New York Systems

I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
This blog is my curio collection, sort of. I'll have a place of my own for essays... someday.
The movie starts with Parker being re-recruited by his former employers in the CIA to save the world from an evil vegetarian who brainwashes animals to kill people. The film ends with Leonard infiltrating the vegetarian base, fending off the vegetarians with magic meat he received from a Gypsy, freeing the captive animals and flooding the base using Alka-Seltzer. He escapes by riding an ostrich on the roof of the building, with the ostrich flying him down.

I don’t know how it happened, but my occasionally-updated side blog datamoshing has nearly 1,400 followers. That’s over a thousand more than this one has.

the return of the thin white duke
throwing darts in lover’s eyes

Station To Station" - David Bowie

A man told police he was in a parking lot in the 5100 block of Okeechobee Road when his vehicle would not start. He said he called a “junkie” he knew who could repair cars. The junkie brought along his girlfriend, a drug addict. The car owner left the pair alone for a short time. When he returned, he discovered the girlfriend getting out of his car. Missing were bottles of morphine the man kept in his vehicle. He asked to look in the girlfriend’s pocketbook, but she refused and ran into a nearby store. When she came out, she and the junkie fled. The man told police his drugs are free from hospice, so he did not have to file a report. A security officer in the lot provided police with a description of the junkie’s car and license plate. A man told police he saw a man wearing pajamas puncture two tires on the couple’s getaway vehicle.
Florida men and women. And junkies.
The second is that you can’t prepare the real world people or infrastructure for peak demand. Most of our roads are literally set in stone. Our workforce is not as fluid as a flexible internet-like network needs to be and it’s not clear if that’s the society we want or should want to build. We are shifting to the web economy faster than the real world can keep up.

Our tree here in Colorado.

Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues & Kirsty McColl

Merry Christmas, everyone.


Christmas Past

If you’ve never seen, I’ve been making holiday comics for years.  These are longer ones, of older Christmases:

Something Nice - a time jumping comic.

Christmas Eve - sometime in the early 90s.

Cookies - The only time I didn’t make it home.

While Kate Beaton first came to prominence doing history comics, I think I enjoy her more personal work even more. They’re so expressive, reminding me of Feiffer and Bechdel in all the best ways.

Here’s the truly scary thing: we heavily regulate the finance industry, because when we don’t, bad things happen. Hell, when we do, bad things happen. As long as cryptocurrency isn’t taken seriously, it too, will remain unregulated, which allows for a massive extraction of wealth. The cryptocurrency community is largely made up of people who have no idea what they’re doing, and people who do know what they’re doing are starting to notice. It’s all of the worst, most predatory aspects of the global capitalist system, without any consumer protection.