Monthly Archives: September 2016


By | September 30, 2016

Power matters. Attractiveness matters. Here’s one way to know how much: the stereotype is of the creepy nerd loser skulking in elevators, waiting to accost, assault and rape women. The reality: most non-familial sexual assaults and rapes (outside of prison) are perpetrated by those with power, “attractive” men in fraternities, on the football team, on… Read More »


By | September 30, 2016

Here’s the problem with quant-land. I haven’t read the paper that Drum mentions and I probably won’t, but when you study something like this, you are bound by the quantifiable. At least in our modern conception, if it’s not measurable, it’s not real. So you can do things like conclude that inequality only affects our… Read More »


By | September 29, 2016

Is lunch getting too expensive? Was wondering if I had been misperceiving this, or the price of lunch at restaurants really had been creeping up as compared to dinner. When I was a young man, lunch was often half the price (and sometimes less) of comparable dinner fare. Now it’s often the same price or… Read More »


By | September 29, 2016

Morally, people seem most likely to vociferously denigrate those who undertake actions that they themselves have done, were tempted to do, or wish they could have done once. Envy, in other words, seems to drive a lot of human behavior.

STEMming the tide

By | September 28, 2016

Women 1.5 Times More Likely to Leave STEM Pipeline after Calculus Compared to Men. I read the paper, but as to my personal bias I’d like to believe that by the time women hit calculus being in general more practical by social indoctrination, they just realize how godawful boring it is and want to do… Read More »

Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts

By | September 28, 2016

That’s a line that Kristen Wiig says in the new Ghostbusters film in an embedded (and funny) commentary on the online brouhaha instigated by man-children over the idea of an all-female remake of a beloved (and IMO overrated) film. She’s reading YouTube comments on a video the Ghostbusters themselves make in the film. I think… Read More »

New Atlantis

By | September 26, 2016

The left pundits are correct that Trump will not save the Rust Belt or Appalachia. Without a complete re-organization of society, nothing will. What they don’t say, however, is that not only do they also have no plan to save these regions, they have no desire to do so. In fact, if these areas just… Read More »

Not So Smart

By | September 24, 2016

The web has gotten so much worse since smart phones and the stampede of idiots that followed this. Interfaces are now horrendous – strangely, even on a phone though they are supposedly designed for this format. Social media I thought would swallow the riffraff up and keep them away, but instead they’ve like vermin invaded… Read More »


By | September 24, 2016

Love these photos of stuntwoman Jessie Graff at the Emmy awards: Hell of a dress that you can do that sort of thing in.

One Robot

By | September 23, 2016

Because I read I, Robot when I was 10 or 11, I forgot until something reminded me of it today that in the original book the protagonist was a woman, Dr. Susan Calvin. Another film that did the kind of gender swap we could use a lot less of. Hell, I’d be in favor of… Read More »