Archive for July, 2017

Metadata killed the rewards of the unknown.

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

 

A few years ago my mother embarked on a mission which involved uncovering (dusting off) old photographs she’d kept in dusty old boxes and albums over the years.  She had (and still has) boxes full of old economy photographic legacies. Print photos, black and white, faded color, creased and dog-eared photographic paper, comprising piles dating back years, decades, and memorializing ancient generational moments frozen in time…the boxes house a cornucopia of familial history.  My mom set out to organize the photographs and the task involved having my brother scan all the negatives and prints possible. This digitization project continues to this day, I believe, and the end product has been a vast digital collection of old photographs that would have sat and died in old tattered photo albums otherwise. They will, like all paper-limited artifacts of archaic lore, die in old tattered albums, it can’t be denied.  But they will also live digitally on digital media for years to come.

 

So in addition to the digital reams of digitally photographed images that fragment my hard drive (dating back to the early 2000’s low resolution rudimentary digital camera technology), I also add photographs regularly which predate current camera technology, but which, courtesy of sophisticated scanning apparatuses, now live in harmony with modern, high-res digital offerings. The photographic generations coexisting as one, figuratively and literally, sector by sector!

 

A cursory search of my desktop’s hard drive informs me of my current image glut:

 

.jpg files: 18,712

.png files: 20,918

.tif files: 24 (not the most popular format)

.bmp files: 341

.gif files: 1,249

 

Granted, many, if not most, of these images are Windows systemic or software embedded graphics, but many are photographs and scans that are a bit more warm and human than a .tif image such as this.

 

 

 

 

For every 20 or 50 drab Microsoft OS graphics, there is also a personal treasure lurking, like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously a scanned photo, this yellowing image from the early 70’s captures the blogger in all his smirking glory.

 

I would love to know the date and location but alas, this is not be known. Geolocation and precise coordinates, temporal and spatial, seem to be a great luxury of the modern digital age.  The fun is in the guessing and the detective game we play in order to triangulate the rough approximate metadata that the photo files fails to supply us.

 

And the guesswork deduction is this.  The photo appears to have been taken in the early 70’s since I look to be about 7 or 8; a crowded location, but note that there is a distinct lack of other children. Despite the balloons and the faux Asian temple landmark, I doubt this is an amusement park.

 

But what?

 

I can only guess. Lack of precision is what makes archaic photographs so mysteriously and intriguingly fun.

 

The past, through old images, like the technology of the day, shrouds our memories in a hazy fog of imprecision and approximations, an era of blur and instinct, not of sterile measurements and concrete delineations.

 

 

J.K. Rowling needs to leave reality to adults…

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

 

…and instead continue to live in her own little warlock fantasies with the leftist “children” she serves so dutifully.

 

 

Sadly, celebrities all across the world will find ANYTHING they can in order to oppose or criticize President Trump. And, just like J.K. Rowling did, they will MAKE UP fake stories about Trump, just so they can have something to talk about.

 

This week, President Trump met with a few disabled children who have been negatively affected by ObamaCare, and J.K. Rowling posted this, accusing Trump of “ignoring” a child in a wheelchair.

 

 

However, when looking at the entire footage, the exact opposite is true.

 

In fact, this young child in a wheelchair was the FIRST PERSON that Trump said hi to!!!

 

 

 

Look, J.K. Rowling has done well, and her immense wealth derived from a mindless series of stupidity is much more than I can ever attain myself, but sorry…in my world, wealth is not an end unto itself. In the real world, bespectacled wizard children are not horribly interesting, or anything approaching amusing.

 

In the real world people have to worry about survival and jobs, not fantastical rubbish that Rowling peddles. In the end, her scumbag leftist ass will be a mound of dead flesh just like the rest of us and she will have left nothing but vapid tomes of escapist garbage in her wake. Good for her.

 

Say hi to Franz Kafka when you see him, bitch.

 

 

 

Immigrant Cars have 9 lives.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Count them.

 

A rear-ender in England results in a flood of diversity!

 

 

President Trump was triangulated into being the sacrificial instigator of Cold War II. But why?

Friday, July 28th, 2017

 

On Tuesday I posted about a spellbinding and ludicrous bill, S.722, which effectively, and bilaterally, broadens and deepens sanctions against Russia (and Iran) while simultaneously preventing the President from lifting or easing said sanctions without congressional approval.

 

Everyone logically expected a forthcoming veto.   But surprise was in the stars.

 

 

“President Donald J Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “He has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it.”

 

“It’s impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country,” Vladimir Putin said Thursday, referring to the sanctions. “This practice is unacceptable – it destroys international relations and international law.”

 

The bill includes the second round of sanctions aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. On 30 December, then-president Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the country and seized two Russian diplomatic compounds.

 

Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to improve diplomatic relations with Russia – a position made awkward by the ongoing investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin during the election.

 

But the lopsided votes in the House and Senate forced his hand – with both bodies having more than enough votes to override a veto.

 

The sanctions have been criticized by France, Germany and the European Union over concerns that they could affect European businesses, including a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany.

 

 

 

Essentially the bill forces Trump’s hand into making him, 1) sign a bill which appears to rebuff much of the agenda that is implicated in this Administration’s M.O. and global view, while 2) completely tying his hands through a surreptitious ploy of a self-imposed limitation embedded in the bill which neutralizes any ideas he might entertain to legislatively weaken said sanctions.

 

It’s a lose-lose for President Trump.

 

He is cornered and triangulated into signing this distasteful legislation, for the Russia narrative is so perfidious and ubiquitous that refusal to sign the bill (which incidentally passed by astronomical majorities in Congress and the Senate) might imply a nefarious Russia-loving agenda on the part of our President who has been painted into such a corner of Russian commiseration by Democrats and Republicans and the MSM. His other choice is to sign the bill, thus minimizing the suspicious intrigue cultivated and planted by the purveyors of the Russia narrative.

 

And this is what Trump has done.

 

I theorize that the Russia-collusion narrative, which was planted during the Presidential campaign last year, was enacted with the simple intention of weakening President Trump’s Russia-friendly stance and thus extinguishing any chance for that country’s deepening alliance with the United States. And in fact, it leverages fallacious suspicions about Trump’s relationship with Russia to such an exaggerated degree, that the initial shots of Cold War II appear triggered by our current POTUS, albeit superficially.

 

You know, Cold War II, the one that “Trump started.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Kim-ikaze?” The world will end with a pun…

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Oh you, Kim.  Really now.

 

US officials are concerned that a North Korean missile test launch will take place today.

Government sources in South Korea told the Yonhap News Agency that transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongan province have been moved by North Korea.

Speaking anonymously, a US defense official said if a test was to go ahead it would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, and would take place ‘probably’ today as North Korea celebrates Victory Day – the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Experts assessed it could have put Alaska in range, bringing Pyongyang’s long-held dream of a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States within reach. 

A South Korean government source told Yonhap: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongan.

‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’

A second US defense official confirmed the fears, adding: ‘They’re setting up for something.’ 

 

Hey…this wasn’t supposed to happen, was it?