Whaz Up!

Whaz Up!?! Who’s Watching All the Videos on All the Blogs?

Howdy y’all!

Oh my goodness, you are not going to believe this one, y’all! You are not going to believe it! It’s just too crazy!

Somebody actually watched a video on Ye Olde Blogge! A video! Somebody. Watched. Honest, someone did! It was the myna bird video from 11 April’s Whaz Up!?!

Look at that!

Crazy right! Even crazier, thirteen of y’all downloaded it! Who downloads video? Don’t you know about malware, spyware, and computer viruses?!? Not that Ye Olde Blogge would ever be a source for anything more nefarious than good ideas:

Otherwise, more of the same. Running at five in the morning before school. Taking my Lexapro — doing good, too. Much less anxiety and procrastination. Much more optimism and energy. And Autism Celebration Month draws to a close. Only two more autism posts to do, and they have both been started! We’re so excited without being hypomanic or anything!

InterWebs Reading!

We’ve been reading on these Interwebs nearly every day this week without it being something that you might could’ve run across in your wanderings on the big three dubyas. Some good stuff, too. Too good not to share. Here’s what has been running across Ye Olde Blogge’s screens:

From the Professional Press

You know these folks include the legacy press, alternative press, and other writings by professional-type writers.

  • NOT NO GIRLBOSS! Apparently, coming of age during two back-to-back recessions and being put on lockdown for much of 2022 and parts of 2021 and crushing student loan debt and stagnant wages has put Gen Z off of work and career. Go figure. Hopelessly being ground under the bootheel of capitalists hasn’t gotten the kids into that work-a-day spirit! (Vox)
  • INHALING DRILL BITS! Who knew that was a thing?!? Apparently, it is. An Illinois man is the latest culprit to breath when he should’ve gagged and ended up with a dental drill bit lodged deep in a lung. Luckily, his crafty doctors were able to pluck it out of there without causing damage or requiring the removal of a lobe or anything. Now where’s the fun in that? (NBCNews)
  • ONLY IF DISTRACTED, oh, well, that’s all right then, isn’t it. Apparently, psychopaths do feel emotion, just blunted emotions, can be easily distracted from any emotional response, and don’t feel remorse or guilt. Also, violence and criminal behavior aren’t prerequisites for psychopathy. However, psychopaths do commit two to three times the crimes of non-psychopaths and make up a quarter of the incarcerated population. Other than that, they’re okay, oh and, they respond to treatment, just not conventional treatment methods. Fascinating. (Neuroscience News)
  • IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S A YACHT?!? That’s right, now the super rich can fly their yachts. Apparently, if you have enough money, you can purchase a three-story yacht that comes with it’s own helium blimp to transport it anywhere in the world. Sleeps twelve and has all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a superyacht like saunas, gyms, and swimming pools. Well, there’s that, I guess. (The Byte)

From the Blogging Bloggers

Ye Olde Blogge subscribes to dozens of blogs and scrolls through dozens of blog posts daily. Probably more than is healthy, really. Here’s some of my favorite posts from the week:

  • GOOD ENOUGH! What happens when you buy a hundred year-old farmhouse? You get all the cool points, and you learn to live with good enough once you’ve cleaned up and fixed up and continue cleaning up and fixing up. Eventually though, if you’re a lot cleaner and lot more likely to clean than Ye Olde Blogge, you get around to cleaning most of the generations of grot out of the knocks and crannies. (The Honest Courtesan)
  • THE WORK OF A BLOGGER is never done and sometimes can get in the way of paid work, especially when you want to keep the blog anonymous and still get someone to pay you for the things you write. It might be better if you had a day job, but that only works if you lived in a time and place that actually had day jobs. Instead, we live in the gig economy, so gigs will have to do. Man, that is exhausting to just write. I don’t know how zoomers do it. (The Chatty Introvert)
  • VOTE BLANC: The French are having 2016 all over again. Apparently, people forget that when you have a binary choice in an election, you either vote for the loser, or you help the winner, win. You can help the winner win by voting for the winner, voting for some ephemeral third candidate, or not voting at all. According to la course de chevaux odds makers in France, much of the young lefty vote is planning on voting blanc for la présidentielle just like some folks did back in 2016 and saddled us the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. How’d that work out for us? The vote is Sunday 24 April. (cas d’intérêt)
  • PURPLE MARTINS never forget! They’re kinda like the Interwebs. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the purple martin migration path, you should put out purple martin houses every spring or whenever they arrive in your neck of the woods. If you do, though, you’ll have to get them out every year or you’ll have those little buggers sitting and chirping on your branches EXACTLY where the houses were last year demanding that you bring them out this year. If you don’t live in their migration path, you’ll just have to settle for vicarious living in this delightful blog post. (Building the Love Shack)
  • LESSONS OF THE POOR: If you were fortunate enough not to grow up poor, then you probably never knew the joy of making things last and not wanting too much, so you should probably check out the exhaustive list of the benefits of poverty, especially as applied to our immediate future when we all may be rocketed back to the Stone Age. (Introvert Awakenings)

From the Blogging Friends

Every week other blogs link to Ye Olde Blogge. These folks are the life’s blood for a blogger. It shows appreciation for what you do. It drives traffic. It introduces you to new readers. In short, bloggers can’t thrive without their friends.

  • BANDURA! You absolutely have to listen to this version of Vivaldi played on a Ukrainian accordion and a Ukrainian bandura. What’s a bandura? It’s like a stand-up piano lute-psaltery hybrid. Jaw droppingly amazing. Seriously. (Of Cabbages and Kings).
  • WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT?!? Imagine there is a super important major election coming up, and you’re trying to figure out who to put in charge of all of your party’s campaign moneys. Would your really give it to the guy who received the biggest fine for Medicaid fraud in the history of humankind? If you did, would you be surprised if he just stole all the moneys for himself? Well, would you? Meet Sen. Rick Scott (Mock Paper Scissors)
  • RAUCH UND LANG! Could it’ve been the name? Why didn’t the Rauch und Lang electric car catch on back in 1916? It couldn’t’ve been the 50 mile range or the 20 mph speed. If it had caught on, we might could’ve had nice things. (Homeless on the High Desert)
  • BLACK HUMOR! Or as they like to call it in Ukraine, war humor, and in Russia, getting your ass kicked. Included in Burr’s fantastical listing of all things worth reading on the Interwebs is a link to a story to the funnies that are being used in Ukraine to help them cope with the horrors of Putin’s War. (Fair and Unbalanced)
  • WHY ARE KENTUCKY REPUBLICANS afraid of a mediocre twelve year-old athlete? I dunno, why are they? Well, maybe they aren’t. Maybe they just hate field hockey. Either way, it’s a pretty bad joke. (Scottie’s Playtime)
  • AMPLIFY THIS! When CNN’s Brian Stetler’s producers decided to invite Masha Gessen, I’m sure they thought it would be a pretty friendly interview. That is until Stetler started to both sideism Russian propaganda and suggest it was journalism 101. Let’s just say, the Ginsu Knives came out, and Stetler never sleep through another night. Mike’s Blog Roundup is being curated by M. Bouffant. (Crooks and Liars)
  • IRON BEAM! In Putin’s War for Ukraine, it’s WW I all over again. The defensive weapons the West is supplying Ukraine with are far superior to the offensive weapons Russia has designed, built, and operated. Read the story of the iron beam come to save us all! (Infidel 753)

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  1. I never realized hosting sites could tell when someone downloads their videos. Amazed YouTube hasn’t put out a hit on me.

    a three-story yacht that comes with it’s own helium blimp

    I foresee a sudden increase in the popularity of archery.

    you should put out purple martin houses every spring or whenever they arrive in your neck of the woods. If you do, though, you’ll have to get them out every year

    Sounds like it would be better all round to get a cat.

    Making up reasons to be grateful for being poor is the last thing we should be doing right now. The French in 1789 had the right idea.

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    • Howdy Infidel!

      WordPress has all kinds of metrics that you can tap into, especially if you’re paying them a lot of money, which I’m not. I find pouring over my site stats a very satisfying procrastination strategy. Everytime I post a video, I look at the download and play stats and nada. I know. I don’t watch video on websites very often either. I just feel like I don’t have time.

      I was reminded of the practice of lake jumping in Africa during the 50’s with the flying boats when I read about the blimp-born yachts. The flying boats were way cooler, though, and not as vulnerable to arrows. If I were rich, I’d commission a flying boat and… and… fly around in the boat, I guess. Still it looked pretty cool with staterooms and stewards, and a kitchen and dining area, and stuff.

      Cats are hell on the songbird population, that’s for sure. The purple martin story was a good one. Looking out and seeing the pairs roosting on the branches where they had hung their houses. That’s cool.

      It’s amazing to me just the plethora of stuff that you can find on blogs. It is just bursting with stories and ideas and pictures and things. There just isn’t anyway to go through it all or catalogue it or anything.


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      • “… I know. I don’t watch video on websites very often either. I just feel like I don’t have time. …”

        Thanks! I do this, too. I always feel like I’ll get back to it.

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        • Howdy Ali!

          The bitter taste of watching the spinning buffering wheel just won’t leave my mouth even though the Internet has gotten a lot better and it has stopped happening so much.

          Trying to watch all the videos and gifs and whatnot that is available could keep us occupied for generations. There is just too damn much of it now. Most of it little more than clickbait, either. I guess that’s the other reason I don’t watch a lot of video or follow a lot of links: the disappointment of clickbait. You know who is the worst about it? CNN. I rarely look at CNN for just that reason.


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  2. RE “psychopaths do commit two to three times the crimes of non-psychopaths”

    The biggest crimes consistently committed are by governments. So what does that tell us? What’s the true implication?

    Here it is…

    The most vital urgent and DEEP understanding everyone needs to gain is that a mafia network of manipulating PSYCHOPATHS are governing big businesses (eg official medicine), nations and the world — the evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable (see “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room”… https://www.rolf-hefti.com/covid-19-coronavirus.html ).

    And psychopaths are typically NOT how Hollywood propaganda movies have showcased them. And therefore one better RE-learns what a psychopath REALLY is (see cited source above). And it is also clear that the BIGGEST psychopaths virtually never go to jail and walk freely amongst us doing their harm.

    But rulership by psychopaths is only ONE part of the equation that makes up the destructive human condition as the article explains.

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    • Howdy Gliarion!

      You’re describing something I’ve come to call the psychopathocracy. Ye Olde Blogge has addressed the problems that psychopaths cause and solve in our society. Not everyone who is in a position of political or business leadership is a psychopath. Not all psychopaths cause extreme damage or any more damage than the rest of us blundering through life, suggesting that psychopathy evolved because on the whole of it helped humankind survive.


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  3. I like to post and re-post that graphic because of the artwork, but we’ll get to that. It’s kinda’ hazy the exact date but the first electric horseless carriage rolled out around 1880 (pe). They were pretty much horseless wagons. Buckboards, lol. Precursor to a pickup. Charging was a bit of a problem: you had to turn a crack a really long time.

    The artwork is fascinating because of the … ahem, gaslighting aspect of it. First the war-footing: sailing off to WWI, having been at War with Mexico for twenty years from Cuba to the Philippines with empire never far from our thoughts. The underlying “patriotic” thing that’s not a new thing, predating Hollywood propaganda by twenty years. Some millennium action going on there too, rolling as it were into the twentieth century, the girls all flappered up, comfortably tucked into a custom coach “away from the well-known annoyances and expense of gasoline cars.” And there is something about the look on their faces …

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    • Howdy Ten Bears!

      I’ve often thought that those pre-WWI years were some of the most exciting during human history. There was A LOT of new being developed. The electric car would’ve been just one of many ideas. There were a number of innovative power sources used for a variety of purposes everything from compressed air to steam to burning a variety of gases. Unfortunately, the oil and rubber companies got together to push us towards gasoline powered vehicles. Kinda like they’re doing now.


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  4. Jack, that Ukrainian pair in the Vivaldi video have lots more on You Tube and they are no respecters of genre, ranging from Vivaldi to Metalica and more. And, the Wiki on the Bandura includes a lot of history of the repeated cycles of the rulers in Moscow trying to suppress Ukrainians being Ukrainian, and then sort of tolerating it for a while.

    And, speaking of psychopathy (aren’t we always?), there is this: https://www.psypost.org/2022/04/secondary-psychopathy-in-high-school-boys-positively-predicts-future-dating-involvement-study-finds-62988

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    • Howdy Bob!

      That accordion player certainly gets a workout! Keeping the squeeze box going and working the keys on both hands takes some doing. Pretty fun instruments.

      The psychopathy article is right up Ye Olde Blogge’s ally. You know us too well. It does dovetail with some of my research into psychopathy and coincidentally coincides with a comment from another reader. As I responded there, psychopathy had to have some evolutionary benefit otherwise it wouldn’t’ve developed.

      It is easy for me to imagine that psychopathic teen boys attract girls because of the bad boy syndrome and don’t often take no for an answer. They also have no compunction about philandering. Given their blunted emotional reaction and inability to feel guilt or shame, they are in some ways the perfect mating machine.


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      • I like that: not all psychopaths cause extreme damage or any more damage than the rest …

        Sometimes when I’ve thought about it way too much I think maybe if we changed the name to something starting with an “A” we could fit it somewhere into the spectrum. We/they/us are simply wired different.

        I used to tell people I wasn’t born this way, I joined the Army, but we know better …

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        • Howdy Ten Bears!

          One of the things I truly like about the evolutionary perspective is that it gets you to look for the functionality in all of our behaviors and cognitions instead of just criticizing it all. Personality disorders are certainly wired differently. I’m sure you’ve heard about the neuropsychologist who is an expert at diagnosing psychopathy using MRI’s and he diagnosed himself! It only takes a few bad apples — is that your a word? — to ruin the whole pie, don’t it?



          • The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery [Kesey]

            What I know is nobody has the answer, and I’ve spent a lot of time and effort trying to figure it out. I think in my case, which to all appearances runs in the family ~ across four maybe five generations, maybe five or six with the great grandson, won’t know for another year or so ~ is it’s environmental: mercury. But I could be wrong, have been, a time or two
            What is you say, “Shazamm!?”

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      • Having known several (one, most notably) women who continued the adolescent attraction to the bad boys long into adulthood, I know how strong that pattern can be. Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, and successful psychopaths are good at projecting at least the illusion of power.

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