recently, reading the Vice Guide to Syria, a disturbing experience. It made me want to read Vice more regularly to identify want is being sold to the rubes.
Depression will fuck you up, folks. It pushed me into hypergraphia, maybe full-blown Geschwind syndrome, in the ’90s, but now I just want to hang out with my kid and do nothing at all.