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Understand Yourselves Better

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:51:44 +0000

White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves Ijeoma Oluo: Why do I know white culture so well? Because I’m a black woman. And while I, and just about any person of color who has spent their lives in a white supremacist society, know enough about white … Continue reading Understand Yourselves Better

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:30:17 +0000

We’re ragging on allies for making us spend money on the military: Trump said Germany has accumulated an immense lack of investment over many years, according to one of our sources, telling Merkel the U.S. feels taken advantage of for spending so much on defense But we’re increasing military spending: Trump has sent guidelines to … Continue reading

In praise of Rachel Dolezal

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:57:05 +0000

Rachel Dolezal did a service. Racial identity is a social construct. Black and White are identity, not genetics. There are many instances of families slipping into Whiteness over the generations. Why not the other direction? What Dolezal did shocks us because we can’t believe she would prefer Black over White. She deceived with regard to … Continue reading In praise of Rachel Dolezal

MP3s on

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:58:39 +0000

When I disconnected the blog for my historical public domain music, I stranded the music I had posted, which is actually all still available. Here are links to every MP3 on Song For Gurdonark/Italian Song for gurdonark.mp3 Song For Gurdonark/LucasGonze-ItalianSong1.mp3 Song For Gurdonark/LucasGonze-ItalianSong2.mp3 Polka on parlor.mp3 … Continue reading MP3s on

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Ape vs Human Cognition

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:54:27 +0000

Other primates are clever and emotionally present like humans. So how do are we different? From There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos | Aeon Ideas: We did a study with pairs of orangutans in which we tested their ability to communicate and cooperate to get rewards. We hid a banana … Continue reading Ape vs Human Cognition

Feed readers

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:55:31 +0000

As a reader, I need an RSS reader that caters to personal-scale blogging. There isn’t one now. Professional blogs generate a torrential flow compared to personal blogs. In a river of posts where all sources are competing for attention, the professional posts flood out the personal ones. Your reader needs a rate limiter for overposters. … Continue reading Feed readers

Nonlinear warfare (YouTube)

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:56:56 +0000

I’m not totally clear on the source of this, which is credited on YouTube as **New Adam Curtis Film** ripped from Charlie Brooker’s 2014 wipe documents Putin’s adviser Vladislav Surkov Nonlinear warfare – A new system of political control.

Internaut day

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:08:49 +0000

Paul Morriss: 25 years ago I got onto the web 25 years ago I heard about this program from a USENET newsgroup called Mosaic. I downloaded and installed it. As they say: Mind. Blown. All the pages had a grey background. The images would download one by one, and you could see each line of … Continue reading Internaut day

“Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech”

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:20:55 +0000

Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech (From New Scientist, via This Week In Sound The team discovered that male and female baboons each produce four vowel-like sounds. Females produce one that males don’t, and vice versa, so in total there are five distinct vowels. They correspond to the second syllable in “roses”, … Continue reading “Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech”

The mission of this blog is

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:48 +0000

This blog is an open journal. I don’t know why I like having a public notebook that nobody reads, just that I do like it. It serves enough of a purpose that I keep doing it. I am not seeking readers here. My guess at the readership is five people, all of whom know me … Continue reading The mission of this blog is