Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Warren Ellis at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.
I just really love the idea of cities as inherently futuristic.
As someone that lives in what could be labeled the great Rural Mundanity a collection of inhabited structures existing next to each other all containing wires and steel and signals and information certainly seems futuristic in a sense.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
As a Sociopolitical conservative I believe we should be slow to panic, ever prudent, and slow to adjust our attitudes in regards to the events of our world. Naturally this Ebola thing tends to annoy me only because people are quick to embrace fearful suspicions of horrible conspiracies and a wave of death. Which is not to say that Ebola is not a deadly disease and that we should not be reasonably wary but that we now know enough about the virus so that we can be reasonably wary. Michael Fumento, a writer who has made his career arguing against fearmongering, elaborates as a counterpoint to Roy Spencer, PhD.
Sadly, the U.S. right-wing is freaking out over Ebola. They're convinced it's a CDC conspiracy. Thus a man I tremendously respect regards global warming decides to venture outside his area of expertise and writes: "With increasing concerns that Ebola apparently spreads more readily than we were told . . ."Not that I am an expert in virology myself. I am not overly concerned.
Note the passive voice. Who's concerned? I'm not, and I know more about Ebola than anybody I personally know! The two American nurses infected had SUSTAINED CLOSE contact with the index patient. So far it appears a couple of hundred people with lesser contact have been tested and none have been positive. PLEASE use a bit of common sense, folks! Ebola was discovered 28 years ago. In that time That's a lot of time to study a virus. More obvious is that in those 28 years it's never been able to sustain transmission outside of one part of Africa, where health care conditions are ghastly and people scrub the blood, feces, and vomit off the bodies of loved ones before burial.
So if you're not a health care provider to Ebola patients, meaning they're vomiting, pooping, and bleeding on you, and you're not scrubbing down their bodies... CHILL OUT!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Thursday, October 02, 2014
So the first pitch was at 5:37 PM. The game is at Camden Yards in Maryland. Which is in the East Coast, which is in the Eastern Time Zone, same as Detroit.
Now we do afternoon games as a matter of course in professional baseball, especially in Major League Baseball. But that's cable television for the rich, the house wives and the night shift, and the radio for lawyers, accountants, or even a warehouse or someplace called work during the day.
So why when we come upon the actual championships, with the ALDS first, and then the ALCS (also the NLDS and NLCS for the other side, the corrupt universe where Montreal and the Mets generally play) where people actually watch this stuff in general instead of listening to it in the background of reports and moving pallets, is it on TBS in the late afternoon? Even assuming that this is not prominent enough to be scheduled on network broadcast television instead of the dark brightly-colored yuppie hipster psuedo-rave where Ted Turner imprisons Conan O'Brien and lets him out late at night to touch his hair... why the blue blazes is this on during the late afternoon instead of the evening where I can see it clearly after work and after putting the wee ones to bed?
Tigers are on playing Brian Griffiths' favorite bird-looking team. I should leave the wife and kids at family time and make sure I'm at the pub to watch the game! Mind you this is the sort of thing that happens when more and more families get cable television instead of making their kids exercise. If there is no cable television then it's definitely off to the pub. Glad most of the white collar jobs exit at 5!
My condolences to my former manager, Talena, who could be working until 8 PM. On the other hand the old store should have a Tigers TV by now.
The only thing left to wonder is why America's Pasttime is now trapped on a channel where the lead sportscaster is Keith Olbermann.
AL Division Series, Game 1
Live on TBS
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
0 - 0
Live - Bottom 1st
Scores & Schedule
All times are in Eastern Time