amaah + rant   32

Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
A Meditation upon Things
A Meditation upon Things in which I will briefly speak of the Icelandic Parliament, “creature features” of the 1960’s, Cicero, Duke Ellington, Shakespeare and excessive pedantry.
language  rant  hatchetjob  culture  observation  perception  english  smallthings  thinking  wit 
december 2015 by amaah
New and Improved
diaper wipes given the new and improved treatment. muckraking toli
observation  New  Formula  marketing  snake  oil  perception  backlash  strategy  rant  commodities  toli  whimsy  pricing  deception  USA  capitalism  irritation  packaging  Hard  Sell  sales  economics  design 
march 2013 by amaah
How not to write about Africa in 2012 – a beginner's guide
Binyavanga Wainaina's righteous rant. One wonders if the other registers of his voice will ever be heard or if the rants will be his legacy
stereotypes  poverty  hatchetjob  humour  satire  rant  china  observation  perception  culture  Africa 
june 2012 by amaah
The Case Against David Brooks, Man of the Privileged Few
We do have an oppressive privileged class. (Brooks should look around his dinner table some time.) For three decades, as the Congressional Budget Office reported last week, most of the wealth of this country flowed upwards into it. Over the past decade, that privileged class, without a peep from people like David Brooks, turned the American economy into a dog track, and it didn't matter a damn whether you went to college or didn't go to college, or whether you were having babies "out of wedlock" (Jesus, what a priss) or not. That privileged class enriched itself and to hell with the rest of us. "Disorganized social fabric"? Holy hell, people are just trying to keep from getting tossed out into the street and all he's got by way of an explanation is that too many people are getting knocked up and too few are going to college, even though we all woke up sometime in the autumn of 2008 and discovered that nobody had any fking money anymore.

Your Honor, the prosecution rests.
politics  hatchetjob  rant  huhudious  ObserversAreWorried  culture  usa 
november 2011 by amaah
IPv6 Unique Local Addresses: The Rant (pdf)
Q: Is there anything good about ULAs?
A: Reading one aloud is less likely to hurt your vocal cords than an actual ululation.
ip  internet  technology  addressing  design  architecture  topology  policy  rant  networks  systems  identity  filetype:pdf  media:document 
september 2010 by amaah
Obama's Choice by Wole Soyinka
Concision was never one of Soyinka's strengths and, when in his J'Accuse mode, the message is more curmudgeon than Jeremiah. Granted, he long gave up on Nigeria's political class but he misses the small ways in which Nigeria's civil society is forcing the politicians to respond and moderate their excesses...
Nigeria  politics  rant  culture  observation  Africa 
august 2009 by amaah
Fighting Congopessimism...
now now... jeremiads and polemics... Congo as the mirror - heart of darkness becomes 'deliquescence'
Congo  Africa  perception  politics  rant  history  culture  economics  language  hatchetjob 
april 2009 by amaah
Cul de Sacs are Evil
The worst feature of American life today may be the cul de sac. Part of its evil lies in its popularity, in how many people find it to be good.
Don't hold back Dana
Architecture  Design  city  urban  policy  rant  social  development  culture  incentives 
september 2007 by amaah
Bedtime for Gonzo
"While he was in the hospital under sedation?" Specter interrupted, before giving up on getting a straight answer. Gonzo answered the question, all right -- inadvertently, of course: "There are no rules." That's the guiding philosophy of this administrati
rant  politics  USA  rogues  neocons  hatchetjob 
july 2007 by amaah
How can Blair possibly be given this job?
I suppose that astonishment is not the word for it. Stupefaction comes to mind. I simply could not believe my ears in Beirut when a phone call told me that Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara was going to create "Palestine". I checked the date - no, it was not 1 A
hubris  huhudious  USA  Bush  Dubya  Blair  England  policy  politics  strategy  hype  ego  neocons  rogues  establishment  inbreeding  bottomfeeding  groupthink  aristocracy  decline  fall  Israel  Palestine  MiddleEast  FallenAngels  strangebedfellows  rant  hatchetjob 
june 2007 by amaah
Analysis or stenography?
I noticed that In the 957 words that made up Helene Cooper's June 21 2007 article "U.S. Is Urging Blair to Be Lead Mideast Envoy", there was no mention of the phrase "Gordon Brown" nor indeed "next Prime Minister of Britain". Analysis or hubristic blather
hubris  USA  journalism  huhudious  Bush  Dubya  Blair  England  policy  politics  strategy  hype  rant  NewYorkTimes  ego  neocons  rogues  inbreeding  bottomfeeding  groupthink  aristocracy  decline  fall  FallenAngels  hatchetjob  toli 
june 2007 by amaah
Words Of Mass Infuriation
On bland language that infests bureaucracies and politics. Political campaigns only get interesting when the candidates stop speaking in ringing generalities and infuriating phrases -- which doesn't mean that they become successful, or even good for the c
language  English  absurd  observation  culture  Politics  bureaucracy  rant 
june 2007 by amaah
Where Did All The Farmers Go?
Do you know where the farmers went? Well, my father and I are farmers that left the farm. Most of our neighbors have too. Most of us still live in the area; we just dont farm any more. Few people understand the farming they espouse as so charming and wort
farming  agriculture  USA  agribusiness  observation  history  culture  development  trends  economics  politics  incentives  tradition  modernity  change  capitalism  rant 
june 2007 by amaah
Do you hate the poor enough to be charitable?
US discomfort with China says more about US fears of losing their top-dog economic place in the world than of their attitude to Chinese worker's rights. US politicians (with the tacit support of US citizens) prefer charity to opportunity. They strike for
rant  SouthAfrica  poverty  development  economics  ethics  charity  power  USA  China  morality  values  politics  policy  Africa 
may 2007 by amaah
How the mobile phone biz lost the plot
There is literally no one in this cursed industry that hasn't joined the frantic race to the bottom. Time and again, the industry has shown it is willing to sacrifice essential features on the alter of progress, fluff, and bling. Operators also seem to be
networks  mobile  communication  business  telecom  technology  rant  participation  control  strategy  adoption  innovation  LowEndTheory 
may 2007 by amaah
Public Nuisances 63 and 64
Is there a more diseagreeable verb in the English language than deplane?
nuisance  rant  life  language  annoyance  irritation  boycott  indignation  bureaucracy  security  air  travel  theatre  SmallThings  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
In Praise of Budweiser
Not sure I agree with Daniel, but never have more eloquent words (and copious and erudite footnotes) been deployed in defense of a beer. I still won't reconsider but it did give one pause. Aesthetics being what they are...
food  beer  rant  appreciation  history  humour  writing  budweiser  review  culture  taste  cheap  aesthetic 
may 2007 by amaah
Excuse Me While I Delicately Defecate On MTV's Greatest Hip-Hop Groups List
Humanity Critic lets loose: Taking their list with any amount of seriousness would be akin to listening to a homeless man go on and on about the job market. the man deserves some sort of compensation based on the many years of mindless conversation he was
rant  zingers  humour  culture  celebrity  music  hip-hop  usa  mtv  hatchetjob  funny 
march 2007 by amaah
The Dan Brown code
Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. Why did I keep reading? Because London Heathrow is a long way from San Francisco International, and airline magazines are thin, and two-month-old Hollywo
language  review  literature  hatchetjob  style  funny  essay  writing  DanBrown  criticism  english  humour  linguistics  rant 
june 2006 by amaah
Husbanding the Blogcritics Commons
Satire: Tempest In Teapot About Title Terminology and Traffic Tendencies or perhaps: Satire: Boston Blowhard Boldy Blows Bile on Bubbly Blogcritics Behemoth... On Blogcritics' titles, communities and walking backwards in the dust. Boycott Day Trinity 2
community  soul  commons  Blogcritics  commerce  culture  marketing  attention  web  search  seo  hustle  sad  rant  Ghana  Ewe  Africa  history  mythology  satire  groups  values  organization  behaviour  media  DarkMatter  SmallThings  boycott  toli  communities 
june 2006 by amaah
A Nine Dollar Vibe
On my boycott of Vibe magazine, Part 1 of the Boycott Day Trinity
vibe  music  culture  magazine  commercialization  hustle  decline  writing  rant  black  america  hip-hop  soul  lifestyle  DarkMatter  SmallThings  boycott  media  ThingsFallApart  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
Huhudious (or Silly Season)
huhudious adj. an outrageous statement or a point of view or behaviour that beggars belief. close synonym to hubristic, breathtaking and preposterous, with the same notion of brazen, yet insouciant, arrogance on the part of the interlocutor. hoo-hoo-dious
huhudious  B-movie  life  humour  language  neologism  observation  satire  essay  rant  politics  economics  perception  culture  media  journalism  England  USA  America  Africa  hypocrisy  irony  Congo  Kabila  GreatGame  CoteD'Ivoire  Liberia  Ghana  Iraq  Iran  AbuGhraib  Guantanamo  StephenCambone  Gabon  EquatorialGuinea  China  Microsoft  Bongo  Putin  Kristof  Bolton  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2006 by amaah
the scrunge era
Confirmation that I'm not the only one worried about the loss of smooth mint gel. We are indeed a tribe agitating against "the new formula." All we need is a manifesto, the scrunge era might do
rant  economics  business  marketing  whimsy  technology  snakeoil  HardSell  sales  TheNewFormula  backlash  pricing  strategy  loss  annoying  teeth  toothpaste  crest  brand  frivolous  fun  capitalism  commerce  Seinfeld  newformula  ObserversAreWorried 
march 2006 by amaah
IBM poop heads say LAMP users need to "grow up"
The LAMP stack is a properly constructed piece of software. Features are added when an actual person has an actual need that arises in the actual field, not when some group of highly qualified architecture astronauts and marketing splash-seekers get toget
technology  Architecture  software  scaling  performance  IBM  insight  scalability  apache  web  Design  programming  development  engineering  advocacy  rant  python  php  linux  kiss  j2ee  pitts 
june 2005 by amaah
Manifest Destiny
A savaging is in order... I read the rest of the article half expecting some Social Darwinist claptrap to emerge and it's quite close: Ignatieff's essay is simply Manifest Destiny revisited as farce.
ObserversAreWorried  buyer'sremorse  hubris  solipsism  cheek  chutzpah  blowhards  intellectuals  politics  academy  socialdarwinism  usa  Ignatieff  Friedman  america  exceptionalism  perception  narcissism  observation  rant  b-movie  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
Grease Monkey is to Web Services as REST is to SOAP
That said, I'm just a programmer: I don't understand your "initiatives," "business consultants," "vendor sports," or "enterprise systems." I was thawed out of a high school by your Business Men to code up some crazy web application. Your world frightens a
web  rest  design  greasemonkey  services  architecture  glue  rant  soap 
may 2005 by amaah

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