I missed last week’s performance… and it only stood to prove Simon Cowell’s harsh criticisms of me correct!
The rain could have excused away the trails of cracked mascara that jutted from my eyes yet I made no effort to hide my shame.
I sat outside the closed venue on my hands and knees while the mizzel and spit lashed against my face and hid the deluge of failure I was feeling… I’ll never be anything, I cried!
The camera slowly ascended and retreated far, far away from me while Fraunhofer Diffraction’s “…Into Nothingness” drowned out the sounds of my painful full-snot sobbing…
Is… what my “Writer Bot” suggested I should say is the reason why I didn’t write a post last week! 😛
I mean, not bad… and that intro did get you interested in reading this post, right? 😉
Personally, that’s not quite the “tone” I was going for and I’m a little worried about the implications and consequences for my future having effectively taught a machine how to lie… I fear, is murder next? History will certainly not look kindly upon me and I’ve doomed all of humanity!
Sorry, Writer Bot also told me to say that too! 😛
Okay, putting Writer Bot’s unfounded and overly melancholic lies and accusations towards me aside, it’s true I didn’t write a post last week because I didn’t end up having the time to finish the “ChroMyGoodness” color “analysis” portion until late in the week and although I might have been able to squeak out a post with Writer Bot’s help like I am this week, instead I opted to use the extra free time to further Xavier’s homeschooling, he can now count by fives and say the numeric values for numbers up to 1 million (i.e. 314159 – “Three hundred fourteen thousand one hundred fifty-nine”) and basically has the alphabet down with the occasional letter prompt here and there (usually N or O which he sometimes skips, which might explain why he selectively ignores me sometimes when I tell him no… 😛 ) as he rushes to the end as proudly and quickly as he can. 🙂
So now we’re working on word recognition and simple addition and subtraction problems. Subtraction is still not his thing and although he now sees value in the alphabet he still prefers numbers over letters learning-time.
Additionally, I’m constantly working on expanding his vocabulary!
Also, I used the time to do some self-care.
I got a little extra (okay any/some) exercise 😛 , I fasted a little and made a few nutritional improvements to my diet.
I slept more and believe it or not, the perma-dark bags under my eyes even disappeared for a couple of days, though that DIY coconut oil hydration mask I MacGyverly fashioned out of a spare paper towel probably helped a little and in any case… you guys and gals didn’t get a post but I got just a little taste of Xanadu! 😛
Well, that is until I looked at the news recently and saw Jackie Chan’s house got repoed!
Oh and also all the rioting… and looting… and raping… and murders… and guillotines being erected… along with more calls to “defund the police”, which to me seems like a really stupid idea at this point because all that’s going to do is make everyone less safe!
Like… I just saw a report the other day that a woman stepped off the subway onto an above ground station platform and she was immediately thrown to the ground, groped and almost raped in broad daylight!
That’s so fucking horrible!
Thankfully bystanders had the thought to grab their phones and record videos of her attack rather than, you know… stepping in to stop it! Oddly enough that did have the effect of causing the attacker to climb off her and the attacker was arrested, so I guess there’s that.
But, how about we contemplate “the next time” something like this happens.
Let’s say you, your spouse/significant other/child/parent/grandparent are the target/victim… and we do/did indeed “defund the police”.
Let’s say the attacker is armed and nobody is coming to your or their aid… do you still feel so confident about the sentiment “defund the police”?
It doesn’t matter what gender or race you are, you are vulnerable and logic forbid someone target’s a child!!!
I think that it is reasonable to say that we need to figure out how to better to train and employ “law enforcement” to meet our needs as a civil society and that might mean completely new ways of solving the types of problems and situations police face.
I don’t see anything inherently wrong with that.
But our conversations should be about how to make things better, not worse and I firmly believe reform is better than abolition and before you go accusing me of being too one way or the other, I am not a Democrat or a Republican, though I am not criticizing you if you are.
I’m something a lot more interesting and at times confusing, called a “Libertarian”.
Sometimes we’re broadly described as being “culturally liberal and fiscally conservative”, i.e. sometimes politically I will fall to your “left” and sometimes I will fall to your “right”.
I said it was confusing! 😛
But, if you ask me to imagine myself in that “what I think I do” meme…, I would say that my political leanings mean that I expend a lot of effort in trying to have as little power and control over other people as possible and I desire the same for myself where they are concerned.
At this point you may be tempted to assume that statement means that I am careless, selfish and want to screw everyone to get my way, but that’s not the case!
What I tend to strive for is the ideal of I’ll leave you alone if you are not hurting anyone and in return please leave me alone if I’m not hurting anyone.
Here’s a quote from the official Libertarian party preamble that I think sums up my general political philosophy:
Now, of course I don’t walk lockstep with the party on all issues but I generally believe in human interactions that involve no use of any form of coercion or force whenever and wherever possible, with the exception of self defense and in the defense of others… or, you know… in video games where you should feel free to “roll play” to your weaselly dark hearts content! 😛
So please do not assume you automatically know what I think or make me out to be something that I am not!
I have friends and readers on “the left” & “the right” who agree that we must cooperate to find solutions to our problems and not simply tear each other down.
Whitney Huston magnificently sang:
“Oh, I wanna dance with somebody!”
But she also sang…
“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way”
Now I do agree that the children are our future, however I also believe that we are the future children of the past and that makes us the present and WE must lead the way to build a more peaceful and prosperous future FOR EVERYONE and it will not come through the use of violence!
Further, I believe it’s time we all stand together and demand peace and an end to all the senseless violence we see at home and in communities around the world!
Every day in the news it’s something new and horrible, but we can all do something about it!
Soon, the United States will vote for President and whether you intend to re-elect President Donald Trump or you intend to vote for a President Kamala Harris I’d just like to say that now you have an alternative, because I am officially announcing today my candidacy for President of the United States!
My campaign slogan is:
“A Vote For Joy Is A Vote For Love!”
Isn’t that just wonderful?!
And… sure, I’m totally abusing all my skillz as a propagandist to unauthorizedly take advantage of some seriously convenient lyrics in the TIAMAT song “Vote For Love”:
Further… the answer is yes, that is a bit kitschy, however my internal campaign polls indicate that sort of thing is really “YEET” with all the key demographics!
Oh yeah, so also… before I end this shorter than usual post in favor of my sanity and to plan my campaign, I updated the Chromatron prototype and you can still view a live version on GitHub.io while I am developing it and it will continue to be available once it’s finished.
As I mentioned above somewhere I finished the “ChroMyGoodness” section at the end of the “Carousel of Colors” which allows you to save an image or copy as text the color info that the app generates.
I also added a “Main Menu” so that I can add additional features though currently the only additional feature I have planned is a color comparison of a selected pixel in two images.
Here’s the links to view the Chromatron app:
Chromatron on GitHub Pages: https://geekgirljoy.github.io/Chromatron/
You can get the code in the GitHub repo.
Chromatron on GitHub: https://github.com/geekgirljoy/Chromatron
And in any case, this coming November do as the Babylonian sea dragon goddess sang, “It’s about time we all get out and vote for love”… vote for Joy in 2020!
I pledge four years of no malarkey while we work together to keep making America great again, again… again!
If you’d like to NON-tax-deductibly “support the cause”, I have a Patreon account.
Now, I can’t say that he “supports the cause” but he likes some of my code and I’d like thank Marcel over on Patreon for continuing to value and support my ongoing contributions to the PHP-FANN community.
But if all you can do is like, share, comment and subscribe, well… that’s cool too!