Monthly Archives: March 2015

It rings?

By | March 24, 2015

How to Identify and Avoid the Most Common Telephone Scams. People still answer the phone? Who does that? I might not like text messaging much as it’s so slow and inefficient, but I hate the phone even more.

Slamming the slammable

By | March 24, 2015

I seem to be on a rampage against the fat acceptance/fat celebration movement lately. But they make it easy as they are now so unscientific and disconnected from the evidence as to be complete parodies of good sense. So here I go again. Like this. Doctors know that if you weigh 350 pounds, many of… Read More »


By | March 23, 2015

When people claim that an AI apocalypse or similar are ridiculous or impossible, be sure to remember how absolutely fanatically insane you would’ve seemed and been accused of being if in 1800 you’d claimed that in less than 200 years there’d be a single bomb no bigger than a wagon that could destroy an entire… Read More »

No gnome no

By | March 22, 2015

Of all the ways Gnome Shell sucks, the fact that it uses a compositor that you can’t turn off is probably the most blatant. Because it means that when you connect with any remote control tool — like VNC — it makes your CPU usage go through the fucking roof. Anyone who had anything at… Read More »


By | March 22, 2015

Before the main body of my post, let me state that for the record that I do think there can be an evolutionary psychology. Humans evolved and human brains are also evolved organs. Why would we think because brains got a bit larger that we were somehow immunized from evolutionary pressures and limitations? Not too… Read More »


By | March 21, 2015

If I had infinite time, I’d learn ASL. This is so badass that it hurts my brain. I think I’m a little bit in love with that woman just from a 1+ minute video.

Secure for the NSA

By | March 21, 2015

When Secure Boot was new, people like me who argued that it would be used to take away control and lock us out of our own computers were roundly laughed at, told we were alarmists and that it “wasn’t a big deal.” Well just what I and others predicted would happen is happening. I’m astounded… Read More »


By | March 21, 2015

The pop world needs more contraltos. Hanna Reid has a brilliant contralto voice. See for yourself. Great range, too. I didn’t think she’d be able to hit all the notes on that song and have to fudge it, but she got ’em all.

Sharp pointy things

By | March 19, 2015

I like these photos but it annoys me when someone goes to all the trouble to do such a shoot and mucks about with the weapons like some five-year-old. That’s not a cavalry sword. And where’s the sheath? An unsheathed sword on a horse actually riding into battle is going to lead for a very… Read More »


By | March 18, 2015

Ah, this is a good question. The first adult song I can remember being into is “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. I must have been five or six and I’d put it on the old record player at my grandparent’s house over and over again. This was well before Johnny Cash’s hipster renaissance, so… Read More »