Studio Ghibli released an extensive gallery of screenshots from various films on its website on Friday. The notice included a personal signed message by co-founder Toshio Suzuki stating that the public is free to use the images for personal use "within the bounds of common sense." https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-09-21/studio-ghibli-releases-film-screenshot-gallery-for-free-personal-use/.164267
Politics, Supreme Court
1. McConnell isn't 'stealing Ginsberg's seat'; he stole Garland's seat in 2016, but Ginsberg's is Trump's to nominate
2. It's about a whole lot of things, but mostly this time around I think it's about the chance to have the court throw out some ballots in a swing state or two and hand the election to Trump
Prepare to lose your democracy folks…
It took me sixty-three years to get here, but I have managed to reduce my personal ethical guidelines to three guiding principles:
1. Give a shit about how what I do and say affects other people; even – especially – when I can't avoid hurting them
2. Prioritize intellectual honesty over my emotional responses to difficult questions
3. Always be willing to admit when I am wrong and to make a serious effort in avoiding the same mistakes in the future
Wow. Ethiopian Harrar (aka 'Mocha') blended 1 to 1 with Kona is *terrific*! I just made a pour-over cup of the blend using beans from my last roasting and it fully met my hopes for being good, if not my expectations for the actual flavor profile.
The resulting cup tastes nothing like either coffee alone. This isn't 'Kona with added brightness and chocolate notes', this is something else entirely and I'm not sure what to make of it yet.
All I can say is I *will* be making *more* of it.
So, I'm seeing headlines about the CDC changing their tune and saying #COVID19 spreads through the air on aerosols and droplets. Meaning handwashing is good, but wear a fucking mask, right?
Except I feel like the headlines should read, "Government scientists finally admit something even non-scientists who were paying attention already knew."
The really sad part? This toot should probably have a 'politics' content warning. WTF is wrong with us?
I've got a lot of ongoing projects here, many of which use lumber of one kind or another. The other day I went to buy some more 2x4s and discovered prices for them have tripled in the last couple of months!
Turns out? Between pandemic shutdowns of lumber mills and people staying home due to #COVID19, doing various DIY projects, we now have a lumber shortage. Supply and demand in action.
Trade War, Trump, China
Bloomberg New Economy: China is Winning the Trade War With Trump. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2020-09-19/bloomberg-new-economy-china-is-winning-the-trade-war-with-trump
"… the final scorecard is already in: On just about every metric that matters, China is ahead. At every turn, Trump seems to have been outplayed and outsmarted throughout the global trade war that began shortly after he took office."
I'm convinced nearly everyone with a political opinion (meaning: nearly everyone in the world) is unable to logically justify that opinion with reference to historical precedent and deconstruction of the core principles. In fact, they may not even *know* the core principles.
Basically, it's all just emotion and what your peer group thinks. Which is why Social Media is so toxic for politics: because it allows for artificial peer groups.
Mind you, there are exceptions. Are you one?
Politics, Existential Dread
It is only one month and a half until the elections. And I expect to spend every day of it stressed out over possible bad outcomes. Just as I have all the last month.
If you aren't stressed out yourself, you either never stress over anything or you have no grasp of history. We are living through a historical cusp – equivalent and similar to the rise of Fascism across the world in the 1920s.
Only this neo-fascism is powered by Big Data and spread via Social Networks.
There's this very energetic guy playing keys there, right ? Quite a character.
He also writes a lot of their songs. Cool, right ?
And then TIL he's the CEO of the freaking Patreon
that's it, that's what I wanted to share
Whenever you are past the edge, out in the wind, look for me.
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