reading: to hold up the sky

to hold up the sky – cixin liu a coworker described liu’s work as having a very small view of humans. my initial interpretation of his remarks were that liu held a dim/negative view of humans and humanity. this was largely informed based on my (incomplete) reading of the dark forest trilogy. human’s don’t behave well and are driven by base desires. i was wrong.b this collection of shorts corrects my understanding of things....

January 3, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

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: on not meeting nazis halfway

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito just complained that “you can’t say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Now it’s considered bigotry.” This is a standard complaint of the right: the real victim is the racist who has been called a racist, not the victim of his racism, the real oppression is to be impeded in your freedom to oppress. And of course Alito is disingenuous; you can say that stuff against marriage equality (and he did)....

November 25, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

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