A Bit of Lewis

A Bit of Lewis

Many have heard of C. S. Lewis due to his creation of the Narnia books. Others may have also stumbled into Peralandra, or Out of the Silent Planet, or some of his non-fiction, even if guised as fiction, such as The Screwtape Letters. This is the first time though that I’ve gotten around to reading The Abolition of Man – and I wish I’d read it sooner. Perhaps it is because I’ve been digging through so much of Jordan Peterson’s work, or because I’ve listened to the Moleneux interview with a post-modernist, but from the opening pages, it’s obvious exactly Read more »

Gamma World

Gamma World

I’ve been in several of Jeffro’s Gamma World sessions at this point, and it’s been a blast. It hadn’t occurred to me that GW though is sortof like Traveller. Each of these six campaign map locations constitute full fledged factions in their own right. They have their own strengths and weaknesses, their own goals, their own relationships with each of the other surrounding groups. And note that they could each serve as their own campaign premise for spin-off campaigns! To develop the next stage of detail of the campaign map, I only have to revisit each of these situations, visualize Read more »

Jordan Peterson Was Right

Jordan Peterson Was Right

You can likely skip the majority of it because after the first 40 minutes it it gets int a predictable rut. No, it’s not Stefan’s fault. At first it almost sounds reasonable. Russell points out quite fairly that our understanding of truth, of the nature of the cosmos, of the laws of physics, of what is a “car” is determined at any time by a common – and imprecise, and context-sensitive, and common-understanding of the cosmos and meanings sensitive – understanding of what words mean, and the nature of reality such as it may be. That scientists, real scientists, don’t Read more »

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

A Twitter commenter named Thomas Wictor, apparently a reporter from back in the day, has written a book on flamethrowers, two, actually, and how they were used. For a taste of his research on the topic: In 1901 German mechanical engineer Richard Fiedler patented the first modern flamethrower. He was trying to design a paint sprayer when it occurred to him that pressurized liquid could be set on fire. Six years later, Bernhard Reddemann—the fire inspector of Posen—demonstrated to the German army that a steam-powered firefighting pumper could be converted into a flamethrower. … Though the Germans had the weapons, Read more »

Why Rebel, and not the Stripes

Why Rebel, and not the Stripes

It’s my Monday post but going up a bit early. So, one of the arguments that went around and around the other week was whether or not Rebel was appropriate. Certainly, some people weighted in and said “no.” Some went further and accused Vox of just being in it for the money and the short term gain, not having a clue, etc. I’m not going to rehash all that. Instead, I’m simply going to deal with “why Rebel and not the stripes” – say, a la Patriotika. Let’s call our hypothetical heroine just that “Stripes”. I’ll try to address this Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

      Archive New York📸 #gorokhov #shooting Model: @makhova_ A post shared by Фотограф Москва Ivan G (@ivangorokhov) on Aug 26, 2017 at 8:56am PDT Let's have a staring contest 📸 by @partylikejzl A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Sep 26, 2017 at 1:49pm PDT Sitting here, wondering if there's a margarita somewhere out there thinking about me too. 📸 by @partylikejzl A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Oct 9, 2017 at 8:52am PDT Salty but sweet 😉 📸 by @partylikejzl 👙 @fashionmiamistyles305 A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Oct 11, 2017 at Read more »

Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

There will still be a “Girl Friday” post tomorrow, well, today, but after helping one client with a downed switch and another business that had a high level manager with login credentials to a lot of resources “unexpectedly (and forcibly) depart” I spent the entire day first locking down the obvious, server and email creds, domain login creds, then tracking down everything else he could possibly have access to to reset those credentials as well. It’s impressive how many services, accounts, and devices a mid-sized business can have running, or acquire over the span of a decade. Thank god for some Read more »

The Other Golden Rule

The Other Golden Rule

In discussing crowdfunding and its advantages for determining what people actually want in his latest Periscope , Vox mentioned the “original” Golden Rule – that he who has the gold makes the rules. He brought this up specifically in the context of investors having a say in what you do with their money, and that this was not a bad thing. Now, absolutely, it is a bitter joke on the fact that rich people can buy politicians and lawyers and a degree of protection from the law that people without “fuck you” money cannot. The extent to which this is a Read more »