A Sundry Assortment of I has been BUSY!

Well, this is certainly interesting. I’ll kick off this sundry assortment with a diversion. Oh, look a bird!

Grammarly, not Grammarly.

Grammarly offers a free writing assistant, a plug-in, that checks basic spelling, punctuation, and grammar as you write.  Given that my writing is given to breaking the rules, Grammarly also offers to clue me into my advanced yellow mistakes for $139.95/year.  On a per-word benefit and an average of $11.66/month, this is probably a pretty good deal.

Oh, but what Grammarly doesn’t know. Style. Mine. Well, maybe.

My Freshman English professor had no problem with broken rules as long as they were asterisked on paper.  I’d asterisk the incomplete sentences. Well, they weren’t sentences really. Phrases missing a noun. Or a verb.* And I’d asterisk sentences that kicked off with a connector.*  And truth be told, although I could use a refresher on the rules, it seems like self-abuse to pay Grammarly to correct my “style”.*

Well, maybe.

Today, Grammarly suggested that the title of “I’ve been BUSY!” should be corrected to “I has been BUSY!” and I’m given to pause and consider. It would seem Grammarly has style of the “I haz cheeseburger” variety. I could get behind that. Maybe I should invest in the advanced Grammarly checker.

And while constructing the above, Grammarly reverted to “I’ve been BUSY!” as the correct form which we knew all along. We were entertained by Grammarly’s flair which was fleeting. Back to asterisks and yellow.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Anews privilege.

By “anews” privilege, I’m using ‘a’ in the ‘not’ form.  Atypical is not typical like atheist is not a theist.

I missed blogging last week. Wholly immersed in things other, I traipsed and tripped through my daily adventures and didn’t really catch up on all the news that’s fit to holler until the end of the week.

The current events going on in our struggle toward a more perfect union are overwhelming — Russian influence in social media, the Mueller investigation, civil rights assaults, the Dreamer debacle, the Prescedense and the Porn Star¹ … it’s a long list.

And my life, my movements, my actions were not impacted one whit.

And that is privilege.

A rumination on Pi Day, (03.14).²

Pi (Π). Pi describes the circle, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, ≅ 3.14.

But pi’s true superpower is in getting us out of the clock-time domain and into frequency. And the frequency domain is where the magic happens.

Think of Alice through the looking glass. Pi opens a door labeled ‘Fourier Transforms’ and all the convoluted filtering functions perk up their ears and run like multiplied gazelles. Because they are.

And thanks to Pi, a mathematical constant, we have telecommunications. Just think of it.  I can throw a text up and into the air and down it falls on the phone of my friend sitting right next to me.

Like magic. And no one else saw our lips move.

Just a whisper.

Wow.


But Pi doesn’t wait for anybody.

I’m not sure what that last statement means but I feel it to be true. Intuition. Pi is constant and a constant.  Whether or not you find the value in pi, pi doesn’t care.

And as someone totally agog at the capability of technology, it is good to step away from Pi. From technology.

Eat some real pie.

In Men in Black II, the Young Agent K : “Pie don’t work unless you let it.”

And here is my shout out to CaityPies in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mmmmm, try pie. It doesn’t wait for anybody.

RIP, Stephen Hawking (1942.01.08 – 2018.03.14)

I miss knowing that someone so brilliant and so funny as Stephen Hawking is not with us anymore.

I need to read his books and I need to watch the movie, The Theory of Everything.

He also predicted the end of the universe recently. Thankfully on a time scale that doesn’t look to scale to us humans. We don’t need to mark our calendars. Next week is secure and scientific notation will be required to describe the time to reach zero energy.

But what if the approach to zero energy happens like the big bang?

So many questions. After the real scientists review his paper, I need to investigate. What if we drop to zero in the amount of time it took to blast it all apart into the free-wheeling solar systems and galaxies we currently enjoy? And if the stars run out of energy, whut? What about entropy? Enthalpy? Where will that energy go? Conservation. Conservation of energy.

And I remember how confused I was in Thermodynamics. Oh dear.

Stay tuned.

Or not.

Strange Bedfellows

Oh the glory of the diametrically opposed yet bedfellows!

For your consideration:

Dr. Willie Parker & Satanists

Dr. Willie Parker is an evangelical Christian who defends abortion.

And so do Satanists.

Diametrically opposed on religious beliefs. Bedfellows in women’s rights and agency over her own body.

NRA & GOP/Trump Administration

The NRA uses the 2nd amendment to defend gun ownership – “being necessary to the security of a free state.”

And the GOP & Trump are all about those guns too!

Bedfellows on gun ownership, if ever there was an administration tending towards dictatorship and a non-free state possibly requiring citizen intervention, it is this one!

Go figure.


¹ Yes, I’m capitalizing ‘Porn Star.’ If Stormy Daniels gets Prescedense OTUS out of the office, she deserves all the capitals.

² This is for the maths. And I may not have all the words right, but the poetry is there.

 

Crazy Congregations!

“Men go crazy in congregations,

They only get better one by one.

All this Time, Sting

And so goes. In the struggle for a more perfect union, it turns out that we the body politic, have gone crazy in congregations.


I have been skeptical that the Mueller investigation into Russian interference and collusion would turn up any prosecutable malfeasance. Well, I was wrong.

This is old news. February 16, 2018. Nearing a month. But, in Mueller v. Russians and their BOTS, thirteen Russian nationals and three (3) companies were indicted.  A link to the 37-page, full indictment is here until it gets yanked …

I was, and am gobsmacked at how ably the Russians used our own systems to manipulate the electorate, enlist US citizens to act as boots on the ground, and quickly adapt to exploit existing divisions using our own systems when their tactics weren’t working.

Again, it must have pissed Putin off mightily back in the 1980’s when Gorbachev cried ‘uncle!’ to the Star Wars dished up at Reagan’s table. But the lathe of heaven turns and Putin’s dreams have come true! He groomed a trump card. And here we are. All the worse for it.


In Twitter, I tripped across Baratunde, a futurist comedian, writer, and activist who read Mueller’s whole indictment, highlighted specific texts and summarized with lively observations and conclusions. I’ll skip his summary of Russian intrigue and jump right to the conclusions.

From Baratunde:

“We build a giant deception machine called marketing and advertising, and an adversary used it against us.

“We build a giant influence machine called social media, and an adversary used it against us.

“We left open, unreconciled divisions in our society, and an adversary used it against us.

“We weakened our press such that all the phony conflict inspired by this information warfare campaign was reported in real-time with little to no vetting, and an adversary used it against us.

“We allowed our democracy to become so corrupted by money and self-serving, power-hungry folks that we already didn’t trust it, and an adversary used it against us.

“If the election had turned out differently, would we even know half of what we do? We only got Robert Mueller because Trump is president but also bad at wielding his power.

“And even though the Russians amplified divisions to be greater than they are, those divisions are real now. There is a basic level of trust we have to have in our environment to act appropriately, and that’s severely broken.

“On top of that, one-half of the political establishment (the republican half) is completely uninterested in acknowledging, investigating, or responding to this sophisticated act of information warfare.  They’ve done NOTHING to prepare us for the next campaign.

“The president still hasn’t imposed the Russia sanctions that Congress passed overwhelmingly. And everybody’s just acting like, “Meh. TRUMP WILL BE TRUMP! Undermining national security is just his THING ya know?”

“And Facebook. Oh Facebook. So happy to monetize the destruction of our civil fabric. They made $7B in the 3rd quarter of 2016. Zuckerberg smugly said 99% of posts are “authentic.” We cannot trust this company to do what’s best for us. Not just FB btw.

“This indictment isn’t just about Trump. It’s about us needing a better vision for how we do this whole “society” thing. What forms of power get held accountable. What voices we listen to. This is ultimately about reality and our collective agreement on what THAT is. /END”

16 Feb 2018 01:10 PM. Tweet.


We, the US electorate-body-politic, went crazy in congregation.

And at lunch with a friend, as I expressed frustration and big feels of estrangement and distance from friends and family members who were congregants, I was reminded that we only get better one by one.

And to get better one by one requires work.  Engage in hard conversations. Be the alternative voice. Speak truth to crazy. Practice kindness, patience, presence.

Persist.

We only get better one by one.


Read the entire Twitter thread by Baratunde! Until it gets pulled, here’s a link:

Baratunde: unrolled Twitter thread – re:Mueller indictment of Russians