Monday Media Blogging

A timely blast from the past:

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You monsters!!!

Add comment June 29th, 2015 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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The Post-Work Future

The Atlantic has an interesting article on the “post-work” future, when automation (and probably outsourcing) has eliminated so many jobs that massive unemployment is structurally unavoidable, at least as far as traditional corporate employment goes.  It covers far too much territory for me to attempt to summarize, but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts of my own.

In the section on government “makework,” why no mention of infrastructure renewal except in the past tense?  The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated the total cost of fixing our infrastructure at $3.6 TRILLION – I find it very hard to believe that that would not translate into an enormous amount of construction and engineering jobs, but perhaps the assumption is that most of the construction and engineering tasks would be performed by robots.

The most direct approach would be for the government to raise taxes on corporations and the rich in order to give everyone a “universal basic income,” which both Nixon and Milton Friedman supported back in the 60s.  If there isn’t enough work to go around, this will be absolutely imperative, not just from a humanitarian perspective, but from an economic perspective as well: Corporations still need consumers to be able to afford their products.

There were also sections on the possibility of people becoming independent artisans, or the government helping them start small businesses, which is all well and good, but it will be a lot easier for people to make that leap if they’re not desperately clinging to or searching for a job (or two), or wondering where their next meal – or roof – is coming from.

The bottom line is that until we finally repudiate the conservative Randian belief that the unemployed are worthless, lazy parasites who must be punished economically (in the guise of “tough love,” of course) rather than reduce the winnings of the “job creators,” the post-work future will be about desperation and misery instead of creativity and opportunity.

1 comment June 24th, 2015 at 09:48pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

For anyone who might have been wondering…

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Probably not entirely safe for work.

June 22nd, 2015 at 11:37am Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Russia.

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June 15th, 2015 at 07:45pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Armadillo Blogging

This week’s quote is from the criminally underappreciated Christopher Lambert shoot-em-up Mean Guns:

We’re cannibalistic bears.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s screaming hairy armadillos…

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Yeah, no, it wasn’t a euphemism.

June 12th, 2015 at 08:38pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

How I unwind after a hard day at work.

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June 8th, 2015 at 08:37pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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I Figured Out What I Want For My Birthday

*wistful sigh*

June 7th, 2015 at 06:04pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Great Moments In Choreography. (h/t Kevin Hayden)

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Honestly, I can’t decide whether this is awesome or terrible.

June 1st, 2015 at 12:08pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Memorial Day Photoblogging

I have seen a whole bunch of Dad’s WW2 Okinawa photos, but somehow I missed this one.

Okinawa Cemetery

1 comment May 25th, 2015 at 05:14pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

So this is a thing that happened…

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Unclear as to whether him getting kicked in the crotch is actually part of the routine.

May 18th, 2015 at 06:27pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Paper animation is always fun.

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May 11th, 2015 at 06:20pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Jezebel, with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, but mainly Bette Davis:

Even a banker has memories.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

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So fluffy.

May 8th, 2015 at 08:48pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Technically, if you have a credit card you’re already enrolled.

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1 comment April 27th, 2015 at 07:20am Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the 80s classic, Chopper Chicks In Zombietown, with Billy Bob Thornton and Martha Quinn:

Maybe if you don’t eat anybody no one will notice.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee kittens…

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I usually avoid compilation videos, but there’s squeaking.

April 17th, 2015 at 04:34pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

For all the Mario fans:

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April 13th, 2015 at 10:38pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from Fandango, starring Kevin Costner before anyone knew who he was:

Fallopian? Those are books of the Bible, honey – First and Second Fallopians.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee pandas…

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So graceful.

April 10th, 2015 at 08:49pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Not entirely sure what “the first hyperlapse ever made” means, much less whether it’s true, but it certainly is pretty damn cool.

April 6th, 2015 at 09:05pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Whatever it is, I like it.

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I have no idea what it is, but I like it.

March 30th, 2015 at 07:09pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Much as I like the HBO version, this is rather lovely:

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March 23rd, 2015 at 09:17pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Mudskipper Blogging

This week’s quote is from See No Evil, Hear No Evil with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, which I apparently saw for some reason:

This morning, I threatened to shoot a naked woman with my erection. Now that doesn’t happen every day.

How she got into my erection, I’ll never know. Wait, am I telling it wrong?

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s mudskippers…

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Their mating ritual is hauntingly beautiful.

March 20th, 2015 at 08:12pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Helpful ’30s Jiu-Jitsu tips for ladies:

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March 16th, 2015 at 11:44am Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

My new favorite song:

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March 9th, 2015 at 07:53am Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

RIP, Mr. Spock.

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Admittedly perhaps not his finest moment.

March 2nd, 2015 at 10:13pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

Someone made a movie of a Chick Tract, and it looks AWESOME.

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February 23rd, 2015 at 06:23pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Fish Blogging

This week’s quote is from Psycho, which I trust you are all familiar with:

You’ve never had an empty moment in your entire life, have you?

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s singing fish…

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That really is kind of weirdly awesome.

February 20th, 2015 at 08:12pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

In case anyone was wondering (also probably not entirely safe for work)…

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I CAN’T LOOK AWAY

February 16th, 2015 at 12:26pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Friday Quote & Moray Eel Blogging

This week’s quote is from the timeless Martin Lawrence/Tim Robbins classic, Nothing To Lose:

Well, the “Freeze, motherfucker” part was scary, and he led me to believe that if I moved my ass, he might blow it off.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s moray eels…

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Moray eels are of course well known for their friendly and affectionate nature.

2 comments February 13th, 2015 at 09:44pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

A terrifying acting tour de force!

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1 comment February 9th, 2015 at 10:48pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

I am very impressed by this guy’s ability to play guitar while being electrocuted.

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January 26th, 2015 at 07:40pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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Monday Media Blogging

I think he’s some kind of… tuba druid?

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Like you do.

January 19th, 2015 at 04:38pm Posted by Eli    Permalink

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