ploopt wrote

This is a huge loss for anarchists. I'm a bit surprised at how shocked and saddened I am, given that I've only had brief superficial interactions with him. I think it's because of how much of himself he put into his projects.

Aragorn managed to consistently surprise me in his writing and on his podcasts. If I thought I knew what his response to a given provocation would be, I'd invariably be wrong. He took everyone seriously, which can sometimes look like being difficult, but I read as respecting people enough to be unsatisfied with stock answers. He seemed to believe that everyone had something interesting or insightful to say, and he was good at pulling those things out.

I'll miss being surprised by him.


ploopt wrote

I've always loved the way the VI chord in this song switches between major and minor so the melody can do that awesome chromatic movement. It makes my ears feel good.


ploopt wrote

Man With “Eat the Rich” Sign Really Dreading the Regis Philbin Part of That Plan

“Even though I know Regis and his wrinkled, haggard body will be the worst thing I’ll consume in my lifetime, I’m still an optimist at heart,” Rover said. “A perfectly seared steak of Kevin James’s leg muscles, or some Terry Crews bicep burgers… those will make the gross, Regis-related sacrifices worth it.”


ploopt wrote

I actually have one of these. Someone gave it to me. It says it's a 5.1 system when it's actually stereo, it's got a 60-cycle hum, and the sub doesn't have an independent volume control. The sub can't be unplugged either as it's housed in the same case as the amp.

The worst part is the speakers, though. They're truly shit. I put it through some thrift store speakers, use an old RPi as an MPD server with an alsamixer EQ to more or less manage the sub, and it now sounds perfectly mediocre.


Reply to comment by ploopt in OK Bookchin by zoochotic

ploopt wrote

This is not exactly what you're asking for, but looking at this passage from Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism, it's not hard to see how this happens:

Consciously or not, many lifestyle anarchists articulate Michel Foucault’s approach of ‘personal insurrection’ rather than social revolution, premised as it is on an ambiguous and cosmic critique of power as such rather than on a demand for the institutionalized empowerment of the oppressed in popular assemblies, councils, and/or confederations.

translation: join the vanguard or STFU


ploopt wrote

The Association of Autonomous Astronauts had aspirations of sexual exploration in space:

The Association of Autonomous Astronauts is eager to promote a meta approach to sex in zero gravity. We reject utterly current space programmes and their prioritisation of work over play, of commerce over pleasure. We believe that sex will be even better in outer space and that it should be freely available for all. One only has to look at any of the numerous fetish magazines to see the immense amounts of creativity that humanity has put into its sexuality, and we expect this to increase in outer space as new dimensions and possibilities open up.