Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
At the Autodesk University Thursday night party this evening...my fellow engineers, designers and architects...you do deserve your reputation! Why, out of nearly ten thousand attendees am I nearly alone on the dance floor??Comments
Three sound stages and maybe twenty other people max dancing with me? And half of those appeared to be the spouses and lovers of actual attendees, that is, non-engineers!
Too strange. I almost don't feel like I quite belong in my tribe anymore. Something definitely happened to me at Burning Man...
I fully expect to eventually come across some videos on YouTube that feature me. There was more than one camera on me, and at least one was videoing much of my "performance" in front of the Motown music stage. Older black woman it was...("white boy can DANCE!", lol!)
Funny thing is, *I* don't feel like I can dance for shit. I'm just very enthusiastic about it.
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It is one thing to hear about it secondhand from others who've had close encounters. It's another to rub shoulders with the Troo Believers...Comments
Seems they're eating their own young now: A Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism'
The title and premise of the article is mildly humorous, "ironic" even, and many people question whether it is meant to be satire. It is not, sadly. But down at the bottom of the article in the summary paragraph, we get to the meat of the problem:
If you claim that you are not a racist person (or, at least, that you're committed to working your ass off not to be one—which is really the best that any of us can promise), then you must believe that people are fundamentally born equal. So if that's true, then in a vacuum, factors like skin color should have no effect on anyone's success. Right? And therefore, if you really believe that all people are created equal, then when you see that drastic racial inequalities exist in the real world, the only thing that you could possibly conclude is that some external force is holding certain people back. Like...racism. Right? So congratulations! You believe in racism! Unless you don't actually think that people are born equal. And if you don't believe that people are born equal, then you're a fucking racist.Well there you have it. At the foundational level, this entire edifice of anti-raciss! rests upon a flawed foundation: all people are completely and totally equal, and any differences are therefore necessarily a result of systematic ISM's that hold certain groups back.
Or, more to (their) point: If you believe in objective, observable reality, you are necessarily therefore RACISS!
I reject this definition, as formulated from this flawed premise. People are not born equal. Not between nation groups, not within nation groups, not within tribes and clans. Not even within the same nuclear family. People take their first breath in this world with various innate characteristics, and these translate into advantages and disadvantages in the wider world. It is ludicrous to formulate something as extravagant as modern anti-raciss! on the premise of complete equality, but such is the nature of the warren system. You cannot believe in reality, lest you be ejected from the warren.
There are, of course, more realistic views of humanity and more realistic definitions of what it means to be anti-racist. But these are not for warren life, of course.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
I like this guy!Comments
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Monday, November 25, 2013Comments
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Trying to get plugged in with this place. There was a workshop tonight that involved training on their laser cutter. I was running late and could not attend.
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Bras Make Breasts "Saggier", 15-year French Study RevealsComments
Burn baby, burn!
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
Update: I think it could be reasonably argued that the last two qualify, with Bubba putting the finishing touches on the work.
Labels: The Failed Obama Presidency
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Godfrey commenting over at Vox's place, expressed a thought that I had expressed to Daisycat yesterday:Comments
Socialism is a revolt against reality. It's the religious creed of the envious.I had said "Progressives are those perpetually offended by reality."
Doom needn't worry. The closer my association, the more the differences are highlighted. Last night and this morning perusing Facebook links and ruminating on my interactions, the thought occurred to me that theirs is a very very alien culture from mine. I intend to immerse in it, learn it, "become the wabbit". But there are days like today that I am more inclined to cocoon just a bit, to recover my equanimity.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Participated in the assembly of a computer-generated structure created by Arcology Now! at the Maker House today:Comments
Core pieces assembling...
More core pieces...
The base comes together...
The structure takes shape...
Final tightening of the bolts!
There were also exhibits, and lectures...
...and a burner brought his flaming winged playa-mobile!
...which took off down Toole Avenue, much to my amazement (and to the probable consternation of local LEO's...)
The chief aim of this event was to bring makers together to plan a big event this coming spring. At this point I am not really plugged in to anything in the community of makers, so I bowed out of the planning sessions. But I did greatly enjoy throwing myself into this structure assembly project. If I may say so, I think we all worked together very well as a team! The encoding system this guy has invented was a very effective communication tool to allow us to put the whole complex thing together without a significant hitch (I did get a bar inadvertently dropped on my face, which is bruised this morning, but no biggie to me...)
The other half of the equation downtown is the Xerocraft shop space across the street from this, the Maker House. I do plan to plug in with those people on their Thursday night open shop. Membership allows you access to the facilities any time, but the open shop nights are a way to get started.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
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