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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

My #meetHubski interview is here.

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goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, Where Do You Buy Art?

Directly from the artist themselves.

I need the story. I need the provenance. What were they thinking when they made this? What's the story behind it? Behind them?

Art to me is more than a picture on a wall, or a sculpture in the hallway. When I look at it, I see the person and their story, as well. Otherwise it is just a flat piece to me. (This is actually why I don't own any of Mark Ryden's work, despite the fact I love it.)

The only exception is my print of "Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog", because it makes my heart leap every time I look at it ... and it was painted in 1818. A little hard to meet Friedrich nowadays...


Nice, tight, focused article, with a clear point and specific examples.

Damn. It's almost like this guy went to j-school, or something.

This is the liability of handing over the controls to a bunch of mental midgets who can't even tie their own shoes. They have no idea how this shit works, and are just poking buttons to see what happens.

Hope they don't find the big red button while flailing around like Arthur Dent in the Heart of Gold...

There's also a question phrased as a double-negative that I had to draw a physical map of on a napkin to make any sense out of it.

The answers to that question oughta be just amazing.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's News Conference

Yeah, but my friends get paid for their verbal agility, and ability to live interpret. Being stymied by an incoherent shit-gibbon affects their ability to get paid.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's News Conference

I've got a number of friends who are foreign language Interpreters and others who are Translators.

Their internal conversations are all about how to translate what this moron says, because he doesn't speak in coherent sentences. There are deep debates about what any one sentence means, and how to translate the meaning into other languages (including ASL, Polish, German, French, Hungarian, Russian, etc.).

Three friends of mine are live interpreters working at the European Parliament, and they are having frequent meetings to try and address this problem if Trump ever speaks there. For languages like Hungarian, you can't translate what he says, because there is no clear object, verb, or adjectives.

Once again, this is just a way to raise funds. This is not actually a survey. Once you complete the survey you then have to make a donation to have your answers recorded. (Note the "Step 1 of 3" message at the top of the Donations page.)

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

Is that black body an... Opel? Lancia?

Actual bands I have played in, in rough order:

1. Satin Armor

2. Tradition

3. Captain Reemo and the Butt Pirates

4. Seventh Wave

5. Hu Yu Kiddin' - ("Who You Kidding?")

6. Fabulon (and here, too.)

7. Stig Roar Husby (and here, too.)

8. Crunchy Frog

9. Snot Pump

10. The Consequences

11. Aaron English Band

Band Names I want to use:

Rumble Grump

Pissed and 50

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions with @Cedar

Oh man, I forgot about Zero Punctuation! I love his reviews more than I love games.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

A big cup of winning please, barkeep.

As I mentioned the other day, a friend of mine and I organized a meeting for a group of engaged and interesting people who want to get more politically active, but don't know how best to use our time/efforts/money. We had an amazing group conversation with about 25 people, and had an elected City Council member, a public servant appointed by a Mayor, and someone that ran a large lobbying organization for many years, who all participated to help us understand exactly how to work in the system, and have the biggest effect.

So we got to see how policy is formed, how it moves through the system, and the various forces that act upon it along the way. We also figured out how to get more active, individually, and established a trusted group of people who are going to work together on specific issues.

Several of the people are actually going to run for public office, as well!

It was a huge success, in every way. And our next event is coming up next week, and we have two more scheduled after that, so we are setting new habits and expectations, rather than just having a feel-good event and then going about out daily lives the same way we always have.

It feels good.


Went to an amazing show last night to see possibly the final reunion of the Circus Contraption Band, along with Devotchka, Jason Webley, and Vince Mira. We closed the place down at 2:AM, then the wife and I went out to breakfast together. Got to bed about 3:AM, and am totally useless today... but what a great Valentines Day!

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