Monthly Archives: September 2013


By | September 30, 2013

Was just thinking about Trayvon Martin. People call him a thug, yet I committed many more crimes in high school that he ever did. Not even close. I also got in way (way, way!) more fights than he ever did. I wasn’t a thug by any measure – to be a thug, you have to… Read More »


By | September 30, 2013

For some reason when anyone mentions that the planet is overpopulated versus the amount of humans it can sustainably support, something like 80% of liberals automatically hear, “We must kill all the undesirable humans NOW!” I don’t know why. Overpopulation is inarguable. If there were 100 million people on the planet organized as technological society… Read More »

Sharp lyrical Talan

By | September 27, 2013

Deb Talan when she was at her prime is the best lyricist I know of, from any era. “I wish I were a bird,” she said. “So you could fly away?” “No, so we could be together with no thoughts of yesterday.” That’s from her song “Two Points.” It’s better in song form of course… Read More »

Not very productive

By | September 27, 2013

How do you make a major mistake like this when the data is so easy to find? The return of high wealth-to-income ratios has one key cause – the slowdown of productivity and population growth. I’m referring to the phrase “slowdown of productivity” as the mistake specifically, though the other bit is likely voodoo economics… Read More »


By | September 27, 2013

I understand why they exist, but my two most-disliked expressions found mostly on more academic blogs is “politically unhelpful” and “problematic.” This is one example, from a blog that I both like and frequent. “Politically unhelpful” translates to me to a fear of busting heads – metaphorically or sometimes in real life. Sometimes, busting heads… Read More »


By | September 26, 2013

Good lord, I blasted someone at work via email after I provided them the exact information they requested from me, and then they CCed my boss and a few other people claiming they had not received the information requested. Ha, in my response I pasted the information I’d already provided them in 24-point bold text… Read More »


By | September 26, 2013

This is why the music industry (at least those who steal the artist’s money portion of the industry) is afraid of the internet. I deal with independent bands all day every day. That is my business, dealing with independent bands. They have a better time now than they have ever had. Gig prices have escalated.… Read More »


By | September 22, 2013

I wonder how much productivity is lost because of practices like this. It’s not the PhD that is the problem, it’s that for whatever reason companies will not hire you these days unless you have recent, immediate experience with the products and/or programming languages in question – no matter if you are smart enough (as… Read More »


By | September 21, 2013

Though I remember the protests at the time, I was only vaguely aware that the UK too had made it so very expensive to go to school. We have truly decided that massive inequality and a stratified society is the way to go, then – that there are the Sanctified Rich, and the Serfs. The… Read More »