Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jessica Jones

Watched the first season of Jessica Jones.  While I am not completely disappointed it could have been much much better.

First problem, way too much variation from the source material.  I know they are trying to make the show fit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that could have been done without the whole Rita Conner storyline.  The could have still had Jessica "captured" by the Purple Man while engaging as a superhero.  Also in the source material Kilgraeve never actually raped Jones (sorry semi-spoiler I guess) but actually what he does in the source material is far creepier because it is a mental rape.  (I say that as someone who has never been raped but it seems to me making you beg to be raped via mind control would be a far greater violation)

Second problem, the characters are inconsistent.  Luke Cage in my opinion forgives way to easily.  Jessica is way to self indulgent when she isn't being way to heroic.  Supporting characters are spotty.

Third problem, they don't handle the whole superhero supervillian thing well.  It's really kind of an afterthought and only used as kind of a deux ex machina thing.

STILL - I really liked the show.  I know that seems to contradict my opening but it doesn't.  The show could have been better but it was handled as well as any superhero show i have seen and I think fits well within the MCU, albeit on the outskirts.  I do hope the next season has a little more consistency but I will watch it.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

52 Weeks of Lindsey Pelas - Week 12

Next week will be 25% of the planned 52 week run.  I'll let you guys decide, stop or keep going?

From the DefCon reading list

The Underground Culture Category

Approaching Zero: The Extraordinary Underworld of Hackers, Phreakers, Virus Writers, and Keyboard Criminals by Paul Mungo and Bryan Clough

At Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion by David Freedman and Charles Mann

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll 

Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier by Katie Hafner and John Markhoff 

The Cyberthief and the Samurai by Jeff Goodell 

The Fugitive Game: Online with Kevin Mitnick by Jonathan Littman

The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling 

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy

Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace by Michele Slatalla and Joshua Quittner 

Out of the Inner Circle: The True Story of a Computer Intruder Capable of Cracking the Nation's Most Secure Computer Systems (Tempus) by Bill Landreth

Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw - By the Man Who Did It by John Markhoff and Tsutomu Shimomura 

The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen by Jonathan Littman

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner 

I've read a good portion of these, but I have to say I don't feel particularly underground acculturated.

52 weeks of preaching - Back to Tyson

Just because I feel like this deserve repeating over and over:

To remain great we have to dream big.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fitbit update

20 pounds down.  Trying for another 5 by Christmas.  If I can hit that I will try for 5 more by MLK Jr. Day.  I am trying to keep this achievable and sustainable.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We gotta get out of this place - The soundtrack of The Vietnam War

via BoingBoing
We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War is a new book by veteran Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, about soldiers' musical memories and the impact of James Brown, Eric Burdon, Country Joe McDonald, and other popular artists on the Vietnam experience and our understanding of it. 
Top 3

Yay, I am almost caught up with real life.

I plan to start posting the morning reading updates again next week.  I know you have all been dying of boredom without them.

52 Weeks of Preaching - Hayek on Social Justice

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Just read "What ISIS Really Wants"

From the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic.  It's actually a pretty well written article and let me tell you it is an eye opener.  How do you really fight a group that believes it's purpose is to usher in the Apocalypse?

We are misled in a second way, by a well-intentioned but dishonest campaign to deny the Islamic State’s medieval religious nature. 
The most-articulate spokesmen for that position (ed. that Muslims must adhere to medieval traditions) are the Islamic State’s officials and supporters themselves. They refer derisively to “moderns.” In conversation, they insist that they will not—cannot—waver from governing precepts that were embedded in Islam by the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers. They often speak in codes and allusions that sound odd or old-fashioned to non-Muslims, but refer to specific traditions and texts of early Islam.
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”
Now that it has taken Dabiq, the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there, whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse. Western media frequently miss references to Dabiq in the Islamic State’s videos, and focus instead on lurid scenes of beheading. “Here we are, burying the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” said a masked executioner in a November video, showing the severed head of Peter (Abdul Rahman) Kassig, the aid worker who’d been held captive for more than a year. During fighting in Iraq in December, after mujahideen (perhaps inaccurately) reported having seen American soldiers in battle, Islamic State Twitter accounts erupted in spasms of pleasure, like overenthusiastic hosts or hostesses upon the arrival of the first guests at a party.

On the plus side they get free health care, so maybe Obamacare will lure some of them away:
The Islamic State may have medieval-style punishments for moral crimes (lashes for boozing or fornication, stoning for adultery), but its social-welfare program is, at least in some aspects, progressive to a degree that would please an MSNBC pundit. Health care, he said, is free. (“Isn’t it free in Britain, too?,” I asked. “Not really,” he said. “Some procedures aren’t covered, such as vision.”) This provision of social welfare was not, he said, a policy choice of the Islamic State, but a policy obligation inherent in God’s law.
So not only are they murdering psychopaths that believe everyone who doesn't believe exactly as they do is an apostate who must be killed, in preparation for the final apocalypse, but they are apparently Democrats.  Could this get any worse?

Well... yes, yes it can.  Guess who is supposed to come and fight on the side of ISIS and the Caliphate and defeat the Armies of Rome.  Go ahead, guess.

Jesus, that's who.

OK the last couple paragraphs while accurate, were kind of jokey, but really how do you fight people who want the apocalypse to occur, believe that boundaries and treaties are without meaning and want to re-implement slavery and crucifixion.  You can't really in the winning of hearts and minds sense, they just have to be rooted out root and branch.

The other scary thing here is how many "moderate" Muslims, agree with these nuts:
Baghdadi is Salafi. The term Salafi has been villainized, in part because authentic villains have ridden into battle waving the Salafi banner. But most Salafis are not jihadists, and most adhere to sects that reject the Islamic State. They are, as Haykel notes, committed to expanding Dar al-Islam, the land of Islam, even, perhaps, with the implementation of monstrous practices such as slavery and amputation—but at some future point. Their first priority is personal purification and religious observance, and they believe anything that thwarts those goals—such as causing war or unrest that would disrupt lives and prayer and scholarship—is forbidden.
So, they aren't going to make any overt moves, but hey if it happens, well it's all good.

52 Weeks of @LindseyPelas

I thought about skipping this week but...

This may well be the single stupidest statement I have ever read in a newspaper

and over the course of 50 some years I have read some doozies.  This statement is in regards to the film "The Hunting Ground", which I have not seen.  The film deals with the topic of college sexual assault by relating a number of cases and their outcomes.  The film has come under fire for it's inaccurate portrayal of (at least?) one of the central cases and it's handling of statistics / other documentary material used as a basis of the film:

Defenders of the film say the criticism from those faculty members, among them prominent black and feminist legal scholars, is misdirected and focused too much on the legal findings.
“The documentary has created an important conversation about campus sexual assault,” said Diane L. Rosenfeld, a Harvard law lecturer who also appears in the film and did not sign the letter. “We need to be rolling up our sleeves and really figuring out what kind of preventative education programs to develop which create a culture of sexual respect.”
What this says is innocence or guilt doesn't matter, truth doesn't matter, prevention doesn't matter.  What matters is process and "the conversation".  we're not really interested in actually solving a problem as long as we can use it to indoctrinate students in doubleplusgood  think.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Moral equivalency, thou art a heartless bitch

I keep waiting for the UN to step in and make homosexuality and free sex mandatory, like in the Forever War, just think how much that would disrupt the cis-normative whit male patriarchy.

via Instapundit

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Another video that would have been improved by the presence of @LindseyPelas

Problem by Natalia Kills

Yes, I've posted this video before, what can I say I have a limited repertoire.

I admit I am not a lawyer but...

I think his take on the law may be mistaken:

The article which started this thread

Professors really specialize in this stuff?

The University of Missouri professor who assaulted a student journalist has resigned her courtesy position at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Yay!  Let the peasants rejoice!

The more interesting question to me is why this woman has a faculty position to begin with?  Look, I am all for academic freedom but look at her areas of expertise and explain to me why this is a position that taxpayers should be subsidizing.
According to a university bio, Click serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. "Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy," the bio states. "Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children's television programs." 
Really, social medias impact with Lady Gaga's relationship with her fans.  I imagine the word vomit appears a lot in that monograph.  50 Shades of Grey readers?  I imagine that one contains a lot of descriptive words that boil down to lonely cat-person.  

I weep for the future.