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Pokémon’s upcoming ‘The Scream’ cards capture 2018’s existential horror

The world is running out of clean water, climate change continues to ravage the planet, and politics everywhere are a total nightmare: nearly every day of 2018 has carried the emotional weight of an entire year. 101 more words


Culture - What's It Doing in/to the Wilderness?

In William Cronon’s “The Trouble with Wilderness; or. Getting Back to the Wrong Nature,” Cronon very plainly asserts the Wilderness is a human creation. He says it is “a human creation – indeed, the creation of very particular human cultures at very particular moments in human history” and goes on to add “as we gaze into the mirror it holds up for us, we too easily imagine that what we behold is Nature when in fact we see the reflection of our own unexamined longings and desires.” What Cronon is saying is that we often look at Wilderness and think we see nature when in fact we really see what our culture has defined as the Wilderness and the “nature” therein is of our own desires. 638 more words

Me singing very very challenging Cantonese song "Li Xiang Lan" by Jacky Cheung, from Stephen Chow movie "From Beijing With Love" (recorded July 23, 2018



nou chun fung, ngoh sam yan hoh nou chun fung

suet bat chut sik jau sueng sung

ye yue dong yue dim tau se do jiu pin jung wooi tou chi si mong… 240 more words

I love the Garmin Tactix Charlie so it'll likely get lost or broken

I destroy Apple Watches. It’s not intentional. It just kinda happens. The first Apple Watch was a Series 1 piece of wrist candy. I loved how it kept reminders for me to take my medication, pay my bills, and all of the other things that my PTSD-addled brain refuses to keep track of on my wrist. 836 more words


Bruce Sterling on the next 50 years of climate-wracked maker architecture

Bruce Sterling’s hour-long lecture to the Southern California Institute of Architecture is pretty good vintage Sterling: a seeming grab-bag of loosely related futuristic, ascerbic observations about climate change, Estonian e-residency, Kazakh new cities, monumental architecture, rotting Turinese palaces, Silicon Valley arrogance, AI, new-new urbanism, and so on — which then all seems to pull together in an ineffable, somehow coherent finale that is both hopeful and bitter. 437 more words


Lawyers: dildo-wielding cop hit men as well as women, so can't have been sexually harassing them

Lt. Thomas Murphy and Detective Sgt. Andrew Huber are named in a lawsuit against the city of Mountainside, New Jersey, which claims a large blue dildo was regularly whipped out to harass other employees. 125 more words