206 thoughts on “Scrolled Through the Desert

    • He’d become a DWI punchline around Phoenix for awhile, but it looks like he got his act together before the end. I hope he had some good years before the Alzheimer’s took hold. That’s a terrible way to go.

  1. From the latest Ansible:

    ‘Zachary Mason’s novel Void Star has been praised as cyberpunk in the Gibson vein, but Mason deplored an interviewer’s use of the C-word: ‘Not even remotely. I’m not even exactly sure what it means. Bionic implants and mirrored sunglasses? Yes, the definition eludes me. / I think of it more as literary fiction that uses science fiction and genre elements.’ (KCRW, 29 June) Which makes all the difference. [NA]’

    Fuck you Zarchary, I wouldn’t give you the skin off my shit.

  2. On a serious note, my brother in law is seriously ill in hospital with an infection from a scratch by his pet cat.

    They had to operate to see how bad the infection was.

    Fingers crossed.

    • That’s awful Van. Best wishes to him.

      An unfortunate reminder to wash the area asafp any time you’re scratched or bitten, even if it’s a domestic animal.

  3. Interesting note from a family member:
    “Btw, talking with XXXXXXX’s sister last night – who is a Dr of optometry, she said even with the glasses, LOOK AT THE SUN ONLY BRIEFLY and look away. The infrared can heat and damage the retina even when you don’t feel pain. Staring at the sun causes PERMANENT damage. She is so terrified of this event that she was not going to distribute the glasses, but her patients kept asking and she decided it was better to ensure they had good ones since they were going to do it with or without her blessing.”

    Just food for thought.

      • Heh!
        As I played with that I realized that “Hip-Hop” was actually the rise of the producer.
        While you it helps to have good musicians, good singers and good writers … many of the truly epic Albums/singles throughout history, would not have been so without so guy sitting in a studio deciding what sounds to put where and at what volume each of those sounds should be.
        “Dark side of the Moon”, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Thriller” just to name a few.
        Hip-Hop was a chance for people with those talents to step out of the anonymity of the studio and do their thing (in real time no less) in front of a crowd.
        So imagine if George Martin or Alan Parsons had set up their equipment, with all of their audio elements in a club and been told to do their thing. A one shot deal that wasn’t being recorded so “mistakes” would be forgotten almost as soon as the next audio rolled. All with the underlying goal being to get people on the dance floor.
        How awesome might that have been?

  4. In response to a Ed made sometime in the past week or so:

    io9 are OK, but really fixated on comics and toys. Fine, OK; it’s the content that works for them and their audience. Me, I get nothing out of their toy obsession, and only rarely get anything out of their comics coverage.

  5. Post-Modern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser co-headlining— and Tiffany scored us random first row tix! Then ice cream doughnut sandwiches afterwards at a place directly under the infamous trump billboard with the dollar signs and mushroom clouds, to the sounds of an all-grrrl punk trio in retro attire. Exciting evening!

  6. Bracing myself (and trying to pack).
    I start my 20 hour 3 day drive (well, 40 hours of round-trip driving over 9 days) tomorrow.
    It least there is a good chance of seeing you guys next Friday night. Maybe half day on Saturday?
    … and of course that whole celestial thing.
    The rest of the trip will be a bit of a drag.

  7. Topping off my iPod.
    I’ve been saving up my Escape Artists podcasts for about 2 months now so I would have something to listen to. I am anxious to finally listen to them!

    • If you can find it, watch the video of the Governor of Virginia giving his statement on the situation. I know nothing about the man but after seeing trumps lame – not going to call out the Nazi’s – response … THIS man came across as Presidential.
      Then I read President Obama’s response … which was to quote Nelson Mandela, and it was a painful reminder of just exactly how far from anything resembling “leadership” our country has fallen.

  8. Well a bit of a bugger.

    British Airways says my flight from Kansas to Charlotte has been cancelled on my day if return.

    It’s an American Airlines flight, but their website doesn’t mentioned it’s been cancelled.

    Will have to ring in the morning..grrrr!

  9. Also, do we feel the need to congregate for a Game of Throne viewing on Sunday? Or will we all wait until we get home?

    (is this a question for the mail thread?)

  10. My flight. Is running 15 minutes late. Hopefully that won’t mess with my connecting flight. When I booked my flight I had almost an hour between flights. They changed it a number of times so I now only have half an hour. If this flight is delayed too much, there may be issues

    • Admittedly, it’s a rare thing that I find a Vox article to contain anything remotely approaching intelligent thought. However, that professor pretty much hit the nail on the head.

      While we older generations regularly bag on millennials (though, I often find myself cheering all the things they are supposed to be killing off, especially golf), the statistic that such a large fraction of them favor government restrictions on free speech are probably the one thing that most deeply concerns me about them.

      So, I find myself fully pretty much fully agreeing with this article.

      • “At root, we protect freedom of expression — even hateful expression — in order to strengthen democratic legitimacy.”

        “Many of the Charlottesville marchers weren’t just shouting hateful slogans; they were carrying weapons. We must thus consider not merely the constitutional rule against viewpoint discrimination, but also the lack of constitutional protection for true threats.”

        I like that the author brought up both of these counter intuitive points and I agree with both statements. The freedom to talk about ideas, even hateful and stupid ones, are core to the notion that public discourse is free to consider all things. But also the point were speech becomes threats, it is no longer protected speech.

  11. Hey, everybody! I am in town, posting from the parking lot of Barley’s Overland Park. See you all when you get here!

    I haven’t been following GoT, so I’m not really interested in watching it, but I would absolutely love to continue with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire gameplay if y’all are up for it. :)

  12. Morning Pan. The dittos and I have been up for over an hour. The other lazy bums sharing the house are only just starting to stir :wink:

  13. Two clergy persons are on an airplane, a Catholic priest and a Mormon bishop.

    After a while, the priest turns to the bishop and asks, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you are not to drink coffee?”

    The Mormon bishop responds, “Yes that is still one of our beliefs.”

    The Catholic priest then asks, “Have you ever had a cup of coffee?”

    “Yes,” says the Mormon bishop, “I have to admit on one occasion, I did succumb to temptation and tried a cup of coffee.”

    The Catholic priest nods in understanding and goes on with his reading. A while later, the Mormon bishop speaks up and asks, “Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?”

    The Catholic priest replies, “Yes, that is still one of our vows.”

    The Mormon bishop then asks, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?”

    The Catholic priest replied, “Yes, Bishop, on one occasion, I was weak and broke my vow.”

    The Mormon bishop nodded understandingly for a moment.

    A few minutes later he smiled, looked at the Catholic priest and then said, “A lot better than coffee, isn’t it?”

  14. Well, while it was only a 67% eclipse here in Houston, there were thankfully enough breaks in the clouds today that I could see it. Pretty cool through the proper eyewear.

    The kids were in school today, but the district they attend bought glasses for all students and staff so they could go outside and safely enjoy the event.

    • I’m so glad to hear that some schools out there are getting it right. The schools in Central Florida are so concerned about law suits that they literally put the schools on lock down, with outdoor sporting events cancelled and no one allowed to leave the school. They allowed parents to sign kids out early to go home and watch the eclipse. The dumbest part is that we hit out highest eclipse at 85% at 2:51pm and the schools let the kids go to the buses at 3:05pm. As if the eclipse was suddenly over at 2:52. Infuriates me to no end.

      • That is pretty damn sad. Well, for my part, I wrote a letter to the superintendent and all the members of the school board regarding the fact that with our early start to the school year, the kids would be in class the day of the eclipse. I suggested it would be a great opportunity for the district to get glasses for everyone and take advantage of the opportunity. I was a bit disappointed that I never got a response from anyone, but they sent out an announcement a few days before the start of school that everyone would have the opportunity. They also sent home opt-out forms for parents to fill out if they didn’t want their kids to participate.
        So, I can’t claim credit for making it happen. I’m sure several parents in the district expressed concerns about kids missing out since the school start date had been moved up. But I can at least say I did my part. We bought glasses for the four of us months ago and I was going to send them to school with my kids if they didn’t get any provided.

  15. Thanks everyone that made it out here for the KC meetup. You are a cool group of friends and it was a blast hosting you. For those travelling today, I hope you make it home safe and with no hassle.

  16. Safe travels everyone!! Thanks for a great MMMmmmeetup. We missed all of you who were not in attendance this year.

    I’ve decided that my family is going to move permanently into ditto’s office. I hope he and T-Cat don’t mind.

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