stardate: v0.0.02

...it was the end of times, it was the best of times...

fate up against your will

I don't know about you, but I've been feeling a little blue lately. There's something in the air that smells like Rome burning and I can just tell that this whole thing is going to come crashing down.

Another article was posted today @ Hacker News by the Atlantic. The gist of it is that, after some bad publicity, China instituted the 'National Sword' act, meaning they have simply stopped buying US waste. So everything you're recycling is going straight into the trash. So apparently we are now back to burning our trash. Ha! Get fucked hippies. Well then. In any case, that 'bad publicity' was in fact a documentary called Plastic China about a family of Chinese plastic recyclers literally living and working in a sea of constant plastic waste. You can read more about that here The little girl washes her face in the gray plastic-polluted water and eats fish that have choked on bits of plastic.

Perhaps my favorite article of all dystopian, boy or we screwed articles is the following, Sperm Count Zero. The tl;dr is that 1) plastic disrupts your body's endocrine system 2) this disruption makes it harder to produce testosterone 3) this damages your DNA and you pass it on to your kids. Here's another great article and the collective Reddit freakout. Truly then the future is female because we want to buy cheap plastic shit from China and they won't even buy it back from us.

it's the end of the world as we know it

I think we've gotten to a point as a society where we know the end is nigh. I mean I can just imagine in my head as if in a movie or televsion show, some guy stuck on the freeway driving to a job he hates, listening to the radio when the announcer comes on and says '...and scientists have determined that the world will end at 8:30pm Eastern Time on Such and Such Day on This Or That Month, Next Year'. And in this pantomime play of mine, our titular hero simply mutters '...figures...' and keeps driving to work. That, I think, is where the collective imagination of the first world is at the moment.

...and now for the elevenses at the top of the hour

Here are 11 links to get you through the waking hours. Eleven because it's more than 7 and less than 85, so who cares - here's 11 links.

  • Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
    Holy fucking shitballs I love this game. If you are unfamiliar with the concep of roguelikes they are basically games that are 1) based on playing in the terminal (if you don't know what that means ask your friendly neighborhood dev) and 2) you die once it's game over man. The goal of this game is simple - delve into the dungeon and retrieve the Orb of Zot. I think I've gotten 10% of the way through on my best run and holy hell is it as hard as it is fun. Whatever game you are playing right now, stop and play this one.
  • Toilet Paper Roll Orientation
    Here's a stupidly long, well resourced article on why the way you wipe your ass with the rainforest is technically not as correct as it could be. Really gives you those 'end of times' vibes.
  • The Best Page in The Universe
    With great regret I must inform you that you are currently only viewing, perhaps, the second best page in the univese. This guy makes fun of children and vegans. Super wholesome and fun for all ages.

  • 4chan - the arsehole of the internet
    From the best page in the universe we now navigate to the worst. Isn't life grand? Home to the birth of incel and sperglord culture these tools managed to help throw a US election with frog memes. The made for tv version of reddit. Truly a den of villainy and scum. (check out the /lit/ board tho - they have good book recommendations that aren't your average Barnes and Ignoble refried dogshit).
  • My Favorite Book
    Middlemarch by George Eliot is by far and away my favorite book of all that I've read. Reading about the love lives of English villagers at the turn of the 19th century doesn't exactly sound like a thrill a minute, but hey, turns out it's the only book I've ever read that had real people in it. Also check out Three Men in a Boat the funniest book you've never read. Both courtesy of the gutenberg which, if you didn't know about it, what have you been dead or something?
  • La Fleur
    I've been listening to a lot of waifish European chicks rocking sick beats. Great for building, check out this track if you like EDM/techno/good music.
  • The Most Famous Stick Figure Artist On The Planet
    Seriously, this guy is weird and awesome. I saw a talk he gave at my university once. Apparently he liked to dangle hot dogs on strings from really high kites just to fuck with people. Like, what is this floating hot dog all about? This is a guy who really knows what the score is.
  • videogamedunkey
    The only tubeperson playing video games on the tube that I will watch. Short, comedic and for a few fleeting minutes life will have a purpose.
  • Business Suit Onesie
    Are you an over paid hipster living in a coastal city who can blow 300 large on a novelty suit that is also a onesie? Then this is for you! If it weren't such a symptom of late stage capitalism the humor value may actually have been greater than the schadenfreud. Is it schadenfreud? I'm not certain, but I am certain that the German's probably have a word for it.
  • Vampire the Masquerade Live Roleplay
    This one...this will take some explaining. If you are 'of a certain age' you may remember the mid-90s were a fearful time what with the crazy clothing styles and hair and ... emergence of mall goth. A lot of goth subculture fueled and was fueled by a story telling RPG called Vampire the Masquerade where, you guessed it, people role played as vampires. Sadly this was a little before my time, but you can watch youtube videos of people playing the latest edition that released at the end of 2018. This sounds terrible, but it's actually kind of mesmerizing. Seriously, watch it, it's like a radio play of yore.

  • Vortex Race 3 Mechanical Keyboards
    I am nothing if not a complete and total hypocrite so here is my contribution to the unnecessary heat death of the planet. A mechanical keyboard for all the cyber samurai and command line wizards who must save the universe one keystroke at a time.

And that's it for the elevenses. Have a Merry Holidays, Over and Out.