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Sunday: Weather Zeitgeist

The weather is perfect this weekend in Pittsburgh. It’s been cooler than normal for about the past week. I’m drinking my coffee on the back patio.

The Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side was better than I expected. For this museum, start at the 7th floor and work your way down. Before he went Pop, Warhol’s art was very accessible. I think he had a knack for color. Some installations are just fun, like the black room with the floating Mylar “clouds”. Or doing your own screen test. Warhol’s idea about movie stars was that they have the kinds of faces we like to look at. So he filmed faces being themselves for three minutes. You can have your own 3 minute screen test and the museum will email it to you. Most of the iconic Warhol art, like the Campbell’s soup can, are at other museums. But there’s a series of Mick Jagger portraits that is not to be missed, and a two story wall covered in green Mao Tse Dong wallpaper. Good way to spend a few hours.

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In Florida, Irma’s eye wall is hitting the Florida Keys right now. To everyone’s surprise, Irma tracked more west than anticipated and is now threatening Naples and Tampa. So, the wrong coast was emptied, leaving residents scrambling to find shelter.

Meanwhile, it looks like it’s ok to talk Trump Mouth on TV during a weather update. Check it out:

Nice. Just what women want to hear more of on a daily basis.

I met someone the other day who said people don’t hold back and check their dark side thoughts anymore. They feel free to say whatever it is they think and feel about the people they regard as their inferiors. Because who’s going to stop them? And our commander in chief has set such a classy example.

Yes, these days it’s perfectly ok to defend Nazi’s or talk about pussies during a weather update.

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Franklin Foer writes about how Silicon Valley’s contradictory impulses towards libertarianism and collectivism are resulting in a culture that is less reflective and more reliant of tech monopolies to present pre-digested information that fits the categories we find ourselves in.

The monopolistic nature of the big 4 tech companies, Google, Amazon, Facebook and apple (GAFA) are reducing our choices and funneling us into cattle shoots based on algorithms that analyze our preferences. It’s cool profit making crossed with marketing and it’s difficult to resist. It’s hard to say which company is the worst offender but if I had to make a guess, it’s probably Facebook. I know that’s not what people want to hear because Facebook is convenient for finding out what your friends and family are doing. But it’s also way too easy to squash independent thinking. We all need to exercise more self restraint.

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  1. It is Facebook (~Assbook because most are assholes on there, chief among them is the head honcho), by a mile, or should I say by 70 million, unregulated and illegal as in taking foreign money in a campaign. Notice how his ‘campaigning’ for 2020 whispers suddenly gone away.

    Read this Business Insider article from 2010:

    According to SAI sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:

    Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

    Zuck: Just ask.

    Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

    [Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

    Zuck: People just submitted it.

    Zuck: I don’t know why.

    Zuck: They “trust me”

    Zuck: Dumb fucks.

  2. Franklin Foer hits it out of the park again in this article (likned by RD in the post).

    This is damn scary! who is this guy to insert himself into our everyday life and thoughts like this. Who is he to say this? If you are not outraged by what he is saying, you perhaps don’t get the implication of what he is saying. This is like the same extreme as religious/cult gurus who want police your thoughts and being. And none too subtle in promoting his business model — pour your heart out on my platform and I will keep a robot copy of you. You know it is all about Artificial Intelligence these days because people have fucking lost their minds. Delete your FB account if you have one.

    To take another grand theory, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has exclaimed his desire to liberate humanity from phoniness, to end the dishonesty of secrets. “The days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly,” he has said. “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”

    OMG, I am writing this as I am reading the article and Foer anticipates what I feel to a T.

    Even the ubiquitous invocation of users is telling: a passive, bureaucratic description of us. The big tech companies (the Europeans have lumped them together as GAFA: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) are shredding the principles that protect individuality.

    They are trying to take away our free will! It is one thing if they want to make us buy that sofa from the man paid for his ad on their platform, but don’t try to come for my free will, and individual choice where it is life and living.

    • One more reason for me never to get on Facebook.

      I have no Facebook presence.

      Suck my covfefe, Zuckerturd! 😈

      • Same here. I never liked it from day one — it is an insider/outsider application not meant for an egalitarian society and of course, it is even more dangerous now having got into news and politics.

  3. I remember Weather Zeitgeist from the late ’80s, when they toured as an opening act for Spinal Tap. They were a very promising band, on the strength of their 1988 album, The Fermented Smegma Incident, and its Top 10 single, “Jock Itch Blues”.

    However, shortly after the tour ended, in a tragic echo of rock history, WZ’s drummer, Jonah “Whale Puke” Schmeckenbecker, was killed in a bizarre gardening accident. The others tried to make a go of it with a new drummer, but alas, “Whale Puke” seems to have been the glue which held the band together, and they broke up in 1991 after their second album flopped.

  4. 😈

  5. Every Party Needs a Pooper
    That’s Why We Invented You
    Party Pooper
    Party Pooper.

  6. “Here is a reminder from the American Medical Association. Don’t pour sulfuric acid on your genitals.”–George Carlin 😛

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