Monthly Archives: January 2014

Another thing on the 8 hate train

By | January 31, 2014

What really pisses me even more about the wildly-fanatical Windows 8 supporters is when they claim that the distaste is just because, “You don’t want to learn new UIs.” Right, as they talk to someone who used to use Solaris from the command line to get my daily work done. And someone who has used… Read More »

Starting again

By | January 31, 2014

The problem with the start menu going away isn’t that it was a great UI in the first place. No, it wasn’t even all that good. The problem with it going away is that it got thrown away, and then replaced with something even worse. To make one of those unavoidable car analogies, it was… Read More »

A decade ago

By | January 31, 2014

Something else I just thought of. About a decade ago, I had a friend who was pretty active in academia. He also had a popular blog that covered some scientific topics related to his areas of interest.. I told him to be careful about the blog as that could hurt him academically, since any contact… Read More »

All too human

By | January 31, 2014

All human enterprises eventually become status competitions if allowed to go on long enough. I’ve seen this occur personally as ideas I’d had on old blogs years ago (mostly related to economics) were lampooned and roundly denigrated, and are now becoming or are already accepted in the mainstream. If I’d worked at Harvard, the same… Read More »

Changes

By | January 31, 2014

Writing below how about anyone who went online was once considered a complete anti-social undesirable loser made me think about other huge social changes in my lifetime. Another really large one – at least in the US –  is how the profession of teaching has gone in only a few years from one that was… Read More »

Time to complain about Facebook again

By | January 30, 2014

I was booking a reservation at a small mom-and-pop type hotel and the booker said something like, “If you like our place after your stay, you can like it on Facebook!” And I said, “I don’t have a Facebook account. Not my kind of thing.” From the reaction I got, you’d think I’d said, “I… Read More »

Pseudo-question

By | January 30, 2014

The reason why professional philosophers deride the problem, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” as a pseudo-problem isn’t because it is actually a pseudo-problem or irrelevant, rather it is scorned as a valid line of inquiry precisely because it is completely flummoxing and essentially destroys – as quantum mechanics does now to science in… Read More »

Shook

By | January 29, 2014

Alabama Shakes – Always Alright She has a great guitar style, too. Can we get her (Brittany Howard), Samantha Fish, Danielle Haim, Rachael Price and Bridget Kearney all in the same band? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Snow

By | January 29, 2014

People in the South do not have the first clue how to drive in the snow. Or in Seattle, either. But in the South it’s even worse because in most places it only snows once a decade or even less frequently. (Or basically never for where we live now.) I grew up in Lake City,… Read More »