Monthly Archives: October 2016


By | October 25, 2016

So this is a script — really a series of scripts — I bashed (heh) together in a few minutes last night to check when my VPN connection goes down, with a tiny pinhole in the firewall just enough to send an email, and then send another one when it comes back up. Obviously this… Read More »


By | October 24, 2016

That both sides are rational doesn’t make nuclear war less likely, but rather most often makes it more probable. The delusions of rationality and empiricism increase the likelihood of nuclear war because it’s easy to calculate a possible “win,” whereas raw emotionalism in almost all cases obviates the possibility of even thinking about it in… Read More »


By | October 24, 2016

It’s not fair that some people are intelligent, kind, interesting, lovely, empathetic and strong. I say this only with affection — but screw you, Daisy Ridley, let other people have a chance! I mean damn.

Being Kurt

By | October 23, 2016

As a writer (even though he is not my favorite writer), I’ve always felt the most commonality with Kurt Vonnegut. I am more like he was than I even realized, though. INTERVIEWER Did you take a degree in chemistry at Cornell? VONNEGUT I was flunking everything by the middle of my junior year. I was… Read More »

A heaping helping of not helping

By | October 23, 2016

Calling people or implying that people are racist Nazi slimeballs for not enthusiastically embracing Clinton is not helpful, most especially if those people are other women. What the progressive left should be doing is holding Clinton to her commitments and statements made during the campaign when Bernie was a real threat, not demeaning women who… Read More »


By | October 22, 2016

I had high hopes for Wikileaks as compared to what it’s delivered. It been obvious for a while that the org is not really about transparency, but rather about being partisan hacks. However — and this is a big however — what it releases is either true or not regardless of why it was released.… Read More »


By | October 21, 2016

Driving in Israel Across from Gaza Tanglefoot stretched across the Negev scrub And you think People live this way Every day they see this thin wire Leading lines for a photograph of a dual captivity And that’s just how it is On the beach in Tel Aviv, A topless woman with a rifle (Really cuts… Read More »


By | October 21, 2016

One thing I do really like about Timeless is that the main character, Lucy, is in the humanities. She’s a historian. Rare to see in a show like this and welcome. She doesn’t fight (much). She doesn’t shoot people. She figures out things with an unbelievable treasure trove of facts and historical context. That I… Read More »


By | October 20, 2016

I really like all the new electronica/dubstep/trap that sounds like an Atari 2600 having sex with a lawnmower in a microwave. I would not have liked this music at all when I was 16, but now I fucking love it.