Interesting Times

If you're keeping track of current events, then you're well aware of the hypocrisy (but then, they only pretend to care about principle....) of those in power condemning the protests today. Yes, windows were broken. Apparently, someone was even shot and died. Given the sheer scale of the protests, the fact that we don't have half the city burned down like a much smaller "mostly peaceful"  BLM or (but-they-don't-exist) antifa "protest" would, is of course a miracle. And of course, the powers that be are shocked. Shocked. Facebook and Twitter have, of course, decided to censor the president by freezing…

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Christmas Miscellaney

Christmas Miscellaney

It's been quiet over the holidays, yet not. If anything, one of the problems with finding things to write about the last few weeks was the overabundance of current-events cruft, and yet the same kind of cruft over and over again, so nothing truly new. Nevertheless, it was a good week or two with family. So, a few odds and ends that I found or came up. First - an article on how many of the supposed pagan origins of Christmas are not. In the meantime, Aurini over at Stares at the World passes along a couple stories of Saint…

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Maps and Territory

Maps and Territory

"The map is not the territory." It's both simple, and difficult to unpack. It's also related to the old saw about "the difference between theory and practice." The short version is that the "map", the model we hold in our heads, the very language that we use, has a relationship to objective and underlying reality, but it isn't actually the reality. It's an abstraction. A roadmap you look at on paper or on a screen isn't the road itself, and may not even be accurate if anyone made mistakes in the surveying or transcription, or if construction has been done…

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Communing With Code

Communing With Code

The phrase in the title was applied to computer games by a friend of mine. As in, "You're not playing a game, you're communing with code." I'm not going to say that computer games, or even solitaire, aren't games. They have rules and win conditions. Nevertheless, they are also in a very real sense algorithmically driven - even if randomized - puzzles without the variability or stakes or psychology that having a human opponent brings to the table. As I noted in my last post re: Battletech gripes, the limited ability of an AI to make decisions as the number…

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Battletech Gripes - and Games

Battletech Gripes - and Games

I've been enjoying the "Tex Talks battletech" historical overviews and sketches at the Black Pants Legion youtube channel, and more recently, the playthrough - with commentary - of the HBS Battletech game by Tex as the story of Scrombles the Mechwarrior. It's a game that - despite my not liking the PC dressing applied to the campaign, is a faithful interpretation of a game I've loved for decades. Funny as hell, but it reminded me of what is likely my biggest single complaint - stupid PC crap wedged in for no good reason aside - of Battletech as a game.…

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#NonTransparent by force.

#NonTransparent by force.

Dr Kelli Ward posted an edited Scott Adams video that makes the same point I did a couple posts back. It doesn't matter how much more evidence you have of specific ways and means of wrongdoing - it's just icing on the cake. The only thing you need to know is that they kicked the observers out. The 2020 election was #NonTransparent by force. #Bullying to cheat. #StopTheSteal pic.twitter.com/qgF0lpJfkJ — Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) December 5, 2020 And in case they can the tweet and vid - a screenshot: As I said earlier: They kicked out the…

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How About We Don't?

How About We Don't?

The botttom tweet below is a perfect example of "losing nicely" I don't hang out on twitter - no account. I also dont care if this is a Poe's law case of satire. I've personally had similar comments directed at me, and observed them being made on occasions far too numerous to count. It is wrong, and flat out immoral. From my own post on the Golden Rule - or what Taleb calls the Silver rule: Let me ask you this then. A bully advertises they’re willing to use force to get what they want. They’re not likely…

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