Behold the Blue Wall

UntitledWas just ranting about this this morning, and now here is a conservative columnist who calls himself “GOPlifer” and writes for the Houston Chronicle saying the same thing: despite taking the Senate, Republicans are not in good shape and have no legitimate claim to any kind of mandate from the American people. Voter suppression is not a winning strategy in the long-term. No Republican will be occupying the White House any time soon. They’re a wingnut party and their prospects are dim and growing dimmer.

I want to see the modern Republican party buried, but I also want a sane, rational Republican party to reemerge with actual will and intent to govern this nation, because we desperately need a true foil to the Democrats if any progress is to be made by our horrendous two-party system.

You should go read the whole thing, but here’s the money shot:

The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

My novel + album is coming out April 29! Celebrate with me on April 27

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I’ll be publishing my debut novel + album, The Mysticist, on April 29 via my publishing company FreemadeSF, and I plan on celebrating with a night of book readings and live music on April 27, 2014 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

There will be delicious food by Fiddlehead Supper Club and book readings with live score by Dominica PhetteplaceNick MamatasVylar KaftanTim PrattMike E. G.Mark Pantoja, and more! 

RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date as more details are announced.

Are we living in a computer simulation?

16GRAY-master495This NYT article, “Is the Universe a Simulation?”, discusses the argument that it is statistically probable that we’re all living in a computer simulation, and that what we call mathematics is just us deducing some of the code that runs the simulation.

In some ways this strikes me as pure semantics, but it’s also pretty fascinating to contemplate.

“It seems spooky to suggest that mathematical entities actually exist in and of themselves,” Edward Frankel writes. “But if math is only a product of the human imagination, how do we all end up agreeing on exactly the same math?”

Thee Oh Sees demolish at Phono Del Sol

I was lucky enough to be the artist relations guy all day at The Bay Bridged’s big summer festival, Pono Del Sol. The highlight of the day, besides all the bands being totally chill and easy to work with (a first in my experience), was when Thee Oh Sees invited the whole crowd up onto the stage for their closer, “Dead Energy.” Bouncing around on stage with these guys prompted me to pick up a copy of their latest record, Floating Coffin, which not only made me an unequivocal fan of the band after all these years, but is easily one of the top contenders for Album of the Year, in my opinion. And it all started right here:

The Oh Sees – “Dead Energy” – live at Phono del Sol 2013 from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo.

Banksy’s completely on-point quote about advertising

banksy_nuggetBanksy didn’t really write these words, but still, can’t agree more with the views attributed to Banksy here. It is messed up how advertising is allowed to invade nearly every space in our society, to intrude into our lives in millions of ways every day, but the moment we fight back, jam their ads, alter them, use them to send a message of our own, we are criminals. Completely ass backwards, you ask me.

The real face of gun ownership in this country

Can we please quit pretending like the gun debate has anything to do with “responsible gun owners” and their rights?

If you want to see the real face of gun ownership in this country—by which I mean the visible gun owners, the ones making the most noise, the driving force behind the anti-gun regulation bitchfest—watch this video of an idiot redneck road raging on a bunch of teenagers, starting shit he couldn’t finish, and then pulling a gun out like the chickenshit he is:

(h/t Daily Kos)