HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM

The annual article on how good Eudora was has now been published. I’m in it, though I wish I’d been consulted, if only to deliver quotable quotes.

Eudora equivalent, current era: Overcast

Eudora was a dream and it’s clearly not going to be replicated.

But Overcast has all the transferable hallmarks of Eudora: It’s a life-changing application written by one cantankerous male that bestows enormous power over hundreds of podcasts and thousands of episodes.

Life has been simply dreadful without Eudora. This will be our fate without Overcast.

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https://blog.fawny.org/2017/10/05/eudora-overcast/

There are other face-recognition systems, even on telephones, but Face ID on the iPhone X will be the gold standard to beat. Hence it becomes an amusing parlour game to imagine ways to defeat this still-unreleased technology.

References

  • Apple released a security white paper (PDF) that was banged out in Pages, has widows and orphans, is not a tagged PDF, and has no business being anything other than HTML. (Corporations operate under the delusion that a PDF is more real, more official, more credible, or less likely to be silently edited.) So I created an HTML version.

    (Apple support document with slightly different claims.)

  • Many photos via Manshooter Photography’s Folsom 2017 album.

    (This is what “diversity” is really good for: Gay fetish photos as defeat vectors for face recognition. Not quite gay CEO Tim Cook’s cup of tea, I expect.)

  • I ran these by a noted security expert, with no expectation of or even a request for an attributable comment, and didn’t get one.

Now we can look at some use cases. [continue with “Defeating Face ID” →]

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https://blog.fawny.org/2017/09/28/faceid/

A difficult genre in which to innovate.

Hghly muscled man in blue shirt, shorts, kneepads, and weight belt has his face obscured behind pads on a weight bar

So innovation happens by accident. (Via; no credit shown.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.09.16 14:50. 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:
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Here we have a typical poster for a party at a gay bar.

Giant headline SKINHEAD, skinhead dude composited onto white background, all-caps type

Here we have a variant where some actual attention was paid. (Designers unknown for both. I suppose I could have gone to Herculean lengths to find out those names, but these guys are too reedy to be Hercules.)

Black-and-white poster has SKINHEAD type in red that spans an arc across model, looking off to the side with fist pensively raised to chin

Quite the gulf between the two layouts, even considering the intrinsically limited visual lexicon of gay skinheads (tautological?). Gay-fetish-party-poster design rivals conservative design in overall tackiness and lack of acumen.

In a class by itself are Nik Dimopoulos’s posters for the Trough and TroughX parties in Oz and London. This would be one of those WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THIS GUY BEFORE? scenarios. [continue with “Trough (sic)” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.09.12 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/2017/09/12/troughx/

Transgender activists, stopping at nothing, show up, uninvited as ever and certainly not blending in with the crowd, to gripe about “cis” actors in “trans” roles.

There is no such thing as “cis,” except inasmuch as it constitutes hate speech, and transgender activists are, to a man, inveterate liars. (And a menace.) But, having failed to read Disability Drama in Television and Film, or anything that isn’t on Twitter or Tumblr, transgender activists don’t know how to make an argument for their case.

Even on a good day they would have no case, but if we vouchsafe that only demographic X may portray X onstage or in cinema, well, how would that apply in McDonaldland?

  • In a triumph of gender-blind casting, a McCheese is finally embodied by an actor (never “actress”) who identifies as McCheese. Soon they get their own Mayor – a brave, stunning transcheese of colour who never had anything but a girl penis and don’t ask about that because that’s McPhobic.

  • Do not call trans fat!

  • The Hamburglar visits Rainbow Health Ontario (A PATTY-INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT) once a month for OHIP-sponsored injections of prescription Shamrock Shake, which propel zir on zis brave journey toward finally becoming a passable Filet-O-Fish.

  • Kool‑Aid Man breaks through wall The Happy Meal Crew are – check it! – a merry LGBT+ street gang. They rule! the Lower East Side of McDonaldLand, and “will cut a bitch,” according to McNugget, the gang’s leader, a role that cycles every trimester by democratic vote and—
    HEY, KOOL‑AID!

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.09.10 13:04. 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:
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By keeping the model’s clothes on.

Ginger man holds grey T-shirt, wears blue jeans with fallen-down yellow suspenders

(Gavin by Bill Pusztai; cf. nudes in same series that do not work. [Q.v.])

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.09.08 14:45. 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/2017/09/08/malenudesyetagain/

Hindquarters of a snow-covered blue Supra

A useful neologism, dating back a generation now, is surface entertainment, coined by Toyota to describe the doodads and geegaws on the Toyota Supra that also dates back a generation now. (Much later citation.)

Red Supra hatchback, with flared feners, textured hood, smoked-glass high-mounted spiler, flanges around side marker lights

The term is useful because it is a reminder, especially for acolytes of the church of Modernism, that sometimes decoration is a great idea, sometimes more is more, sometimes what you need is tacky.

Immaculate white Supra

“Surface entertainment” teaches us – further – that giving us more to look at gives us more to look at (QED). Looking is important even if what you’re looking at drives away once the light turns green.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2017.09.08 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:
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  • Feudal Nerds (sic), Instal(l)ment 28(2) (excerpted):

    Everyone is so nice to me.
    — Don’t worry – I cried at my first meet too.
    — Sorry!
    — It’s OK. We’ll get you in there.
    The coaches and other lifters let me cut the line to warm up.
    — It’s just nerves!
    — You’ll feel better once you get your first squat!
    Everything else disappears. I walk out, wait for the command, and squat. Then I stand back up. (Three white lights!) It’s the easiest squat ever!
  • One thinks back to Gay Games IV in New York in 1994, which I covered for the Voice.

    Compare [physique] to powerlifting, an unsung sport with a whopping 50 contestants (physique had 200). Day one of the event was held in an old gym in the Village on one of the hottest, muggiest days of the year. Even with turboprop-sized fans running nonstop, the air was oppressive and uncomfortable. Still, dozens of spectators stuck around all afternoon to watch women bench-press, deadlift, and squat up to double their body weight….The unglamorous grit and determination were inspiring: There is nothing quite like witnessing a 200-pound woman bench-pressing over 400 pounds.

    More to the point, the camaraderie in the room was palpable. The event was part of the Gay Games, but not everyone there was gay: People who were obviously straight, obviously not straight, and not obviously either happily worked together as judges, spotters, coaches, trainers, and announcers. Roles were fluid [forgive me for using that term – I was younger]; the biggest guy there (advertised as someone who once deadlifted 800 pounds) spent most of his time seated, serving as judge, while one of the smallest women present loaded and unloaded heavy plates onto the bar.

    Powerlifting is not exactly seen an “appropriate” sport for women in the establishment ethos, and audiencemembers seemed to sense this. If someone failed to make a lift, people applauded; if she did make it, the crowd went nuts. Women’s powerlifting was a high-water mark for the spirit of the Games.

    I walked out of the subsequent men’s event, an atrocity, after 15 minutes.

    I’ve been around a lot of sports, from the Dallas Cowboys dressing room to water polo to a dozen varieties of wheelchair racing. I don’t really even notice female humanoids in daily life, but Gay Games wymmynz powerlifting was the best sporting event I ever saw – still, to this day, a generation later.

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