You get it wrong. Take notes and learn.
You are lost. Try a different map.
You are too fatigued. Rest deep and long.
You can’t be heard. Be bolder.
You lack focus. Find stillness and meditate until clarity
You need greater resource. Ask nicely and
You need to go home. Go home.
May 30, 2023
Cox Richardson highlights a pamphlet distributed by the US War
Department to Army soldiers during World War II on the topic of fascism:
what it is and how to combat it.
The War Department thought it was important for Americans to
understand the tactics fascists would use to take power in the United
States. They would try to gain power “under the guise of
‘super-patriotism’ and ‘super-Americanism.’” And they would use three
First, they would pit religious, racial, and economic groups against
one another to break down national unity. Part of that effort to divide
and conquer would be a “well-planned ‘hate campaign’ against minority
races, religions, and other groups.”
Second, they would deny any need for international cooperation,
because that would fly in the face of their insistence that their
supporters were better than everyone else. “In place of international
cooperation, the fascists seek to substitute a perverted sort of
ultra-nationalism which tells their people that they are the only people
in the world who count. With this goes hatred and suspicion toward the
people of all other nations.”
Third, fascists would insist that “the world has but two choices —
either fascism or communism, and they label as ‘communists’ everyone who
refuses to support them.”
It is “vitally important” to learn to spot native fascists, the
government said, “even though they adopt names and slogans with popular
appeal, drape themselves with the American flag, and attempt to carry
out their program in the name of the democracy they are trying to
From 1943 to 2023. Little has changed.
May 29, 2023
DeSantis Blows Up on the Launch Pad
Goddard, writing at Political Wire on Ron DeSantis’s much-ballyhooed
campaign launch on Twitter Spaces yesterday:
In the end, the event had all of the appeal of a glitchy conference
Apparently, the event eventually did launch, but it was stuck with
constant problems. When moderator David Sacks, a venture capitalist and
former PayPal product lead, first unmuted himself to start the talk, the
Space was filled with loud, echoing feedback sounds before quickly going
silent. The accounts of DeSantis and Sacks popped in and out of the
initial room, muting and unmuting themselves before leaving
Politics aside, what a shit show. And a complete disaster for
DeSantis, Elon Musk and Twitter.
May 25, 2023
The Books of No Excuses
Chilvers, writing at his site, dropped a bomb.
The truth is: we all have books that are already written…somewhere.
They live in our blogs, social feeds, and notes. It’s the constraints
and strategy, and the decision to ship, that eludes us.
I’m trying to get the book done. Really, I am.
May 24, 2023
in Repose has a post all about the latest beta for Photoshop called
His example is pretty wild.
It drew the goddamn bike. Click on the image and
look at the larger size. It took a good swing at an appropriate color
palette, and it drew the goddamn bike. Sure, it hallucinated the back of
the bike into the tree, and there are other weird artifacts, but this is
a beta. This is the first iteration. And this is 30 seconds of effort on
Here is the official
announcement. Generative AI is on its way to so many products right
May 24, 2023
Fringe Was a Dark Warning For Our Future
I was a big fan of Fringe when it was on. I haven’t watched
any episodes since they aired, but I know I can drop in on them anytime.
article explains what I loved about the show and why it still
May 20, 2023
Willson Contreras Against Kenley Jansen
Jomboy breaks down a fun
moment that happened between St. Louis Cardinals catcher Wilson
Contreras, who messed with Boston Red Sox pitcher Kenley Jansen with his
wits and that pesky new pitch clock rule.
May 19, 2023
Joaquin’s First School Shooting
book is one of the most biting commentary on school shootings I’ve
Patricia Oliver lost her son, 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, in a mass
shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in
2018. Since then, Oliver has committed herself to the cause of gun reform in America — and her
latest effort involves this adorably horrific children’s book that
depicts the events of the day in cartoonishly gruesome detail.
I love the idea of sending
a hard copy of the book to your representatives to drive the point
home, but I know where it will end up when most Republicans get it.
May 19, 2023
The Final “Voyage” of the Galactic Starcruiser
end of the Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser hotel doesn’t surprise me in
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was marked by a few things — an
almost unparalleled level of immersion that was something akin to what
would happen if an interactive theater troupe overtook a cruise ship and
made everybody on board join in the play; several cutting-edge
advancements, including the introduction of a “real” lightsaber and a
jaw-dropping Yoda hologram; an “excursion day” which saw guests do
special activities in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s
Hollywood Studios; and an eye-watering price point — going on the “ship”
costs around $1,200 per person, per day. (And keep in mind you had to do
the entire three-day, two-night experience.)
I’d do a Star Wars hotel if it was just that, a hotel. I think all
the interactive crap (that skyrocketed the price) they forced guests
into doing for an “experience” didn’t help, and it’s the main reason why
I never had the desire to go. There’s no way I could have convinced my
wife to go along with any of this even if it appealed to me. And it
Even if I had the money for it, I wouldn’t have spent it for a
windowless hotel room that’s supposed to be in a spaceship that’s also a
I am looking forward to the inevitable Defunctland about it…
May 18, 2023
The Creator — Official Teaser
The synopsis for The Creator illuminates more of the plot we
see in this trailer.
Apparently, the movie is about the following:
Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of
artificial intelligence, Joshua (John David Washington), a hardened
ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Gemma
Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive
architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the
power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite
operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of
AI-occupied territory… only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s
been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.
I’m getting The Golden Child meets The Matrix with
a dash of A.I. Artificial Intelligence vibes set in a
science-fictional future. So, somewhat original. This movie looks
cinematic while still retaining the necessary amount of heart. At least,
that’s what I’m getting from the teaser.
I suspect AI will be the bad guy in science fiction movies coming out
over the next few years. Skynet… here we come. HAL says hello.
However, I would like to point out that I am tired of the remixing of
classic rock songs for the trailer trope. I’m over it.
May 17, 2023