Monthly Archives: September 2017

Unlearning Octopus Aggression

I think I have a pretty good idea what ‘unlearn’ means in each of the examples in this video. Does this mean that there’s a chance that the university in question will send me a degree? What could be more … Continue reading

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Internet Getting Worse Dept, File #34 Finding Songs Through Their Melodies

This is just more proof of the internet getting worse with each new update and every iphone sold. A few years ago I wanted to know the name of a piece of classical music. I googled something like ‘find song … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just the Weather, it’s Also the People

I think some people are taking the wrong message here. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida (spent a lot of time in the middle of the state, including on a cattle ranch) and here’s a fun fact … Continue reading

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New Header Picture – Knights of Malta?

Decided to change the header picture. This time it’s part of a mounted escort accompanying a diplomat (from Macedonia IIRC) in Malta. If any of the riders, or horses, would like me to remove this (or just want to be … Continue reading

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Too Many Bullets to Dodge…

In 2008 I supported Hillary Clinton over Obama because I thought he was too young and inexperienced (his terms did not change this perception for me). Part of me thought that his 2008 run was a rehearsal for a later … Continue reading

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Russians Ruin Everything (in TV)

Okay, I’m watching Salvation a moderately entertaining political thriller with some sci-fi thrown in and then they bring in a Russian plotline and my interest starts cratering. US movies and TV never get Russians right. Instead they’re mostly built on … Continue reading

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Irma, Irma, Bo-Birma, Banana Fanna Fo-Firma

So now Irma’s long and winding road is set to hit the Gulf Coast of Florida, the place where I grew up. At the intellectual level I know it’s a terrible storm and much suffering and financial (and other) loss … Continue reading

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I’m Empowered, Hear Me Buy!

I think it was Edward Bernays who first made the conscious connection between resistance to male institutional power as a magic switch to ignite (American) female consumerism. He was the one who came up with the idea of tying female … Continue reading

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A Hack for Discussions about Immigration

I’m always glad when people refer (in an unironic or unmeta fashion) to the Statue of Liberty and/or the poem “The New Collosus” by Emma Lazarus when writing about immigration. It serves as a big flashing neon sign that the … Continue reading

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The No Game and the Never Good Enough Game

Being an introvert and loner by nature, I’m endlessly fascinated how organizations work. Whether small (like a family) or large (like the bureacracy in a large institution) to gigantic (the bureaucracies powered by the EU) there are always (at least) … Continue reading

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