?

Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile My Website Previous Previous
Mark Atwood
I'm about 20% of the way through reading Moira Greyland Peat's horrifying childhood autobiography "The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon", and I'm having to keep a firm grip on a pressurizing bubble of rage, disgust, and horror.

I knew it was bad, but I hadn't realized how bad it was. And what's worse, is the reality was again even worse than what she has put in the book, since she said she's left many things out of the book that she was not able to separately corroborate.

People knew. Lots of people knew. Lots of people still knew, who now surely are hoping they die of comfortable old age before Moira's book prompt more people to remember, and speak what they remember, and name the people they remember...

(I just wrote, erased, rewrote, and erased again a number of paragraphs here. I may let it keep getting reworked in my head, and I may write it out again later.)

Burn it all, with white hot fire.

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/858136.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
I'm normally known to be pretty chill about "newcomers" to Seattle, as they keep coming and coming and coming... I've only lived here 18 years myself. I moved here myself.

BUT

There is a class of newcomer that I too am losing my patience with.

They are recognizable by their shiny new luxury car, almost always a BMW, and their leathery tan skin and expensive non-northwest-style clothes, and they are DEFINED by their very aggressive speedy driving style, lots of zooming squealing, and their willingness to blare their horn whenever they see someone in front of them who is not as as aggressive or as speedy as them.

Every week more and more of them infest South Lake Union, and infest the rest of Seattle, and infest the surrounding exurbs. Zoom zoom screech screech honk honk.

Some of them have been overheard to complain about the overly yielding overly polite style of Seattle drivers. Something about 'if only everyone drove more aggressively, we could all get everywhere faster", and what I hear is "if we were all assholes, we could all be assholes together".

No, they are just assholes, and I'm getting tired of it, and tired of them. This is not SF, this is not LA, this is not NYC, this is not DC, and this is especially not Masshole Boston. People who want to bring their type-A personality "get the hell out of my way, I'm an important person on my way to important meetings" asshole driving culture with them, are not welcome here.

Unfortunately, I don't know what to do about them

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/857932.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Current Location: South Lake Union, Seattle, Washington

Leave a comment
When I was taking an Uber to the SEA airport last week, there was streaming music running on the stereo in the car. Not too loud, just low background music.

Toward the end of the ride, as the car turned off the exit to the airport, "Sabotage" came on.

I waited a bit, for the extended guitar riff in the middle, and then asked from the back seat, "Isn't that Classical Music?"

The driver waited a measure, and then right on cue, said "Yes, Doctor, it would seem to be."

He got 5 stars, AND a tip.

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/857646.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
The following parable narrative never stops being appropriate:

===
Me: I don't want to take away dog owners' rights. But we need to do something about Rottweilers.
You: So what do you propose?
Me: I just think that there should be some sort of training or restrictions on owning an attack dog.
You: Wait. What's an "attack dog?"
Me: You know what I mean. Like military dogs.
You: Huh? Rottweilers aren't military dogs. In fact "military dogs" isn't a thing. You mean like German Shepherds?
Me: Don't be ridiculous. Nobody's trying to take away your German Shepherds. But civilians shouldn't own fighting dogs.
You: I have no idea what dogs you're talking about now.
Me: You're being both picky and obtuse. You know I mean hounds.
You: What the fuck.
Me: OK, maybe not actually ::air quotes:: hounds ::air quotes::. Maybe I have the terminology wrong. I'm not obsessed with vicious dogs like you. But we can identify kinds of dogs that civilians just don't need to own.
You: Can we?
===

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/857583.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
On this day in 2009, I took a long walk barefoot ankle deep in the water of the Pacific Ocean on the beach at Waikiki just after sunset, my last day there for that trip. That trip marked the beginning of the end of The Crazy Time that had consumed most of the previous year.

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/857217.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
When I was in college, one of my Research Assistant jobs was to do clerical and basic number crunching work for base knowledge surveys. It takes scrupulous and expensive controls to prevent roughly a third of the surveys from being randomly answered for the lulz. Even with the most scrupulous controls and careful interview technique, there is still roughly 5% noise.

In other words, any newspaper headline of a newspaper article that is a restatement of the abstract of some random paper from some random academic journal based on some survey, especially if its a prepub paper or open access journal, that is of the form of "ONE THIRD OF LILPUTIANS ARE STUPID, ACCORDING TO SURVEY", is rank bullshit, and is anti-knowledge, as in anyone who reads it is less informed afterwards than before.

Show me the survey questions, the interview technique, the responder selection process, the population size, the population demographics, the pre-survey stats oversight board approval, the post-survey stats oversight board signoff, and the raw data, and THEN we will talk.

(My lead researcher when I was a RA sat on several of those Stats Oversight Approval Boards. I got well schooled in several of the ways that a researcher could lie to themselves, knowingly and unknowingly.)

This entry was originally posted at https://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/857055.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
Where I live, today the sun rose at 6:47am and will set at 7:20pm. So it's morning twilight as I'm going to work, the sun is up when I get to my building, and it's still light into the evening.

Next week, the 22nd, is the equinox. Around the equinox, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer at the fastest rate. Around here, about 15 minutes a day, or 2 hours a week. Over the next 2 weeks, the day will shrink and the night will expand by 4 hours.

About the same time, historically, a cloud cover will form over the city, and with only occasional rare exceptions, will stay in place until March.

Then all the newcomers will discover, and the longer term residents will be reminded of one of Seattle's best known signature features.

The Dark is coming.

This entry was originally posted at http://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/856685.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Current Music: Sunset by Peter Katar

Leave a comment
E pur si muove

This entry was originally posted at http://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/856545.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
What is the opposite of a "free range kid"?

A cage raised one.

I don't despair for the kids. Some of them will recover. I despair for the parents and enablers who built and enforce those cages. They will go to their graves smugly convinced they did the right thing, instead of wrecking so much of the future.

This entry was originally posted at http://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/856244.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Leave a comment
In the latest news of overcontrolling busybody idiots who are terrified of imaginary threats, last Sunday the cops were called, and a mother arrested, for the crime for letting her 10yo son shop unsupervised in a Lego store.

I am curious, can any of my readers defend this sort of thing? (And "well, they were just following policy" is not a defense, it's an admission.)

This entry was originally posted at http://fallenpegasus.dreamwidth.org/855965.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Current Location: ada's technical books, seattle wa

Leave a comment