Bad Times at the El Royale
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 185 days ago
I'll scribble a film review by request, but otherwise I recommend catching Bad Times at the El Royale while it is still in theaters. There are two caveats: one, you should probably enjoy the structure of Homer's epics or Aeschylus' tragedies, not counting that schlock-fest Prometheus Bound; two, you should be able to accept the purpose of the violence on screen, which will be quite a task if you don't care for heroic poems.
If you know someone who enjoys theatre, drag them along and get their take after the film.
Award for Best Use of Bar Chart
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 295 days ago
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 301 days ago
I was feeling sentimental and, if appearances can be trusted, looking rather nostalgic. This is one of the few online communities that placed association above content. Perhaps I'm speaking with a ghost, but I'll converse quietly with the dead rather than failing to cut through the roar of reddit, facebook, and others.
My facebook account is active, and I believe I'm still a part of the LF group, but talking with the old crew on facebook feels like chatting up friends in the lobby of an STD clinic. Although, I am still grateful for the time that Pone used facebook to get me out of an elevator. I would rather be loathed here than loved on social media.
Speaking of loathing, I'm back to writing stories. Don't expect any sort of release schedule, but should you want some diversion, you can find the ones I've published on Medium. The page isn't monetized, and the stories are only there to be enjoyed.
The filter revisited
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 3 years ago
Been looking back through my posts and comments. It's strange to see these fragments of who I used to be. Can't say I much care for that person, but I don't harbor any regret either. I grew out of it.  
I've missed linkfilter and the peculiar little culture that I was allowed to be a part of. I want that again, but for different reasons than before. Having evolved past the need for others to agree with my opinions, I want to participate in this strange and secret society again so that I might be challenged, amused, and enjoy the engagement this relatively narrow channel of communication allows. Reddit is a noise factory, a Singapore crammed full of thieves, whores, and exhibitionists. I prefer the small-town atmosphere of the filter. So, thanks for having me.  
And now for today's important question: Where is lorddimwit?
On McNamara's Leaving
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
From Joseph L. Galloway, writing for McClatchy Newspapers:  
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." —Clarence Darrow (1857–1938)  
Well, the aptly named Robert Strange McNamara has finally shuffled off to join LBJ and Dick Nixon in the 7th level of Hell.  
McNamara was the original bean-counter — a man who knew the cost of everything but the worth of nothing.  
Back in 1990 I had a series of strange phone conversations with McMamara while doing research for my book We Were Soldiers Once And Young. McNamara prefaced every conversation with this: "I do not want to comment on the record for fear that I might distort history in the process." Then he would proceed to talk for an hour, doing precisely that with answers that were disingenuous in the extreme — when they were not bald-faced lies.  
Upon hanging up I would call Neil Sheehan and David Halberstam and run McNamara's comments past them for deconstruction and the addition of the truth.  
The only disagreement I ever had with Dave Halberstam was over the question of which of us hated him the most. In retrospect, it was Halberstam.  
When McNamara published his first book — filled with those distortions of history — Halberstam, at his own expense, set out on a journey following McNamara on his book tour around America as a one-man truth squad.  
McNamara abandoned the tour.  
The most bizarre incident involving McNamara occurred when he was president of the World Bank and, off on his summer holiday, he caught the Martha's Vineyard ferry. It was a night crossing in bad weather. McNamara was in the salon, drink in hand, schmoozing with fellow passengers. On the deck outside a vineyard local, a hippie artist, glanced through the window and did a double-take. The artist was outraged to see McNamara, whom he viewed as a war criminal, so enjoying himself.  
He immediately opened the door and told McNamara there was a radiophone call for him on the bridge. McNamara set down his drink and stepped outside. The artist immediately grabbed him, wrestled him to the railing and pushed him over the side. McNamara managed to get his fingers through the holes in the metal plate that ran from the top of the railing to the scuppers.  
McNamara was screaming bloody murder; the artist was prying his fingers loose one at a time. Someone heard the racket and raced out and pulled the artist off.  
By the time the ferry docked in the vineyard McNamara had decided against filing charges against the artist, and he was freed and walked away.
which came first?
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
Acetaminophen will kill you! FDA to the rescue!
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
From Robert Guest's blog,  
We are all children of the wise omnipotent federal government. Lest we forget how important they are, a fresh crisis will be invited to remind us.Today, it's Tylenol. The media is falling over themselves to report on how dangerous acetaminophen is. I've taken a few hundred doses of aceta in my life, I'm still here, liver and all.  
There are roughly 300,000,000 Americans. Last year, about 500 died from taking too much Tylenol. What does that tell you? That we need new laws and restrictions on Tylenol use? Or that 299,999,500 Americans understand how to use pain relievers safely and deserve the simple freedom of buying Tylenol without a prescription, and/or mixed with Nyquil?  
Let's magnify the idiocy- last year acetaminophen killed 500, pot killed zero. Both provide pain relief. Moving on.
google adsense, and knowing your target demographic
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
Found this in the margins of Anti-War. Trying to figure out what words in the article on the Iranian election prompted Google AdSense to put that up. AdSense used to put up some hilarious ads on Asia Times, mostly for for Asian brides and dating services. I tried to find some just now to screencap, but Asia Times may have negotiated some changes with Google.
fire ants must go
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
In Texas, the fire ant is at the top of the food chain. Years of exposure to pesticides and various petroleum distillates have rendered them immune to all but the most concentrated applications. The invasion in my yard is pretty bad this year, but I have a new idea for destroying mounds. Powdered sodium.  
Now I'll admit to being inspired by people like the bee guy. My idea is really foolish, maybe a little dangerous, but it sounds awfully fun.  
My plan is to get a hold of a pound or so of very finely powdered metallic sodium. Don't bother me with details, let me enjoy my little fantasy. Anyway, I'll gouge a nice deep hole in an ant mound with a piece of rebar, pour the sodium in, and stir it up a bit. Then I will haul ass to the garden hose which I have kept at least 25 feet away, and try to arc a stream of water onto the mound. It should EXPLODE in an awesome gout of flame and sodium hydroxide.  
I'll be sure to post an update if I ever get drunk enough to try this.
cursory examination
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
Don't take your mouse cursor for granted.
national emergency
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 10 years ago
The US is in a renewed state of national emergency. When you hear the phrase, "national emergency", you'd expect something serious. Reinforcing the point that no-government-is-good-government, President Obama continued our national emergency because of the country of BELARUS:  
On June 16, 2006, by Executive Order 13405, the President declared a national emergency and ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Belarus, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons that have undermined democratic processes or institutions; committed human rights abuses related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances; and engaged in public corruption, including by diverting or misusing Belarusian public assets or by misusing public authority.  
Despite some positive developments in the past year, including the release of internationally recognized political prisoners, the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Accordingly, the national emergency declared on June 16, 2006, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond June 16, 2009. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405.  
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.  
June 12, 2009.
let the campaign begin
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
You notice how I'm not mad, and he gets mad. That's being a dick.
Texas Legislature
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
I believe the subject of cowboys needs some airing out on Linkfilter. Any comments?
new from JBL
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Parametric equalizers are for amateurs. Baby skulls are where it's at.
The Economist knows what's up
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
From The Economist:  
The costliest place in the world to get high is Japan, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime's annual World Drug Report. The street price of a gram of cannabis weed was $58.30 in 2005, over twice as much as in the next most expensive nation, Australia. Americans pay nearly twice as much as Canadians. Similar disparities occur in Europe. Although the Netherlands is the only Western country where cannabis can be bought legally, punters pay more there than in Germany or France. Prices are cheapest in developing countries, where enforcement is less strict.  
It's good to see another publication taking some market share from those elitist jerks at High Times.
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
I took a break from surfing tonight and started playing this FPS called The Hell In Vietnam. Pretty standard fare, nothing worth mentioning except this one guy. He's in your squad on occassion, and his name is Walter Sobchak.  
Sadly, he isn't voiced by John Goodman. I'd get a kick out of his character in the game firing at North Vietnamese regulars and shouting, "Shut the fuck up, Donny! V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!"
why hamas took over gaza
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Mankiw's Ten Principles of Economics, Translated
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Translated by the Stand-Up Economist here.  
This guy is a trip.
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Sopranos series finale
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Excuse me HBO, but WTF. Seriously.
libertarian inspired music video
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 12 years ago
I'm back from wherever the hell I've been for however long I was gone. I'll try to drop in every now and then, maybe even shitburden the site with book reviews and political science articles again. I'm trying to reestablish connections with people I knew, so make sure to say nihao ma, unless of course you happen to be an ignorant round-eyed savage, in which case, just say hi.  
On a tangent, who all has been banned since I left? I see a decided lack of psychomike in the couple hours I've been surfing.
what's happening
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
I gave my 30 day notice today, and I'll be moving down to Fort Worth at the end of the month. The divorce is still on course as well, but the Greene County Domestic Relations Court didn't like some of the language in the separation agreement and petition for dissolution, so they had to be drafted again.  
I don't have a job lined up in Fort Worth yet, but I've got a few good leads. I have some money saved up and a few friends to stay with in the meantime.  
I had planned to rent a truck and drive my belongings down to Texas, but a one-way 10' truck rental from Dayton was going to cost me around $1,300. I've decided to get rid of my furniture and put what I can't cram into my car into a 5'x5' storage unit, and I'll borrow a truck and get my stuff later.  
The only thing I'm concerned about now is the remaining inactive reserve obligation I have to the government. The Air Force can put me back on active duty at any time between now and July 2007. Fingers crossed, waving the chicken bone, doing my rain dance.
xmas 2005
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
I had one hell of a vacation this Christmas. In the couple of weeks I spent away from Dayton, I decided to quit my job, move out of Ohio, and get a divorce. The best part is, I've never been happier.  
To answer your first question, no, I did not join a cult.
new to the mall
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
The mall close to my apartment in Beavercreek has a new store called Nirvana. At first I thought it was just a head shop, which is weird enough in a shopping mall, but there were swords and other Society for Creative Anachronism type stuff inside. I may have to go back later and watch the people inside. I'm hoping someone will leave the store with a water bong and a scimitar. I can't forget my camera.
I need your help
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
This just email:  
From: [email protected]  
Reply-To: [email protected]  
Dear Friend,  
This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular. I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris.Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a  
state of antagonism, confusion,humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have  
even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment. You must have heard the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited  
by my husband in my name of which I have refused to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government  
so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, hence my desire for a foreign assistance. I have deposited the sum of 20 million dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any Investment opportunity. This  
arrangement is known to you and my personal Attorney. He might be dealing with you directly for security reasons as the case may be. In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $20,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending when my Daughter,Zahwa will come of age and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are hornest, I am going to entrust more funds in your  
care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children. In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my  
proposal in good faith. Please expediate action.Please kindly reply to my private email address ([email protected])  
Yours sincerely,  
Mrs.Suha Arafat  
The above confidential message was sent to you from my office by my secretary seeking for your assistance regarding my clients fund transfer.his Office will be handling anything regarding this fund transfer and all the documents are here in our custody.All response regarding the above proposal will be address to the below contact information's for immediate processing and transfer after due legal process.  
GEOFFREY BELL & ASSOCIATES (Solicitor & Advocate)  
260 Brixton Hill  
London SW2 1HP (UK)  
Mss. Anne Frank  
Secretary to:  
Barrister Geoffrey Bell.
a new laptop
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
I bought a laptop from Circuit City this afternoon, that will cost me $600 after the mail-in rebate. I've been wanting a laptop for trips, but I could never bring myself to spend over $1,000 for it. On the other hand, I didn't want a machine so anemic that loading Windows would be a chore. To compromise, I got a low-end machine, and will install some flavor of Debian on it. I've got some Knoppix ISO's already, but I may give Ubuntu a try.
how do you get booted from
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
From a post on about the Violence Against Women Act:  
I'm against VAWA By: ericatruth  
It's a sexist way to throw men in jail. My ex-wife and her friend drove from Washington into Oregon to assault me at a pizza hut and the cops came and wanted to arrest me. The pizza hut manager and many customers saw the assualt and got mad at the cops - so the cops arrested the two women, Her friend confessed and was released in exchange for the facts. My ex spent three days in jail before her dad bailed her out. Then the prosecutor dropped charges, saying he would of had to charge me to if they contiued to charge her.  
It's just a lot of lies.  
Dear ericatruth (warning) By: Leon H  
While most of us on this site share your general disdain for liberals, the link in your signature leads to a website that contains some material that we'd frankly like to avoid being associated with. If you wish to continue posting here, please remove it.  
Macho Nachos - Roe Delenda Est!  
Leon is nicer than I am. By: trevino  
Having seen your website, you are history here.
jerk city
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 13 years ago
I forgot how funny this comic strip was.  
I almost posted a different one, but then I remembered that some people view LF from work.