So, I just read Dreamwidth's 101, and the other things like that they have, and they're totally a slice of the old web, the web that was about connecting people and enhancing human potential and stuff, rather than selling eyeballs and info to marketers and the NSA.

It's...refreshing, really.


Apr. 29th, 2017 04:07 pm
So, I just finished reading the end of Homestuck.

And it made me sad, and between that and the changes to LJ's ToS, it made me miss the Internet I used to know, so I picked up my LJ and it should be moving over here. Apparently my icons haven't moved over yet.
So, after the latest TOS changes, I'm officially pulling the plug on this. I think for now I'm going to migrate it over to Dreamwidth, beyond that, I need to figure out what I want to do.

And what the kinda old people are at these days. Is it still Tumblr? I'm not worried what the kids are up to, I'm old now.

Maybe when I set up the DW, I'll try and reach out to a bunch of people who I've not talked to in far too long.


Nov. 9th, 2016 06:00 am
America, the rest of the world, I am so sorry. We are so fucked.
That moment when Pandora interrupts the punk station with an ad for BMWs.
So it's been quite a while since I've posted here. So, what's going on with me?

Well, when I went back to college, I debated between doing environmental engineering or aerospace engineering. This is probably due to reading stuff like Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot as a wee nerdlet. But if the goal is to try and create a civilization worth the name, which means one that can survive and also get our asses into space, those are the two key issues, keeping our civilization running in a sustainable way here, and get into space in a real way.

So, with that in mind, I figured that there was more work to do fixing up our cities and world and it's more urgent. So, because of this, I figured it'd be easier to find a job that way. It wasn't entirely idealistic, yeah.

Then I went and graduated while all the engineering companies it turned out had gotten all invested in building cookie cutter subdivisions. Which meant they were laying people off, and all the few jobs there were were competing with people who already had experience. And ended up working retail again. Whoops.

And then my friend said the company he was working at was hiring. And so somehow I stumbled backwards into working at a company making rockets and cargo ships for the space station. Can't really fight that.

So hey there folks.

Hellboy II

Jul. 19th, 2011 02:50 pm
Yeah, I know, I'm way behind on movies, what can I say? So I just finished watching Hellboy II, and it was pretty good. There was one major thing that bugged me though, the part where (spoilers) Hellboy rescues the baby and defeats the giant forest god thing, and... the cops and the lady whose baby he rescued turn against him because something something. I mean yeah, there was just this huge wrecking of that street, and they all witnessed something miraculous (in the sense of divine/supernatural intersecting the regular world) but I'm not sure why they turned against Hellboy.

There were some other bits kinda like that, where things just seemed a little sloppier than necessary. And I really with the princess had challenged her brother at the end, or done something a little more than she did. Or if they'd just made her into something more than Ms. Exposition and a girl for Abe to moon over. Maybe they're not really flaws, just places I would have done things a little differently.


Jul. 17th, 2011 12:55 am
Well, I got invited to Google+ and have an account now. Anybody want an invite?

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Somehow, I still manage to be surprised when has an article that's got pretty good science and pretty good advice in it, like What is the Monkeyspehere?.


Jul. 7th, 2011 11:42 am
So hey I just realized I totally forgot to mention this here. As of today, I am no longer working retail. I quit.

On Monday, I'm starting work inspecting parts of satellites and rockets as they're received. It's much more interesting and the pay is much better. It's not exactly where I intended to end up, but it's sort of related, at least to me. And it's a damn sight better than retail.


Jun. 24th, 2011 03:58 pm
So, I saw this bumper sticker promoting people buying products made in the USA. It was text, and a photo of the top of the Statue of Liberty. Which was made in France.

(The actual issues of trade balances, manufacturing, etc, are More Complicated Than That, and I'm not getting into them, I was just commenting on the disconnect between the message and the image. And yes, I know the Statue of Liberty is an iconic American monument. One that was built for the US by the government of France.)
Why does Cosmo, a magazine aimed at women, have its' cover stories all about how to please a man in bed, and positions men enjoy, instead of sex tips aimed at well, women, the nominal audience of the magazine?

And why didn't I think of this until somebody else mentioned it? Because that's what patriarchy is, it's not just a matter of evil stomping boots, it's making things invisible too.
Well, since our dear leaders have decided that interest rates (that are exceeding low), and "crowding out", and Very Serious Invisible Bond Traders, which all allegedly come from federal deficits, as opposed to say, the unemployment rate that's up around 9%, it's very hard to find a job. So that's led to thinking about ideas on what kind of job I can make. Now, while I'd much prefer a job saving the world, and doing the stuff I spent years going back to school for, that's not worked so far.

Well, what about starting an engineering company? Well, there's issues there with getting a license, which requires working with already licensed engineers for a length of time, plus getting contacts for jobs, and starting something without a reputation or experience. So for the moment, that's not really looking practical.

Computers? Well, I know them, but I'm not a hardware guy, and I haven't kept up at all with programming languages, network stuff, or anything like that. So I could learn it, but I don't have any of the credentials or experience there.

Working for somebody else in retail sucks, especially in a crappy economy, which is where I'm currently stuck.

So, what kind of retail could I do? Well, the most obvious is a nerd shop, probably comics and games. I worked at a game store for five years, I've been friends with people who ran comic shops, I know both those markets pretty well anyway. And it'd give the possibility of creating a place for people to come and meet and have fun and interact, and that'd be good.

Comic/Game shops are hard, though. They're operating in a relatively small market, comics are non-returnable for little guys, and costs four bucks and up each. That aside, there's also a lot of stereotypes about comic and game shops, like they're essentially some dude's basement. And there really are ones like that. Or just look at The Ferrett's column about his FLGS. There is a comic shop chain here in Savannah, but as their webpage shows, they have a bit of hoarder in them too. Plus there's nothing else to that site besides that page. But the pictures, with the T-Shirts hanging from the ceiling and the confusion, that's not so appealing. The hobby shop I worked in had some of that too. We kept it mostly clean, but it was piled with stuff, especially trains, almost to the ceiling on a lot of shelves. So, obviously, I wouldn't want to do something like that. Running somewhere clean, safe, and welcoming to everybody would be the goal. There's no point in turning away customers by having the store look bad.

The problem there, even in a city like Savannah, with SCAD having its art college with a sequential art series, the market for comics isn't always that big. and the comics don't always help with that. And that's a little scary when looking at opening a shop. Comic stores are always shoestring businesses, which is part of the reason so many end up messy. There's lots of other things out there, and there's lots of TPBs and the like that provide more value for the money, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to try and change all of that. Or if I'd make any money doing it, and not just end up owing even more money when it failed.
Going back to places (IRL or online) after being away from them a few years can be weird. It's the same place, but it's not. Which makes sense in terms of continuity of identity. For example, the dwarf's Grandfather's Axe, carried down through generations. The handle and the head have been replaced repeatedly, but it's still the same axe, due to the continuity of it. Now if you took the original axe, and then jumped straight to the "same" axe, after the replacements, it wouldn't seem (to you) to be the same axe. But instead of time travel, you leave for a few years.

The people in the community are the metaphorical axe handle and head, if I didn't make that clear.

This is probably one of those posts that seems insightful at midnight, but turns out to be crap when looked at in daylight.
You know, I'm almost certain that if better pre-construction investigation had been done, they could have found a better spot to build a hotel, a botique, and a swinging hotspot. A brownfield, or an area needing redevelopment. Both of which would have had better infrastructure and transit, which could have allowed for a smaller parking lot, or completely removed the need to put it up in the first place.

(ref: Counting Crows (cover) and Joni Mitchell (original))
The thing that's always bugged me the most about predicting the end of the world (besides the zillion times it's been wrong) is that the kind of God who'd blow up the world and make everybody's last days full of pain and suck is, by definition, a bad guy. Which sorta works for the early Old Testament God that's all "Sacrifice your kid! Flood the world! Knock down those walls and kill everyone inside!" but is pretty out of character for most non-vengeful turbolaser versions of Jesus. So, yes, a lot of these prophecies are bad biblical fanfic.

Of course, Fred's already covered this over at slacktivist with "goofy hat Jesus".

Oh, and no, the world's not going to end tomorrow. We'll still be here for my regularly non-updating blog. But just in case it does, I'm gonna be out where things are fallen down and trying to fix them, and rescue people. Because that's what good guys do. They don't sit back and laugh at other people's misery.

So, Linux

Mar. 21st, 2011 10:26 pm
So, for about a month now, I've been running Ubuntu Linux 10.whatever on my laptop. Partly because Vista, after coming with it and being used for a couple years, was doing really random bizarre things like not recognizing USB things unless they were plugged in when the computer was turned on.

So, how has it been working? Pretty good, really. I haven't had anything to complain about. Mostly, I'm running internet stuff, and that's supported as well or better on Linux as it is in Windows. Gaming other than flash games is harder, but I got out of the habit of a good bit of gaming through the simple expedient of being broke and busy and not having the time or money. Other than gaming, for internet stuff and writing and such, Linux is doing just fine for me. The desktop's laid out well enough, and it has a search for programs, which was one of the things I'd gotten to actually like about Vista. Made me feel like I was using command line again almost.

I realize this isn't a very in-depth review, but somewhere along the way, I stopped being so interested and entertained by figuring out all the little tweaks to make computers run right, and just want them to work like I need them to. Ubuntu's been doing that pretty well for me, and so I'm happy. I do have Windows 7 (legal, even!) installed on a partition, but I've rarely felt the need to use it.
I'm just gonna link this post of UrsulaV's, where she talks about just wanting to grow a garden with hummingbirds, and the trip down the rabbit hole this led her on through all the dysfunctional systems we have in the world.

And if you're interested in a field guide to this particular rabbit hole, I recommend Worldchanging, the new 2.0 updated book, or the website, with its archives of solutions and more.

Time to get fixing things. Even if people look at you like you're crazy.

Regular link for people who don't havse luck with embedding.

I've also been watching Cosmos on Hulu lately too.



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