Mark your calendars

Upcoming events of note:

Thu, Oct 02:   K Flay @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri, Oct 03:   Lorde @ Greek Theatre
Fri, Oct 03:   Brazilian Girls @ Yoshi's
Wed, Oct 08:   Ringo Deathstarr @ DNA Lounge
Wed, Oct 08:   Zola Jesus @ Bimbo's
Sun, Oct 12:   Fujiya & Miyagi @ Independent
Thu, Oct 16:   Kate Boy @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri, Oct 17:   Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ Bimbo's
Mon, Oct 20:   Kimbra @ Independent
Tue, Oct 21:   Chuck Palahniuk @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Oct 25:   Charli XCX, Elliephant, Femme @ Slim's
Fri, Oct 31:   All Hallow's Eve @ DNA Lounge
Tue, Nov 04:   Electric Youth @ Great American Music Hall
Fri, Nov 14:   Tegan and Sara @ Fox
Wed, Nov 26:   Dark Sparkle @ DNA Lounge

What have you got?

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Exterminate all rational QuickType

It just occurred to me that the new predictive text thingy in iOS is running a Markov chain on what I've typed before.

Those mad bastards went and built DadaDodo into my keyboard!

The future is a weird place.

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Current Music: EMA -- Satellites ♬


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recent movies

"Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you."
Occulus: As "haunted mirror" movies go, this was pretty solid. In any given scene, it's hard to know whether what you are seeing is real-time, a flashback, a memory, or a hallucination. It's an interesting structure. It was much better than Mirror, Mirror (which I also re-watched. Wow, it's worse than I remembered.)

Under the Skin: It's not bad, but kind of slow. Scarlett Johansson drives around and eats people. It's basically Liquid Sky, but less psychedelic, and no faster paced.

Ghostbusters: I hadn't seen this in years, and I'm happy to report that it really holds up well. Some of the effects are terrible, but the jokes and plot are quality.

Ghostbusters II: This isn't terrible, but it's not that funny and there is far too much baby in it. The whole movie is basically nothing but people coo-ing at a baby. The baby doesn't even do anything, ever. It's just a prize token. More slime, less baby is what I'm saying.

Star Wars: Turn to the Dark Side, Episode 3.1: This is the 7+ hours of Star Wars episodes 1-3 edited down to a single 2:47 movie. It is a much better movie. I wouldn't say it's a very good movie, but there's only so far you can polish that turd. Still, given the raw material they had to work with, this came out better than I expected. This movie is about a monk with serious anger issues making terrible decisions, instead of being about tariffs and union negotiations or whatever the fuck Lucas's movies were about.

The torrent I found of it wasn't the greatest encoding, so it felt like a much older and lower budget B movie than it is, which made some of the stilted, terrible acting easier to tolerate.

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Dear Lazyweb, how do I turn off automator sandboxing?

For months now I've had an Automator action that was working fine: it does some stuff, then at the end does "run script XYZ with parameters ARGS". And now, magically, today, that last part has stopped working, even after I rebooted. I have no idea what changed. System log:

iTunes[269]: AppleEvents/sandbox: Returning errAEPrivilegeError/-10004 and denying dispatch of event syso/exec from process 'Automator Runner'/0x0-0x51051, pid=608, because it is not entitled to send an AppleEvent to this process.[554]: WorkflowServiceRunner received error running Workflow Service at /Users/jwz/Library/Services/Add to iTunes.workflow: The action "Run AppleScript" encountered an error.

I already have Automator, Automator Runner and AppleScript Editor enabled in System Preferences / Security and Privacy / Privacy / Accessibility.

I swear, the logo for Automator should be a little hammer hitting you in the face.

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Rat Traders

"Ms. Kleinworth is about to press the button to go short in the Treasury Bond market."

The following text and pictures illustrate an experiment I carried out that involved training laboratory standard rats in trading in the Foreign Exchange and Commodity Futures markets, with the result that I managed to outperform some of the world's leading Human Fund managers. [...]

Each time after listening to a sound, the rat had to choose between pressing either a green or a red button, green for "long" (if the prices were expected to move up), red for "short" (if they predicted a decline in prices). When they were right they received a small amount of food (the good rats became fat very fast); when they took the wrong button, they received a minor electric shock. Very soon it showed that some rats were doing outstandingly well: they developed a good ability to remember the patterns they were listening to; we needed them to react to real time data though. [...]

After extensive training, we wanted to find out if the talent in trading might be rooted genetically and crossed the top traders with each other. After only 20 days, we had 28 new rats (15 males and 13 females), and we soon started to train again (even reducing the training time). The results were astounding: the second generation of top traders had a much better performance than their parents.

Previously, previously.

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"Thaaaaanks. #thankapoliceofficerday"


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The Animated Tales of GWAR

How did I miss this the first time around?

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Plate 82.



You should probably read The Things again. Also, "Was Childs infected?"

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jwz mixtape 144

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 144.

This month, 4 videos I wanted to post were not available on Youtube, and 1 had had all traces of it tossed down the Memory Hole before I could post it. What is wrong with these people?

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Current Music: as noted