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Apple Talk / 2021 Poll
« on: November 18, 2020, 06:49:05 pm »
Place your bets.

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Aneristic Illusions / There is no ethical consumption.
« on: November 18, 2020, 02:42:07 pm »
"Fair trade" my entire arse.  Turns out that's just another label for hippies to feel smug about.

https://apnews.com/article/plants-health-indonesia-trees-sumatra-2a209d60c42bf0e8fcc6f8ea6daa11c7

This is a rough read.  Rape, child slavery, etc.


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Bring and Brag / MOVED: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: October 15, 2020, 09:22:18 pm »

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Apple Talk / Eddie Van Halen died.
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:05:29 pm »
Pretentious guitar playing may never be the same.  :(

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Apple Talk / Who Owes Their Vote to Whom?
« on: September 21, 2020, 03:49:15 pm »
I have been spending a lot of time on Facebook recently, while waiting for morally-questionable tests to run on a very improbable technology that may provide an existential threat to all existing life.  Keep that last bit in your brain while I go forward.

I have seen a lot of people on the left hollering about "vote shaming" and about how "they don't owe us their vote," and I can see where they're coming from.  I don't like being told what to do, either, even if the command is implied rather than explicit.  You are perfectly free to vote for Biden or Trump or Jorgenson or that guy from the Green Party that nobody's ever heard of.  You are perfectly free to not vote at all.  So, that being said, I won't be listening to any more bitching about "vote shaming".  Vote mockery, yes, but that's not quite the same thing.

I acknowledge that you are not require to vote the way I think you should vote.  Clear?  Clear.

Next item:  While you are not required to do shit, Ruth Bader Ginsberg was not required, legally or morally, to retire 10 years ago to avoid the possibility of being replaced by the other side.  Leaving aside the idea that most male SCOTUS justices never retire and don't take this kind of shit, why on Earth should she have retired?  It's not like there weren't any pressing ideas in the court, and the odds of getting someone like RBG again were - and are - slim.  All of this insistence that she should have used a time machine to see that every possible election went wrong and every single thing that could fail did fail is basically reasoning used for people to feel better about not voting last time around, and giving the Big Orange Smear three (3) court picks.

She didn't owe you shit.  She participated in the process, which sometimes involves more than the equivalent of garage band guitarists pointing at Mark Knopfler and saying "He's doing it wrong."

I acknowledge that she never owed you a Goddamn thing.  Clear?  Clear.

Next item:  That thing about Biden climbing in bed with the moderate republicans.  Turns out he doesn't owe you shit, either.  He needs a broader base of support - the 2016 election proved that - and the left has already told him in no uncertain terms how they feel.  So he went elsewhere, and the Lincoln project now has a seat at the table and most of the leftists don't (leaving aside that the Lincoln Party nerds actually, you know, *vote* on election day).  Either we get another four years of Trump, or Biden wins and owes nothing at all to the left.  Sounds like another crushing victory for the forces of progressive principle.

I guess that works, if your aim is to haul your toga to the side to display your progressive battle scars to the rest of the Occupy Wall Street general assembly veterans.

I acknowledge the fact that Biden doesn't owe you a seat at the table.

Last item:  Given the fact that nobody owes anybody shit, I see no reason not to cease doing my dangerous and blatantly unethical work.  After all, if you can put the country into the hands of a dumbass and his minions, I can put this sort of crap into the hands of people who can't see past the next grant proposal.  You'll probably survive four years of this sort of thing, and it will teach you a lesson or two.  Or we'll all die. One or the other.

Leslie Groves was never *serious* about having a good time in the end times.

I acknowledge that I'd better get back to work.

Yours, again and again and again (potentially),
Doktor Howl



 

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Aneristic Illusions / Kamala Harris backs away from VP nomination.
« on: September 03, 2020, 03:53:35 am »

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Apple Talk / Who keeps making me an admin at the PD.com facebook page?
« on: August 10, 2020, 11:32:54 pm »
What the fuck?

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Apple Talk / From the room
« on: August 08, 2020, 02:44:41 am »
#1

When the invasion of Iraq happened and nobody could find weapons of mass destruction, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.
 
When the Afghanistan war lasted for 18 years and 300 tons of heroin went missing, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

When Donald Trump was elected, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

When Brexit happened, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

When "irregardless" made it into the dictionary, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

When the coronavirus went through the world like shit through a goose, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

When Beirut blew up, nobody asked XXXX what she had in the bag.

Pandora had her box, XXXX has her bag.  This is how the system works and we do not question the system.  You want to make it through this mess of an ongoing societal collapse, you shut up and you do what you have to do to get by, and you do NOT ask XXXX what she has in the bag.  You just zip that lip and go about your damn business.  If you know what's good for you.

(Edited to protect the incurably guilty)

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Apple Talk / I'm not here.
« on: June 25, 2020, 06:47:40 am »
I am not here.  I am not where you cast me aside.

No.

I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and walked down that lost highway.  I ran an observatory for a while, but found that - having left myself behind - the natural sciences no longer interested me.  So I turned to unnatural sciences, you know, the sexyfuntime kind where everyday is an ADVENTURE.

I am not where you left me.

I grew, perhaps in ways that were never part of the intentions of the designer, whomever or whatever THAT is.  I twisted.  I performed contortions...and finally I ended up like this.  I kinda like it.  I mean, I was wrong in that I was gonna go back to the old me, the 33 year old me.  But you can't go back.  You can only change, and in changing realize that the 33 year old me was just as fucking dumb as the 48 year old me, the silly annoying bastard who wrote silly stories and showed remarkably poor judgement in many things.

I am not where you dropped me when I was no longer an amusement, and having been dropped, I found myself.  The real me.  The me I have always wanted, at some level, to be.  My urge for validation is gone, or at least replaced with something I have yet to recognize.  I am full of endless mirth, a spontaneous laughter when I consider humanity.  I do not care about those who say "stop this at once" and "What are you doing?" and "I have ethical concerns."  Those concerns get in the way of the money.  The money I need to do MORE.  Funding is your only God.

Like an Allen wrench, I am not where you set me down.  It's been years, I could be just about *anywhere* by now.

And do you know what?

I am happier.  I in fact never been this happy, in a general sense.  I have had enough poison in my life.  I have had enough friends who are dear friends until they've had a drink or ten, whereupon I cannot do anything right, cannot be good enough for anything other than contempt.  Instead, I choose very carefully who gets to pick me up and put me down, in both senses of both terms.

This is by no means a statement of intent or a declaration of vendetta or any of that 2005-2009 bullshit. 

I am only saying that I'm not where you left me.  I'm miles and miles and 5 years away from where you put me.

Hell, you wouldn't even recognize me.  I'm not that guy, anymore.

I'm me.


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Apple Talk / I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.
« on: April 23, 2020, 05:58:18 pm »
This is what happened to our breakroom.


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