20 minutes of extremely soothing artisanal Nixie tube production.

World's Largest Nixie Edition.

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jwz mixtape 220

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 220.

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Current Music: as noted

Star Trek Tarot

This is an extremely specific kink.

The Tarot has 78 cards. Star Trek aired 78 original episodes in its initial run.

The culmination of years of research and collaboration, Star Trek Tarot carefully matches the 78 ancient Tarot cards one-to-one with the 78 classic Star Trek episodes that aired during the show's initial run, and represents the originally-unaired Star Trek pilot episode on two bonus cards.

Tarot experts have helped to hone the deck's entire design, to honor each card's centuries of layered meanings and its many traditional and modern associations. Professional artists have created original Star Trek imagery and graphics for each card in a style that is a respectful representation of every original episode's chosen scene and appropriate for a Tarot deck.

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Glitch techniques


I found that JPEGs (left) and PSDs (right) corrupted in wonderfully different ways, and that rendering methods mattered (for example, damaged Photoshop files render much more interestingly in OSX's Preview than in Photoshop itself, which won't even open overly-damaged files). [...]

I would try inserting various chunks of junk text into different parts of an image's code, seeing where and how it would break the image. I tried a lot of text sources, like paragraphs from Star Trek slash fiction, but found text from random Wikipedia articles most useful.

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Transgender Satanist anarchist wins Republican nomination for county sheriff in New Hampshire

Campaign slogan: "Fuck the Police".

You could have easily looked at a sample ballot prior to the election, and you could have simply looked up the candidates in a search engine. By doing so, you, like the good citizen in Rindge, would probably have been appalled, and probably wouldn't have voted for me. I wouldn't have begrudged you for that. I was, after all, rather upfront about it. [...]

More than 4,000 people went into the voting booth on September 8 this week, and they all filled in the circle by my name despite knowing absolutely nothing about the person they were nominating to the most powerful law enforcement position in the county. That's a level of recklessness of which any decent human being should be ashamed.

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Facebook admits their algorithm is optimized for Fascism

Right-wing populism is always more engaging:

"Right-wing populism is always more engaging", a Facebook executive said in a recent interview with POLITICO reporters, when pressed why the pages of conservatives drive such high interactions. The person said the content speaks to "an incredibly strong, primitive emotion" by touching on such topics as "nation, protection, the other, anger, fear."

"That was there in the [19]30's. That's not invented by social media -- you just see those reflexes mirrored in social media, they're not created by social media," the executive added. "It's why tabloids do better than the [Financial Times], and it's also a human thing. People respond to engaging emotion much more than they do to, you know, dry coverage. ...This wasn't invented 15 years ago when Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook." [...]

"It's absurd for Facebook to say this is just something that's playing out in a neutral way. Facebook is not a mirror -- the newsfeed algorithm is an accelerant."


Absolutely cannot stop thinking about this quote. They're saying the forces that drove the world into war and killed millions of people simply happen to perform better on the website, and they say that's a reason they don't have to change anything.

And remember, kids!

If you work for Facebook, you are a white supremacist.

If you have a "friend" who works at Facebook, cut them out of your life, like you would your racist cousin.

You can do it. I believe in you.

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Red Dawn

Just thinking back to a few days after inauguration in 2017 when my local cafe was playing Red Dawn. And here we are living through another remake of it, except the Soviets and the Wolverines are the same people.

I fell down a Wikihole:

Red Dawn 1984:

The New York Times reviewer said, "To any sniveling lily-livers who suppose that John Milius has already reached the pinnacle of movie-making machismo, a warning: Mr. Milius's Red Dawn is more rip-roaring than anything he has done before. Here is Mr. Milius at his most alarming, delivering a rootin'-tootin' scenario for World War III." [...]

National Review Online has named the film No. 15 in its list of the "Best Conservative Movies." Adam Arseneau at the website DVD Verdict opined that the film "often feels like a Republican wet dream manifested into a surrealistic Orwellian nightmare."

Red Dawn 2012, which I forgot was a thing that happened:

MGM changed the villains from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China's lucrative box office. The changes reportedly cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop (dropping the original storyline of Chinese "repossession" after the US defaults on loans for a North Korean invasion), re-editing two scenes, and using digital technology to change Chinese symbols and dialogue to Korean.

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A New American Manifesto


So I translated the Declaration of Independence into plain English. Ironically, Most people don't recognize it. But many feel it "speaks to them".

A number of people have remarked that it's really staggering to see all of Trump's bad acts itemized and listed together. What's amazing is that I just copied all the original charges against the King. Barely had to adjust anything.

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This is a pretty dire assessment of Mozilla

Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400%

Mozilla recently announced that they would be dismissing 250 people. That's a quarter of their workforce so there are some deep cuts to their work too. The victims include: the MDN docs (those are the web standards docs everyone likes better than w3schools), the Rust compiler and even some cuts to Firefox development. Like most people I want to see Mozilla do well but those three projects comprise pretty much what I think of as the whole point of Mozilla, so this news is a a big let down. [...]

One of the most popular and most intuitive ways to evaluate an NGO is to judge how much of their spending is on their programme of works (or "mission") and how much is on other things, like administration and fundraising. [...] Mozilla looks bad when considered in this light. Fully 30% of all expenditure goes on administration. Charity Navigator, an organisation that measures NGO effectiveness, would give them zero out of ten on the relevant metric. [...]

Mozilla now thinks of itself less as a custodian of the old Netscape suite and more as a 'privacy NGO'. One slogan inside Mozilla is: "Beyond the Browser".

Regardless of how they view themselves, most of their income comes from helping to direct traffic to Google by making that search engine the default in Firefox. Google make money off that traffic via a big targeted advertising system that tracks people across the web and largely without their consent. Indeed, one of the reasons this income is falling is because as Firefox's usage falls less traffic is being directed Google's way and so Google will pay less.

There is, as yet, no outbreak of agreement among the moral philosophers as to a universal code of ethics. However I think most people would recognise hypocrisy in Mozilla's relationship with Google. Beyond the ethical problems, the relationship certainly seems to create conflicts of interest. Anyone would think that a privacy NGO would build anti-tracking countermeasures into their browser right from the start. In fact, this was only added relatively recently (in 2019), after both Apple (in 2017) and Brave (since release) paved the way. It certainly seems like Mozilla's status as a Google vassal has played a role in the absence of anti-tracking features in Firefox for so long.

Honestly, I've given very little thought to Mozilla since I left, but two thoughts I have often had are:

  1. Firefox is kind of crappy, actually;
  2. They have an entire building full of people. What do all of those people do???

And I've asked! Before lockdown, I used to regularly have lunch with a friend who is a current and long-time Mozilla employee, and I've asked "what do all of those people do?" and I have never gotten an answer that I either understood or was able to retain.

(I have the same question about multi-building companies like Pinterest too -- how does it take more than 300 people to run that entire fatuous business? But I digress. And also don't really care.)

Back to Mozilla -- in my humble but correct opinion, Mozilla should be doing two things and two things only:

  1. Building THE reference implementation web browser, and
  2. Being a jugular-snapping attack dog on standards committees.
  3. There is no 3.

And they just completely threw in the towel on standards when they grabbed their ankles and allowed W3C to add DRM. At this point, I assume Mozilla's voice on the standards committees has all the world-trembling gravitas of "EFF writes amicus brief."

By the way, one dynamic that the cited article missed is that a huge part of the reason for Google's "investment" in Mozilla was not just to drive search traffic -- it was antitrust insurance. Mozilla continuing to exist made Chrome not be the only remaining web browser, and that kept certain wolves at bay.

Google has decided that they don't need to buy antitrust insurance any more. Wonder why.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein it's "Best Of" time again

How is it almost October already? Well, this means that it's time for The Guardian's Best of the Bay again, so vote for us, ok? It's kind of a weird poll to have at all this year... They say:

We wrestled with the idea of continuing Best of the Bay this year, with so many of our favorite spots struggling, shutdown, or permanently closed. In the end, we decided that it's essential to bring the community together to celebrate its resilience, pay respects to legends, and energize ourselves for the fight to continue. Please vote in the below categories for who or what you think deserves to win, even if that business is closed.

I suggested that the poll should only be open to businesses that closed this year, but I guess that's too dark.

Anyway, categories for your consideration:

  • Best Streaming Show: DNA Lounge Live Webcast
  • Best Takeout: DNA Pizza
  • Best Pizza: DNA Pizza
  • Best Overall Bar: DNA Lounge
  • Best Dance Company: Hubba Hubba Revue
  • Best Theatre Company: Hubba Hubba Revue
  • Best Performance Space: DNA Lounge
  • Best Live Music Venue: DNA Lounge
  • Best Nightclub: DNA Lounge
  • Best Dance Party: Bootie SF, Turbo Drive, Cyberdelia, So Stoked, Wasted, Sequence, Death Guild...
  • Best Burlesque: Hubba Hubba Revue

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