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That one time Robert E Howard finished a story that HP Lovecraft started:

Basically you have Lovecraft being Lovecraft, going on and on and on, making the protagonist faint from terror a solid three times in maybe 1,500 words (just a guess there, i didn’t actually bother to count), and concluding with a HORRIFIC REVELATION:

"But even this vision of delirium was not what caused George Campbell to lapse a third time into unconsciousness. It took one more thing—one final, unbearable touch—to do that. As the nameless worm advanced with its glistening box, the reclining man caught in the mirror-like surface a glimpse of what should have been his own body. Yet—horribly verifying his disordered and unfamiliar sensations—it was not his own body at all that he saw reflected in the burnished metal. It was, instead, the loathsome, pale-grey bulk of one of the great centipedes."

yup. dude turns into a grotesque giant centipede alien monster and TOTALLY LOSES IT. truly, this hellish transformation is too great a burden for his fragile human mind to comprehend, let alone bear while remaining conscious, or sane–

but wait! ENTER ROBERT E. “CONAN THE BARBARIAN” HOWARD:

"From that final lap of senselessness, he emerged with a full understanding of his situation. His mind was imprisoned in the body of a frightful native of an alien planet, while, somewhere on the other side of the universe, his own body was housing the monster’s personality.
"He fought down an unreasoning horror. Judged from a cosmic standpoint, why should his metamorphosis horrify him? Life and consciousness were the only realities in the universe. Form was unimportant. His present body was hideous only according to terrestrial standards. Fear and revulsion were drowned in the excitement of titanic adventure."


THE EXCITEMENT OF TITANIC ADVENTURE

talk about mood (and philosophical outlook on existence) whiplash, right??!

the best part, though, is that he KEEPS GOING ON LIKE THIS for about four more paragraphs:

"What was his former body but a cloak, eventually to be cast off at death anyway? He had no sentimental illusions about the life from which he had been exiled. What had it ever given him save toil, poverty, continual frustration and repression? If this life before him offered no more, at least it offered no less. Intuition told him it offered more—much more.
"With the honesty possible only when life is stripped to its naked fundamentals, he realized that he remembered with pleasure only the physical delights of his former life. But he had long ago exhausted all the physical possibilities contained in that earthly body. Earth held no new thrills. But in the possession of this new, alien body he felt promises of strange, exotic joys."

etc., etc.

…and then george-as-centipede monster goes on a STRAIGHT UP BLOODTHIRSTY RAMPAGE like some arthropodian conan and then just totally CONQUERS THE FUCK out of the ENTIRE centipede planet because why not

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"why not" seems sufficient reason, especially if we conclude that he really did lose his marble bag and every marble he had in the first par and now was totally set up to become a supervillain.
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_PPS. And also this girl, who just sent me an envelope filled with fucked-up stickers. Victor came home and found that I’d put “FOR VAGINAL USE ONLY” stickers on all of our cups and plates, and there were “EXTRA FANCY” and “MAY CAUSE DISCOLORATION OF URINE” stickers all over the kitten. Then Victor got all pissy so I put an “AGGRESSIVE ANIMAL. OBSERVING FOR RABIES” sticker on him, and then he stuck all of the “UNDER MEDICATION” stickers on my face. Which was unnecessary because one is enough, Victor. Then Hailey asked if she could have some, and it felt weird telling a 6-year-old that I wouldn’t share my stickers with her, so I gave her the foreign-language ones and the meat-product stickers, and she put a “BULK SAUSAGE” sticker on Victor’s shirt. Then, after she left, Victor shrugged and said, “Whatever. Bulk Sausage was my nickname in high school”. I love that man.

PPPS. “PARA USO RECTAL SOLAMENTE” sounds very pretty, but you shouldn’t let your child bring those stickers to school. Also, I should probably learn some Spanish. And that’s why I’m not allowed to join the PTA._

http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/21/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/

h/t somebody for the first link.
This morning I had a fight with Victor about towels. I can't tell you the details because it wasn't interesting enough to document at the time, but it was basically me telling Victor I needed to buy new bath towels, and Victor insisting that I NOT buy towels because I “just bought new towels“.
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I used to have a roll of red masking tape with 'do not feed' printed on it. So much fun!
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There are now 11 Nobel Prize winners in Economics that have advocated Basic Income. :)

"Government intervention on the scale of regular monthly checks, handed to people regardless of working status for the purpose of meeting their basic needs, may be the smartest solution."
Basic income is having a whirlwind year, and it...
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"Early this month, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority announced that it had received five bids to build 800 MW of solar capacity, with a low bid of 2.99 cents per kWh."
My PV Solar forecasts from 6 years back
Forecast, Actual
2014 9 cents.kWh, 6-7 c/kWh
2015 7 cents/kWh, 5 c/kWh
2016 5 cents/kWh, 3 c/kWh (half way through the year)
2017 4 cents/kWh, ??
2018 3 cents/kWh, etc
2019 2 cents/kWh, ...
2020 1 cent/kWh, ....
2021+ sub 1 cent/kWh. ...

If this trend continues we should see 1 cent/kWh PV solar in 2018-2019, and of course I will be proven wrong again, it will probably happen in 2017 ... :-)
Solar energy is now so cheap that even stalwart OPEC nations are making it a significant part of their power generating plans.
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Hidden Figures is a movie coming out early next year about three black women who worked on the Apollo project – an engineer, a trajectory computer, and one of the computation team leaders. This is entirely based on real people; Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, who led trajectory computations for the lunar flights, received the Medal of Freedom last year.

This is a great subject for a movie: it's a story not nearly enough people know about, about really interesting people with complex conflicts in their lives who were also working on one of the great accomplishments of the twentieth century.

So why is it that this review decided it had to start out like this:

"Taraji P. Henson hates math, and Octavia Spencer has a paralyzing fear of calculus, but that didn’t stop either actress..."

(We know math is mean and scary, especially for women, but they overcame their fear so that they could play in this movie!)

Or let us know that

"The role of Ms. Johnson is a meaty one, as well as a departure, for Ms. Henson, who... collected a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Cookie, the brazen, razor-tongued matriarch on Fox’s nighttime soap “Empire.”"

Glad to know that meaty roles are somehow a departure for Henson. I'm also glad to have been told that Cookie is "brazen" and "razor-tongued;" thank you for letting me know which stereotype I should be expecting. (Incidentally, I've seen Empire; Cookie is a very meaty character indeed, and for my money the most interesting and complex character in a great show.)

And of course, even though everyone involved with the film is emphasizing the broad importance of the story – the story, among other things, of the tremendous number of women who held key roles on the project – the article spends plenty of time telling us that it's a black movie, which will satisfy black audience's calls for more diversity in Hollywood.

Essentially, this review managed to speak well of a movie while simultaneously suggesting that its leads are kind of stupid, not really very experienced actors, and are there primarily for purposes of "diversity." So you, as the (presumably imagined) white reader of this, should feel proud that you know about it but not feel under any undue pressure to watch it, because it's not really for you. You see, films with black people in them are only for black audiences; films with white people in them are the ones which are for everybody, because they're more universal.

I strongly suggest that you ignore everything this asinine review says and go see the movie. First, it's an excellent story, and one that could make for great film. Second, Taraji P. Henson alone is a good reason to see a movie: if you haven't seen her act before, you should, and if you have, well, you know. And third, this is a whole part of our history – whether "us" in this case is Americans, geeks, engineers, women, black people, people who care at all about space, or any combination thereof – which is really fascinating to learn about and which you've probably never gotten to hear before.
Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in “Hidden Figures,” a largely untold story of African-American mathematicians in the space program.
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Shedding Light on Mental Health Risks to Children of Older Fathers

The increased risk of mental illness in children of older fathers is unlikely to result from men’s genes mutating with age, according to new research from The University of Queensland.

The research is in Nature Genetics. (full access paywall)
Summary: A new study reports the increased risk of mental health problems in children of older dads is unlikely to result from the men's genes maturing with age.Source: University of Queensland.
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So an entire country is powered on 100% renewables for nearly four and a half straight days. 4.5 days of FREE power, ZERO air pollution, and ZERO water pollution. THIS is how we will stop the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere. We are only at the beginning the revolution in energy and sustainable transportation. Hopefully this will be repeated in more nations around the world for longer and longer stretches of time. And it must, because we are almost out of time to Stop Runaway Global Warming.
Portugal just took a huge step forward in the renewable energy arena. The country ran on solar, wind and hydropower energy for 107-hours straight from
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Crooked Hillary Clinton looks presidential? I don't think so! Four more years of Obama and our country will never come back. ISIS LAUGHS! Liberal Hippie Queen – @andreajmarkley. Where did our country go? @realDonaldTrump · Embedded image. 3:13 a.m. - 20 May 2016. 13 Retweets42 likes.
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The Dopamine Meme: How (and why) tech and online experiences are addictive -- and how to fight this and make them less so

I've written on the dopamine meme previously -- the idea that online experiences are made intentionally addictive. Google are as guilty of this as anyone else, and much my frustration with G+ centers on its own hugely user-disrespectful patterns, particularly those which actively impede intentional use.

Constant nags, HOT colours (red headers and nag screens or buttons, the reversion of "new posts" to a grey is a recent exception), lack of intentional positive and negative filters (content type, animations, video, audio, domains, keywords or topics). A search capacity which should lead to mass deaths of sheer embarassment at the company.

I could continue, but this isn't (just) about Google or G+.


The patterns described here are pretty significant. Several lead me to swear off the source. I've gone out of my way to avoid retailers who pull these stunts. I've consciously avoided numerous online services simply for their annoyances. Google's putting a Notifications widget on every page of its site drove me not to engage more but to 1) switch to other search provider(s) and 2) access Google without authenticating.

Craptastic shit-in-my-face adverts on YouTube have lead to a multi-day boycot.

These anti-patterns are short-term positive, but in the long term discredit brands. E.g., WashPo's embarassingly blatant clickbait heads (post a WashPo story, draw an abuse report). On Reddit and Hacker News, ad-blocker-blockers and paywalls increasingly lead to domain bans.

Among the reasons I push for strong reputation management aggregation systems is to specifically punish this behavior. Craptacular YouTube channel? Ban that mofo. Crap Website? /etc/hosts block.

And failure to provide strong tools for fighting this shit on user platforms? Among my chief gripes against Android -- the OS I increasingly hate to use, but there's little else on that form-factor.


The author's got a project based on similar principles. Worth looking at.
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Poor guy. What do you really think would have happened if he knocked on a non-black person's door and asked to use their bathroom for an emergency?
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AYFKM? !
Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO, was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly defecating on someone's front yard.
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