Saturday, November 29, 2014

Useful Table Of Who Saw What At The Michael Brown Shooting

Produced by PBS.

Heisenberg Hat Drawing

Heisenberg Hat Drawing

Chandra and the folks at TCP Youth in Los Angeles are having a raffle for a genuine Goorin Brothers' Heisenberg Hat. Hat box signed by numerous Breaking Bad cast members. List price $195; each ticket is $5 (five tickets for $20). Enter often, and win! Drawing to be held at the end of January, 2015.

The Old See The Trivial The Young Ignore

Old people notice patterns young people dismiss. The only obstacle to the natural superiority of old people is the tenden - SQUIRREL!

Buh-Bye Fracking Boom

So, the Saudis are acting to end the American fracking boom and flay the Red States like they did in 1986.
“In 2016, when OPEC completes this objective of cleaning up the American marginal market, the oil price will start growing again,” said Fedun, who’s made a fortune of more than $4 billion in the oil business, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “The shale boom is on a par with the dot-com boom. The strong players will remain, the weak ones will vanish.”

"The Hunger Games - Mockingjay - Part I"

Saw "Mockingjay - Part I" tonight. Liked it a lot! I'm struck how the District 13 assembly place is a slightly-updated version of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon. I've been thinking a lot about Panopticons lately, so to aid that think I bought a comic book summary of the work of Michel Foucault called "Foucault for Beginners" by Lydia Fillingham (because Foucault's writings on Discipline, Punishment and Panopticons can be a hard slog). Fillingham notes that Foucault would not have approved such a comic book, but he might have approved of Mockingjay, because of the many examples of Discipline.

Here is a nice cover:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Frankie and the Fabletones, Featuring the Fabulous Fuzzy Dice, Performing At The Falls Event Center

I was invited to a private investors' dance party (because, despite my hip hop friends, I apparently swing with the monied classes too), and so I headed out to the brand-new Falls Event Center in Elk Grove on November 22nd, to see a band unknown to me. Turned out to be a doo wop group from Davis, Frankie and the Fabletones, Featuring the Fabulous Fuzzy Dice. One of the Fuzzy Dice turned out to be an old DMTC compatriot and friend, Dianna Craig! Amazing!
The point of the party was to persuade investors to buy into this chain of alluring and brand-new event centers. The place was very nice: it opened in September (and this particular building opened only a month ago) and another event center is going to open soon in Roseville. Made me wonder, though - perfect for weddings, but in direct competition with a variety of well-appointed community centers and church halls. They can charge a premium rate, however, for the great facilities. Next destination for the investment seminars - Salt Lake City!

Capay Valley Wildlife, At Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014