Nov 8, 2016 rhombus commented on Synth Genius and Musical Prankster Jean-Jacques Perrey Has Died.
Perrey was also responsible for the theme for the electric parade that happens nightly at Disneyland. His albums were great, using synthesizers for silliness and fun.

2016 has been even worse than you think. We lost Isao Tomita who made the wonderful album "Snowflakes Are Dancing." Also, Ray Wilson, DIY synth kit creator and owner of Music From Outer Space.
Nov 8, 2016 rhombus commented on Can a Cake Have an Internal Monologue?.
Rutger Hauer sure looks delicious.
Jul 26, 2016 rhombus commented on Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid Steps Down Following Poor Start to Season.
Brian Schmetzer is a good guy to lead for the rest of the season. We might as well just keep him because there isn't anyone better than Sigi and that one leathery dude who won't move here. I just have no confidence we'll find anyone we want to keep around for 7 seasons again.
Jul 26, 2016 rhombus commented on Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid Steps Down Following Poor Start to Season.
The problem is, they're not going to find anyone better. Foreign coaches pretty regularly fail to navigate our arcane salary cap system. Only Schmid and Bruce Arena produce consistent results in this league and Arena's favorite hobby is tanning. So now we run the risk of a revolving door of failure. Some other team will pick up Sigi in the off-season and get the better end of the deal. This league and US Soccer is historically terrible at producing enough good coaches for the MLS and the salary cap rules favor the experienced. The team was built around Obafemi only to lose him too close to preseason. All this considered I would have kept him through the season and kept him through another recruiting cycle and another season. There's too much risk in letting go of one of the two most successful coaches in the league.
Jun 30, 2016 rhombus commented on New Study Shows That, Unsurprisingly, Black and White Americans Have Vastly Different Views of Race.
Broken homes, domestic abuse, and poverty are all related. It's a cycle. One solution doesn't necessarily need to come before another. Those who don't recognize or acknowledge the cycle can always point to something that must be solved before something else.
Jun 23, 2016 rhombus commented on Donald Trump Campaigns in the Swing State of Scotland.
Someone in Scotland should slip some illegal drugs into his bag so he gets stopped at the airport.
Jun 7, 2016 rhombus commented on Game of Thrones Recap! "The Broken Man" Is Still Good at Chopping Stuff.
Cripes I hope that wasn't really Arya, otherwise she's not as good as I thought. The other girl is just toying with her though. She would have stabbed Arya in the neck or between the ribs if she wanted her dead immediately. The show runners sure are dragging on these story lines.
May 31, 2016 rhombus commented on Game of Thrones Recap! Very Little Actual Blood in "Blood of My Blood".
Arya has decided she's going to be someone rather than "no one," which I'm happy to see. She's discovered that the followers of the "Many Faced God" are just assassins for hire and damn cheap ones at that if a traveling actor can afford them. And it's all over stupid jealousy, which means that they kill with no principle. It makes sense now, principles are about identity, if you have them then you're someone. To be "no one" you have to let go of principles along with the rest of your identity and that's what's necessary to be a rent-a-hitman. I see what her plan is also. The other girl is a better fighter overall but Arya knows how to fight blind, she made it dark to turn the table to her advantage. She's going to win and it'll probably be a quick fight. Good for her, fuck those people.
Aug 7, 2015 rhombus commented on Um, Can We Talk About How More Than 23,000 of You Voted for Goodspaceguy?.
I wish he'd run for chief of Seattle's space program.
Jul 6, 2015 rhombus commented on I, Anonymous.
Video gaming, and computers in general, should have never been genderized. Alas, it began in the 20th century when people used to think certain things were for boys and certain things were for girls. I wish that level of stupidity hadn't become so entrenched. Video games and computers are for anyone who is smart and self-motivated. Even as a male, I find myself disgusted by the boys-club rants I see online and even worse are all the pre-pubescent boys yelling "fag" directly into my ear hole on Xbox Live. I gave up on competitive multiplayer long ago because it's entirely unpleasant. I almost exclusively play single player games and if I play with people at all it's all co-op games because they encourage positivity rather than competitive ugliness. It seems like co-op on consoles is going the way of the dodo bird but on PC there are more co-op games than ever before. Plus, if you really want to play competitive FPS games, play on PC because mouse+keyboard is where it's at and people rarely bother with voice chatting unless it's team ranked. Team Fortress 2 is entirely free to play, endless fun, and is old enough to the point where any common laptop can play it. Also, I'm a fan of Planetside 2, an MMO FPS currently on Windows only but soon on PS4. Heck, even League of Legends unranked is good fun with not much rancor. There's lots of opportunities to enjoy online gaming on PC. I can not stand Xbox Live and do not regret giving it up 4 years ago, it is a dirty dirty place. From a certain point of view this could look like I'm saying "go some place else," but I'm trying to be helpful in such a way that's more like "there's a place for you, here's some suggestions."