book opinion: Racism without Racists, by Bonilla-Silva 

This is a good book. In fact, I would say that it tops my list of books about racism right now.

Broadly, it's about ways that caucasian folks talk about abstract racial topics in color-blind, "fair" ways, but still proclaim and prop up racist opinions about any particular situation or policy, usually without noticing or admitting this contradictory shift. Bonilla-Silva calls this color-blind racism.

This was its fifth printing, from 2017.

My cohabitators all took off on trips, so I'm on my own for many days.

It's not bad, but I'm consuming a lot of salad from our farm box so that nothing is thrown out. I'm probably chowing down half a pound of salad daily, which, I'll admit, is roughly half a pound past my usual salad ration.

I took apart a door lock today. I was hoping I could fix it so it's not so hard to unlatch, but I couldn't do it. An important part is just worn down too much, and I can't find any similar part to swap it out for.

It's an unusual door lock with uncommon proportions (I think), so I'm afraid that I'll find it hard to swap out. What a pain!

Thinking about writing a conglang with only 'bdfghjklpqty" (consonants with high parts and low parts) and 'o' and nothing additional.

I was looking at my dishwashing apparatus's manual today, and I'm finding that all its instruction photos contain an artificial prop hand. No actual human was part of this photo shoot.

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All visitors to my house will have ready access to nearby bus departures to facilitate their use of public transit.

I finally had to abandon this work. I did a bunch of swapping things in and out, but nothing would boot. Right now, I think its main board is bad.

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film opinion: ~"All Things, from All Locations, All in Unison" 

It's good.

I took a long bus trip today, on account of a library book going to my old primary library, which I don't normally go past much nowadays.

(I did bring my library card, if you want to know, but I didn't pull it out at all. I just tap in its digits from my brain to obtain my books.)

Ha ha, whoops, this thing will try to boot from a CD/DVD, but it always fails prior to finishing. I think that points to a bad disc unit. (I did confirm that my discs work.)

I'm running out of options on this thing. Possibly I can borrow a good CD/DVD unit??

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What a frustration! I'll try to round up a blank DVD today, so that I burn an installation disc tonight.

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Sadly, I'm hitting a wall in simply booting, on account of it has a blank disc (normal) but its BIOS can only boot off a hard disc or CD/DVD!? So I can't install linux from a USB as I was planning to do.

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Now, a pal was so kind as to toss an actual "gaming rig" my way, with an actual graphics card and such. It's about as old as my old rig, but it was originally built for gaming, so it might run many things that I couldn't.

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For too long, my gaming "rig" was just a monitor with a built-in CPU that a pal got out of a trash bin. It's so slow that I could only play about four things on it (which is usually all I want).

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