Monday, August 25, 2014

Brown Colored Sugar Syrup

I currently live in Florida, which is deep in the "sweet tea" zone (which, near as I can tell begins somewhere in Maryland, extending south to Florida, and west to Texas).

My friend Bobby for example (a native Floridian... one of the only 35%), is utterly firm in his conviction that tea has not been properly sweetened until a spoon can stand up in it unaided.

Now, I should be clear, a bit of sugar and a bit of lemon in my tea (whether iced or hot) is quite fine... but sweet tea?

When I want to drink brown colored simple syrup, I order a whiskey sour thank you very much.

In support of my position on this matter, I quote the great Eric Arthur Blair:

"Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water. 
Some people would answer that they don’t like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Real Victim

Stop calling people who commit suicides "Victims of suicide", They are not.

You cannot be a victim of your own conscious choices and actions. That's not victimization, that's consequence.

Victimization is an unearned and unjustified harm imposed on you.

Victims of the disease of depression and anxiety? Ok...

Victims of a society that has no idea how to deal with mental illness, and actively worsens it? Ok...

Victims of a "mental health system" that often seems like nothing more than a funding mechanism for a series of uncontrolled trial and error experiments? Ok...

But those who chose to kill themselves are not "victims of suicide".

The victims of suicide, are those of us who are left behind to suffer the loss.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wrong Problem, Wrong Solution

Everyone saying "take the military weapons away from the cops" is missing the point... and the problem.

It's not the weapons... it's the training, and the philosophy.

It's the training and philosophy that says that "officer safety" is more important than civil rights, or the rule of law.

It's the militaristic attitude and training, that fundamentally confuse the police mission, protecting the public; with the military mission of attacking and defending against "the enemy"; explicitly separating the police from the public.

This has the effect of making the public, the enemy.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bring me a Sandwich

Y'all who have always lived north of Delaware and east of Pittsburgh just can't understand...

Generally speaking, baked goods SUCK in the rest of the country (with the possible exception of San Francisco).

Pizza, bread, donuts, pastry... they are all just... anywhere from "not good" to "absolutely fucking horrible".

The only baked goods the rest of the country seem to get right are cookies, cakes, and pies... and even then most places fuck those up too, at best reaching mediocrity (the midwest and northwest generally do decent pies).

Sometimes they're fucking horrible, sometimes they're just mediocre, sometimes they are really CLOSE to being good... but those are worse than the horrible ones because they're close enough to make you remember what the good stuff is like.

The first thing I do when I get off a plane or drive into the area, is get a pizza. Usually on the ride from the airport. My next meal is almost always a sub... usually a steak and cheese. Then I get good "bad chinese" food (meaning americanized chinese food, which is actually good in the northeast, and pretty horrible everywhere else).

In most of the country, they actually think Subway, blimpies, quiznos, and jimmy johns, are actual subs.

Don't even get me started on donuts... Outside of the northeast and Ohio (I don't know why, but Ohio seems to have good donuts), it seems like only Austin, Chicago, Portland, LA, and San Francisco, actually have good donuts.

Bagels... forget it...

So even getting a sandwich on what by northeastern standards is mediocre bread, is 1000% better than the shit you have to get used to having.

Monday, August 04, 2014

I think he works for Apple

Ok... so, finally, after 30 someodd years of graphical interface design, sometime in the late 2000s and into the early 2010s we came up with an interface aesthetic where interface representations of things actually looked like things... kinda 3-Dish, but not goofy, or cartoonish, or "jewel-like", with realistic color and shading.

This was a GOOD thing.

Everything was clearly differentiated and visually distinct from every other thing, and could be easily found within ones visual field, whether on a large computer screen, or a small phone screen.

All of a sudden, in 2010 or so, this started changing for the worse.

What asshole suddenly decided that the new modern cool clean thing for interfaces was to undo ALL of that 30 years of progress, and make everything flat, 2d, and composed of meaningless geometric shapes, in bright primary colors, spread across a featureless background of bright primary colors; with no visual indication of, or connection to, that things name or function?

That asshole is fucking up the world, and he should be killed, immediately, and in a painful and public way; pour encourager les autres.

I think he works for Apple.