Thursday, April 19, 2012

digital sparks

oh - wow. i was catching up on penny arcade and found a reference to moleman 2 - demoscene - the art of the algorithms (2012) (closed captions provide english subs - or check the original site): amazing! inspiring! i didn't mean to watch the whole thing... i kinda had other stuff to do...

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today was holocaust memorial day, and my data stream was filled with everything from "oh, wow! the sense of unity is amazing!" to "screw this, it's an ashkenazi-only thing, what do the rest of us care?"
i don't know what that means.

two issues:

1. holocaust survivors are always remembered on this one day of the year, and treated like trash (like all other old people) for the rest of it.

2. a large enough proportion of the ultra-orthodox believe that the holocaust victims deserved their fate because they weren't good jews.

one possible solution, if us taxpayers got to choose where our tax goes: we could take some of the money that's being used to support non-serving, non-productive, non-taxpaying cultists (read: "ultra-orthodox") and give it to the survivors instead.

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i was too tired to get up to run today, so i bladed to campus instead. no, it's not the same thing. anyway, when class wasn't boring (letting me make progress with that thing i started writing) it was super cool. highlight: discovering dead man, which from the handful of scenes we saw is one of the greatest movies ever made!

i was going to hang around on campus, but the boss called me up and asked me to pop in for an hour. during that hour, i performed an important upgrade and then explained to him that we need to get comfortable collaborating remotely for when i take my long "holiday" in canada after the semester ends. scr is aware that i'll be looking for work, but even if i find it there'll most likely be a few months where i'll be back here sorting things out so i don't want to be out of a job...

getting back home took longer than expected (i sat on the grass explaining apartheid and post-apartheid to some fellow students who were interested) and then settled in to be productive. i failed at that completely. and now pg and i are off to (finally) watch the hunger games.

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