Category Archives: Arts, media & society

Books, music, journalism, communication, language, film, fine art, social networking. Commentary thereof or any random sorts of musings relating to any of the above.

How to help a project go forward

In order to ensure that a project can progress in a satisfactory manner, first sabotage any efforts which are inconsistent with nano-management according to one’s specific objectives which valuate other participant’s views or interests at precisely zero except to the … Continue reading

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Ideal features of an effective police state

1) All citizens believe any accusation about any one (except about benevolent leaders). 2) Any appearance of being downtrodden is evidence of deserving to be downtrodden. 3) Any criticism of the state or injustice is to be presented as evidence … Continue reading

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Earning some extra cash in 1997 vs. 2017

1997 process to earn some extra cash. Sign up with temp agency for … whatever … some work. Start work within the day or week. Alternatively, print off a few CVs, go for a walk, literally just walk into any … Continue reading

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Macho macho man … : female edition

Teaching people that using and abusing them is a problem that will cause them to be weak. For example, if a girl or women is “taught” that another person (such as a man) using and abusing her body, mind or … Continue reading

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People suck 2017. A.k.a., reasons for words like “Sovietesque”

New roommate. Located above. Low expectations. Expectations not exceeded.   Except, that (the timing of) this new neighbour of the same ethnic background as the landlord has been temporally associated with the landlord and her son apparently demonstrating belief that it is OK … Continue reading

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Would you put the same toll operator in charge of both the roads and who may be visited via their use?

Bell wants the right to block websites in the absence of legal process, putting the onus on startup website operators to take on the largest media corporation in the country to defend their legal and fair use of materials, as … Continue reading

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“AI is destroying our free will …”

AI is destroying our free will. Replacing human curation with data-backed judgment narrows our perspective in a way that chokes our social and economic choices. also … When our choices are constrained to narrow trajectories of consumption, relationships, news, and … Continue reading

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1980s movie about CIA expending massive resources to fuck with some guy

One of the first films to be made with the help of former CIA officers was 1985’s The Man With One Red Shoe. This badly-written, weakly-executed action-comedy depict the Agency running surveillance on a musician played by Tom Hanks, who … Continue reading

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To download a copy of the main Wikipedia article of every country

This works to download a copy of the main Wikipedia article on every country. This will get all the text and the main parts of the format, but images and links are not functional (because the content is contained at … Continue reading

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CIA and NSA funding seeded Google founders first research in that direction

This article outlines an interesting but generally unknown detail at the origins of Google, namely that CIA and NSA funding was at the origins of first research leading towards Google, via university research grants. It also addresses how this made … Continue reading

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