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and because it’ll spend most of its time there until then anyway

It really is about the enormous amount of guns we have and the ease with which we can obtain more. NYTimes Vox

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It is August, 2019

If I ever have to choose, I’d rather be deaf than blind. That said, music is one hell of a consolation prize.

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Kentucky Derby

Who knew there were rules in horse racing?

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When your muse is banging on all cylinders

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1997

There was this group of American kids on the steps outside the Venice train station; each had a bottle of wine she was drinking, each was sitting next to her backpack. It was 9 in the evening or so, we … Continue reading

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40 years ago today

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team

With apologies to Sidney Harris, whose artwork I appropriated.

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perspective

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Good dogs

Good dogs just know to stick with their person everywhere, even when things aren’t going their way at the moment. Just know it: “Sticking with this lost four year-old is my best and only option right now.” Stick to them … Continue reading

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Proof that there are rocks on top of other rocks out there in space

It’s hard not to imagine standing there, as far from home as you could be.   More super interesting stuff from the Rosetta Probe.

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They’re ALL going to die

I just noticed that they’re all going to die. They’re all going to die. I need to stop saying “Oh, that’s too bad” when celebrities keel over, because they’re all going to do that at some point, until I do. … Continue reading

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ferrets

I look at a video of some pet ferret doing ferret things, with uniquely lovable ferret-y interactions with its people and I think “they could be incorporated.” The weltanshauung has enough room for a third beast and its peculiar shenanigans. … Continue reading

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Greenland today

Earlier today!

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Violent E pauses to philosophize in Jarkhand

That took longer than I thought it would

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because for fuck-sake, art

It should be taken as a given that intelligent criticism of any art is that-art-based, and not a denial of that form to be an art.

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Schadenfreude

It’s kind of old, but it’s a handy link. Epicaricacy.

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Miss USA

Go pat yourselves on the back for trying to regain relevancy, you superannuated fucks.  Why do we have pageants in 2017? This century isn’t what I imagined it to be at all.  

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This man is confident in his brand of armor

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How to tell if the new guy is just, what, racist?

Camus believes that all Western countries are faced with varying degrees of “ethnic and civilizational substitution.” He points to the increasing prevalence of Spanish, and other foreign languages, in the United States as evidence of the same phenomenon. Although his … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence

“Evidence shows that the most insular scientific communities have led the march away from elaborated sentences in favor of complex, compressed nouns: Science articles in specialist publications such as the Journal of Cell Biology contain fewer relative clauses and more … Continue reading

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