Wednesday, April 8, 2020

How To Get the Bernie Supporters to Vote for Biden


I have heard a lot of people command and threaten Bernie supporters that they had better enthusiastically support Joe Biden or they are traitors, etc. I dont think that is the best approach. Here is what I suggest you do to get people's enthusiasm. The following is intended for example only, obviously the details might vary.

Joe Biden would announce a major policy speech. For that speech, Bernie Sanders would introduce him and say something like "I would like to introduce my good friend and long time colleague in the struggle for justice in this country, please welcome, Joe Biden!" and then Biden would go up there and, in JFK or RFK style, in ringing tones, say something like "We will end racial discrimination in this country! We will guarantee an elite education to anyone who qualifies! We will see that the rich pay their fair share of taxes and undo the stupid so-called Republican tax reform! We will put the criminals of the previous administration in jail! We will punish those countries that have interfered in our elections and attacked our society! We will get the right wing nutty boys like Roberts, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh off the bench because America will not be a slave to the right wing minority! We will make our elections free and fair for all Americans! We will take a leading role in addressing global climate change! We will do all this and more. Join me!"

And then I think you would no longer have to threaten Bernie supporters to get their vote.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Facebook List of Celebrities You Have Met


But what is a celebrity?  

Here is a possible list, all real.

Jimmy Carter
Forrest J. Ackerman (and Wendy Wahrman Ackerman)
William Shatner
Ivan Sutherland
Ed Catmull and John Lassiter
Lynda Weinman
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jim Clark
Bill Joy
Tim Leary
Terrence McKenna
Grace Hopper
Willis Ware
John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Joel Hynek, Dennis Muren, Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich
Jerry Brown, Jr.
Graham Nash
Matt Groening
A host of West Coast SF writers, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Bob Silverberg, etc.
Sumner Redstone
Mark Hammill
Bill Mumy
Jim Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera
Harry Marks and Saul Wurman
Steven Spielberg
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Joni Mitchell (sortof, its a long story)

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Look! My Lyft Driver Gave Me a Mask!


My Lyft driver, a nice Hispanic lady, had a very limited supply of masks and she offered me one.  At first I refused but she wanted me to have it.  I gave her a big tip but that isnt what matters.  What matters is that people help each other in a time of crisis.  

Unlike my friend David in LA who goes out of his way to infect people.

Me at Pharmacy in Montecito

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Returning the Gift of Nastiness in the Pandemic


Its not everyday that you get to return the favor of nastiness to someone who has attacked you in the past and for no good reason.  I am sentimental about my old friends, yes even my old lovers. Friends on Facebook for several years she suddently attacked me for no reason.  So here we go, dear, love you!  Text follows.

Since you went out of my way to be as nasty as you could be to me for no good reason, and when I was just being cordial and pleasant, I wanted to return the favor. I hope that you or someone you love is damaged permanently in this pandemic. With luck it can be someone who dies because you infected them so you can live with the guilt, assuming you are capable of experiencing guilt.  Please dont ever talk to me again.

End of text.  That was fun!

Getting A Message to Richard Edlund, Somehow


I just want to get a message to Richard Edlund, ASC, somehow.  I know he is on the Board of Governors of the Academy.  Anyway I want to make sure and hope that he is taking care of himself in these challenging times.  And to thank him for all the times he has been very kind to me.  He probably doesnt even notice, he is probably kind to everyone.  But it really has meant a lot to me over the years.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Whole World is My Garden


For those who use Voltaire's garden as a way of excusing their failure to stand up for what is right, my response is that my garden is the whole world.  If you fail to stand up for what is right you will not be forgiven by history.

When is a Nazi a Nazi?


When is a Nazi a Nazi?  Do you have to wait until they kill 6 million innocent people?  Or is it sufficient for them to kill as many of their scapegoat ethnic and other group(s) from "shithole" countries as they can get their hands on?

Was Adolf Hitler a Nazi before the extermination camps?  Of course he was.  For those who say he was not, you are just excusing your moral laziness.  You should not have to wait for all the murders to happen before you should be willing to stand up and oppose them.

You can send me all the holocaust porn you want, and it doesnt change a thing.  Your sophistry does not excuse you from failing to oppose these murders.  You are complicit with their crimes.

Fat and Unhappy


Letter to my friend Andy about being overweight.

The situation about losing weight seems to be somewhat complicated. It doesnt seem to be so much about the "healthiness" of the food I eat, although that is part of it, but is probably about the amount/calories thereof. I have been cooking at home every meal for about 15 years. I am a lacto vegetarian (which means I eat cheese and butter, but avoid eggs and of course meat of any type). But I have decades of bad food habits, big meals, and medicating anxiety with food. I have a sweet tooth. My metabolism has changed with age (my father warned me of this) and my exercise per day has gone way down. If you subscribe to the calorie theory of weight loss (and I only sortof do), then you realize to your horror that one scone may be the total calories permissible in a day. To that add the interesting evidence of calorie restriction and life extension, and you realize that you (or me, rather) is / are fucked. I have a variety of different cost/quality equations that I use to control my expenditures and I am most excellently knowledgable about reducing cost in this area, but sadly that would reduce fresh fruits and vegetables and increase carbohydrates. Bad. So I increase costs and eat healthy home made soups, stews and salads. Non fat dressing. Olive oil when an oil is used. Try to keep a lid on the amount of cheese, use half the butter a recipe calls for. On the other hand, life is short, and food is a big part of the pleasure I am permitted to get in this disgusting world we live in. With the orange moron as president and my life and career a ruin, who would begrudge me a half a stick of butter to make blueberry ersatz scones once in a while? Is that so much to ask from life?

So I am fat and unhappy and that is not the way its supposed to be.

Add to that the local culture where all the people here look like they just stepped out of a Nike catalog (and possibly did) and the situation is worse. And everyone here eats kale and my feeling is that the only people who are qualified to eat kale are people from the South, probably black, and they use a lot of tasty pig fat when they do so, and cook the shit out of the stuff. I dont go with this healthy kale thing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

So Now We Wait


So now we wait. Is it the apocalypse or just another example of the dysfunction and stupidity of our government? I have no idea. But presumably if the hammer comes down it comes down in 1-3 weeks. I am guessing we will only know it is bad if we start hearing stories of hospitals filling up. Or not filling up, as the weeks go by. Idiots.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Jim Houston, RIP, Damn It


Jim Houston died unexpectedly last Thursday at the age of 61.  Cause of death is still a little uncertain but it is probably from complications from a stroke.  He was young, had years more left to him, but he was not taking care of his health and that is a proximate cause.

I will elaborate this post with pictures and so forth as I get them.

At some point there will be a memorial service out here, but in the time being, he will be buried in Pennsylvania.

Jim and I talked perhaps once / week and I am really annoyed.