Monday, August 15, 2022

That Time Jimi Hendrix Predicted Climate Change

The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967.  From left to right, drummer Mitch Mitchell, bass player Noel Redding, and mystical shaman Jimi Hendrix.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Miles Davis in Paris

Miles Davis, photographed in 1957, the year he went to Paris and recorded the soundtrack for the French film Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

The original 1959 cover of Kind of Blue, by Miles Davis.  Interestingly (if you're Thee Optimist), the cover has the song list on it.  Later covers list the star-studded lineup of musicians who participated in the recording.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

And the Band Played On

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band plays during the 2022 Highland Park Fourth of July parade.  At first, the musicians didn't hear the gunfire, and kept playing while terrified paradegoers ran past.  Watch the video below. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Enter Thee Judges

Members of a Taliban delegation emerge from peace talks in Moscow, May 30, 2019.
The six conservative members of the United States Supreme Court emerge to announce their ruling on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the landmark decision ending federal protection for a woman's right to obtain an abortion.  Nah, just joking.  It's the Taliban.  They issue similar rulings.

The South Will Fall. Again.

Thomas D. Rice in blackface, dancing as Jim Crow
Thomas D. Rice, a white entertainer in blackface, depicted as his popular minstrel slave character "Jim Crow," circa 1830s.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Did You Find Your AI Soulmate Yet?

Look familiar?  This woman does not exist.  She was generated by an artificial intelligence that combines random human features, based on parameters you set.  The parameters I set, in this case, were "beautiful" "female" "young adult" and "joyful."  This pic makes me uncomfortable.  Generate your own fake humans at Generated Photos.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Come Fly With Thee

Sexbot author Patrick Quinlan in a blue shirt and headset, giving the thumbs up in a helicopter cockpit near Sarasota Florida
Thee Optimist in the cockpit, giving the thumbs up.  All systems go.  Welcome to the blog post where Thee Optimist simply uploads GoPro (knockoff) video of a recent helicopter ride, for your viewing enjoyment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Greatest Moment in Music History

John Coffey singer David Achter de Molen at Pinkpop Festival 2015.
This is David Achter de Molen, singer of the now-defunct Dutch rock band John Coffey, walking on the crowd at the Pinkpop Festival in 2015.  De Molen was the central figure during the greatest moment in music history.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Why Does God Hate America?


"Who can stand before his indignation? Who can confront the heat of his fury? His wrath pours out like fire; the rocks are shattered because of him."  Nahum 1:6.
Ruh roh.  God is clearly pissed at America.

Monday, May 16, 2022

I Have the Buffalo Shooter's Manifesto

This is 18-year-old Payton Gendron, the young man who killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.  He chose this image, posing with a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle, to portray himself in the 180-page manifesto he posted online.  I have the manifesto and will give it to you, if you want.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sexbots, Immortality, and Robot Polar Bears

This interview with Thee Optimist appeared on a website called Disinformation, in September of 2015.  It is about the implications of my novel Sexbot.  The above people are supposed to be Sexbots, I guess.  They look all too real.

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Rise and Fall of a Dive Bar Regular

Guest Post by Brian Whitney 

Author Brian Whitney doing what he does best.

"I am what is commonly known as a binge drinker." 

Friday, March 25, 2022

Now YOU Can Nuke Your Own Neighborhood. Here's How:

Pepe the Frog looks out at a nuclear inferno over his city.  Pepe was a popular right-wing meme during the Trump years, although Thee Optimist certainly has plenty of left-wing Pepe memes.  Pepe is flexible like that. 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

This Might Explain Some Things

It's been clear for some time that IQs are dropping across the Western world.  Now, at least in America, we have a hint about one of the culprits.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Joe Rogaine CANCELLED?


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Words of Wisdom

“Accept the truth from whatever source it comes.”

- Moses Maimonides

Friday, March 4, 2022

Elephant in the Room: the Limits of Nuclear Deterrence

Ruh-roh.  Turns out the BIG 5 nuclear powers aren't as stable as we might like.  And the others (call them the small 4)?  They are all an accident waiting to happen.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Trump the Anti-War President?

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Words of Wisdom

"A nuclear weapons free world is not a dream, but a necessity for human survival.  We need to stop waiting for things to happen.  We need to go ahead and make things happen."

- Amit Ray

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?

Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day?

Has Putin had a stroke?  He seems a little off these days.  Nuclear threats aren't really a laughing matter, but then again...

Words of Wisdom

"Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious."   - Dr. Strangelove

Friday, February 18, 2022

Where do the Sackler family live?

The gruesome faces of evil: Mortimer Sackler Jr., and his wife Jacqueline Sackler.  The 40 or so members of the Sackler family have been the chief beneficiaries of the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States.  And a few of these Sacklers are surprisingly easy to find.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

They're Trying to Ban Books Again (as if they ever stopped)

Fahrenheit 451: Followers of Christian pastor Greg Locke toss books onto a bonfire in Nashville suburb Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, on February 2, 2022.  Books that burned included selections from the Harry Potter and Twilight series (these encourage devil-worship and witchcraftery), among many others.  One counter-protester tossed the Bible on there.  Greg Locke is also known for encouraging his followers to attend the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.  

Friday, January 28, 2022

Whom The Gods Would Destroy...

DJ Ferguson is a 31-year-old Massachusetts man, a father of two children, with a third on the way.  He is in heart failure, and is being denied a heart transplant because of his refusal to get a Covid-19 vaccine.  There are only so many extra hearts floating around, and if you're vulnerable to infection from Covid, you're not a candidate to get one. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Whitey on the Moon

A tearful William Shatner (yes, of Captain Kirk fame) bleats on about something while vulture capitalist Jeff Bezos daydreams of tearing into Shatner's soft flesh.  On October 13, 2021, the 90-year-old Canadian actor rode on Bezos's Blue Origin flying machine to sub-orbital space.  Thus, Shatner became the oldest person to not quite do what Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin first did more than 60 years earlier. 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

What is a Paradigm Shift and Why do We Need One?

Earthrise, a photograph taken from lunar orbit by the Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, on December 24, 1968.  At the time, this pic was thought to have shown people the limits of growth.  Then everyone forgot.