this week i

cleaned up a prediction model, then the pond.  worked where we could, and a turkish restaurant on the highway.


this week i

landed in leytonstone. barking flower vendors before coffee and a movie, then a comfortable workweek in a weird world.


this week i

published on potential exemptions from medicaid work requirements.

wish they'd look beyond dinosaurs for these jurassic park sequels.  next film in the franchise ought to feature a far-future species that evolves on earth long after our own extinction, re-animates humanity against the advice of their scientists, and then humans do what we're best at: hunt in groups, conspire, rampage, open kitchen doors.  holocene safari

always thought the banana was the most suitable telephone replacement, but in the francophone world, it's the appel.

tap the mouse, wake the computer screen out of hibernation.  like the fonz at the jukebox.

look at this map, maybe five percent of the pixels within the united states' borders are the color of the railroads.  but in the united states itself, railroad tracks cover less than one tenth of one percent of the actual land surface area.  that's what makes it a map.


this week i

need infrastructure.

realized we live in a dystopia for pigs, cows, chicken.

learned sports commentators have a grammatical tense mostly to themselves.

wonder if facebook or google (android) actually have a map of every living human.  more technical question for the graph theorists: how many nodes do you need access to before you can interpolate the entire network?  if given demographics, communication connections, geolocations on two of the world's seven billion people, could you loosely project the positions and preferences of the other five billion?  in the same way that diseases have herd immunity thresholds or herd immunity levels, what saturation level or penetration rate does humanity need to cross before tech companies can more or less fill in every node on the network graph?


(1) our society making a murderer

hollow points are more lethal.  when one hits a person, body fluids enter the tip and cause the metal slug to spread and deform into a spiked wheel, which continues to progress, shredding internal organs.  they cost about seventy-five cents each, twice the cost of a standard bullet

what is oddly missing from him is hatred in its hot form

(2) gangsters for capitalism

for mark twain and william james, the bullying mentality was epitomized in theodore roosevelt.  twain called him "clearly insane" and "the most formidable disaster that has befallen the country since the civil war"

after the election of 1900, when mckinley defeated the anti-imperialist bryan, his administration openly embraced what we now call counterinsurgency tactics-burning native villages, cutting off food and medical supplies, torturing prisoners for information, and murdering suspected collaborators, including women and children.  "it is not civilized warfare," wrote the philadelphia ledger, "but we are not dealing with civilized people."  yet not even uncivilized warfare could end the insurgency.  when tr appointed general jake smith to subdue the rebellious samar province, smith ordered his men to kill anyone capable of bearing arms-a population he defined as anyone over ten

watched step (2017)

[on hopkins admission] change of the game.  change of the game, shorty.

watched vertigo.  apparently that other hitchcock film starred australian magpies.

is this some kind of gallup poll?


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confirmed that the wikipedia random article link doesn't over-weight articles with more pageviews.

wonder how long until humans evolve pockets.  hey, walking in on someone using an atm is a little like walking in on someone taking a shit.

learned huey long beat back a coup d'etat attempt.

watched whiskey tango foxtrot..

the thing is, i have a very serious boyfriend
alright well talk to me in two months when your pussy is eating your leg

i mean, even the dutch army don't wear orange

the russians are blacks now

hearts and minds.  two best places to shoot somebody

watched silence after reading the synopsis.  all for a christian burial.


(1) men buried alive

the state rules against parents touching their children serve no apparent purpose; that the government (in this case us attorney rudolph giuliani's deputies) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to keep a mother from holding her baby seems particularly irrational and despicable

(2) corporate deniability

the industry didn't need to win this debate, its leaders realized; only to keep it going

(3) strangling the press in east africa

(4) assumptions and missed predictions

facebook's facial recognition software can pick you out of a crowd.  facebook also follows users across thee internet, disregarding their "do not track" settings as it stalks them.  it knows every time a user visits a website that has a facebook "like" button, for example, which most websites do

"your likes suggest you are single and not in a relationship."  why?  because i've liked the page for, an organization founded by the man with whom i've been in a relationship for thirty years!

(5) suffocating tibet

policemen dressed as monks

beijing's order no. 5, in force since 2007, "essentially prohibiting tibetan lamas from reincarnating without prior approval from the chinese government

(6) voice activation

a six-year-old girl in dallas covertly ordered herself a dollhouse from echo.  amazon, to her parents' surprise, delivered one costing $170, as well, mysteriously, as four pounds of sugar cookies.  then a tv report on that story in san diego caused other people's echos to order dollshouses of their own