Monday, March 4, 2024

Some other Epoch, Some other Monument – Motorcycle Snob NYC


People are actually sensible and actually dumb on the identical time.

In historic days, they construct nice temples that we nonetheless surprise at as of late:

The folk then had been sensible in that they expressed their ideals and their morality in refined structure and compelling delusion, however they had been dumb in that they principally used those puts to set animals on hearth for Zeus.

Sooner or later, paganism went out of favor, and it gave the impression primitive and idiotic when in comparison to monotheism, which is the single-ring drivetrain of religions. (Despite the fact that some other people, just like the Jews, had been driving single-ring drivetrains lengthy prior to they had been cool–and naturally some other people nonetheless admire the wonderful thing about paganism, similar to quite a lot of retrogrouches nonetheless love their triples.) So the folks constructed new temples for that, and so they had been additionally marvelous:

The folk then had been sensible in that they expressed their ideals and their morality in refined structure and compelling delusion, however they had been dumb in that they idea their delusion was once inherently awesome to the previous myths. See, the silly ancients idea there have been quite a bit and a number of gods that birthed young children out in their heads, while the single-ring devotees believed there was once just one God and he was once all the time in search of a just right excuse to smite you, which is obvioiusly much more smart.

Now it’s the twenty first century, and we’re nonetheless actually sensible and actually dumb. We don’t speak about “god” in any respect anymore; as an alternative, we speak about “science,” and so we spend a number of cash development temples to that:

It’s simple to make a laugh of faith, nevertheless it’s essential to understand that it’s no longer intended to be taken actually:

Whilst there’s no doubt a large number of bloatware within the quite a lot of holy books, the most productive stuff is gorgeous and insightful and frames the sector and our life in some way that also underpins our tradition and provides us countless perception even as of late. The issue with faith is that it’s administered by way of other people, and persons are imperfect and insecure. Take Jesus, for instance. Whether or not or no longer he in truth ever existed (does it actually subject?), he’s greater than all proper with me; he’s completely improbable! Folks nonetheless are living their lives consistent with his academics, and with just right explanation why. However his advertising and marketing group was once insecure, and they needed to tack on all these things about him getting back from the useless (to not point out all of the political stuff in regards to the Jews and the Romans), when as an alternative they must have merely had self assurance within the subject material, for the reason that Sermon at the Mount is excellent stuff. Certain, perhaps a part of the explanation the Beatitudes caught is they killed him off in spite of everything, however did they actually wish to carry him again on most sensible of it? It’s just a little a lot is all I’m announcing.

Fashionable faith pushes it in the similar means. Take “local weather,” a phrase that has misplaced all that means. If you happen to take away the phrase “local weather” from any passage, no longer most effective do you lose not anything relating to that means, however the passage is in truth more potent for it:


“The Innovation Hub might be a signature NYCEDC initiative to advance speedy era adoption in NYC,” the web site states. 

The Brooklyn Military Terminal already serves as an area for corporations to check and trial new era.

In keeping with the EDC, corporations taking part within the Innovation Pilot Program have get right of entry to to a “are living atmosphere” with roadways, water and electric programs and extra through which to check and broaden their era and merchandise. 

The primary one appears like a boondoggle, however the second makes me move, “Take my cash!”

In biking, the phrase “gravel” works the similar means. Helmets are actually “gravel helmets:”

Socks are actually “gravel socks:”

Pumps are actually “gravel pumps:”

And so forth.

Hi there, it’s possible you’ll snort, however move forward and take a look at to make use of a non-gravel pump on gravel, you’ll force it proper into the bottom like a stake:

Additionally, you’ll be able to’t snort at “gravel” the whole thing and no longer snort at “local weather” the whole thing. Like gravel, “local weather” has transform a advertising and marketing time period, not anything extra, and just like the phrase gravel I now recoil each and every time I listen it. While you flip a phrase right into a prefix you slap onto the whole thing willy-nilly you cheapen it thru overuse and it undermines itself:

In fact we must be stewards of the land and no longer pollute and all the time search extra environment friendly fuels and all that different stuff we’ve recognized for 1000’s of years. However no longer most effective are those other people pissing for your head and telling you it’s raining, however they’re additionally telling you their piss it’s extra rain than has ever fallen within the historical past of humanity, and that when you don’t trade your evil techniques the sector goes to finish–and it really works, as a result of other people suppose being worried always makes them sensible, which is why publications just like the Dad or mum exist, and why policymakers can justify all varieties of wacky stuff at the foundation of “local weather.” No longer that we shouldn’t spend money on era, however how the hell is that this factor going to carry town 5 million jobs?

All of the metropolis inhabitants is 8 and a part million other people. From what I will inform from two seconds of study, about 25% of this is other people underneath 16. That leaves a bit greater than six million individuals who can in truth paintings. Are we to imagine that 5 million of them are going to paintings in inexperienced jobs? There aren’t even that many roles in the entire metropolis;

K, perhaps that doesn’t come with municipal jobs, and perhaps as soon as each and every business within the metropolis turns into sufficiently “inexperienced” then each and every activity will technically be a inexperienced activity–like in case your native Chipotle meets some kind of “internet 0” goal and also you wrap burritos there then TA-DAAH! you’re now operating a inexperienced activity. I dunno.

And once more, I am getting making an investment in era and being on the slicing fringe of no matter, however I believed we had been already development a “local weather middle” on Governor’s Island?

All I’m announcing is that this turns out like a suspiciously massive choice of local weather facilities. Governor’s Island, the entire Brooklyn waterfront… Additionally, this imaginative and prescient of the longer term turns out totally divorced from what’s taking place available in the market at this time. Town’s no longer in a great spot. The opposite day I boarded a rush-hour subway. On my line a standard educate is composed of, I imagine, ten automobiles. Of the ones, six had been occupied by way of what in Newspeak are recently known as “unhoused people,” and had been another way devoid of passengers as most often the occupants had obviously been the use of them to alleviate themselves, because it naturally follows that the unhoused also are un-bathroomed. So principally 60% of a rush-hour subway educate was once a rolling flophouse. Maximum platforms out of doors of what urbanists name the “CBD” had been additionally inhabited by way of quite a lot of numbers of the undomiciled, and arriving at my vacation spot station I held my breath because it was once stuffed with the cloying stench of the unhoused, de-toileted, un-showered and non-deodorized one that was once recently occupying it.

This isn’t me making a laugh of the homeless and even proposing or criticizing any answers; I’m merely making the purpose that we’ve got a foul dependancy of cloaking ugly truths in new language, and that now could be a great time to get up and odor the human shit. Provided that you actually stroll round along with your eyes closed and pinching your nostril (or I assume you get pushed round in a city-owned SUV like many officers are) would you suppose that futuristic Gattica-like amenities on tiny islands must be a concern now–until the theory is that after all that is executed there might be 5 million inexperienced jobs and all of the other people pissing and shitting on subway trains will in finding themselves gainfully hired in fixing the sector’s power issues and warding off the terrible specter of local weather trade ceaselessly:

In fact, the subway isn’t all unhealthy, and due to the migrant disaster it’s by no means been simple to purchase sweet from a kid all over your trip, so there may be that:

I assume the local weather middle will a minimum of distract other people from the migrant camp at Floyd Bennett Box.

And sure, all these things–“local weather,” homelessness, migrants–is politically charged, however let’s take a look at it agnostically. This metropolis is a roiling, seething, dynamic, thrilling, infuriating, unsightly, and lovely pit of trade. There are all the time other people desperate to claim it useless, me incorporated, however everybody from the hot faculty graduate from a relaxed suburban house to households who trek 1000’s of miles thru rainforests comes right here for the alternatives it sill supplies. In that sense I assume it kind of doesn’t subject what town spends its cash on, as a result of there are all the time greater than sufficient other people to take to take that cash, and no longer most effective will they construct no matter ridiculous extravagance town has get a hold of this week (like a sparkly “local weather middle” on an island, or any other glossy one at the waterfront), however they’ll additionally construct one thing for themselves with the cash they earn. I doubt anything else helpful will pop out of a local weather middle itself, however I additionally keep in mind that you don’t see the stupidity of burning an ox for Zeus whilst you take a look at historic ruins; as an alternative you surprise on the ingenuity of the ancients, and the way through which those structures embrace the wonderful thing about human aspiration. In a similar fashion, perhaps somebody will surprise at those local weather facilities, although their most effective actual sensible function is in transferring cash round, and although the most important “enlargement sector” in inexperienced jobs is handing over meals to other people on e-bikes.

I do suppose there’s a threat in no longer calling issues what they’re, whether or not it’s making snoozing on your personal dirt sound like a way of life selection, or of all the time attributing climate and incompetence to a “local weather emergency.” I particularly suppose once we say we wish to get other people out of automobiles or construct a motorcycle lane for “the local weather” as an alternative of for all of the exact causes to get other people out of automobiles or construct motorcycle lanes, we do motorcycles and the individuals who journey them a disservice.

However most commonly I’m satisfied it’s the weekend and that I will opt for a journey.

I like you,

–Tan Tenovo


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