Got my neGoatiation

It truly often is a good sign of a successful negotiation if both sides are moderately displeased with the results in some way or other.

Git out

I understand why even programmers are wary of and use Git in a rote way: that damn thing is like using a chainsaw when you need a butter knife.

Never know when that thing is going to sling back and slice your face off.

Back at it

Nowhere in this thought turd does Kevin Drum manage to explain why our health care is so much more expensive than the rest of the Western world for worse outcomes.

But let’s avoid Drum’s obfuscation and calumny to look at the obscene costs of our current system.

How much is good health care worth to you? $8,233 per year? That’s how much the U.S. spends per person.

Worth it?

That figure is more than two-and-a-half times more than most developed nations in the world, including relatively rich European countries like France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. On a more global scale, it means U.S. health care costs now eat up 17.6 percent of GDP.

Drum and his fellow pseudo-liberals have now firmly united against single payer, and are intent on demonstrating how it just cannot work (despite it working fine in many other countries for many years). This lack of acknowledgement of basic facts will continue apace.

According to Drum, “health care is expensive” and we should just “deal with it.”

The rest of the world — which doesn’t exist when convenient for people like Drum — doesn’t agree.

What would I do without the intellectual shoddiness and frailty of people like Kevin Drum and most of the Crooked Timber crew? I’d barely have a thing to write about.


Some dark facts about human nature: most men will sacrifice nearly every other personality quality especially over the short term for beauty in a partner, and will excuse any transgression of the pulchritudinous, no matter how heinous.

And most women really are significantly more attracted to those men (bad boys) with the “dark triad” of personality disorders: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

(And don’t tell me that latter is not true. I possess many of those traits and that’s the only reason I was attractive to many women! Though luckily that is not what attracted my current partner and I am a better person for it.)

Men and women are maladapted in so many ways to our current society. Choices we see are an expression of that.

Before I Fall

Watch this film if you want to know how to waste your most precious asset of all as a filmmaker.

That asset is screen time and this squanders it in abundance, with extraneous characters, unnecessary scenes, copious narration and superfluous moralizing all to conclude in a mediocre ending that ignores its most interesting character even in near death.

If I were to ever for some reason teach a screenwriting class, I would offer this up as what not to do. And I’d pair it up with its obvious progenitor, Grounhog Day, to show what to do.

At least, though, 90% of the spoken lines were by women and there were some individual good scenes. Unfortunately, for the most part the well-acted, high-quality scenes were among those inessential to the plot — such as the scene between a pitch-perfect Liv Hewson as Anna and Zoey Deutch as Sam in a bathroom where they exchange footwear and some frank talk.

The movie tells and tells and tells but never shows, ignores the most compelling characters, and as I mentioned it burns screen time on irrelevancies like there is ever any to spare.

The idea behind this film was sound. A Groundhog Day from a young woman’s perspective could’ve been fun and insightful.

This, however, was neither of those things.

Not really recommended, unless you enjoy poor screenwriting or watching a 98 minute film for 10 minutes of good scenes.


Gnome finally getting fractional scaling.

Linux nor Windows (any version) properly supports multi-DPI monitors. For instance, I have a 5K and 4K monitor side-by-side. When I drag a window from my 5K to my 4K, it’s the same size in MacOS. Everything just works perfectly.

In any other OS, total brokenness. This has worked correctly in MacOS for 3+ years now.

I’d prefer to use XFCE, really, but lack of support for anything modern and seeming disinterest in any of it means MacOS is the only OS I can actually use.

This reminds me of back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Linux refused to support USB (and then supported it poorly) because it was a “consumer toy.”


I was just looking at a copy of my military records earlier. Technically, I’m a German paratrooper, too. I’d forgotten about that. You get foreign paratrooper wings when you as a paratrooper train with a foreign country’s parachute forces, and they then award you those wings — so I have American and German paratrooper wings.

When you hear in the press about ex-military folks claiming military honors they did not receive, most of the time it’s probably true. However, there’s stuff I did and training I received in the army that never made it onto my official military records. I only discovered this when I was existing the army.

At that time, I was so happy to get out, my military record could’ve only said in 72-point font, “MIKE IS A TURD” with giant poo emoji printed on it, and I would’ve signed it and been happy.

That scatological aside aside, military records are a form of truth and sure, most of the time those who claim honors they never received in fact are prevaricating; however, not always.

Which is the truth, what happened in reality or what appears on a piece of paper?

Cloudy outlook

Just another reminder: there is no “Cloud,” it’s just a computer sitting in a rack somewhere you can’t see.

The cloud has been the cleverest, most inane, and most successful marketing gimmick in the last 20 years at least. I’m duly impressed.

Croesus Crisis

If Trump or his antics start making rich people less rich, he’ll be gone.

That will be the determiner. Not Russia, not general incompetence, not drone-bombing or petty thuggery.

It the stock market tanks and profits drop due to Trump’s dumbassery, he’ll be out the door in months.


When Erin gets enraged by the libertarian-type blogger following and haranguing her in Ghostbuters, Melissa McCarthy’s line, “Erin, he’s too pasty to fight!” is just perfect.

Delivery, timing, cadence, everything.

Yeah, Kate McKinnon’s Holtzmann steals the show, but each of the women in the movie gets off some truly great cracks.