Mike Peinovich Boffo Star Wars Extravaganza

Never a big fan of the Star Wars franchise myself, in fact I always thought that stuff was infantile and ghei. But sometimes you stumble upon a good critical take on the series. And so it is with film critic Mike Enoch Peinovich’s Star Wars site.

My favorite article is the never-before-seen interview with Alec Guinness in 1977, shortly after the original film’s release. He describes how he incorporated some of his character’s mannerisms into his next big role, that of George Smiley in the BBC Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series.


Delightfully Crazed Mark Douglas Curran

Some years back I became aware of an Internet Imp who prowled about the back-alleys of blogs pertaining to the Civil War period and its personalities. He’d leave tart and scurrilous comments, some of which inevitably got removed by the blogger or webmaster. He often didn’t leave his own name, or anything resembling a human name, but sometimes he signed himself Mark Douglas, latterly Mark Curran. Sometimes he calls himself Seeker. On Twitter he goes by @FilmCriticOne.

I’ll leave a piece of a comment from 2012 as an example of his style and nonsense:

The Imp specializes in run-on, single-post Blogger blogs. Apparently he can’t get his head around the Blogspot interface, so when he has something new to say, he just appends it to his past drivel. The classic example of his nonsense is leepapers.blogspot.com. This is clearly composed in fits of bloody rage against the historian Elizabeth Pryor, who some years ago published a meticulously annotated volume of R. E. Lee letters and other documents.

There are many amusing features to this screed, but I am always struck by two of them. One is the Imp’s fetishistic obsession with reports that in the late 1850s Col. Lee whipped his slave girls. The other is his repeated insistence that a photograph of an elderly male slave with his light-skinned baby grandson, is actually a picture of the old slave and his granddaughter. (See image.) The Imp has been corrected numerous times on this, but he has an obsessive need to call the baby female. The reason is that he’s trying to suggest that this is one of “slave girls” who got whipped by Lee. Of course he’s also insinuating that this mulatto baby is the offspring of Lee himself. Thus he not only whipped young negresses, he whipped baby negresses he’d sired himself.

Totally bonkers? Of course. But remember there is salacious entertainment value to be had here. More recently, the Imp has struggled to proceed on a sloppy blog about Abraham Lincoln: trashinglincoln.blogspot.com.



Cambridge Analytics and the Trump Election

Some point is made here about Big Data and President Trump:

Big Data, Big Mistake?


The Rust Hills ‘4 Tricks with Camel Pack’ Article

Hunting this one down took a while. It is reprinted, after a fashion, in L. Rust Hills’s How to Do Things Right: Confessions of a Fussy Man, but with a scribbly “rough” of the packet rather than the full-flavored image. Someone told me this had appeared in Esquire around 1975, but that was clearly misremembering, as it turns out to be the September 1969 issue.

The longtime Esquire fiction editor often tossed off diversions like this. I get the idea this one sat around until it could be inconspicuously squeezed into a back page, facing a page of solid text. (In this instance the text was Gore Vidal calumnizing William Buckley.)

Curiously Esky’s website archive brings it up under “Ads” when you do a search on Rust Hills.

Rust Hills Camel Pack Article


Advanced Machine Learning with Basic Excel (link)


Haven’t yet explored this, but note it’s implemented in Python and other versions. Looks like fun!



What 2027 Will Look Like

Just a guess, is my guess.


This Man Goddard

Unfortunately the Kallikak graphic here does not take us beyond about 1830. I suspect those “worthy” Quaker descendants would have become complete Commies and shitlibs by about 1930 or so.


White Paper on Ref Architecture for BigData & Analytics

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Nice Tutorial for Big Data Science!

Just a helpful Data Science tutorial from lynda.com. If you don’t have an account there, you may well be able to use this through your public library!

Trust me, you’ll find this a bit more fun than you imagined.



My foist post

Test post from a Big Data geek and WordPress tyro.

Sample text filler:

In the spring of the year 1795, Tecumseh was established on Deer creek, near where Urbana now stands, and engaged in his favorite amusement of hunting. This was more as a pastime than a matter of business. 083The love of property was not a distinguishing trait of his character; on the contrary, his generosity was proverbial among his tribe. If he accumulated furs, they, or the goods which he received in return for them, were dispensed with a liberal hand. He loved hunting because it was a manly exercise, fit for a brave; and, for the additional reason, that it gave him the means of furnishing the aged and infirm with wholesome and nourishing food. The skill of Tecumseh in the chase has already been adverted to. While residing on Deer creek, an incident occurred which greatly enhanced his reputation as a hunter. One of his brothers, and several other Shawanoes of his own age, proposed to bet with him, that they could each kill as many deer, in the space of three days, as he could. Tecumseh promptly accepted the overture. The parties took to the woods, and at the end of the stipulated time, returned with the evidences of their success. None of the party, except Tecumseh, had more than twelve deer skins; he brought in upwards of thirty—near three times as many as any of his competitors. From this time he was generally conceded to be the greatest hunter in the Shawanoe nation.

In the course of the summer of this year, 1795, he commenced raising a party of his own, and began to style himself a chief. He did not attend the treaty of Greenville, held by general Wayne, on the 3d of August, 1795, with the hostile Indians, but after its conclusion, Blue Jacket paid him a visit on Deer creek, and communicated to him the terms on which peace had been concluded.

Tecumseh remained at this place until the spring of 1796, when he removed with his party to the Great Miami, near to Piqua, where they raised a crop of corn. In the autumn he again changed his place of residence, and went over to the head branches of White Water, west of the Miami, where he and his party spent the winter; and in the spring and summer of 1797, raised another crop of corn.

In the year 1798, the Delawares, then residing in part, on White river, Indiana, invited Tecumseh and his followers, to remove to that neighborhood. Having 084accepted this invitation, and made the removal, he continued his head quarters in the vicinity of that nation for several years, occupied in the ordinary pursuits of the hunter-life—gradually extending his influence among the Indians, and adding to the number of his party.

In 1799, there was a council held about six miles north of the place where Urbana now stands, between the Indians and some of the principal settlers on Mad River, for the adjustment of difficulties which had grown up between these parties. Tecumseh, with other Shawanoe chiefs, attended this council. He appears to have been the most conspicuous orator of the conference, and made a speech on the occasion, which was much admired for its force and eloquence. The interpreter, Dechouset, said that he found it very difficult to translate the lofty flights of Tecumseh, although he was as well acquainted with the Shawanoe language, as with the French, which was his mother tongue.

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