Monthly Archives: June 2019

About a Drum

By | June 30, 2019

John Scalzi is not that different than Kevin Drum. He’s a little smarter — doesn’t make enormous and obvious economic mistakes nearly as often. But he’s just hoping, like most centrists, that nothing changes until he dies. Sure, he’s a Democrat, but he’s a neoliberal. That is the one thing that crosses party lines. And… Read More »

Charlie

By | June 30, 2019

By the way, I will be watching the new Charlie’s Angels movie because a) It has Kristen Stewart and b) It’s directed by Elizabeth Banks, who brought so much humanity and groundedness to the character of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games films. Sure, it might be a disposable trifle, but it’ll be fun. And… Read More »

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190

By | June 29, 2019

After a lot of work and a small break, I finally hit 190 pounds on the bench press. Getting closer to 200!

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Morders

By | June 29, 2019

What "open borders" means to various people: Libertarians: Full freedom of movement between all countries Conservatives: Literally anything other than full militarization of society and the border Liberals: Not sure, but must be better than whatever we have now — Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) June 28, 2019 Ok, that’s devastatingly accurate. For liberals, open borders… Read More »

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DRM und Strang

By | June 29, 2019

Microsoft is about to shut off its ebook DRM servers: “The books will stop working”. Huh! Another thing many, many people told me “could never happen” happened. Shocking! Ok, utterly predictable, really but apparently shocking to many.

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Causality And Not To Causality

By | June 28, 2019

Can we please forevermore retire the empty banality “correlation is not causation?” Hell, causation isn’t even causation. Read your damn Spinoza, Hume, Armstrong, Feynman, Dirac on causality. You might be surprised by what you find.

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Changer

By | June 28, 2019

the reason liberals propose inane protests and pointless false martyrdom and obnoxious, totally ineffective performative gestures is because they don't realize that the reality of all the political action they've ever heard about was far more complex than the wiki summary — Oh Hey, Gravis Is Here! (@gravislizard) June 27, 2019 Performative wokeness and sending… Read More »

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Buff Right Out

By | June 28, 2019

I Shouldn’t Have to Publish This in The New York Times. The way we regulated social media platforms didn’t end harassment, extremism or disinformation. It only gave them more power and made the problem worse. Alas, likely very prescient indeed. According to the left, censorship solves all problems! And open borders make complete sense! If… Read More »

Photons and Trees

By | June 27, 2019

Some of this article is interesting, but this isn’t very consequential. Solar energy arrives on Earth and becomes mass in the form of green leaves, creating food we can eat and use as fuel for thought. This is not wrong, exactly, but very, very, very little mass in plants comes from photons. It’s vanishingly tiny.… Read More »

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Regions

By | June 27, 2019

Check this out; the only such map I’ve seen that gets the cultural region of North Florida correct: North Florida is very much Deep South in culture and history. I’d quibble with the dividing line between Deep South and Mid-Atlantic South there a bit, but great job whoever produced this.