oh, you're saying it's going to require work?

a useful reminder as to how young and anomalous democracy actually is and that the tendency is towards authoritarian rule. What We Get Wrong About America’s Crisis of Democracy The way to shore up American democracy is to shore up American democracy—that is, to strengthen liberal institutions, in ways that are unglamorously specific and discouragingly minute. The task here is not so much to peer into our souls as to reduce the enormous democratic deficits under which the country labors, most notably an electoral landscape in which farmland tilts to power while city blocks are flattened....

January 1, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

2020: media diet

2020 media diet what a shitty year. i/we wasted time with the following. movies Borat Subsequent Movie Film… Da 5 Bloods MidSommar Emma The Invisible Man Downhill The Last Black Man in San Francisco First Reformed tenet the midnight sky uncut gems eurovision miss americana the lovebirds enola holmes plenty more, few memorable. this may just be a function of 2020. tv so much tv. i am not proud of this....

December 31, 2020 · 4 min · sulrich

reading: the simpsons is now aspirational

The Life in ‘The Simpsons’ Is No Longer Attainable Someone I follow on Twitter, Erika Chappell, recently encapsulated my feelings about The Simpsons in a tweet: “That a show which was originally about a dysfunctional mess of a family barely clinging to middle class life in the aftermath of the Reagan administration has now become aspirational is frankly the most on the nose manifestations [sic] of capitalist American decline I can think of....

December 31, 2020 · 1 min · steve ulrich

reading - does facebook use private data for ads?

ACM article: does facebook use sensitive data for advertising purposes? (DOI:10.1145/3426361) answer: yes. #reading...

December 31, 2020 · 1 min · sulrich

emacs life changers

vterm- a terminal mode for emacs that doesn’t suck. oh, and it’s fast. vterm-toggle - F2 boom. you’re there. ...

December 30, 2020 · 1 min · sulrich

reading: 130 degrees

130 Degrees For one thing, engineers have done their work and done it well. About a decade ago the price of renewable energy began to plummet, and that decline keeps accelerating. The price per kilowatt hour of solar power has fallen 82 percent since 2010—this spring in the sunny deserts of Dubai the winning bid for what will be the world’s largest solar array came in at not much more than a penny....

November 25, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

reading: how greenwich republicans learned to love trump

How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump Leora Levy, who called him vulgar in the local paper, took to applauding his “leadership” and quoting him on Twitter, where she adopted some of his rhetorical style. “AMERICA WILL NEVER BE A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!!!” she posted. “WE ARE BORN FREE AND WILL STAY FREE!!!” Last fall, Trump nominated her to be the American Ambassador to Chile. i’m always a bit amused by these “we are born free and will stay free” assertions....

August 10, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

when the conservative libertarians start freaking out ...

Portland and the Paramilitarization of the Border Patrol “Indeed, few people realize that the court system has upheld CBP’s claim that the “border zone” should extend 100 miles from any national or coastal boundary, a line that encompasses nearly two‐​thirds of all Americans. Within that zone and regardless of whether you are an immigrant, CBP agents can search you without a warrant, detain you without probable cause, and even deport citizens without due process....

July 25, 2020 · 1 min · steve ulrich