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Review: The Giant Leap Forward of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” | The New Yorker
It is also a meditation on a specific subgenre of American movies, the so-called social thriller, a subject that Peele talks about with wide-ranging thoughtfulness. “In a social thriller, the monster at hand is society,” Peele said. “Whether in an allegorical sense, as in ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ or in a metaphorical sense, like ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ ‘Candyman’ explores fear of the ghetto, in that case, Cabrini-Green, in Chicago. ‘Misery’ is about fandom and the way we idolize and worship people. The beauty is that many horror movies and many thrillers do deal with society in some way, but in the social thriller, it’s society that is the villain.”
newyorker  jordanpeele  film 
7 weeks ago
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
This was good throughout, but I found these things especially insightful:

"Imagine yourself on the socioeconomic ladder with one end of a rubber band around your ankle and the other around your parents’ rung. The strength of the rubber determines how hard it is for you to escape the rung on which you were born. If your parents are high on the ladder, the band will pull you up should you fall; if they are low, it will drag you down when you start to rise. Economists represent this concept with a number they call “intergenerational earnings elasticity,” or IGE, which measures how much of a child’s deviation from average income can be accounted for by the parents’ income. An IGE of zero means that there’s no relationship at all between parents’ income and that of their offspring. An IGE of one says that the destiny of a child is to end up right where she came into the world."

And this:

"The source of the trouble, considered more deeply, is that we have traded rights for privileges. We’re willing to strip everyone, including ourselves, of the universal right to a good education, adequate health care, adequate representation in the workplace, genuinely equal opportunities, because we think we can win the game. But who, really, in the end, is going to win this slippery game of escalating privileges?"
theatlantic  economics  politics  unitedstates 
10 weeks ago
The Surprising, Very Public Evolution of Donald Glover - The Ringer
I appreciated the honest take on some of his missteps here, as well as how he seems to have learned from them.
donaldglover  theringer 
may 2018
Donald Glover Can’t Save You | The New Yorker
This was fascinating but I'm not sure if I'm glad that I read it or not. It comes to mind now with each new thing that Donald Glover does.
donaldglover  newyorker  profile 
may 2018
How to Build a Raised Garden Bed
Plan used to build raised bed(s) - spring 2018
project  woodworking  garden 
april 2018
DarwinCatholic: Confessions of a Confirmation Catechist: Confirmation
"We don't control our emotional responses to grace, but we can offer our obedience to God's commands. You don't know when you attend mass if you're going to have great consolations or spiritual dryness or just a run-of-the-mill experience -- and God's grace isn't determined by any of those experiences -- but you can be obedient and attend mass regardless of "what you get out of it". You can be obedient and go to confession and be forgiven, whether it's exciting or frightening or just something you do. God isn't constrained by our human experiences of him, and thank God for that."
darwincatholic  confirmation  catholic 
march 2018
John Wanserski - YouTube
Thorough documentation of many WI state park campground. Thank you, John.
youtube  wisconsin  camping  video 
march 2018
U.S. Winter Olympic performance history
Reminder: the U.S. is generally not strong at the Winter Olympics
america 
february 2018
Opinion | Let’s Ban Porn - The New York Times
"And indeed, I think the part of the #MeToo movement that’s interested in discussing sexual unhappiness and not just sexual harassment clearly wants to talk about pornography, even if it doesn’t quite realize that yet."

"So if you want better men by any standard, there is every reason to regard ubiquitous pornography as an obstacle"
nytimes  rossdouthat  pornography 
february 2018
Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America - The Atlantic
"Preliminary mid-2017 numbers from government data are even better. They count nearly 70,000 brewery employees, nearly three times the figure just 10 years ago. Average beer prices have grown nearly 50 percent. So while Americans are drinking less beer than they did in the 2000s (probably a good thing) they’re often paying more for a superior product (another good thing). Meanwhile, the best-selling beers in the country are all in steep decline, as are their producers. Between 2007 and 2016, shipments from five major brewers—Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Heineken, Pabst, and Diageo, which owns Guinness—fell by 14 percent. Goliaths are tumbling, Davids are ascendant, and beer is one of the unambiguously happy stories in the U.S. economy. The same effect is happening at liquor distilleries and wineries. Employment within both groups grew by 70 percent between 2006 and 2016, thanks, in part, to the falling real costs of booze-producing equipment and the ease of advertising local businesses on social media."
beer  economics  theatlantic 
january 2018
Perfect Prime Rib Recipe | Serious Eats
An expensive cut but so delicious and surprisingly easy. Just requires time.

Christmas menu:

Prime rib with sauteed mushrooms
Whipped potatoes with melted Boursin
Cranberries
Salad
recipes  food  christmas  seriouseats  jkenjilopezalt 
december 2017
Eli, Eli
A beautiful and haunting short story from Mrs. Darwin.
darwincatholic  fiction  shortstory 
september 2017
Why Happy People Cheat - The Atlantic
Fascinating. Some quotes:

As I listen to her, I start to suspect that her affair is about neither her husband nor their relationship. Her story echoes a theme that has come up repeatedly in my work: affairs as a form of self-discovery, a quest for a new (or lost) identity. For these seekers, infidelity is less likely to be a symptom of a problem, and more likely an expansive experience that involves growth, exploration, and transformation.
...
Sometimes when we seek the gaze of another, it’s not our partner we are turning away from, but the person we have become. We are not looking for another lover so much as another version of ourselves. The Mexican essayist Octavio Paz described eroticism as a “thirst for otherness.” So often, the most intoxicating “other” that people discover in an affair is not a new partner; it’s a new self.
...
Forbidden-love stories are utopian by nature, especially in contrast with the mundane constraints of marriage and family. A prime characteristic of this liminal universe—and the key to its irresistible power—is that it is unattainable. Affairs are by definition precarious, elusive, and ambiguous. The indeterminacy, the uncertainty, the not knowing when we’ll see each other again—feelings we would never tolerate in our primary relationship—become kindling for anticipation in a hidden romance. Because we cannot have our lover, we keep wanting. It is this just-out-of-reach quality that lends affairs their erotic mystique and keeps the flame of desire burning. Reinforcing this segregation of the affair from reality is the fact that many, like Priya, choose lovers who either could not or would not become a life partner. By falling for someone from a very different class, culture, or generation, we play with possibilities that we would not entertain as actualities.
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The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman wrote that in modern life, "there is always a suspicion … that one is living a lie or a mistake; that something crucially important has been overlooked, missed, neglected, left untried and unexplored; that a vital obligation to one’s own authentic self has not been met, or that some chances of unknown happiness completely different from any happiness experienced before have not been taken up in time and are bound to be lost forever." Bauman speaks to our nostalgia for unlived lives, unexplored identities, and roads not taken.
estherperel  marriage  theatlantic 
september 2017
Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O. - NYTimes.com
Typically insightful take on the Google diversity memo from David Brooks.

"The mob that hounded Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is producing intense anxiety. Some people embrace moral absolutism in a desperate effort to find solid ground. They feel a rare and comforting sense of moral certainty when they are purging an evil person who has violated one of their sacred taboos."
nytimes  davidbrooks  google 
august 2017
Mother's Restaurant - New Orleans - World's Best Baked Ham - 401 Poydras, New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: 504-523-9656
The best meal of our recent road trip. We ordered most of the specials on the menu and I will return every time I'm in New Orleans.
neworleans  restaurant  food 
august 2017
Chacarero Chileno (Chilean Steak and Bean Sandwiches) Recipe
The best steak sandwich I have eaten. I will definitely be reusing the meat preparation method for other kinds of steak sandwiches.
seriouseats  sandwich  jkenjilopezalt  recipes  grilling  chile 
august 2017
Ten Meter Tower - Video - NYTimes.com
Love this. My heart was pounding watching it.
nytimes  video  shortfilm  documentary 
july 2017
O Beautiful For Pilgrim Feet
"I've been to three Masses recently at which we sang, without comment, without irony, "America, the Beautiful." Let's wave the flag, in other words, and pretend everything is great. Let's pretend that God actually approves of unbridled greed, unbridled militarism, unbridled narcissism, and willful blindness. That we are doing this before the altar on which Christ was crucified strikes me as close to blasphemy.

In yesterday's Gospel Christ said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it...And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple--amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward." [Matthew 10:37-42 was the whole reading].

In his homily, the priest at the mega-wealthy suburban parish I happened to be attending said, "I don't need a drop of water from you. I don't have to beg."  Well you are not a person of Christ then, I thought. He went on to speak of his incredibly popularity and how the way actual people in today's world show their love is by giving money, not an unnecessary and really mortifying drop of water. He gave the stats on how financial contributions had risen in the three years since he took over. He spent fifteen minutes describing the newly varnished pews, the lighting in the parking lot, the remote controls for the computers. He did not once mention Christ.

Then we sang "America, the Beautiful.""
america  catholic  patriotism  heatherking  shirtofflame 
july 2017
Greek-Style Grilled Chicken With Oregano, Garlic, Lemon, and Olive Oil Recipe | Serious Eats
Made with boneless chicken thighs and it turned out great. Not as overwhelmingly garlicky as I thought it might be and great texture and flavor.
recipes  grilling  chicken  greek  seriouseats 
june 2017
Zach Lowe on LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the 1-3 pick-and-roll - NBA
The most informative and in-depth NBA commentary/analysis I have maybe ever read.
nba  basketball  zachlowe 
may 2017
Reply All’s The Russian Passenger – Waxy.org
These two episodes got me listening to Reply All (again) and, like Andy said, are "a nice intro to online security, for those who don’t spend their time living in it."
replyall  podcast  via:waxy  security 
april 2017
The Mirror of the Benedict Option | The Josias
P. Edmund on the Benedict Option, which I have been thinking about again lately.
sancrucensis  roddreher  benedictoption  thejosias 
april 2017
How to grill perfect lamb chops
My first exposure to the reverse sear was a delicious one. Kenji breaks it down here:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/03/how-to-reverse-sear-best-way-to-cook-steak.html

Also, maybe the best Easter menu we've had:

Lamb loin chops, prepared as above with herbs from Provence
Asparagus with balsamic glaze
Green beans
Fried potatoes
Zierfandler
lamb  grilling  howto  seriouseats  recipes  jkenjilopezalt 
april 2017
Home | WI Film Festival
Previously seen:

2016: Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier)
film  madison  wisconsin 
march 2017
Covering Trump the Reuters Way | Reuters
A good list but the first principle struck me, simple though it seems: "Cover what matters in people’s lives and provide them the facts they need to make better decisions."
journalism  donaldtrump  politics  media 
february 2017
Fresh Air for January 16, 2017 : NPR
Excellent interview. With our school and life choices, we're trying to live the same values that Ms. Hannah-Jones describes in detail here.

She also contributed to this excellent This American Life:

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with
npr  freshair  nikolehannahjones  segregation  school  race  america  thisamericanlife 
january 2017
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Great talk by Maciej on surveillance, automation, and U.S. politics:

"The real answer to who will command the robot armies is: Whoever wants it the most.

And right now we don't want it. Because taking command would mean taking responsibility.

Facebook says it's not their fault what people share on the site, even if it's completely fabricated, and helps decide an election.

Twitter says there's nothing they can do about vicious racists using the site as a political weapon. Their hands are tied!

Uber says they can't fight market forces or regulate people's right to drive for below minimum wage.

Amazon says they can't pay their employees a living wage because they aren't even technically employees.

And everyone agrees that the answer to these problems is not regulation, but new and better technologies, and more automation.

Nobody wants the responsibility; everybody wants the control.

Instead of accountability, all we can think of is the next wave of technology that will make everything better. Rockets, robots, and self-driving cars.

We innovated ourselves into this mess, and we'll innovate our way out of it."
politics  technology  robots  surveillance  automation  future  maciejceglowski  via:waxy 
december 2016
The Passion of Martin Scorsese - The New York Times
Surprisingly good interview and article that do the subject and film/book justice.
nytimes  catholic  martinscorcese  jesuit  film 
november 2016
An American Tragedy - The New Yorker
"The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety."
politics  donaldtrump  election  newyorker  davidremnick  unitedstates  america 
november 2016
Paul Krugman: Our Unknown Country
The feeling of the moment:

"We still don’t know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks — incredibly, horribly — as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn’t understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous.

We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time.

We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law.

It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people — white people, living mainly in rural areas — who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about. For them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label.

I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair."
nytimes  election  donaldtrump  america  unitedstates  paulkrugman 
november 2016
Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours
"And I realize that this is, in some ways, just another tale in the vast book of human frailty. But this new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any."
culture  internet  technology  andrewsullivan 
november 2016
bearing blog: My endorsement.
Bearing details her thought process in deciding how to vote in an election where neither choice is good, referencing the statement from the U.S. bishops.
politics  catholic  election 
october 2016
How to use IRC Effectively | Drupal.org
Thanks, Drupal page, for helping me use IRC today for the first time in 20 years.
irc 
october 2016
Capitalism and Economism
"Why should family and community, culture and traditions, be treated as trivial matters in contrast to economic activity?"

Is distributism a feasible alternative? It's worth thinking about.
distributism  economics 
october 2016
You deserve to know about my Dad, because despite not having a father of his own, he was the best… – Medium
I was just searching for Esoteric and found this unexpectedly moving tribute he wrote for his dad.
esoteric  fatherhood 
october 2016
Integralism in Three Sentences | The Josias
"Catholic Integralism is a tradition of thought that rejects the liberal separation of politics from concern with the end of human life, holding that political rule must order man to his final goal. Since, however, man has both a temporal and an eternal end, integralism holds that there are two powers that rule him: a temporal power and a spiritual power. And since man’s temporal end is subordinated to his eternal end the temporal power must be subordinated to the spiritual power."
integralism  sancrucensis 
october 2016
The Marvel Symphonic Universe - YouTube
The safe scores of Marvel films and the effect of temp scores on film making
film  tonyzhou  music 
september 2016
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