Apr 7
Sep 9

RIP Stefán Karl Stefánsson, you’ll live on in our memes..

Half-ass meme inspired by this whole-ass write-up on Quillette.

Sep 9

Trump Authoritarians Insecurity Meme

Jul 25

meme of angel on cloud

Apr 6

If you think a man juggling chainsaws would be relieved when they start running out of gas, you haven’t really asked yourself why a man juggles chainsaws in the first place.

Feb 13

If only this were a required attribute to be considered an “adult” of our species.

Feb 3

The caption I posted to Imgur was: “Baby Boomer grandfather explains the American economy to his millennial grandson”.

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Edit: and just got a notification that this went viral/made the front page of Imgur. Neat. If any of you followed the teeny watermark over here: sup?

Jan 23

Fake Books at Hobby Lobby

If someone from the past asked me what kind of culture we had in 2017, I’d explain how we sell fake books that people use to decorate their homes.

Jan 10

Nietzsche said that there are two types of people: those who want believe, and those who want to know.

More recently, it’s been suggested that the distinction between the two may be related to intelligence. Now I know how condescending that sounds, but think about how the mind works: stitching together a constant stream of information coming from the senses and presenting it to us in a form that becomes our individual “reality”.

Where the brain cannot stich together information from the senses, it relies on memory, or knowledge. It fills in the gaps as best it can to create the illusion of something solid, so we can make decisions that will keep us alive.

The less knowledge you have, the bigger the gaps, and the greater the need to fill them with something, anything, to maintain a coherent story. And filling those gaps with knowledge is a lot harder, and sometimes much less pleasant, than filling them with what you want to believe.

So I don’t know if I agree with the idea that Intelligence is the deciding factor, as much as a sort of general mental strength –more akin to character and willpower– to resist the temptation to rely on wishful thinking, rather than critical thinking. 

Because frankly, wishful thinking isn’t it really thinking at all.

Dec 19

 

So you’re unhappy with how the past year played out. The people elected a tacky, crass demagogue whose grade-school language winks at racism in his speeches and incites bigotry and xenophobia. And emboldened by his example, the volume of other ugly voices has been dialed up to eleven on our cultural speakers.

It’s like half the country is embracing the worst stereotypes the rest of the Western world holds about Americans, and embroidering them on Chinese-made red ball caps.

So what are you going to do about it, cuck?

Here’s an idea: in a culture that glorifies the crudest aspects of our nature, choosing to carry yourself with dignity and class is an act of rebellion.

I know, you want to fire back, to give as good as you’ve gotten. You could completely wreck that guy if this were a face-to-face conversation –you know he wouldn’t be running his mouth much less calling you inane shit like “cuck”. It would be a lot easier to just start dropping f-bombs along with your facts, to show that you’re not fucking around.

But all you accomplish with that is to allow the bar to lower faster. Sure, I know that bar is getting heavy with fewer and fewer hands holding it up these days. But that’s where the strength of your own dignity becomes essential. If people start defecating on the sidewalk, do you join them, or do you repudiate their actions?

As the saying goes: Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

We may very well be at the tail end of that chain, ready to start the cycle over. In that case, it’s essential to keep a stiff upper lip, even when your nose is twitching angrily from the smell of shit on the sidewalk.

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