Monday, October 25, 2021

“Overnight in the World's Most Secluded Cabin”, in Cascadia

Mount Shuksan tarn


Overnight in the World's Most Secluded Cabin”, with Drew Simms.

Drew drives his jeep, parks, rides a mountain bike ten miles, locks it to tree, and climbs to a fire watch cabin, on peak in the Washington Cascades.  Another couple is there to share. There is an honor system to board up when he leaves.  

He also has to climb a rope and vertical ladder to get to the cabin.

Picture, Mt. Shuksan, AK, Wikipedia embed

Sunday, October 24, 2021

"Secrets of Dune" YT channel claims WB is trying to shut the channel down


Nevada desert 2012-5

Here’s an odd one.,

“Secrets of Dune” claims that Warner Brothers is trying to end his Youtube channel, with copyright claims and YT demonetization.

Is there a problem that spoilers would deter ticket sales?  Not for a story as complicated but well known from the books as this one.

Well my own script “Second Epiphany” drawn from my own SASE books could become just as complicated if it became a franchise.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Is China’s Social Credit System Real? " a westerner who has lived there tells us


Iowwhy86 offers a video on Oct. 21, “Is China’s Social Credit System Real? I Found Out”.

The system is fully implemented in only a few areas and is inconsistent.  It picks on rather specific, narrow violations. 

Yet China is very determined to demand social capital from every individual, through mandatory residential and workplace CCP organizing.

Wikipedia embed of Three Gorges Dam, click for attribution. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

“Four Hours at the Capitol” from HBO Documentary

2021 United States Capitol VOA 1 (cropped)


HBO Documentary Films offers  a 92-minute film by Jamie Roberts, “Four Hours at the Capitol”.

This is the most detailed account yet of the events inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when 15000 insurgents tried to stop the counting of the Electoral College votes by Congress.

One of the most chilling scenes is the evacuation of the House from its own chamber.

The personal brutality of members of the mob, wanting to gouge eyes, is striking.

So is their immersion in erratic beliefs, as they do not trust mainstream sources of information om a world of algorithmic social media. Some believe in replacement ideology, and others fear expropriation by the radical Left, even according to CRT.   

Brendan Gutenschwager often appears and comments.

Ford Fischer and News2Share contributed licensed footage outdoors.

The film does not give a lot of detail on how the reinforcements pushed back the rioters after 4 hours. The lack of preparation by Capitol police seems to be Trump’s doing. We had a close call with Trump's use of martial law, and then what?

There is a line in the crowd: "Whose side are you on?"  Really.

Wikipedia embed of Voice of America image p.d., click for attribution.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

“What They Pay For”, from Film Courage


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Film Courage with Jack Grapes, “What The Audience Wants More Than Anything Else”, or “What They Pay For”

It’s the transformational line without the birthday cake.

It’s what in people you can care about when they have lost their own part-objects.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“Restricted: How Big Tech Is Taking Away Your Freedom", from PragerU

9/11 memorial tower of song


“Restricted: How Big Tech Is Taking Away Your Freedom”, 2101/9/29, 20 min, documentary from PragerU, link.

BigTech is depicted as using its monopoly  tactics to favor an identarian progressive agenda, with a vague definition of hate speech based on relativism and grievance rather than normal social standards.

In practice it tends to shadow-ban or demonetize rather than deplatform. Or thry have refused to distinguish between citizen or independent journalism and direct speech.

But it in extreme cases it has used infrastructure companies to remove competitors (Parler) or even get bank accounts closed.

Monday, October 18, 2021

“A Walk Through Dementia” , in a supermarket, animated

“A Walk Through Dementia” from Alzheimers Research UK.

In a supermarket. Speaks for itself.  Animated, plain. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Top 10 Most RACIST STATES in America (#1 is a surprise)


Rehoboth, 2021-6

Top 10 Most RACIST STATES in America” by From Here to There. 2021/9/21.

The metrics involved Twitter and income gaps by race.

#1 shows the Rehoboth boardwalk.  

Saturday, October 16, 2021

“The Dunning-Kruger Effect”, and self-righteousness



“The Dunning-Kruger Effect”, video by Aperture, is the observation that people wgo claim expertise about a subject often know very little.  Is this the case with coronavirus vaccines? Maybe about a particular chess opening?

Curiosity is a virtue.

Nice body at the end.

Friday, October 15, 2021

“What Is Information?”


my music

What Is Information?” from Closer to Truth.

The interactions of all matter involve setting binary bits.

The need to control entropy necessitates local consciousness and agency.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

“All 10 PROVINCES in CANADA Ranked WORST to BEST” , the far north is interesting


Lake Ontario from Toronto hotel, 2019-7

“All 10 PROVINCES in CANADA Ranked WORST to BEST” by From Here to There.

It starts with the territories, where some people get rich.

Home prices are quite high, and crime is higher than you would expect.

The #1 province really could be a separate country, my last big visit was in 1993.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Typical day living in a van, with Ethan Lusby

Mount Rushmore Closeup 2017


Typical day living in a van... it’s getting too cold” as Ethan Lusby wakes up in his van and takes us east to Mount Rushmore, SD

I visited it in 1974 after weeks in Minnesota on a work benchmark. Then again in 1998, when living in Mn.

Remember “North by Northwest”?

Wikipedia embed, click for attribution. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

"There Is No 'I'" (indeed)


 "There Is No 'I'", from Aperture, 15 min, 2021.

The analysis of what happens with Alzheimers is telling.

My own life is piecewise continuous, with ironic breakpoints. 

 "There Is No 'They'", too.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

"My Daily Routine Living In My Truck", Nate in Colorado

Independence Pass scenic overlook


“My Daily Routine Living In My Truck” as 22-yr-old finance guru Nate O'Brien continues living off the grid, near Breckenridge, CO.

Note the practicalities of car life camping, going into town for supplies, working online outdoors.

Independence Pass, CO. Wikipedia embed

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Luke Korns vs. Dubai

Dubai skyline 2015 (crop)

Luke Korns: “I Asked 100 Hotels to Stay for Free (it worked)”

Luke flew to Dubai, claimed to be a social media influencer, and asked for rooms.  About 5% took him up on it.

The last one was a 5-star in an artificial Palm. 

poct  wikipedia embed  2015

Friday, October 08, 2021

How storytelling principles apply incidents in my own life



Tyler Mowery discusses a fundamental with screenwriting “How to Give Your Story a Good Foundation

The main idea is that a good film presents its protagonist with clear stakes, practically and then philosophically.

So for me, its 1961.  My parents go on a road trip to visit me my freshman year of college away from home Thanksgiving.  Black Friday they visit friends in another city and my father gets a surprise phone call from a dean at the college,  That sets up a situation for my parents’ marriage.

It would be challenging to formulate the goals and stakes for a dramatic situation this diffuse.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

"Fruits of Labor" a teenager in California supports siblings and deals with school


federal relocation site

Fruits of Labor” (2021) directed by Emily Cohen (74 mi

n), tells the story of Ashley, half Mexican, who wants high school and college, winding up supporting siblings working in food processing assembly lines and strawberry fields when ICE raids her family.  The film early on makes a point of the history that FDR’s New Deal did not protect farm workers, a relic of systemic racism. COVID is a perverse rosk.

This aired Oct 4 on PBS.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

"Casa Ruby": documentary short about LGBTQ shelter in DC


Older shelter from 2017-1 service day

Here is an informative 9-minute documentary by Ruby Corado, from May 2021, “Casa Ruby.

This is a shelter for LGBTQ youth in Washington DC .  It recently lost funding from DC government, see LGBTQ blog. Ruby has reportedly stepped down as director (WTOP)

Friday, October 01, 2021

“Did the Universe Need Conscious Life?” or local agency?


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“Did the Universe Need Conscious Life?” by Meta Rising and Waking Cosmos, Documentary about Consciousness 2021.

The argument is reflexive.  You could sum it up as saying the Universe needs consciousness with local high agency to balance entropy.  Ultimately the Universe may cycle between Omega points.