Chili

Chili

Before we get started. One - yeah, I know, "a proper chili doesn't have beans". Or tomatoes. My memories of Texas being from before Kindergarten, and decades ago, I'll stick with what I learned. Also - as food gets more expensive, having some beans/etc. to stretch the dish helps a lot. Second, as you likely noticed before, I don't do the long story of how much whichever recipe means to me, etc. - I hate looking up recipes on pages like that. Third - I like to give a baseline for you to do your own thing, not a…

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Models and Truth

Models and Truth

I learned an importan lesson long ago in physics class. On the blackboard, the teacher drew a picture of an atom similar to the one below: He then asked if that was the correct model of the atom. We, being know-it-all college students, said no. So he drew up an orbital model we'd seen in discussing chemical reactions. Again- correct? Again - no. And so on. After a few different versions, he stopped, and said we were all wrong. He then explained why. None of the models on the board were truly atoms. They were maps, symbols, models. They were…

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Miscellany

Miscellany

Waukesha and TrialsWe've listened to the media and powers that be go on for over a year how Kyle was a white supremacist, and anyone who objects to their towns burning down and property destroyed by people purporting to be acting in the name of social justice is a horrible person and must be, perforce, a racist. No other explanation or motive exists. Do you honestly think Binger would have fought so hard to get in the long-after-trial "proud boys" encounter if there as a scrap of evidence on Kyle's (turned over and unlocked) phone that would have been useful…

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Games With Time

Games With Time

It is supposed to be the job of the prosecutor to find the truth - or at least something that is as close to the truth as can be determined. Unfortunately, factor in the fact that most prosecutors won't even try a case they don't think they can win, or should win, and there's a strong incentive to bend the rules a bit to "win" the cases chosen, vice letting the evidence lead where it may, above and beyond professing the state's narrative based on already known facts. That is as close as I'll ever likely come to excusing the…

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Moral Cretins

Moral Cretins

The behavior of the prosecution in Kyle Rittenhouse's case is nothing short of abominable. Ignoring the severe "eat my cake AND have it" fifth amendment issues in Kyle's cross examination that ended up with the judge yelling at binger, or repeated examples of Binger - the only major character on the court stage without a nickname - and his assistant being petty and malicious, there was also today's example of arguing to keep a charge in when they knew, flat out, according to the judge's instructions, that the charge was not viable. Apparently they were hoping the jury in their…

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"It's Just Property"

"It's Just Property"

I am sure it's not the first time that I've covered this, but, a reminder. It has become the habit of criminals in LA to spot a likely looking target, and follow them "home" to rob them. The police recommend you do not resist, that you simply stand by and be a good victim, er, "witness", and then call the police. It may be a pragmatic solution, but I fundamentally disagree. Even leaving aside the whole "defund the police" movement, and the attitude that the criminals can be excused by many on the left. One: everything that one has, in…

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Pixels - Tech and the Law - Updated

Pixels - Tech and the Law - Updated

(see the updates below) I was watching the Rittenhouse trial. For those interested in commentary on the trial, I recommend you read Branca's summaries at Legal Insurrection, look at the summaries at Viva Frei's youtube channel, or, if you want all of the insight and commentary, the epic streams at Rekeita's channel. Instead, I want to point out something I think was overlooked or not well presented by the defense in objecting to evidence being presented by the defense for rebuttal. Now - Corey Chirafasi did a good job, and I expected no less, as he appears to be the…

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Programmers and Unreality

Programmers and Unreality

Anyone around the block long enough to remember the Jargon File is old enough to remember when the hacker community had a strong live-and-let live ethos that respected excellence and actively worked to promote achievement. Now, I can think of few communities more mired in leftist monoculture and woke. Stallman was never of the right, but he's far from the only casualty in a purge that has pushed out greats such as Eric S Raymond. How did a community that dealt in hard logic and engineering end up so vehemently at odds with reality? Sure, some of it can be…

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