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new blog, just for tunes

All musical interludes, all the time:



gearhead dude spends 40 minutes disassembling a Juicero, talks s*** the whole time. Kindof awesome.

[warnings: foul language, poor attitude towards juicer and IoT in general]

Trump Exceptionalism [Nathan Robinson / Current Affairs]

Warning: Trump related, politics, author has an agenda, sells anti-Clinton book, etc.

The article below caught my attention by the term “exceptionalism”. The concept of “American Exceptionalism”, to me, is central to more than a few wrong turns US politics and policy has made. In this article the author actually uses the word to mean something entirely different, but also interesting.

In his analysis, what is exceptional is the extreme uniqueness Democrats attribute to the Trump Administration and the existential threat a leader like Trump poses to the US political system. There’s some truth in that. But obsessive focus on the person of Trump as the exceptional threat has side effects. In particular, what we see is that vital criticisms of past Republican administrations are washed away – and of course criticisms of Democratic administrations too, when they do the same things.

On a more tactical note, this approach would leave Democrats with little to show for the hard rhetorical work of 2017, if the Republicans should ditch Trump and run someone else next time. Not that I expect that, but clearly that is an option that is kept ready just in case.


[via NakedCapitalism]


AI learns how to fool text-to-speech – The age of voice-recognition hacks begins [Tristan Greene / TNW]

let’s talk about Text, baby !-]



American Booty: Still competitive in the global market?


A recent review of articles in the Associated Press suggests a lack of publications on the importance of maintaining a well-rounded posterior. With global economic trends in the 21st century, not to mention cold weather, this may prove to be an opening other countries can exploit to position themselves ahead of the US? It is hard to say at this time.

Editorial note- this is a completely ridiculous blog post. I did one vaguely similar, also about butts, in 2014 and that one remains the most popular search engine hit, so I kindof want to see if it still works that way




In case of lower temperatures:


Idiocracy: Trump live-tweets in response to FOX morning programming, rest of media follows. [Matthew Gertz / Politico]

One journalist lines up Trump’s supposedly random Tweets with Fox News morning programming and finds a striking pattern. Further proof that Twitter is a blight on the profession of journalism human race.


WARNING: The article itself, seemingly oblivious to the obvious implications, is composed in no small part of many screenshots of tweets.

WARNING: Contains FOX News and Trump tweets.

interesting essay about picking out books [James Wallace Harris]

As someone who also learned to read with sci-fi vs more refined lit, and as I’m still just learning to read slow, I find this super interesting.


Populism? [Anton Jäger / Jacobin]