Monthly Archives: April 2017

One button

By | April 25, 2017

Everything done to make computers easier to use for stupid people makes them vastly more difficult and annoying to use for me. Also, did you hear about the homeopathy rally in Washington? Though no one showed up, it was still very effective.

Have be

By | April 25, 2017

If every form of behavior (as Ted Chiang states, summarizing the default view of science) is compatible with determinism, then determinism has no predictive power. Does determinism fall out of the laws of the universe? That’s a far stretch from what we can and cannot observe. A likely stretch, but still a far one.

The usual

By | April 24, 2017

This is the usual Crooked Timber intellectual trash heap, with its focus on individual effort to combat the effects of global climate change while ignoring overpopulation and capitalism itself as relevant factors. For historical reasons, much of the pseudo-left would rather have 12 billion of us living like Cro-magnons during a famine than 500 million… Read More »

In the ruble of a civilization

By | April 23, 2017

If I and so many others are Russian agents as the Clintonite pseudo-left believes, I wish the Russians would kindly start depositing some rubles in my bank accounts. Haven’t seen a single one yet. It’s hard being an agent when no one is compensating you for all this hard work we are all doing. I… Read More »

Assuming immortality

By | April 22, 2017

Assuming medical immortality but that the rate of accidental death stays roughly the same, the average Western human lifespan would still only be around 1,000 years long. And after 5,000 years, the large-cohort survival rate is only around 5%. A thousand years ain’t bad, but nowhere near immortality.


By | April 22, 2017

I see so much stupid specious word detritus like this. I find it troubling that virtually no one can say what Trump's campaign did well, but everyone can harp on Hillary's mistakes. — GothamGirlBlue (@GothamGirlBlue) April 22, 2017 Trump ran a far better campaign than Clinton. He spent half the money and got better results.… Read More »


By | April 22, 2017

Oh fuck yes. Linnell even proposes that employers, were they looking to design the best workforces, consider stationing employees who need to concentrate outside the city. Immediate productivity increase for me of 50%, more likely double, if I were allowed to work from a well-connected place in the countryside, with birdsong and near a riverbank.… Read More »

Why algo trading is garbage

By | April 22, 2017

I don’t agree with a great deal of what Robert Prechter writes and believes, but this is indeed true. Gilburt: With the advent and proliferation of computer-executed trading, what effect have they had on Elliott Wave analysis, other than the speed at which trading is done? Prechter: Virtually none. People build their errors of thinking… Read More »