It simply doesn't matter whether the individuals we're drawn into engaging against, in our workplaces or on social media, are sincere. They are repeating propaganda, doing the work of fascism, and the only effective countermeasure is to be blatantly obvious about responding in kind
In the absence of the courage or physical ability to declare that repeating right wing propaganda is violent by actually punching the person in the nose, saying that Stalin's shit smelled like roses is a close approximation of proportional response
And now I’m happy when it happens for someone else. I can think of few more deserving.
It's time for #nightcrew
This gives LotR a few interesting characteristics that a lot of it's imitators and modern fantasy seems to be missing.
For example, LotR is meant to be re-read, and just in it's entirety but once you have the outline in your mind you can go back and re-read the best parts. I can read Tom Bombadill, Moria, or Treebeard in isolation from the rest the book -- just as I might read favorite passages out of Beowulf or the Odyssey.
I can't do that with GRR.
On the other hand, I can also understand some folks complaints that LotR doesn't have the drama of modern literature. Without that rich inner world to the characters we don't have the same kind of hook that makes you not be able to put down GRR or turn off a Netflix marathon.
But I'm not necessarily sure that's good.
More idle LotR thoughts.
The first time I read LotR it was in middle school coming off of a long run of reading through all the big epics: Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Iliad, the Volksungs, the Mabinogion.
LotR very much belongs in the same category. There's some modernist conceits in it's plotting, but how it treats it's characters is not modernist in the slightest. We aren't spending any great deal of time exploring the inner worlds of Frodo's id.
When Dogen talks about being free, he means being free from delusions and attachments. He does not mean the freedom to do whatever one wants to do. In fact, that sort idea about freedom would be one of the delusions that practice helps us get free from.
I think a decade ago I was all in on the personal freedom bit, and have found my attitude about it gradually moving towards seeing the fault lines when coupled with radical individualism and a general lack of community concern...
The update to Ubuntu 20.04 appears to have fubarred the printer drivers. Printing now just results in blank pages until every page in the trey's been spat out.
I'm not quite sure if I blame Ubuntu or Brother. I had an old laser printer of theirs from 2004 that ran great for 15 years. I even disassembled and re-greased the moving parts on it twice.
I bought a new one last year and it's consistently been a pos.
Particularly, I recall this scene.
Leave it to Osamu Tezuka to make a horrifying children's film that I remember three decades later.
Hot fucking shit.
I have been scouring IMDB for this movie for DECADES based off a vague childhoold recollection of the plot. I had started to think that I'd made it up.
I swear that node apps are like some kind of plant that just keeps outgrowing its container. You blink and it's added a couple more mb of dependencies.
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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.