Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

First, a couple good links from Pulprev author Ben Cheah's site. He had a short story in Riding the Red Horse, and also authored the excellent No Gods only Daimons, and Hammer of the Witches. I'd previously linked to him in a post on "realism." On his winding road to the pulp revolution. Fantasy without fantasy: Fantasy recalls those ancient days, when the miraculous co-existed with the mundane, when the Weird was within sight, when human civilisation consisted not of contiguous countries but isolated outposts of fragile life huddled against a chaotic darkness roiling with predators and strange beasts. In…

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They Hate Us and Want Us Dead, part ∞

They Hate Us and Want Us Dead, part ∞

They hate us, and they think we're idiots. It's not just SNL recently running a skit bashing any form of defense by Trump, and by Derschowitz as his lawyer, or pretending like the republicans are not wanting to call witnesses when the name of the game has been effectively only the Democrats callng witnesses, especially in the house, while not answering questions regarding who, what, and how. It's the news playing the usual games with those who don't have the option of "don't talk to the media" but should be wiser in the execution. It's also panels on CNN openly…

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Ideal Parenting

Ideal Parenting

Alexandru Constantin posts a correction to his earlier statement that: I wholeheartedly believe that the ideal situation for raising children is having a stay at home mother and a father that is available as much as possible. I understand that this is not possible or desirable for everyone, but, once again I re-iterate that I believe that the above is the ideal.The correction? After some commentary, the realization that no, that was pretty good, but it wasn't the ideal. In retrospective, and after being pointed out by H.P. in the comments and my wife in person, I was…

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Inversions, and Buddhism

Brian over at Kairos recently posted about a run-in with what he terms a "McBuddhist". In point of fact, yes, the Church claims universal moral authority. That is why she calls herself Universal. Christians hold that Christianity is true, Boomer-grade solipsism notwithstanding. But more to the point, Christendom is Christian. It doesn't take a genius to see why living within Christian society while denying Christian moral authority instantly nullifies one's moral lecturing. Expanding the First Amendment beyond the Christian denominations was a mistake. The 1A was written to keep Christian denominations who are in 90% theological agreement from killing each…

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My Own Experience With Public School

My Own Experience With Public School

Lector over at Men of the West recently posted on Stupid Teachers, and his experience getting placed in a remedial reading class. The highlight was the total inability of the school administration to believe their own eyes about his ability to read but instead believe a failed multiple choice standardized test that he had obviously answered one-off. I've generally avoided tooting my own horn, but it echoed all too many experiences I had. That said, I didn't deal well with school and it showed, especially in my overall grades / GPA. I didn't pull some of the stunts he did,  such…

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Cheap Plastic Crap

Cheap Plastic Crap

There's more than enough things that are obviously, from a fit, finish, design, etc. standpoint simply not built to last. These days, you'll often see them referred do as "cheap plastic crap from China", or something similar. Similarly, the lifespan of clothes washers and similar appliances these days are not what they used to be either, even in the more expensive brands. Even with more expensive brands where the fit and finish is good, it's usually cutting material amounts to save weight and costs resulting in components that fail after too many repeated stresses within normal operating tolerances (in other…

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There is a Hollywood Formula

There is a Hollywood Formula

Just like "literary fiction," is just as much of a genre as Westerns, there is of course a meta-genre of "Oscar bait." My previous posts on guessing the winner were utterly based on the fact that, with a large number of films being competently acted, directed, erdited, etc., the only real question to winning an Oscar was "does it fit the current woke zeitgeist"? Over at rt, someone else noticed this: It goes like this: if you want to guarantee an Oscar nomination, then your movie must be about one of four broad topics. Here they are in hierarchical order:…

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Justice vs Law

Justice vs Law

A lot of people conflate "legal" and "moral." This of course was the favorite way for entertainment pedowood types to strawman "conservatives" compleat with phrases like "nothing personal, it's just business," when anyone who actually has done business knows it's all about being personal, and establishing relationships, especially at high level sales. It is also, of course, how cuckservatives will gladly buy into "legal" immigration without asking the question "so what if we made it legal for anyone to come in for any reason and stay." All it takes, after all, is to pass a law. So over at Men…

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