Archive for category: Geekitude

Guns and Mutants

11 Feb
February 11, 2019

I came across this article comparing the gun control debate with the debates over mutants in the Marvel universe.

From the article: The human tendency is to judge all people by their worst examples and to act accordingly. This is silly and frankly bigoted, but it’s what people do and you just have to argue around it. Almost all transgender people want to do is use a bathroom in peace and not molest children under pretext; however, people are ready to judge the 99.9% who obey the law by the rare example who actually does commit a bathroom molestation. Most immigrants, particularly from Islamic countries, want to immigrate to the United States for peace and prosperity; however, people are ready to judge all of them because of the few who come here and commit terrorism. I maintain that 9/11 was far more catastrophic than any school shooting, but we shouldn’t block Muslim immigrants because of the dozen or so who killed 3,000 Americans on one very bad day, or the one who killed numerous LGBTQ people in Orlando.

So the X-Men deal with the same crap. Some mutants have gone terrorist; all are judged by that standard. One mutant could **commit a crime; therefore, people assume that they **will.

To borrow a phrase, snip:

Still, readers connect with the X-Men despite the bona fide concerns of the world around them. Why?

Because we read the X-Men as “real” people. We know that not all mutants are not the Brotherhood and Magneto. We follow them as ordinary people who come from ordinary backgrounds. While they have extraordinarily dangerous powers, they’re not dangerous people. They date, play baseball, go to bars and movies, and are generally not interested in hurting anyone who isn’t out to hurt them first. For the most part, they want to help.

Joss Whedon had a run on Astonishing X-Men, which was the first comic I picked up after a fifteen-year hiatus. There was a scene where Cyclops confronts the rest of the team over who’s being mind controlled. The team is freaked out because Cyclops is holding a handgun. Cyclops. The mutant whose eye blasts can take down giant robots. And his team is more scared of the 1911 in his hand. Let’s just say it was something that yanked me out of the narrative right quick.

Tab Clearing

21 Jan
January 21, 2019

Time to clear out some open tabs on the browser.

You Think You Know Me looks like an interesting party card game. Particularly if you have people you’d rather not play Cards Against Humanity with.

[This is an interesting iPhone feature] for those of us worried about having our phones searched.

Tam recommended Thyrm lens covers for your weapon mounted light. These are disposable covers for range time to keep the lens clear.

What do you call a guy who is a decorated Navy SEAL, a Harvard-trained medical doctor, and an astronaut? I’m going with ”Dr. Kim.” The best comment I’ve heard is this is the kid who when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up answered ”Everything!”

Favorite Character

14 Nov
November 14, 2018

In the MCU, Chris Evans’ Captain America has been my favorite. Even more than Downey’s Iron Man, Evans brings the Captain to life.

When In The World

17 Oct
October 17, 2018

This is a nifty site that lets you put in an address and see where it was over the last few hundred million years. Allocate at least an hour of wasted time.

On a side note, it’s kind of amusing how much of the time Florida was underwater.

Reliving a Bit of My Youth

27 Sep
September 27, 2018

Tonight, I’m introducing The Fiancée to one of the pivotal movies of my childhood.

One of the local theaters is doing one of those single night screenings. I warned her that I might be reciting the lines and singing along with the songs.

Star Wars Anime – New Hope Trailer

26 Sep
September 26, 2018

Came across this video on the Book of Face.

Now I want to see how he’d do with the whole movie.

Marcoss Meets Top Gun

22 Aug
August 22, 2018

I am highly amused by these videos.

Firefly +15 Years

10 Jun
June 10, 2018

Neat little video for the Browncoats in your life:

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

04 May
May 4, 2018

I was listening to this week’s episode of War College, and they were discussing a new book Strategy Strikes Back. The authors were discussing how to use Star Wars as a lingua franca to discuss military matters. The point that was being made is that Star Wars is a multi-national, multi-cultural, and multi-generational experience that can act as a bridge. Particularly when talking to someone outside of one’s normal culture or even sub-culture.

I found this to be of particular interest as I’m a part of several sub-cultures that live outside mainstream culture. And even those sub-cultures don’t talk well to each other, such as taking atheism to a regular person in the gun culture or talking guns to other atheists. Or talking libertarianism to either. At least with Star Wars there are some touchstones that provide shared frames of reference.

At least it would be nice not to be talking past someone.

And yes, the post title is from a Star Trek TNG episode

Diversity Is A Good Thing, As Long As You Know What To Diversify

19 Apr
April 19, 2018

Reason put out this article earlier this week on the dangers of Silicon Valley’s burgeoning ideological conformity. Let’s look at the first couple of paragraphs:

quote When it comes to software, Silicon Valley understands the threat of monocultures. If 100 percent of computers run the same code and malware authors discover an exploit, 100 percent of computers will be vulnerable to the same attack. Fortunately, the way to reduce such risks is straightforward: Increase diversity.

quote Alas, this insight seems limited to software. Technology executives have yet to fully recognize the risks posed by the potent political monocultures forming inside their own companies.

The problem is that so many who push “diversity” fail to understand what they need to diversify. For these tech companies – and other places pushing diversity for diversity (cough, universities, cough, literary circles) – they are mistaking the biological for the mental. In essence, they are saying because they have both golden labradors and chocolate labradors, they are diverse – and they don’t see the problem when large numbers of their dogs die off. For tech companies, the biggest threat from this failure to recognize they are not really diverse is going out of business because they’ve alienated enough customers.

However, the same issue is impacting the RKBA. I keep hearing how we do we get more women, POCs, young people, etc. involved in the gun rights battle. Too many times, I see the RKBA making the same mistake of substituting outward diversity with inward diversity. You can’t invite people with one breath, and with the next demand they immediately conform to every thing you believe outside of RKBA – such as God, abortion, economics, and/or the current issues of the day.

We’re not breeding stronger livestock, so we shouldn’t be looking for biological diversity. We’re trying to breed stronger ideas, so we need ideological diversity.