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(UPDATED) For reasons that become more tenuous by the week, I still maintain an archive of Jordan Peterson interviews and miscellany, with RSS, no less (q.v.). I’ve never exchanged so much as a word with Jordan Peterson and clearly never will.

His Nº 1 Son, Julian, however, and I have been E‑mailing for months. [continue with “The Jordan Peterson Industrial Complex” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.05.19 14:14. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/05/19/jpic/

I joined thousands who wandered through the OCA(D) graduates’ expo this year. The fatwa having apparently been lifted, tall Dutch-origin gay ginger designers did not look to the side while serving platitudes, and crone-like faculty did not pull bemused students straight out of the room after I began talking to them.

Something else that has been lifted is my self-imposed ban on critiquing these students, who had just graduated from an accredited course yet had clearly never been subjected to a crit in their lives. This year – at a certain age, one begins sentences with “this year” – I’ll focus on a theme I brought up with several students: Minimum Viable Product. I saw four, and here’s the best of them: Bronson Rabishaw’s Avalanche jacket.

Brown-haired designer (wearing nametag) stands next to mannequin bearing brown-and-khaki jacket

Bronson doesn’t include this, his most important work, on any of his profile pages. I’m sure he’ll fix that, plus shoot a few videos and just license the damn thing. (I borrowed the photo above from his Instagram.) But to start at the beginning: Yes, a designer named Bronson. This 22-year-old was inspired by an Arc’teryx inflating backpack, which, oddly enough, I had actually held in my hand recently. (Just this past weekend, I found another hole in my 20-year-old Arc’teryx backpack. I’m a fan of the marque. “Arc’teryx,” a diminution of archæopteryx, has stress on the first syllable, as I have to remind everyone, especially Millennial store clerks.)

Bronson’s jacket (GradEx project page) contains what amount to airbags that inflate if you tumble into something, including walking straight into a tree, an outcome an inflatable backpack does nothing to protect against. (But the jacket does protect your back, with an airbag even over the lumbar spine.) The Avalanche has sewn-in standards-compliant beacons that can be activated by distant transceivers (a word I had to teach Bronson).

There were umpteen months of planning, but Bronson told me he spent 3½ months sewing the prototype jacket from scratch. He further told me he’d never sewn anything in his life. I’ve worn Gore-Tex® or equivalent jackets for a quarter-century, and I can tell you this prototype is three steps removed from any level of quality you would find even in Chinese knockoffs, one of which I wear. Here I’m talking about slightly off-kilter seams and threads, and an asymmetrical central zipper that doesn’t work for the right-handed majority.

But it’s functional. It’s a wearable garment. He made it from zero with no experience. It’s even got a lining (tricky to attach), and some nice material choices where such things shouldn’t matter and could be overlooked, like the ripcord and its “handle,” for want of a better term.

I recall the episode of the reality show The Great British Sewing Bee in which contestants had to construct, again from scratch, what in British English is incongruously called an anorak. (It’s a good word, encompassing “raincoat,” “waterproof jacket,” and “foul-weather jacket” all at once.) Contestants – in the uncomfortable homograph used on the show, sewers – had to figure out how to cut and pin nylon without leaving holes, and further had to figure out how to tape-fuse nylon variants that required different iron temperatures and timings on either side. Sewers with 40 years’ experience made all sorts of mistakes.

But they made no more mistakes than Bronson did on his first go.

I told this fella two things: Get on the blower to Arc’teryx right away, and start your next project that same day, otherwise you’re gonna crash. “What – nobody told you about that?” “No,” Bronson said, revealing just how little useful training a graphic-design education will leave you with. (You always crash after your show closes or you ship a project.)

Bronson is a graphic-design student. To his credit, he decided to ignore that and invent his own marketable object. (He did design an accompanying product monograph, which I didn’t even look at. And his type is pretty bad.) Bronson – I say again – is a designer named Bronson and already walks, talks, stands, and dresses like a male designer, save for one detail. Unless he tumbles down a hillside in an avalanche while not wearing his own creation, he’s got a good future ahead of him.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.05.15 13:44. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/05/15/bronsonavalanche/

David or Dave Topping, known to habitués by the ancien userID dstopping, is an actually competent young Toronto journalist. (Yes, he’s the one.) dstopping got Peter Principled into some management position at the content farm known as St. Joseph Media – publisher, variously, of the journal of the dumb rich, a nonviable transgender blog, and 12:36.

dstopping released a so-called survey about journalism in Canada. It stacks the deck so egregiously I think I may have to stop considering him competent anymore. He can’t really believe his own lies. [continue with “Feral hacks: Canadian journalism’s bloodlust” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.04.03 14:02. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/04/03/feralhacks/

Antifa Canada (see the emerging consensus on how that first word is pronounced) is a ragtag batch of anarchists that makes the capital mistake of organizing via Facebook. (Its Web site doesn’t resolve, for example.) As such, Antifa Canada recapitulates the habits of every right-wing-asshole group that also organizes by Facebook and that is followed by our friends at Anti-Racist Canada, the latter of whom delude themselves that screencapping Facebook comments in some way counters white supremacy.

In the last week, Antifa Canada has posted or reposted quite a few statements that indisputably mean the group officially condones violence. I’d say Antifa Canada was egging on its members to violence. Antifa Canada’s only limit is murder, I determined by asking open questions on Facebook.

These kids eventually figured out it was unwise to answer such questions honestly and deleted the relevant postings. Yet after ragging at Anti-Racist Canada that screencapping Facebook is the wrong way to archive Facebook, it turns out most of my methods worked even less well. But here’s what Antifa Canada published, and the questions I asked that they did and did not answer. [continue with “Antifa Canada: Our only limit is murder” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.03.31 12:24. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/03/31/antifacanadaviolence/

Last year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report on married same-sex couples. It relied on income-tax data and dealt only with the year gay marriage became legal nationwide (2013) and the following year.

The data are frankly disturbing in that they verify a complaint I never took seriously – that same-sex marriage benefits well-off gays and lesbians and does nothing to improve the lot in life of the poor. Usually that objection was articulated in terms of race. But because every single objection to gay and lesbian life is now clad in accusations of racism, especially when levelled by transgenders, “queers,” and “LGBTs,” the race aspect can be discounted. The income aspect cannot.

That is because U.S. data show that married same-sex couples – even lesbian wives – are richer than married heteros on average and in almost every subgroup. Even gay and lesbian couples with kids are richer.

Because gay marriage is available across the board, even to the poor, the inescapable conclusion, which the authors are too decorous and cautious to draw, is that most gay and lesbian couples who get married were already doing well financially. In enough cases that they can’t be considered exceptional, married gay males are flat-out rich.

It turns out there really is an affluent dream demographic of “DINK” gays. The only place we can prove it exists is in the United States, and it consists mostly of married gays and lesbians.


☛ I added a new page to the Gay Money site that explains the findings and more.

Gay marriage: A bauble to add to your collection if you and your fiancé(e) are doing great already

Same-sex marriage had to be legalized on equality grounds. It was pretty obviously never going to be the same thing as opposite-sex marriage and, in the U.S., it definitely is not the same thing. Gay marriage in America is an accoutrement, a luxury good, a perq.

I sat here trying to come up with consumer trinkets that I could use as comparators. Nothing made sense except for these two: Gay cruises and a live-in boytoy. The function of both is to enable ostensibly married men to have epic amounts of sex that hetero males would find unthinkable. Monogamy is quite a joke when it comes to gay marriage.

At this point the whole thing strikes me as hypocritical.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.03.29 13:34. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/03/29/luxurygood/

DataLounge, the scabrous homosexualist discussion forum of two decades’ standing, is a hive of scum and villainy only some of the time. Here and there, pearls of wisdom emerge, like these arguments against transgenderists and their apologists. [continue with “Transgender wisdom from DataLounge” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.03.22 16:29. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/03/22/ohfankyou/

Citing only their usernames for a moment, here we have Mister James Is Alive as photographed by Myrkky.

Severely tattooed muscular baldie against bronze background

I defy you to find a better headshot. [continue with “Best headshot ever” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.03.15 15:08. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/03/15/misterjamesisalive/

I’ve mentioned Camille Paglia’s aperçu that Madonna “thinks with her body” from time to time. Here is the closest I can get to an actual citation.

From an appearance on Imprint, a much-missed literary talk show on TVO, in 1992 (YouTube):

Paglia in red suit and matching lipstick

DANIEL RICHLER: What I’m getting at here is that you use academic language to explain something that you know perfectly well she cannot.

PAGLIA: Yes, yes. I believe that Madonna is at her weakest when she tries to explain herself in words.

— In fact you go so far as to say several times, referring to an interview with her on MTV: “Wrong answer.”

— Right! [laughs]

— You would like to be her… spokesperson.

— Well, yes, because I think that she does her deepest thinking, as I say in an upcoming review of her rather shoddy new book, uh, does her deepest thinking in music and dance. I think that music and dance are the oldest kind of thinking – thinking through the body, through the sensory language of the body.

That review, originally for Us but reprinted in Vamps & Tramps, did not mention thinking with the body. Later in that book, Paglia states that Princess Diana, like Madonna, “expresses herself best through dance, the universal language.”

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.03.10 14:43. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2017/03/10/thinkswithherbody/

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