Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  Couple of bright spots

Trying to break up my sleepless retarded grumpiness by noting a couple of little improvements.

(1) Spokane Transit has finally set up a proper website after two years of crap. Their checkout was generic and dumb, requiring you to enter all of your information twice (for billing and shipping ... WHY would anyone have a separate "shipping" address for a regular envelope?????) and then confirming purchase with an email from "you@example.com" which inevitably ended up in the spam box. Now the shipping and billing address are automatic, and the notification comes from a meaningful email. Much better user experience.

Thanks, STA!

(2) FrontPorchRepublic is one of the 'populist' websites that I WANT to enjoy reading, because their nominal theme is God's work. In the last couple years they lost all their good writers and declined into a weird combination of abstract Catholic mysticism and standard Gaian idiocy. They reached an absolute low point last month with a long article consisting of pure Gaian platitudes written with oily unctuous arrogance, which seemed to be recommending that we lowly peons must shut up and Trust Our Academic Elites.

Now they've finally pulled out of the sanctimonious Goldman-serving shit with a FULLY SANE article that ACTUALLY QUESTIONS Gaian orthodoxy for the first time.

Thanks, FPR!

(3) The Harmonious Infill House, built on a lot forcibly cleared by the July windstorm, is now occupied. A nice civilized neighborhood takes quiet revenge on harsh Nature. In a broader sense the non-ironic return of late 1950s house forms is civilization's revenge against arrogant avant-garde critics of suburbia. "Functional" architecture turned out to be wildly non-functional.

Infill is a city's salvation.

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