I don’t know whether I like this, or else am utterly appalled by it. It’s… not what I was expecting.
I thought that it was already well-known that George Lucas wrote the prequels because he grew to hate that which he created; and, by extension, hate us for being so gauche as to love it, and demand more and more of it for entirely the wrong reasons.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 8, 2015
I think: I was too busy laughing at this to really check. The Washington Post title says it all: “Thank you for reading. Please, for the love of all that is holy, help me build my personal brand.” But that’s not the ironic bit; the ironic bit is, in point of fact, I did follow her on Twitter after this and got her book (A Field Guide to Awkward Silences) for my wife*. So, yeah, it’s all very meta.
Moe Lane (Let’s see: YouTube, Twitter, Patreon, a Tumblr I never bother with anymore,
three four websites… yeah, I’m part of the problem, eh?)
*Given the number of Alexandra Petri articles my wife sends me, it was probably inevitable. And, yes, I know that Ms. Petri is unsound on 2nd Amendment issues. It’d be a miracle if she wasn’t, considering where she lives and works. Welcome to Dizzy City: here’s your accordion.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I admit: I’ve been wondering for quite some time just how dangerous the Chernobyl site still is. I mean, I’m aware that the epicenter is not somewhere that you want to linger. But the local ecosystem seems to be functioning more or less as expected:
The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves in the region – and wolves are seven times as common.
Of course. The true apex predator – humanity – is currently staying far, far away from the place. Gives the wolves a leg up, as it were.
PS: I have wondered for some time just what would have been the effects of a nuclear war in the 1970s or 1980s. It’s traditional to assume that civilization would have ended above the township level, but what would have actually happened? Fortunately, we never had to find out.
Even if Tycho of Penny Arcade was waxing poetical on the subject. But I introduced my kids to the Scribblenauts apps on the Kindle and iPad and danged if they didn’t get instantly hooked on it. My youngest suddenly started sounding out the word ‘lion’ in his eagerness to get a lion on that screen. That was worth the 99 cents, right there.
So, hey, seriously, check it out.
This worked out better than I expected. You need:
About time: “Alphabet, which took over as Google’s new holding company on Friday, has dropped the tech giant’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra from its code of conduct.” I mean, there’s a limit to how many deals you can make with ruthless non-democratic and totalitarian states before people start wondering what, exactly, your definition of ‘evil’ is. Certainly Chinese and Russian dissidents might have an opinion on the subject. They may not dare to express that opinion, but they certainly have it.
Don’t get me wrong: I still use Google myself. But let’s have no illusions about the company, shall we? And certainly no more smugness from them, either.