Monthly Archives: October 2015

No ♂

By | October 31, 2015

I generally don’t use Pandora or any similar recommendation service because there is no way to tell it “no male artists.” I’m generally not interested in male artists and I like them in roughly 1/20 the proportion of female artists. Eliminating that factor would improve Pandora and similar services a lot for me.

The web is gone

By | October 31, 2015

This was a surprisingly moving piece for being so brief. I remember well the early days of the web, full of promise and interesting people. No Facebook. No Twitter. Cool people doing fascinating things all around you. Smart people just everywhere. No more. I love the Web so much, like more than is probably sane… Read More »

Pop up

By | October 31, 2015

The Real Population Problem. Anyone who thinks there will be 10+ billion people on earth in 200 years is a doofus. I’d estimate between 200 to 500 million, with small but real possibility of extinction — say for instance if climate change precipitates resource wars which then go nuclear. The world will look drastically, shockingly… Read More »

Old some

By | October 30, 2015

It doesn’t take being sexist to dislike Joanna Newsom’s voice. I can’t stand it though I recognize her abilities. I also really, really dislike Tom Waits and Bob Dylan — both for their voices. And Neil Young. Even Billy Corgan’s voice — which I used to be ok with — mostly just annoys me now.… Read More »

Transcendentalist leanings

By | October 29, 2015

Everyone who writes writes fiction. The world is never as it seems, and never as it is seen, and is never understood completely if at all. Memory is porous; fantasy and aspiration, fear and yearning all leak in like oil through a cloth. Each word is a condition of reality that reality itself doesn’t experience.… Read More »


By | October 29, 2015

The symbol and the metaphor are as necessary to science as to poetry. —Jacob Bronowski, Science and Human Values (1956)

False man

By | October 28, 2015

What kind of moron believes stuff like this? It has at least three neologisms that I noticed without first reading the Snopes article and in addition doesn’t sound period-appropriate in a number of other ways. Truman and MacArthur also had quite different writing styles whereas this sounds like it was all written by the same… Read More »

Nota bene

By | October 28, 2015

A note about my other blog. I assume my few readers are discerning. As such, sometimes I post items on the other blog that I disagree with as long as they are thoughtful and well-reasoned. And some that I only agree with partially and any combination thereof. Or even items that might directly contradict something… Read More »

EFF car

By | October 28, 2015

This is great news and the EFF does excellent work with the few resources at their disposal, but it is still requesting  and being granted from our masters a right that shouldn’t even be in question. All rights have to be fought for of course. That’s just the way humans work. But that so few… Read More »

Delusional by design

By | October 28, 2015

Something I have trouble processing is the delusional nature of the fat acceptance/fat celebration movement. I mean, every human is delusional to some degree — including me — or else we’d all kill ourselves immediately as we realized the true Nietzschean/Lovevraftian horror of a cold uncaring universe. But the link between calories and how big… Read More »