Morning Melange

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I’ve been obsessively playing Hay Day lately. It’s a very gentle game, full of feeding animals and making things. It’s a nice change from the outside world’s screaming. Of course it’s one of those freemium games, which is annoying, but since I tend to play for a few months then leave a game fallow (pun […]

Upham on Salem

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I fell asleep last night reading Charles Wentworth Upham on the Salem witch trials. First published in 1867, the work is prey to racism common at the time, though Upham seems rather uneasy at the genocide of the Native Americans. He also doesn’t mention chattel slavery in the colonial period more than glancingly–of course, with […]

Russia’s Pockets

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So, just in the past few years, Russia has poured a lot of resources not only into bankrolling the Syrian war but also into fucking with elections and social media in other countries. Ukraine, France, Britain, and yes, the US. (At this point, anyone who still thinks the Mango Mussolini and his merry nepotist crew […]

Fireplug

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I used to go out at night and take pictures of gas meters. Sadly, I’m out of the habit now, but I find myself noticing fireplugs these days. Sturdy little morning papers for the dogs, waiting patiently in all weather, quietly holding a force that can save homes. Every time I see one, I feel […]

Things I Think About

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In lieu of an actual post today, here are some things rolling around inside my head, in no particular order. * The Killer as Aesthete. I’ve been kicking around this idea of murderers portrayed with heightened sensory acuity as aesthetes for a while. From Anne Rice’s vampires and their florid sensory overloads to Hannibal Lecter […]

Rational Siblings

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Getting an army of minions does not mean one will have efficient means to perform villainy. Frex, I have often dreamed of minions doing my laundry. Perhaps I am a trifle pessimistic, as the only times I let other people do my laundry have resulted in shocking catastrophes. Granted, the endgame for said people was […]