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Here are three reasons why you should buy my wife Sarah’s new...

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:42 -0400


Here are three reasons why you should buy my wife Sarah’s new book.

1. Entertainment Weekly once called her “gracefully furious”.
2. The New Yorker says she “has reignited the genre with a bolder edge”.
3. The Stig once read a Russian translation of one of her books on Top Gear.

Pre-order @ Amazon (In bookstores on 6/27)

"Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it..."

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:11 -0400

“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course. Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams. And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past. We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible. At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it. That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse. But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system. The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation. I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid a[...]

"The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart. I..."

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:33:07 -0400

“The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart. I believe what he says.”

- David Letterman

imageoscillite:Trailer for the upcoming INDUSTRIΛL ΛCCIDENT: The...

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:29:04 -0400

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Trailer for the upcoming INDUSTRIΛL ΛCCIDENT: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

I am so pleased about this. 

imageoscillite:Rave culture is on the rise in Britain. Forced...

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:03:51 -0400

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Rave culture is on the rise in Britain. Forced underground, it looks more like the early days of the U.S. scene.

This is fascinating to watch, as I just finished reading The Underground Is Massive.

hipstaa-pleazz: I’m fuckin deceased

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:48:57 -0400




I’m fuckin deceased

ballerinaproject: Juliet - Marshall’s Beach, San...

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:30:09 -0500



Juliet - Marshall’s Beach, San Francisco

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For information on purchasing Ballerina Project limited edition prints.


Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:30:23 -0500



In the March issue of Materials World, we cover nanotube-covered titanium that could be used as blood-repellent medical implants. These can be used as clot-resistant surgical implants, described by Dr Arun Kota as ‘the Holy Grail of the medical device industry.’

I’m reminded of a previous demonstration of tuneable superomniphobic surfaces from Kota back in 2014. Again working with titanium, the coating is able to trap certain low surface tension liquids on a variable scale. Also, it looks kinda cool.

A cognitive bias cheat sheet

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:34:21 -0500


Cognitive biases are systematic ways in which people deviate from rationality in making judgements. Wikipedia maintains a list such biases and one example is survivorship bias, the tendency to focus on those things or people which succeed in an endeavor and discount the experiences of those which did not.

A commonly held opinion in many populations is that machinery, equipment, and goods manufactured in previous generations often is better built and lasts longer than similar contemporary items. (This perception is reflected in the common expression “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”) Again, because of the selective pressures of time and use, it is inevitable that only those items which were built to last will have survived into the present day. Therefore, most of the old machinery still seen functioning well in the present day must necessarily have been built to a standard of quality necessary to survive. All of the machinery, equipment, and goods that have failed over the intervening years are no longer visible to the general population as they have been junked, scrapped, recycled, or otherwise disposed of.

Buster Benson recently went through the list of biases and tried to simplify them into some sort of structure. What he came up with is a list of four conundrums – “4 qualities of the universe that limit our own intelligence and the intelligence of every other person, collective, organism, machine, alien, or imaginable god” – that lead to all biases. They are:

1. There’s too much information.
2. There’s not enough meaning.
3. There’s not enough time and resources.
4. There’s not enough memory.

The 2nd conundrum is that the process of turning raw information into something meaningful requires connecting the dots between the limited information that’s made it to you and the catalog of mental models, beliefs, symbols, and associations that you’ve stored from previous experiences. Connecting dots is an imprecise and subjective process, resulting in a story that’s a blend of new and old information. Your new stories are being built out of the bricks of your old stories, and so will always have a hint of past qualities and textures that may not have actually been there.

For each conundrum in Benson’s scheme, there are categories of bias, 20 in all. For example, the categories that related to the “not enough meaning” conundrum are:

1. We find stories and patterns even in sparse data.
2. We fill in characteristics from stereotypes, generalities, and prior histories whenever there are new specific instances or gaps in information.
3. We imagine things and people we’re familiar with or fond of as better than things and people we aren’t familiar with or fond of.
4. We simplify probabilities and numbers to make them easier to think about.
5. We project our current mindset and assumptions onto the past and future.

Benson’s whole piece is worth a read, but if you spend too much time with it, you might become unable to function because you’ll start to see cognitive biases everywhere.

newshour: Today’s Photo of the Day:  A boy, who just fled a...

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:08:43 -0500



Today’s Photo of the Day: 

A boy, who just fled a village controlled by Islamic State fighters, cries on Feb. 22, 2017 as he sits with his family inside a bus before heading to a camp at Hammam Ali south of Mosul, Iraq.

Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:14:39 -0500











hydeordie:This is like one of those Dutch village paintings...

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:13:19 -0500



This is like one of those Dutch village paintings where dogs are fighting over a skull and someone is pooping off a roof - Carolina Miranda for the win! 

Guys! Watch the Great Wall for:

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:54:26 -0500





  • Explicit subversion of the white saviour trope everyone was afraid of (tricks you into thinking they won’t at first, keep watching)
  • Really gorgeous visuals courtesy of Zhang Yimou
  • Female soldiers (!!!) at the forefront of battle and being the face of the army
  • “(Soldier, in Mandarin) [snickers] Can they even pull him up? Men are too heavy.” “(Matt Damon) what did she say” “(General Lin) [bland smile] She said, ‘men have so much to teach us’.” “(Matt Damon) …i don’t think that’s what she said”
  • A Good and Pure Young Soldier on the Wall who is Trying His Best
  • Matt Damon awkwardly trying to mimic the bows to be polite, failing miserably every single time
  • Interesting contrast and development of Matt Damon and General Lin as two similar, but different types of warriors-from-childhood (mercenary and soldier)
  • Surprisingly funny banter
  • Everybody speaking the languages they should be speaking at appropriate moments
  • Dumb action-movie blockbuster fun (seriously don’t go in there expecting a narrative masterpiece but enjoy the ride)
  • Actual Hero is not Matt Damon, but General Lin, this lady, and I would frankly die for her:

Like seriously, I’m so glad that I decided to give it a chance after seeing Zhang was directing it. It’s not a perfect movie but it’s huge fun, and probably the first time I’ve seen the white saviour trope just subverted completely. If nothing else, watch it for General Lin, played by Jian Tian…who’s also going to be in Pacific Rim: Uprising. 


I was going to go see this today but then my car died.
Maybe I can catch it on the cheapskate Tuesday.


Seriously if y'all know anything about Zhang Yimou you knew Lin was going to be the lead because man loves him some badass female leads.

text-mode:Taiwaneese ANSI in original, in HTML, and...

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:34:46 -0500





Taiwaneese ANSI in original, in HTML, and googletranslated into English. The original is Metal Upa by emptie@ptt.

A freezing cold #NotOneInch protest in front of Chuck Schumer’s...

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:12:07 -0500







A freezing cold #NotOneInch protest in front of Chuck Schumer’s home. 

imageoscillite: The Infamous West Wing Butterball Call An Image...

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:05:57 -0500

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The Infamous West Wing Butterball Call

An Image Oscillite holiday tradition since 2010.

View, enjoy, then visit

Louisiana U.S. Senate Results: John Kennedy and Foster Campbell Headed to Runoff

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:44:19 -0500

Louisiana U.S. Senate Results: John Kennedy and Foster Campbell Headed to Runoff:


If you live in Louisiana, if you know anyone who lives in Louisiana, for God’s sake encourage them to vote blue in this run-off!  It won’t give us control of the Senate now, but it will make it one seat easier to do in two years!

Election day is 12/10. 

imageoscillite: Louisiana’s election season isn’t over...

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:54:12 -0500

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Louisiana’s election season isn’t over yet. 

Give Foster Campbell a Senate seat and help keep Donald Trump in check. 

Please vote, donate, volunteer, and share. 

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This is huge. I gave $100. I need to do more.

imageoscillite: imageoscillite: Today Show Interview with...

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:03:24 -0500

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Today Show Interview with Hillary Clinton (April 1992) 👍


Essential viewing for both Hillary fans and reluctant supporters.