Sunday Papers 9-28-2014

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We went to the Fair last weekend! It was the last weekend, so you can imagine that the vegetable tableau was not exactly fresh and crisp anymore. But, as always, it was fun to visit the goats, the sheep, look at the piglets and the gigantic pumpkins, and all that stuff. I’m not a fan of the rides and the food and frankly, I could do without all of that. And there’s definitely a point during the whole affair where my brain gets overloaded by the noise, heat, and masses of people and I just want to go home again. That happens after 2-3 hours, usually.

Ello is all over the place right now, but I’m not really buying that while no-ads, etc., thing. Sooner or later the shoe will drop (if it hasn’t already) and let’s face it — you need money to do stuff on the internet. Be that as it may, I snuck a peek, so if you want to lurk with me, I’m @hateworm there, as well.

I’ve never used VPN expect for work, but it’s probably also helpful if, I don’t know, you want to watch a video that some pesky people don’t want you to watch in your country of choice. The Tunnelbear is here to help.

Sometimes it’s good to have a reminder that even if you curate ‘your’ internet to be the place you want it to be, it doesn’t keep it from being a mighty creepy place, as in the case of people stealing your baby photos and posting them role-playing babies or mothers. This actually happened to a friend of ours. The world’s a weird place man.

However, it has always been, and thanks to medieval and museum Twitter accounts we can see just how weird it used to be. There’s a curated list of Museum Twitter Bots that’s fun, but my favorite historical/medieval/science Twitter accounts I highly recommend are: @theretronaut, @damienkempf, @nickculpeper, and @bibliodyssey.

Oh, and here’s a reminder that getting hit by lightning is only one of several ways to die by electrocution.

This last week has been oddly busy, but I’ve finally finished editing the next episode of It’s Unclear, so that should go up sometime next week. I forgot how tedious editing can be, especially if it’s mostly about taking out pauses, ahhs, ahems, and uhms. More than 15 minutes of that stuff adds up to A LOT of tiny snippets, let me tell you that.

Sunday Papers 9-21-2014 — this is a bleak one, friends.

The Icelandic Police Dept. is on Instagram. You might want to follow them after reading this post to remember that the world can also be a happy place.

When I was still in school I was fascinated by prison writing and the dynamics of closed communities and total institutions and really dug Erving Goffmann‘s work. This article about prison gangs really reminded me of a lot of the stuff I read back then and if you’re familiar with the topic or not it’s an interesting article on the other end of the spectrum of shows like Lock Up and the like. Which are a guilty pleasure of mine, as well.

Diseases move between humans and animals and if you ask me, nothing good can come of this. On the other hand, if you follow Extinction Symbol you can’t help but start thinking that no humans on this planet might not be the worst thing for the planet.

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And quite frankly, as apparently celebrities are regarded as authorities on pretty much everything in this country, like the need for immunizations,for instance, a major culling of the herd might be just around the corner. And, while I mentioned before that I’m all for natural burials, I’m not sure if I’m 100% on board with the idea of turning humans into compost, but I guess extreme conditions demand extreme responses.

Whew, this is a bleak one! Prisons, disease, death, spanking…but sometimes that’s the way it is.

And, last but not least, a new episode of our podcast, It’s Unclear, is about to drop soon, so fasten your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen. If you missed the inaugural episode, you can subscribe and download it here on iTunes. If you like it, let us know!, leave a review, and, most importantly, tell a friend!

Sunday Papers 9-14-2014

While I actually don’t remember opening that website, I found myself reading a long article about the largest body farm in the US. If you want to be pecked apart by vultures and other animals, they take donations!

As I’ve found out when I was research natural burial sites — the way I want to be disposed of — getting buried the way you want is actually quite a tricky business and considering that there’s only one place in the state of Washington where you can do that I can just imagine the hassle to leave this world by getting flayed and then eaten by vultures if it’s not part of your country’s culture. But even if it is, if the vultures are disappearing, things get more difficult.

This week we also finalized the whole car-thing and went on our first trip this weekend, like real adults! It was a small trip to Snoqualmie Falls, but considering how our usual road trips go (which is: badly with lots of missed exits and getting lost and closed venues), we thought it was best to start small. And I’ve wanted to go up there again for a long time. It’s not that far and it’s not even a hike (plus, on a nice day it’s also over-run with tourists) but ever since I’ve watched Twin Peaks back in Germany the falls have somehow been “The Northwest” for me, with all the weirdness and gloominess of David Lynch’s show.

So that was nice. I think we’ll do more of this.

Sunday Papers 9-7-2014…slipping slipping slipping

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Here I am, thinking that doing this regularly on Sunday would be easier, but the last two weekends where busy busy busy! Last weekend we decided to go ahead and buy a car, which turned out to be more stressful than I expected (or maybe was just as stressful as it will always be) so the Saturday was completely out and on Sunday we, like responsible adults, started buying Christmas presents for family abroad, which ate up pretty much the rest of the weekend.

So there. No time to read on the internet and stuff the results down your hungry little maws!

Something else that made the last week and weekend different than others was that I developed (and it seems like dodged) a cauliflower ear. If anything is gnarly, it’s more on the inside and not the rim of the ear, so from an aesthetic perspective that’s good I guess. What I didn’t expect was how much it hurt. I’ve had bruised ears before and while not great it’s not really painful. But caulis….holy fuck. That hurts. Oaf that I am I didn’t connect the dots and still went to class, bringing headgear, and while the gear is not bad it’s not really staying but either. Granted, it wasn’t exactly high quality headgear, so I might be in the market for something more sturdy. I didn’t drain it, partly because I noticed it so late and partly because I couldn’t really see what was going on, but I think it must have — brace yourselves — popped at some point and drained itself. Sick nasty, I know, but it sounds a lot worse than it was. Overall, not a great experience.

Speaking of cars, even though I’ve learned how to parallel part and can probably pull it off, I hate and I’m not feeling comfortable doing it at all, but thanks to math and science, someone has calculated exactly how it should work.

I’ve been getting these ebook bundles for a while and as it is these things it’s a grab bag of good and bad stuff. However, I just read the first book of the Sandman Slim series, which was part of a Humble Book Bundle I think, and really like it. I’m not a huge fan of urban fantasy, but this one works great, it’s set in an interesting world, has a nicely flawed protagonist, and is just fun. But if reading is not your thing, A Better Queue is sorting your Netflix queue in a way that actually shows you stuff that you might want to see and that has good ratings and that you didn’t know before. Dig it!

No longer articles or other kinds of reading material this time, because I’ve been busy and sick.

But hey — WE HAVE A CAR!