Nov 22

Bridget

Bridget Malcolm on Instagram.

Can we STOP with the skinny shaming please? I am extremely fit and healthy and am not in the slightest way anorexic. I have worked hard to look like this and am proud of my body.

Yep. Other than some extremes of the (gay male dominated*) fashion industry, most models are healthy, work out a lot and spend a great deal of effort on eating healthily and properly.

Yes, Bridget Malcolm certainly had good genes to look the way she does. But you don’t get a body like that just by good genes. It’s barely a start. Nope, what you do is you spend an assload of time in the gym and also (even more importantly) not stuffing your maw with whatever strikes your fancy.

Like me, she also has naturally long arms and legs for her size which make her look skinnier than she is.**

For all the fat shaming supposedly out there, I (and my girlfriend) often hear and see more skinny shaming in the real world.

Of course, most of the FA movement is just the incoherent spewing of laziness and jealousy. Envy is never pretty, and is especially vitriolic when the envious know that they could do the work to at least approximate a body like Malcolm’s.

*Why gay men prefer starving models is an open question.

**I’m a bit less than two inches taller than my partner, but I have over 5 inches of reach on her.

Nov 22

After the disaster

After Mozilla and Firefox completely dies, I will use it as a case study if I start a business on how to have the best of intentions and plenty of funding and still fail completely.

I can’t think of a better one that is contemporary and where they so deftly seized defeat from the jaws of victory time and time again.

Nov 21

Endless apology

Why are so many liberals endlessly supportive of and accepting of Obamacare’s failures?

It’s designed to funnel money to insurance companies and it’s not even doing that very well, much less helping Americans. It has basically failed at everything it set out to do, other than giving some people pseudo-insurance — i.e., insurance that they can’t afford if they actually have the gall to try and use it.

Is it just that Obama is on their team and they can’t criticize him for anything therefore? Can premiums that rise at twice or three times the rate of inflation and where you must change plans every single year to get a good deal seem like a great end result to anyone?

I just simply do not get it.

Nov 21

ECC ACK XOR NACK

I’ve been trying to convince my workplace (slowly and subtly) to adopt a strategy like this.

Cheap and easy to replace. Getting away from enterprise-class hardware that is only such in name and price.

In my experience, “enterprise” hardware means that you just pay much more for much less.

Nov 20

To be clear

To be clear, I don’t think there is any threat from the US welcoming many more refugees. The US is very large and is fairly good at integration and the welfare benefits aren’t generous enough to attract many of those who are unlikely to contribute much to society.

It’s a completely and utterly different story for small-population, demographically-declining countries like Sweden.

In other words, the US can take a million refugees in no problem, even if their anti-Englightenment beliefs make some areas of some cities worse.

Sweden cannot take a million anti-Enlightenment refugees in and expect to survive it long-term. It just simply cannot. The same is true for many other European countries.

Sweden will not be a good place to live in 30 or 40 years, especially for women. The same might be true in many other European countries in the medium term.

The US faces no such threat, at least not from refugees. Climate change, now that is a whole different story.

Nov 20

Short of sense

What in the hell?

What kinda mook doesn’t put in a buy-stop order when short selling?

A mook who has no fucking clue what he’s doing, that’s what kind.

I don’t feel the least bit of sympathy for this guy. He’s the one on the other end of my trades whose money I’m taking. If you’re going to play games like that, you better know what you’re doing or you’re going to be poor right quick. And I’ll have your money and be wishing you good luck on retiring to that Frigidaire box.

Sold a few stocks short. Lost very little money, made a large net gain overall. The reason is buy-stop orders.

A hard lesson, but if you are gambling understand the stakes. (This guy was gambling. What I do is not gambling.)

Nov 19

Ain’t a damn thing natural

It’s funny how people who are “naturally fat” eat in my presence in an eight hour workday period more than I eat in an entire 24 hour period. Far more.

Just observations from work.

One guy consistently eats more calories in cookies alone than I eat in a day, of anything.

One guy’s “lunch” is as big as two of my dinners.

Etc.

Not intending to single anyone out. But I do observe what people eat because I have the data, but I also want to observe data in action.

Yes, strange how people who are “naturally fat” seem to have to eat so much more than I do to be that way.

Hmm…..

Nov 19

Black mail

I’ll be very sad when Thunderbird dies.

I fucking HATE webmail. So, so ungodly slow and search also works so horribly.

And the interface changes every couple of weeks. And of course they are mining your data harder than a coal baron.

Webmail is a bad solution to a bad problem. When Thunderbird dies, send me a damn physical letter.

Nov 18

What you get

What you get when you invite anti-Enlightenment people into your country en masse.

I don’t think there is much direct threat from refugees as far as terrorism goes, at least not first-generation refugees.

No, the real risk is the worsening environment for women that inevitably results.

Sweden will be a very, very different place — and far worse — in 30 years.

I’d urge any Swedish women (especially) to beat feet while you can.

Nov 18

Knight light

Intel’s 72-Core ‘Knight’s Landing’ Xeon Phi Supercomputer Chip Cleared For Takeoff.

For some context, for vector-based tasks at least it will soon be possible for a regular person to own in a single box more computing power than existed in the entire world in 1970.

Heck, it already is, and at least for a while it was possible for less than $200, at least for the previous generation.

Of course then you have to know what to do with it….