Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Fouth

By | November 24, 2014

Well, it looks like soon for the fourth time in my life I am going to watch all or part of a major American city burn to the ground. Hope I’m wrong, and good luck, St. Louis. Glad I’m not there, though. I only dimly remember my parents talking about the 1980 Miami riots. I… Read More »


By | November 24, 2014

The problem is that when people write about cultural appropriation, they almost always know nothing about history, or culture. Let’s look at the symbol of the raised fist. Oh, wait. The human hand has been used in art from the very beginnings, starting with stunning examples in Neolithic cave paintings. Early examples of the fist… Read More »

Four years?

By | November 24, 2014

Ah, you youngsters. People who have been on the internet for 4+ years and haven’t had their humor devolve into Dadaist, surreal garbage impress me. Some hipster cred for real here. I first used the internet in 1986, but I didn’t use it regularly until 1995. I used it in 1986 as part of some… Read More »

The trend line

By | November 23, 2014

It seems a common trend now in all software projects that when something new is introduced, it must be inferior to the old system. Oh, the developers will claim it’s superior, but it usually removes options, removes capabilities or the information is just presented in an incompetent way. Here’s yes another example. Since “net-tools” is… Read More »


By | November 23, 2014

Modern device I hate the most: Smartphones. Modern device I like the most: High-resolution displays. Smartphones make everything worse. They make the web worse. Their rise is responsible for “apps.” Windows 8 was largely a response to smartphones. Smatphones makes computing worse, make work worse, make life worse. Smartphones mean everyone thinks they should be… Read More »


By | November 22, 2014

You’re going to start hearing a lot about Elizabeth Warren running in 2016. Don’t get your hopes up. Elizabeth Warren has not the first chance in hell of being president. It will never, ever happen. She is too much a threat to Wall Street, to the powers that be, to everyone who “matters.” I think… Read More »

Two opposing

By | November 22, 2014

I realize a large part of this is the legacy of horrible people like Hugo Schwyzer and others of his nature, but there are two competing ideas as related to men participating in feminism today: That if men are interested in feminism, it’s just to get laid. That men should be more interested in feminism… Read More »

My tiny ISP

By | November 21, 2014

I shouldn’t be, but I’m always surprised when even geeks don’t really understand how bandwidth and its pricing at the enterprise level works. Most of the people in that thread are utterly clueless. I’d guess that at least one is working for Comcast (since it has been shown that they have thousands of shill accounts… Read More »

Sliver of silver and bilious livers

By | November 20, 2014

I wish more older women blogged. Does anyone know of any blogs of women (preferably feminist oriented or feminist sympathizing at least) in the 40+ age range? I read Digby’s Hullabaloo and Echidne of the Snakes already. The reason is that blogs of younger women tend to be so utterly consumed with White Guilt (if… Read More »

Name game

By | November 19, 2014

Hunger Games names’ meanings: explanations for Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Alma, Cressida, and more. Very cool. Most of these I knew because I read, well, a lot and love etymology. A few I didn’t. But the author hasn’t quite read enough, as it’s pretty likely that Collins got the last name “Everdeen” from Thomas Hardy’s… Read More »