Saturday, February 28, 2015

Google, Please Make Up Your Goddamn Mind

This is a copy of the email I recently received from Google:

Dear Blogger User,
We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content  
Policy that may affect your account.
In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually  
explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity  
presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or  
where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking  
action on the content.
The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this  
policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified  
as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted,  
but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the  
blog will be able to see the content we've made private.
Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy  
change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this  
policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing  
blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any  
interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of your  
content via Google Takeout  
For more information, please read here  
The Blogger Team


This was in the news yesterday:


I spent a few hours combing through posts to make sure I was in 100% compliance.

What a waste of time.


I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn

Emotional Outbursts: Liability or Tactic?

Scientists have yet to determine exactly how emotions happen, let alone how we differentiate between our experiences of them.

University of Connecticut professor Ross Buck, expert in emotion and nonverbal communication, explains that at the biological level neurochemical systems contribute to emotional experiences much like musical instruments to the performance of a symphony.  As a trained ear is necessary to truly understand what is going on in symphonic music, a keen sensitivity is necessary to read the subtleties of human expression.

As individuals, we differ in our capacity to express emotion, and to interpret emotion as well.  We vary in what we allow ourselves to reveal.  As an example, when we learn that expressing certain types of emotions in public is not appropriate, we adapt.

How does what we do (and don’t do) to manage emotions influence our professional and social effectiveness?  It’s important to a full and successful life to explore these things in ourselves.

To what extent are we in tune with what others expect of us in the types of situations we typically find ourselves?  When those expectations don’t fit with how we tend to emote, are there ways we can change our expressions without stifling ourselves in ineffective and even unhealthful ways?

Just as “There’s no crying in baseball” there’s an unstated rule in most business establishments that there is no crying at work.  Yet many people, including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, do cry easily at work.  While Speaker Boehner’s public aspect and his senior leadership position may make his emotional reactions seem a sign of weakness to some, it’s to his good fortune that his tears seem instigated by observably sentimental situations rather than some less politically acceptable cause.

We aren’t all as fortunate as Speaker Boehner, in that we don’t have access to public venues where we can compensate for tears at one time by engaging in admirable expressions later on.  What steps can we ourselves take if we cry too easily, are too quick to anger, tend to roll our eyes when we are bored or frustrated, or display any number of other inappropriate, out-of-sync-with-the-situation emotional expressions?

Well, here are a few options:

Avoidance - Most obviously, to the extent possible avoid the stimulus that usually causes your inappropriate emotional expressions.  Stay away from the people or events that elicit them.  Often, of course, that’s easier said than done.  But once you recognize the triggers for types of emotional expressions that otherwise seem nearly spontaneous for you, it’s possible to begin limiting your exposure to such triggers.

Reframe the situation - Train yourself to change how you think about a person, situation or recurring event that triggers the emotion you’re attempting to attenuate.  Fearsome situations can be reframed as challenges, learning opportunities -- even adventures.  People who elicit undesirable or inappropriate emotions can have their power to do so reduced if you can find something to like about them, less to fear, more to understand, or by redefining their importance in your life.

Substitute another expression – The process here is to consciously replace the emotional reaction with a more appropriate one.  If crying (for example) is spontaneous for you under certain circumstances, there may not be enough time for substitution.  But if feelings that tend to lead you to an overt emotional expression can be sensed early enough, you may be able to employ another, pre-rehearsed expression.  It’s possible to substitute an expression of puzzlement for annoyance and it can help to confirm the substitution with a complimentary verbal comment (e.g., “I don’t think I understand.  Can you tell me more?”).

Account for the expression  - In communication lingo, accounts are excuses or justifications.  They attempt to make illogical or inappropriate behavior seem logical or appropriate.  Some people are highly proficient at accounting for their behaviors:  “I started to overreact there,” “I tend to be somewhat overemotional about things like this,” “I’m pretty tired today,” “I’m certainly still an emotional work in progress” are examples of accounts.

Reframe the emotion – Consider giving your emotion a different definition.  “I’m quite passionate about this issue, as you can see” may be used to describe an intense expression  -- essentially to cast what might otherwise be seen as a negative emotional expression (like anger or frustration) in a more positive light.

I feel like my head is reverberating in space.

I. M. Strange

Friday, November 21, 2014

Is Everybody In? The Ceremony Is About To Begin...

"Is Everybody In?" — William S. Burroughs
  • Musicians: William S. Burroughs, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Ralph Sall

  • This track features Burroughs speaking one of Morrison's poems over loops created from original Doors recordings, mixed with new material

Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors is a tribute album dedicated to The Doors. Producer Ralph Sall gathered an assortment of new, classic and iconic artists for the record. Unusually, the surviving members of The Doors played on this "tribute" record. In addition, recordings of Jim Morrison were used posthumously, in the creation of some of the tracks. Another posthumous usage, the cover features a painting by Rick Griffin. The album title is a lyric taken from the song "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)."



I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You've Landed On The Space Station

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 I have been away for quite some time.

I have been a way.

I have a way.

I. M. Strange

Sunday, November 17, 2013

11-17-13 Full Beaver Moon In Taurus

In the mind
of no one
Fallen son
Fall in love
Break the chain
Hide within
Not innocent
In the sense
Eat the beast
Keep him in
Take the blame
Speak the name

Hide beneath
Your monkey skin
Feel his love
Nurture him
Kill the truth
Or speak the name

Your childhood is over

"Lunacy" by The Swans


"...spooky effects have been ascribed to the phases of the moon....But when the statistics are redone properly, the correlation with lunar phase always evaporates....Yet many sensible peopleincluding police officers and emergency room staffcontinue to believe otherwise."
- Steven Strogatz

I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Geraldo Rivera: EXPOSED! (In more ways than one...)

Something is not quite right with this guy.

It appears he will do anything for publicity.

But what specific image does he want to make public?

In the 80s, maybe he wanted to be seen as a sex symbol?

Or did he want to be seen as a fearless talk show host?

As he aged, maybe he wanted to be seen as an adventurer?

In the process, he pissed off the entire United States Military.

At 70 years of age, he tweets an image of his 7-year-old daughter.

Is he wanting to show us how irresponsible he is to take known risks, very dangerous
genetic risks when a man fathers a child with 62-year-old mutated, poor-quality sperm?

A couple of nights later, he tweets his 70-year-old, semi-nude body to the entire world.

So we come full circle, and I guess he still wants to be seen as...

A sex symbol?

This is still my favorite image that he ever produced.

This is when he displayed the image of an idiot.

An idiot with a big mouth and a broken nose.

I hope he continues to entertain us.

He is no journalist.

Just a clown.


I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Michael Hastings: Revelations From Staff Sergeant Joseph Biggs

According to SSgt. Biggs, “Michael Hastings’ body was returned to Vermont in an urn.” He further alleged, “Family members did not want Michael’s body cremated.

This revelation provides another wrinkle in the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) handling of a case they labeled “no foul play” only hours after the writer’s death.

Nevertheless LA County assistant corner, Ed Winter, said it took two days to identify the burned-beyond recognition body of Hastings. Officials also confirmed that an autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death is still pending. Unfortunately the family will have to wait for cause of death answers as LAPD media spokesperson Lieutenant Andrew Neiman indicated, “It will take several weeks to get the toxicology results.

SSgt. Biggs also emphatically stated that liquor was not a factor in the accident, as Hastings hadn’t consumed alcoholic beverages in five years.

So why is the LAPD delaying the reports?

It was SSgt. Biggs who released the following chilling email to members of the media:

“Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA -Hey (redacted names) — the Feds are interviewing my “close friends and associates.” Perhaps if the authorities arrive “BuzzFeed GQ,” er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news gathering practices or related journalism issues. Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you all soon. Michael”

The receipt of this email from Hastings tipped the scales for SSgt. Biggs. “This wasn’t an accident and I will continue to investigate his death.

As an investigative journalist, Hastings saw his fair share of threats. One particular passage in Hastings book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan,” revealed that a former McChrystal staff member made a death threat. “We'll hunt you down and kill you if we don't like what you write,” the unnamed staffer said. Hastings coolly retorted: “Well, I get death threats like that about once a year, so no worries.” 

Despite the LAPD's categorization of the Hasting fatal accident as a "no (evidence of) foul play,” LAPD continues to ignore FOIA (CPRA in Calif.) requests made by San Diego 6 News for the police report, 9/11 call, autopsy, bomb squad and toxicology reports, or make the Mercedes available for inspection which only fuels conjecture.


Parts of this post were borrowed from Reporter Kimberly Dvorak.

I think, therefore I am strange.

I. M. Strange