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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 »

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 »


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 »

Navy Red

By | September 16, 2018

My maternal grandfather was in the Navy. One night, he was walking across the carrier deck and as happened sometimes in the age of prop planes he got spattered with some oil — or so he thought. Since he was going off shift he just went to the head and wiped it off and then… Read More »


By | September 14, 2018

I was thinking about another problem with experts. Though it’s still worth it to trust them over your own intuition, in all too many fields (including medicine), at least 10% even if not intending to defraud you outright (that is another separate 10-20%) are just ridiculously wrong and might as well have bought their degree… Read More »

Robot Lady

By | September 14, 2018

As much as I liked Ex Machina and Alicia Vikander’s performance in it, I’d never watched any real interviews with her or anything. Wow, her voice sounds different than it did in the film. Shows just how good her performance truly was. This analysis at least understood the film, which most people do not, but… Read More »

Venus Mars

By | September 14, 2018

The Problem With Terraforming Mars. Why are we talking about terraforming Mars? Mars does not have high enough gravity to hold a fucking atmosphere long term. That’s just it. It is not a candidate. Venus, on the other hand, is capable of being terraformed. It has high enough gravity to contain a human-friendly atmo one… Read More »

Nixon…not that one

By | September 12, 2018

I don’t care much about the New York State governor race, but I’ve seen a few times the same argument that I saw about Bernie Sanders (from the likes of Lance Mannion and Kevin Drum et al.): that Cynthia Nixon is not corrupt enough to be governor. They said the same thing about Sanders —… Read More »