Monthly Archives: September 2012


By | September 29, 2012

On the immorality of student loans. “On a rough estimate, it would only take $70 billion of the federal budget to cover the tuition costs at every two- and four-year public college. This happens to be the sum the Pentagon wastes annually in ‘unaccountable spending.” I once calculated that using all the money we wasted… Read More »

Sleep peels

By | September 27, 2012

One of the biggest issues for me in fitting in with normal human society is that my circadian rhythm is not nearly earth-normal. In an ideal world – say, I wasn’t working, had no commitments – I’d sleep 3-4 times a day, for as little as 45 minutes and as much as two hours. This… Read More »

Another thing I am tired of

By | September 26, 2012

I’m getting righteously tired of being told that I can’t tell the difference between a high-resolution display like the new iPad and other tablets’ inferior displays. Yes, I very fucking well can tell the difference – at 14”, 36” and 48”. Using my partner’s tablet (original Asus Transformer), I can tell the difference pretty easily… Read More »

Smackdown 2012 version

By | September 25, 2012

I like Lance Mannion’s blog, but he seems to discount anything with women in it. A lot of middle-aged men do; they can’t seem to help it. Since the protagonist of The Hunger Games isn’t even a woman, really, but is a teenage girl (though an extremely capable and whip-smart teenage girl), I was expecting… Read More »

The risk

By | September 24, 2012

Projects like Everyday Sexism and Hollaback are awesome, bringing attention to the problem of the pervasive street harassment that women experience. But I can’t agree with this (the part I cited below specifically). Guys who care about sexual harassment – you can help. When you see sexual harassment, call it out. If you see a… Read More »

Dapper DARPA

By | September 23, 2012

DARPA, still doing amazing things. Contrary to the belief of many very weird liberals and conservatives, DARPA built the internet, built Apple’s Siri, and funded the DARPA Grand Challenge, which spurred on the development of driverless vehicles. Amazing what fundamental research can do.

The drugs don’t work

By | September 22, 2012

Given what I’ve read about drug testing and the medical field, I doubt one in 50 drugs actually do anything other than exhibit the placebo effect. Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques that are flawed by… Read More »


By | September 22, 2012

What is wrong with men who do things like this? Like most people – women included — I will look at an attractive person if they happen to walk by or be in my field of vision. That’s just it, though – I will look. I won’t ogle them, gape at them, harass them or… Read More »

Transition to unusability

By | September 22, 2012

The comment areas on sites are getting worse. Most of them are now completely unusable. What the fuck is this, for instance? There are more and more sites like that. Who posted what when? The site shows that 43 comments were posted but if you look, there are only 16. Where are the other 27… Read More »