Sunday, August 12, 2012

I find this woman somewhat unsettling.

Whenever I surf past "Korea Today" at 2 in the morning, I am captivated, but slightly creeped-out, by the co-anchor. She's beautiful, but odd-looking.

She's probably the strongest evidence I've seen of human-alien interbreeding.

Picture via. Gif made from screencaps of "Korea Today" by [lrf]. Both presumed fair use.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Everybody's got something to hide...

...except for me and my monkey.

Image via.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The lobby of the...

...Chesterfield County Courts Building is unbelievably (maybe appropriately) bleak and gloomy. It's like a chunk was cut out of a February afternoon in 1890 and incarcerated in this piece of indifferent modern architecture.

It's not quite "abandon all hope ye who enter here," though. Maybe more like "Why bother? You're screwed."

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Three things the internet has taught me about human nature.

(Mostly from the comments section.)
  1. No matter how high-quality or well-regarded or popular something is, there's always somebody that thinks it's garbage.  A corollary to this is that for any TV or movie or book series there will always be someone that admits that it used to be good but it sucks now.  
  2. There are people just waiting for a reason to hate someone or something.  Some celebrity says or does something that falls below a critical threshold of popular opinion and they are fair game.  And once someone is in the allowed-to-be-hated category then it will always be open season on them and anyone who speaks well of them.
  3. So many people are completely incapable of understanding why other people might have made different choices or faced different circumstances than they have themselves.  That others might have had different options or fewer opportunities or just saw things differently.  If I had to sum up the internet in a sentence it would be a 28-year-old white male software developer who cannot understand why a 60-year-old black woman hasn't made the same choices he has.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Courtesy of Macy's.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Seems like...

...I'm paying more attention to politics even as politics is becoming more and more dysfunctional. I'm realizing how much of a difference it makes even as it becomes less and less possible to change anything.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's Only Art if She's Naked

But, seriously, simply an amazing painting.

The artist

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Song of the Month

And if you spend your whole life
Rolling horses into Troy
You will not go to heaven
You'll go to Champaign, Illinois

Champaign, Illinois by Old 97's on Grooveshark

I'm a pretty rational person...

...for the most part. Skeptical, cynical, etc. But I still believe in luck. Assuming that there is such a thing as randomness in the Universe--that it's not all predetermined by God or some mechanistic chain of causation--then it must be possible that sometimes good things will happen to you and sometimes bad things will happen. And whether these things are truly random or the causes are simply concealed from view, you have no conscious way of influencing them. But you never know. Maybe it does matter what color shirt you wear or what side of the bed you get out on. You might as well try to influence the indifferent chaos of the Universe.

Of course, sometimes it's hard to distinguish superstition from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and I've got that, too.