AirBnB issues in Nogizaka


I've ranted on AirBnb issues before but sadly I keep going back because I don't have much of a choice since I'm effectively homeless at the moment.

I've rented about 22 places in the last 3 years. I think a couple were not AirBnB. I haven't written a bad review yet even though given the rant linked above you'd expect I would have.

But, this last place I finally wrote a bad review. Maybe it was all the pent up rage of all the previous places. Maybe it was the particular response from this landlord. In any case I left a bad review. I can only hope that's incentive for the guy to do better.

So what was the issue?


Why does sharing photos have to be this annoying?


So, ... some company in the UK wants to use a photo of mine from flickr.

Some people contemplate their navel...

All my flickr photos are CC-BY-SA so they're free to do whatever they want pretty much.

But, of course lawyers get involved and now they want to send me a licensing form for me to sign. It doesn't say anything particularly bad, it's just half the point of CC−BY is "you don't need to ask because there's an official license".

I get they want to make sure it's not a stolen image and get an actual signature. It's more that printing out the form, which will cost a few cents and my time to find a printer or put the form on a USB and walk to the library. Then sign it. Then find a scanner and scan it or take a picture with my phone. Then send it back. Is just more than I want to do really. Given they're not paying me why do I want to spent even 15 minutes dealing with his form?

Even if I just photoshop my signature in it's still more work than I really want to deal with. On top of which the one scary part is if they get sued about the pic then they'll pass that on to me. It's a nothing special picture of some statues on the Louvre so I have no idea what those rules are.

Sigh.... Why does it have to be this complicated.


The Da Vinci Code for Mormons


So somehow I missed this 2013 New York Times article exposing a bunch of issues in the Mormon Church. It was brought up by this really good episode of Reply All.

I'm an ex−Mormon and this episode really resonated in a lot of ways. In particular I guess personally, even though I'm now 100% atheist I've defended the Mormon church in the past. I guess I would say as an atheist I believe all churches and all religions are wrong and so I've defended the Mormon church has being no different than any other church. By defending I mean when someone makes fun of the Mormon church for whatever (believing the nearest planet to God's residence is the planet Kolab) I point out how that is no more a strange belief than any other religion's beliefs (God lives in some alternate dimension we can't see until we die).

What I find really fascinating though is that people can continue to want to believe even AFTER accepting the evidence their church is founded on lies. Religion isn't decided by committee by definition. If it was it would no longer be a religion. So for example, at least according to that podcast, some people asked for priesthood for women in the Mormon church or acceptance of LGBT. Doing either of those makes the church no longer the church. It proves even harder the church was never true to begin with.

Let me make it clear. I'm 100% pro LGBT and women's rights. That's not my point and is one of the many reasons I'm atheist. My point is if a church has been saying for for hundreds or thousands of years that X is evil because God says so and then changes that to X is not evil they've just proven the previous hundreds or thousands of years were bullshit. At that point there's no reason for the church to exist. Everyone should just leave. If you want a social club with emotional support fine, organize one. But asking a church to change it's stance makes zero sense. If you succeed you've just proven your church is false.


A World with no Privacy - The Movie


The sci−fi series, Black Mirror covered some of the ideas of this future in their 3rd episode "The Entire History of You"

Check it out if you can.


Prometheus Review


Warning, this is all spoilers so stop reading if you don't want any