Comparing Voldemort & Grindelwald
But since both villains draw on WW2 parallels, both wizarding wars have a strong element of metaphoric racism. Grindelvald's followers & Voldemort's both believe their genetic group is superior and should be in charge.
And having said that, now I'm reminded of the line in Catherynne Valente's "Space Opera" about how *all* wars are about deciding who counts as a person, and who's just meat.
Comparing Voldemort & Grindelwald
Voldemort's basically about power: people follow him because they see they'll gain in the power structure he's setting up, or figure that if they get on his good side, he'll protect them.
Grindelwald is a demagogue, telling people what they want to hear in order to get them to support him. He still wants to oppress people, but his power base is built on persuasion rather than intimidation.
Post by Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society on what's going to happen during the New Horizons encounter with Ultima Thule.
<< This amazing space-age edifice is actually the Post Office Tower under construction in 1963. The startling juxtaposition of the battered '50s van and the vaulting futurism of the tower looks like the cover of a 1960's sci-fi novel. 😍 >>
For Gen-Z and younger millennials, there's actually a lot of social cachet attached to being an "influencer," i.e. hawking some brand's wares, i.e. selling out. According to that Atlantic article, it's now gone so far that people are *pretending* to sell out, to try to impress their friends or land sponsorships. For anyone from Gen X this would be downright baffling.
Yep. Whenever someone complains about newer #StarTrek being "ruined" by social justice or progressive issues, unlike the older series...I have to wonder whether they ever actually *watched* the show they claim to remember so fondly.
Like, I get that the built-in OS emoji pickers are inconsistent and nobody knows they exist. (I'm on Ubuntu, so believe me, I suffer.) But every website adding its own emoji picker to pick up the slack is kind of nuts. Especially given that there are thousands of emoji out there, and that number isn't going to go down anytime soon
shameless self promotion, computer security
an article i authored about some tips and tricks for using KeePassX =)
Oddly related to the post I found earlier: I was listening to the Broadway album of #LesMiserables for the first time in ages.
1. I know this version of the show well enough that the gaps in the recording are as distracting as the changes in the current production & movie.
2. On My Own & A Little Fall of Rain still hit me.
3. Bring Him Home hits me now. I wasn't expecting that. But now I associate it with the moment in the movie when Javert finds Gavroche's body.
Listening on random (found in my Tumblr archive)
This is why you shouldn't let a neural net mix you drinks.
Inspired by @bethskw 's cocktails bot!
#GooglePlus sunset moved up from August to April 2019 after more security issues found. So if you have posts or discussions you want to save, move those plans up too.
Anyone else still playing #PuzzleCraft2? I check in occasionally. This morning it pushed ads at me every time I switched maps, and I see none of ATGamesPL's games are in the Play Store anymore.
Searched for news, haven't found anything informative. Anyone know what's going on?
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