How does one rip a DVD on a Mac these days?

I haven't needed to do this in years, but now I find myself in possession of a couple of commercial, protected, region 1 NTSC DVDs. Handbrake 1.3.3 takes forever to read the indexes and then writes MP4 files with glitchy audio and no video at all. I've installed libdvdcss 1.4.2 into /opt/local/lib and /usr/local/lib, but I don't know whether Handbrake actually sees that. Since this is macOS 10.14.6, /usr/lib is unwritable.

What's the done thing?


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Screens burn holes through our brains and shrivel our genitals.

Two things we will make you; smooth between the legs, smooth between the ears. And what we take from you, will feed the kings of this earth.Painted masks are on all sides. Sad face, surprised face, crying-laughing face, smirking-demon face -- but the eyes are black beads, and lifeless.

Online discourse is obsessed with emotion and subjectivity, the tiny precise gradients of affect. Endless essays on anger (ours: valid, justified, full of moral urgency) (theirs: invalid, brutal, festering with hatred), shock, outrage, upset, trauma, and hurt. It's a very impressive show, but it's a distraction, a piece of performance art. The real function is to frantically cover up the fact that most of the time, most of us feel nothing at all. Screens burn holes through our brains and shrivel our genitals. You sit alone in a room. You look for things to upset you.

The person who types "lol" is never actually laughing; the person who types I'M SCREAMING is silently dabbing at a screen. In the same way, the person who is perpetually shocked and outraged and brimming with righteous fury is almost always lying to themselves. They're as affectless as the rest of us: play-acting, downloading synthetic emotions, and then passing them on.

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100 days of lonely SF bars

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we want your art on our walls.

During this interminable lockdown, we've been doing a lot of repairs and improvements inside the club. Maybe someday we'll be allowed to let you back inside and show it to you.

Anyway, we were thinking that now is a good time to have someone paint some murals to liven up some of our blank walls. We've got a number of good spots for it: the walls on the balcony, next to and across from coat check; the lounge wall behind the DJ booth; the wall under the stairs where the satellite bar used to be; the green room; the restrooms; the pizza hallway; and maybe others I haven't thought of. We don't have anything very specific in mind, but we do have a lot of blank space.

Do you paint big murals? Let's talk. This is a paying gig.

A few photos...

Here are the freshly painted Above DNA stairs, and the arcade nook, both with color-addressable lighting:

The copper cladding in the restaurant is shiny again, and the floor tiles are immaculate. We also repainted the front of the building on the Pizza side, and the entry alcove.

We were going to paint the boarded-up pizza window to look like a floppy disk, but then someone put this George Floyd stencil on it, so, that can stay.

The walls and floors in Dazzle and the Lounge are looking pretty fine:

Look at the paint job on this gogo box, just sitting here lonely, waiting for you to come in and fuck it up!



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Nazi Bronies

Because of course there are.

Many of the show's adult fans genuinely enjoy My Little Pony and the wholesome escapism it provides. Others, however, delight in the irony of their fandom. To them, it's edgy and provocative to be an adult obsessed with cartoon ponies. That's where the Nazis come in. [...]

In supposed deference to principles of free speech and openness on the internet, the presence of self-described Nazis within a fandom that idolizes compassion-oriented cartoon characters has become a coolly accepted fact. The community has sorted itself largely into two camps: those who think anything goes as long as someone finds it funny, and those who would rather ignore toxic elements than admit that not everything is perfect. [...]

Around the same time, a blog called My Nationalist Pony started attracting a readership. Its author, who was known only as Buttercup Dew, wrote at length about My Little Pony as a subculture -- "as implicitly white as NASCAR, country music, and the Republican Party" -- that could be used to spread white-nationalist ideas. The show became an alt-right in-joke, and stayed that way, spreading, for a time, to the little-known white-nationalist spaces on Tumblr as well. [...]

What's clearest from talking with those on either side of the argument is that the My Little Pony fandom has developed a totally nonsensical hodgepodge of values. Many fans who specifically support Black Lives Matter, for example, are also fans of Aryanne, a fan-invented Nazi pony with a pink swastika on her hip. They do not acknowledge a contradiction. "I love Aryanne," a 25-year-old My Little Pony fan named Sam told me. "It's just cute, funny, sexy art." Then he added, "Black Lives Matter art is great. I welcome it." [...]

This idea of what counts as political and what doesn't is another thing the fandom took from 4chan -- where racial slurs are just jokes but anti-racism makes you a "social justice warrior."

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Broken images on ye olde blogge

A few weeks ago I started using Cloudfront to CDN the images and MP4s on this blog, and it seemed to be working out ok, but now I'm occasionally seeing broken images where the CDN has seemingly cached a 503 result and won't let it go. E.g. I'm seeing a 503 on this image.

But you probably aren't, because when I wget that image, it comes through fine. So Cloudfront's cache key must include the particular browser headers or something. (Which is, in itself, stupid and wasteful and costing me unnecessary bandwidth, but that's a problem for another day.)

Surprisingly, if I add "?1" to the end of the URL it does not bust the cache. And when I manually add an "Invalidation" of that URL, it also does not re-fetch it.

I have my 503 Error Caching Minimum TTL set to 30 (along with all other error codes) and yet it seems to cache it forever.


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Gimmes, Ghosts and Dims. SF 2024!

But I'm to believe that Transbay Tube 2 will be done by 2024? Pffffffff, the Central Subway won't even be open by then.
However, they predict that our computers will be Apple Lisas running a DOS box under NeXTstep, so that checks out.

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The Line Is Pleased

Handy little infographic for anyone who's confused.

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No lack of documentation

greg_doucette has been compiling a thread of videos of police brutality, still growing, including such hits as:

5️⃣9️⃣6️⃣ Columbus, OH: police pepper spray a double amputee, then disconnect and take his prosthetic legs The man crawled on his hands to get medical help while a group of protestors rushed the cops to get his legs back.

(And, if you needed any more evidence that a Twitter thread is the worst of all possible ways to document or archive anything, here you go.)

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