Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dissuasion and the patriarchy

By | April 29, 2017

What’s strange about the “I have a boyfriend” thing that many women do – and yes, yes, I understand why they do it — is that it is not very effective against the very guys they are attempting to target with it. Sure, it’s effective against some guys, most of whom would be fine with… Read More »

Valorious

By | April 29, 2017

Reading Tanya Huff’s Valor’s Choice actually made me miss being in the military. It successfully captures both much of the gallows humor that is ever-present in a combat unit (and that many people with no experience insist doesn’t happen) and the camaraderie that exists there. Like Battlestar Galactica, it strikes the right tone and I… Read More »

What’s that sound

By | April 28, 2017

Obama is a multi-millionaire and I can’t quite believe people are passionately defending his need to take $400,000 from Cantor Fitzgerald — Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) April 27, 2017 Yes, this has been extremely puzzling. I’ve seen people (many, many people) portraying it as “sticking it to the man.” Motherfucker, Obama IS the man. Millionaire ex-president… Read More »

Ata

By | April 28, 2017

“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.” -E.O. Wilson Yep. Most of us are mostly unsuited to our current civilization.

Fictual

By | April 27, 2017

Genre fiction: Life with all the boring parts cut out. Literary fiction: Life with all the boring parts left in, and extra boring parts grafted on after being trucked in from somewhere even more boring.

Musicality

By | April 27, 2017

Glad this did not happen to me. I like Lorde’s first album as much as any album I listened to in my teens or twenties. “Bravado” and “Tennis Court” from that album might be the best pop songs released in the last twenty years. (You know an album is peerless when the most well-known song,… Read More »

Diverted

By | April 27, 2017

Often one of the most racially & ethnically diverse places in a town is the Walmart. — Chris Arnade (@Chris_arnade) April 26, 2017 Yep! One of the reasons I actually like going to the WMT near my office.

In a world

By | April 26, 2017

We live in a world where I could have this delivered to my house in two days but where we cannot provide adequate, affordable housing or health care or education or meaning to even the majority of our citizens. Whatever happens to us — and much will due to climate change and related crises —… Read More »

IYI

By | April 26, 2017

"Intellectual elite"= people selected ability to get:1 statics, not dynamics2 actions, not interactions3 low, not high dimensionality. — NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) April 15, 2017