“Buffalo” is a noun, a proper noun, and a verb

I did not know that “to buffalo” was a thing but apparently it means “to bully, harass, or intimidate” or “to baffle”. That means that this is a grammatically correct sentence:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo












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When you lack the social cue

Watch till about 1:30 in this clip and think about that silence.


This was after the Presidential election in 2016 which Donald Trump won and, importantly, Hillary “it’s my turn now” Clinton lost. But no-one in the audience of a main stream talk show knew how to react to actual criticism of Clinton.

























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The problems of categories and labels

I recently went to a music festival that is focused on music within a specific label and it brought to mind how meaningless such categories and labels are and how useful they also are, at the same time.

It reminded me of a time when I saw the labeling of the band “Faith No More” as being “white hip-hop trash metal”. Does that tell you how their music sounded? No. On the other hand, it perfectly encapsulated the diversity of their musical style while proving yet again that labeling anything (intersectionality-believers should pay attention here) quickly becomes irrelevant when you get too specific. Once you specify more than the broader category you basically have to go all the way to the individual; what does “Faith No More” sound like? Like “Faith No More”. Listen to these four samples and give me a descriptive label: “Evidence“, “Epic“, “Easy” and “Midlife Crises“.

I would have left it there till I watched a movie with subtitles on. The subtitles were also for those hearing impaired so it included the description of some important sounds and the description of … the soundtrack:

I feel that without the subtitles I might have missed that part.











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Seems about right












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This is probably OK

It’s probably OK, because it doesn’t explicitly state who is referred to (it starts out as the patriarch), and it is used for effect in the ending when the roles in the house are reversed.

Knives Out is a great movie. And sometimes a joke on a mug, or on a t-shirt, is just a joke.












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Cruise vs. Nolan

I did not think to compare the technical stunts in movies with Tom Cruise and those in Christopher Nolan’s movies, but it’s definitely worth doing:


Thinking of a Top Gun sequel seemed laughable, just as I just didn’t care about that fourth Mad Max movie. Well, I changed my mind.

Also, I see that the Taiwan flag is back on his jacket. Apparently Hollywood isn’t expecting a lot of money from China anytime soon anyway.











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What is stolen must be returned

This is a map of how much Ukranian land is currently occupied by Russian forces, transposed to other countries:

The amount of Ukrainian territory occupied by Russians, equivalent to other European countries.
Any appeasement of russia and concessions to russia is equal to spitting on hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian lives – civilians who are suffering under Russian occupation.
Realities of being under russian occupation: mass-murder of civilians, raping, torture prisons, filtration/concentration camps, deportations, kidnappings and deportation of children, other unspoken atrocities -all that perpetrated by russians on a day-to-day basis in Ukraine.
And all of that horror is happening on russian-occupied Ukrainian territory that is larger than many American states or European countries.
Walter Report

And on “the folly of off-ramps” by Timothy Snyder:

The Russian media and political system is designed to keep Putin in power regardless of what happens in the outside world. Russian politics takes place within a closed information environment which Putin himself designed and which Putin himself runs. He does not need our help in the real world to craft reassuring fictions for Russians. He has been doing this for twenty years without our help.

Ukrainians understand this, which is one reason that they become irritated when we suggest that they concede territory or victory to Russia because of a concern about Putin’s internal state. They know that this is not only unjust but pointless. What matters in Russian politics is not Putin’s feelings nor battlefield realities but the ability of the Putin regime to change the story for Russian media consumers. It is senseless, as the Ukrainians understand, to sentence real people of real territories to suffer and die for the sake of Russian narratives that do not even depend upon the real world.

What happens if Putin decides that he is losing in Ukraine? He will act to protect himself by declaring victory and changing the subject. He does not need an off ramp in the real world, because that is not where his power rests. All he needs to do is change the story in Russia’s virtual world, as he has been doing for decades. This is just a matter of setting the agenda in a meeting. In virtual reality there is always an escape route, and for this reason Putin cannot be “cornered.” (Neither, for that matter, can the actual Russian army in actual Ukraine. When Russian units are defeated, they just cross back into Russia).













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Audit your beliefs often and without restraint.

Find their origin, and measure their merit.

Be attached to no idea.
Ryan Sereno












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The humble brain













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