Owl Pellets

I have to head to work soon and have nothing to do but rub the dogs and stare at the clock while I try to figure out what I’m going to do when I get home. (That seems to be laundry, proof-read an essay I wrote last night to see how much of it comes across as psychotic raving, submit it, see if I can write another essay yet, maybe do a math unit and head to the gym. Might be able to squeeze in some course related reading and some personal reading. Doubt I’ll get all of this done but I’m a bit ahead of schedule on most of it anyway so I should be fine.) In the meantime . . .

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The Good Room: This is a longish piece that contrasts the library and the mall and both of those with the Internet.

“Remember: the web is a marketplace and a commonwealth, so we have both commerce and culture; it’s just that the non-commercial bits of the web get more difficult to see in comparison to the outsized presence of the commercial web and all that caters to it. It’s a visibility problem that’s an inadvertent consequence of values. The commercial parts become more self-contained and link inside themselves to keep you around—after a while, you’re looping around their cul-de-sac because attention is money on the web. Non-commercial sites link out and will let you go, which immediately puts them at a disadvantage for mindshare.”

There’s some value in this piece. Not sure about the meditating part but to each their own. I particularly think that reading a book is some pretty good fucking advice.

Elon Musk is Not the Future: Well, he might be. I hope not but since when does that have anything to do with anything? I view Musk, Oprah and Trump as the Three Heads of the American Con. Trump is the business con, Oprah is the health con and Musk is the future con. They’re all the same beast. They just face different psychographics.

Our Moloch:

“Adoration of Moloch permeates the country, imposing a hushed silence as he works his will. One cannot question his rites, even as the blood is gushing through the idol’s teeth. The White House spokesman invokes the silence of traditional in religious ceremony. “It is not the time” to question Moloch. No time is right for showing disrespect for Moloch.”

Peek Inside Tokyo’s Secret Love Hotels

My wife and I stayed at a love hotel when were in Seoul. (Nothing as elaborate as the ones shown here.) We knew it was a love hotel going in. It was a good deal and also catered to tourists. It was also a nice place to stay. Sure beat the hell out of Motel 6.