Baby Driver

Baby Driver

I took the plunge, World’s End notwithstanding, and went to see Baby Driver. Short version – if you sat through the trailers and said “hell, yeah” – the movie is exactly what they sold you. Go, watch it. That said, I’m torn. Where once in the past I was more amenable to “stylish” and directly artistic movies, I have much less patience with, say, Tarantino flicks, than I used to be. It’s very overtly and deliberately stylistic, often enough in ways that call themselves to your attention. Yet, I’ve been thinking about aspects of it, its themes, its story, for the Read more »

Borders, Borderlines, and SJW’s. A Quick Thought,

Borders, Borderlines, and SJW’s. A Quick Thought,

A thought I had listening to Jordan Peterson on immigration, of all topics. He mentioned that the left, and post-modernists, and many of the damaged people who comprise those groups don’t believe in borders at all. Not just between countries and cultures but between people. So. It’s been observed that leftists, especially die hard feminists and SJW’s, tend to act not only like rabbits (r/k theory), but more strongly than average exhibit traits associated with cluster-B disorders such as Borderline Personality disorder, narcissism, etc. One trait of borderlines is, ironically, a lack of borders, more frequently, boundaries, between people. Dr Read more »

Introverts are not Always Quiet

Introverts are not Always Quiet

The Didact discusses a bit on when and how introverts he knows get chatty. And because our brains are wired so differently, we find the act of transmitting specific bodies of deep knowledge to be actually quite enjoyable. What annoys us, beyond all capacity of extroverts to understand, is having to talk about meaningless fluff. To our minds there is no value in such nonsense, so we simply don’t bother to do it. The most introverted of us can find the task of engaging in small talk to be almost physically painful. We do it because we have to, not Read more »

On Bullying and Puppies

On Bullying and Puppies

Oh, the Humanity! Wayyyyyy back in the dark and early days of January of this year…. Wait. Earlier than that. This was not a post I expected to be making as recently as a year ago, and no, I’m not happy about it, but I hope that I’m right in it being necessary, and that some good or insight will come of it. There were a couple sites I used to hang out at. One was “According to Hoyt”, and another was the Mad Genius Club. For whatever reason, I’d started spending more and more time over at Peter Grants Read more »

Virtue From the Barrel of a Gun

Virtue From the Barrel of a Gun

I’ve almost certainly been guilty of overly, exhuberantly, promoting Eric S Raymond’s “Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun.” As a discussion of how daily carrying creates an awareness of consequences and ingrained awareness and caution/responsibility, it’s core three tenets are broadly applicable, and available, to a lesser or greater degree, in any environment where awareness of life – or – death decisions are the norm. The first and most important of these lessons is this: it all comes down to you.  No one’s finger is on the trigger but your own. All the talk-talk in your head, all the Read more »

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Hill 3234

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Hill 3234

One of the things I love about Sabaton is digging into history I was only marginally aware of, or completely ignorant of. So, the next song in my ongoing review is one of the latter – about a battled in Afghanistan during the soviet occupation attempt. History From infogalactic: The Battle for Hill 3234 was a successful defensive battle fought by the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, Soviet Airborne Troops, in Afghanistan against a force of 200 to 250 Mujahideen rebels. Two of the soldiers killed, Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Alexandrov and Andrey Alexandrovich Melnikov, were posthumously awarded the Gold Star of Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

A bit of time on instagram for these… Moscow📸 Processing: Deep presets. www.ivangorokhov.com Photo by me #gorokhov A post shared by Иван Горохов | Ivan Gorokhov (@ivangorokhov) on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:03am PDT From NY🇺🇸 Processing: Deep presets. www.ivangorokhov.com Model: @makhova_ Photo by me #gorokhov A post shared by Иван Горохов | Ivan Gorokhov (@ivangorokhov) on Jun 19, 2017 at 9:25am PDT Shooting in Miami🇺🇸 Only 17-20 June Booking: direct🔻 #gorokhov #shooting #miami A post shared by Иван Горохов | Ivan Gorokhov (@ivangorokhov) on Jun 17, 2017 at 6:15am PDT "Sunrise in Myrtle Beach" 16-20 June shooting in Miami🇺🇸📸 Read more »

Brexit, Condescension, TED, and Rotherham.

Brexit, Condescension, TED, and Rotherham.

I was thinking back and realized I hadn’t written about this, but recently referring to a TED talk brought this to mind. Not too long after Brexit passed, someone I knew was opining on a TED talk they’d seen. This is entirely hearsay on its contents as I haven’t bothered to dig it up – the talk is not the point, what was understood from it was. The upshot of it was that some urban Londoner was going on about how they were utterly shocked by the results of the vote, and decided to look at the stats. They quickly Read more »

On Responsibility

On Responsibility

I follow, but haven’t often referred to Styxenhammer’s channel. For the record, based on the information in the video, I concur. I strongly believe that a rapist, or a mugger, is responsible for their decision to take advantage of someone they’ve decided to a prey on. I also believe that someone walking down the street in the bad part of town, having parted from their friends, while stumbling drunk, and waving money around, is putting themselves in a position where they will, with almost total certainty, be mugged. They are indeed the victim, but they stupidly put themselves in a Read more »