Blogging is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.

“I have a show in the adorable KAFN café in east mid-Glendale, Adams Square area, 1019 E Palmer Ave, Glendale, CA 91205. If you can, please stop by to support this brave little café, to buy a coffee/tea or a slice of really evil chocolate cake. Oh, and you can see the show in 1.65 minutes; there’s only 14 pieces on the long wall.”
People of Glendale, and the rest of the Universe, KAFN show in Glendale, CA

Yes! I STILL have a show at the adorable KAFN café in Adams Square in Glendale. And they have awesome lavender lattes, iced or hot. And there’s an adorable art park across the street to socially distant sit in while enjoying your beverage. 🙂

PS. Anyone who’d like one of these postcards can email your mailing to me at gingerATcollage.gingermayersonDOTcom.


“During construction of the the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project we have unearthed more than 500 fossils so far, including some that date back to the Ice Age.”
A close up look at some of the fossils discovered while building the subway under Wilshire Boulevard, by Anna Chen, The Source, 14 September 2020

Just when you thought the ice age was over…

“A preliminary analysis indicated that the adult bear lived 22,000 to 39,500 years ago.”
Remains of ice age cave bear found preserved in Russian Arctic, by AP via The Guardian, 14 September 2020

“In the first eight months of 2020, there were 393 arson incidents in the city, up 41% from the same period last year, according to Los Angeles Police Department data. There were 419 reports for the entirety of 2019. That was already a 17% jump from 2018. The low point in the last decade was 2014, when there were 300 cases of arson.”
Wildfires are raging, but in LA it’s arson that’s on the rise, by Ethan Ward, Crosstown, 14 September 2020

“One big takeaway from the Transition Integrity Project’s simulations was just how much power Trump has at his disposal should he choose to contest the election. ‘You have just a tremendous differential between the president of the United States of America, who has just awesome coercive powers at his disposal, and a challenger who really has no power whatsoever in our system,’ said Brooks. ‘Joe Biden can call a press conference; Donald Trump could call on the 82nd Airborne.'”
What If Trump Loses And Won’t Leave?, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 14 September 2020

Then it’s over. Whether the military engages or or not, once our military is asked by a sitting president to do anything in an election result, hey hey America: welcome to your first military coup in nearly 250 years of a continuous republic.

(Yeah yeah, the US Supreme Court disenfranchised us all in 2000. That seems so long ago, and it was very old civilian judges. The military is very different.)

“Our cybersecurity antennae always start vibrating when we see warnings about attacks that involve a new type of file.

“We’re sure you have the same sort of reaction.

“After all, if a file type that you’ve treated for years as mostly harmless suddenly turns out to be possibly very dangerous, you’re faced with a double dilemma:

“How long will it take to unlearn an ingrained habit of trusting those files?
“How long will the crooks take to start abusing this new-found knowledge?”
Serious Security: Hacking Windows passwords via your wallpaper, by Paul Ducklin, Sophos Blog, 11 September 2020

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

“How much of Metro’s operating costs are covered by fares?
“… Metro has collected about $250 million to $300 million in fares in recent years prior to the pandemic. In fiscal year 2019, the last full year before the virus hit, fares covered 13 percent of the costs of operating bus and rail service.”
~snip~
“Would Metro consider another sale tax ballot measure to pay for fareless transit?
“Absolutely not. Metro does not intend to, nor will it pursue another sales tax measure to fund fareless transit.”
Fareless transit: A Q&A on Metro’s study to eliminate fares, by Steve Hymon, The Source, 11 September 2020

Yeah, we’ll see. Maybe Metro could just stop writing tickets for people w/out fares. That could be a way to ease into it.


Metro artists share inspiration for artwork in newly released video, by Heidi Zeller, The Source, 11 September 2020

“After Ms. Griswold announced the lawsuit, secretaries of state from five other states contacted her office to request copies so they could explore the possibility of filing their own suits, she said in an interview on Saturday. She said that when she had first learned of the mailer a few days ago, she had contacted Postal Service officials to ask them not to send it to Colorado addresses but had been rebuffed. She said she was also seeking a restraining order barring the Postal Service from continuing to send the mailer into her state, a request a federal court granted later Saturday.”
Colorado Official Sues Postal Service Over Election Mailer She Says Misleads Voters, by Luke Broadwater and Kenneth P. Vogel, NYT, 12 September 2020

Has there ever been a world where a judge has granted a restraining order aginst the Post Office? Has there ever been a world where the evil patronage leadership of my beloved Post Office has caused a judge has granted a restraining order aginst it?

“But that’s not what happened. An Undark analysis of nearly four decades of data on bachelor’s degrees awarded in the U.S. suggests those hard-won gains for Black representation in the sciences are quietly slipping away, even as Black student representation in non-STEM fields has continued to grow. Culled from reports issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the analysis indicates that after decades of increases, the share of STEM-field bachelor’s degrees awarded to Black students peaked in the early 2000s and has been falling ever since — despite increasing federal spending on STEM diversity initiatives.”
After Years of Gains, Black STEM Representation Is Falling. Why?, by Ashley Smart, Undark, 11 September 2020

Science is heaven; Science funding, corporate science, and academia are hell.

“Daunting as this may seem in the moment it’s important avoid making significant decisions from a place of despair or denial. It’s actually a time to think creatively as we engage with other cultural creatives. While Mercury is retrograde (until November 3) we benefit from being really good listeners. Collaboration requires the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Once Mercury and Mars are both direct (November 13 for Mars) we will begin to slowly integrate all the changes that 2020 has heaped upon us. The world and each of us alive in it at this time are engaged in a massive transformation. As these planets go direct we gain a lot by taking inventory of all we have lost, all we have learned and most important, what we plan to do about it.”
Flavor of Mercury retrograde October 13 – November 3 2020, by Carolyn Winter, Aligned for Mercury Retrograde, 07 September 2020

“A RANGE OF SHADES INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTY OF NATURE SUPPORTS FLEXIBILITY AND REINVENTION”
New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021

“What was even more baffling was how the arena would not be named after Amazon at all, rather it would be named Climate Pledge Arena in homage to how the building would become the world’s first carbon-neutral arena. While many were left wondering why the company would spend tens of millions of dollars not to put their company name on the arena, Amazon may be onto something that will be a reoccurring trend in the years to come. As mentioned earlier, Amazon does not have a brand recognition problem, but they do have a public relations problem. Between their total dominance of the online market space, putting many historic brick-and-mortar stores such as Lord & Taylor and Sears out of business, and not paying a single cent in taxes over the past couple of years despite being the world’s most successful company, one could say that Amazon may not have the best brand image.”
Amazon’s Peculiar Seattle Arena Name Could Be the Way of the Future, by Nicholas Lehman, Fordham Ram, 09 Sept 2020

Reading:

Lucia Progresses by E.F. Benton

Watching:

“Skyfall” I think it’s the best Daniel Craig James Bond film so far.

Quotes:

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
Albert Camus

Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many times I sit back and say, ‘I can’t believe that this is my life!’ Other times, I feel self-satisfied. I mean, there’s a lot to be proud and thankful for but, nonetheless, it’s just a life!
Lily Tomlin

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
Mae West

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood – never.
Albert Camus

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
Albert Camus

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
Albert Camus

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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