Monday June 3rd, 2019 23:35 Pulling a Tyrion

I must preface that the wife and I are watching the entirety of Game of Thrones right now. Not a marathon, really. Just after work as we can. But it sure beats waiting a year between 10-episode seasons, that’s for damn sure.

Obviously Arya is my favorite character.

If you disagree, feel free to stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it.

To me, second place belongs to Tyrion. And my favorite moments of his are things like this:

And, just now, I want to pull one of those, regarding something I happened to say this evening, while talking to an old friend.

He had to get some sleep, knowing his youngest will be waking him at 6 a.m.

Me, I had a little work to finish.

Which led to:

“IT, man. IT. We build the world while you sleep.”

Or so the wise* man said.

It’s not at all untrue. “IT” is a generic term, but it only takes a moment to try to remember the world before the public internet or general-purpose PCs existed. And we** – networking, hardware, sec, ops, remote hands, pro*** consultants, l3 support, on-staff, full-stack, all of us – literally built the modern world.

*to be determined at a later date
**Obviously I didn’t participate in building early computing/Internet infrastructure when I was 4. But that’s what I do now. Feel free to whinge if you can do the same.

***pro = hired guns for companies with no on-staff, assuming they actually know what they’re doing…people pitching ‘network assessment reports’ need not apply.
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Monday April 22nd, 2019 09:34 On this Earth Day

I just wanted to say:

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Friday April 19th, 2019 14:37 Computer illiteracy is not cute, and you have no excuse

“Sorry, I’m not very good with computers.”

get-out-GIF

I am formally declaring that the time period in which this is an acceptable statement or sentiment is officially over.

There are a number of legitimate reasons why someone doesn’t know how to use a computer, and all of them are socioeconomic or a result of governmental/racial/situational oppression or unavailability of the physical means. None of what I’m saying applies to people in such scenarios. At all.

Thankfully I didn’t run into the encounter that inspired this post at work. This was a nice person, who I actually like.

But whomever it is, I still see the same thing in my head:

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..except in no way funny.

There are so many ways to learn how to use a computer that there was at least one scammy computer-teaching company that kept its doors open for 20 years. There are thousands of legitimate services to teach you how to use one, and there is virtually zero stigma against not already knowing how – absolutely zero if you have so much as a whiff of white hair.

While many people got through the 18th and 19th centuries skipping out on learning to read, it was a lumberingly slow progression. Character (meaning letters) writing is thousands of years old. It took half a millenium for the world to move from movable type to ‘most people own at least one book.’

It took about 60 years after the computer’s invention for us to start carrying an access card to the entirety of human knowledge (and stupidity) in our pockets. Computers now control the world’s money, nuclear arsenals, transportation systems, electrical grids and water delivery pathways. And those are just the one with which almost none of us will ever interact.

There is no reasonable comparison for how chart-toppingly foolish it is not to at least know some fundamentals. My aforementioned inspiration couldn’t figure out how to open a web browser. Why? Because there wasn’t a link on the desktop.

So, no, it is no longer cute. It is no longer okay if you’re over 50. It is not a quirky character trait. It’s not you being ‘traditional’ or ‘preferring paper.’

It is you being pathetically inept at even the most basic interaction with that which controls the world around you, and doing so voluntarily, often with a twisted sense of pride about it.

And just because it reminded me, I leave you with this:

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Wednesday April 17th, 2019 14:42 Hypocrisy in real time

I just wanted to put this up on the ol’ intertubes an additional time, because it’s pretty much the best example of IOKIYAR* I’ve ever seen.

*It’s OK If You’re A Republican
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Friday March 8th, 2019 14:56 Pay her. Pay that woman her money.

:::title must be read in the appropriate Teddy KGB voice:::

So, the most successful women’s soccer team in human history is having to sue the US Soccer federation to get paid as much as their dreadfully-underperforming male counterparts. Jeebus Crist.

It’s not the most popular sport around, so a couple quick facts on how absurd this is:

1. The men’s team sucks. Like, a lot. They made it to third place…in 1930, by way of miracle and the fact that it was the first-ever world cup and only 13 nations bothered to show up. It took 64 years for them to get past the first round again, in 1994. In 1998, they followed up that performance by placing dead last.

2. The women’s team fucking rules. Like, a lot. They made it to third place in 1995, 2003 and 2007. Second place in 2011 in a heartbreaker of a game. They have been champions three times.

3. Count up all the cups in that last point. Total of 7, right? Well, that’s the total number that have ever taken place. That’s right: the women have never finished below third. Germany is the closest contender for being so superiorly badass, but they managed to screw up the one tournament they hosted (kind of a theme for the Germans).

4. I can’t find a clip to link to, but I promise you I’ve actually seen one of their opponents shaking before kickoff. Literally shaking with fear of the impending asswhipping before them.

Need more?

Think of it this way: saying the USMNT should get paid more than the USWNT is like saying the players from Brazil should get paid less than the guys from Poland.

Still not convinced?

Well, here’s the women’s team:

Here’s the men’s team (after failing to qualify for the last WC at all):

So just pay them already. Last thing you want is to piss them off. They destroy pretty much anyone who gets in their way.

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Saturday February 9th, 2019 15:29 Apropos of nothing

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Monday December 17th, 2018 16:50 I am shocked to learn that there is gambling in this establishment

I usually stay away from religion around here, but this thing is just bugging the hell out of me.

So, a boy in California commits suicide. The priest at his funeral, rather insensitively, points out that, the religion espoused by the boy, his family and probably most of the people in the room at the time, is officially against suicide and thinks it a mortal sin that sends you straight to hell (albeit with exception for mental illness).

Now, that there is a really shitty thing to do with the grieving family sitting right in front of you.

But from whence does this outrage come? Their family is Catholic. They attend Catholic mass. They raised their son to be Catholic. They held his funeral service in a Catholic church.

And now everyone is simply appalled that the guy behind the lectern stated exactly what their religion says is true about suicide.

Of course we all think it was inappropriate. Of course we all think he should have held his tongue.

But I don’t see a single headline saying “Catholics reconsidering their view on suicide when confronted with the cruel reality of that position.”

They’re just complaining about a priest mentioning one of their own beliefs at an inconvenient time.

I’ll leave the last word to an old writer:

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Saturday November 3rd, 2018 04:41 In truth, I hold little nostalgia

But this is among that I have:

That bottom juice was the sweet nectar of the gods.

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Thursday October 18th, 2018 22:24 A modest proposal

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Thursday October 4th, 2018 23:32 Apropos of nothing…

Saw this on a meme-post site I frequent:

As an adult, it occurred to me:

Both my brother and I, on multiple occasions, had a reply for the first line – at least, on occasions where it was clear that talking back at all wouldn’t earn us more punishment.

Paraphrased: “It’s the ‘O’…it just goes around forever.” Then sometimes a bit about the inability of the human mind to truly comprehend the concept of infinity.

And, for the life of me, I can’t figure if my mother thought it amusing or wanted to impale us with the nearest pointy object.

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Whois

IT guy, dev, designer, writer.

Got a degree in print journalism from UF but history dealt some bad cards to that industry, so I moved back to an earlier love: the computer.

Was recently at ZMOS Networks, but am now the Senior IT Associate at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

My name is moderately common, as are a couple screen names, so always look for the logo to make sure you're reading something with official Km approval.

You can get to me directly with kyle(@)kylemitchell.org