Monthly Archives: May 2018

Fic

By | May 31, 2018

Oh, crap, Gardner Dozois died. I didn’t know him personally but have been reading fiction edited by him for nearly my entire life. Great editor; perhaps the best short story editor and anthologist (in any genre) there ever was. This is very rare indeed, but if I saw his name on the cover I at… Read More »

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Jerbs

By | May 30, 2018

But, but, economists and liberals have told me that immigration has absolutely no effect on employment prospects and that believing anything else is pure racism! The second reason why teens work less today is that employers are more reluctant to hire them. First, the rise of low-skill immigration in the last few decades has created… Read More »

Feeding Time

By | May 26, 2018

We are all trapped in the “Feed.” If the internet were destroyed, though I still spend a lot of time on it, I don’t think it’d be any great loss. It’s mostly a negative force now, full of utter fools, all cognizant of nearly nothing, and getting actively dumber all the time. Fifteen years ago,… Read More »

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IF IP

By | May 26, 2018

There are real reasons for Linux to replace ifconfig, netstat, etc. God, who gives a fuck, if the replacements are worse? Which they very much are. The results of commands should be human readable, not info spewed all over the screen. Like most things in modern Linux, written by clueless idiots. The thing I hate… Read More »

Wild

By | May 26, 2018

Miley Cyrus performing my favorite Tom Petty song, “Wildflowers.” No video of her actual performance (as it was a radio show), but she kills it. She has a performance of this same song on The Tonight Show for which there is a video, but this performance is quite a bit better — mostly because I… Read More »

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Olden Times

By | May 25, 2018

Modern macOS Is Now Older Than Classic Mac OS Was In 2001. Well, that did indeed make me feel old, especially since I was using computers well before classic MacOS even came out. My first computer was a TRS-80 that my dad got used by trade, doing mechanic work for someone. I remember pretty well… Read More »

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Conventional

By | May 25, 2018

Damn. You can see why there are few conventional battles against American forces any longer. It’s suicide. In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in… Read More »

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Negate

By | May 24, 2018

Obama and Trump: both terrible negotiators. Just laughably bad, but in different ways. Obama’s strategy was to give away the whole shebang in advance as a good faith gesture, while Trump’s tendency is to act like a petulant three-year-old. Both techniques work about as well as you’d expect.

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Fuck That

By | May 24, 2018

What the hell will banning plastic straws do other than make aspects of my life and other people’s lives more inconvenient? When I go to the grocery store tomorrow, I think I will buy 10 or 12 packs of straws — that should last me about 20 years, which is probably about as long as… Read More »

Claims and Games

By | May 24, 2018

Claiming that humans don’t have a “human nature” is only possible because there is a definable limit already present to delineate such a nature. That is to say, it is in human’s nature to make such claims as the presence or absence of human nature, and to insist that nothing/anything is impossible/possible, though the limits… Read More »