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This is the last post I will make sharing the raw data about the top posts of past months, as I have posted summaries of all the rest at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, ending with Best August so far and other monthly meta. I will continue to post the monthly summaries of future months here, which means the July summary should appear here on or after August 2nd. I plan on resuming my monthly summary posts at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in October, where they will be a by-product of a strategy to increase page views that I suspended last October but will probably need to revive in the fall.

Enough meta. Here are the introduction, which got to the first draft stage, and the data.

September 2016 saw 18,069 page views and 66 comments for 30 posts over 30 days. Those stats translate into 602.3 page views per day and per post and 2.2 comments per post and per day. The total, per day, and per post page view numbers were all records for September, as were the comments per post. In addition, the blog passed 700,000 page views early in the month. Since the blog passed 500,000 page views during September of last year, it's on pace for 200,000 page views per year.

Most read, liked, and shared posts during September 2016 behind the cut. )
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Yes, yes, I know.

Some quick comments:

1. It says a lot that the arguments now circulating on social media to support this ban are pretty much the exact same arguments we went through with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and women serving in combat units, with a bit of keyword substitution.

2. One key difference between then and now is that attitudes have shifted considerably in the last 25 years. Back in 1993, the majority of people probably agreed that having LGBTs in the military (as if they weren’t already in it, which they totally were, but never mind) was bad for the morale, esprit de corps and mission focus of the straight guys trying to defend the country. This is a minority opinion in 2017, not least because – thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan – it’s generally been demonstrated that LGBT soldiers can fight wars as good as anyone else, and that most straight soldiers value that more than they care about their sex lives. Which is why the people still circulating the old 1993 arguments sound dumber now than they did back then.

3. The other key difference – and the more important one – is that those arguments were about giving LGBTs a right they didn’t have. Trump is proposing to take away a right that the “T”s in that equation already have. That’s a lot harder to justify – and it’s an eyebrow raiser when the POTUS wakes up one morning and decides that this group of people shouldn’t have the same rights as the rest of us anymore for reasons known only to him.

4. In fact, Trump being Trump, it’s hard to know how serious he is about it, or whether he truly believes it’s a problem that needs solving. The going theory is he intentionally picked a wedge topic out of nowhere to enrage liberals and get them raging about something else besides Russia and the GOP’s increasingly worse Obamacare replacement bills, and also to make the conservative evangelical base happy, because he could use some more support right about now. This is possible, but it also suggests Trump is clever, which seems far less possible.

5. In a way, that makes his push for a ban even worse than if he legitimately hated trans people – which he might, but there’s not much evidence to support that conclusion. Most everything he’s ever said and done regarding LGBTs since his inauguration have been directly connected to Obama policies that he rescinded – which, again, I believe he’s doing simply because they’re Obama policies. Whatever the case, it shows that at best he sees them as a faceless group he can sacrifice for political purposes – which is frankly sociopathic.

6. Luckily, he doesn't have the power to actually to institute such a ban, let alone enforce it. And military leaders have made that abundantly clear to the troops – which suggests that Trump didn’t really consult anyone in the military about this. Or anyone else, really. Maybe the GOP Congress will be happy to follow up, but something tells me they’re not really in the mood for more of Trump’s nonsense about now.

7. While Trump may not actually hate trans people, and may not be able to enforce the ban – and may not be able to convince either the brass or enough of Congress that the ban is necessary – the bigger problem is the people who do hate trans people and will be encouraged by this to be even meaner to any trans people they happen to come across than they already were. Which means it’s not a good time to be trans in America right now. That may not be exclusively Trump’s fault – but he just made himself a major part of the problem.

8. As someone who served in the US Army in a combat unit (peacetime) at a time when it was still illegal for LGBTs to serve openly in the armed forces, I can say with all certainty and conviction that I have no problem with them openly serving. Any proposed ban on military service is as pointless and dumb as the bans on trans people using gender-specific washrooms – which is to say, very pointless and dumb.

9. For those who will argue about the costs or reassignment surgery, sorry, no

Let ‘em in,

This is dF
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The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.
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The blog passed 750,000 page views on October 28, 2016. 36,352 page views and 42 comments for the month.

Most read, shared, commented on, and liked for October 2016 behind the cut. )

On the Shelf 184: Blondie

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:33 am
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I suppose it might be a guitly pleasure to say I love the band Blondie.

Not in the way that everyone loves Parallel Lines, a perfect blueprint for new wave and New York indie.

Although don't get me wrong, I do. I also mean I love the unloved Blondie. I loved the reunited Blondie records (particularly No Exit and The Curse of Blondie), which generally got mixed reviews. (I am also a fan of the hardly loved Autoamerican disc).

While the image of Blondie generally follows that of their 80s pop brethren, playing casinos and festivals, they are trying to stay relevant.

For me, they have been succeeding, and though music press and fandom favors the young, you can't tell me that you would rather hear some nth generation version of them like Haim.

Pollinator is very much of the Supernatural design, trying to stay relevant by being matched up with lots and lots of guest stars and collaborators. The guest list is telling. There are fellow icons (Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett), indie rockers (Nick Valensi from the Strokes, Johnny Marr, David Sitek from TV on the Radio) and pop stars (Sia, Charli XCX). This being Blondie, none of that seems out of place.

The great thing about this album is how well it succeeds. It is a very good record, and worthy of repeat listens. I don't want to discount the band by saying it will never succeed Parallel Lines, but I am not exactly grading on a curve either. It's a pretty good record. Even the indie folks who would normally savage records like this, have good things to say.

At its best, it's classic Blondie. "Fragments" is a classic Debbie Harry ballad which finishes as a killer new wave/post-punk burner. The lead single "Fun" puts Blondie back on the dance floor. The Joan Jett "Doom or Destiny" is another rocker that outdistances any followers.

That this is Blondie, there are genre-hopping mis-steps. There always have been. The amazing thing is that this album falls on the right side almost the whole time. Take "Love Level"- which would most certainly be a misstep. Cringe-worthy ribald jokes, simplistic lyrics, guest vocals of John Roberts (who's best known for being the voice of Linda on Bobs Burgers), a beat that hasn't been in fashion since the days of the Farm and the Happy Mondays. Yet, all that aside, you can't resist hitting the replay button.

It's really a great statement from the band that they have lot of life left. Fans should be more than pleased with it. Long may they rock.

(NSFW words on both of these)



Reagan didn't need my vote

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:57 pm
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A vignette from the footnote to Trailers for 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Star Trek: Discovery," and more at San Diego Comic Con.

I was at Ronald Reagan's last campaign stop, ever. The Monday evening before the general election, Reagan held a rally at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. Since we lived in the same town, my mother and I went. After passing through the metal detectors, we entered the football stadium, which was a familiar site to me; it was the home field for my high school's football games. Instead of sitting in the stands, my mother and I stood on the field. I don't remember much of the speech, except that it was textbook Gipper, rousing platitudes about American greatness. What I do remember were all the college-aged people, my age and younger, yelling "four more years" and "Mondale sucks!" My mom and I looked at each other and shook our heads; we decided that Reagan didn't need our votes. I voted for the Libertarian candidate and my mon told me she voted for Mondale, even though both of us were registered Republicans. Reagan won in landslide anyway. We were right; he didn't need our votes.
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28,417 page views and 50 comments for the month.

Most read, liked, and shared for the month behind the cut. )
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Zombie cheerleader says: "Rah rah rust!"

Zombie High motto is: "If we can't win using our brains then we'll use your brains!" ;-)


Context is a Lego cheerleader in a graveyard, among other topics
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My comment on The Fat Lady Has a Sore Throat.

"2) Perhaps as a function of No. 1, it ends up in the US House of Representatives. The catch is: members aren’t limited to Trump or HRC. They can vote for whoever they like."

No, that's not exactly true. Here is the relevant passage of the 12th Amendment, which reformed presidential elections.

"The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President."

More from Kunstler's blog behind the cut. )

Good Old Fashioned Blog Post

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:28 pm
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In the good old days of LiveJournal, way before Reddit and Facebook, we shared crazy local stories here. Of course, we had fark and digg, too, but it didn't beat a personal find.

In which case, I may have also blogged about this when it happened ten years ago, but it is time for the local Corpse Flower to bloom.

(From wikipedia)





Several news outlets have reported on it, but this should give you all you need to know.

A corpse flower is expected to bloom at any moment at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

The flower was expected to bloom Wednesday night, then again Thursday night, and now it could pop open at any time.

Horticulturists at the garden say the flower has begun “peeling” which is a good sign. The corpse flower gets its name from the odor it emits when it first blooms.

The flower only blooms once every three to five years.


The plant is native to Borneo and Sumatra, and wiki lists about 20 plants that are in various botanical centers in the US. This particular plant is the only one in the state of Iowa.

The last I knew, everyone was still waiting, and with what must be some kind of weird anticipation, the kind of morbid curiosity one gets with trying spoiled milk. A rare Garbage Pail Kids version of a Solar Eclipse or GG Allin flavored Halley's Comet.

Of course, as per usual, local media fills in some extra tidbits

For example, it does what it does as to protect itself from beetles who find it tasty, but are repelled from the smell. It has been nicknamed "Carrion My Wayward Son" via popular poll. It also can best be described as smelling like a decaying whale.

As an aside, I have been to the Botanical Center a couple of times (as documented here elsewhere) and the early Oughts it actually served as a home to punk bands. Des Moines has become a much friendlier live concert city, but this has only happened since I moved here. I saw a band that eventually spun into indie-rock faves Crocodiles play there for about 20 fans, mostly kids (and it was awesome).

The Corpse Flower (as all great internet age phenomena) has a live webcam, while we await the bloom, and lets you see it minus the smell. (Time lapsed video of previous blooming is also widely available)
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National Junk Food Day
 
 

Just like Emoji Day, National Junk Food Day is a holiday I deem unworthy of mention at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, especially when it's in competition with National Moon Day, which is.  That might change next year, so long as the U.S. has a president who likes junk food.  Stay tuned and Happy National Junk Food Day!


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I'm skipping the saved comments post for December 2016, as I used the entire saved comment from Greer's blog in For Winter Solstice 2016, the Archdruid and I discuss Discordianism and fake holidays. No need to post it here.

The blog passed 800,000 page views about 8 AM on 12/7/16. It published its 3000th post on 12/8/16. The month ended with 37 comments and 36,117 page views, the second most of any month behind only October 2016.

Most read, shared, and liked posts of December 2016 behind the cut. )

liseuse will lasso the wild novella

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:30 pm
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I think my bookshelves mostly convey the message "you need more shelves" and "apparently will read anything that stays still long enough."

Context
is "is this a case for - the ponceyness police?"




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[personal profile] owlbrigade1 cites this case in point:

Gotham police are at a loss to explain a sudden rise in animal themed costumed weirdos? Surely the explanation is the same as it is for the long standing animal themed weirdos? It is Gotham, it is what they do. People in animal costumes wreaking havoc is practically a city tradition.

Context, to no one's surprise, involves Harley Quinn.

Teen Choice Award nominees

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:06 am
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For two days, I've been teasing that I'd post what I was writing about at Crazy Eddie's Motie News instead of World Emoji Day. It was about the Teen Choice Award nominees for Movies and TV.

Here are the links to three posts and the blurbs I used to promote them on social media. )

Voting ends tonight.  Surf here to vote.

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Patrick Stewart as the voice of poop emoji
I wrote yesterday that "I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog." That's not happening today. Maybe tomorrow. Instead, I've found two clips of actors in "The Emoji Movie" promoting the film on late night talk shows. The first is Sir Patrick Stewart's Next Distinguished Role: Poop Emoji on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when he was ostensibly there to promote "Logan."


The second is Maya Rudolph Struggled Getting into Character as Cartoon Emoji from Late Night with Seth Meyers, which was taped on World Emoji Day. She even mentions that in the video.


As I wrote in the subject line, first-rate voice talent for a second-rate movie. Maybe it will be better than I fear.
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World Emoji Day from National Day Calendar

There are some holidays I don't plan on blogging at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. World Emoji Day is one of them. Here's what National Day Calendar says about the holiday.

Description of the holiday and a trailer for the Emoji Movie behind the cut. )

I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog.
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Wombat holiday post card

I've celebrated Wester online since 2007, most recently on Dreamwidth in 2012. I also celebrated Norther, a parody holiday created by John Michael Greer, who journals here as [personal profile] ecosophia, at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in January. Today, I'm celebrating Wombats and ice cream for the first Souther! Here's the blurb about the holiday I wrote for social media promotion of the post.

Today is the first Souther, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, a holiday created by John Michael Greer the Archdruid.  Its mascot is the wombat.  It's also National Ice Cream Day, so I'm celebrating with ice cream drink recipes from Tipsy Bartender and a video that's supposed to be a wombat eating ice cream.  It's actually a woodchuck, but who cares?

Come over for the booze and ice cream recipes!

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Vampire/Amazon I Editing (Pass 1/3)
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Stand/Fall (V/A book 2)
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Argue With Me
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Humanity: A X-Day Crash Course
74 / 80,000

The World Doesn't Revolve Around You
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163 / 80,000

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