Monthly Archives: September 2018

Ember

By | September 18, 2018

I was reading this today, and made me think about that the stupidest fucking thing many academics do — and I don’t know why this happens — is that they believe if you can’t draw clear boundaries around something and locate it specifically, it doesn’t exist. This is not the way the world works! A… Read More »

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Roam the Funway

By | September 18, 2018

I shouldn’t complain so much about the harm and uselessness of smartphones. In the meta sense, they are to my advantage. They make people both more anxious and stupider, more prone to be less attentive in public, less able to exercise self-control, and also less able to use a real working tool — a full… Read More »

Tech Types

By | September 17, 2018

Techie types almost always assume they know the way someone else should be using their product, and they are almost never right.

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Bee Cord

By | September 17, 2018

To this day I miss phones with physical keyboards. They are so superior to on-screen keyboards, which are just dismal, it’s not even a contest. I’m always surprised by people who will make their lives 10x harder for the sake of “convenience,” but it seems a common human failing.

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Lehman Lies

By | September 17, 2018

10 years later.we have learned nothingLehman collapse was not the cause…it was a symptom — ℭhi 🛢️ (@chigrl) September 15, 2018 Yes. I see all the time the contention that if we’d just saved Lehman that there would have been no financial crisis, no wave of foreclosures, that all would have gone along humming just… Read More »

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The Stupidest Thing

By | September 16, 2018

I was thinking of this reference Mozilla, but it’s generally true. For me, avoiding doing the stupidest thing possible is usually fairly easy, but it seems really very difficult at crucial times for most organizations and people. I wonder why? Often, I don’t do the smartest thing, or the cleverest, but at least I avoid… Read More »

Long Time Gone

By | September 16, 2018

This is pretty close to a discussion a friend and I had over 20 years ago, when the DMCA was being debated. We both posted on some popular (at the time) boards and newsgroups with our concerns, but we were told essentially that what we were worried about “could never happen.” Every bit of it… Read More »

The Authoritarian Left

By | September 16, 2018

I advocate this exact opposite of this advice for men and women. One of the best things I ever did was dating women significantly older than me. It helped me learn and grow more than just about anything else I did at that time. What’s with this narrative of female fragility that’s taking over? Women… Read More »

Juliet Couplet

By | September 16, 2018

It takes everything I can do not to speak in rhyming couplets to people. My brain just thinks that way and it’s also how I remember things. So, if I do that to you, I am only somewhat sorry.

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Paths

By | September 16, 2018

This isn’t about #metoo or anything specific, but I am really not down with the left’s idea that one bad choice or saying the wrong word makes a person irredeemable forevermore. That’s another sign of creeping authoritarianism, just as is the left’s increased and unrestrained cheering for the use of the carceral system, said system… Read More »