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Advertisements are Brain-Rape.
I’m not speaking with hyperbole. I am speaking in the most accurate literal term as I can manage. Rape is a crime against humanity. The act of consentless sexual penetration or sexual assault of another person is the definition of rape. The forcing of another to view an advertisement without their consent is equivalent of rape to their brain.
When consuming media, be it internet or video, radio or television, movies or billboards, popups or banners on websites, ads are rape. They rob you of control, and force information that is neither desired or beneficial into your brain. Our society has evolved to permit these assaults on the human consciousness, to take it in stride, but that does not make it right.
When a commercial interrupts television programming, one is still glued to the screen. One still views it with rapt attention. That commercial then pours its poisonous message into the brain, without ever asking or receiving permission from the viewer to do so. One can just look away, but that is no more comfort to me than it is to a victim of sexual assault. “Close your eyes and pretend it is not happening” is not a functional solution.
When browsing content on the internet, a banner ad will rob the user of screen real estate, forcing its way into the window through which one would otherwise consume the desired content. One can sometimes, with some effort, manipulate the shape of the browser window so as not to view the ads, but that is like plugging your ears while a rape happens in the adjacent room. You know it is there, happening, just past the boundary.
When listening to the radio, it overrides the only sense which was consuming the media, and there is not any other indication when its over but to listen to it. One cannot mute the radio and wait it out, as one could with TV. One cannot resize the browser window and disregard the message. One must change channels or turn off the device, and hope when one returns that one has not missed much of what one wanted to hear.
Time is precious. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. No amount of money or power can take one man’s lifetime and bestow it to another. Time is immutable. Everyone moves through it the same. Yet advertisers rob us of time, by interrupting the 22 minutes of a television show with 8 minutes of commercials. For some programs, its even worse. If those were the last 8 minutes of your life, would you want them spent watching ads?
Book 3 of my fantasy series, the Blind Man’s Dragon, has been published.
So I got bigfoot working, the only outstanding milestone really is to write a post about it. After 15 long months of work, design, redesign, printing, failure, and assembly, the 3d printer I designed myself works. It prints, it prints, and it prints some more. That is really all one can ask of a 3d printer. It still needs some tweaks of course, more calibration, but everything always does.
I’m currently using it to print parts for a new desk, which will raise and lower, and fit my lazyboy chair underneath. A webcam on the desk near it allows me to watch the print happening live, and the raspberry pi connected to the printer allows me to control the print from my apartment upstairs.
I’ve posted the design to youmagine, and removed it from thingiverse. I’ll not have my ideas being patented by those litigious motherfuckers.
Just got a Vortex Strikefire for my Beretta Neos, plan on using it to shoot some bullseye, I’ll report back once I’ve been to the range.
This is the design of the tower which I am building to house my printers. Misumi offered $150 credit to first time customers, and I took advantage of this offer to acquire a buttload of 20x20mm extrusion. Alas freight shipping on 4meter lengths was annoying, so it wasn’t as good of a deal as 1meter would have been.
Just got the latest part for my Mossberg 590A1 – a 28″ Mossberg 835 accu-choke barrel. Fits perfectly, and should make for a decent trap gun once I get the choke in for it. I plan on pulling the back ghost ring when I’m using it in this configuration. It’s not something Mossberg advertises, but the 835 barrels fit the 6 round tube 590 series (If you’ve got the 9 round tube you’re SOL).
My printer has a camera connected to it and my slicing software generates Gcode to take a picture at every layer change in a print. Yesterday I noticed that the camera was not taking pictures. When I looked at the display, I realized why. It had run out of storage space. It only has an 8GB card, but I’d never come close to filling it before. I guess my machine is a better photographer than I am.
Today I sat down with iMovie and turned all those pictures into timelapse videos and posted them to youtube.
For your enjoyment: