You’ll notice, readers, that this post was published exactly at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. This is partly because I want to avoid Evan’s routine beatings as punishment for tardiness, and mostly because you, as an overwhelmingly Western audience, expect everything to be exactly on time.
Now if you were all mostly from Bolivia, or Syria, or Morocco, or Thailand, chances are that you wouldn’t care so much. After all, 9:00 in the morning is really more of an approximation than anything else, right?
Posted in Africa, America, Asia, bizarreness, business, Europe, technology, Youth
Tagged african time, capitalist, cultural divide, East-vs-West, Futurism, gap, Generation, generational, germany, industrial, industry, middle-east, millennials, office, post scarcity, production, punctuality, Time, views, work
Readers, as I was in the middle of researching my originally intended Fame Day I was interrupted by the sound of pounding outside my door. It was the cops, interrogating my next door neighbor about the last time he saw someone. I stood by the door, listening- though the primary cop speaking was yelling so loudly I really didn’t have to. Of course, it just made me extra sure I got his exact words:
“I hate this fucking complex.”
“I will give you shit until you give me what I want.”
Other, similar statements followed- though I try to observe Evan’s general rule of keeping profanity to a minimum. The neighbor repeatedly said that he hadn’t seen they guy they were after, which only resulted in both more shouting from the cop and, from the sound of it, him stomping into the apartment. Without a warrant or the consent of the my neighbor, which constitutes a violation of his 4th amendment rights.
Posted in America, Fame Day, film, news, politics, technology
Tagged abuse, activist, activists, arrest, camera, Cop Watch, Fame Day, film, filming, force, Las Vegas, las vegas metro pd, law, legal, news, police, police brutality, power, who watches the watchmen
As with many elements of modern culture, I walk the blurry line between fandom and general enjoyment. I like plenty of stuff, but I wouldn’t say I love anything. I enjoy comics- more than the average man on the street- but I’m definitely not on a level where I could seriously discuss comics with someone who’s actually into them (as Evan can attest). I enjoy heavy metal, but I couldn’t name the leading band of the past couple years or tell you the difference between Finnish black metal and Swedish death metal.
This is neither, just for the record…
Even though this gets me simultaneously branded as a nerd by people who aren’t fans of _______ and a poser by people who are, I nevertheless get a pretty unique perspective on things. I can see how they work- what their appeal is- without getting objectivity compromised by being too emotionally invested.
Now I think I’d be hard pressed to think of a better example of this than Doctor Who.
Posted in bizarreness, Europe, technology, television, writing
Tagged aliens, cardiff, cult status, dalek, Doctor Who, Dr Who, fantasy, fixing, GIF, improving, pacifist, production value, science fiction, space, special effects, television, time travel, weeping angel
Today is a little different because I’m not pointing to a specific show or YouTube series, but a single video featuring a ridiculous amount of talent. Below is a diagram I created that demonstrates the audience who would most appreciate it:
Now allow me to do what I do and provide a little context. Continue reading
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Tagged Beastie Boys, Bender, Dan Castellaneta, Dead Ringer, Fox, Fry, Futurama, Gentlebot Hell, GLaDOS, Hell Is Other Robots, Leela, MisterMulluc, Robot Hell, S1E9, Source Filmmaker, Spy, team fortress 2, tf2, The Simpsons, Valve, video games, YouTube
Anyone know what this alien-looking device is?
That right there is the “Mine Kafon,” an ingenious device used to safely blow up land mines. Light enough to be blown around by the wind, the Mine Kafon is still heavy enough to touch off detonation when it comes into contact with a mine or pressure-activated explosive. While there’s some skill that goes into getting the weight right, the real beauty of it is it’s simplicity- anyone anywhere in the world could mass produce these. Definitely a blessing for areas emerging or dealing with long periods of conflict and militarization. Continue reading
Posted in design, Fame Day, Islam, technology
Tagged afghanistan, civilians, design, explosives, innocents, invention, Islam, Kickstarter, landmines, March, Massoud Hassani, media, Mine Kafon, mines, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, Muslim, representation, The Netherlands