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February 01, 2019

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Hal

Meanwhile, at Tate Modern.

Consequently, most boggie towns looked as though some very large and untidy creature, perhaps a dragon, had quite recently suffered a series of disappointing bowel movements in the vicinity.
---Bored Of the Rings
Hal

Optically deceptive spinning top of note.

Lego Batman 3D Zoetrope with diving Penguins

Fred the Fourth

Landing in Greenland...

Back in about 1970, my father had to circle over Bodo, Norway, for a couple hours until the slush on the runway froze hard enough to make a decent braking surface. Flying big planes in serious Arctic conditions was often an exercise in extreme advance planning, plus a lot of edgework.

Fred the Fourth

Bored of the Rings... Oh my god. I was lucky not to die laughing at age 14.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

When your towels are too orderly.

I was expecting this.

Fred the Fourth

at the Tate Modern...

Huh. At MIT, there's a little museum in one of the libraries which has a collection of sculptures of various mathematical, topological, and physics concepts. Infinitely more beautiful and intriguing than these. The ones at the Tate look like a 5 year old was trying to explain what she saw at the MIT library, to her kindergarten teacher.

Steve E

Landing in Greenland

It's like parking at the mall after three days of snow where I live.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

It’s all kicking off at Essex County Council.

I thought the third image was someone scratching its head because it didn't know which gender it is.

pst314

Bored of the Rings... Oh my god. I was lucky not to die laughing at age 14.

"Does thou like what thou dost see, said the voluptuous elf-maiden..."

"Goodgulf held in his right hand a trusty weapon, known to the elves as a Browning semiautomatic."

" 'This is a mighty queer river,' said Bromosel, as the water lapped at his thighs."

"Perhaps he would take up scrabble."

Fred the Fourth

"Oh,for some mint sauce."

Fred the Fourth

"Aiee! A Ballhog!"

and everyone's favorite...
"The knob!"

pst314

And if the topic is LotR parodies, don't forget The Very Secret Diaries:
http://www.ealasaid.com/misc/vsd/

Hal

And if the topic is LotR parodies, don't forget . . . .

Dobby likes me!

Dobby!?!?!! Dobby's a *&^%)*^) #()#&!!!

Hal

. . . Of course there is also the Tolkien or so commentary on the dangers of misplacing something while drunk . . .

Darleen

Chinese immigrant succumbs to American struggle session

In opposition, rant of note.

Hal

and everyone's favorite...

The Nine Black Riders are abroad again, and there are those who claim to have seen the Seven Santinis, the Six Danger Signs, and the entire Trapp family, including the dog. Even the walls have ears," he said, pointing to two huge lobes which were protruding from behind the mantelpiece.
Steve E

David, good of you to put an item from your private collection on display.

Victorian Hair Style

Ray

Big haired Victorians

I'm thinking most of those birds only reach four foot on tiptoe.

It's also becoming clearing to me why, in opera, people were so ready to accept a bird in bloke's clothing was a bloke.

TmT

Oh hi there! Oh, I see your outrage cup is empty. Let me top it up for you!

TimT

Oh. I see David was on to that story first.

His link is better, too.

*Waves Dr Claw fist* I'll get you next time!

Jen

8am scenes.

The natives are a bit restless. :-)

Pogonip

I thought that one picture (above) was a guy!

David

Morning, all. Bit nippy out.

The natives are a bit restless. :-)

I quite like how the charming young lady in the hoodie, first sighted attempting to broker peace, is seen seconds later hurling planks, brooms and other household objects over the garden fence. And they say gentrification is a terrible thing.

Oh, I see your outrage cup is empty. Let me top it up for you!

I can’t help noticing that most of those expressing their pre-emptive or second-hand outrage also have an urge to declare their favoured pronouns.

sH2

glittered dog scrotum.

Band name.

David

Band name.

[ Clarinet practice intensifies. ]

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll tickle the spam filter in a sensitive spot.

David

The ones at the Tate look like a 5 year old was trying to explain what she saw at the MIT library, to her kindergarten teacher.

It’s the wearying predictability of it all - the determined effort to avoid any discernible aesthetic properties, any hint of beauty or wonderment. The objects are banal; the materials are unremarkable; and the colours seem chosen to elicit a sense of meh. And this is by design. These are choices. It’s anti-aesthetic conformity.

Rafi

Defiant fluff.

Homing instinct.

Captain Nemo

Consumer grievances letter of note:

https://twitter.com/robdnoel/status/1091077019100762117

[+]

It’s all kicking off at Essex County Council.

So how *do* you draw a transgender person in a graphic for people with learning disabilities?

[+]

Stability issues. || Islam versus the menace of haram emoticons.

ISWYDT

David

So how *do* you draw a transgender person in a graphic for people with learning disabilities?

I suspect there’s no acceptable answer to that question.

TomJ

To lighten the mood, proper art.

David

To lighten the mood, proper art.

While laughing, I got to this:

A painting of the guy who hasn’t painted in years painting the guy who painted the girl who painted the guy who painted the girl who painted the other girl who painted the guy who painted the other guy’s mom.

They’re now doing flowcharts so you can follow the saga. I fear the very fabric of spacetime will be stretched beyond repair.

I hope his mom is happy.

TimT

Egrets. I've had a few...

TomJ
I hope his mom is happy.

She appears to be.

David

She appears to be.

I don’t often use the word delightful unironically, but it is.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Clever sketches.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Aftermarket wheels, you chose poorly.

Equal pay for unequal work. Next, slam poets must be paid the same as coal miners.

More equality.

Patriarchy smashed.

WTP

Ace posted a crappy 60 Minutes version of this story about how a couple from Michigan, and as it turns out later some MIT “nerds”, made millions on the rolldown feature of a certain kind of lottery game both in Michigan and in Massachusetts. Long but interesting.

https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/lotto-winners/

Tom

Working of the together women power

Nope, that doesn't seem right, let's try again...

Working together of women the power

Hmmm, that doesn't look like it either. Not sure what they're trying to get at here but it's on the tip of tongue... almost.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not sure what they're trying to get at here...

I thought it might be Engrish but they don't look the part.

Watcher In The Dark

I hate to take sides, but I think Mr and Ms Upstairs-Dog beat Mr Firkin Fed-Up in the televised Come Planking contest we saw. The pair definitely got a couple of good chucks in and the unexpected use of the broom (overlapping sweeper, in football terms) was a winner.

I look forward to next week's fixture when bricks may be used.

Watcher In The Dark

So how *do* you draw a transgender person in a graphic for people with learning disabilities?

A picture of Willy Wonka might do the trick.

David

For British readers of a certain age.

Via Metrolander.

Trevor

My hero. (Sweep, obvs. Not that little goody two-shoes Sooty, or the insufferable Soo.)

David

My hero.

I don’t think I liked it as a child, but my interest in faintly demented ensemble kazoo-blowing wasn’t fully developed.

Trevor

A late bloomer, eh? If you got there eventually, that's the main thing.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The trials and tribulations of a "Marxist-Leninist. Studying Anthropology through a decolonial lens".

I'm guessing getting a real job is out of the question, regardless, later that day, we encounter bioessentialst violence. Really, it happens when real women talk about their naughty bits.

David

Marxist-Leninist. Studying Anthropology through a decolonial lens

They string together words, regurgitating phrases, but it’s just an approximation of mental activity.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

They string together words, regurgitating phrases...

You have to admit, though, Bioessentialist Violence is a good name for a hair band.

I am still trying to figure out how an economy is heterosexual, though.

Ray

The power of women working together.

You see, it worked when they were facing the other way and then they turned round.

So, you know this spatial reasoning thing men are supposed to be good at? This is what happens when you don't have it.

David

Heh.

I denounce myself.

Karl

... their vaginas and periods ... reek[s] of bioessentialist violence and eugenics

Ouch. It was bad enough when they just smelled of fish.

Sam Duncan

“To lighten the mood, proper art.”

Sometimes, the Internet is still awesome.

“For British readers of a certain age.”

I remember gasping for breath laughing at that exact episode. I must have been about ten years older than the target audience at the time. And it still cracks me up. As someone further down the thread says, there's just something ineffably funny about Sweep.

Geezer

Chicago club scene, 1931.

Hypothesis: cis-hetero-normative (I hope I got the adjective right) guys enjoy looking at pretty girls; the less the girls wear, the more the guys enjoy it.

Geezer

Folding guitar of note.

Do the amplifier and speakers also fold in half?

ComputerLabRat

Today’s words are glittered dog scrotum.

No.

Just...no.

Good band name though.

Spiny Norman
Not sure what they're trying to get at here...
I thought it might be Engrish but...

All your base are belong to us.

Spiny Norman

As for the progressive ladies on the snowbank, I'd wager they checked the signs by looking at them facing themselves, and they looked right then...

Spiny Norman

Oh, dammit. I didn't scroll down far enough. Ray had already made that observation.

As you were.

Spiny Norman

8am scenes

[comment about the little dog in the upper window looking confused: "Why is father so amgry?]

This sort of low-budget lightsaber battles with fence planks are why I rather enjoy my little 2-bedroom house on a 1/2-acre parcel. My neighbors' domiciles are at least 60 feet away on either side, with a 7-foot high concrete block wall on the south, and a nice thick growth of Arizona Cypress, juniper shrubs and honeysuckle vines on the fence to the north, creating a lovely green wall, so I only interact with the neighbors when I chose to do so.

It's people like me who are "destroying the planet", though, according to the Democratic Party in California.

Clam

And they say gentrification is a terrible thing.

Looks like that street could use some.

David

Looks like that street could use some.

That, or a redirected lava flow.

PiperPaul

"Folding guitar of note."

And it folds symmetrically!

I thought it was the bass players who were dumb.

Steve E

Today’s words are glittered dog scrotum.

Which can only lead to glittered dog tongue. Oh c'mon you know you were thinking it.

Oh, and note-to-self, do not, under any circumstances, shake hands with someone who has glitter on their hands.

Captain Nemo

Heartwarming moment of note:

https://twitter.com/JKCorden/status/1091416088896831491

David

[ Slides box of man-size tissues along bar. ]

Spiny Norman

Heartwarming moment of note

The very definition of "true friends".

[Why'd I have to click on that while chopping onions... seriously, I was. Honest.]

DevonChap

It’s all kicking off at Essex County Council

What the perpetually outraged never do is say what would have been acceptable. What image DOES represent a trans person. If they then can't agree that would suggest they should be more accommodating.

Governor Squid

The very definition of "true friends".

I feel sorry for every Best Man who has to try to live up to this. Tough act to follow!

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"I feel sorry for every Best Man who has to try to live up to this."

The next time I'm a best man, I'll snip the brake lines on the groom's car. Or is that wrong?

Squires

I am still trying to figure out how an economy is heterosexual, though.

Versus one where goods are exchanged only for other goods, and services only for other services, and the regressive, procreative presence of capital is left right out.

cis-hetero-normative (I hope I got the adjective right) guys enjoy looking at pretty girls

Yes.

Captain Nemo

[Why'd I have to click on that while chopping onions... seriously, I was. Honest.]

I watched it after moving around some surprisingly dusty old books. [I thought David had cleaners?] Anyway, in case you all need something to cheer yourselves up after watching that, may I present a very good reason why you should never build a Dalek snowman:

https://twitter.com/oeufelia/status/1091317901565591553

Gina Gabelstapler

Equal pay for unequal work.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/apr/11/supermarket-staff-equal-pay-cases-asda

"We are very confident that the jobs are pretty much the same. In the warehouses they take stuff off the shelves, put it on a pallet and stick it on a lorry. In the supermarket, they do the reverse: take the pallets off the lorry, unstack them and put stuff on the shelves." off the lorry, unstack them and put stuff on the shelves."
Farnsworth M Muldoon

@Gina Gabelstapler

Now the part left out:

"In the supermarkets check-out staff and shelf-stackers are mostly women. The people in the warehouses are pretty much all men.

Moving cans over a scanner, or taking them out of a box and putting them on a shelf, is not exactly the same as driving a forkift to get crates and palletized boxes off a warehouse shelf, than manually lifting the contents of the crates and pallets onto other pallets, loading those onto trucks, and driving the trucks from the distribution center to the stores.

It is quite apparent that neither Michael Newman nor anyone at Leigh Day has a clue how goods are moved about, or has ever set foot in a warehouse.

Darleen

is not exactly the same as driving a forkift to get crates and palletized boxes off a warehouse shelf

It's even worse than that ...

Birmingham alone has so far paid around half of its £1.1bn bill for the back pay settlements to the women – including cleaners, cooks, care workers and school lunch supervisors – who were denied bonuses and attendance allowances given to male road cleaners and refuse collectors.
...cuz I guess the job of a person inside a warm, sheltered lunchroom monitoring kids is doing the exact same thing as a person walking behind a trash collection truck, in all manner of weather, picking up/dumping commercial trash cans.
Victory would mark a significant step in the battle for equal pay, said Newman. "There has been huge advancement in the public sector. But in the private sector it is still the 1970s. Job evaluations don't happen. Cases aren't brought. So you still get this very segregated workplace. Women are over here doing the women's work and men are over there doing men's work."
Are the ladies legally restricted from applying for and working in the warehouse? Noooo? So if women are choosing the easier path, what's the problem?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, back at the Gillette ad kerfluffle...

Fred the Fourth

Gillette:
So sorry. As I told the San Jose (silicon valley) newspaper (yes, real paper) some years ago:
"Sure, I'll consider resubscribing. If you give me six months free."
For some reason, we could not come to an agreement.

Liam

"Marxist-Leninist. Studying Anthropology through a decolonial lens".

They string together words, regurgitating phrases, but it’s just an approximation of mental activity.

Lol. This. They're scary cultists.

David

They’re scary cultists.

Well, the handful of self-styled “Marxist-Leninists” I’ve encountered had a kind of twitchy brittleness. Perhaps as a result of trying to defend so many false premises. They struggled with unfamiliar questions and tried to compensate with unearned annoyance and lots of rote proclamation. Not unlike this:

Big shiny words, regurgitated wholesale. It’s very cut-and-paste.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...disrupted the gender relations of many african and indigenous societies...

True, it is common knowledge that the Apaches invented homosexual marriage, fully one third of Australian aborigines were "transsexual", and the only reason furry culture didn't last in Africa is that they kept being eaten by lions.

Meanwhile, moar wymxn smashing patriarchy.

David

Meanwhile, moar wymxn smashing patriarchy.

Punctuation matters.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In today's exciting episode of "Victim Olympics"...

Fat people are oppressed in numerous ways: we are denied access to jobs, health care, comfortable seating, love, and positive representation in media.

Really, it is in plain black and white, "...Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness, and Comfortable Seating...". I Believe it is also in the Magna Carta.

We are also expected to change our bodies to fit into this culture that oppresses us. It exhausts me. It damages my ability to meaningfully give myself care.

Nonsense, the capitalist patriarchal skinnyocracy has produced many products to meaningfully give yourself care.

One way to fight fatphobia is not participating in diet culture. It’s a shocking concept, I know. Every day we can show up to the table, the trail,
[eslewhere we find...] “I experience pain in my feet, back and knees while hiking. Trekking poles give me a lot of support on a trail. With trekking poles, the foot pain I feel when hiking up in elevation is decreased & mostly eliminated, as well as the knee & back pain I feel when going down in elevation.

A+ for not participating in "diet culture", F- for being on "the trail", a gross of Krispy Kremes™ is not trail food, and, just spitballing here, there is probably an obvious cause for the pain for which you require crutches poles.

Take a wade waddle through the site. The supreme narcissistic idiocy of this is amazing even by SJW standards; you require "Leggings. Sizes up to 6X.", but are participating in an activity that could put you in even 1X leggings with a little calorie control, but still bitch because Delta won't install a bench seat just for you.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oh, FFS, now they are just being stupid.

Is Cold Weather Racist ?

Yes, you read that correctly. Racist. Cold weather is racist. Cold weather racially profiles, segregates, gentrifies, colonizes, appropriates and is responsible for (at least) 90 percent of the unseasoned meats brought to company potlucks this month. It also possesses a changing agent that somehow makes black people even blacker.

As has been said, cut and paste from The Grievance Journal,and from the comments, I don't think it was meant to be parody.

WTP

"Sure, I'll consider resubscribing. If you give me six months free."
For some reason, we could not come to an agreement.

I simply stopped paying my subscription to the Orlando Sentinel. It still kept coming. I called and tried to stop it. I got into awkward conversations about how I didn’t want something for “free”. I got it to stop for a month at a time. And then it would startt again. Eventually we moved. At my new house they still deliver a coupon and advert filled edition once a week that I cannot stop. My last suggestion to them is a new marketing slogan. “The Orlando Sentinel. We’re like Christmas. You can’t stop it from coming”.

Trevor

Oh, FFS, now they are just being stupid.

They have been being stupid for 40-50 years.

Ten

Give the left enough rope and

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/andrew-sullivan-the-nature-of-sex.html

...you can start with a handful of presumptions, frame first the conversation and then reality itself, and end up with federal legislation that diminishes any tradition you want, up to and including biological verity.

At this rate everything you know is the product of somebody else's opinion - a moral tyranny of the majority, underwritten by the academy with the pop media as its great intellectual delivery mechanism.

Life itself has become a postmodern random text generator.

PiperPaul

"Give the left enough rope and"

With any luck they'll induce auto-neurotic asphyxiation in themselves.

WTP

Life itself has become a postmodern random text generator.

The more of this nonsense that I see, the more I’m beginning to sympathize with schizophrenics.

Darleen

Life itself has become a postmodern random text generator.

It's nice to see Sully try to be relevant again after his career as a ob-gyn-by-remote. But he still hedges his bets in that article and only because "T" is threatening "G". He can't seem to say "but I'm all for supporting trans people!" enough.

He's just as afraid of the Transcultists as the lesbians on the panel. He needs to man-up and tell "T" to STFU and go away.

Darleen

Meanwhile, at Tate Modern.

Last weekend, the husband and I indulged ourselves with a day devoted to wandering the Norton Simon Museum of Art

Like most of the visitors, we lingered in the wings devoted to art from Renaissance to the 19th century. What I noticed is that no one (including us) spent as much time in the 20th century wing. Canvases of squares or splashes just can't compare with the mastery of this or this.

Spiny Norman

Darleen,

I'm sure you are aware that preferring pre-20th century western art (and architecture) to "modern" art and architecture makes you... wait for it.... a RAYCISS!

(Apparently, the "alt-right" has glommed on to the "classical western" art and architecture scene, making the whole lot "tainted" and unacceptable to the Wokelings.)

Baceseras

Between TomJ's proper art and Farnsworth Muldoon's clever sketches, this has been the happiest time I've ever spent on the blog. David, I'm sending you all my money now, and all I'll ever get in the future. Don't worry, I can live on what I forage.

Oh, and if no one has explained already, those ladies with the signs are lined up to be read by oncoming traffic. But they shouldn't cluster up -- spread out, and have a fourth sign saying "Burma Shave."

Ten

Apparently, the "alt-right" has glommed on to the "classical western" art and architecture scene...

It could be they recognize that politics is downstream from culture, and culture downstream from a people's ethics back at home.

One fairly credits them with avoiding rightist pastimes like yowling at vegans, debating some liberal's genitals, expecting "democracy" in the mideast for a gazillion neocon dollars, and panicking about (how a century of its own wanton excesses led to) pilfered federal benefits funds.

David

David, I’m sending you all my money now, and all I’ll ever get in the future. Don’t worry, I can live on what I forage.

Don’t forget to leave the car keys.

Darleen

Someone needs to send this to Sully.

Baceseras

Gave the car, title and keys to H. Albertus Boli, Ll. D., some years ago, and not seen them or him since.

Darleen

Apparently, the "alt-right"

Which, according to the Maolings, is anyone who dares to disagree with them.

Chester Draws

Like most of the visitors, we lingered in the wings devoted to art from Renaissance to the 19th century. What I noticed is that no one (including us) spent as much time in the 20th century wing.

I now refuse to even go past the 1930's. I just stop at that point in the museum and leave. There's so little I like past that date -- although not quite zero -- that I made an executive decision to not bother.

I won't enter modern art galleries unless my wife first shows me that there is something there I will like. I go have an ice-cream or something useful.

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