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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Finally, proof that I'm right -- all hipsters look the same

I know they think they're expressing their individuality, but the truth is, urban hipsters -- the replacement for metrosexuals, quite possibly the stupidest "trend" ever, as it was launched by a gay dude who just wanted straight guys to pretend they were gay --  all look the same. They chase the same "new" looks so that they all continue to look exactly the same all the time. They'e gone through man-buns -- really? -- and their grandfather's old fedora that they actually bought at a hipster store because every hipster's grandfather ever said to them, "No, you can't have one of my fedoras. You're a douchebag," and black-rim glasses, most of which had plain glass lenses because the douchebag hipsters generally didn't have vision problems. That last choice is truly ironic, at least if the goal of hipsterism is to get laid, as the military has issued those glasses as the standard since before World War II, referring to them in military style as "corrective vision devices, eye glasses, black-rimmed" or some such other catchy name. The troops always referred to them as military-issue birth-control devices.

But I digress. I know I'm right about these d-bags all looking the same, because now I have proof they can't even tell when a picture of an urban hipster d-bag isn't even them:
At the end of February, MIT Technology Review emitted a pithy rundown of a 34-page research paper from maths-modelling boffins at Brandeis University in the US; the paper essentially posited that in a bid to make that all-important "countercultural statement", hipsters can end up looking alike. For groovy models of how random acts by hipsters "undergo a phase transition into a synchronized state" – along with some knotty network equations – see here.

Accompanying the article was an edited stock image of a generic millennial chap in plaid shirt and standard-issue beanie, or "trendy winter attire", as Getty put it.
Immediately, some dude wrote to the magazine threatening to sue for libel because the guy claimed the picture was of him, was used without his permission, and, apparently, it is slanderous to call someone a hipster in "trendy winter attire. Frankly, I'd be pissed, too, were someone to describe me that way. On the other hand, it will never happen as I am not trying to look like this:


Anyway, turns out the picture was a stock photo and was not a picture of the hipster threatening to sue. Even the dumb-fuck hipster couldn't tell himself from other hipsters.

Ah, the price they pay to assert their individualism.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Please don't ever ask a Republican to resign for anything ever again




WELL, OF COURSE NOT, THEY’RE DEMOCRATS: No call from Democratic governors for Virginia leaders embroiled in scandals to step down.

The Democratic Governors Association won’t ask embattled Democrats Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax or Attorney General Mark Herring to resign their posts in Virginia, even after maintaining that Gov. Ralph Northam should step down following a blackface scandal that has roiled the commonwealth.
“Obviously very disappointing and challenging set of circumstances in Virginia,” said association Chairwoman Gina Raimondo, who is also governor of Rhode Island, in answer to a question by the Washington Examiner about what should happen in Virginia, where Fairfax faces allegations of sexual assault and Herring, like Northam, has admitted to appearing in blackface.
The next in line for the top job in Virginia is a Republican, Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox.

Yes, that last item is the crucial factor. They’re happy to lecture you about morals and standards, but their number one standard is hanging on to power for Democrats.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

In case you didn't notice

Yes, I posted fewer times in 2018 than in any other year in the history of the blog, including the first year, which was nearly four months shorter than a full year. And it wasn't even close. Like I said, I promise to do better. Perhaps my European correspondent can comment on Brexit or something. Anyway, trying to focus more on the blog.

How is this possible?

It has come to my attention that I have not posted anything in February. I'm not sure how this happened, except that I am -- I have been working my ass off. My to-do list for the weekend almost always goes untouched because I sleep a lot. I've also been putting in a lot of time on my freelance writing even though my current gig pays vulgar amounts of money. To give you an idea of how busy I have been, I have more conversations (on-line) with a lawyer I am working with in Belgium than I do with my wife. Anyway, it might be out of date, but I promise to put up stuff that I have been saving for posts to try and make the blog a little more interesting. Thanks for hanging in there.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Scenic pictures from Mrs. Wolves

Every November, Mrs. Wolves goes to a mountain resort in Pipestem, W.Va. Apparently, she finally decided what pictures are worthy of other people seeing (including me), as these showed up in my inbox the other day. And so I share them here, with the note that these were taken in November. We had snow here the other day, so I assume the mountains of West Virginia are already well-covered. But here you go:





It's a nice place.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Yeah, smiling at somebody getting in your face means you're a racist

Or, maybe not:


Just sayin'.

Alternate headline: California soon to have no pet stores selling dogs and cats

California has passed a law that went into effect Jan. 1 that requires pet stores to sell only rescue dogs and cats. Pet stores in California are not required to maintain records showing the shelter from which their dogs and cats were obtained. No breeder-provided felines or canines allowed, apparently, with a fine of $500 for each animal without shelter credentials.

Californians can still buy from private breeders, but given California's propensity to regulate everything, how long to you expect that to last?

Naturally, the American Kennel Club opposed the law and says the law makes it harder for people to buy puppies and kittens, which is what most prospective pet owners want to do. Shelter pets usually are given to shelter after they are puppies or kittens because people realize they don't want this animal.

I don't care, because I don't live in California and I always buy from breeders, anyway. Still, sucks to be in California. People who want purebreds will go to breeders, and people who want shelter animals will go to shelters rather than pay the premium that shelters would have to charge. Pet stores will be reduced to selling birds, lizards and fish in California. I'm guessing many of them won't last.

But it's for your own good, California.