Friday, July 29, 2011
The Last Concert Review You'll Ever Have to Read

"Every single person in the audience had cause to be disappointed about something or other. Becker and Fogelberg refused to play the correct imagined set list that each ticket buyer had spent their life savings to hear. They played too many, and yet, not enough of the old nostalgic hits. Casual fans spent the entire show running back and forth to the porti-potties to avoid hearing any music they hadn't heard thousands of times before, while hardcore fans were again deprived of hearing the obscure tracks the sadistic duo played just two nights ago at the Raytheon Pavillion in Podunk Hollow. As the crowd filed out, many dissatisfied concert goers were heard complaining about the sound, the venue, the weather, the tour routing plan, and the fact that Beckstein and Fagan are still alive and working after more than forty years in the music business. And if anyone knows why the band played the theme from 'Taxi Driver' at the end of the show, please clue me in."
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011
Dwarf Fortress, via the NYT.  PFB is my own version of this particular game, but if I didn't have the shop, or, as I've said before, if I was still 16 years old, Dwarf Fortress would be the best thing in the world.
Drone Ethnography, via Bruce Sterling

"I have thirty-five browser tabs open, and each contains a fragment of the drone-mythos. Each is a glimpse at a situation, a bird’s eye view of the terrain. So many channels, showing me the same thing: near-infinite data collection. With the help of Google, I’m drone-spotting—I'm turning a new critical perspective that I'm calling Drone Ethnography, back on itself."
"Coping with adversity brings opportunities."

Charlie Munger in Pasadena, 1 July 2011.  Lots of wisdom here.

That 1500-page manifesto? Cribbed equally from the Player's Handbook and "Gamma World." All the 21st century Templar Knight seems to be missing is a 20-sided die. And by that I mean no disreprect to the dead; I'm talking about the paucity of imagination in that so-called call for political and cultural revolution, the inability to look forward, only back.

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