Monthly Archives: June 2016

Baroque interview process

By | June 30, 2016

I work for a German company for my main job. During an interview I overheard someone request of the the interviewee: “Name one German Baroque period composer.” Seriously. That really happened. I hope the candidate had a Handel on it, but since it was a phone interview I couldn’t hear what the candidate said Bach.… Read More »


By | June 30, 2016

Damn, The Leftovers Season 2 is just so good. The way it deftly plays with meta-story, surrealism, narrative expectation, expected completions and intertextuality — so well-done all without detracting from a very tight story. I can’t even cite anything specific as it’s so inter-layered and contextual. The way it dodges about with both subverting and… Read More »

Adapt grand mal

By | June 30, 2016

I’d argue — and certainly many of our classical forebears would argue — that nearly all humans now are effectively mentally ill. This is not to trivialize mental illness at all. I’m quite serious. Existing in a capitalist system without dropping out, without becoming deranged and despondent, is a sign of that illness. Sitting at… Read More »

Going nowhere

By | June 29, 2016

How you know sexism isn’t even close to disappearing: when someone mentions that he enjoys the show Orange is the New Black, and another guy spends (seriously) two full days mocking him for liking a show featuring women. Then the other guy retorted that he only watched the show because his wife wanted to, in… Read More »

Carrie’d away

By | June 29, 2016

If you’re not watching Carrie Coon in Season 2 of The Leftovers, you’re missing out. I almost gave up on the show as Season 1 varied from meh to atrocious. But someone got a brain upgrade or a budget upgrade or Rod Serling came back from the dead, as absolutely everything is better. Far better.… Read More »


By | June 29, 2016

Brexit is a complex issue. Like most real-world issues. Pretending there were no valid reasons to vote “Leave” is what the supposedly-smart people are doing now. I usually agree with John Scalzi in most arenas, but this piece is egregiously condescending and terrible and is in the genre of examining supposedly foreordained consequences without understanding… Read More »

Being evil

By | June 28, 2016

I wonder how much it is to Google’s (and similar companies’) benefit to “turn evil?” I’m guessing this is more a sociological fact than a business fact. That most public companies do it proves nothing. Effectiveness is often not strongly tied to real world actions in a huge number of areas. Actual actions are more… Read More »

Book look

By | June 28, 2016

Next book on my reading list: The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives

Pro Im

By | June 27, 2016

I am pro-immigration, by the way. It might not seem like it from what I write sometimes here, but I very much am. What I am not is this version of pro-immigration, the naive flower child leftist sort that seems to have overtaken most of the liberal side these days: “We should let everyone in!… Read More »