atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4147: Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

I honestly don't know what's going on with about 90% of the LiveJournal stuff--user rankings, social capital, a slew of other nonsense--because I don't care about it. What I care about is being able to put a post up when I feel the need to. The rest is frippery and nonsense.

Still, a few months ago my ranking was something like 49,000; now it's around 3,000,000. I know this is an artifact of a new system being put in place and populated; I just don't know what the system is, exactly.

And I don't really care. I just happened to notice.

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Radio Shack is looking to close about 1,100 stores, because there are too many of them as it is and they no longer serve any really useful purpose.

See, it used to be that Radio Shack was the go-to place for all kinds of electronic parts and assemblies. You need a 470 uF electrolytic capacitor? They have it--and if they don't, they can order it and have it in a few days. You don't have to drive an hour to get to Fry's; just go to the RS down the street!

...except the decline of the electronics hobby, and the ability of the do-it-yourselfer to repair--well, just about anything electronic these days, has resulted in them having to shift their focus. It's been years since I was last in one of their stores and even then they were turning into "just another cell phone store", with less and less shelf space devoted to components and other hobbyist supplies. RS has always charged a premium for their stuff, and about 90% of the stuff they sell is available elsewhere at a lower price.

The article points out that their stores are too densely sited. I noticed that a couple of weeks ago, driving down Lincoln Highway: there were two stores within a couple miles of each other on the same street, and both of them a short drive from a third. That's nuts.

RS's business model of having multiple small "hole in the wall"/neighborhood stores is probably not a good way to go in today's business environment, since price, availability, and selection are much more important today than individualized service is.

It's sad, but that's how it is.

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Global warming has frozen Niagara Falls twice this year.

Anthropogenic global warming blah blah blah polar vortex [handwaving] etcetera means of course the warming Earth is making Niagara Falls freeze. You can't get that kind of effect from a very weak solar maximum!

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Obamacare is wrecking the economy. Thanks, Obama! Thanks, Democrats!

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Well, there are tracks in the new-fallen snow, and they are the tracks of the wily Comcast line technician. Here's hoping they fixed whatever is causing all the nonsense with our connection, so we can watch Gravity and Thor: the Dark [whatev] without all the tiling we've been getting.

More importantly, maybe I can play WoW without all that stinkinous lag. Priorities!

...Mrs. Fungus wants to watch Gravity but I am less enthusiastic, mainly because it won so many Oscars. These days Oscar-winning movies are generally not entertaining; witness please the fact that 12 Years a Slave won because it was supposed to win, not on its merits as a film.

I don't know how good or not the film actually is, but any time you have people voting for it solely because it's a movie about slavery (which, incidentally, makes the United States look as bad as possible in the process) and not watching the movie because it's a hard watch--what does that say about the validity of the academy's votes?

Mrs. Fungus insisted on watching the Oscars to see who won "Best Picture", but if I'd known in advance what the candidates were I could have saved her the trouble. When I did know, I told her that the slave movie would win.
My question is, these two Academy members, they understand the point of a secret ballot, right? My God, can you imagine what a spineless coward you’d have to be to be buffaloed by your own subconscious into altering your vote on a secret ballot? I think it might be time to dissolve this entire organization and start over again.
This kind of nonsense is why I don't watch that bullshit any longer. It's nothing and its importance and relevance to my daily life is nonexistent, and all it really amounts to is a bunch of hyper-rich self-styled intellectuals circle-jerking each other in public.

The fact that Gravity won Oscars is not encouraging to me. I am never encouraged to watch a movie by how many awards its won; in fact that's a strong disincentive when I consider all the ramifications.

Hey, but maybe this time it'll be different. I did like Amadeus, even though it beat out Andrew Powell for the "Best Score" Oscar (Ladyhawke).

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Bureaucrats gonna bureaucrat. There has never been a better argument for de-funding public education.

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Libs are thin-skinned and cannot handle life outside of the lefty echo chamber. Borepatch observes that this is a sign of how weak their positions are, and I don't believe he's wrong.
Unwilling to do the heavy lifting of logical reasoning, they take the easy path of suppression. I don't think that this is right. The Establishment does not appear to promote based on intellectual horsepower, but rather on compliance to the Approved™ canon of dogma. ... Certainly the typical Progressive Intellectual rarely displays - very likely because he cannot - what [John Kenneth] Galbraith packed into his book [The Affluent Society, 1958]. On the contrary, the reaction when challenged is to shame and ostracize.
The worst aspect of the lefty echo chamber is that they continue to pat themselves on the back, insisting they're "open-minded" and "support freedom of expression" and "speak truth to power".

The reality is, shall we say, different. For one thing, in many areas the lefties are the power, and anyone attempting to speak truth to it is--as Borepatch points out--suitable only for ostracism and censure. The debate over global warming is a paradigmatic example: all those who support the thesis that human carbon emissions are causing global warming have agreed that it's so, and therefore no further discussion, investigation, or debate is permitted.

The fact that global warming has stopped for over fifteen years, despite ever-higher concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, notwithstanding.

We're not allowed to disagree with them because they are right; they've decided. And therefore the only possible path forward is to listen to them and do what they say because they are the experts. You are not allowed to speak truth to their power, you do not have the freedom to express incorrect viewpoints (the correctness of which are decided by them, of course) and there is no need for them to be open minded about what you think because they all agree that you are wrong.

Reality is, however, beyond their ability to coerce and intimidate. Because they're losing their grip on the reins of power, it's obvious that the only thing they can do is find a way prosecute people who disagree with them.

Uh, right.

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Of course, Comcast line tech is doing his thing, and I just saw him carrying some coax up the driveway. I have no idea what that means, but I guess I'd better post this before the link goes do--

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