I Feel Seen

OK, how does this work…

An H-Mart opened near me recently (well, 20 miles away. That counts, for me). First time I bought something there they instantly emailed me a receipt. But I had never given them my email address, and they’d never asked. They must have got it by association with my credit card somehow.

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted a snack, so I stopped at one of the stalls in their food court and got something I’d never had before: Taiwanese popcorn chicken. It’s just small chunks of seasoned boneless fried chicken with fried basil leaves. Tasty enough.

Today I open YouTube and it is recommending me a video on how to make Taiwanese popcorn chicken.

The world sees me and acknowledges me and wants me to be happy.

Namaste, it says, and lights my path.

Obscura Primavera

Let’s listen to Can!

Can - Obscura Primavera

You’re welcome!

This was an outtake, recorded 1969. But I’ve never heard it before today.

To my ears, it sounds like the “post-rock” bands from the mid-90s: Sea And Cake, Gastr Del Sol, Tortoise et al.. And in turn, they’ve all heavily influenced my hobby.

Which means this is yet another example of how Can was way ahead of their time.

And the reason I picked Can is because the tune below, which sounds nothing at all like the one above, popped up on Shuffle:

CAN - Hoolah Hoolah

Lifestyle Violation

A Kentucky teen
has been expelled from her school after a photo of her 15th birthday celebration was shared on social media.

The celebratory photo captured Kayla Kenney — who was wearing a rainbow shirt, and smiling in front of a colorful cake — at a local restaurant, where she’d gone with her family to celebrate.

“She was happy, she looked beautiful,” Kenney’s mother, Kimberly Alford, told local news station WAVE 3. “You know, of course as a mom, I took her picture of her blowing out her candles and I posted that on my Facebook page.”

The moment was a cause of glowing smiles for some, but gloomy frowns for others.

The picture caught the attention of administrators of Kenney’s private school, the Whitfield Academy, who found no reason to celebrate with the teen. In fact, they called the image just the latest incident in two years’ worth of the student’s “lifestyle violations.”

Not According To Plan

Ukraine opens probe into possible surveillance of U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch

Ukrainian authorities announced a probe Thursday into possible surveillance of U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch before she was dismissed from her post by the Trump administration.

The statement by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry followed the disclosure of new documents in the impeachment proceedings into President Trump. The material included exchanges between Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, and others about the need to push Yovanovitch from her post.

I suspect the GOP is going to start yammering about how Ukrainian investigations are all politically-motivated with hunts and can’t be trusted.

A Learning Experience

In the upcoming weeks, Donald Trump is going to teach the American public about the word “imperialism”.

The Trump administration warned Iraq this week that it risks losing access to a critical government bank account if Baghdad kicks out American forces following the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general, according to Iraqi officials.

The State Department warned that the U.S. could shut down Iraq’s access to the country’s central bank account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a move that could jolt Iraq’s already shaky economy, the officials said.

Iraq, like other countries, maintains government accounts at the New York Fed as an important part of managing the country’s finances, including revenue from oil sales. Loss of access to the accounts could restrict Iraq’s use of that revenue, creating a cash crunch in Iraq’s financial system and constricting a critical lubricant for the economy.


Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of its forces in the country, the US state department has said.

Sorry, Iraq. You belong to the US now.

Don’t be ungrateful.

Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer

Another AI-generated Christmas carol.

Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer
Was the best sleigh in all of Nantucket
The horse was lean and tanned
The woman was full of perfume
The only thing keeping the goose from falling off the ground
Was the reins
Like strings of spaghetti
And if you could just cut it down
You could even make a bow
Like a bow and arrow
But if you wanted to make a bow you had to use a lot of power

Right down to the little lamb
Its red head was covered in feathers
Its heart was full of sugar
And the most prized food item was its head

Everywhere in the barn there were beavers’ eyes
Some would go, “Where is the sugar?”
But to them it was simple, it came from a good source
And they found sugar in olden times
Families that lived in the stable all had it

This is what Christmas must be like at Jeff VanderMeer’s house.