Preliminary mumblings

It’s a little early to tell what this will turn into.

It begins as a ramshackle refugee camp, necessitated by the failure of Urban Future to provide:
(a) stability, (b) continuous scrolling, and (c) an adequate platform for comments. As things develop, other basics (such as a blogroll) can be expected.

For the moment, longer posts will go up on UF, with a link here for discussion. Is that sounding like a satisfactory medium-term solution? (Not to me either.)

In addition to this supportive role, Outside in will have a few specialized functions, as:

(1) A sandpit for unconsolidated thoughts on time-related topics

(2) A depository for brief commentary and links (from the perspective of harsh neo-reaction)

(3) A flotation chamber for fragments of morbid fiction

If that doesn’t look repulsive enough yet, we’ll see what we can do …

 

 

 

 

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  • The 2013 Anti-Progress Report | Radish Says:

    […] Land, author of the seminal series The Dark Enlightenment, moves to Outside in; it will soon become the premier reactionary discussion forum. Avenging Red Hand launches his own […]

    Posted on January 1st, 2014 at 4:59 am Reply | Quote
  • New Blog | Post-nietzschean Says:

    […] first — tentative and unconvinced — post here went up in mid-February, so Outside in is a creature of 2013. There’s nothing remotely […]

    Posted on January 1st, 2014 at 7:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • DianaB. Says:

    I am looking forward to reading this blog. However, I beg and plead that you switch to black text on a white background. It is much easier to read and causes less eye strain.

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    admin Reply:

    How can staring into blazing whiteness possibly cause less eye strain than contemplating the unillumined abyss?

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    Posted on January 4th, 2014 at 1:39 am Reply | Quote
  • DianaB Says:

    sorry, I can’t explain the optics or the physiology. But I’ve studied graphic design and typography, and it’s a established fact, proven thorugh actual empirical testing: text is easiest to read in black on white. Even dark blue or dark red or dark green text (on white) is harder to read than black on white. Even a light grey or tan or yellow background diminishes readability. If you plan to publish long articles and you really want people to read them all the way through, you’d be better off using black text on white. There is a place for other color schemes–in headlines, and pull quotes, and other small bits of text.

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    neovictorian23 Reply:

    Well, we now see with our own two eyes who won that argument.

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    Steve Johnson Reply:

    Yeah, it’s pretty nuts to claim that staring at a light bulb is better for eyestrain than trying to read just illuminated text.

    I’m going to assume that if there are studies that say otherwise they’re talking about reading light text on a dark background when the surface reflects light rather than emits light (i.e., paper or e-ink vs LCD).

    Makes zero sense otherwise and contradicts my experience (in fact, I use firefox as my primary browser because it lets me change all pages to light text on a dark background by overriding the page’s color suggestions).

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    admin Reply:

    Bingo. (Thank you for this sanity.)

    Posted on January 4th, 2014 at 2:33 am Reply | Quote
  • bob Says:

    @DianaB

    I think (guess) that the white background & dark text works better because the white background has more overall light, which lets your iris contract – which lets the lens of your eye focus better.

    I, too find white background & black text better. I set everything to look like that – even my Windows command prompt window!

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    Posted on January 28th, 2014 at 11:12 pm Reply | Quote
  • / A “Transcendence” of All Beginnings | dwmasten Says:

    […] Land, Nick (2013) at “Outside In”: Preliminary mumblings – http://www.xenosystems.net/preliminary-mumblings/ […]

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  • Atlantic starcrusher Says:

    There must be some hyperlink to access to comments en total? If not, we deem this CMS inferior. What we ourselves have in mind would eat up Facebook, Google+, WordPress, vBulletin and the rest.

    But alas, as again, we are but visionaries and sailors, so far, not much of officorhood, just private executions & electrecutions.

    Yet for res publica.

    Thine thede,

    G.

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  • Worm Says:

    The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered As a Downhill Motor Race

    Oswald was the starter.

    From his window above the track he opened the race by firing the starting gun.

    It is believed that the first shot was not properly heard by all drivers.

    In the following confusion Oswald fired the gun two more times, but the race was already under way.

    Kennedy got off to a bad start.

    There was a governor in his car and its speed remained constant at about fifteen miles an hour.

    However, shortly afterwards, when the governor was put out of action, the car accelerated rapidly, and continued at high speed along the remainder of the course.

    The visiting teams.

    As befitting the inauguration of the first production car race through the streets of Dallas, both the President and his Vice-President participated. The Vice-President, Johnson, took up his position behind Kennedy on the starting line.

    The concealed rivalry between the two men was of keen interest to the crowd. Most of them supported the home driver, Johnson.

    The starting point was the Texas Book Depository, where all bets were placed on the Presidential race. Kennedy was an unpopular contestant with the Dallas crowd, many of whom showed outright hostility. The deplorable incident familiar to us all is one example.

    The course ran downhill from the Book Depository, below an overpass, then on to the Parkland Hospital and from there to Love Air Field. It is one of the most hazardous courses in downhill motor-racing, second only to the Sarajevo track discontinued in 1914.

    Kennedy went downhill rapidly. After the damage to the governor the car was shot forward at high speed. An alarmed track official attempted to mount the car, which continued on its way, cornering on two wheels.

    Turns.

    Kennedy was disqualified at the Hospital, after taking a turn for the worse. Johnson now continued the race in the lead, which he maintained to the finish.

    The flag.

    To signify the participation of the President in the race Old Glory was used in place of the usual chequered square.
    Photographs of Johnson receiving his prize after winning the race reveal that he had decided to make the flag a memento of his victory.

    Previously, Johnson had been forced to take a back seat, as his position on the starting line behind the President indicates. Indeed, his attempts to gain a quick lead on Kennedy during the false start were forestalled by a track steward, who pushed Johnson to the floor of his car.

    In view of the confusion at the start of the race, which resulted in Kennedy, clearly expected to be the winner on past form, being forced to drop out at the Hospital turn, it has been suggested that the hostile local crowd, eager to see a win by the home driver Johnson, deliberately set out to stop him completing the race.

    Another theory maintains that the police guarding the track were in collusion with the starter, Oswald. After he finally managed to give the send-off Oswald immediately left the race, and was subsequently apprehended by track officials.

    Johnson had certainly not expected to win the race in this way. There were no pit stops. Several puzzling aspects of the race remain. One is the presence of the President’s wife in the car, an unusual practice for racing drivers. Kennedy, however, may have maintained that as he was in control of the ship of state he was therefore entitled to captain’s privileges.

    The Warren Commission.

    The rake-off on the book of the race. In their report, prompted by widespread complaints of foul play and other irregularities, the syndicate lay full blame on the starter, Oswald. Without doubt Oswald badly misfired.

    But one question still remains unanswered: who loaded the starting gun?

    J.G. Ballard

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  • First/Last blog post | Old Nick Says:

    […] the previous post on, Land has gone into other venues. Outside In’s first post dates from February 17, 2013, UF has afterwards established itself on WordPress in July 29, 2013. […]

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