Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lions

 This gif is pretty crazy. Buffalo is lucky to be alive:

https://i.imgur.com/HifVwH6.gifv

Probably reshape and say "me when life decides to spare me" or "family reunions"

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Economists are Killing Us.

They almost always were and seem to be intent on finishing the job. 

If the 2008 Financial Meltdown and Great Recession  didn't defeat your trust in a lot of economists [1] then you should just skip all this. That being said, when an economist wins the Nobel [2] for econ then says Climate Chaos (CC) won't be so bad on the economy, well people need to call that shit out.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Naples, Napoli. Greek Hearts in Italy.

For a Greek city that's stuck in Italy, it's pretty sweet. I was suppose to write an essay on it, but I've yet to do so. I will soon. But I read a book about it that reminded me of how the city one experiences is rarely one that other people experience. And if you're a tourist reading a book or website or SM that's telling you where to go (who really knows how people pick these places... aesthetics are the main thing, I suppose), then there's a certain well-traveled trail you stick to. 

I think the biggest thing is that people don't meet that many locals and even then it's not that real conversation you can have with a friend (airbnb used to have this element. It's really changed since then) to know a place, right? And even that isn't reality of the machine that is the city.


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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Conspiracies.

Well, if you're like me, you probably thought Epstein would "die" in unusual circumstances a long time ago. So when I heard of his suicide this morning I thought, "right, a suicide." [1] But, of course,  he was going to name some big names so we don't doubt that something extremely convenient just happened. And, like many of our billionaire class, this man would not be capable of enough shame to kill himself, right?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lie First, Get Stuff. Worry About the Truth Later.

Actually I'm not entirely certain that Stephens over at the Times is actually lying.  Could be he's not actually getting paid for this drivel and is just now knowledgeable. Thing is, there are plenty of odd statements and assertions in this piece. And yet, in the end, he seems to miss that we've set out to modernize our nukes (at the cost of a trillion dollars) and that a nuclear exchange would be devastating. as Brad Delong says, Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Movies you like that others hate

so XKCD has a challenge: what movies do you like that others hate (defined here as <50% on RT)? Well this century (adulthood for us older folks, I suppose) [1]. I think the first thing that comes to mind is Captive State. 44% on RT. Seriously I still can't believe this movie was so lowly rated and received (the audience at RT hated it even more than the critics... ). Check it out if you get a chance. 

Still, I think the reason the movies we remember that everyone loves is because we expect our fellow people to be somewhat right and end up disappointed when they're wrong. 

What would you add to this list? 




[1] Because if we're including older movies, Bad Boys gets my vote, given that it's really hated by the critics (what the hell are they on?).




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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Best Villians ever.

There is, of course, the joker as done by Heath Ledger. Easily one of the best. I'd add Daniel Kaluuya in Widows. Pretty damn good. It's really hard for actors to play the villain well. Even Al Pacino (well maybe in Godfather?) in Devils Advocate isn't that great, IMO. And Javier Bardem doesn't seem that bad to me. Your thoughts?


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The Queen is Dead.

Toni Morrison passed yesterday. It was a sad day, indeed. I would also say that she's one of the best writers in the world, and certainly one of the best for the USA. She's also the only writer who won the Nobel Prize. It's something many of the "great" American writers have lamented, but, tell you the truth, she might be the only one to deserve it (of that older generation certainly, though I'm thinking about who might be worth the nomination in this generation... Whitehead is up there... well let's see, I suppose). 

Monday, August 5, 2019

They hungry AND them belly full.

A child of empire asking it to stop eating. Destroying.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Twas Always Thus

So I just read a bio on Toussaint Louverture.  Really worthwhile book (though I don't agree with some of his points at the end, but I suppose I just need to read up on Haiti post-independence in general). That being said, it's good in showing his complex mind and how he navigated the perilous waters of being the only leader of a successful slave revolt.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Like the World has Gone Mad

With a level of stupid I had always known about but thought was on the fringes, or could be overcome in some fashion. [1]

With the HIIC, though, I know now this not to be true. But the kind of purges he is conducting in the EPA and other science-based institutions, is certainly an aspect of his authoritarianism that one cannot overlook easily and which will not be so easily overcome in the future (think of all the knowledge lost there). 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Get a Moka Pot. Now.

Holy. So I read this article claiming the company that makes the Moka Pot is struggling and looking to go out of business. That's ridiculous.  Seriously, if you like coffee, this should be the first thing you get. The only problem I see is that they last forever. Yeah, shame on them. But it beats Nespresso (less waste to deal with) and most certainly is equivalent/better to those small espresso machines you find in many homes these days. So go out and get one.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Oh, Polin.

In the annals of our ape-history, there are few examples of any one institution (especially the less flexible ones) staying good for long. First up on the docket is the Catholic Church as it was in Poland or Polin.
You can't really see them, but on the gray wall in the middle is where the anti-Semitic graffiti was seen (phone was not grabbed on time)

Monday, July 22, 2019

Above the Fray?

Well I commented on my discus about it, but might as well make some points of mine be known in the latest fight between the HIIC (POTUS) and four brave reps (4BR)[1]. Note that I'm not going to delve into the idea that Trump merely tweets to distract from bigger issues (like his r-ship with Epstein and other issues that loom bigger than his outrageous tweets). [2]

Still, reading this article over at the Times was depressing to say the least.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Once upon a time (spoliers)

I wrote a short story that was meant to speak to violence that lingers in the air, that meant to speak to the logic of violence itself.  [1] Well not just any kinds of violence, though it touches on that. At the end, there's a moment with a manifestation and there we see something like a... well what exactly?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Nelson Algren and Me.

In my younger days of writing, I used to send out my novel manuscripts to many publishers. The usual reply, which I was never a fan of, was that they were good, but unmarketable. I'm not sure if I want to get into it here, but I really hated that reply more than the form rejections. The latter is thoughtless and you can only get so angry at it, while the former dangles a possibility in front of you which you cannot truly understand.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Art.

Some interesting pieces on art here. This guy manages to do something I wrote about. But ten years before I did. Of course, that's the beauty of much of contemporary art, in that the best of it really does help you to move out of the normal framing of what art and what you exactly are. (this list at the Times is truly worthwhile).

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Polin.

Wrote something over at Medium. [1] Went to Warsaw, saw many things,but the Polin (Jewish) museum was the best thing there. Absolutely nuts (and I still haven't absorbed it all) to see how much culture and humanity was basically destroyed so quickly. A history of the world, of course, but it really does show where hate can lead.

More from the annals of an amoral Hemisphere.

Who here remembers Je seus and Hebdo? well I do. I especially remember the likes of the center-left (probably most are in the #resistance right now) joining hands against the specter of brown people who scare them and claiming to be hardcore on free speech. Wonder what they think of this? Note the reaction to the artist when he's sticking his finger at Putin. Then notice how it changes when he points at the powers here in the West. 

Wonder where the free speech absolutists will be on this one? 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Messi Moment. (what will happen in the Copa America?)


he will hit the crossbar, it bounces back, knocks him out and rolls, very slowly (very slowly, it takes 30 seconds before it crosses the line), back in. after 50 minutes of VAR deliberation, they call it a goal.

Messi still knocked out. Maradona is in the stands beating his chest in anguish, a soulmate is down and though he has no words to describe this, he does have the power of his raw, cocaine-fueled, emotion.

Argentina are in the final. Down 5 goals with 7 minutes of stoppage Messi comes to. He doesn't remember anything. Not his life, not the game of soccer. So he plays like a toddler for a minute. People start booing him. Especially his teammates who pass it to him at every chance they get.
The next minute he starts to pick up the pace. feints past a defender. 1-5.

And he gets better. Dribbles by 2 defenders. 2-5.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

I'm Bigger than the Beatles

You mean as famous? No, as in I'm big in Liverpool right now. And note that they just won the Champions League just when I became big there. Coincidence? I think not. 





Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Conspiracies in the World Today.


Just when you think you have the world figured, you see something like the above review for Chomsky's latest book Who Rules the World


Monday, June 24, 2019

There is No Morality in the West

It's being strangled as we speak (assuming you think it ever existed). So the part of the world that created Guernica has no right to ever say "free speech" or something about Charlie Hebdo. Or about Venezuela or anywhere else. It (and by that I mean we) is morally bankrupt to the point of boggling the mind. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

I know you like the Art, Johnny boy, and them Photojoiners

Well, since you like the art, I'll link this photo-joiner that Cold Mountain Review just published. I'm looking at it now and thinking that perhaps it's not as indicative of an experience as I would like to think. Perhaps it's the need to "join" them all together (making it a little more aesthetically pleasing than other forms of multi-perspective—like cubism) that makes it less than an experience? [1]

Saturday, June 22, 2019

If the internet is the world,

Then me moving here (retreating, really) and writing here and not on Twitter or Medium or elsewhere, is me living in the woods. Maybe it's one of those ancient Chinese moments where the artist hits the woods so that they may create something better, or maybe it's a matter of me being some disgruntled vet moving to a cabin in Montana. Well, it does mean I'll keep writing here. Have a great weekend people!

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Welp, What's a War When Profits Stand Taller Than Prophets?

I'm not really sure, actually. Reading the left and right on this and you would think that we really don't do proper analysis anymore, just screaming one way or another, just beating one's chest and that's it. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What are the odds?

This should seriously be something everyone has to do (and I need to start doing as well) because, ultimately, when it comes to making statements about the world, far too many people will say something like "oh, if we do X then Y will happen." If you call them on it, you might get the words "likely" or "not likely" which doesn't really help. One must ask: so what are the chances that if we do the other thing that you claim will happen will happen.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Seattle and Homeless People.

It's hard to look at any space on the internet that seems to have recently changed opinions, or starts harping on one thing, and not think "trolls paid by someone powerful is pushing for this change in the air."

That's why my beloved subreddit r/seattlewa seems to have gone to all hell (see the list).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I'm a start transferring work from Medium

So you'll be seeing some older works here. 

Whatever Medium is, it's not a place for me anymore. Damn shame, that. I mean I still get more views there than here, but given that they have odd spikes (they cannot explain) and other shenanigans I'm moving away from it all. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

The grift that keeps on grifting.

Having seen many aspects of American Ivy League life, I will have to say this isn't a surprise though the level still seems pretty high up. Read the article/threads here. It's an overview of how Yale professors (Tiger Mom being front and center with her full on call for eugenics by book a few years ago) use op eds to carnival bark for potential SCOTUS justices and then get their daughter a clerkship with that same Justice. 

You know, what we would call bribery in any other country. 

Do you know your fellow Americans? Of love and war.

Apparently, I fucking don't.

Not when it some idiots get voted in despite their fascist overtones or how when many don't seem to understand how economics work (though to be fair there are plenty of grifters with the job title

Buy this Book Today (or reserve it at your local public library)

So I got this book through a random search on my library catalogue (keyword: Warsaw). I'm not sure what I expected, but I'm sure I didn't expect to be completely blown away. It's written by a German soldier who hated the Nazis but was drafted into the war. He had spent some time in Warsaw beforehand and so loved the city as a civilian and was shocked at what happened to it. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The #resistance will be the end of us

With a historic myopia that will rival the right, the kind of people who are just against trump because he acts mean and tweets like an angry tween (or the old guy he is, I guess). Still, I find it kinda disconcerting that now we have the anniversary of China's massacre and Poland's opening up (1989) as well and that's what they'll focus on, right? I mean, of course it's something to look into, but the same kind of people will never look into anniversaries of the continued Genocidal Indian Wars in Guatemala. Good times, I'm sure. With this kind of myopia we'll certainly fare well in 2020. JTFC.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hot Take: I'm Happy When Trump Trashes the Media

Not that I care for Fox News or any of the right wing rage for the machine while acting like you're raging against it news outlets. No, I'm just saying that the MSM (yes a corporate controlled section that's more than useless) is worthless, it's just that when they cry foul about Trump talking crap to them ("people of the enemy" etc) they really are just falling for palace intrigue and also they really like Trump (look at what he does for their ratings) and they just want him to show them a little respect and they would, in a heart beat, bend the knee. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Just read a good book

Well, that's what I think. Thing is, I also think that I'm going to have to let this story sit for some time. It was, if anything, brave. Then, with the filter of time I'll be able to tell you more. I do, however, want to hear what your views on this are. What exactly you think of the book (get it from your library, whatever)?


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Saw this. All the best Aleppo

Just saw this picture of Aleppo, Syria.  Reminded me of Wislawa Szymborska's quote:

"We've inherited hope—the gift of forgetting. You'll see how we how we give birth among the ruins."




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Anything better than Gmail out there?

That I'm using blogger, a Google product, isn't lost on me. But the issues with gmail have become too much. I have pressed send on a few emails, then I find them in my drafts folder, not sent. Just missed  a deadline because of this. And telling the other person "I swear I pressed send" makes me seem like a crazy person or stupid beyond belief. Sure I could say they're doing this on purpose, but I would rather see it as a buggy problem (been happening and slow loading for a year now) that I need to fix now. 

Any one have recs for good email clients? hell, at this point I would pay for one. 


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Memorial Day

Just saying thoughts going out on this one. Writing an article and things hit me hard. Manny.  So much to say. In that I don't think that this post will deal with that. The article may. There's the death of a friend and the senselessness of the fight and the reason for going to war and the way people end up buying silence from others (take, for example, Trumpistas holding up dead soldiers, like my friend, a fellow immigrant at that, to silence people who would dare kneel).

To that end, the article is hard to right because a kind of oscillation occurs. Between the human lost, and actually just remembering... versus the politics (because everything is politics, including being quiet) of dead soldiers and how that is used and also how just remembering is not really enough, now is it?

Of course, I'm thinking on Manny and his views of the war. He was, if anything, kind and emphatic. When many of us took turns to sneer or scoff at the poverty of the Iraqis he knew better (I should have known better) and mentioned Manila (he was an immigrant, like I said), how this is the fate of many. He also maintained his professionalism while also his humanity. Some random unit just tore through a house with their vehicle and left without a word? Well let's talk to them and give whatever we can to help.

That's the man.

And I'm not saying I'll forget the politics or be silent—a weakness of mine, i can't deny—but I will work towards making the world a better place.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

On Life Expectancy and Our TED Talk Sickness.

So I was reading this article on Japan about how they live such long lives and well-lived ones too. Then I started thinking about how silly our system in general is and, yeah, I respect the hustle, but come on, people, let's not get carried away. We all want to tweak our lives that little bit and have great results (rich ones, I assume) and I'm not even saying the article isn't valid. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

That Older Generation

Even within my family (and some weren't born in the states) the baby boomer generation is a shit show of irrational thinking. I'm really aghast at how to deal with them. How do we move civilization forward when so many are just selfish idiots? Is it because they broke the back of all poor movements (some actually communist, most just labeled that) that they think being evil will get them to the promised land? I think us younguns won't win, but we should make damn sure to dance on their graves and let other generations know they wanted to watch the world burn for their own comfort.

Your thoughts?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Seattle is not Progressive & thoughts on Crime.

Now, some people think of Seattle as some sort of liberal bastion. And certainly it has its liberal aspects, but there's still much racism and repressiveness in terms of facing off the issues that plague the city. Read this back and forth on reddit to see that there's probably no hope...  

Monday, May 20, 2019

#GOT

Well it's over. Eight seasons later and we have an ending. At least it's an ending, I suppose. I did not care for a lot of the show. The firebombing came out of nowhere, and once the TV show left the books, it fell drastically in terms of quality of dialogue, timing, and plotting.  To hats off to GRRM for basically being the talent. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Best Coffeeshops in Seattle

Have I made this list yet? I know I did it for my Bronx/Manhattan days. Decent coffee is a must (but matcha will do in a pinch.. what can I say, my wife's got me on the green dragon), but here in Seattle, that's just about everyplace. So decent place to study matters. I'll note if they are fans of doggos (with required doggo treats).


A shepherd boy

Been a while since I've given you some fiction, so here goes:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I know how you like the art, johnny boy.

So I thought you'd like to check out some of my work over at Talking Writing (I haven't yet turned them into prints/other forms of physical art, for those who want that, stay tuned). Basically they have a couple of my pics but mainly my ugly mug is plastered over their twitter banner and newest issue. A different kind of selfie, of course, but there you have it. Enjoy it for now, I suppose. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

On analysis and losing the thread.

I shared a Hezbollah video and also pointed you towards an article by Ben Taub (who, in my estimation seems to be doing some brilliant work on edge of empire/climate change reactions/attempted genocides). Reason was, even amongst the self-purported rebels against empire (like Hezbollah, not to take away their function in that region) the analysis seems to be just all right at best. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

good site you should visit

Whatever you think about Hezbollah,  you should consider "silencing it" something akin to the censorship it is. It pays to listen to the likes of Nasrallah. So here's some of that daily dose for you. Certainly one could point out weaknesses to that analysis. But it's still worth listening (or read the transcript).


Friday, May 3, 2019

Do you even GOT? [Spoilers]

btw, if you need some shwag, please sign up for the email list. Another email will be going out soon giving a code you can use for art prints. Any how, I'll be working on a few digital shorts that won't be the normal thing you're used to from me. Well, something more interactive than the normal stories I've been putting out (to include the Iraqi Specters of War bit). 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Avengers

If any of you know me, you'll know I have old-man hate for the entire Marvel movie enterprise. Well, most of it at least. Guardians of the Galaxy have proven to be the only bit of the series I liked. That's because it was well aware of what it was. (Well, Black Panther was solid, but seemed just part of the regressive Marvel world I never cared for. For example, I kinda liked the villain in that one).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lots of New Fiction Out

So the route I've been taking lately is getting published at other places, trying to see if that changes some variables of  my own (of me as a writer). So quite a few pieces were published recently. Here's a flash fiction piece about a journal found in Iraq. It's a familiar theme for many of you who read me, but done in a different style.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Tax Day Fiction!

I hope you enjoy this little tax day fiction thanks to the folks over at Queen Mob Teahouse.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

A million broken clocks now

I've written here and elsewhere about the nonsense of conspiracy theories. Not that all conspiracy theories are created equal, of course, and power will do many things behind closed doors, but the new level of conspiracy theories seem especially silly. So to that end, I just read this interview which tackled conspiracy theories (though especially the ones on the right).


I know how you like the art, johnny boy





Oh, and another short story (with photos) and also about Iraq, though in a kind of fantastical way. Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Anti-Vaxxers and the Trojan Horse.

As we approach peak-anti-vaxxerdom, I find it easier to imagine places like ancient Rome watching their empire fall apart and not knowing what to do. The tale of the Trojan horse is telling. You have an obvious ruse, and yet the people choose something like the ephemeral gods over logic. And they paid the price. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

College Admissions

With talk of the college admissions scandal, many people seem to not understand the real reason for colleges in general. Sure there's an aspect of research and being an intellectual hub. But many have seemed to conflate this with the college world being a meritocracy. But perhaps that's a world that has passed us by?

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Do you like forms?

Well, here's a favor I'm asking you. Please check out this form and fill it out. Takes a second, really. Look at a collage and write down the words that come to mind. Don't over think it. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebLfckA8mWcPU2Ddn9rp9am5V8U5DpdpqFfleO_yqnLhNYKQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oh man, another movie. Another series of thoughts. (SPOILERS!)

If you haven't watched the movie Us, I would recommend it, though I'm not in the its all that great boat (tbf, I'm not sure how great it is).  It is good to see more and more movies try to be more than just another solid genre movie. And in that sense, this is a good movie.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Captive State

It's a little joy of mine to find good in a movie that was panned by the critics. Yet when I went to watch Captive State with the Mrs, I'm not sure what to expect. I thought I'd be at least mildly entertained and maybe enjoy some alien occupation themes that line up with today. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Story out at Wry Ronin

Hi all, just to let you know that a short story of mine was published over at Wry Ronin. It's an interesting piece that speaks not only to the fog of war but the fog of memory. We all know that history itself is a battlefield (that is, how we remember these events, why we went to war etc) but I have come to realize that one man's truth is another man's propaganda. 

This isn't, however some post-modernist scree but rather something like a warning to tell all of us that we need, nay must, focus on more than just a million screaming personal histories.  

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Me and My Fairy Tales.

Lots of crazy news out there these days. But I'm gonna talk about my own writing and my focus on the fairy tale remixes I've been writing lately. Those of you who read here will know that I have an interesting one in Red Rock Review, but I also have a few more that I hope will be sent elsewhere soon.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The wages of the internet

For anyone who knows chess, I was playing a game recently where the opponent refused to accept my offer for a draw. If you can take a look at the situation above, it's a draw. There's no way that one king can get through to kill anything and the pawns are all stuck. So why not draw?

My comrade in chess declined a draw and marched his king all around until, more than a hundred moves later, we finally had a draw by repetition. I'm not angry, just wondering why march your king about for nothing. It wasn't like the opponent was trying to penetrate the great wall here.

Or maybe, that was it. The other player loved the freedom of the desert behind the wall and just wanted to walk around? Maybe they were trying to win on time, damn the way it looks.

#winning, after all, can be said to be the calling card of our generation. Or at least the newer one. Or part of their calling card. I consider this all a little more than the crabs in the bucket trying to reach the top. After all, aren't the ones on the bottom worse off?

Yeah, so there you have it, a long drawn out game and all for nothing. Perhaps it's just a metaphor for life sometimes. Perhaps not. 




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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Soldiers Die

I've been thinking about the novel Soldiers Die. One of many Iraq War novels out today. This one is a revenge-based one with the theme being... well I'm not sure. Funny thing is that I liked this piece some time ago and thinking about it today, it seems like a piece for a different time. Not only that, but though it comes across as honest, there is a level of dishonesty to it.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Free Audiobook

Hey all, if you want a free audiobook for the audiobooks (at Audible), fill out this form and get one for Satan's Plea or Ministry of Bombs. Well worth it.


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Wry Ronin

I think a few of you readers are also writers, so here's a contest for you to consider. It's solid stuff. Full disclosure: I will be published by them soon.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

some sweet ass art for ya.

If you follow this blog, you'll know that there are a handful of pieces I've had accepted out there. Last year I had this series at Flyway.  Well, if you liked that, I've now got a way for you to get prints of them if you want. So check them out and enjoy. Note S6 is pretty high quality so the sizes you get are up to your needs. All should look good no matter what.

Here's the tree. And here's the sky.


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Friday, March 8, 2019

When the Internet Leaks into Reality

One of the most brilliant short stories out there is called "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" by Borges. It's in his collection Ficciones. If you haven't read it, I recommend you do so right away as it, more so than any other book or short, is a perfect encapsulation of the unmoored feeling one can get of what you thought of as fake becoming true or vice versa.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

More on the center left and general idiocy in punditry

Well the counter points to this article: why don't we focus on Tibet any more? And why such focus on Israel. I'm not sure why this kind of view is extremely highlighted in American "intellectual circles" but it does seem to be part of the bowing to powers that be that comes instinctively to many in this country (world too, but that's besides the point).

Let's examine the first moral point that places like South Sudan or Congo never (not for the death tolls they provide us) figure large in our media. Mainly because people we hate aren't committing them.

So compared to Syria and elsewhere we'll never hear about what our enemies do. With China I imagine the fact that the right sees ways to get money from our relationship with that nation means we'll hear silence forever.

And Israel? To assume the coverage is anywhere near fair would be an exercise if madness. But that it does figure largely is because it stands in for the right as a place where Jesus will return combined with the view of white settlers vs the horde.

Any other idiotic questions?

I quit social media because the idiocy was far too much. But it would appear that there is a real problem in many blogs too. The internet is far too weak for discussions or rather we need a better solution. Let's see.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

What the...

Okay, look at this gif. Someone saved another person's life and it may have been a mistake. 

https://i.imgur.com/kV1H5Vl.gifv

Crazy, eh?

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Some more scribblings over there

Hey all, just pointing out (and supplying some friend links) to some work of mine over at Medium. Here's one on NYC, then, of course, the Cascades here in WA. Then a shorter essay on my move from typing on keyboard to using a pen. Old school but since Baldwin did the same, a damn useful habit to pick up.

So check them out, read them, then share them.

Peace. 


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Friday, March 1, 2019

State of Literature 2019.

It's been some better years for lit in America in general. It would seem that the mostly white industry of the big publishers is making some effort to reach out to other groups, though I wouldn't say that the needed diversity (in terms of, say, ideas as well as culture as well as race) is there yet but strides are being made. To better understand some aspects of this read this article in the LARB.


Monday, February 25, 2019

The Oscars

Not a big fan of the Oscars, nor do I care who wins, but since people are complaining everywhere, I'm going to have to say that the one movie that matters this past year is Spiderverse. That's it. Many of the other ones don't come close.

That is all

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I'm slow now, not because I'm old.

Well now there's an article about how writing on a screen is different from a hand.  Yeah I would say writing by hand is way different than doing so by keyboard. The visceral aspect of writing by hand is too strong to ever get the same thing from a computer (which I'm doing right now and I've clicked on several other tabs over the past few minutes so there's that fatal flaw of all inter-connected machines out there). 

But this doesn't mean that any old typewriter will do, because part of the reason I started doing this is that the King of American (possibly world) letters, James Baldwin, said he wrote by hand. So I had to. It really works and allows for a completely different process that includes completely rewriting on  the second go as well. 

Give it a try and see what you create!


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The New Green Deal

Well, it would appear that AOC and company are finally putting the needed steps for our nation before us and showing us what true leadership looks like. And of course, the crazies on the right are in full tilt against saving their own skins and trying to take us all down with us. If the term national security actually meant anything, we would use it to denote these fools who are now claiming our "lifestyles" will have to change. 

Yeah, idiots, that's the point. We're destroying our world as it stands. [1]

 Well, who can expect any thing from those on the right? Who seem to want to be comfortable rather than think and act?

It's maddening if not saddening and here's some thoughts on that. I came from that end of the political spectrum, yet when I read the evidence I learned not to hang on to my views but change them to what information was coming in. It would appear that many people would rather be comfortable and tribal rather than think deeply about anything.

That being said, I have yet to read all the details of a New Green Deal but it will have to deal with droughts and instability (and no cause any) in addition to all that it could do for us. Cities, of course, will be central to this future.


Monday, February 11, 2019

And Then There Were Some.

Codes left for a free audiobook on Audible. Email me if you get the chance.
Meanwhile, there are a few other stories accepted elsewhere and I'll link them to you soon enough. As it stands, I have a few chances at having some more shorts out and will work on longer pieces as well!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

train

Me on a train, basically.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

A Brilliant Novel Perfect for Today's Moment in Time

I've been reading more contemporary novels and works recently, mainly because it appears that the mainstream publishing industry is finally releasing its grip on the past and allowing newer more diverse writers to come out in the open. 

Spiderverse

You seen the latest Marvel Movie? Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.(listen to the soundtrack here, also a brilliant score and one that seems to match up to what Americans listen to in general) I watched it after a whole host of people told me to watch it in real life. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sorry to Bother You & the Singular Lifetime Contract with Room & Board Only

Truly a tragedy, and if it were happening in a country that had oil (and none of our companies),  our media would be talking about how much of a failure it is and a reason for regime change (ditto increased drug use and increased alcohol use in certain countries, to say nothing of strikes and protests. Nevertheless, Japan is touted as a great country to emulate in terms of its equality and better health outcomes to say nothing of its public transport and housing. 

But here we have a Sorry to Bother you situation in Japan where the seniors of the country find it better to go to prison than to live free. Of course here they aren't giving any labor for this situation but it goes to show that the system is truly broken almost everywhere.


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

You Know How I like the Art, Johnny Boy.

So I thought this would look good on your wall. For anyone who doesn't get the reference, I have a piece of art up at Tayo Literary Magazine (thanks!) which you can enjoy. I'll also look for a way to get that up so you can get prints of said art. So enjoy and have a great one!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Billionaire Smackdown Alert!

These days we live in such dire times that every billionaire seems to have their own cargo cult. And don't even get me started on the "everything is great" idiots that want to tell everyone that everything (with the status quo) is fine.

The Real Story on Clemson in the White House

Though I'm sure non-Bama/Clemson fans of college football haven't been big fans of the two teams essentially dominating the playoffs (and probably will for the foreseeable future, with maybe Oklahoma coming in a few times to break it up) some of us were impressed with Clemson's beatdown of the previously seeming unbeatable Bama train. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Shootings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

There you have it. Three shootings this week (in case you want more than a meme, here is the 2nd one and 3rd). I actually hadn't heard about any of them. It appears that if shootings don't reach double digits, we're not going to mention them. Not when the act is carried out by a white male, at least.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Aliens are here.

So apparently, with out much fanfare, aliens paid us a visit.  Okay, maybe it's still up in the air, but hearing what's being said: UFOs have been sighted and people are trying to best explain them. Maybe we don't have enough of a picture (or knowledge of physics? I'm not sure) to explain, but how else do you explain such things?


Other People's Perceptions and the Mob

Yeah, even the center left and the left seem to lose perspective when trying to sing in unison. Again, for a grassroots movement this makes sense, but for much out there it's a joke (can't get as crazy as the extreme right, now can we?). Over and over I'm sent to videos that show the truth. I look them over and wonder if people are mad.

And on we go around the world as we use up our resources and destroy the planet. Apes weren't meant to wield such power, I guess.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Don't Build a Wall, Build Anything Else.

It's been a crazy ride to watch the nuts on the right make up facades for their racism and claim to want something else. At least have the balls to say what you are. Here, we have an example of young white racists yelling "build the wall" at  Native Americans. It's clear what build that wall means, and the right should own it (note the Democrats want the same funding for border security and that's another matter if we should spend so much on what is essentially a old white "we already spent money on gold and Viagra" paranoid nightmare when there's plenty of building to be done elsewhere in the country).

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ferrante is...

How many of you have read the Neapolitan Novels by Ferrante. I've read one and I liked it. The next three shall be read soon, I hope. Nevertheless, there's been a lot of controversy around the anonymity of the author. Secret, as far as we know and the attempts to do some kind of research has only raised more questions.

Of course, here in this video we see Lahiri claim that the author deserves to be nameless and no one should focus on it too much. A case of the lady doth protest too much, if you ask me. So I'm calling it: she's the author.

I'm kidding, of course, but if I had some twitter power, I would make this a thing.

Later.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Support the Troops. Or not.

"Support the troops" as a cudgel to beat down on NFL players who take a knee, etc, but never to actually help them is something I've written plenty about. Most of the time, it's really about the power they represent rather than actually helping that individual or the problems facing them as a group. 

That Onion article, which had a person claiming not to support the troops (or their son in the Army) but the military industrial complex that stands behind them.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Free Audiobooks

While they last, of course. Will the real humans please raise their hands? Well, dear reader, here's a chance for you to win a free audiobook! Mainly this short hour long one. Satan's Plea, my friends. Just email me (subject line: I want an AudioBook!). And in the body tell me your favorite story of mine. I'll send it right away while supplies last!

peace


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

1000001 American Nights

Been a while since I mentioned this book, 1000001 American Nights. A solid book with more than a handful of fans.

I'm an old man

Which means most of the new music I get to hear is not from the radio, but from Pandora (sometimes) and  at other times (most times, these days) I'll hear something at a cafe and it will be good enough to ask.

So I just found Angel Haze. Brilliant rapper and brilliant (and some damn haunting ones too) lyrics. Check it out.



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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

More on Quitting Twitter

I've already discussed in full the weaknesses of social media [1] and how I left Twitter. One thing I didn't get into is how it does seem like a high school clique in many ways. One can only preach to the choir and also one needs to be quick and say witty things to the choir. Brevity is the soul of the wit, some say, but I sense that twitter essentially disproves part of that. 

Have you ever tried to Search Images by Google?

It's kinda cool. I read about it in Teju Cole's Essay collection (which is definitely worth a read, btw). Anyhow, it's a different way of searching (not, btw, searching a word then looking at the images) that's still not that good.

For example, I searched myself and only managed to see other well-dressed men (not that I'm well-dressed, just that it's what that photo had). A proper search would bring up other images of me, or other people who look like me (or maybe that's too overtly creepy, coming from our intrusive tech overlords?  I suppose this, then, in light of all the snooping they've done would be a gambit).

I searched a unique cover of mine and only managed to get something like where my cover was used, rather than similar looking art. 

Anyhow, perhaps it seems to me that it has regressed quite a bit in the past few years. Is it something else that Google is going to give up on? Here is something I wrote about some time ago about using this image search as a kind of visual flarf (mmm, collages). But it seems like it hasn't improved at all. All that talk about AI and this is what we get, eh?


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Pics from ActiveStills

Just found this series of photographs. Check it out

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Oh

And there's another short story out on kindle, if you prefer reading that way (and given how the internet is these days, I kinda know why this is). 

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Windy AF

This wind has just kicked up here in Seattle. Supposed to get up to 40mph with gusts up to 60mph. Yeah the windows are shivering and whistling away and there's a sense that soon they'll give way. 

I remember hurricane Sandy in NYC and how that too made the windows shake (that was, btw, a tropical storm that misse dus by lots of miles and still it was rough. Our building was shaking and I was sure the windows would break. They didn't, luckily.

But it made me think that if a real hurricane would hit NYC head on, the city would suffer a lot more damage than any one thinks. Of course, sooner or later that entire city will have to deal with rising sea waters. Good times, this global warming issue. 

Any how. If you're in Seattle, take care and tie down anything that's lose.


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Short Story

Well, for those who want, here's a short story on kindle. It was written years ago, so the events of today have kinda overtaken it. It's about a man who finds himself being chased for acts of sedition. He finds that he has limited places to go. All his friends, even the ones that raged against the machine, are hesitant to help. So he goes to a place where he knows he'll be fine. In a church. An old friend awaits him. Will it be the right choice?

Who knows, really. But it was my attempt at fleshing out the difference between religious people and atheists aren't always so marked. And when it comes to getting things done in the world, well, you know, it can be quite the tossup.

 Enjoy. 


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