I kinda wish we had like masto homecoming or something once a year where we (and folks who may have stopped coming around much or at all) all showed up for a day or two and hung out
there's lots of folks I haven't talked to or seen in a while that I'm curious about, but it can feel weird to just @ someone out of the blue (still do it, tbh)
time, homophobia, music (+, albeit tentatively)
it can feel extremely weird how much things have changed in my life sometimes
smalltown boy just came on spotify
and it's weird to me how eternal and immutable the homophobia of the midwest seemed when I was growing up-- or even in the mid aughts!!-- and how much it seeped into my psyche
and I still live in this country that's super fucked up in all sorts of ways-- and there's still plenty of midwestern homophobia and transphobia to go around, let's be clear-- but there's a part of me that's a little overwhelmed by how quickly things seem to have changed
I grew up in a small town-ish suburb with a bunch of vocal, aggressive religious conservatives, and I somehow always took it for granted that my sexual identity would be something that would always give them power over me
it's just weird to live at a time when the legal force of that power seems to have declined precipitously
not exactly a deep cut, but my favorite shareware-ish game from that era is totally Death Rally
filfre, shareware, arson
"many of us who were around back then still have our obscure little hobby horses from the shareware era that we like to take out and ride from time to time. My personal favorite of the breed might just be Pyro II, a thunderously non-politically-correct puzzle game in which you play a pyromaniac who must burn down famous buildings all over the world."
more on likely Alabama senator Roy Moore and his likely political impact
German cybersecurity, elections
German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?
a portrait of the Indians clubhouse during their recent streak: interesting, if rather bro-y
Streaming catches up with sports bars:
rohingya crisis (--)
Alicia de la Course Venning details the similarities between the Rohingya crisis and recent episodes of genocide and state-led humanitarian crises:
us state govt (+)
Dylan Matthews argues that despite the dramatic failures in DC, state govts are doing important work: in NJ (passing bail reform) and CA (housing reform and cap and trade)
uspol, dprk (- , obvi)
well this is just great
"The highly unusual nature of the Kim statement, together with the highly specific nature of the atmospheric nuclear test threat, suggests that the country may really be gearing up to do something provocative. And experts say that as long as Trump insists on handling the North with angry rhetoric rather than working to calm tensions, the situation is likely to keep escalating."
"What Gould was suggesting was actually quite unorthodox – the idea that the listener could splice together different bits of recordings to “assemble” something that was most meaningful to them, and as such he would have loved Pro Tools, Garage Band, the internet, and probably even social media."
The Quietus revisits Glenn Gould:
"Futurists work for and on behalf of corporations large and small, or government agencies, or sometimes for nonprofit organizations... Fundamentally, futurism is a tool to help an institution survive and prosper in the midst of all species of upheaval. And all of the entities that employ futurists are working within the constraints of a capitalist system."
Interesting #longform piece in wired about the history of Snopes from the 90s to today
starts out seeming like it's going to be hot take-y, about fact-checking in the Trump era, but ends by ruminating on the messy nature of personal narratives
uspol, john mccain (++)
holy shit, John McCain has actually broken with his senate gop bestie and is opposing Graham-Cassidy
I'm no fan of McCain, but dude has shown a sliver of a conscience at least twice this year
interesting take on Jimmy Kimmel's reluctant involvement with the health care debate
been gone for a minute
now I'm back with the jump off
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