“Through free massages, decompression capsules, and limitless nitro cold brew, San Francisco’s tech companies spent the last decade making their offices considerably comfier than the average cubicle farm. Beyond making the workday pleasant, they attracted workforces whose six-figure salaries altered the city’s demographics, spurring widespread displacement and years of head-scratching over the exact moment San Francisco lost its bohemian soul.”
‘Rich people leave, artists and queerdos return’: is San Francisco’s tech exodus real or a fantasy?, by Peter Lawrence Kane, The Guardian, 12 September 2020
Oh, please, GoogleTown’s been unaffordable since the mid-70s. Now that’s spread across the bay, where there used to be affordable places until you got to, oh, Walnut Creek or so.
“Two of the eggs, which she laid on July 23, are being used for genetic sampling, which will help determine whether the python reproduced sexually or asexually. Snakes are also known to store sperm from an earlier encounter for delayed fertilization, though Mr. Wanner said that was unlikely in this case, as the longest snake sperm storage documented was seven years.”
Ancient Python Lays Eggs, Apparently Without Male Help, by C de Leon, The Guardian, 12 September 2020
Humans; so quaint (and doomed). Also, 62 is only ancient for a snake, okay.
“Roger Stone, whose 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Russia investigation was commuted by Donald Trump, has said Trump should seize total power and jail prominent figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg if he loses to Joe Biden in November.”
Roger Stone to Donald Trump: bring in martial law if you lose election, by Martin Pengelly, The Guardian, 13 September 2020
America; so quaint (and doomed). Oh well, 1st Amendment and all that, I suppose you can only take convicted felons only so seriously. 🙂
“A scratching on a window pane, the fingers of a small ice-cold hand, a melancholy voice begging to be let in. The appearance of Cathy’s ghost at the start of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” is familiar to millions of readers and devotees of the 19th-century literary sisters. Now the house that is believed to have inspired the scene at the window is up for sale, although enthusiasts will need to find £1m for this piece of Brontë heritage.”
, by Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, 13 September 2020
“Wuthering Heights” really freaks me out. Does it freak anyone else out? I mean, all of it, really.
“Do you have any idea what it’s like having people jump to bad conclusions just by looking at you?, JumpStart, 12 September 2020
“Naturally, Villeneuve has hired Dave Bautista to play Glossu Rabban, the knuckle-dragging nephew of chief baddie Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, for the star of Guardians of the Galaxy and Spectre has become the go-to brute for these musclebound weirdo roles. Baron Harkonnen himself we see only a glimpse of in the trailer, for surely that’s a shaven-headed Stellan Skarsgård emerging from some nasty-looking primeval gloop? Skarsgård will have to go some if he’s to hit the heights of pustule-ridden ferocity reached by Kenneth McMillan in the 1984 version – presumably heart plugs (never in the original books) are out this time around. Hopefully, the foetid whiff of subconscious homophobia will go with them.” ~snip~ “The Engineer-Harkonnens are not the only inclusions to recall space movies past – the new sandworms that maraud across Arrakis’s deserts now resemble giant, mobile Sarlaccs (from 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi). But again, they look so much cooler than the Lynch iterations that it’s hard to get too upset over a little monster design pilfering. The story is the same with the scene in which Paul spars with Josh Brolin’s House Atreides master-at-arms Gurney Halleck – suddenly the personal defence shields worn by both look like we imagined them in our dreams, rather than our 8-bit nightmares. Finally, Dune looks like the mad, phantasmagorical world of the novels, rather than a particularly weird episode of Tom Baker-era Doctor Who.”
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune could be the version we’ve all been waiting for, by Ben Child, The Guardian, 10 September 2020
So there is something to look forward to. Ah, so many gross things in Lynch’s “Dune” I couldn’t watch, but I could not tear my eyes away from Sting in his prime and mostly naked. Ah. Sting!
Thank goodness “Dune” is getting another shot. If we can’t have Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s “Dune”, then I’ll definitely see Denis Villeneuve‘s “Dune”. Hope you had good luck with this, Denis, I’m rootin’ for ya (now that I know about it).
the social dilemma, by Netflix
Mark Zuckerberg in the dock at the The Hague! Dream on. The anthropocene will end before that happens. MZ is only the tip of the iceberg; and if not him, then it’ll be someone else. I guess we’ll all just have to get smarter. Or something.
“Open access (OA) books are reaching more countries and have greater usage and higher citation numbers than non-OA books. A new analysis collaboratively produced by Springer Nature and COARD (Collaborative Open Access Research & Development) presents these and other key findings in a new white paper that explores how OA affects the geographical diversity of readers.”
OA books ‘have greater usage and higher citations’, by Research Information, 10 September 2020
“As students around the world deliberate their options for further education, only made more challenging in a pandemic, we’re reminded that getting in is only half the battle. In The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Anthony Abraham Jack asks how—and why—do disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges? What can schools can do differently if these students are to thrive? As back to school season begins, we spoke to two university book clubs that read and discussed The Privileged Poor this summer.”
Book Club Spotlight: The Privileged Poor, by Harvard University Press, 10 September 2020
“Downplaying potential Russian interference. Published reports suggest that Russian operatives are using measures similar to those they employed in 2016 to both boost Trump and increase political division in America. But the Trump administration has opted against clearly saying that Russia is engaged in such conduct or forthrightly condemning it. Instead, senior Trump officials have suggested that both Russia and China are trying to interfere, with China favoring Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Russia favoring Trump. But in reality, while the Chinese do favor Biden, according to published reports, there is no evidence that they are pursuing active measures to help him win, unlike Russia.”
The Latest On Republican Efforts To Make It Harder To Vote, by Perry Bacon, Jr., 538, 09 September 2020
“Others have seen the solution as simply increasing taxes on the mega-rich. When the Dutch economic historian Rutger Bregman was asked at Davos in 2019 how the world could prevent a social backlash rising from the growth of inequality, he replied: ‘The answer is very simple. Just stop talking about philanthropy. And start talking about taxes … Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion.'”
How philanthropy benefits the super-rich, by Paul Vallely, The Guardian, 08 September 2020
“Carnegie’s greatest contemporary critic, William Jewett Tucker, concluded there is ‘no greater mistake … than that of trying to make charity do the work of justice’.”
Reading: Krazy Kat 1924-25 God bless Fantagraphics and all who sail in it.
Watching: Hinterland on Netflix. Rural Wales makes people go crazy. Cops don’t have guns there.
Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.
Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make yourself necessary to somebody.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
Simone de Beauvoir
Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.
Ralph Waldo Emerson