What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Linkee-poo chases 'round this desert 'cause I think that's where he'll be

In relation to a earlier twitter discussion about the quality of projected films between "Traditional" and digital, Roger Ebert gives some perspective. As I said in the twitter conversation, it all depends on if the theater employes an actual projectionist, or some kid they call a projectionist. When you see a celluloid movie projected by a pro, it's amazing. It's what all theater experiences should be. Hell, just the sound balancing is worth it, but the image looks sooo much better when there's a pro in the box. (Grokked from Jay Lake).

I think I've mentioned the cougar before. You know, that fear of the thing out there that's the worst thing you could imagine, the part that makes the job a job. The thing that hunts you, that demands your attention. Because if you slip up at the wrong moment, it will take you. When commanding people into harm's way, the cougar is losing one or all of them because you screwed up. In government, this is what one of the cougars looks like (before and after photos of Joplin, MO). If you're in a disaster zone, especially tornado prone areas, and you're in government/safety services and that photo doesn't strike to the heart of your soul, you're doing it wrong. (pointed to by Dan)

You've got dinosaurs on the arc. But then, dinosaurs never made it onto the arc. In the former, they're the big draw, in the later they could be fit into the sequence without too much juggling around. Ah, principled consistency. BTW, I think "Flintstone Truth" is one of my favorite new phrases. (pointed to by Dan and Phiala)

No, it's not smart business, it's business cannibalism to discriminate against the unemployed. And, frankly, it's fucking idiotic (as in IQ less than 80). Welcome to the free market, where employers cull new employes from other employers and won't even bother with the unemployed. Same mental process that fueled the "we can outsource our production because enough other people won't and they will buy our products, keeping us in business." It's only the thought process of MBAs who don't understand business (in my mind, the vast majority of MBAs = GED, really, I think you can get an MBA as a cereal prize these days). Most MBAs have no ability for critical thought. Hey, HR managers and top management who think up these brain turds and pass them off as shinola, I was one of the unemployed for no other reason than the business owner I worked for chose a business bank that was bought by another bank who didn't want to be a business bank. I think I should buy stock in Torch & Pitchforks Unlimited. There's going to be a big need for their product soon. (Grokked from Wannabewriter06)

The quandary of imposing new regulations (in this case for mandating a potentiality life-saving technology on table saws). For those of us who use power tools, we know the major things manufacturers sacrifice to make cheaper tools is safety. And you'll notice that's exactly the same argument here. Yet another reality body block against the libertarian ideal of the market driving to better products. The industry rails against SawStop charging too much money for its patents. You can read this like you can read the protest of government charging too much taxes. Just remove the "too much" form those sentences and you get the real issue here.

How to stop a psychopath. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

So, in this year of Tea Party pride, so far state legislatures have introduced 916 measures related to reproductive health and rights and 820 measures to restrict or eliminate collective bargaining rights and still the states haven't balanced their budgets, introduced jobs bills, or solved any real problems facing this nation. Tell me the story about how it's all about fiscal conservatism again. I keep forgetting. (link for the reproductive rights story grokked from Steven Gould)

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