By | January 18, 2019

Yes, you could probably be a support person. A level one or two support person. Not beyond that. Even when I was just doing support, I often solved problems that whole teams of people had been working on for days because I had lots of background knowledge and experience and they didn’t have a single clue even what to search for or what was relevant. Being a level one or two support person is all that most people are familiar with IT-wise and so they, as this person does, think that’s all the IT staff there is.

This person also reminds me of the people who think they because they can, for instance, click “next, next, next” on a SQL install on their personal computer that it makes them experts on SQL optimization and design, or that because they know what an IP address is (vaguely) that they are network architects and designers. I can tell you these people are so extremely and ridiculously incompetent in these areas that they don’t even know how incompetent they are and often their “solutions” are so terrible that it’s all I can do to avoid laughing out loud when I am forced to discuss with them.

So, yeah, a person like this can probably do a google search for “how do I fix my Dell printer” and get the right answer, much of the time. But I can also tell you if they Google “how do I configure BGP multi-site failover” that what they get is going to be 80% wrong, and/or inapplicable to their situation, and that furthermore this person would not understand 90% of what they do find if not more. And if they tried to set this up, it’d fail and fail so hard it’d be utterly laughable (I’ve seen this in person). By the way, this is something I can and have set up in less than an hour in the real world because I know what I am doing and have spent many, many, many hours studying this and related topics.

Another case of not knowing what they don’t know. In a way, I like that these people exist because I spend a whole lot of time and get paid a whole lot for cleaning up their messes and fixing the consequences of their enormous and easily-preventable mistakes.


By | January 17, 2019

Thinking it might be time to buy a large deep freezer to keep meat and other such items in if the global food police attempt to take this away. Less likely to happen in the US, but you never know. With a good proper deep freezer, steaks and such can last years, with some reduction in quality.

Dairy is a harder problem to solve as I don’t really want to keep cows, but the chances of me giving up cheese are 0.0%.

Need to do more research.

Corporate Propaganda Push

By | January 17, 2019

That EAT Lancet report seems to be pure corporate propaganda from what I can tell, in the guise of helping with climate change (haven’t read it all, will later).

I could not meet any of my fitness goals eating 7 or 14 grams of meat a day. In fact, I’d become gravely unhealthy and probably be unable to continue.

Fuck that noise. I’d be weak and starving on that diet. Which, I guess, is part of the point. I will continue to eat meat if I have to raise the chickens or whatever else myself. I’d rather be fit than whatever the hell that corporate malarkey is.

Not Sesame

By | January 17, 2019

For sure that wisdom does not translate. Arguments based purely on feelings are rarely very good ones, and this one is no exception. Manjoo — perhaps unknowingly — is advocating for the demolition of the welfare state, reduced labor protection, reduced wages for people he doesn’t care about (working/lower class) and decreased social cohesion.

Open borders is only possible with countries that are roughly the same in wealth and development without destroying your society and the other one as well. This is just obvious. Wishing it weren’t so doesn’t make it not so. I am tired of wishful thinking. I care about what works and what can work in the real world.


By | January 17, 2019

“Please insert the following disk in drive A:

Setup Disk #2

When you are ready to continue, press ENTER.”

How To Be

By | January 17, 2019

I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten mentally sharper since I’ve been working out. It’s quite apparent. Didn’t realize how much that mattered. Won’t make that mistake again.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of writing a book. Previously, it was going to be about how to learn quickly and with accuracy, and about how to find valid information and then how to use it. The idea first gestated when one of my colleagues at work who was quite intelligent herself asked how I learned things so quickly, after she watched me go from almost no knowledge to near-expert on something in about a week. I told her part of it was just that I was pretty intelligent by accident of birth but another part is that I’d taught myself over the years how to learn effectively. This book, then, is to be for a general audience, not intended for academia but rather for people who recognize that one can improve one’s abilities in this area (I certainly have, so I know others can, too).

But after the past few months working out and realizing that it’s caused me to level up cognitively a great deal, I don’t think just writing about how to sift through the vast piles of information our society throws at us is enough. If you’re not training your body and your brain at the same time, you’re shorting yourself and won’t be able to reach your full potential.

And I want the title to be “offensive.” That has the benefit of automatically sorting my readers out. With the right title, those who don’t want to improve won’t even pick it up; those who do want to better themselves will be drawn to it. So it’ll probably be called How Not To Be Fat and Stupid.

I have no interest in making money off this or getting it traditionally published. It’s just something I’d like to do because I want to, like this blog.

Weight Up

By | January 17, 2019

The weightlifting community has better diet and nutrition advice than 99% of nutritionists and those who are “experts” in this area. If you want to learn how to eat the most healthily, that’s where to look.

The reason is that they care about results and the results are obvious. And they have skin (and muscle) in the game. If you are eating correctly, you’ll be able to lift 150 pounds this week and 170 pounds a few weeks later. If you aren’t eating correctly, you won’t. In fact it’s likely you’ll even get worse in many cases.

I discovered this in the army when I worked out a lot and it’s really obvious when you get back into it again.

Danger Mill(ennial) Robinson

By | January 17, 2019

I read this piece and found this line.

How the fuck do you actively work to ensure the world’s a more dangerous place for your beautiful little kid?

The Boomers and Gen X (to some extent) have been doing that for a while now. By working very diligently to take away from their own children and grandchildren all the boons and benefits they enjoyed, and doing absolutely nothing about climate change, they’ve made the world more perilous for their own progeny and furthermore increased the likelihood of that danger worsening greatly in the future.

It has been a command performance of bother utter self-absorption and contempt for those they profess to love.

I was looking back through history for similar episodes and I really couldn’t find any. The “Children’s Crusade” is mostly a myth, and other instances don’t involve an entire generation abandoning the next few. Perhaps WWI? But then, those who perpetrated that great atrocity didn’t actually know how bad it’d be. They thought it’d just be a small war of months, not some gruesome affair that listed years and killed tens of thousands in single battles.

So I think we might be witnessing something fairly unprecedented in history where a generation deliberately consigns its progeny to misery and despair.


By | January 16, 2019

I’m only a bit into it, but without intending to be this is a decent précis of Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:

Quite describes the modern condition, yes?


By | January 16, 2019

Fast food workers aren’t paid much, and most rely on a mental script of sorts to put in orders. When you deviate from that script, putting in an order is exponentially more difficult mentally and since most don’t care as they are paid jack, bizarre things like this happen.

One time at a Burger King I spent half an age attempting to get something other than American cheese on a burger (as that is not cheese and is fucking vile), as I knew they had it for some other meal, but it was nearly impossible so I just gave up.

If the workers (the same workers) were paid $20 an hour, I bet these problems would not exist. It’s hard to care for $7.50 an hour.