Angry Robot

Trump’s Kleptocracy Already Feels Like Old News

Alex Trebek’s Diss Ignited A Nerdcore Hip-Hop Rebellion

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec


Genre As Method: The Vaporwave Family Tree, From Eccojams to Hardvapour

Experts Urge Hillary Clinton to Challenge Election Results

It's official: NASA's peer-reviewed EM Drive paper has finally been published

The impossible engine works

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, an excerpt

Daft Science by Coins

very excellent album of Beastie / Daft Punk mashup. (thanks Beau)

Anime master Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to make one last film

Renegade Facebook Employees Form Task Force To Battle Fake News

Post-election spate of hate crimes worse than post-9/11, experts say

Dancing to the end with Leonard Cohen

Devastating personal account of Cohen’s significance

No Solution, Only Movement: The Depths of Leonard Cohen

“What matters to me right now is what Leonard Cohen did with sadness in its most basic form. I badly need that sense of possibility. I need to feel that being crushed or demolished doesn’t have to be the end of the story but, rather, a stalwart beginning.”

The Trump Runs Strong in This One

Looks like I picked a bad week to quit thinking about Trump.

Discussed with a friend how the election results are a form of trauma and having thought about it a bit more, it’s totally true. Personally, I react by avoidance, but it’s not enough to keep the anger and sadness from seeping through. Avoidance is rarely the best play; it’s not a proper coping mechanism. You can’t avoid some things – like winter. It’s gonna get cold. All you can do is make sure your house is warm and don’t stay outside too long.

So I think that’s what I have to do. I don’t want to immerse myself in things I can’t change, leading only to frustration, anxiety, etc. So I’m not going to feel any sense of duty in terms of keeping up with Trump issues, getting pissed off at every awful thing he does, raging at every outrageous cabinet pick. But I will read the news like I normally do and when the news is wall-to-wall Trump, so be it.

I still want to find some way to focus my energy on something constructive. Perhaps this will simply be finding a charity that will help those victimized by his administration and supporters. But I assure you I will keep the Trumpus to a minimum on this blog.

Man, see? I need Trump therapy. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Thoughts for the Horrified


Personal Trumpendectomy, Day 1

I’m trying to cut Trump out of my life and the prognosis is bleak. The news sites have no headlines without the word “Trump” in them. My Twitter feed is all Trump-related hair-pulling (notable: not one Trump supporter). Random strangers are talking about him everywhere: streetcar, coffee shop. Everyone at work, obviously. Facebook: screwed. In retrospect, the timing was impulsive and just plain bad. I find myself sneaking looks at Twitter despite myself and loading up Trump linx and reading them and nodding. Why did people vote for him? What should be done now? Perhaps ignoring isn’t the best response and/or even feasible…. Aaaaargh!

It’s all an urban-rural divide. It’s all white people. They’re racist. Yet a lot of them must have voted for Obama? Or, the Democrats abandoned working class whites. Hillary’s a flawed candidate. She’s fine but she didn’t excite the base, so they didn’t turn out like Obama did. Trump got the same votes as Romney. Alternately, he got more votes out of Romney areas than Romney did.

Or, since HRC actually won the popular vote, we should really be talking about how well she did and how it was Trump who failed.

Is it wrong that the best take on Trump’s appeal is from Cracked? Did I already link to that? I don’t even know anymore.

I’m personally fond of those posts that say, “let’s get back to work and resist.” I admire the grit, the unwillingness to rend garments and wail and gnash teeth. Is my urge to turn away and ignore reality really that great a response? But what could I do anyway? I’m not some famous beret-clad rebel leader soul-searching from his secret jungle lair, I’m just another upset liberal white nerd typing on the internet. Not that helpful! Sad!, even! Is there some other way? To do something constructive from Canada? I don’t know. I still want to try and take a break from politics from a while, but I’m not very good at it.

New MacBook Pro Has Already Outsold All Competing Laptops This Year

Apparently not as loathsome a machine as nerds on twitter would have you believe

Fuck Everything And Blame Everyone

inessential: Responsibility and Hope


Words fail. But reading takes over. I see it happening, again – it goes in waves. The last one started with 911 and continued until Bush was re-elected, a situation I had convinced myself was not going to happen. Through that whole time I read reams of articles about US and world politics, and posted many of them on the blog. Then, with a crushing disappointment, I wanted to turn away from politics altogether. Bring on the video games! I think it was.

I have been posting lots of Trump links. I find him hilarious, almost irresistibly so. But that funniness was predicated on him not becoming president. I had convinced myself that it was impossible, that the nation that elected Obama wouldn’t turn around and elect a con artist, racist, misogynist, narcissist… you know all the character flaws.

It’s hard to laugh as you read this. The only way to even be hopeful is to hope that he won’t actually do the things he has said he’d do: he is a con man, after all. Repeal Obamacare? The Wall? Deportation squads? Torture? Encourage the FBI to harass Muslim-Americans? Turn a blind eye as Russia envelops its neighbours? Cut climate spending? Not hilarious, any of this stuff. Let’s hope he’s bullshitting as usual!

I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be writing about my daily Trump-related outrages here – in fact, I plan to not have them. It’s bad for the health. I live in Canada, after all. In my house, with my great family! And I’m into all other sorts of things! I am going to focus on that for a while. I’m sure there will be plenty of coverage, and outrage, elsewhere on the net. You don’t need me for that, and neither do I!

Me, I’m going to write the boring, irrelevant shit that only I could write.

The real Clinton email scandal is that a bullshit story has dominated the campaign

Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy

Lots of back story related to the recent, timely FBI leaks

How Female Fans Made ‘Star Wars’ Their Own

Watch a drone hack a room full of smart lightbulbs from outside the window

Welcome to the future