The Filters They Wear

The Filters They Wear

Vox posts a note from a not-crazy techie and his astonishment at stereotypes of the right, the south, etc. as seen by the left. I must also relate a story. I recently had dinner with a silicon valley startup dude (I say “dude”, because he was allegedly a founder, but not particularly successful) regarding the possibility of Silicon Valley startups outsourcing to other parts of the US (particularly the deep south and rust belt). I pointed out that low ping times, similar timezones and laws, and better optics around outsourcing might eventually make the numbers work well enough for at Read more »

Ongoing Projects

Ongoing Projects

I refuse to let a weekday go by without a post, or as in eclipse week, a pre-post, but I will have a minimum of five a week. That said, today has been light on the writing, as I’ve been busy digging up a new host to replace blogger, likely going with something WP-based running on one of several hosts. The hardest issue, actually, is staying fairly anonymous. Sure, I can use bitcoin or even prepaid debit cards to keep the payment paper trail an effective dead end, but moving my site will be no good if, since I have Read more »

A little Music For Monday

A little Music For Monday

Whilst the Didact has been posting more epic Manowar (seriously, my cousin was listening to it back in the 80’s or 90’s but somehow I completely missed it even as I got into Yngwie, Maiden, etc. and ended up listening to lots of Dragonforce alongside my Sabaton and Nightwish habits…) I was on the road for the weekend. Good and bad stuff, but on the way back the rental had XM, and I had it tuned to the 90’s channel. OK. There’s a LOT of good, and popular stuff from the 90’s, how much fucking salt-n-peppa or N’Sync or whatever Read more »

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

First, courtesy of Peter Grant, I concur. Couldn’t have have happened to a nicer bunch of guys: Looks that way. From the organizers of BAMN to the organizers of Refuse Fascism, to just your typical Antifa member has allegedly been doxxed. 8chan has released the first and last names of all of them and promises to be releasing the personal info of all of them. Quintus Curtius takes a look at how creating something is only the beginning. Even though this would not be the end of Bell’s legal troubles (he would face hundreds more frivolous suits in the years Read more »

Is Free Speech Compatible With Civilization

Is Free Speech Compatible With Civilization

One of the greatest weaknesses I’ve found in free speech, as much as I stand by it, is that fact that it is absolutely a double-edged sword, picked up by our enemies to be used against us. It’s not a perfect solution, but I think I have at least a partial one, and it is rooted, like some of my other recent thinking, in the golden rule: Treat others as you would be treated. Taken to a deeper context, do not allow others to abuse you or you state, through your actions, that such abuse is allowable. In short – Read more »

More Eclipse Shots

More Eclipse Shots

Saw the eclipse. It was a unique experience, but I’m not the one who brought a nice camera, or a telephoto lens for their iPhone. A friend did. It was dicey, with clouds in every direction, and the sun not always visible through the cloud layer, but a hole opened up about 15 minutes before totality, and it all looked good through and beyond.        

Eclipse Shots

Eclipse Shots

I may not post tomorrow, so I’m putting this up today. In looking up a few things related to eclipses (and finding a set of shades that haven’t been refunded to me because amazons retailers didn’t source their stuff right despite it supposedly being a brand that was on the NASA list – damned chinese knock-offs), I stumbled into a rather unique video. It turns out that the timing and dates of most eclipses are such that they don’t occur over snow-covered mountains suitable for skiing, but one a few years back would just happen to cross a small patch Read more »

On Rallies

On Rallies

Free Northerner examines political rallies, with some of the pretty euphemisms torn off. Voting is a display of legitimacy. Voting is the statement: ‘I believe the person I vote for has legitimate authority over me.” This is why naked dictators have hold elections where they win with 120% of the vote. It reinforces their legitimacy. It is also a display of power. It is a ritualistic counting of heads; who would outnumber whom if political disputes needed to be resolved by violence. ‘I have 65 million people who believe I have legitimate authority and who would fight for me if Read more »