"However the disease finally got to her and she fell fatally ill. In the Sick Bay as she breathed her last, she was surrounded by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Scott, all weeping unashamedly at the loss of her beautiful youth and youthful beauty, intelligence, capability and all around niceness. Even to this day her birthday is a national holiday of the Enterprise."
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Not all of them.
But enough of them.
That's Black Mesa. You need to add "New Mexico" to avoid Half-Life references. It's sacred. You need permission from the Santa Clara Pueblo if you want to climb it and I don't know if they do that anymore.
Before the Internet, we were told that Valle Grande was the biggest caldera in the world. Apparently it doesn't even rate. That was okay because back Old Man Baca or one of his ranch hands would shoot at you if you crossed the barbed wire to check it out so the place could be Shangri La and you'd never know. We used to drive through on our way to Jemez Springs all the time but it was fuckin' no man's land. Now? Now it's a national park. It's also where Walt Longmire's cabin sits.
I don't know what I'd tell you about the hiking nowadays. Most of it has burned two or more times since I left. I can tell you it's pretty fuckin' weird when your roommate texts you a picture of one of your old high school party spots because he's shooting a Chris Helmsworth movie there.
- However, the CDC and other authoritative sources report that the influenza epidemic actually began in the US spreading to Europe as US troops deployed and later to Asia.
I hadn't heard this before. Can you point me to a source?
Speaking as a foodie who recently discovered his heritage is so Texan he can trace his lineage to The Old Three Hundred and whose family was given title to what is now Brazos State park by no less than Stephen F. Austin,
- So what is the food we call Tex-Mex, really?
It's a bland-palated bastardization of norteno mexican food as interpreted by a bunch of midwesterners proud of their drawls.
- “My joke about Tex-Mex is it’s invented in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio makes it popular, and Austin takes all the credit for it.”
Right - that part of the Rio Grande Valley where the white people showed up and got their asses kicked by the Mexicans, not that part of the Rio Grande Valley where the Spaniards set up house in the 1790s.
Authentic? Inauthentic? Don't care. Tex Mex is what happens to Mexican food when it's prepared for people who hate flavor.
It's a discussion worth having.
I was talking to my wife the other day about how much culpability Facebook has in all this. I pointed out that Facebook was a tech company like Reddit... and that I, personally, had chatted, had phone calls, had in-person sit-downs with five successive community managers at Reddit over the erosive effects they were having on online discussion, the vectors they were opening up to weaponizing community, the negative impact their inaction was having on the character of the internet at large. And five successive community managers stared at me (figuratively and literally) with a mix of disinterest and helplessness. And when they came for me, I left. One of the main guys who started /r/TheDonald was a troll I used to curbsmile regularly. They're not sophisticated. But when the waters in which they swim aren't kept safe for other swimmers, the sharks take over. One man with a harpoon is useless.
Facebook and Reddit have a lot in common: their monetization is based around virulence and impressions. The more inbound links they generate, the more eyeballs they poke, the more clicks they generate, the more money they make. And controversy sells. Anger sells. Base emotion sells. Long-form does not. So they rock the controversy.
My wife pointed out that in her community, mostly what she sees of Facebook and censorship is people getting their breastfeeding videos and images taken down. I pointed out that their content needs to be policed by $7/hr monkeys, which means they have a flowchart including boob/not boob. "Boob but breastfeeding" opens up a whole can of worms in the land of MILFporn and the like and "boob/notboob" is an easier decision tree to write. Because if it doesn't scale, it doesn't matter.
That's what it comes down to - what's the profit margin on an eyeball? Up until now, this has been a discussion between Facebook and anybody buying eyeballs. At the moment, the eyeball-buyers are fuckin' pissed. Now, the people whose eyeballs are being sold are fuckin' pissed too. Fundamentally, Facebook's profit margins are gonna get a kick in the nuts. As they should. Because they're doing what they're doing for money and when bad behavior is incentivized, bad behavior prevails.
Digg died in a week. Everybody in tech remembers. Snapchat is dying in months. Everyone is watching them do it. The conversation is not whether or not Facebook will change, it's whether or not Facebook is agile enough to change.
They're losing $150/mo from this advertiser, I tell you what. We'll see what they're willing to do to get us back.
- The platform liability created by new Section 230 carve outs applies retroactively—meaning the increased liability applies to trafficking that took place before the law passed.
That's basically a poison pill. Anybody small won't want to fight it, and anybody big will challenge the constitutionality of the amendment and get it thrown out.