Gathered Bits

Gathered Bits

Christmas and family have taken up my time, and no, I didn’t plan ahead for articles on the season. Regular posting will resume soon. In the meantime, a few tidbits I’ve come across. First, a couple recaps of “Things I Won’t Work With” and a few entries I hadn’t posted before: What This here Compound Needs is Some Hydrogen Peroxide. Peroxide Peroxides. Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane. Dimethylcadmium. Azidoazides. Thioacetone. Dioxygen diflouride. Sand Won’t Save You. On a more holiday note, some Christmas thoughts courtesy of the Didact. And some thoughts on advertisements of old. And some hot drumming, in more than one sense Read more »

The Rich, and Concentrations of Power.

The Rich, and Concentrations of Power.

One of my not-SJW but thoroughly liberal family members asked what I thought of the latest net neutrality bit, and I made two points. Both were made by the Rageaholic  in his #NotNeutrality rant: Namely, the internet got along for decades without this current version of net neutrality, and that what we had wasn’t really net neutrality but government control. I added that we used to laugh at the “great firewall of China” and the very concept of the government controlling what was allowable, but just because she might trust our government now – or a year ago when it was Read more »

Anyone Can Be a Great _________

Anyone Can Be a Great _________

One comment that has come up repeatedly is how the reveal of Rey’s lineage is obviously intended to state “anyone can be a jedi” – reinforced by a scene at the end. Most of them would have even been fine with that as an answer if it had been handled better – there are aspects of Jedi lore that actually support that. It’s less what the answer was, than how it was presented, told, and brought to its conclusion, in a way that made even many youtube reviewers who had liked The Force Awakens bothered. The thing is, while soviet/communist “praise” of the Read more »

Witch Hunts and Sick Cats

Witch Hunts and Sick Cats

Take a close look at both images above – the second courtesy of this open letter at Superversive. Author Jon Del Arroz also has some comments of interest, as Cat Rambo is the president of the SFWA. One missing ingredient to put it all together is the issue of Arthur C. Clarke’s own rumored predilections, and of course the fact that the SFWA recently saw fit to award Sam Delaney with the title of Grand Master for his career of works, such as Hogg. Go read the excerpt. I firmly believe that one should not judge the art on the Read more »

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 »