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, October 26, 2016

Linkee-poo will send an SOS to the world, I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle

The Pseudopod's 10th year kickstarter. Hmm, I might need that mug for work. Bwahahahaha. (Grokked from Lucy A. Snyder)

"Antarctica's ice has been melting, most likely because of a warming climate. Now, newly published research shows the rate of melting appears to be accelerating." We're boned.

An "artist" takes video of people in public spaces engaged with their computers, and then calls it art. One person videoed finds themselves in the art, which is the first they knew about the video occurring. Nope, William Noland, this ain't art. As one art bullshitter to another I recognize your artist's statement as the cheap justification crap that it is. Also, boy howdy did you fail at being an artist. As it is, video and photography are still struggling to be considered "art", and this is an example of why. First, never take. This "art" is based on stolen property. Do you have the right? Sure, public space (although videoing without the permission of the owner of the premises is kinda shaky legal ground, even though it's a public accommodation). Engaging others in your "art" without their consent (not even an attempt afterwards so as not to "spoil" the "art") is questionable, especially since, in your artist's statement, you're peering (and inviting your viewers to peer) into the internal lives of your subjects. Sure, sure, Mona Lisa's smile… talk to the hand, buddy. This wasn't reference material, this was your final product. You stepped way, WAY over a line. You might think it makes you edgy, but it just makes you a voyeur. Sure, "people within a space", but that's not what you caught, and it goes against your artist statement. You've captured people who are engaged internally, and therefore have a reasonable expectation of not being exploited even if their body is in a public space. Art is your statement, not the statement of others. In this, you've failed. The people you videoed are the artists in your piece, you merely captured their art and are trying to peddle it as your own. You've completely missed the mark of the artist here, not subverted it. That you violated the trust between the artist and the public only compounds your failure. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

And a tweet storm surrounding the legality of capturing images in public spaces. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

What was old is new again. "In a little copse of oak, hazel and willow trees, on the edge of a ploughed field in Cambridgeshire, a door is opening into a new way of death for 21st-century Britain: a brand new stone-and-earth round barrow, a burial mound of a type perfected more than 5,000 years ago." Death is the ultimate consumer product. "There must be tea and biscuits. Bring a brass band. Bring a bottle. Bring a priest. Bring a shaman. Death is sad, but it doesn’t have to be solemn." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"After a breast cancer diagnosis, many find comfort in connecting with family, friends and support groups — but some choose to live with their illness more quietly, keeping it private from almost everyone." Not everyone can live in the open, not everyone should. And no one should be required to if they don't want to. Everybody handles this differently. However, for those of us who can (and believe me, it was a struggle to post about my cancer), it's our job to make it normal, to remove any shame or blame that comes with a cancer diagnosis. We need to make it acceptable to talk openly about it. But as the article says, if you can't share with everyone, you should find some whom you can share with (and they should respect your wishes to keep it quiet). "Who you tell and don’t tell is up to you." So for all those out there fighting cancer and wanting to make sure the disease doesn't define you, you don't have to say anything. But if you decide to, even if it's just one other person, I hope they are supportive and strong for you. And I hope everyone who has talked openly about it has helped make that easier and maybe given you some hope or direction. You're not alone. Fuck cancer. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Yes, yes, Obamacare rates are going up. Let me tell you about my private employer-sponsored health plan increases…

"Among the complaints in pockets of Texas: years-old posters inaccurately describing the rules — more than a dozen instances in Bexar County — and poll workers who were reluctant to tell voters that some could cast ballots without photo identification." Tell me again who is trying to rig the election? I keep forgetting. (Grokked from TPM)

"But privately (a head election official) gave a different reason for opposing an early-voting site at UW–Green Bay, writing that student voting would benefit the Democratic Party." Who is the election being rigged for? (Grokked from Pat Rothfuss)

"Two homes near the Zionsville, Pennsylvania residence of Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) were vandalized with graffiti smearing Republicans as racist fascists, local TV station KYW reported Monday." Don't do this. And if you feel the need, don't vandalize neighbors. That's the physical world equivalent of at-ing uninvolved people in a twitter conversation.

"In an interview with Newt Gingrich, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly suggested that Donald Trump might be a 'sexual predator.'… Gingrich, one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, become livid… 'You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,' Gingrich… told Kelly." Newt, you're such a tool. It's like projection has become the disease of the conservative mind. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Vote Protectors, the anti-voter-fraud group hosted by Donald Trump ally and political dirty trickster Roger Stone, plans to send volunteers to monitor polling places… on Election Day, Stone said last week. Untrained poll-watchers have intimidated voters in previous elections. But Vote Protectors is going further…Stone’s group created an official-looking ID badge for its volunteers to wear, and its volunteers planned to videotape voters and conduct fake 'exit polls,' efforts that election experts say risks intimidating and confusing voters. Or at least that’s what the group was planning to do before The Huffington Post asked Stone about it… The controversial Trump ally, long known for his bare-knuckled political tactics, said that key proposals on his group’s websites were there without his knowledge, and assured HuffPost that he would operate within the confines of election law." You know, now that he was caught attempting to subvert the law. Those supposed re-education camps keep getting more and more appealing. (Grokked form John Scalzi)

The guy carrying the Blacks for Trump signs: "Though 'Michael' was charged for allegedly conspiring in two murders and his brother testified that he stuck a sharpened stick into one man’s eyeball, he was not convicted. In the following years, according to the New Times, he was charged with other crimes including grand theft auto, carrying a weapon onto a plane, and threatening a law enforcement officer. He was never convicted." The company you keep.


Quote du jour: "In Think and Grow Rich, (Napoleon Hill) wrote: 'Do not wait: the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.'" (Grokked from the Writers Almanac)

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