The Empty Space In The Progressive Mind

When all you can see is the blinding light of racism, everything else becomes dark. I just finished reading this piece on the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel and it was more than a little saddening.
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Before we get started, here’s the final trailer for The Crimes of Grindewald.

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Please Appropriate Our Culture, Say The Kimono Makers

The effect of social justice bullying is that somewhere a culture dies. Anybody reading this blog for very long will not be surprised that I love Japan and Japanese things.  I hate social justice bullying even more.  Who are a bunch of ignorant college students steeped in revolutionary rhetoric to tell the people putting on an exhibit what they can do.  Especially when the people responsible for the exhibit are from the culture that was supposedly being appropriated.  The sane people who WANT the culture to be appropriated.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/08/04/commentary/japan-commentary/kimono-cultural-appropriation/#.Vjz_xmCFNYe

The Social Justice Bullies that had the Museum Of Fine Arts shut down their kimono exhibition last summer didn’t care that the museum and others were trying to keep a culture that’s dying alive.  Living culture has live outside museums.  Al too often it’s the last stubborn people trying to keep a part of their culture alive need the support.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/kimono-artisans-hope-to-revive-dying-industry-by-taking-kimono-to-new-york-fashion-week/

I will note that the Museum Of Fine Arts is apparently a temple to Japanese culture.  I’ve never been there, but I think I’m going to have to make an effort.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/three-fantastic-japan-themed-exhibits-at-bostons-museum-of-fine-arts-set-to-end-soon/

The people who work so hard to keep the old and dying from disappearing don’t care where that support comes from, so long as they get it.  They need the support or something good will disappear forever.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/more-kimono/

As I pointed out before art needs people to support it.  It doesn’t matter where you come from, only that you love it.  The impact of the students social justice bullying won’t be felt by them who lost nothing they really cared about, as much as they claim to be victims.  the impact will be felt in those workshops in Kyoto and our future when there is nothing more than yet another hole in the culture of us all.

More Kimono

A great article in the Japan Times.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/07/18/books/underneath-orientalist-kimono/#.VaxjkzLbJYd

This is clearly a SJW attack on culture that is directly at odds with the culture that produced it to the detriment of that culture.  The Japanese don’t care if their culture is appropriated.  In fact that’s exactly what they want. In fact that’s what they have wanted almost from the minute Admiral Peary’s ships showed up in Tokyo Bay.  Except for the Shoguns who were stifling the country and the culture.  But this is typical of SJW behavior where the only thing that matters is power and control. The fact that they are hurting the people they purport to help is only a bonus as far as they are concerned.

What they don’t seem to care about is the fact that art only survives as long as there is an audience for it.  Art needs somebody who cares.  That’s especially true of traditional fashion like the kimono.  The fact is that if we don’t appreciate our treasures, we will soon no longer have them.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/kimono-artisans-hope-to-revive-dying-industry-by-taking-kimono-to-new-york-fashion-week/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/three-fantastic-japan-themed-exhibits-at-bostons-museum-of-fine-arts-set-to-end-soon/

Three fantastic Japan-themed exhibits at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts set to end soon

Yesterday there was some news about a protest over the “racist” Museum of Fine Arts and it’s sharing of a Kimono while exhibiting a Monet of a young French woman wearing a very elaborate kimono.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/boston-art-museum-cancels-kimono-wednesdays-after-racism-protests
Of course the MFA is SO bigoted against the Japanese that they wouldn’t just fill the museum with Japanese art and culture. But that’s what they did this Summer. How can you be bigoted against something you care so much about.

So Why Did The Bulbs Fail?

Dave Jones got some burned LED light bulbs in his mailbag.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V9tcC7Ks4_c#t=2402

He gives an interesting study of how they failed.  It turns out that it was a thermal issue rather than a component issue.  My question is why anybody would produce stuff that certain to fail.  Now if there were large assembly or component cost issue I could understand it, but the LEDs and resistors are going to cost within 1/10ths of a cent of each other and the bulbs are probably machine assembled.  So the issue has to come down to design.  I suspect that one problem is that it’s so easy to get Altium and make up a simple board like this.  And if you print out the board and light everything up it works just fine, for a while.  The design may have even been fine with the more expensive PCBs used for the prototypes.  Which was the same PCBs the first few batches had.

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