Openly Eccentric - Open Thread 8/21/2016
Good Sunday Morning, and here's hoping you get some relief from the heat!
Yesterday was the 2nd Portland Area C99 Meetup, and a real joy, once again. Not as good a turnout as last time, but the quality of people was great as always, and thank you to everyone who showed up. I took far fewer pictures, and honestly am still a bit too exhausted to fight with my computer on uploading them so that may be an essay for another day.
Will say that I'm actually thinking about running for office as a result of today. If not me, Who? There's a dearth of good people in politics because we're not obsessed with control over our fellow human beings. So I'm thinking I should run, if for no other reason than to keep a slimebag out of power.
Today I also engaged in a traditional and very effective way of beating the heat. Siesta. I think it's time that we as a culture start thinking about making this part of our summer routine. The 9-5 schedule will soon be a thing of the past, as our energy costs to keep the workers working during the worst weather will show to be completely cost ineffective. Work should change to reflect the actual conditions outside, and the day to day life. In essence, we need to stop thinking about the work world as separate and artificial from the daily life on the planet. Work and play are not to be scheduled monotonously, but rather embraced and varied, as humans are truly wont to experience. No, it is not the most efficient, but is it truly efficient to spend vast sums of energy to maintain an artificial construction of work as drudgery?
Good to know that we here in the US prosecute those who give away state secrets VIGOROUSLY. Oh not politicians, hell no. The soldier who wrote a book about killing Bin Laden, though? He cannot be allowed to profit from that! Every penny he made is going to go right back to the U.S. Government. Who will presumably spend it on one more day in the war that killing Bin Laden was supposed to end.
There was another big bombing in Turkey. Didn't hear about it? Not surprising. It was buried beneath the fold because it was just another suicide bomber in a primarily non-white country. I will say though, the trend in the Middle East seems to be "DON'T GET MARRIED".
So, why did I have to go to Australian News to get info about the US Space Program? Maybe because it's a joint mission with Canada. Still kinda cool to see pure research is still happening, despite the efforts of the MSM to destroy it.
And in a minor note, Watchmakers are becoming extinct. Apparently corporate rules and the massive use of cheap throwaway watches has reduced the demand to the point that we're actually losing an entire trade. Some may see it as similar to the decline of the horse drawn cart, but I disagree strongly, because watchmakers and the ability to make small precise machinery is one of the founding points for all of our modern technology. IMHO, this loss is a bit like knocking out the foundation of a HUGE building. It isn't going to last without the underpinnings.
And for your Sunday Morning music, some Game music from one of my friends Tony Manfredonia. He's an awesome composer and a personal acquaintance. http://www.manfredoniamusic.com/ This is a bit of his music from an upcoming indie game, and I think folks will enjoy it.