By | February 18, 2019

Good illustration of why I will never, ever, ever ride a bicycle on or near an American road.

As mentioned, I’ve had three friends die in traffic (not in cars, but as pedestrians or cyclists), all in Florida, and I don’t even know that many people and never have.


By | February 18, 2019

Transcendence like authenticity is destroyed irrevocably, and by the same forces. There is no transcendence because we’ve already transcended, or rather we’ve exceeded the past ideas that such a thing is possible.

The only transcendence now is erasure, a dissolution of selfhood, Locke’s (and originally, Aristotle’s) tabula rasa returning one to some unsullied state where there is no notion of transcendence at all. A mind wipe will do; nothing else will, now.

Bad Liar

By | February 18, 2019

I originally watched this to see if it was a cover of the excellent Selena Gomez song. It was not. However, the video (though not the song) is quite good and the dancer is just enviably graceful and powerful in her expressiveness.

The video is about how sometimes you give someone your all, everything you have, and they just don’t give a damn or really even notice — something we can all identify with I think.


By | February 18, 2019

My Wife Was Dying, and We Didn’t Tell Our Children. The choice was unusual, but loving: We wanted them to live without the shadow of their mother’s mortality hanging over them.

Total shit parents. What a bunch of monsters. Not telling your kids something like this is child abuse. If I’d been in an actual loving family and my parents pulled something like this on me, I’d never have forgiven them.

(As a side note, how they met and started dating would be considered harassment today, as would 95% of pre-2005-ish relationships.)

Informational Limits

By | February 18, 2019

In this universe, strict rationality gets you nowhere because of informational limits. Rationality is bounded by these limits are their infinite combinations, and the universe from our perspective is not; therefore intuition and probability must come into play. Probability and its actualization in statistics despite what you’ve been told is outside strict rationality and logic as it’s a method of formalized guessing (or post hoc correlation if “guessing” is too strong for you.)

Rationality and logic are all very fine, in a toy universe. But this is not a toy universe and if it is the manual has long since been lost and we have to get by on gut feelings formalized (probability, statistics), correlational frameworks, and heuristics (another quasi-scientific name for “guessing”).

Formalization of methods is better than not, but it can also lead down paths where the numbers in the spreadsheet or the R program are seen as truth when in reality they are the result of well-done guessing and correlation. Rationality is an overlay that helps, but it can conceal as much as it reveals because what’s known seems rational and what is unknown seems not.


By | February 17, 2019

What the fuck is this shit?

Is the doofus having a laugh?

But wait … what if you could put your own computer “in the cloud”?

Wouldn’t that be the best of both worlds? Reliable connectivity, plus a nice low monthly price for extremely fast hardware? If this sounds crazy, it shouldn’t – Mac users have been doing this for years now.

Does he truly not realize this was the first model of “cloud” computing? The first remote datacenters where, yep, people would buy their own computer and place it there were, check it out, started in the late 1960s. Mac users have nothing to do with this and it was being done before the Mac even existed, when Steve Jobs wasn’t even in his teens yet.

Before “the cloud” was anything but a bunch of water vapor and dust in the sky, I was racking wholly-owned servers in remote datacenters. Surely the person who wrote this can’t be this clueless?


By | February 17, 2019

This post about how much Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can lift is misunderstanding what he was attempting to achieve with this workout.

The rest of the Chest workout is fairly light-weight considering his size, so I assume he was trying to reduce his chest size for this role.

Got that exactly backwards. High reps at moderate weight == muscle hypertrophy and thus chest size increases.

Sure, Dwayne Johnson is strong. But he’s a Hollywood actor. It’s more important for him to look good than his absolute strength. This workout is designed for hypertrophy — it concentrates on making your muscles larger and not necessarily on strength (although you will get stronger, too, but not as much as a true strength workout).

I concentrate on strength so my workout looks a little different – I do weights closer to my max and fewer reps. This means I look less big but get stronger faster.

For The Rock, the workout makes perfect sense. Big muscles are his schtick (though he’s not a bad actor) and that’s how you get them. He’s working out exactly right for hypertrophy.

This Is Just To Say

By | February 16, 2019

I have watched
Russian Doll
that is in
the Netflix

and which
you were probably
for a binge

Forgive me
it was glorious
so droll
and so morbid

Zero Crit

By | February 16, 2019

One of the reasons that STEM is emphasized so strongly now is because being in STEM requires for the most part zero critical thinking and little to no systems thinking (outside of the super-tiny focus area). STEM grads are no threat to anything. Funneling people into STEM neutralizes them.

It’s better to have someone running around who knows a lot about one tiny little (mostly inconsequential) thing who can build a missile at the end of all that propaganda…er, I mean education, than someone like Clarissa or me, who can tell you the entire sociocultural history of the effects of such decisions and furthermore what makes them a bad idea.