Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Jessie Graff – Real Woman Superhero

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR — “Daytona Beach Qualifier” — Pictured: Jessie Graff — (Photo by: Myron Luzniak/NBC)Jessie

Last year, she was the first woman to complete Stage 1 at Mt. Midoriyama.  That alone puts her in the top tier of groundbreaking women on this show, along with greats like Kacy Catanzaro and Meagan Martin.

This year, during USA v World competition, she failed on just the first obstacle, about four steps into the whole thing.  That was a stunning upset — she figured to finish, or at least get close.  And then Drew Drechsel, the USA team captain, did something amazing.  He gave her his spot in the Stage 2 rotation.

She took that vote of confidence and did a little better in Stage 2… watch:

Then last night, she turned in this gritty performance:

No buzzer, but she’ll be in the finals.  I would not bet against her.

 

How to Contract

A Chicago design firm called Segura has this as their entire contract form now:

In other words, “If we trust each other we’ll work well together, and if not, then three reams of paper covered with finely printed legalese will never put that right.”

via BoingBoing

Golden Age or Golden City?

Midnight in Paris is a 2013 film that generated a lot of critical verbiage about Woody Allen’s take on nostalgia.  A longing for the “good old days” – referred to by one of those trademarked Woody Allen pedantic-prick characters as the “golden age fallacy“, drives a time travel tale about Gil, an American writer.

Gil is in Paris in our time, but he longs for the Paris of the 1920’s, with the Lost Generation.  He gets there because Paris is magic, maybe a tad more so at midnight.  There he meets everyone — Hemingway, Stein, Picasso, Dali and more.  He also meets Adrianna, an art groupie who falls for him in the 1920’s, though she also longs for her idea of the Golden Age.  She wants to get back to La Belle Époque: the 1890’s.  When she does, she decides to stay, once Edgar Degas recruits her to design ballet costumes.  Gil returns to the modern age (via the 1920’s?) and decides to stay in Paris.  Just as well, his fiancee is a shallow twit who sleeps with the pedantic-prick dude at the drop of a hat, and her parents are odious Rethuglicans who think the TEA Party folks are very nice… but would never invite any to their Malibu beach house.

The whole movie is an hour and a half to tell maybe 40 minutes’ worth of story, so why does it exist?  My operative theory now, after two viewings: it’s straight up Paris porn.  And it works.  After seeing it again, I want to go back even more.

 

Condragulations, Sasha Velour!

Winner of Season 9 on RuPaul’s Drag Race

During the final competitive episode (12), she said she was “more true than real.”  Given that our current power structure is all too real, yet has a decidedly adversarial relationship to truth, I think “more true than real” is something we can try now.  She also told an ew.com interview:

I believe drag is a form of activism. It centers queer people and queer ways of being beautiful, especially in a political context where beauty is narrowly defined or what’s considered important or valuable is narrowly defined, and drag always offers a different option.

Reality drools.  Truth rules.  Wear that crown well, Sasha!

 

Quiet Time

What a week it has been. Rethuglicans have made their intentions plain: fatten the tax-free offshore wealth of their owners at the cost of the lives of 20 million Americans who were too f*cking stupid to be born into families with mid-seven digits of net worth or more.

I need a break from this increasingly sh!tty country.

Here.

 

 

This is some next level sh*!

This is the headline from today’s Slate.  Spend a moment parsing this….

White House Warns Reporters Not to Report on Instructions About Not Reporting on Thursday’s Press Conference

A Trump supporter is someone who does not think the press has a role other than to report the Pumpkin’s propaganda.

A Trump supporter has no f*ing clue what America is, or should be.  Sickening.

Bread and Circuses…

…and whatever the f* this is:

This is what we should be paying attention to, I guess, while the Pumpkin burns our democracy to the ground.

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