What Is Remodernism?

Much modern art is not appealing to me, because it is harsh, tacky, uninspired, uninspiring, or devoid of skill. Some is unintentionally funny, but I am generally unwilling to pay to see it. I hate paying for it, especially when a taxpayer-funded monstrosity is plopped into previously pleasant public areas.

Brutalist architecture can be interesting in a masochistic way. Websites and photo streams of architectural malpractice can be engrossing, but I pity those who live in or among the structures that will blight the humans' existence. Frank Gehry's shiny angular eyesores are a prime example.

This Remodernist piece is thus something I could perhaps be down with, were I more engaged in philosophies of art.

Communist China

I have typically had very favorable encounters with Chinese of all kinds: Chinese-Americans who fled Communism; Taiwanese and Mainland students in the US and Japan; ethnic Chinese from Singapore and Thailand, or met in Indonesia; Chinese of all sorts met when I lived in Japan. China's economic growth has been fantastic and pulled many people up and out of poverty. That said, Communist China sucks.

Communist China has been attempting to violate its agreement with the United Kingdom on the return of Hong Kong, the agreement to protect autonomy for Hong Kong. Communist China is trying to crush Hong Kong's democratic and capitalist system, crush its success, and crush its populace. It has begun killing freedom protesters, a foregone conclusion.

Communist China claims to protect its ethnic minorities, but it systematically oppresses and incarcerates on a massive scale its Uighurs, a Turkic Muslim minority. Vice President Mike Pence has spoken out against this, but few others seem to care, Turkey's strongman excluded.

Communist China invaded Tibet and exiled the Dalai Lama. Ever threatened by a possible competitor to its power, it feted a ChiCom-approved puppet impostor. It also has a state-sponsored Patriotic Catholic Church to thwart papal influence.

Communist China continues patrolling and building in disputed waters and on disputed islands; it intrudes on the waters and skies of Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, and others. Communist China persists in intimidating and squeezing Taiwan, the Republic of China. Whenever Communist China finally feels able to invade Taiwan, the carnage will be awful.

Communist China turns out quality products, but plenty of shoddy stuff. Foodstuffs are often unfit for human consumption and sometimes fatal to animals.

Communist China requires that foreign firms allow access to Chinese nationals, government operatives, and outright spies and competitors in ways no other country does. Amazingly, many foreign firms have been happy to turn over their hard-won technologies and trade secrets with nary a complaint.

Communist China has been oppressing the Falun Gong religious group for years.

Communist China reportedly harvests organs from the incarcerated, sometimes while they are still alive.

Communist China tracks everything it can to control its population. Its Social Credit system is dystopian, but plenty of foreign companies and governments are abetting it.

Communism sucks terribly, and so does Communist China.

Nodal Ninja Panographic Tools

At the end of last month, the lone direct store and supplier of Fanotec products, including Nodal Ninja panoheads, closed in Chandler, Arizona. They sold other companies' products for people interested in virtual reality photography, of panoramas where the viewer rotates the object around self and of objects where the viewer rotates an object. Years ago, the former was a hobby of mine. With their closeout sale, I bought a new Nodal Ninja 6 panohead, but I have yet to shoot anything. I also have a newer digital SLR with much better resolution than my old Rebel XT.

Not too many weeks ago I bought some panorama software updates. There is a re-learning curve, and the loss of Photoshop, since I cannot justify the subscription fees, means a bit of effort to learn enough for a new graphic editor, be it GIMP or something else that can handle layers and masking. Maybe it is time to get a drawing tablet, too.

That I have not shot any panoramas in a long time will soon change, so please stay tuned!