Toothpaste and Soap

They aren’t for everybody.

We haven’t decided whether we can call these facilities “concentration camps” yet, but a lot of people with ready access to toothpaste and soap are busy arguing about it.

— Dana Stevens

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How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of TransparencyHow to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On Goodreads this book seems to have elicited a somewhat ambivalent response in a number of readers, a common criticism being that it was boring or tedious.

I did not find it so. It was for me, a read that required a number of pauses for contemplation, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed Chapter Six, At the Identity Spa. I took some time to investigate a number of the artistic works that Busch references and found that process enjoyable as well.

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The idea of privacy is intrinsic to the jardin secret. Possession, ownership and intimacy may all come into it, and it may be erotic, but not necessarily. Implicit in the jardin secret is that small personal histories need not be shared; that human experience and imagination are sometimes a matter of private intentions, actions, or rewards; and that social exchange and shared experience may also depend on having this deep well of privacy.

– Akiko Busch, How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

Republican Meme Fantasy World: Ha ha ha! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is SO dumb! She said wrong stuff! Ha ha ha what a dummy!

Reality: Republicans that step to her get their asses handed back on platters like quivering pale Jello.

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(Not a carbohydrate in sight.)

I got all my favorite flavors so Ketogenesis here I come. I don't know why they put a cat picture on the can but it's cute I guess.

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I live here. (Mars terraforming proceeds, but slowly.)

The yellow arrow points to my rooms. Inside the rooms is a cat. As it has been fed, the cat has no current concerns about where I might be.

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A Particularly Special Kind of Asshole

mounted lion (Dead thing.)

In this modern world you have to be a special kind of asshole to lobby for the right to participate in something like this. This isn't about culling, or conservation management or any of the other bullshit reasons rich jerks travel to another country for the pleasure of shooting things.

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Mariano Pascual

Homepage animated gif. (Yes I am tired of WordPress. Thanks for asking. Click image to animate.)

Mariano Pascual's website is a tribute to avoiding convention.

The site’s success lies not in its fancy tricks and hidden Easter eggs – although these are top-notch – but in its immediate impact and speed of communication. “I came up with this operating system that I think is a great way to show my work because you can have an idea of my style as soon as you pop onto the website,” Mariano adds, “Actually you don’t need to see any of my projects to have an idea of my skills… the website turned out to be a piece of art itself.”

The quality of the markup alone is enough to get me to spend some time here, but even if you are not a designer or developer you'll have some fun.

Also have a look Pascual's design partner site achos! Scroll over the words in the intro text and don't forget to have a look at the source code.

!!WARNING!! the scrolling sound effect on achos! is NSFW!!

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Brown Bears of Katmai Alaska Meditation

Brown bear fishing (Brown bears fishing in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.)

Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in Alaska's pristine wilderness--the perfect place to meditate. Here in Katmai National Park, you'll hear birds calling to one another while the waters of the Brooks River cascade over Brooks Falls, slowing to a soothing whisper downstream. Watch as the mist rises above the river in the early morning sunshine and bears wade into the water to fish. You'll get an underwater view of salmon swimming upstream, while owls and eagles observe from their perches above. Watch as tiny cubs amble after their mothers, moose disappear into the tall grasses, and the sun sets on another breathtaking day in Alaska, a fitting preview to the stunning nighttime display of the Northern Lights.

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Built to Burn

Panorama Brush Fire, 1980 (Panorama Brush Fire, 1980.)

This is a fantastic report on the conditions and science of fighting large brush fires. The write up is excellent if you don't have time to listen to the whole podcast.

Often it's not the fire but the flying embers that burn homes. Burned homes are often found surrounded by unburned trees and brush.

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