Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Night

Somebody is wrong on the internet.

Evening Thread


Heading to the Finish Line

As is utterly predictable, Sanders will drop out or the equivalent some time after the last primary. He'll use his leverage to get something. Yes he's made some different noises at times, but so did Clinton in 2008. There are minor differences, but they aren't really differences that matter, and anyone who thinks the Clinton campaign was all roses to Obama towards the end of primary season in 2008 must have slept through it. Bernie supporters will get their chance to vote for him after putting in the time and money that some of them did. Then it will be over, except for people fighting to the death about it on Twitter until President Trump is elected.

America's Worst Humans


I Kinda Doubt It

Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but "rock music" came into existence simultaneously with the birth of pervasive mass popular culture and mass communications. Sure even The Kids Today don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of music of the 60s and 70s the way that many of my generation did, but they know a hell of a lot more about popular music from 40-50 years ago than I knew about popular (or any) music from 40-50 years before my day (roughly 30s-40s) about which I knew essentially nothing.

Which Rock Star
Will Historians of the
Future Remember?

The most important musical form of the 20th century will
be nearly forgotten one day. People will probably learn
about the genre through one figure — so who might that be?

yah, yah, in 300 years we might as a species be ashes or uploaded into robot bodies, but I expect some ancient histories will be more present than others. Not a comment on the merits, just the phenomenon.

Or Maybe You Could Just Read It Online And Mouse Over It

Another cunning plan from the newspaper industry.

In an interview, Soon-Shiong, a 63-year-old surgeon and chief executive officer of NantKwest Inc., a cancer-research firm, said he wants to use “machine vision” technology he’s developed to transform the experience of reading a print newspaper. The Tribune’s portfolio of newspapers includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

For example, a reader could pan a camera across a physical newspaper and the photos could be turned into video. Focus the camera on a photo of basketball star Kevin Durant or Donald Trump and “you’d hear him speaking or Kevin Durant would be dunking,” he said.

Print is saved!


Microsoft decided to automatically install Windows 10 on one of the Atrios household computers. Fortunately I knew how to roll it back right away. Asshole company is well aware of all of the problems this can cause for people, even aside from just not wanting a new operating system. If you run a small business and it nukes your payroll and accounting program (this kind of thing happens) you're pretty screwed.

I gather 10 isn't as bad as 8, in which Microsoft decided that what everyone wanted from their desktop computer was a tablet they couldn't carry with them and couldn't do any work on, but don't do this shit without my permission.

And don't get my started on Apple "we make it shittier every 6 months and planned obsolescence is our business model" products... At least Microsoft users complain about their products. Go to an unofficial Apple support forum and responses to problems are usually either "it's supposed to work that way" (oh, as a doorstop!) or "you must have done something wrong!" That Apple has to regularly release bug fixes (usually after much complaining) should clue these people into the fact that sometimes things are actually Apple's fault...

Morning Thread

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Night

Tomorrow is...

The Answer Is Pretty Obvious

Our local real estate writer.
One of the things that has always baffled me about Philadelphia is why visitors appear to like the city more than its residents do.
Some of this is just the basic culture of negadelphia, a hangover from the days when the city was somewhat less than awesome. But the city expends a lot of effort (and money) to attract visitors, who often just drive in for an event and then drive out, and has let quality of life issues for people who live here go by the wayside. Residents to a great degree aren't a priority. We're the nuisance.
When I moved here in 1980, Steve Poses' Frog restaurant and the Commissary - both a few years old - were inspiring the city's Restaurant Renaissance, but I cannot remember frequenting a single sidewalk café.

Um, because they were illegal until 1995?

Let's Have A Happy Hour

Before the doom and gloom of tomorrow being Monday becomes a reality.

There Are Protests At Every Convention

The media usually doesn't pay much attention, and given the rise in "first amendment zones" they're usually easy to ignore. The police/municipality settlements with mistreated protesters a few years later usually get ignored, too, even though they can be quite expensive. More fun to focus on how best to take away pensions.

There will be protests this year, too, unless Don Lemon's black hole whisks them all away. The only real question is how much attention they (and which protesters specifically) get.

Lunch Thread

I am stifling your free speech.

Do You Really Believe This Shit?

It's my fault for reading too much of the internet, but I read so many stupid arguments on behalf of Your Favorite Candidate that I can't believe that a) people are stupid enough to make them and b) people are stupid enough to think that they'll persuade anybody.

Especially when this primary has been over for more than a month. Yes Sanders is still in it, as Clinton stayed in it in 2008, and I don't think that latter fact means that either he or his campaign are off limits for criticism (any more than I think Clinton's inevitable nomination implies that she or her campaign are off limits). But mostly I don't get what people are arguing about anymore. Clinton won. It's over. I'd say stop trying to persuade people to vote for Your Favorite Candidate (whoever that is), except nobody is much interested in doing that anyway. They're just interested in being right on the internet, even though people are mostly embarrassingly stupid about the whole thing. Butthurt and derp don't win elections. Butthurt and derp aren't going to help you persuade people when it might actually help.

Engaged people, the type that spend time blathering about politics on the internet, know why they made their choice. You aren't going to change their minds. More than that, there's no point in trying. Can someone send out that batsignal or something and let people know the primary is over? We have a winner.

Morning Thread

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cat Thread


Saturday Afternoon


Money for the Poors

Haha just kidding there's no money for the poors.
Cash benefits in Arizona are smaller now than when Congress created the assistance program 20 years ago. In 2009, Arizona reduced the maximum benefit by 20 percent, to $278 a month for a family of three with no other income. That cut, coupled with inflation, has reduced the buying power of the maximum benefit by about half.

The federal law required states to set time limits on the receipt of cash assistance and specified that the payments could not exceed five years, which is still the limit in about two-thirds of the states.

In 2010, Arizona cut cash-assistance eligibility to three years, from five. In 2011, it reduced the limit to two years. Then last year it dropped to one, with that limit to begin on July 1.