She chose Kaine. Oh my friggin’ God.
The guy’s pro-fracking, pro-offshore drilling, pro-TPP, pro-bank deregulation. My morals, ethics ... I can’t. Just can’t. Where’s the whisky ... Jesus. We have to figure out how to live in the dark ...
c|net: Top 5 solid-state drives: It’s upgrade time.
Hmmm. I still need to get the recall done on my iMac’s graphics card. Time to replace the internal with an SSD, methinks.
YT: The Who, Eminence Front.
“It’s just an eminence front, an eminence front, it’s a put-on ...” First thing I thought of this morning. And I haven’t even started up the aggregator. Happy Friday!
Techdirt: Nick Denton Bucks The Trend Du Jour, Thinks News Comments Are Worth Saving.
“Throwing out the entire concept of on-site comments because a jackass said something mean or pointed out you were wrong about something has never been much of a solution.” Um, been saying this for a decade at least.
Slate: Trump’s wall would hurt wildlife and halt science at the border.
Let’s put this to bed once and for all. There will be no wall. Perhaps an invigorated fence, but there will be no wall. A wall vs. a fence requires much more material. How much more? I believe I’ve posted before - concrete calculators are available on the web. An 18’ high by 4’ thick by 1 mile long chunk of wall would be ~14,000 cubic yards of concrete. The entire border is 5,520 miles. That’s nearly 80 million cubic yards of concrete, longer than the Great Wall of China (built of brick-faced rammed earth). That wall didn’t keep out the hordes either.
The fact that Slate or any other media source is reporting on ‘the wall’ as if it is a serious consideration, is a breach of journalistic ethics if you ask me. As a joke only. A piece of idiotic tomfoolery.
But this is how media sources keep clickthroughs maxed, and make the contest more of a horserace (as I projected months ago).
[#ignoretrump. Thistles can’t grow where roses do. Use it - point to cat photos if you want. Anything but the blowhard.]
Macworld: Scrivener for iOS review - A sophisticated writing and research app for on-the-go.
Quirky but lovely, I use Scrivener for all my longer-form writing on desktop. I’ve not tried this mobile variant yet.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: What Classics Professors Can Teach the Rest of Us.
Yet little seems to rub off. Today’s writers seemed mired in descriptive trivia that the writers of classics simply didn’t need in order to paint a lively tableau. Perhaps it is my age - I don’t need to have my imagination prompted. I suspect today’s Disney-raised need textual cartoons to paint their cerebellums.
I would not change my era or childhood for *anything*.
Case in point: “Adrenalized coots”, “hotheaded moorhens”, “sly-bones heron”, “susurrant reeds”? Fellow writers, can you not see the thesaurus being hauled out for those? You can feel the streeeeeetch. Words over feelings, emotions. Words that break the song of location.
From my journal this weekend by the South Fork of the Rio:
There is a peace - a zen space - in watching the dance of sedge-flies in the morning, arcing and lilting over the water. A glancing touch on the surface, a sudden swirl ... swift death by trout. Chipmunks dart through the boulders and dead wood searching for forgotten morsels. Red-shafted flickers spark their crimson underwings seeking an easy insect breakfast buffet in the beetle-ridden deadwood. You can hear the river at work. Dull bass booms as the rocks shift. Curious, that flora and fauna manage to manifest such joy and happiness in the face of daily mortal danger, yet we humans seem to always be bored, testy and unsatisfied. An eddy in the river ... suds. Sticks to the rocks like plaque to teeth. Who would be so inconsiderate? Mother Nature has much to teach us, if we still have the capacity to listen. If we don’t murder her first.
I like those, but do not consider them finished thoughts; even that feels ‘not spare enough’.
SEO Chat: 4 Of the Most Destructive (And Common) Blogging Tips You’ve Ever Heard.
“Did you know that the majority of blogs become inactive within 100 days after creation?” 6,000+ days and counting ... I agree with the tips. But who’d listen to such drivel?
The Atlantic: The Decline of Social Mobility in America.
“Those who make very little money in their first jobs will probably still be making very little decades later, and those who start off making middle-class wages have similarly limited paths. Only those who start out at the top are likely to continue making good money throughout their working lives.” Or, for those like myself, boom-and-bust cycles. I feel like I’ve lived many different lives in my span of time. You have to be willing to risk, be bold.
‘5297 unread articles.’
Not so bad, really. I’ve seen worse.
I’m here, I’m alive.
I forgot to schedule posts when I should have. 25th wedding anniversary trip! Didn’t want to let the entire internet public know my house was empty and waiting for brutalization. What a time to be gone! Nice, Baton Rouge, Tuppence (Trump-Pence). I see I didn’t miss ANYTHING ... links when I can, as I plow through the backlog. My aggregator’s probably going to force-quit itself [internet software equivalent of suicide] for overload when I open it shortly ...
Mashable: A massive heat wave is poised to envelop the U.S. from coast to coast next week.
More?!!! Dear God, help us survive. We’ve had little break. Our night time temps are just not getting below 70 until midnight. Rough sleeping, sans A/C.
Bicycling: Heart Health - Why Fitness Alone Isn’t Enough.
I agree. Don’t waste time with an EKG or Holter monitor setup. Go straight to the stress echocardiogram. It’s the only test that gives physicians actionable information.
Return of the Cafe Racers: Motorcycle Maintenance Made Easy.
Second Yorkshire Gold (tea) of the morning ...
I’ll get to links, really I will ...
The word of this election season: “Imperviousness.”
I’ve never experienced such imperviousness to reason as I have these last few months. People I love, people I respect, acquaintances, strangers. People are entrenched, taking editorial media reports, political PR, interest-group marketing and immediately converting them to deeply-held belief without proof. If it sounds plausible and agrees with one’s preset opinions, then it’s ‘fact.’ A simple dry comment can elicit a friendship-breaking response. And it’s spread throughout the metacosm really, not just in political discourse. Beyond just a ‘litmus test’ - opinions are becoming guillotines for what used to be conversational classical argument. “My way or the highway.” The echo chambers of Facebook seem to be implicated here. The algorithms that continue to feed us what we ‘like’, rather than what we actually ought to see and understand. The morning email from Amazon, “Most Read from the Washington Post” — what a horrible, depressing way to start the day. Facebook Trends - all the news not fit to print. The new algorithms on Instagram, Twitter. All narrow, shoving us down a sales/marketing funnel. All keeping us ennervated, anxious ... ‘small’. I thank God for RSS and my aggregators every damned minute [little or no algorithmic targeting]. [RSS widens. Use it.]
I can certainly be impervious, but I’d like to believe I see it and recognize it, esp. when readers call me out. Many readers know of my willingness to push an argument out into books and spending time re-educating myself - postponing judgment and refusing to blog on the subject again until I know more. I try. I don’t see many others trying. The process of investigating a personal opinion can be confounding, maddening ... and amazingly rewarding. I thank my readers for this constantly. You all keep me functioning well. Reminding me to step away from the silicon!
Blogging used to be better. I look around at this present time, and ‘lose the will’. I know it’ll pass (I hope; ‘Trumpish imperviousness’ seems to have become a human virus). However the current philosophy of blog-as-soapbox instead of blog-as-conversation loses everything that is great about blogging, IMHO. I find it a sad shame. To me, simply engaging in a conversation implies mind-changing. I and you readers seem to be the minority here for believing this.
I’ll leave the last word with Oliver Cromwell: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” Something I keep in the back of my head every time I open my mouth, or press “submit” on a post.
FindAGrave: Aaron Burr, Jr (1756 - 1836).
212 years since you shot straighter, sir. Those years of early guerrilla warfare against the British in NJ and NY (as opposed to Hamilton’s more formal military experience with cannon/ordnance) gave you the advantage. And 40 years since I illicitly put you on the Princeton Cemetery historical tour (in the face of dire warnings about ‘opening hornet’s nests’), despite the fact they hid you in a large hedge (at the time). A nice little detour, here.
Had to deal with car servicing, work issues.
Links as I can. And Folk Art Market’s this weekend - traffic’s a snarl. Be safe out there.
YT: Bon Jovi sings with Lourdes Valentin on a private wedding in Miami (4K).
He was a fluff-haired punk kid when I used to frequent Englishtown’s flea market. Now he looks like a dignified correspondent.
At 56, I feel old ...
Cinema 4D now has short-term licensing available.
Still one of the best packages that combines the ease of the old Strata StudioPro line, and the speed of rendering of Electric Image rendering packages. I used to do well with Formz -> Cinema 4D.
Autoweek: Denise McCluggage’s 1986 Mille Miglia 1000-mile revival rally coverage.
Oh, Denise. We miss you every day.
Reuters: FBI director says Clinton did not lie, break law in email handling.
“FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not lie to the FBI about her handling of emails as secretary of state and did not break the law.” Well, as frequent reader Eric pointed out, the FBI press conference was very carefully worded - yet still obscured the facts. Mr Comey finally states things straight. Filing this under ‘Corrections’, and offering an apology to Ms. Clinton.
Email today ...
“I like your blog. I’d read it more, but I just don’t understand it.” Sorry you’re having a hard time. Specifics?
Atlantic: The Art of Handwriting.
“For many artists, it is easy to see how writing is performative.” I’ve been working on my printing lately (a couple of nice fountain pens encourage that). My handwriting has suffered from years of keyboard-only writing. If in a rush, my script is on pharmacist/physician/attorney level.
Got busy. Links soon.