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August 2016

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Sun 8/28/16 1:34am # | tweet this

a late night post

I'm up too late right now.

It's about 1am as I write this. My 18 month old son will wake my wife and I in 5 to 6 hours, tops.

I spent most of the last 90 minutes or so reading over the last 12 months of my own blog. Before I started that, I sort of had a pebble in my shoe to write an essay or rant of some kind, but largely that feeling has drifted into whatever this post at this moment is.

I'm on my desktop, on my second screen, Twitter is still scrolling by. There are people in my feed on the west coast, so it's not really that late for them.

I really don't know what I want to say.

The Presidential race is completely uninteresting at this point. Of course I'll vote in 3 months, but it's not like I need to hear anything more to decide that.

There's an avalanche of new TV coming over the horizon with the new Fall season in a couple weeks. I've sort of gotten used to watching much much less TV the last 3 months, and I'm not sure I really want to increase that much.

I want to write something about Time. I want to write about all the things digital technology allows us to do now over the last 12 years or so, but I want to write how digital technology hasn't actually given us any more time to use all the things it's invented. But I don't think I have a particularly concise set of thoughts around the topic yet.

Companies need to pay people more, require people to work less, and people need to focus on the people in their circles more and focus less on bigger houses, more stuff, events and travel. I could go into why, but I don't think I have a firm enough grasp of the argument yet to override the ideas of happiness being bigger houses, more stuff, more events, and more travel that people have accepted as fact.

I reread a Bruce Sterling quote I posted on my blog earlier in the year, that was more or less, paraphrasing: that for people of a certain age, digital is new enough that we expect utopia from it, but people expected utopia from electrification once upon a time too, but that sounds silly now.

Utopia is too strong a word for what I would like to see, but I did expect things to come further, faster than they have, and there's a frustration with how short some major things have come up for society as a whole in the now 25 years or so I've been an adult.

Frustration isn't the right word. Disappointment, not quite right either. Dissatisfaction. Maybe that's the more appropriate word? Dunno, I think I'll go to bed now.

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Sun 8/21/16 4:58pm # | tweet this

Random Non-Sequiters

I really wish I was blogging more lately.

Not that there is that much worth blogging.

Still kindof meh on the current state of technology. Unless something random comes out of left field, Google Home is pretty much the only tech piece I'm looking forward to for the year.

Summer of no cable tv has been fine. I did hook up a non-powered tv antenna a week ago to catch a couple local stations for news. That was real helpful when the tornados blew thru near us yesterday.

Looking forward to the fall weather soon. Temperatures already look like they will be nice next week.

Made a custom Purple Man action figure out of a Better Call Saul body and a cast head I bought on eBay. Happy with how it turned out.

Also made a custom Legends of Tomorrow Rip Hunter from a Doctor Who Rory head and a Malcolm "Firefly" Reynolds body.

With a Supergirl I picked up at Amazon, luckily for retail, since I saw it at Meijer 2 days later, I now have CW's whole Fall DC line-up.

Speaking of Meijer, they also had Powerpuff Girl figures that work pretty good with 6" scale for $5.99 ea too. Showing there's no superhero figure I won't get.

Like these Miraculous Lady Bug and Cat Noir figures. Cute cartoon. Targeted heavily at little girls mostly, but nice character designs and animation. With the above Powerpuff Girls, Miraculous Lady Bug and DC Superhero Girls, there's a pretty nice "girls" action figure aisle in toy stores now.

Also got the new Cable from the X-Men wave. Nice figure, and a character I didn't have previously.

Haven't seen the Suicide Squad movie yet, but I've enjoyed picking up some of the action figures.

Also picked up a bar and bar stools cheap on eBay awhile back.

Here's a Green Man with his movie designed counter part.

Newish figure Black Panther with Bwanna Beast.

One more recent custom, a Spider-ham. Scultpy on a Mini-Mashers base.

I continue to like the Prisma Art App.

All for now, Quinn's nap has ended.

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Wed 8/10/16 1:39pm # | tweet this

Just Wait

Matt Taibbi writes a insightful article in Rolling Stone titled: "A Republican Workers' Party?"

However, there's more of interest in the article about the transformation of the Democratic Party, in my opinion. Excerpt from the Taibbi article below:
The Democratic Party leaders have been fervent believers in the globalization religion since the late Eighties, when the braintrust at the Democratic Leadership Council made a calculated decision to transform the party from one that depended largely on unions for financial and logistical support to one that embraced corporate objectives, in particular free trade.

When he signed NAFTA into law in 1993, Bill Clinton laid out a utopian vision of how free trade would work. "We have the opportunity to remake the world," he said, boldly.

More trade agreements, he said, would create a world that would not only be more prosperous all over, but freer and more able to serve as a market for our exports.

"We will press for workers in all countries to secure rights that we now take for granted, to organize and earn a decent living," he said.

It was never articulated this way, exactly, but the basic promise of free trade was that the American middle class would experience temporary losses that over time would be balanced out by increased growth worldwide.

It was trickle-down economics, only repackaged with an international spin: After a long trip around the world, the wealth eventually gets back to you.


Krugman claimed the maze of trade agreements is so entrenched by now that chaos would ensue from any attempt to undo them. A Trump might try, he said, but only as part of a "reign of destruction on many fronts."

Maybe that's true, and maybe it isn't.

But to deny that something needs to be done, and to ask American voters to keep having faith in this "we'll all see gains in the end" fairytale that so far has very conspicuously only delivered gains to a tiny group of very wealthy people in this country, will do nothing but drive more workers into the Trump tent.
The same day I read the above Taibbi article the below graphic also popped up in my Facebook feed. (I highlighted the Protestant part.)

I've seen the above a hundred times before, but after the Taibbi article I thought about the USA in the context of Protestant values which still to this day have an outsized effect on our culture and politics.

The concept of earning your "heavenly reward" if you will. Delaying happiness now, and deferring to a time after your death when you sit at Jesus' side in heaven.

Both parties, Democratic and Republican both want you to wait for "barriers to fall" or prosperity to "trickle down". Waiting is key. And American culture believes them.

People are paying more to educate themselves longer, waiting to get jobs longer, waiting to get married longer, waiting to have kids longer, waiting to buy houses longer, etc etc. People aren't living that much longer though. So to me, people are mostly just "waiting".

Progress is usually defined as moving forward. People aren't typically moving forward, when they are "waiting".

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