Archive for August, 2015

Say what you will about Macklemore, he’s definitely not afraid to do his own weird thing. The fact that this little bit of hip hop camp is filmed in Spokane makes it all the more perfect and bizarre.

“You know what I’m afraid of?”

Apparently not typecasting.

In all seriousness: this movie is probably going to be terrible, but I fully intend to go see it on opening night.

“Hey St. Christopher, you best believe it”

Black Whales, “Tiny Prisms”

Hitman: Agent 47, A Technically Accurate Review

A young man and his drug-addicted sister must go on a globe-spanning search for their long-lost father. Their adventures along the way teach them important lessons about loyalty and what it means to be human. In the end, their bond helps the brother’s big work project go off with a bang.

WARNING: Contains several scenes involving needles. Not suitable for people with medical-related phobia or those suffering from Capgras Syndrome.

How It Works: The M1 Garand Rifle

That NYT Amazon Story

I’ve had a lot of folks ask me about that Amazon “exposé” in the New York Times. All I can say is that I’ve never seen anything like what was described in that story and have every confidence that the leaders to whom I’ve reported at Amazon would never tolerate anything like it. Which isn’t to say those individual cases didn’t happen, necessarily. But current and former Amazon white-collar employees is a pool large enough that anyone would be able to cherry-pick a few examples to prove any point. I feel bad that those unlucky folks had such horrific experiences, and I hope that the people responsible for them have, as the Amazon saying goes, been “promoted to customer”.

But the Amazon described in that New York Times story is not the Amazon I know and have happily worked for the past five years.

Obligatory Disclosure Notice.

“I’ll give you one more word of wisdom”

New single from the Protomen, “This City Made Us”. Come for the hair-metal wailing lyrics, stay for the epic Protomen-flavored guitar lines just sort of hanging out in the background. So damned good.

“Under the veil of all the space, beneath the rumble of the bass”

Zebbler Encanti Experience, “Data Mind”

Saw this pair perform at DefCon this year and was blown away. Perfect visuals, great energy, and huge stage presence. If you ever get the chance to experience one of their liveshows, I highly recommend it.

A Noble Endeavor

Some of the crazy, beautiful bastards at LessWrong have set out to collect a list of the best textbooks on every subject.

10 “Fully General Counterarguments” to watch out for

It is an unchallengeable orthodoxy that you should wear a coat if it is cold out. Day after day we hear shrill warnings from the high priests of this new religion practically seething with hatred for anyone who might possibly dare to go out without a winter coat on. But these ideologues don’t realize that just wearing more jackets can’t solve all of our society’s problems. Here’s a reality check – no one is under any obligation to put on any clothing they don’t want to, and North Face and REI are not entitled to your hard-earned money. All that these increasingly strident claims about jackets do is shame underprivileged people who can’t afford jackets, suggesting them as legitimate targets for violence. In conclusion, do we really want to say that people should be judged by the clothes they wear? Or can we accept the unjacketed human body to be potentially just as beautiful as someone bundled beneath ten layers of coats?

Listed, with succinct examples.

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