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lo-fi again

I happened to take a look at my most recent posts and noticed the item below about "lo-fi" techno and was confused.
I was confused because just a couple of days ago I had made similar complaints (to myself) and here thought, "How could that have been before the trip?"
Then I realized that it was a different release.
So anyway a couple of days ago I was listening to a well-regarded producer's new album and really struggled to finish it due to ear fatigue.
Should I name names? I'm really not into audio that's pointlessly blown out, and it can't be saved with interesting backstory and imagery.
There are a few producers I'm repeatedly duped into checking out or reluctantly trying again by reviews and retailers. I think I've finally thrown a few into the DNR zone.

rough

It's been a really rough week.
It's Thursday morning now.
Next week will be better.

-

I don't want to deal with people.

short note on the exceptional

There's the exceptional that's demonstrated, performed, and proven, and then there's exceptionalism that's assumed and abused.

Former: getting more done, having strong ideas, rising to occasions, assuming burdens, not taking a path simply because it's easy or popular, etc.
Latter: expecting to not have to do things, assuming illegitimate authority, not following rules only because they are a burden to you, taking an opposite path simply because the other is popular

and then there's a value judgement

detox

bleh

upcoming topics:
exceptionalism

new year

This vacation is going to be like a new year transition thing.

whatever

I want today to be over.
Have to give a somewhat annoying presentation.

FDT

On Tuesday I had semi-crippling depression related to Donald Trump.

How are people so stupid? His wife had just given her plagiarized speech, and apologists were saying things like it's not plagiarism because it's just a few lines, or that it was just similar themes and not the same words. I wanted to strangle the guy in this interview. A friend and I have talked about how what people say doesn't matter. We've always meant it to be about the precision of what people say, that the actual words do not matter. Not that we personally believe they do not or should not matter but that we see in places like advertising wording that makes things simply false being totally acceptable, this kind of thing.

A few weeks ago I mildly debated and mostly listened to a couple who had been strong Bernie Sanders supporters and were now arguing that Donald Trump was no worse than Hilary Clinton (they intend to vote for Jill Stein and at the time unrealistically thought Sanders might also go to a third party). They cited Hilary's record on war, foreign trade, and other issues that are terrible but at the same time typical of establishment politics, American imperialism, business as usual.

Donald Trump's faults go beyond the conservative, unimaginative, structurally-chained muck of party politics. What shocks me is the way his lies, prejudices, and ignorance are simply not veiled. They're not behind ideology and structures. His glittering generalities and abuses of the vague language of advertising are advertising what exactly? He represents truly the worst in us, and it's shocking that he has so many supporters. How are people capable of swallowing what he spews? What can be done to stop him?

I think Ken Burns actually had some worthwhile commentary recently. The early portion about technology sounds a bit like Paul Virilio.

maybe

ok I'm going to try

zip

I just attempted and failed to leave a comment on a user-participation thing I'm trying to promote. Seems like the only thing I'm willing to say in public is "I enjoyed this album."

standing room only

was at the surgeon / cortini / swanson / etc. show...

Can I please get a chair?

reading

I wish I had more time to read.

Anxiety

I can understand how people have crippling anxiety. I do not have crippling anxiety, but I do have anxiety about work. Although I know it will not cripple me, that ocean of crippling anxiety is within reach. I can close my eyes and feel it.

big bear

I went to Big Bear Friday night and came back yesterday. It's nice to get away.

kill me

the way I like to do QA:
try every possible way to fail/break the product/feature to make it foolproof

the way I've been doing QA lately:
try to find a way to make it work so that you can move on with minimal acceptable functionality

recipe for disaster

sundays

Sundays are so good.
Can we get to the 4-day work week before 2100?

daily

I'm going to try.

q

What's the relationship between fetish and ritual?

things to do

  1. more padding
  2. better align the top of the tags and the top of the first title
  3. get rid of the supertitle/eyebrow/breadcrumb in the article
  4. better color for the title in the article
  5. more space between each article on HP

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