Friday, January 18, 2019

Song of the Day: "Mournful Eyes"

The band is composed of 2 married public school teachers, and they rock a nice retro, shoe-gaze-y sound (thanks in part to vintage equipment).

You know, I'm gonna be pissed when "vintage equipment" includes my minidisc player.

Song: "Mournful Eyes"
Artist: Fawns of Love

Monday, January 14, 2019

Song of the Day: "Land of the Free"

I'm posting this on spec: it's The Killers with an anti-Trump song in a video directed by Spike Lee.

Meanwhile, WTF?

Song: "Land of the Free"
Artist: The Killers

Sunday, January 13, 2019

A Tribute to the Shortest Story

The shortest story is:

Baby shoes
For sale
Never worn

My tribute is:
Stripper shoes
For sale
Well worn

© craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMap
6207 N Columbia Way
condition: fair 
4 pairs of genuine stripper shoes. These have been used, by a stripper, presumably while stripping.

You don't need to be a stripper to enjoy them.

Maybe you're putting on a production of Mamma Mia! and need something for the finale. These are perfect for that.

Or maybe you want to ____ the _______ while you __________. At this price, who wouldn't.

There are 4 pairs. They are $10 a pair, or get all 4 for $25. Pay with PayPal or Cash app and I'll leave them packaged discreetly for you to pickup and we'll never have to meet. Or we can.

Full disclosure: these weren't mine. Former renter happened to also be a stripper.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

WTF David Brooks LOL

When you are indignant, or woke, you are showing that you have a superior moral awareness. You don’t have to actually do anything. Your indignation is itself a sign of your own goodness, and if you can be indignant quicker than the people around you, that just shows how much more good you are!
With "The Morality of Selfism" David Brooks pushed aside disappointment and went straight for snarky. He took that shit to 11.

Well, 7-3/8.

Brooks mocks nearly all the liberal cliches. Farmers market? Check. Feelings? Double check. A yard sign that says “Hate is not welcome here”? That's totally a thing, so yes, check.

What's missing? Starbucks. Kim Kardashian and/or Lady Gaga and/or Caitlin Jenner (who is not a liberal, but her acceptance means, wait, um, what?), any sense of what he actually believes. It's amusing to contrast his snarkiness here with "The Remoralization of the Market" where he laments the lack of moral priorities since Ronald Reagan made American great that first time.

A deadly combination of right-wing free-market fundamentalism and left-wing moral relativism led to a withering away of moral norms and shared codes of decent conduct. We ripped the market out of its moral and social context and let it operate purely by its own rules.
Note that the left allowed this to happen, which probably makes them he real villains here. And it's the loss of the codes of decent conduct that is the real tragedy for David Brooks.

Also, Apple complies with existing US tax code and manages to save billions of dollars each year by not paying US taxes on its intellectual property, and really that's 100% liberals doing that too.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Disappointing David Brooks 2019: Episode 1

For those of you paying attention enough to wonder why last week wasn't episode 1, it's because last week was episode prime.

In 2019, David Brooks continues exhibiting two of his most consistent characteristics: a wish to return to the old orthodoxy (partisan, but polite); and disappointment that the new paradigm isn't as polite as it could be, and that he even needs to bring that to our attention.

In "Washington’s New Power Structure," David Brooks writes an open letter to Senate Republicans, assuring them that if they just come together, politely, they can find a way to assuage Donald Trump's need for victory on the border wall funding, while providing Nancy Pelosi (her name is shorthand for Democrats in the House) protection for the DACA Dreamers. Trump's need for the wall (be it solid or slats, 20 feet or 30 feet, a metaphor or a not metaphor) is inane. And the only reason Nancy Pelosi isn't giving Trump money for the wall is because walls are immoral.

Really, David Brooks, that's the reason that Democrats are objecting to funding the wall, because it's immoral? Not because it's impractical, ineffective, far more costly than the $5+ billion requested, or possibly because Trump insisted over and over that Mexico would pay for the wall? None of those reasons, just that it's immoral?

But since there's already 654 miles (per David Brooks) of immoral on the southern border (the dang fence), what's a few hundred more? It's only slightly more immoral-er and thus a perfectly reasonable compromise if it will assuage Donald Trump's temperament, which David Brooks seems to treat with a modicum of respect and not the derision that its earned.

David Brooks is trying for a win/win here, and thinks that the Senate Republicans are the key.  They are the fulcrum between inane and inane (equally inane per David Brooks). David Brooks believes this so strongly that he uses the word "fulcrum" twice.

David Brooks is aware that they are concerned about being primaried or not having Trump's magical campaign touch in their 2020 bid. But Senate Republicans should broker a deal that funds $5+ billion for DACA Dreamer protection because Trump will need them when he is possibly/inevitably impeached.  That is their magical shield.

The idea that Susan Collins and Mittens (and possibly other Republican Senators who possibly have constituents harmed by the shut down) might, on principle, vote to end the shutdown, ON PRINCIPLE and thus challenge the strength of the McConnell Senate never occurred to him. And why should it, they're all just partisan hacks. But saying that is impolite. We should just silently judge them on this.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Disappointing David Brooks, A New Chapter

They're like twins! Can you see the wolf's eyeglasses?

Holy shit you guys, is it possible that I went through the entirety of 2018 without writing about a disappointed David Brooks? How is that even possible.

Needless to say, David Brooks remains disappointed. To be honest, I'd be disappointed if he wasn't.

In his year-end column, "2019: The Year of the Wolf," Brooks spoils Willa Cather's 1918 novel My Antonia, and refuses to use common words like sled or sleigh, instead using sledge several times. As I write this, my Grammarly Chome extension has the word sledge flagged and recommends changing it to sled. I know, Grammarly, I know.

David Brooks asserts that when people are surrounded by wolves, they will do things that society might judge harshly just to survive. Then he declares 2019 the year the wolves will surround Donald Trump.

David Brooks continues to be disappointed that reasonable people haven't returned us to the orthodoxy that made David Brooks so comfortable. "Would David Brooks give up the tax cut he got under Trump to return to that orthodoxy?" you might ask yourself hypothetically.

"Shut. Up." David Brooks would exclaim from nowhere in particular.

According to David Brooks, Donald Trump will likely attempt to undermine the credibility of the various officials ("the wolves") investigating him, his family, and his business deals. David Brooks is smart like that; able to intuit that which has been going on for years.

I'm sure David Brooks had an erection reading freshman Senator Mitt Romney's op-ed piece in the Washington Post wherein Mittens makes it clear that he's going to vote for Trump's agenda, but he won't be totally happy doing it. Total maverick.

Song of the Day: "Treasure"

The Best Original Song category of the Academy Awards is a frustrating one. The scoring system is cognitively challenging (it's not even close to being user-friendly), and the Academy is inconsistent with when it applies rules. Today's SotD is from Beautiful Boy, Oscar bait for Timothy Chalomet's performance as a drug addict son of Steve Carrell. Chalomet's acclaimed work in Call Me By Your Name left me unimpressed and a little confused by the movies acclaim. Both this movie and last year's powered into the lead up to awards season riding high, and CMBYN ended up with just 3 nominations (granted, Best Picture, Best Actor, and winning Best Adapted Screenplay isn't nothing).

Still, here we are with a lovely track by Sampha, one of last year's musical discoveries. It seems like one of the songs from a few years ago, lush and lovely—like "Manta Ray" and "Simple Song No. 3"—certain to be forgotten, a random footnote to some careers. Except for the random time a song like that wins, songs like that never win.

Still, I think I'd rather have Sade lost to Lady Gaga...

Song: "Treasure"
Artist: Sampha