Monthly Archives: December 2016

No reason

By | December 26, 2016

It’s been a losing battle, and one I’m tired of fighting — when Mozilla/Firefox finally disallows XUL and XPCOM add-ons, I will stop using Firefox and switch to either Chromium or Chrome (haven’t decided yet). When Firefox becomes a complete knock-off of Chrome without any ability to even customize it, what reason is there to… Read More »


By | December 26, 2016

The case for the adaptivity of consciousness is not open and shut because many extant phylogenetic traits are not in fact adaptive, but rather present for a whole host of other reasons not directly relevant to the narrow constraints that most people (even many scientists) consider to be evolution. Also, it could be an emergent… Read More »

Mental illness

By | December 24, 2016

The American left has descended into full-blown mental illness about Trump being sort of Russian intelligence asset. Here is a 1987 article from newsletter "Elephants and Donkeys" explicitly saying Soviets were cultivating Trump as pres canididate — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 24, 2016 Looking back, I can’t believe I ever avidly read Sarah Kendzior… Read More »

Old hats

By | December 24, 2016

The thinkers I most enjoy reading are ones whose ideas are so unorthodox and divergent that I can’t even decide on a basis of evaluation to determine the rectitude or future applicability of their ideas. Haraway makes me think of ideas I’d never considered, which is something so few people ever do. I don’t even… Read More »

Ton of BS

By | December 24, 2016

From what I can tell, Hamilton is just as much kitschy, louche bullshit as a WWE Smackdown or a monster truck rally, but one that appeals to the bizarre biases and manias of the approved cultural elites rather than the less educated. And yes, I’ve been to a WWE event and a monster truck rally… Read More »

Boom goes the two-point hollow-pit implosion

By | December 23, 2016

All ya’ll Democrats pissing your pants about Trump’s wish to update the nuclear arsenal appear to have already forgotten Obama was already doing the same thing. Despite the lofty rhetoric, President Obama has launched what the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability calls the “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck.” That is the title of a new report on Obama’s… Read More »

The problem with economics

By | December 23, 2016

This piece without realizing it sums up the problem with economics as practiced today. Is there a disemployment effect from a higher minimum wage? One thing philosophy teaches is that to receive an answer that makes any sort of sense, one must first inquire in the appropriate direction. The question above cannot just be answered… Read More »

It’s weird

By | December 22, 2016

It’s weird when you click on something and you are prepared to be disappointed but then it actually turns out to be great. Like this. My: LibreOffice users want a “personal” UI, with different options capable of adapting to the user’s personal habits, and not a single UI without options. User Friendly: of course, any… Read More »


By | December 22, 2016

I am one of these. Just plays to my strengths. My brain naturally works this way; I’m good at knowing what terms to search for and looking through the returned data for what’s relevant even if to most people it looks very unpromising. Many times in my life people have spent hours, days and weeks… Read More »

Freed up

By | December 21, 2016

That all free trade agreements are axiomatically a good thing is just as much as a religious belief as transubstantiation or the healing power of crystals.