Jan 22

Game of Gauff

This was a great match. Coco Gauff pulled off a narrow victory against Cirstea, who hit some damn wicked aces throughout:

Brilliant play by both of them. The women’s game is so much more fun than the men’s — still more about finesse then power. Gauff really plays the net well. Always knows when to close and that’s why she won.

Jan 22

Consulting

This is 80% of the reason outside consultants are hired by MBAs in IT — to pawn off blame when their ill-conceived ideas and plans go wrong.

Jan 22

Lack and Slack

The same with attraction. I never had women pay any romantic attention to me at all until I didn’t care if they did or not.

Being human is weird that way. You almost never get what you need when you need it most.

Jan 22

New York Lies

The NYT has to lie about this or no one will vote for Biden. He’s been attempting to cut Social Security since the 1980s. Everyone knows this, but a big enough propaganda operation could turn it around enough to sway perhaps enough votes.

That propaganda operation has begun.

Jan 22

Most Fun

The most fun interaction I’ve ever had as an IT person was being on vacation and getting called by someone needing help. Now, normally, it’s not fun being called on vacation but this user was very nice and we knew each other outside of work a bit so I didn’t mind.

She asked me how to set up her VPN and do some other stuff, since at this company it was all manual at the time. I walked her through it all, even giving her the IPs of some DNS servers she could use, and going step by step through a fairly complex procedure to get it all verified and working, including RDP access to several machines.

At the end, she asked me if I could remote in and look at a hard-to-describe problem with her email. I said, “Remote in? I don’t even have a computer with me and I’m 20 miles from anything.” (I was deep in the Appalachians, was lucky to even have cell signal.)

Complete silence for a moment or two and then she said, “Wait, you walked me through at least a 30 minute setup process and gave me several different IP addresses and you did that from memory?”

“Uh, yeah? That kinda stuff is just natural to me.”

Then she said that she’d see me when I got back, we said our goodbyes, and hung up. I think I blew her mind a little bit. In fact, I know I did as she told other people that story several years later.

Jan 22

No Quarter

The problem with obese morons cosplaying as soldiers, but with real AR-15-derived weapons is that they are still dangerous. Sure, mostly to themselves, but to others too.

This is what an empire on a steep decline looks like.

Jan 22

Activation

I’m with Naomi Wu on this one. A decade ago, this would’ve sounded crazy to me. But she’s right. What feminism has become is disgusting. It’s harming women more than helping now, at least the dominant strain. White women’s feminism is actively evil at this point.

Jan 22

Fasten

Centrists are fine with fascism if it advances corporate interests, just like in all history. No different now.

Jan 21

Econned Again

True. Learning economics makes you actively dumber. There is no other field where laypeople are reliably better than “experts.” None. It’s shocking when you learn this.