Not Neutrality

Not Neutrality

I’d already mentioned the topic once, and here’s another take from the inimitable Rageaholic. I’d forgotten the bit where Netflix started throttling its own throughput. As it is, it’s a damn complicated topic, one where we’re not paying for our data, precisely, where some services disproportionately use bandwidth, where we’ve got a ton of infrastructure that has become obsolete, and where a lot of people are selling, as politicians and the left often do, a concept that the name sounds good, but the implementation has no bearing on bringing about the supposed end goal, except perhaps to prevent it.

Sabaton: The Last Stand: Winged Hussars

Sabaton: The Last Stand: Winged Hussars

This post may have been better done a couple months back, so I’ll crib mercilessly from my friend the Didact who told the tale far better than I could: At the Gates The armies of the invaders were gathered outside, tens of thousands strong. Within the walls, the defenders looked out on a plain swarming with enemies; there was no safe refuge to be found anywhere nearby. The city had been under siege for two long and terrible months; its destruction and conquest was at hand, and everyone knew it. The defenders of the gateway to Europe knew that the Read more »

On Ends and Means

On Ends and Means

Over the weekend a friend had mentioned, regarding the tactics being employed to undermine the president (the general path taken eminently predictable given the accusations made beforehand); namely, that even if they did “win”, the tactics they used de-facto set the rules of politics going forward. To anyone who’s given it a moment’s thought, related to game theory, this is a duh. But, there’s a deeper aspect here beyond simply the dynamics of how people respond tit for tat, and what behavior they declare acceptable through their actions. There’s a common expression: the ends justify the means. This is usually spoken Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

Well guys, that time of week again. Since it’s gotten cold all of a sudden most parts of the states, we start with a bit of beach. Or some nautical themes.     And of course one of the usual suspects: A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Dec 8, 2017 at 7:37am PST   A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Nov 26, 2017 at 6:45pm PST

He’s Right – Which is Why He’s Wrong

He’s Right – Which is Why He’s Wrong

There’s been a bit of a pissing match due to recent comments and actions by Jordan Peterson toward the alt-right and ethnonationalists. First, while not directly relevant to that bit of jackassery, a recent and outstanding vid where he generally takes apart communism, post modernism, etc., and gives some solid grounding for life. So. I’m not going to go as far as call him a coward for disinviting a lady who spoke with red ice – no, they’re not my crowd, so? – from a free speech event. First, he’s already risked life and livelihood by simply standing up the Read more »

Who Decides?

Who Decides?

The difference between communism and capitalism, no matter how they’re commonly used, is one of “who decides?” Seriously – does anyone imagine that a factory in the “communist” Soviet Union did not involve accumulating resources, people, materials, expertise? And does anyone imagine, unless they’re a die-hard materialist, that a capitalist who intends to be successful over time, to build a business and enterprise that lasts, who leaves a legacy, and his stamp on society, doesn’t involve himself in community, give back to the community, shepherd projects into being, people into leadership, and raise children? Give to and partake of a Read more »

Sabaton : The Last Stand : Shiroyama

Sabaton : The Last Stand : Shiroyama

Shiroyama was the final battle of the Satsuma rebellion: Saigō and his remaining samurai were pushed back to Kagoshima where, in a final battle, the Battle of Shiroyama, Imperial Army troops under the command of General Yamagata Aritomo and marines under the command of Admiral Kawamura Sumiyoshi outnumbered Saigō 60-to-1. However, Yamagata was determined to leave nothing to chance. The imperial troops spent several days constructing an elaborate system of ditches, walls and obstacles to prevent another breakout. The five government warships in Kagoshima harbor added their firepower to Yamagata’s artillery, and began to systematically reduce the rebel positions. After Saigō rejected a letter dated September 1 from Yamagata Read more »

OK Go. Obsession

OK Go. Obsession

I’m truly hit or miss on their music, and yes, they’re hipsters from hell, but they nevertheless utterly deserve props for some of the amazing in-camera work they’ve done for their videos including zero-G flights, super slo mo, and so on. If you need a palate cleanser, check out this bit from Kobra and the Lotus: And for a hot chick slinging swords with some excellent taste in music: