Monthly Archives: June 2019

Resist the Tentacles

By | June 24, 2019

Had a dream that I was on a team in charge of fighting the return of Cthulhu. As we strode out to do battle for the last time I announced, “I’m going back for my sword.” A woman on my team said, “Do you even know how to use a sword, and how is that… Read More »

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Everyone, Nearly

By | June 24, 2019

People have a truly terrible understanding of risk and its mitigation, particularly risks with catastrophic consequences that unfold slowly. Yes, I am thinking about climate change but it is true of any similar risk: drinking, smoking, caloric intake, etc. How much money or time should you spend if the risk is catastrophic but only has… Read More »

Noise Poise

By | June 24, 2019

I remember. My brain still sometimes interprets non-noisy computers as “broken” as that’s what any computer from 1980-2000 or so would’ve been. Modems screeching, hard drives yammering, chattering and seeking, CD-ROMs winding up like a UH-1 Huey, floppy drives grinding and groaning — a working computer to me is a noisy one. Without question, I… Read More »

Insecure

By | June 24, 2019

NASA hacked because of unauthorized Raspberry Pi connected to its network. Remember this, users, when you complain that I don’t allow you to connect any old shit to anything but the guest wi-fi. Just because your dad’s brother-in-law’s laptop was gifted to you and “you’re sure it’s safe,” doesn’t mean I’ll let it on the… Read More »

Net Weak

By | June 24, 2019

“MTTI: mean time to innocence – the amount of time it takes a network engineer to prove to everyone else that it’s not the network”. via @allspaw in https://t.co/f9cUvG3o6I — Lorin Hochstein (@lhochstein) June 16, 2019 Oh, that’s great. Love it. Because it’s not just the users who say, “The entire network is down” when… Read More »

Pin

By | June 23, 2019

Boeing Says It’s Open to Name Change for Grounded 737 Max. I have some suggestions: The Groundpounder 737 Deep Impact The Crater Maker 737 All Systems No 737 Crash Right Into the Fucking Ground Edition 737 Pinto All those would work pretty well, yes?

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There

By | June 23, 2019

Post Circuits nutrition – mackerel in olive oil. Ok, ok, it’s tinned, I’m going to die. 58yrs. Intervals, RT & Circuits. My Dad had both legs amputated from T2D – keeping healthy is deadly serious as you age. Being unwell had devastating consequences. pic.twitter.com/Dmhgb4j3KW — GuruAnaerobic (@GuruAnaerobic) June 23, 2019 The guy on the right… Read More »

Bind

By | June 23, 2019

Western liberalism (in the broadest sense*) is probably incompatible with any chance of dealing with the climate crisis. The question then becomes, is anything else, any other ideology or method of organizing society adequate to the challenge? And if so is there a way from this metastable peak to the one over there somewhere? I… Read More »

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Comp

By | June 23, 2019

Reading some philosophy tonight (Greg Anderson’s The Realness of Things Past: Ancient Greece and Ontological History, if anyone cares) and thinking about so-called polarization. I don’t think it’s really polarization as we conceive of it through the lenses of our past perception. It’s more of a lurch to positions to deal with increasing destruction of… Read More »

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Prog Bord

By | June 22, 2019

The liberal idea of open borders springs I think from their conception of diversity, which is “people who think, act, and dress just like I do, but who have different skin colors.” Open borders can only work with countries roughly on the same level of socioeconomic development and culture. Otherwise, it essentially destroys both countries… Read More »