Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wow




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thrasher










You know, Thrasher magazine...

The OG skate rag.

The punk one, compared to all the others...






I am not sure if this photo makes me think Thrasher is more or less cool now.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hmm






The cross section of folks and their thoughts is kinda interesting...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What






The Tick is back?

With direction from the guy who created it?


I mean, it seems hard to beat the animated series, but you know, it's still the  Tick...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Teleportation



So, I guess teleporting is actually a thing now?
Like, are reproducible, actual event...

As reported by folks at MIT-


To perform the experiment, the Chinese team created entangled pairs of photons on the ground at a rate of about 4,000 per second. They then beamed one of these photons to the satellite, which passed overhead every day at midnight. They kept the other photon on the ground.
Finally, they measured the photons on the ground and in orbit to confirm that entanglement was taking place, and that they were able to teleport photons in this way. Over 32 days, they sent millions of photons and found positive results in 911 cases. “We report the first quantum teleportation of independent single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a low Earth orbit satellite—through an up-link channel— with a distance up to 1400 km,” says the Chinese team.


Here is a link to the article, if you want to read more.

It makes me think I need to read some quantum mechanics for dummies books...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Collusion Tease

So, I guess today's narrative is that there is no collusion...

But this guy was really hoping to get the chance to do colluding with the super secret, ruskie lawyer gal.
Plus his bro-in-law and his dad's buddy, who actually was on Putin's payroll for a while.

And she left him with some pamphlets about adopting Russian babushkas and blue balled them on the colludifacation.


Is that the story they are going with, today?  Am I getting this right?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fire Season





It's been a while since I lived someplace that has a fire season.


Think about that...

It's a season, fire season.




Yesterday, I went for a bit of a ramble.
Looping around the Brother John, stopping at some of the lakes up in the mountains
Generally, just poking around some of the things I love about this spot...
And enjoying the cooler air another thousand feet of elevation can deliver.


Heading home, I spotted that low haze, north of town.

It's been hanging in the nineties most days, lately.
Each afternoon brings the wind.
It has been a while since there has been rain.
Things are dry here.

That haze, was from a grass fire, up north of here a ways.
Some little spark that was whipped into a thousand acre fire in the course of an afternoon.


Now this fire isn't really near me, or anything really.
No need for worry, or anything like that, all safe here.

Still, pretty sobering to be reminded how quickly these fires can move/grow.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rhodey




How about a longish read on the history of democracy in the early days of Rhode Island and what it reveals about our modern political state?

Sounds super fun, right?


Rhode Island’s experiment in egalitarian democracy emerged from economic and political conditions that troubled all the newly independent American states during the 1780s. This is the moment that most textbook accounts of the founding skip quickly over. Ordinary citizens faced a combination of tax hikes and a scarcity of currency, as governments stretched to pay off wartime debts and urban elites passed the costs onto the underrepresented inhabitants of the rural hinterlands. In every state, the postwar economic slump sparked calls for reduced taxation and emissions of paper money to ease the impact of the crisis — measures that would redistribute economic burdens away from ordinary people and towards the wealthy.


If that gets your gears turning, the whole article is over here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Reproduction





The other day, I was out in public, minding my own business.
Public means people, and there were some there...
Talking.
Talking about personal stuff loudly...

These folks were on a family outing, three generations, with the new grand kid.
Somehow things turned medical in this conversation between the family and some strangers...
And it comes out that the new baby has a hole in it's heart.
Which seems like kind of a big deal?

There were other medical concerns which were more pressing, but back to the heart hole thing...

They weren't surprised by the whole heart hole thing, because it is hereditary.
Seems that generations of the clan have been born with hole riddled hearts...
The story of how hard it was for the previous kids, the side effects, surgeries, expenses and suffering...
That was shared with a startling tone of normalcy.

And there these people were...
With a new baby.
With a hole in it's heart.


I mean, maybe you take a generation off when you have that known scenario?
Maybe that is a signal or sign, or something?
Maybe lay off the baby making for a few?

Or not, I guess...
What is one more generation of infant open heart surgery?
If that is the way you've always done it, why not.


Must be a part of compulsive reproduction thing I just don't get...
Or some god working in mysterious ways thing, that I can't understand?


This probably makes me the asshole, right?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Here

Friday, June 30, 2017

Yup
































Have a good weekend, y'all.

Don't blow your digits off, or anything...




(Yes, I am aware that the sloth-astronaut depicted is probably an immigrant.  We are a nation of those, you know.  Hopefully, the sloth's presence in this image doesn't upset any protectionist ideals you may have and diminish the pleasantness of this post's intentions.  It occurs to me that those wolves may also be Canadian, which takes us to healthcare.  You will need that if you blast a finger off, won't you?  The wolves will, if they lose protected status, for sure.  Suddenly this post has gone from a dumb picture to political commentary.  It was just supposed to be a dumb post with an eagle and flag, along with some nonsense.  Sorry about that, my bad.  Anyway, stay safe and cool this weekend.  Oh shit, now I am thinking about the EPA getting gutted in the name of climate change denial.  Goddamnit, it's just everything isn't it?  Just fucked by those fucking fuckers, the whole lot of it.  Damnit man...)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Shiny























How about some shiny destruction as art?

Seems like that kind of day...



Artist credit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Harsh











Yo, look out Buckeye folks...


The Chicago Transit Authority has it out for you, apparently.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cruelty




Friday, June 23, 2017

Breaking News






Thursday, June 22, 2017

Commute



A trick my phone has started doing recently is letting me know how long it will take me to get home, during the day...


I mean it has done that for a while, a convenient feature when you are not at home and want to know how long it will take you get there.
You know, like if you commute...


I work from home.

And somehow, my phone says it will take me 23.5 minutes to get here.
To get where I am, the same spot.

Hmm.

Better leave work early, to beat the traffic, I guess.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sure







I bet they would be fun to hang out with at a barbecue...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Right




What is this?

A voice from the right, confirming we are taking a stroll down a shit covered sidewalk?

Trump has been ruled by compulsions, obsessions and vindictiveness, expressed nearly daily on Twitter. He has demonstrated an egotism that borders on solipsism. His political skills as president have been close to nonexistent. His White House is divided, incompetent and chaotic, and key administration jobs remain unfilled. His legislative agenda has gone nowhere. He has told constant, childish, refuted, uncorrected lies, and demanded and habituated deception among his underlings. He has humiliated and undercut his staff while requiring and rewarding flattery. He has promoted self-serving conspiracy theories. He has displayed pathetic, even frightening, ignorance on policy matters foreign and domestic. He has inflicted his ethically challenged associates on the nation. He is dead to the poetry of language and to the nobility of the political enterprise, viewing politics as conquest rather than as service.

Full piece/prose found here.

Written by one of W's top guys, so the WaPo fake news bit struggles to stick.


Unless this dude was "gotten" by the shape shifting lizard lib's, who run the pizzagate place...

Because, you know, that is the world we live in now.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Goodness































More information on this thing over here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hot


Here is a startling bit, regarding clime change-


Climate Central looked at the monthly data using the earlier baseline and found that “if you were born after December 1964, you’ve never experienced a month cooler than average on this planet.”

That is probably not indicative of any trend at all, huh?
Probably should think about that for a minute.


Crap, man...

That is some perspective.


Source article here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tools




Look at all those fun tools.
So many, I can't even think of projects for all of them...
Though I am sure that would change after having them available for a bit.


Nothing of this scale, but we checked out a space similar in concept, here.
A cool space with especially nice people...
And some cool tools I don't have or have room for.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boom

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tights








Why do super hero types where tights?

It really doesn't seem like practical attire for crime fighting/world saving...



Friday, June 9, 2017

Space






Some Apollo era goodness...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sure


















Lead with your strengths, they say.










I could write a post on current events, but I would guess you are at saturation with that stuff.

Personally, my response to a news alert on my phone has gone from "I wonder what's happening" to "what the fuck did he do now" and will probably stay that way for a bit...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Odds















What do you think the odds are of landing that cleanly?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Badlands



Did you know Oregon had it's own Badlands?

I didn't really either.
We can just keep it a secret and leave any Badlands notoriety to the Dakota's.




Anyway, this past weekend we took some time to get out and enjoy the area.
You know, before the summer sun starts baking things.
Just a  short hike, well, a three mile hike to check out what is just a few minutes east of here.

I will let this video give you an idea of what things look like...

It's still on the spring side of things here, so the tiny desert flowers were putting on their show.
Really lovely stuff.

The video doesn't deliver on the scent from the juniper trees.
You'll have to imagine that...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Idiots

Friday, June 2, 2017

Nuts






Huh...


It's national doughnut day?


Might have to do something to celebrate that.

I don't even remember the last time I had one...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Big









Might as well break some records while building your space rocket launching plane, huh?






There is more on this thing here, here or really any place covering it.
Every story seems to be based on the same press release...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
















That's a lot of negative vibes, man...











There have been a lot of negative vibes all over, lately.
That whole euro tour, man, that was just one discouraging moment after another.
The stabbings up in Portland...


I could post about any number of depressing things...
Just don't have the head space for all those negative vibes, right now, man.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hot

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dog Food




Care to know what my current food peeve is?

It's "bowls."


Sure, they have been around for a bit.

KFC had one of the first I remember, with mashed potatoes and crap.
Those Chipotle burrito bowls.

(Because I guess the tortilla is just to much when ordering food by the pound.  And that is gonna get me started on calling torillas wraps, too.  Those are not "wraps" people.  Look at them, they are clearly tortillas with perhaps some chlorophyll.)


Anyway, back on the left coast bowls are big.
I walked past a restaurant over the weekend whose whole schtick is bowls.
There is one on our list of places to try, which I resist at present, on principle.


Because of the bowl.
I don't know, man, it just bugs me.
It seems like lazy cooking and presentation.
Or I don't know...
Sure I get deconstruction and reformatting ingredients, I understand all of that.

I, maybe, just want a little more execution than what gets put into what I serve the dogs...


Let's just try to be civilized people, a bowl is only a half step away from a trough.

Have some dignity.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Never






Wait, what?

He goes to Israel, meets up with the PM of Israel, then at a photo-op for the press he say he never mentioned Israel to the Russians?

Regarding the source for classified information he spilled to the Russians...

Dude, you are doing it right now, you are mentioning Israel right now, while you say you never mentioned Israel, from Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reduce Crime

































Simple enough...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Snacks




OK, so here is a dumb transition topic of conversation for you: Lunch.

You know, I moved, across the country...
Opposite side of the continent.

I still work for the same folks, so I follow their regular schedule.
It's an early start and that would seem like the hardest part to deal with...
Starting my work day at six in the morning.

But no, that hasn't been an issue at all, really.
Sure, I wouldn't mind lounging in bed longer, but no big thing.


The hard part about that schedule is eating.
First, maybe it's because of the long days, the altitude shift or whatever...
I seem to always be hungry.
Second, what kind of eating schedule goes well with that?
My peers are off to lunch about the time I am ready for cereal.
Cravings for random foods kick in about the time most restaurant kitchens are doing prep work.

First world problem, for sure.


Thought I would share...
It's 9:00 AM here and I am craving some Thai noodles.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ha!



via GIPHY


In what has to be the most comedic global political move in history, Putin is offering to provide transcripts of Russia's diplomatic meeting with Trump to congressional investigators.


“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Putin added, “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”


That is from the WaPo, here is the story.


Of course the caveat is that the administration has to ask for them.
Which is just another layer of comedy gold...

Good stuff Vlad, seriously.

Fire

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Neighborhood




Twitch is streaming all of the Mr. Rogers episodes as some sort of fund raiser for PBS.


Wouldn't you like to watch 866 episodes of Mr. Rogers?


Monday, May 15, 2017

De La






Yeah, how about a post about almost seeing De La Soul?
Well, that doesn't make for a good story.

They were booked for a thing, here in Bend, on Saturday.
Of course I have to show up for that, right?

The stage was less than full, as most of the group had some travel delays...
We got Plug-1 and somebody to run a laptop.
Which was, you know, better than nothing.
Dude did his bit from "Me Myself and I" which was pretty funny, given the situation.
And he had everybody put their hands in the air, for maybe three more songs.

I guess I can be satisfied by that...


It reminded me of this documentary thing.
It is worth a watch, maybe...
If you are in to that sort of thing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Major Tom






















Take your protein pills.




















Also, yes, I am posting a cat pic.
Just deal with it, OK...
They can't all be winners, here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

C'mon




So, Yates, Flynn, Comey...

A reporter was arrested for asking questions of a cabinet member.

The press secretary answering late night questions from behind a hedge.

Scientist fired from the EPA review board...

White House folks deleting old press releases from the internet (like that works).

Nepotism amok.




Pick your bitch and add it to the list, because it can go on, and on.



I mean, seriously...
Is this what we are reduced to?


That shining city on a hill sounds more like a burning dumpster in a back alley, huh.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Keep Scrolling







Nothing to see here...



Monday, May 8, 2017

Coping




























Here is a random skate pic for ya...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ghetto









My sister sent me this...

I thought she liked me?


So, now I will subject you to this.

It's uhm, it is something...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tidy

























I like that...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Boston Strong




I guess Boston isn't quite strong enough to make a stand against racist fans in their stadiums...

Not really new news, but the volume of press coverage is something.
Even if the lip service out of Fenway is disappointing.


I might recommend this article on the subject.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Take Down









Somewhere, there are rooms full of lawyers racing to compose take down notices for this.

Who will get to it first, Disney or Sony?


Oh, it goes on.
The whole album...

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day




Yeah, so it's May Day.

Are you more of a dance around the Maypole kind of person?
Or an International Workers Day type?


Do people even do that Maypole thing anymore?
Somebody must be doing that somewhere, right?
Twirling ribbons while wearing special, little outfits and whatever.

How about that Workers Day bit?
You don't see too many marches for the working stiffs, really.
Maybe those Fight for $15 deals count?
I guess those count.

I think Trump declared today Loyalty Day, as well.
Given the measure of the first one hundred with that guy...
The application of May Day as a distress call seems to also work, today.
Stop trying to make Loyalty Day a thing, dude.


So, happy May Day...

If you are down with the May Day thing.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

In It




So, what have we been here, two weeks?
Maybe it's three...
It's been a blur.

Still tourists, for sure.
A "local" badge is hard earned in these parts.
It may be a while before I earn that mantle.
But as mentioned before, there doesn't seem to be much hostility towards the new guy in these parts.
In person, at least...


The unpacking keeps us busy, still.
It's kept us out of the kitchen, too.
Which is OK, a good excuse to get out and about.

I'll call it a town here, 'cause it seems pretty small
Smallest city I have lived in since the hometown kind of small.
Don't quite need to use the GPS sized town, for me at least.


We have gotten to a few of the breweries here.
There are a lot of them.
Ventured to some restaurants.

This song has been heard at more than half of the places we have hit up.


Maybe there is some sort of town playlist, that gets passed around?


Strangely, there is a homogeneous vibe to many spots we have been to, beyond that song.

Every brewpub I have been to has some sort of beat salad, a pastrami sandwich and signature (similar) burger on the menu.
I guess that is fine...
Kale, I can't think of one restaurant I have been to that doesn't have kale all over the menu.
I've probably had more kale in the past few weeks than I had last year.


On another subject, my vehicle and dogs are entirely undersized, as compared to local expectations.
Maybe not expectations, perhaps standards...

Ideally, I think a lifted, crew cab, heavy duty diesel truck would be the rig.
Color options seem to be either white or back, with any accessories blacked out.
Flatbed option not required, but does score extra points...

There doesn't seem to be a preferred dog breed, but the bigger the better.
Obviously, husky or mountain dog breeds demonstrate ones commitment to the local cause...


And one behavior note, observed only in our immediate neighborhood...
There is still a fair amount of construction around our place, residential, new homes getting built.
Those job sites get porta-johns, honey buckets or whatever your local vernacular calls them.
They are just scattered around job sites and street corners.

Now in my experience, those plastic shit pits are to be avoided at all costs.
Nobody wants anything to do with anything in those things...
But here, they seem to function as public pit stops.
Mail men, random folks passing by, driving through.
More than three times I have spotted somebody stopping for a bio break and getting on their way.
Like it's no big deal to stop and dump in a random box on the side of the road.
Which is weird...


Also, a blue Patagonia puffer jacket seems to be required.


Anyway, let's not dwell on all of that.

It's the (not so) Wild West.
Freedom and big skies.
Actual tumbleweeds on windy days.
Ice cold rivers and snow capped mountains.


So, yeah.

Here we are...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Drift











Just gonna go ahead and back into this weekend...



(Photo credit.)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cooking Tips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dagnabbit































I wish I knew this a few weeks ago...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Trike











What I fond most compelling about this picture is the look of smug satisfaction that guy has...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Days



Man there were a lot of days over the weekend...


We had Earth Day, you know, for the Earth.

There was Record Store day, for those stores that still sell records.

Of course we also had people celebrating 4/20, because that is a thing.

All important, I guess, though I will leave the prioritizing to you...


People got together to march for science, as well.

How unfortunate, that we have come to that...
If you care to bandy about phrases like "make America great again" it seems like you would embrace science, as it led to a good deal of prosperity and growth, here.


Anyway, I didn't get down with any of those events I guess.
I just took things out of boxes...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Preach It





















(Asses to asses.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sure

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bonds




OK, here is some baseball nerdery.

What if Barry Bonds went without a bat for a season?
Here is the deep dive on that question...


It is baseball season, after all.
Not that I have had a chance to see more than an inning or two, since it started.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paperwork









Just look at how satisfying that single sheet of paper is, with the study of positive and negative space.




From what I read, this was an assignment for an Albers led course...

At the Bauhaus.

Done by student Arieh Sharon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Closure



So, I guess the official closing of the Rhode Island place is now done?



Thanks for the memories Lil Rhody...
And the oysters.

Mainly the oysters.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Here




Well, we are here now...


After watching some crummy movers pack and load our stuff into a big orange truck...
We set off in two cars, with two dogs, a cat and some crucial gear.
For six days.
Through booming thunderstorms, huge winds and thankfully little spring snow...
Three thousand eighty seven miles of driving.
Then watching all that stuff from the truck spill into our new domicile.
And rummaging through some of the hundred fifty boxes populating every corner of every room...
To find the bits that make us productive professionals.

We seem to have arrived at our new lives.
Just today...


Those mountains peak out, over town, if I walk out my front door and look left.

Most of town lies between here and there.
A tiny city, full of people in earth toned jeans and puffy jackets.

People that are nice.
Just randomly.
It seems weird, but that may just be too many days back east, swaying my my opinion...


We have found the grocery stores.
Some beer and some brunch.
A pizza place that delivers.
The nearest Mexican food.

Seen rain, snow, hail and sunny skies all in the same afternoon.


Here we are.

I think I like it...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Westward Ho




Yeah, we are pulling stakes again.

Taking the Oregon Trail.
Not right this minute, but soon enough.


So, the posting will be a little light for a bit.


Maybe I will use some of those mobile options more...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Important





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Minimalism



Talking about the interior design form of minimalism.

Not the artistic movement, or genre, or whatever the heck you care to classify thusly.

No, I am getting at the whole "simplify your life" jumbo.
Declutter, pare down, yadda yadda...

Big picture, modern vernacular "minimal" lifestyle stuff, I guess is what we are hashing over in this post.

I think all of that is fine for some folks, but it also has always had a false ring.
Couldn't quite figure out why.

Then, I spot this piece from the Guardian, which got right to it with this statement:


Because let’s be clear about what the minimalist aesthetic, at least as a personal style choice, actually is: it’s a way of aping the connotations of simplicity and even, to a degree, asceticism, without actually having to give up those sweet, sweet class signifiers.

I usually don't post/link things I think aren't worth your time, as a read.
If nobody in your circle has busted out "minimal" jargon in casual conversation, you can probably skip this link and go dust your collection of knik-knaks.


There has been some purging going on around here, with the impending move.
It is a strange thing, as a person who covets odd objects.
Bits of ephemera that conjure memories or thoughts.
Trinkets that have been deemed "art" because of some random doodle.
I have piles of that around.

Yet I love a clean, minimal aesthetic, in my head.


Probably two decades ago, I declared that I could never live with my minimal intentions.

At this point, I don't know if I want to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gixxer







Well, power plant part, at least...
Is Gixxer.


That looks like a lot of fun.

Fun in both the garage tinkering and road riding categories...

Monday, March 27, 2017

That Time of Year






















Happy 327.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Right

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cool Pool










Yeah, this is a random thing I just found interesting.

All of those stairs captured my imagination.
The effort involved, the math, all of that...


So I did the reverse image search and it turns out the premise is pretty interesting as well.

You can get the highlights here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Believe





























You know you want to...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hi

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cool







Cool, or rather, ice cold...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Blarney


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Changes





So, yeah, my own changes have occupied my mind lately...
Blocking out some other news.

But I just read that Local 121 is closing.

It's the first place I ate a meal in the Ocean State.
And it was a fine meal...


I suppose, perhaps, it ran it's course?
The food there was great.
Lovely as a venue, either for dining...
Or the music, or finding a cocktail to cap an evening.

Really, just look at that bar...

Admittedly, we tapered off on it as a destination.
The chef changed and with it the menu.
Still a great menu, just not always the right stuff for us, maybe.


Anyway, a salute to this establishment...

If you missed it, it seems you have missed out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Here











This is important, you should see it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Turn

Friday, March 10, 2017

Withe




Just putting this out there...

I think "withe" should be an acceptable substitute for "with the"


That is what comes from my fingers, nearly every time I type "with the" and I think you should just go along with it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time





These guys have a new album dropping, I guess.


Thinking about that, about this band, it occurs to me that the first time I saw these guys was nearly thirty years ago.

Cripes man...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Landscape





















Well, that is pretty genius,




More here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Death Panels




You know, after all these years with the GOP trashing the Affordable Care Act, railing about how broken it is...

Pointing out that Obamacare has Death Panels.
Death Panels who will decide when the health care for your grandparents costs too much...
Death Panels that will force you to pull the plug on loved ones...

I am kinda surprised that the newly announced replacement for the ACA does not include any mention of the repeal of that whole Death Panel enterprise.
That seems like something Republicans would talk about getting rid of, after so many years talking it up.


Does that mean that the Death Panels are actually OK, after all...

Or does that mean that they never existed in the first place?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Low












How about an Impala pic?

Friday, March 3, 2017

43



So this actually exists...

W's book of portraits he painted of 9/11 era veterans.


Let's just skip the political aspects of this whole situation for moment, huh...


I actually kinda like these.
I will admit it...
The use of light and the strange way the visual plane seems to twist.
Sort of an expressionists, fun house mirror thing going on.


Anyway, you can get it here.

Proceeds go to help vets, so there is that.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wieners





Tired of thinking about, well, whatever?

Need a mental break?


How about an article on the history of the chili dog?

The chili dog’s story is actually many stories: not only one about American fast food and appetites, but also about American industrialization, immigration, and regionalism. And each component—the hot dog, the chili, even where we eat chili dogs—adds another twist.

This could actually some melange of thinking about American ideals, as well.
If you think about it...
Only with some chili dog history as background.

Maybe.



Another link.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Go West







It is that season, again...


We are pulling stakes and following the Oregon trail westward.

This time to the middle of that state.

Anyway...

Wish us luck.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trike Tuesday





Haven't had any trikes here for a minute...

How about this one?


OK, maybe it is more bike and sidecar.

Or not, it's all guesswork as to what the other side looks like...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Can't Touch This





Friday, February 24, 2017

Melons

Black Holes from NOODLES on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Big Data



Big data is one of those things that, perhaps, doesn't get the consideration it deserves from most people.

Certainly, not from me...

Sort of an amorphous term, abstract to most people.  Just a couple of words that sound techish.

I read an article a while back that got me to thinking about it more than I had.
It prompted me to go read more about the big data idea, even...
Here is a bit of it:


But it was not just about "likes" or even Facebook: Kosinski and his team could now ascribe Big Five values based purely on how many profile pictures a person has on Facebook, or how many contacts they have (a good indicator of extraversion). But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously.
 Above all, however—and this is key—it also works in reverse: not only can psychological profiles be created from your data, but your data can also be used the other way round to search for specific profiles: all anxious fathers, all angry introverts, for example—or maybe even all undecided Democrats? Essentially, what Kosinski had invented was sort of a people search engine. He started to recognize the potential—but also the inherent danger—of his work.
 To him, the internet had always seemed like a gift from heaven. What he really wanted was to give something back, to share. Data can be copied, so why shouldn't everyone benefit from it? It was the spirit of a whole generation, the beginning of a new era that transcended the limitations of the physical world. But what would happen, wondered Kosinski, if someone abused his people search engine to manipulate people? He began to add warnings to most of his scientific work. His approach, he warned, "could pose a threat to an individual's well-being, freedom, or even life." But no one seemed to grasp what he meant.

So, yeah...

The futurist in me thought technology was meant to free us.
Maybe, not so much.

I knew all this was happening, but only when you dig into it do you have to confront how terrifying the scope of it really is.


The link, again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LOL






How about an update on the murder of that North Korean dude, in Malaysia?

Another arrest and more details on the whole deal over here.




Admit it, it's a good distraction from our own political pussy power grab.


And from dwelling on the terrible things going on in Sweden...