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peterme

@peterme@sfba.social

Oaklander, design organizational consultant.
Personal site: peterme.com
Professional site: petermerholz.com

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mekkaokereke, to random
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Feminists taught me that Mad Max Fury Road is not a feminist movie. I get that.

Fury Road was just an action movie where the violent protagonist was a woman with a visible disability, instead of an able bodied man. I get that.

But I still enjoy the fact that George Miller looked at all the dudes that got angry that a woman was the star of a Mad Max movie, and said "Cry about it!" and double down.

I am so watching this.

Furiosa extended trailer
(CW: movie violence)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LYV3001u574

peterme,
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@mekkaokereke I'm not qualified to determine whether or not FURY ROAD was feminist, but it's worth noting that Miller hired Vagina Monologues' creator Eve Ensler to ground the Wives' experience and help the actors find their way to and through the characters. https://lithub.com/how-eve-ensler-shaped-the-five-wives-of-mad-max-fury-road/

peterme, to random
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Hey @skinnylatte, wondering if you've caught this local YouTuber, whose latest video explores some Asian fusion places throughout the East Bay. https://youtu.be/8nKQibEOUfQ?si=l890DpEZR4xVcHM3

skinnylatte, to LosAngeles
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The best tips people gave me about visiting LA:

  • if you have to fly, fly into and out of Burbank. It’s worth whatever extra $ even with fewer flights, simply to NOT go through LAX

  • don’t plan a to criss-cross LA too much. It’s just so vast. Every time I go I do part of my trip on the west side, and the other part on the east. That way it makes it easy to get to places I want to go

  • Monterey Park has a huge density of many types of Chinese food! Tacos in East LA!

peterme,
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@skinnylatte Growing up in Santa Monica, and with family still on the west side, it's been disheartening to realize that, while beautiful, it may be the least interesting area of Los Angeles.

It's funny how strip malls no longer have the negative associations they once did, because they're such a significant portion of LA architecture. Of course the best food is in strip malls—L.A. is, like, one-third strip malls.

peterme,
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@skinnylatte oh ffs.
Santa Monica was early on the 'dog park' revolution. I grew up going to Joslyn Park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/ryFBgdYWxtGiATrv7).

It's funny how much Ocean Park has changed since the 70s/80s. It was a funky Bohemian rundown beach community. Again, beautiful, but just so... sterile.

peterme, to random
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SCAVENGERS REIGN was among the best shows of last year, and "Max" has opted to not continue.
It looks like it will get a second chance on Netflix: https://www.avclub.com/scavengers-reign-has-been-killed-off-on-max-1851470418

skinnylatte, to random
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I’m angry that I don’t get the same quality of restaurants and food trucks. I’m angry I don’t live in LA (yes cars.. but the food is exceptional)

peterme,
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@skinnylatte as you know, the East Bay still has that vibe (from Richmond down to Fremont

hotdogsladies, to random
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[whispering to date while watching Chernobyl when Chernobyl first appears on the screen] That's Chernobyl

peterme,
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@hotdogsladies WOMEN TALKING was a top film in 2022, and her performance is essential to making it work.

scottjenson, to random
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I was 'kicking the tires" signing up for Threads and the VERY FIRST thing I noticed is that people I don't follow are showing up in my feed!

After so much time in the fediverse, this just feels like a violation. NOPE NOPE NOPE

peterme,
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@scottjenson It's easy enough to switch to "following." I'm finding Threads to be my second place after Mastodon. Bluesky has largely faded away for me.

skinnylatte, to random
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Hot and correct take from LA foodie friend: ‘when I say we aren’t a burrito town like SF, I mean to say we have MANY, many types of burrito, not just one; not that our burritos aren’t good’

peterme,
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@skinnylatte If I were to do food tourism in L.A., I'd definitely want to hit up the top placers in the Tortilla Tournament:
https://www.kcrw.com/events/tortilla-tournament

skinnylatte, to food
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I’m really passionate about tacos. I feel like I don’t taco bout it enough. I’m going to LA soon, which is also when I have tacos six times a day. I love how different every taco tastes. Every single kind of them. (Watch The Taco Chronicles on Netflix)

When immigration stuff is sorted out for me, I’m going to go to Mexico on the regular to eat tacos.

peterme,
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@skinnylatte Last week I had the quesabirria tacos dipped in consomme at Carnitas Poblanos el Canelo in Richmond—they were divine. As were the straight up carnitas.

peterme, to random
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Watching REPO MAN and realizing it's pretty close to a classic hero's journey.

mathowie, to random
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Enshittification comes for us all, even Descript which I already pay $20/mo for because it's the best podcast editing platform on earth. Last year they added a Robot AI feature that could take your voice and create new audio from your own scripts to let you insert missing words. I went to test it out again today but got this message on a single sentence.

peterme,
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@mathowie is this enshittification, though? Is it not appropriate to charge more for more capability?

peterme,
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@mathowie While perhaps a crappy customer experience, that's not technically enshittification. Enshittification is what happens in where the enabler of a marketplace creates something useful, sacrifices the 'consumer' side in favor of the business side, and then, when they have garnered sufficient power/monopoly, makes things crappy for everyone, because what choice do you have.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enshittification
Not every rapacious digital practice is necessarily enshittification.
I'm being pedantic, but I think it's important that @pluralistic's concept is about a specific pattern that has been repeated in a bunch of places.

Also, for what it's worth, Descript's move doesn't bug me. That AI capability is a compelling addition, but not necessary for the core use. We use Descript for our podcast, and I'm happy I have a tier that doesn't include AI, as we don't need it.

peterme, to nba
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The Pels and the Thunder are two of my favorite teams to follow. Thankfully they're the first to provide decent competition today.

hotdogsladies, to random
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Guess I forgot how good "Legion" is.

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peterme,
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@hotdogsladies well, the first season

peterme, to random
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REPO MAN is on Netflix, and if you haven't seen this classic 80's-era wry punk fuck flick, you're in for a treat.

skinnylatte, to food
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i've been writing a newsletter story about international potato chips. i'm calling it... the Lays of the Land

subscribe if you want to get it (maybe next week)

https://buttondown.email/skinnylatte/

peterme,
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@skinnylatte Berkeley Bowl regularly has a selection of Asian Lay's. We've been enjoying Suckling Pig and Numbing Spicy Hot Pot. There's also a selection of smaller bag higher-end flavors like Kobe beef, but they've underwhelmed me. Some internet searching is revealing a cornucopia of options that I have never seen but want to try, top among them Mexican Tomato.

markboulton, to random

I should never watch screen adaptations of books I love. Dune is probably the exception to that. But finished 3 Body Problem yesterday and haven’t felt that disappointed since Ender’s Game.

peterme,
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@markboulton @apolaine Huh. My reaction was different, possibly since I read the books so long ago that I only have impressions of what happened. I thought the show was very strong through Episode 5 (except for Auggie; what a terrible character); and then fell apart for the last 3 episodes when it became maudlin, characters who'd been backgrounded (Will and Saul) all of a sudden take center stage, and Jin starts behaving like the opposite of a scientist in order to have 'drama.'

mekkaokereke, to random
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🤔 All this talk of could Caitlin Clark play in the NBA (no) or the BIG3 (maybe), but no talk of could Dawn Staley coach in the NBA (yes), or the BIG3 (yes). 🤷🏿‍♂️

peterme,
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@mekkaokereke That:

  • she had to remake much of her roster
  • which meant much of her team were frosh and soph
  • her strength-in-number ethos gives her players such confidence that they played 9-deep throughout the tournament
  • and she went undefeated
    shows she has deep emotional and tactical intelligence, and would likely walk on as a top-third coach in the NBA.
mathowie, to random
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South Carolina is out playing them in every way. I love watching Caitlin Clark but SC is gonna run away in the second half.

peterme,
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@kraigschmidt @mathowie that’s not what I’m seeing. SC plays a true team game, next player up, 9-person rotation. Iowa relies so much on Clark that when she’s stopped, so are they.

peterme, to random
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There are countless movies featuring an American abroad, stranger in a strange land, unfamiliar with local customs, geography, etc.

I would love quality examples of movies/TV about non-Americans in America, not as tourists, and as told by folks from that culture (so no "Moscow on the Hudson.") I'm curious as to what gets captured as strange/other from anothers' perspective.

peterme, to random
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Oh hey @jmechner. I asked Oakland Public Library to purchase your book, and they have!
I was an Apple ][+ kid who played Karateka and Prince of Persia. Looking forward to reading this!

inquiline, (edited ) to random
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USians who might need some masks 😷

MASKC is apparently shuttering for good (again) and doing a final closeout, 80% off all remaining inventory with code FAREWELL

https://www.shopmaskc.com

ETA: Yes, this company is chaotic; yes, I've ordered from them fine in the past; yes, caveat emptor

peterme,
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@inquiline Hmmm. I have Fakespot installed, and they are not kind to this retailer...
Maybe it's anti-mask haters or griefers, but it seems some wariness is warranted...

glennf, to random
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My life likely turned out as well as it has so far because my parents fled Fremont, California, due to the terrible public schools following the passage of Prop 13—well, in fact, before the passage of Prop 13 the schools were pretty terrible. But they were going to be far, far worse afterwards. Fremont changed a lot since welived there! I don’t know how they got the funding back toproduce good schools. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/29/business/garry-tan-san-francisco-politics.html?unlocked_article_code=1.g00.dzkO.cUhmSrb24qeo&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&ugrp=u&sgrp=c-cb

peterme,
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@glennf School funding is very much a factor of property tax bases and parental donations. There are excellent public schools throughout California, but they tend to be in cities with small school districts and above-average income households. And even in challenged districts (like mine in Oakland), there are good schools because parents donate $$$ through PTAs, which pay for what many would be considered core (foreign languages, art, etc.)
I don't know about Fremont specifically (I figured it was more working class) but I wouldn't be surprised to hear more affluent 'attendance areas' have good schools. (https://fremontunified.org/about/welcome/)

peterme,
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@NailClippings @glennf my children's elementary school now raises $362,000/yr (roughly $1000/student) through the parent-teacher group.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/521d4503e4b06c0489929bb2/t/656b7949b960bd552638c508/1701542217824/FY23-24+PPTG+Budget+Proposal+-+Approved.pdf
You can see that it pays for

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