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February 28 2019

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I spend my day at this desk like a monk, working or doing my indoor rides. But nothing beats the morning coffee and a fresh new start… Good morning! #coffee #programming #mysql #python

May 19 2018





my primary reaction to infinity war is like…. wow. under hypercapitalism we literally can’t imagine any other fables about resource scarcity, huh?

i’m not even talking about only thanos. every time thanos said his plan to kill half the galaxy (because it’s “finite,” lol ok one-semester-of-econ guy) the other characters were like “no!” or “you can’t!” or “that’s madness!” instead of… counter-arguing, or saying anything like “couldn’t you just… double the resources with a snap of your fingers?” obviously, nobody wants thanos to murder all those people, but it’s also as if everyone tacitly accepts his framing of the problem. “i want to kill half the universe because of resource scarcity,” he says, and everyone says “no, that’s too cruel!!” instead of “wait… wait just a fucking second there, paul ryan.” they don’t even have a line like that even when they’re talking amongst themselves, just musing at how twisted his worldview is, that he can only imagine infinite power as an infinite power to kill. no time is spent imagining an alternative.

and i can’t help but think about how we in the quote-unquote “first world” treat the resource consumption of the so-called “developing world.” we, who have enjoyed the pleasures and benefits of fridges and air conditioning and televisions and cars and convenience food and all that shit for generations: we look at the growing energy & plastics consumption of the developing world and go “uh oh, they’re really running the tab up over there, we can’t let this happen, think of the…. trees!!!” we have the audacity to act like people living in poverty in the tropics wanting window fans is selfish and short-sighted for the environment, and meanwhile we use and waste all the energy and resources we can get ahold of, like a continent full of montgomery burnses.

infinity war could have taken thanos’s approach to scarcity somewhere bigger: somewhere that was useful as a parable for our hypocrisy. the way that ragnarok was brave enough to make a parable of empire; the way that black panther could explore diaspora and identity; the way that the winter soldier actually had something to say about the surveillance-terror state. but for all the moving pieces of infinity war, i don’t think it knew where its central ethic rested. certainly, its characters showed the desire to preserve and protect life. but that’s true of any superhero film.

what it comes down to for me, is that it’s not enough for this movie’s theme to be “let’s protect people, because killing people is bad!” or even, sorry steve, “we don’t trade lives.” it’s not enough. thanos basically says, “there’s one bowl of soup and one spoon and two hungry people, so one of them has to die.” so what i needed was someone to openly reject that whole proposition. not just “no, you shouldn’t kill trillions,” but “no, that is fucking ludicrous, i reject that worldview. i reject human life as a brutal competition. group survival, even in the face of scarcity or hardship, is exactly what the fuck we developed culture for.” like, we could use that message. that message, delivered palatably in a blockbuster action movie, could do some good.

but it wasn’t really in there. maybe in little bits, in pieces. maybe. so i’m sure we’re going to have to endure a bunch of “welllll, thanos was a bad guy, but he did have a point about scarcity” metas. because we’re still failing to see how asking other people to die so that the rest can enjoy plenty is itself exactly the fucking problem on this bitch of an earth

i will acknowledge that gamora comes the closest to doing this. gamora comes down on thanos for slaughtering half her planet. but!! but! then thanos gets this horrible line about how the children who grew up after his genocide got to have “full bellies” and the planet’s a “utopia” now. and what does gamora get to say back to that? nothing! she doesn’t get a line after that! she looks angry and grief-stricken, but the writers don’t give her a single fucking thing to say in disagreement!! like, how about: “growing up as a traumatized survivor of genocide isn’t very fucking utopian????” the writers couldn’t imagine that fucking line?

Yay I’m not the only one who thought, “Oh no, at some point I’m going to inevitably run into some jackhole trying to defend Thanos as having a point…”, and “OR you could just create more resources and distribute them equitably?”

I was so fucking pissed about that, because we KNOW what happens to cultures when substantial percentages of the population are eradicated by famine or disease or war. It is not a good time! It is not twenty years later and everyone’s well fed! Because if you eradicate 50% of a population, you destroy labour, you destroy infrastructure, you screw absolutely everything for the survivors.

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I want this as like a huge wall painting

May 17 2018

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I’m not a queen or a monster. I’m the Goddess of Death.

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🐙 in 🌌
9x12" Watercolor & Prismacolor pens

Torsten Bergmann: Intelligent System Construction

via Planet Squeak (Saved to read later via feedly)

Tax Amazon Movement Wins in Seattle!

via Socialist Alternative (Saved to read later via feedly)

May 15 2018

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Watercolor & Prismacolor pens
I’m probably going to put this dude in space 🌌 but just in case I ruin it, here it is with a white background 👋

May 13 2018


Avengers: *fighting Thanos to prevent the massive deaths around the universe*

Captain Marvel:

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The icons at the bottom provide visual interpretations of each song on Kaleidoscope.


May 12 2018

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What specifically makes Elon Musk a piece of shit?



His factory is located in the Bay area with some of the highest rents of anywhere on Earth, pays his workers 30% below industry standard, since 2012 Tesla as been cited by OSHA for twice as many safety violations as similar companies, Tesla employees receive fewer benefits than employees as other auto makers, Musk has been openly and aggressively anti-union and says unions would make Tesla less competitive as a company. He’s personally worth $20 billion and was the largest shareholder of PayPal when he left the company in the early 2000s (PayPal has an insanely sordid history of its own).

He’s a shit goblin whose family wealth was built on Apartheix era injustice and exploitation. SpaceX is cool only if you arent aware that the ONLY reason it exists is because of lobbying that has defunded NASA to the point that it must contract out public resources to private companies like SpaceX if it wants to continue doing space missions and research.

Elon is also a Rockabilly so fuck that stone faced moon ghoul on every level

Here’s more about the OSHA violations, including the fact that the factories don’t have appropriate safety markings because “Elon doesn’t like the color yellow.”

He’s willing to let people get killed for the aesthetic.

Everything You Should Know About Karl Marx


You may have come across communist memes on social media. The man, the meme, the legend behind this trend is Karl Marx, who developed the theory of communism, which advocates for workers’ control over their labor (instead of their bosses). The political philosopher turned 200-years-old on May 5, but his ideas can still teach us about the past and present.

The famed German co-authored The Communist Manifesto with fellow scholar Friedrich Engels in 1848, a piece of writing that makes the case for the political theory of socialism — where the community (rather than rich people) have ownership and control over their labor — which later inspired millions of people to resist oppressive political leaders and spark political revolutions all over the world. Although Marx was raised in a middle-class family, he later became a scholar who struggled to make ends meet — a working-class man, he thought, who could take part in a political revolution.

May 11 2018

Spain: Student general strike against sexist capitalist ‘justice’ system a great success

via Committee for a workers’ International - Home (Saved to read later via feedly)

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What you seek lies far beyond this comfortable place

May 10 2018

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Joe Biden: “The folks at the top aren’t bad guys.”

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