Life and Death

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Of course I don’t agree, Death is The Enemy. But there’s some resonance in the poetic feeling that deserves unpacking. Death is not the eternal archive of remembrance; Iain M. Banks, Sagan, Feynman, Heinlein, Asimov, they don’t look down upon us from any kind of afterlife, they’re fucking gone. Cherishing their memory, legacy, and ideals mitigates the tragedy somewhat, but the keen agony of loss is still real and every bit justified.

We who honor the dead, we are all there is that stands between history and oblivion. If humanity were wiped out, the ecosystem woudn’t care a whit for our legacy, as vines grow over our works. Socrates, Einstein, all would have been for nothing.

Pawns and queens in the game

Quora analysis of chess piece survival rates

Only 6 out of 16 pawns have lower survival rates than queens. And if you're a knight, you're screwed.

Reminds me of The Wire:
"Pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick, they be out the game early."
"Unless they some smart-ass pawns."

Ambition the film

Ambition, a film from the European Space Agency, with Aidan Gillen being awesome as usual. Headcanon: they're transhuman benders.
Scientists Compete to Hide Bob Dylan Lyrics In Their Research Papers

I should be able to play this game. "Her profession's her religion?" Or "Here comes the (double) blind comissioner?"
Thinking of making this my avatar
The arc of TH White's The Once & Future King parallels Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide books: starts off fun, gets increasingly grim.
Watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. So there's an orangutan who's a sort of... Librarian. Clicked just now. I am not a clever man.
Online stuff correctly identifies the background setting of The Pit prison in The Dark Knight Rises as Mehangarh Fort, but I haven't seen anything that mentions the distinctive terraced staircases were inspired by step-wells like Chand Baori.

A tree falls in QC

Typhoon Glenda was pretty intense for a couple of hours. Power went out, I went out in the driving rain to try and get supplies, but I was low on cash and all 3 nearby ATMs were dead. Got by on bread and canned corned beef, read books on my phone, slept.