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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

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Clowning Around with Fire

Trump’s proposed choices for cabinet are so ludicrous you have to think they’re parody.  Intentional, maybe?

Jerry Falwell Jr., a science denying, young-earth creationist, for Education?  Jeff Sessions, whose only issue with the KKK is their pot-smoking, for AG?  Ben Carson, arguably the world’s stupidest brain surgeon, for… anything?  The phrase, “he CAN’T be SERIOUS” keeps echoing in my head.

And now Hillary’s popular vote lead has passed 2 million votes, 1.5 percentage points.  The vote totals look very fishy in at least three swing states, enough to change the electoral margin in her favor.  Hard to believe she won’t challenge these.

If the Republic survives this shit-storm, it will be a new high in the resilience of human institutions.  Far beyond anything the Jedi… or even Hari Seldon… could have envisioned.


The “I Don’t Wanna” Post

Have you ever noticed that when someone says “I can’t” it really means “I don’t wanna”?

I can’t go to the party

I can’t finish the paper in time

I can’t figure out how to do date arithmetic in Excel

I can’t meet anyone good.

Some of these things might be difficult.  All of them require some effort, and maybe some changes to oneself.  But not one of them violates any of the laws of physics.

I did not wanna post anything tonight, but I knew that “I can’t” would be a lie to myself.  So with that uncomfortable truth rattling around in there, here you go.


Better Things – Better TV


Are we in a golden age of TV now? I keep seeing Important Essays that say we are.  I just think it’s a bridge too far to decide that we’re in a golden age of anything while we’re in it.  We’re going to need some perspective.  But I will definitely say that the quality and variety is on the upswing.

Better Things is a great example.  It’s the latest from Pamela Adlon, longtime collaborator of Louis CK.  She takes the absurd/surreal yet all-too-real vibe of the later seasons of Louie and drives it to new heights.   You owe it to yourself to check it out.  It joins a really strong lineup on FX/FXX of non-stupid comedies like Man Seeking Woman and You’re the Worst.  And even NBC (yes! NBC!) is chiming in on the non-stupid comedy front with Superstore and The Good Place.

Check it all out.  This is why we have TiVo!


“Is It Because of That Song?”

barcamp_rochester_logo_reboot_iconAt a BarCamp a few years ago, I had the chance to attend a talk by a woman (oh, I wish I could remember or retrieve her name!) who had been the PR Director of Kodak on the day they announced the final end of production for Kodachrome.

She told about taking a few of the phone calls that came in that day from displeased members of the public. One conversation she related to us had gone something like this:

Are you a full-time photographer?
I am a serious hobbyist!
OK, fine.  Do you shoot Kodachrome?
Not currently
Is there any Kodachrome in your film fridge?
No… there isn’t.
So why are you so upset?  Is it because of that song?
. . .


It’s All a Scam! (And that’s OK.)


Premieres Nov. 9!  Check your cable listings.

So for a while, when it was still quite the Clown Car, I was mentioning that a lot of the marginal Republican candidates seemed to be in it for the money.

Then the challengers fell away, and I became focused on the hideous, hideous possibility that this homunculus might actually get his hiney into a chair behind the desk in the Oval Office.  As of now, this seems unlikely.  In fact, based on the primary electorate he built up as his base, almost everything he’s done since the convention only seems to make sense if he’s actively trying to lose.

Return to the fact that Trump has been a con man and a grifter for his entire career, and instead of thinking, “holy crap, a grifter might possibly become President”, think, “holy crap, what an enormous grift this whole sorry spectacle is!”

Example: When his campaign started getting donations at a serious level, Trump Tower raised the rent for the campaign’s office space by a factor of five.

Or spending eight million dollars on web design to raise more money from — let’s be blunt — idiots.  Idiots who have shown the distinct lack of judgement required to actually give a billionaire $50 checks.

And then we have the hats.  So.  Many.  Hats.  Somewhere I read the following definition of the Trump campaign: “…a hat website that advertises by running a guy for President.”  (That’s from memory. Oh how I wish I could find the quote again.  If you know where it’s from, hit me up in the comments so I can give it the link-love it deserves.)

Finally, we have the word on what Trump plans to do with his campaign’s mailing lists and donor rolls after the election: “Monetize it.”


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