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Lest you think I’m a total Apple fanboi

This is iOS 15 Safari dark mode. White text on white background. Does no one at Apple even use their own hardware/software? [1] Let’s zoom in: Yeah, no. Not even light gray on white. White on white.   File under the same heading as: Innumerable screenshots of my lock screen because the buttons to do […]

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POSIWID, QotD 20210904

  “The purpose of a system is what it does.” —Stafford Beer, 2001  

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Wilhoit’s law of conservatism, QotD 20210903

I’m glad to see this blog post comment has caught on a little bit. It stunned me when I first read it, and now I’ve seen it in such disparate places as LGM, Jalopnik, and Charlies’s Diary [1] [2].   Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law […]

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Expectations

I was raised on The Jetsons. I was promised flying cars, robot house cleaners, and jetpacks. As a splinter GenX/Boomer [1], the color of sky in my youth was that of a television, tuned to a dead channel. The streets of LA were wet, and it rained and the buildings rotted and dripped. I didn’t […]

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Mode of transport does not matter

  It’s one thing when a car tries to pass on a blind curve while you’ve going the speed limit on a 5% downhill grade and almost head-ons into the oncoming traffic just to get around you before a stop sign in 200 m. [1] After decades on the planet, and especially the last four […]

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Climbing ethics

I was once again listening to the dynamic climbing duo [1] while working out in the backyard [2]. Now they’re complaining that, if you roll up to one of the most popular crags in the US, in prime season, with four kids [3] and a huge posse, you get to be all pissy if the […]

3rd world problems

I killed my first Aedes mosquito today, around noon. It was full of blood, probably mine. I look forward to the return of yellow fever and dengue. Between contested elections, occasional insurrections, half the country taking dog heartworm medicine instead of a vaccine, the roads falling apart because no one wants to pay any taxes, […]

Sekrit crag rant

What’s the first rule of Fight Club sekrit crags? [1] Don’t talk about Fight Club sekrit crags. I just listened to a couple of bozos complaining on a podcast that shall not be named [2] that they had been invited to a sekrit crag, and weren’t able to talk [3] about it, and they were […]

Et tu, Apple TV+?

And now Apple, and HBOMax, both have autoplay-with-sound previews while you’re looking through their channels. Did they learn nothing from Netflix?

Unable to eject

After 20 years of OS X aka MacOS, I still can’t eject an external disk when I want to. Nope, “unable to eject because the disk is still in use”. What if I needed to catch a plane? Leave the house? Go somewhere? Nope, that isn’t up to you, if you made the mistake of […]

Vulture cap

Reagan said that the scariest words in the English language were “I’m here from the government, and I’m here to help”, but I have to figure that “Your employer just got bought by Bain Capital” are scarier, and a lot more immediate.

Shitcoin for nothing

imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you could trade for heroin — white smoke gamer pope (@Theophite) August 16, 2018 I think of this succinct explanation of shitcoin every time I go to the vet, and all the late model Jeeps, Raptors, and MB SUVs are just sitting there idling with […]

Stupid, and stupider

Every time I listen to Radiolab, or The Hidden Brain, it actively makes me stupider. Not just with what’s got to be the hosts willful pretend [1] stupidity in order to get the presenter to explain it to them, but the whooshing sound as the point is missed over and over again.     [1] […]

Suspension of suspension of belief

Is it too old-man-yelling-at-clouds to point out that just obvious stupid errors completely pull me out of the movie you are trying to get me to watch? Maybe Netflix doesn’t care, because it happens 15 minutes in, so it’s already counted as a view for their made-up numbers. To wit:   “Outside the Wire”: “How […]

Lisan al-Gaib

They think he is their Lisan al-Gaib, the mahdi, the one who will lead them to paradise. He wasn’t bred to be the Republican Bene Gesserit [1] Kwisatz Haderach; he arrived generations too early, before they were ready, and is not in their control. He lacks discipline [2], and he will bring the jihad. Reagan […]