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America’s Sweetheart, James Holmes, donning excellent facial fur.

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Hirsute leaders with high office aspirations rejoice.

The paperwork has been filed with the FEC on Wednesday to establish The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy, a bi-partisan political action committee whose purpose is implicit in the name.

“It’s been 125 years since our last bearded President, Benjamin Harrison, was elected,” BEARD PAC Communications Director Andy Shapero said in a press release. “We’re hoping that with our support, bearded individuals will shrug off over a century of political irrelevance and start running for office again.”

So why have beards gone out of style for politicians over the last century? Slate speculates that besides solidarity with soldiers, who were forbidden to wear beards that interfered with gas masks in WWI, it was later to avoid association with “communists and hippies.”

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Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: BEARD PAC, beards, facial hair, politics

Amanda Blum

Let me get this out of the way:  I don’t like Adria Richards. I think I have good reason to not like Adria Richards. So I should be feeling some major Schadenfreude right now. Instead, though, I think what’s unfolded in the developer community in recent days has been a tragedy. Here’s why.

  • Adria Richards was an attendee at PyCon, a tech conference, as part of her job as a developer evangelist at Sendgrid, a tech company that manages emails.
  • She took offense to a conversation two men, also developers for a company called Play Haven, were having behind her during the conference, in which they referenced “dongles” and “forking”. Both of these are tech terms, they were construed to be used sexually on Adria’s part.
  • Without ever mentioning her offense to the men, she took their picture, posted it to twitter and asked PyCon to do something about it.
  • Play…

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I don’t think I’ve ever been this unmotivated, bored, and embarrassed about my life ever.

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            -David Foster Wallace interviewing on why he dropped out of Harvard.

My brain is in the incipient stages of being able to process things again. If my yearly patterns of seasonal affective go-fuck-yourself disorder play out as normal, I’ll be interested in talking about stuff and things on a regular basis by April.

Hello blog. How are you? Neglected? Yeah…

Quick Dirty Jerz politics update:

Senator Lautenberg, who is quite possibly the most lucid relic of the Great Depression, has finally announced at the age of 89 that he’s going to retire. Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, who is actually a superhero, should slide right into the warm seat in 2014.

He probably won’t be ready for a Presidential bid by 2016, but how feisty would be a Booker/Christie debate be?

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: cory booker, David Foster Wallace, delusion, lautenberg, quotes

I cannot stand small talk, because I feel like there’s an elephant standing in the room shitting all over everything and nobody is saying anything. I’m just dying to say, “Hey, do you ever feel like jumping off a bridge?” or “Do you feel an emptiness inside your chest at night that is going to swallow you?” But you can’t say that at a cocktail party.

Paul Gilmartin, The Mental Illness Happy Hour

So what’s going on in current events? Um, a whole lot of people being terrible to each other on the Gaza strip and elsewhere from what I understand.

I used to have coherent thoughts.

Here’s a puppy that looks like a penis.

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^From a 2008 post.

Polls are closed. I didn’t vote.

It’s pretty fucking embarrassing, because anyone who has been paying attention to the blog for the last year knows I’m a giant liberal wonk. http://clantilyscad.com/category/politics-or-the-art-of-looking-for-trouble/

I’m a registered Democrat, canvassed for the Democrats, and am probably one of the few moderate liberals that thinks that Obama has done a thoroughly decent job at President given the filibuster-heavy Congressional opposition. So why didn’t I just walk to the middle school a few block away and vote?

It’s pretty impossible to understand if you’re not also wrecked with mental illness. Not just run-of-the-mill depression where nothing sparkles. But the kind where everything is a nightmare, your digestive tract feels like its cannibalizing itself, and the very thought of social interaction can give you a panic attack.

Long story short, I had a mental breakdown right before the Hurricane (for reasons not related to the Hurricane) and have basically developed agoraphobia. So yeah, even though I waltzed into a school gym two months ago and voted in a primary that no one knew about, I’m currently having enough trouble feeding myself, much less go into public at the moment.

That sounds really really sad, and it is.

14.9% of non-voters in 2008 listed “illness or disability” as their reason.

Sorry I don’t have many fun links tonight for you fellow wonks. Nate Silver being a math genius kinda ruined the anticipation aspect of this election for me.

Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 Live Show is here.

I don’t think I need to give a spoiler about who won.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, Daily Show Live, election, obama, romney

…but this is the best lecture on the basic biology of depression.

“I’ll make the argument here… that basically depression is the worst disease you can get.”

-Dr. Robert Sapolsky

He really is my favorite professor who I’m sure gets mistaken as a homeless guy.

Categories: Science Tags: biology, depression, major depressive disorder, mdd, sapolsky, stanford