Aw man, this is so sad. Harold Ramis was both adorably funny, but also incredibly sweet and I, for one, will miss that. Everything is so damn dark these days. It seems like that’s all anyone takes seriously anymore. If it’s dark it’s already considered art. Well Harold Ramis did sweet. And isn’t art something that lasts and changes us culturally? Who hasn’t seen Groundhog Day? Or Stripes? Or Ghostbusters? The world will miss you Egon Spengler. Thank you so very very much for pushing laughter. Here’s a run down of some of the best. Things are just brighter for your work. Spores, molds, fungi and all.
Speaking of art, I may have danced a little bit around my living room this morning when I saw that this piece was at the National Gallery of Art. I knew I was going to have to get down there this weekend to see this exhibit before it closed but the Dying Gaul — I just, aaahhhh. I first became aware of it when I read this book forever and a day ago — great book by the way, if you like Ireland, or are Catholic, or like history, or are fascinated by how the Dark Ages almost decimated for good Western society. But I never thought I’d get to see it…when I went to Florence, I stood at the base of the statue David and cried. I couldn’t help it. It was beautiful. I don’t know if that will happen again but I’m taking tissues. It’s okay, you can laugh.
Okay other things because I’m whittling away at my to-do list and I need to get back to it.
The reason it’s a blow to net neutrality is because the two businesses struck a business deal that benefits them both without the need for any government intervention telling them how to write the deal, what the data packets needed to look like, what government agencies needed to be informed etcetera and et al. I think it’s marvelous. This is a decent primer on a few of the arguments, with Wired’s lean a little toward the left of course. Number 1 is, for example, complete BS. But the concept of dumb pipes — regulated, of course, by the all-loving eyes of our regulatory agency overlords — is pretty spot on. In short, net neutrality means the end of innovation and cheap internet and free streaming services and everything else that’s awesome. Bank on it.
And if you want to know what the opposite looks like, look here. Since when does free speech mean you must cover all topics deemed necessary for social justice or whatever? That’s a ridiculous concept. For one thing, asking an outlet that covers technology to make their coverage apply to all sectors of society is forcing bad reporting. Instead of asking that news outlets cover the news in a certain way, why not hire people with divergent enough interests that those things naturally get covered? But then, that would mean loosening up on some of the inherent bias that many outlets carry.
Starting to become clearer why Facebook spent the money.
I’m pretty much on board with this. I didn’t used to be. And this is not to suggest I mind working hard or am lazy or something like that. Just that, like this writer, I’ve spent most of my life working my behind off only to have to restart every few years for whatever reason — too often related to jerks with power — and I think perhaps I’m just going to kick my feet back a little more, do really excellent work, and not worry so much about getting ahead, getting ahead, getting ahead. I don’t hate Sheryl Sandberg, but I bet she’s stressed out more than I’d like to be.
Ha, “This is bullshit” pretty much covers it. (H/t Nicki)
Are people actually suggesting that it would be really crazy to think that Apple may have somehow been complicit — even if they didn’t know it — in allowing the NSA to access their data? Why is this so hard to believe? Because Apple loves you? Get a grip people.
Man I loved the first season of this show while they were revealing everything to the viewer and, in some cases, to the characters themselves. And then it just stopped being good. It would be nice if this was a pleasant surprise.
Oh yeah, these will be made, sans raisins. I just have a thing against raisins. Not sure what that’s about…