April 17, 2021

Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-17-2021 [TheJamesMadison]
— Ace Open Blog


In the mid-aughts at Virginia Tech I took a handful of classes with the late Stephen Prince, a film scholar with a particular focus on Kurosawa (along with others). One of the courses I took with him was a survey course of the history of movies, and he started the first class by stating one of his primary objectives: to convince us that black and white was beautiful.

My generation had never grown up in a world where black and white film was normal. Black and white films were either old or special projects that were more art-house than blockbuster. We weren't conditioned to see black and white film as just another way to tell cinematic stories. Instead, we were conditioned to see them as inherently different and, often, inferior.

The movement from black and white to color film as the standard in movie making took decades. It wasn't like sound where The Jazz Singer caused a huge sensation and within five years ever studio was exclusively making talkies. Color had existed since the earliest days of motion pictures, but it was an incredibly expensive and laborious process to get even short films by someone like Melies colored. Black and white was the standard out of necessity, and it can take a lot to get people out of their ways.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 04-17-2021 [OregonMuse]
— Ace Open Blog

GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)

TheJamesMadison should be along later with the movie thread. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Beginner Problem - Black To Play (1347)

Goal: Black can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: A discovered check gets the ball rolling

7k/pp2Q1pp/5r2/P2P4/3Pb1P1/4Ppq1/1P1R3N/2r2R1K b - - 0 1


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
— Ace Open Blog

Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Hopefully all of the wonderful PetMoron photos and stories will magically appear on this thread today.

Yours truly appreciates your patience the past couple of weeks. 

Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread - April 17 [KT]
— Open Blogger

Happy Saturday, Horde!  Weird week here, but not because of the garden or weather or anything.  It's been a while since we featured a rose here.  The one above is from Cybersmythe.  A nice image to start the weekend. 

A while ago, I asked a question about pruning my rose bush. My daughter had planted it many years ago, but she's moved out now so it's mine to take care of, and I got around to pruning it a week before the Big Texas Freeze in February. I was afraid that the combination of the pruning and the freeze might have killed it, but this morning I got my first bloom of the year.

So red! 

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Whoops! One of the Critical Race Theory Elect goes down. [KT]
— Open Blogger

Praying Hands, Albert Durer, 1508

John McWhorter has been serializing a book he is writing on Critical Race Theory, or as he puts it, "Third Wave Antiracism".   He may be somewhat too negative about the place of religion in public life, but he has correctly pegged "Third Wave Antiracism" as a religion whose adherents are attempting to force its takeover of public (and private) life. 
"Third Wave Antiracist tenets, stated clearly and placed in simple oppositions, translate into nothing whatsoever. . .

The revelation of racism is, itself and alone, the point, the intention, of this curriculum. As such, the fact that if you think a little, the tenets cancel one another out, is considered trivial. That they serve their true purpose of revealing people as bigots is paramount—sacrosanct, as it were. . .

I write this viscerally driven by the fact that all of this supposed wisdom is founded in an ideology under which white people calling themselves our saviors make black people look like the dumbest, weakest, most self-indulgent human beings in the history of our species, and teach black people to revel in that status and cherish it as making us special. Talking of Antiracist Baby, I am especially dismayed at the idea of this indoctrination infecting my daughters’ sense of self. I can’t always be with them, and this anti-humanist ideology may seep into their school curriculum. I shudder at the thought: teachers with eyes shining at the prospect of showing their antiracism by teaching my daughters that they are poster children rather than individuals.
He recognizes that the True Believers are not susceptible to reason: 
My interest is not "How do we get through to these people?” We cannot, at least not enough of them to matter. The question is "How can we can live graciously among them?” We seek change in the world, but for the duration will have to do so while encountering bearers of a gospel, itching to smoke out heretics, and ready on a moment’s notice to tar us as moral perverts.
Well, one way is to make sure they don't have power over you or your kids.  One of them has just lost some of that power.  More on that a little later.  But here's another idea: 

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break [Mis.Hum]
— Ace Open Blog


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EMT 4/17 I have no idea what I'm doing edition
— Ace Open Blog

I have no idea. If this posts and anyone can read it, well, bear in minds the wisest words of Winston Wolf. (look it up yourself, fags)

I'm just one monkey at a keyboard.

There is only so much I can do.

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Daily Tech News 17 April 2021
— Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • Get FLoCed: Nobody wants to work with Google on their new IOPAAS platform (invasion of privacy as a service). (The Verge)

    Brave blocks it; Vivaldi blocks it; Firefox blocks it, and Mozilla is run by Stalinists; Opera doesn't specifically block it but doesn't support it; the DuckDuckGo extension and mobile browser block it; Microsoft and Apple appear to be planning to block it but don't want to come out and say so.

    Google is planning to stop supporting third-party cookies next year, meaning that evil ad-tracking scum vermin will need to find a new way. FLoC was Google's plan for this, but everyone hates it. Third-party cookies had uses beyond privacy violation; FLoC does not.

    I had to give up on third-party cookies a long time ago because, technically, mu.nu is not a valid domain name - or at least wasn't at the time. The second-level domain must be at least three characters long. So I couldn't set cookies for mu.nu, either for the domain itself or as third-party cookies for subdomains to implement single sign-on.

    Speaking of managing sites, you can also opt your site out of Google FLoC regardless of what browser your readers prefer. If you're using one of the common web servers or proxy servers it should only take a minute or two; that page provides instructions for Apache, Nginx, Caddy - we use Nginx and Caddy - Varnish, Traefik, Lighttpd, and more.

    I've done just that for all sites hosted on this server.

    I haven't done it yet for sites hosted on the main server because it's still down.


    Kopi Luwak is coffee where the raw beans pass through the digestive tract of a civet before being roasted and ground. I am not making this up.
    Art by Bangzheng Du.


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April 16, 2021

Deep In The Heart Of The ONT [Weirddave]
— Ace Open Blog

So tonight I thought I'd do all Texas memes. Yee-haw! 


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Quarantine Cafe: If Adventure Has a Name, It Must Be "Adventure" Edition
— Ace

You have a fever of 99 cents:

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