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I've never understood the appeal of online groceries. I've supported three different CSAs, and eventually canceled all three.
I buy fresh produce and high quality meat. I buy enough to eat for 3 days or so, and then buy more fresh food.
If I had 5 kids at home and went through three boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk a day, and had a meal plan, then the programmatic approach to shopping would work fine.
But I like walking around and looking at the produce. Smelling what is fresh and tasty-smelling. Making up recipes in my head, depending on what "looks good."
Online food just isn't ever going to appeal to me, I think.
Off to New Orleans tomorrow for a couple of days. My first time! My wife and I are going to see a Seattle Seawolves rugby game (against the NOLA Gold), with a group of Seawolves fans. Should be a lot of fun.
I know a couple of people there (circus performers) and others who have lived there or loved the place when they have visited. We may do those things. We may just see what happens.
My wife and I are kinda spontaneous travelers. We set up travel and hotel plans ahead of time, make a list of interesting stuff, and then just go and see what happens. Maybe we will go check out the interesting stuff. Maybe we won't.
We are making a couple of these trips this year (NYC and Toronto, as well), and are excited for traveling around the US for once! (I've been to WAY more countries than US States.)
Right. Absolutely. But what this does is completely blur the lines between legitimate news gathering, and high-school student collage. Joe Viewer doesn't know that it was cobbled together by a 14-year old with unidentified motivations and intentions.
As the dataset gets more populated with more content snippets, I can see it encouraging easy (wrong) arguments - eugenics, intelligent design, etc.
Hard stuff is hard for a reason. It may be counterintuitive, or require more than a rudimentary understanding of weather patterns, or logarithmic scales, or p-values.
This tool - like Twitter - can only lower the level of conversation to the least common denominator because the source material is easy snippets, not deep think-pieces that delve into the interesting bits of complex topics.
That's my "disconcerting" thought.
Uh. I spent about 15 seconds clicking buttons, and out came a completely convincing 5 minute long documentary on the subject matter I selected.
I always figured this type of thing would eventually be possible, but seeing it happen is ... kinda surreal. And disconcerting.
I'm now an official Sports Writer for a yet-to-be-launched new sports network. They are building out content for the soft launch in March, and I have three articles submitted, edited, approved, and laid out already.
It's even a paying gig.
Add another line to the resume. Life is weird.
Seattle. In the high 40's to mid-50's. Generally sunny, with intermittent early morning fog.
It's kinda gorgeous. Rode my motorcycle three times in the last week. Just leather jacket and jeans. No special warm gear needed.
Now I'm off to get a massage.
Ooohh... right. Foxtrot Alpha. I remember that guy.
I was confused after the original Jalopnik blog was taken over by the gawker/kinja thing. Never really understood all the different stuff and why it appeared in my feed. FA was one of those things.
So yeah... he was the PERFECT guy to write this article.
Contract writer staring blankly at the screen... "Shit. What the hell am I going to write today?" (looks at bookshelf. Sees Foucault's Pendulum, Sled Driver, and old copies of the Desert Rat newsletter.) "Ok. I know! ... I'll take every single codeword project of the last 40 years and link them together with Area 51 and scramjets and SpaceX! It'll be AMAZING. I will get ALL THE CLICKS.
I can totally see the bay window in this guy's apartment... it is COMPLETELY COVERED with post-it notes and string and printed out articles, all linking to each other, with five different color Sharpie notes connecting them all together.
I mean... he's not WRONG, really. But... damn. That's a lot of writing and research effort to say something pretty much everyone has known for a while, right?
(I did like the touch about the mountains around Groom Lake looking like the mountains in the concept painting... that's dedication.)
- Religion or no, social stratification is kind of baked into our societies.
And our biology. Dunbar's Number shows that the human animal is capable of maintaining about 150 'meaningful' social relationships. Anyone outside that rather small circle is just an 'acquaintance' or less.
You can (and many have) debated the exact value of Dunbar's Number, but not the base premise.
Humans are a pack animal. That pack can only be around 100 animals before it begins to fragment into smaller groups. Those groups need a way to define who is "in" and who is "out" of the group, so stratification happens on multiple levels.
Our new technologies that allow us to simulate close connections with thousands of people further tax the limited resources of our internal social map and capabilities, and force us into pretending a closer connection with more people than we can actually connect with. The result is isolation due to your own internal filters/capabilities knowing you are not fully engaged with as many people as you pretend to be.
If you moved into a cabin in the woods, how many people would actually visit you? That's the measure. That's the fear.