January 25th, 2021

2021-01-25 Monday morning

It's been a little while since I updated. I took last week mostly off from social media. Started a new job last Monday and have been getting settled in. It's similar to what I was doing before - tech support, fully work-from-home - but the pay is a little better and the work is slightly less technically intensive. So it's looking like a good step for me.

I have been making it a point to spend at least a couple of hours offline every day. I'm using the time to catch up on reading (as in, actual books). I have been renewing my acquaintance with Borges and Octavio Paz, and I feel like my Spanish is getting up to speed.

I'll be catching up on journals and comments shortly.

Tlön.

As a young person, 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' captivated me because I found the Middle Earth -like quality of the imagined world enchanting. In maturity, and having lived through (and still living through) many of the exact processes Borges is describing, I now understand why he conceived it as a horror story.

Linkage.

The left's cunning plan.
https://accordingtohoyt.com/2021/01/25/they-have-a-cunning-plan/
To translate Sarah Hoyt's laughter, you need a you-really-don't-know-commies-do-you-to-English dictionary.

Brandon Straka arrested by Omaha FBI agents.
https://www.ketv.com/article/fbi-agents-arrest-omaha-man-for-actions-during-us-capitol-attack/35311895#
Brandon Straka, 44, was arrested Monday by agents from the FBI Omaha Field Office, according to a report from the FBI.

Andy Ngo at Epoch Times.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/video-andy-ngo-the-overall-goal-of-antifa-and-why-theyre-now-turning-on-democrats_3670460.html
The extremist group Antifa has been holding protests at [Powell's] bookstore in Portland, in an attempt to get the upcoming book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, by Andy Ngo, pulled from its shelves.

Biden seeking direct contacts with Iran.
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/295610
US President Joe Biden's administration is working on a direct dialogue with Iran through European mediators, an official said on Monday, according to Yediot Aharonot. "There will be a new approach focusing on American retaliatory strategy in the region and finding a solution to the conflict with Iran," the official was quoted as having told Sky News in Arabic.