Monthly Archives: July 2017

Up a poll

By | July 29, 2017

Nope. This is a false narrative of the polls as they were taken, as the election occurred, and how people reacted to it. It’s just as much bunk as both the lay and expert interpretation of the polls generally were during with the election. This commenter is much more perspicacious about what really occurred and… Read More »

My most

By | July 29, 2017

Today I was thinking about the intersection of controversiality and correctness of opinions that I hold. After sifting through, I think the opinion that is both most repugnant to the most people and the most likely to be correct is this one: that most objections — especially objections from women — against sex work and… Read More »

SCRUMbags unite

By | July 29, 2017

Profound realization:Much of SCRUM is a hack to force engineer boys to practice communication and consensus in the absence of women. — Dana Fried (@leftoblique) July 29, 2017 Yes! But to be fair, engineer girls are often much like their male peers….

Not some whale

By | July 28, 2017

The problem with the simplest conceptions and refutations of free will is that if determinism is true, then free will is pretty much false. And if free will is based on quantum randomness etc. then that really isn’t free will. It’s just stochastic happenstance. Perhaps we should turn it around and examine the very loaded… Read More »


By | July 27, 2017

The amount that math is actually used in any job vs. how very much it’s stressed in school is hugely disparate. Judging by what teachers say, 99% of jobs use calculus 80% of the day, when in reality less than 10% of jobs make much use of math at all, and then it’s typically only… Read More »

The benefits of demonization

By | July 27, 2017

In a way, I am glad many of my family and peers liked to remind me early and often that I’d be a failure, and that I was essentially innately terrible. Without that, I never would’ve had the impetus to escape Lake City, to do the wild and wonderful things I’ve done in my life,… Read More »


By | July 27, 2017

After some hassling, some folks from AT&T finally came out to bury the fiber that they’d run through our yard for their fiber-to-the-door service. It was previously just exposed on the ground as the install is separate from the bury. The service itself has been great, by the way, especially as compared to the merged… Read More »


By | July 26, 2017

It’s unsurprising that nearly all the greatest scientists and mathematicians — Shannon, Einstein, Noether, Curie, etc. — took a deep interest in the arts and humanities. Unlike most STEM folks, the truly great thinkers did not shun but rather embraced the “soft” subjects that are seen as unworthy and terrible by the typically STEM-infected. Claude… Read More »