December 07, 2015

The Crowd Missed It's Train And Will Be Arriving 15 Minutes Late [#218]

Hi Crowd!

You’ve probably noticed how this works by now, when I’m sitting at home these emails come a little faster and furiouser but when I’m traveling and/or when the news is crazy full of bullshit they take a little longer. I grab links various ways throughout the day and when I find myself grabbing links that are addendum to links I’ve already grabbed but haven’t sent, or when I look at the links I’ve grabbed and it’s just depressing then I dump a bunch of them and sort of start over. Speaking of bullshit this paper on the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit is profound. So one link I’ve had for a few weeks and haven’t sent out this excellent, perhaps most excellent Artforum article about people having sex with robots and speaking of getting off there is a new orgasmic episode of Clayton’s Hysterical Literature and speaking of I don’t know how the news of this Hawaiian mushroom can induce spontaneous orgasms isn’t everywhere.

 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, go have noisy sex and annoy your neighbors. Speaking of exciting, I’m excited that the trailer for Johannes' autobiographical film "Traceroute" is finally released. And speaking of things to watch, this video of pranksters reading Bible passages to people but telling them they are from the Quran is fantastic.

 

I’m in Tokyo this week working and planning and missing my family and stealing a moment when I have it to ride the train an hour out into the suburbs to get beaten up by old Japanese men. It’s hard to worry about much else when you are getting punched in the head, so that works. Anyway I found this story about people falling asleep on each other’s shoulders on Tokyo trains touching because I see it happen every day and people have fallen asleep on my shoulders more than once. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep on anyone’s shoulder on the train, but I’ve definitely leaned up against the side of the car and passed out only to wake up several stops past where I’d hoped to and one time, the very first time I was ever in Tokyo many, many years ago a woman sat down next to me and held my hand for about 4 stops until she got up and left. She never looked at me the entire time, and as I’d only been in Japan for a handful of hours I didn’t know if that was something weird or not, but I’ve often thought about it as an example of lonely people being surrounded by others and grabbing out for any possible human connection they can get, even if only for 2 or 3 train stops. I’m projecting of course, but I was pretty lonely at the time so you know, you read into things based on your own perspective I guess. These days I just rock flac’s thru earbuds which keeps me going.

 

So Imogen Heap is releasing her new music via the blockchain and on the other end of the spectrum These Are The Last Remaining Old School Mississippi Blues Musicians.

 

I have about 25 links relating to the cops in Chicago killing people and covering it up but it’s just to depressing to try and process right now so you can just google that shit if you want more info. I’m at the point now where I don’t think cops should ever be trusted, and consider them effectively an occupying terrorist organization. It’s disgusting that this happened, and that the coverup was condoned on every level. And we give people like this guns and let them walk around on the streets. Speaking of gun this Salon story about America’s gun insanity is one of the better ones I’ve read recently and is worth your time. And now we begin to see how this impacts the rest of the world as a Korean lawmaker uses US police abuses to justify govt crackdowns in South Korea. And now think about this proposed horrific use of license plate readers and think if want people like that having this kind of power over you? And all the while we have continued evidence that mass spying doesn’t keep people safe. But that requires actually looking at facts, and why do that when CIA spin is much easier to get?


Donald Trump is a racist and a liar and your Facebook friend who's obsessed with motivational quotes is dumb.

That's all I have for you today kids, go enjoy your lives. xoxo
-s