Samatha Morlock, Christian, Patriot.


Blood for the blood god! Kernels for the kernel god! He who walks behind the rows and columns!

(I would like to think that this is a parody account but it does not seem to be.)

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DNA Lounge: Wherein proof of vaccination is now a legal requirement

Today Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco will be requiring both proof of full vaccination and masks in bars, restaurants, and basically all indoor settings.

This is great news. We've been doing this already, but having legal backing behind it makes our jobs easier and the arguments shorter.

I guess this just how things work now, huh? We on the front lines have to decide what to do to keep ourselves safe, and then some time later the Mayor pops up and says, "Where are my people going that I may lead them?"

Some good news from the Mayor's new mandate: it does not allow a loophole like showing a negative test result from half a week ago. With the short incubation period of the Delta variant, accepting negative tests was a dangerously irresponsible thing to do. People can be asymptomatic but infectious for several days before a test will return positive.

Some bad news: the new mandate says that a photo of your CDC card is good enough. This policy is foolish, as such photos are trivial to fake. Consequently, DNA Lounge will still be requiring your original CDC vaccination card (not a copy), or the CA DPH vaccination QR code from

In wider news, multinational superpredator AEG has announced that they will also be requiring proof of vaccination at all of their shows. Which is good, as far as it goes. But sadly, they are still allowing "medical and religious exemptions", so that pretty much brings the whole thing back down to "honor system", and we've seen how well that has been working. The virus doesn't care about your allergy or religious derangement, infectious is still infectious.

(AEG, you may recall, is the the $11 billion corporation owned by a fundamentalist, homophobic, climate change denier that owns Coachella and Bottle Rock, and through their Golden Voice subsidiary runs The Warfield, Regency, Social Hall, Great American, etc.)

Multinational superpredator Live Nation ($13 billion owner of TicketMaster, Masonic, Fillmore, etc.) is leaving the decision up to the headlining artists, which is to say, they are doing nothing at all.

And rounding out the corporate triad, Another Planet (Outside Lands, Bill Graham, Greek, Fox, Independent) are requiring vaccination but still allow a negative test (prior to the mandate, at least.)

Anyway, how's things? Things are not great.

Our attendance over the last two weeks was way down. We were feeling a brief glimmer of optimism in June and July, but that has been duly squashed. This slump isn't solely because we began turning away the unvaccinated: presales were dramatically down too. It is simply that a lot fewer people have been going out. Whether that's because they're afraid, or unvaccinated, is hard to tell.

We and our promoters have also been having the fun time of discovering that a number of DJs and bands, even ones currently engaged in national tours, are unvaccinated, and so we've had to replace them on the bill. I mean, I guess it's good information to have about them -- "you are a dangerous idiot" -- when the time comes to consider booking them again in the future.

Anyway, we do have some good stuff coming up this weekend, and I hope we'll see your (vaccinated, masked) faces at some of these shows.

Tomorrow is our first Mortified in 18 months! Get your seated tickets... and if you're worried about it being crowded, uh, it's looking like you needn't worry about that.

Also, Saturday's Hubba Hubba Revue is having a "Best Mask Contest". We use all parts of the buffalo.

And I'm really looking forward to Glüme, Orion and Desire this Sunday, and so should you.

Sequence: Boogie T, Tonight
Mortified: Friday
Lick, Friday
Hubba Hubba Summer Camp, Saturday

Bootie, Saturday
Secret Psychedelica, Saturday
Glüme, Sunday
Grimefest, Thursday
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This is an incredible resource.

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Zero Cool Day

Yo, check it. DNA. September 17. Cyberdelia.

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Iron Balls McGinty has entered the chat

Zoom to pay $85M for lying about encryption and sending data to Facebook and Google:

The proposed settlement would generally give Zoom users $15 or $25 each and was filed Saturday at US District Court for the Northern District of California. [...]

The class lawyers would get attorneys' fees of up to 25 percent of the $85 million and up to $200,000 for reimbursement of expenses. [...]

With the pandemic boosting its videoconferencing business, Zoom more than quadrupled its annual revenue from $622.7 million to $2.7 billion in the 12 months ending January 31, 2021. Zoom also reported $672 million in net income for the 12-month period, up from $25.3 million the previous year. Zoom is on pace for even better results this year, having reported Q1 (February-April) revenue of $956.2 million and net income of $227.5 million.

So the entire payout for this settlement is 4% of the amount by which their revenue increased in 2020.

A fine is a price.

Zoom users relied on the company's promises that "Zoom does not sell users' data" and that "Zoom takes privacy seriously and adequately protects users' personal information," the lawsuit said. [...]

The settlement "requires Zoom to not reintegrate the Facebook SDK for iOS into Zoom meetings for a year" and to ask Facebook to "delete any US user data obtained from the SDK."

"Ask". Uh huh.

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More payphone shenanigans

Your periodic reminder that the only planet where 100% of Linux systems have working sound is Mars.

A few weeks ago I griped about GPIO noise in the payphone and someone pointed out that it was most likely caused by me believing that I had a pull-down resistor when I did not. I was using pin 12, you see, and that is one of the Raspberry Pi's pins that arbitrarily does not contain a built-in pull-down resistor. Because every god damned GPIO pin is a god damned special snowflake with its own arbitrary god damned set of magical behaviors. And good luck finding any of this in the documentation. Oh yeah, also the API call that turns on the resistor does not return an error status when said resistor does not exist. How very.

Anyway, having humped that heavy-ass payphone home on my back to work on it, I faced the traditional dilemma: do I upgrade the OS to avoid whatever pile of new security exploits have appeared in the last two years? Or do I leave it alone, so that shit doesn't break?

Reader, I chose poorly.

I upgraded from Raspbian 9.13 to 10.10 and -- wait for it -- sound stopped working. Are you shocked? Don't be shocked. After I figured out the set of random, poorly documented config files where I had to change a "1" to a "2" because they decided to change how audio devices are numbered, I finally got it making use of my USB audio interface again. But then, even more shitfuckery!

See, because the year is still 1991, Linux systems cannot play two sounds simultaneously.

Yes, really.

So if you are using /usr/bin/play to play an MP3 file in the background, you have to wait for it to finish before trying to play another one, or the second one gives you the completely sensible error message, "play WARN alsa: can't encode 0-bit Unknown or not applicable".

This is considered normal, and in fact not batshit insane, by the Linux community.

The Linux Sound Architecture, I am reliably informed, is considered "Advanced".

When I got this working back in the Raspbian 9.13 days of yore, I solved this problem by having my program fork "play" and keep track of its pid; and when it's time to play a new sound, kill the existing "play" process first.

Guess what, that trick no longer works in this modern jetpack future world of Raspbian 10.10.

Now, apparently, even after the play process has exited, and has been waitpid'ed, the audio device still hasn't been unlocked -- audio remains unplayable for somewhere between 250 and 400 milliseconds.

Someone on Twitter suggests that maybe this is some new kernel fuckery that appears to affect the 10.10 kernel (5.10.52-v7+ #1441) but I sure can't tell what any of them are talking about.

In summary, fuck all of this entirely.

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In the gutter

Found this timeless classic in the gutter in front of DNA Lounge today.

Hail Sithrak.


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The Secret Ska History of That Weird Levitating Businessman Emoji:

It's one of the least popular emojis (ranked 1233 of 1679 on Twitter), perhaps because nobody is really sure what it is or how to use it. There aren't many hints. It's filed under the "activity" section on iOS. The Paris Review's blog described him as the eerie "floating face of capitalism."

Floating Capital: A Tour of Levitating Businessmen in Literature:

The eeriest and most gravid of today's new emoji is this guy: the so-called Man in Business Suit Levitating. In Apple's rendition, he cuts an imposing figure, like a rich kid who's just aced his LSATs -- a simpering, dubiously pompadoured fella in polarized glasses and a natty suit. His tapered silhouette hangs above a blip of a shadow. He's a superhuman exclamation point. He's the floating face of capitalism. And if literature has taught us anything, it's that he brings nothing but bad news wherever he roams.

I'm prepared to advance an entirely unfounded argument based on an hour of Googling: that this levitating businessman is the latest, most accessible form of a character who has haunted literature for more than a century. Sometimes wily, sometimes unscrupulous, and sometimes merely misguided, he's held aloft by Adam Smith's invisible hand only to be flung earthward again. Join me, won't you, on an impromptu whistle-stop tour of THE LEVITATING BUSINESSMAN IN LITERATURE.

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Antivaxxers: cooling the mark out

Why targets of deliberate deception often hesitate to admit they've been deceived:

A Missouri hospital had to create a "private setting" for patients afraid of being seen getting vaccinated against COVID-19. "Several people come in to get vaccinated who have tried to sort of disguise their appearance and even went so far as to say, 'Please, please, please don't let anybody know that I got this vaccine.'" Although they want to protect themselves from the coronavirus and its variants, these patients are desperate to ensure that their vaccine-skeptical friends and family never find out what they have done. [...]

Many of the people refusing safe, effective vaccination amid a deadly pandemic are enmeshed in a very distinctive type of relationship that sociologists have been studying for more than 70 years: the con job. Con artists gain social or financial advantage by convincing their marks to believe highly dubious claims -- and to block out all information to the contrary. [...]

To outsiders, the social dynamics of the con appear peculiar and irrational. Those caught up in it can seem self-destructive and, frankly, clueless. But to sociologists, including me, who study fraud, such behaviors obey a predictable logic.

The seminal text in the field -- Erving Goffman's 1952 essay "On Cooling the Mark Out" -- observes that all targets of con artists eventually come to understand that they have been defrauded, yet they almost never complain or report the crime to authorities. Why? Because, Goffman argues, admitting that one has been conned is so deeply shameful that marks experience it as a kind of social death. The victim, he writes,

has defined himself as a shrewd man and must face the fact that he is only another easy mark. He has defined himself as possessing a certain set of qualities and then proven to himself that he is miserably lacking in them. This is a process of self-destruction of the self.

Goffman notes that other life events, such as being fired or dumped, can evoke similar feelings of humiliation. But people targeted by con jobs can save their pride by denying the con as long as possible -- or claiming they were in on it the whole time. This saves face and cheats social death, but allows the con to continue unchecked, entrapping others. In doing so, marks prioritize their self-image over the common good. [...]

Goffman points out that con artists employ specialists to "cool" marks down when the deception is finally revealed. A cooler, he writes, "has the job of handling persons caught out on a limb -- persons whose expectations and self-conceptions have been built up and then shattered." Coolers prevent blowback from angry marks -- encouraging them to blame themselves, not the con artist. They help marks rebuild their social identity, retain their self-respect, and preserve their affiliations with their reference groups.

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Keep your child safe and uncrushed inside a brand new child-crushing machine

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