Hannibal Buress's comedy is as if the universe is truly made up of harmonic chords or frequencies and he secretly discovered one of those frequencies - the comedy one; and now he's just strumming those strings and riding that harmonic wave all the way to the bank. Relaxed, laid-back, confident - as well he should be.
31 January 2021
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19 November 2019
23 October 2019
09 July 2018
We are more likely to predict what extra-terrestrial life looks like than we are to meet it.
(As a possible corollary to Fermi's Paradox.)
13 May 2018
02 May 2018
When it seems like it takes three times the work to simply counter campaigns of misinformation used maliciously or not.
19 November 2017
Basic intuition should tell us that the universe is expanding exponentially. The universe has to expand like that, otherwise it would not exist. I really don't think it has a choice. If the acceleration were slowing, it would mean the universe is reaching a certain "point." And any point is arbitrary making existence "unsupportable." Arbitrary cannot exist on its own.
Even expanding at a specific rate is arbitrary. It has to be an accelerating and un-pinable rate. Anything that could define the universe as arbitrary would cause it to cease existing.
*Asymptotically speaking, a case could be made for a point but... this is beyond my pay grade.
26 October 2017
20 December 2015
03 May 2015
Those who say "________ will hurt the economy" are actually saying "________ will hurt MY economy."
Economies are sprouting and dying every second. This morning when I bought a coffee from the local coffee shop I started and ended an economy between me and the coffee shop. You could say I hurt the economy of another coffee shop by not buying there but yet the macro-economy of coffee buying remains the same regardless of which shop I went to.
So, in the context of all this hurting, how does one define The Economy? Where does one draw a circle around transactions and call it The Economy? The Earth? The USA? The local coffee shop?
When the statement "________ will hurt the economy" is used, it is being drawn by the speaker around his or her own interests.
16 March 2015
03 March 2015
It's sad that even the most successful corporations are ultimately just followers and not leaders. They are simply followers of future trends. They are in a sense slaves of themselves. Why can't a corporation truly be a leader for good? Is it by definition, impossible? Via U.S. shareholder laws - is it actually illegal to do good? If so, that's a lot of capital targeting the absence of good.
17 February 2015
14 February 2015
06 February 2015
14 December 2014
[red hot blooz blooz] noun
1. (used with a plural verb) the despondency acquired from opening a bag of Garden of Eatin' Red Hot Blues and then discovering the lack of the spicy red powder on nearly all the chips!
e.g. "I might as well have bought the regular flavor blue chips.... f' it"
08 December 2014
15 June 2014
06 May 2014
06 April 2014
01 April 2014
It would require 1) a constitutional amendment (yeah, I know.), 2) amnesty, permanent residency, or some similar status granted to all current undocumented residents with no criminal record. 3) and an NGO to register all current undocumented residents.
The amendment and amnesty would be a quid pro quo to get broad support. Specifically, the 14th amendment would be amended to no longer provide citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," starting the moment the new amendment is passed, in exchange for an amnesty or similar status for all current residents violating current immigration law.
Since the current law gives citizenship to anyone born on US soil, eliminating that should give the "conservatives" something they like while the "liberals" should like the amnesty or residency status.
Considering the time frame required of constitutional amendments, an NGO would be charged with registering and creating a database of all current "undocumented migrants" up to a certain date. After the passage of the amendment, those names would be submitted to U.S. government for amnesty.
08 March 2014
Excerpt from somewhere on the internet:
"I work with heavy Rhino models a lot. I've noticed no significant slow down- I guess it depends how you bring it into Max though. After a lot of testing different formats etc, I use a Rhinoscript to export each layer as an obj file (highest geometry settings). I use a Maxscript to batch import all these into Max because I find it works best with "import as single mesh" ticked. Add an Edit Mesh and Auto Edge Visibility everything, add a Map Scaler OSM modifier set to 1m and it's all good to go. There's a couple of extra steps I do, but that's the basics, works great."
05 March 2014
26 February 2014
09 February 2014
There really isn't much else to dynamics of the markets. Fear of loss causes the drops and Boredom (or the fear of missing out) causes them to go up. That's why talk of 'hurting' or 'destroying' economies is BS. There will always be an economy of some sort as long as people fear or get bored.
Forgive me for putting your words on my web-log, Mr. Orwell, but I couldn't help but think "architect" where is written "writer:"
"To suggest that a creative writer, in a time of conflict, must split his life into two compartments, may seem defeatist or frivolous: yet in practice I do not see what else he can do. To lock yourself up in an ivory tower is impossible and undesirable. To yield subjectively, not merely to a party machine, but even to a group ideology, is to destroy yourself as a writer. We feel this dilemma to be a painful one, because we see the need of engaging in politics while also seeing what a dirty, degrading business it is. And most of us still have a lingering belief that every choice, even every political choice, is between good and evil, and that if a thing is necessary it is also right. We should, I think, get rid of this belief, which belongs to the nursery. In politics one can never do more than decide which of two evils is the lesser, and there are some situations from which one can only escape by acting like a devil or a lunatic." ―
George Orwell, Writers and the Leviathan
Alas, it is the paradox of Life: the Imperfect. It was going since the Beginning and we would not be here without it, yet it frustrates us at the same time. Anything more would be hubris, or Nothing.
19 May 2013
In my 'rough draft' suggestion, House members would vote for four leaders of each "corner of the room" or four camps. With a quasi-run-off voting method, members would vote until only four designated representatives remained. Those four would be "leaders" of some sort with certain powers that would make it of valuable interest for participation and delineation of the complexity of thinking representing a large populace.
A story from This American Life implied that there are several Republican House members that are secretly supporters of efforts to tackle Climate Change..... What about a Non-Binding Anonymous Conscience Vote then? Would it help move the issue forward if everyone voted their conscience on issue without fear of reprisal or commitment?
1) The House Minority Leader or official equivalent may call for a Non-Binding Anonymous Conscience Vote on any issue once per legislative year.
2) No House member may be allowed to indicate or convey in any manner how they voted.
10 February 2013
When in a hurry to a meeting I will never remember, were
the moments from lives just unparralleled, unforgetable:
The first time I heard your laugh.
The first time I saw your coat.
The first time I saw your scarf.
The first time I saw your face.
The first time I looked into your eyes.
The first time you smiled at me.
I will never know your name
but I do know the overpass
of where none of these moments will ever happen.
03 February 2012
29 January 2012
23 January 2012
If Romney were not a Mormon he would have won the nomination by now and possibly even the 2008 nomination, previously. All the other issues would have been spun and justified by the NeoCon media machine.
Evangelical Republicans want your votes not your people, Mormons. Jesus.
17 January 2012
13 November 2011
14 October 2011
I asked that question of Wang Shu today. If you told me he is the greatest living architect of China at this time I would not argue.
He said no.
I couldn't think of a better question to ask someone from the heart of a world that will be more and more the heart of the entire world. I would not have been surprised by either answer. His presentation was amazing. He was happy to share his vision, sincerity, background, and work with everyone. Together all four told a clear story that confirmed what I could only gather from various anecdotes about the recent history of China. He is a man with such foresight that he left architecture in 1989, after finishing an 80 story building, after seeing what kind of future that meant. Only returning to architecture after many years of philosophy to question what it truly means to be an architect. He made the presentation with such warm and avuncular humor that to hear him say he is optimistic would have been just as believable. The only benefit to his answer was that it saved me the time of asking my follow up questions, now moot. (How would he counter international downward forces on architecture and humanity? With an international counter? An alliance of architects across the globe? Would fighting fire with fire be paradoxical?)
To be serious, briefly, there is one other benefit to his response. After an initial sadness to hear it, I feel a sense of kinship with him and more importantly a pleasant resignation (and confirmation) that the Arts is truly all we have left and whether we want to lead by example or not it ends up on the same path.
16 September 2011
10 August 2011
20 July 2011
2. Automatic seat-belts
3. Putting gelatin in yogurt
4. The little pocket in a pocket in men's pants
5. Reviving the button fly.
6. Slow closing lid trash cans.
6. GE's refrigerator water/ice dispenser button
27 June 2011
I came back to this thought recently because of noticing the variety in quality of graffiti and its effect on the urban landscape AND vice versa. Graffiti is not necessarily a negative or positive value but a multiplier.
It reflects and magnifies the urban landscape and its qualities, good or bad, for better or worse. And even in the worst cases, graffiti simply calls attention to where urban design has been neglected or abused.
18 June 2011
28 May 2011
22 May 2011
1. Keep posts simple.
a. Block use of large fancy images.
b. Block the manipulation of html like text and background colors.
Essentially make a simple template that doesn't vary greatly between posts, just gives the pertinent information. Short, succinct, and fair.
21 May 2011
20 May 2011
On my return flight to the US of A, I made a stop in NYC. I went via Newark airport. From previous experience I knew that the NJT rail line into Manhattan was a convenient one. But had I not known that from before, I would have ended up seeing buses as my only option to get to NYC.
The reason for that is because at the exit of Newark International, where you see the sign for 'Ground Transportation' the arrow points to the right - THE EXACT OPPOSITE DIRECTION of the rail line station to Manhattan which has no sign at that juncture. The bus ride costs $5 more than the train and is far less comfortable. Does NJ Transit know people get funneled away to the private bus and limo services like that?
[Update: Looking at the generic comments that this post collected, there is obviously money to be made by hiding the comfort of NJ Transit's smooth rail ride straight into Penn Station and duping people into paying more for a bumpy bus ride.]
19 May 2011
I'm a Tovo supporter... but... I can't get over those signs. Is it just me or does that ovoid shape look like the Pork logo?
It's always too easy to criticize and I'm no stranger to the pitfalls of attempting novel graphic design. Maybe it's successful in the category of getting any attention is good attention. Maybe it's even a winning idea. It's eye catching, right?
Or hell, maybe the fella who designed her sign is the same one working for the Pork Council and he just got his project files mixed up. That would explain this:
16 May 2011
I DON'T believe universal healthcare is a right, I just think it's a GOOD IDEA.
The whole point of insurance is to have as large a population as possible participating so as to blunt the impact of a tragedy to any one individual. What could be a larger population than all of the United States?
Moreover I would ask: Isn't making a profit on the failing health of others immoral? Especially in a gambling format?
A universal healthcare system would not only save lives it would save some souls as well.
14 May 2011
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14 September 2008
We all know the six simple machines as defined in the classical era. I just discovered the existence of a seventh. I was trying to repair my trash can with mechanical top and foot lever. What I found was amazing: the hinge broke because it was a thinned out piece of plastic attached to two struts. That is, the plastic was thinned out at the middle so it could bend. That's it. It acts as a hinge. Bending thin plastic is how I used to intentionally break pieces of model kits off the sprues. I can do nothing but salute the inventors of this new machine, the Seventh Simple, designed to work until it breaks!! Awe!
12 September 2008
According to USGS estimates the Artic National Wildlife Refuge contains no more than 16 billion barrels of oil. The United States consumes 21 million barrels per day. That means at best ANWR can provide America's need for two years. The Democrats should talk about a 100 year oil plan. Any idiot can accept that we'll be needing oil 100, 200, even 500 years from now. So if neo-cons are really fiscally responsible conservatives, shouldn't ANWR be America's PIGGY BANK? "If you think things are bad now what will the future hold?" we should ask. One day oil will be worth $500 a barrel. That's the time to break the piggy.
22 February 2008
- Single Payer just sounds streamlined and efficient. Something the lowest common denominator can comprehend.
- I'm not an expert but I think Single Payer would end the custom of getting health insurance through employers. I think this could be sold as fewer things employers and employees have to worry about.
- This is also the system employed by Canada. It doesn't seem so scary if the quiet neighbor to the north isn't complaining.