Thought I forgot about ya?
Dredging around on Discord, and Alexander Macris was discussing the new edition of Car Wars Steve Jackson Games is putting together. He wasn’t impressed, not sure I am either. Complete list from the forum is below. I don’t have an issue with the Kickstarter date – likely to be pushed back, and of course the timeline is adjusted – and despite “starting over from scratch” it will include badlands/etc.. I’m Glad Uncle Al will return. I can understand if you’re revamping rules you may do a limited set, and I can even understand a desire to streamline the rules given Read more »
I recently came across this article at Quilette about twins studies. In 2000, the psychologist Eric Turkheimer concluded that the evidence from behavioral genetic data was consistent enough to summarize in three laws. The first law holds that all human traits are heritable (i.e., genetic differences account for phenotypic differences) to some degree. This assertion may not seem all that surprising today, although the word ‘all’ is still considered provocative by some. However, twin studies have produced copious data demonstrating that almost every trait is heritable to some degree or another.The remaining two laws concern environmental influence. The second of Read more »
So I’m still stepping through and digesting Taleb’s latest book, and I’m not sure what’s more surprising. On the one hand, I’m not into the deeper parts of the book yet and already, there are a lot of relationships he alludes to that are not obvious to most people. On the other hand, in several cases, the specific examples he brings up are ones that I had considered, and for much the same reason. For example – on citizenship, and specifically assuming the tax burdens and duties/obligations of where you choose to live: Once you become a U.S. citizen, you Read more »
Well, this won’t be the first time I’ve shamelessly stolen inspiration from the Didact. Enjoy the weekend.
I’ve started on “Skin in the Game” by NN Taleb, the third book in his Incerto series, which included his book on Black Swans, and Antifragility. No, I haven’t finished it yet, so this isn’t a review, but an observation only one chapter in that this book, like Antifragile, will certainly give me a lot to think about. Even in the opening of the book, he ties together the Golden rule, the “silver rule”, reciprocity, game theory, and of course “skin in the game” – and how the lack of it leads to poor judgment, even tyranny. “Skin in the Read more »
It’s a tool, not an end to itself. Look, we have the right to bear arms, and are free to make choices insofar as we accept responsibility for the consequences of our choices, but not a right to indiscriminately point them while loaded, pulling the trigger. Thus, on the speech front, libel and slander laws. Orwell wrote in 1984 that freedom was the ability to state that two plus two equals four. That there were things that, no matter how imperfect our perceptions, were objectively true, and that if we could not state the truth, we were not free. Look Read more »
First, an aside. Today I got locked out of Twitter. Since I have no intention of handing them my phone number, it’s likely to stay that way. So, Q. Is Q real? Well – is Batman real? I know, you’re inclined to say “no”, but hear me out. One possibility is that Q is really really real, an actual human being who actually works high up in the Trump administration with a high clearance, and access to things like travel plans and speeches that the general public and press would not be. Maybe, maybe not. There’s certainly at least one Read more »
It’s been a while. I generally avoid shooters these days. Age has caught up, my reflexes aren’t what they used to be, and the disconnect between head-snapping turns and reality often left me queasy after trying Borderlands 2 for a while. So. I ran into this review of Doom 4 by the inestimable Razorfist. And immediately shilled out the twenty it currently runs. It. Is. Glorious. But first…. please feast on this headline… It’s taken me two years to finally face the new Doom. You see, violence makes him queasy. I can’t remember if it was polygon or Kotaku or Read more »
Today’s pics courtesy of “Captain Irachka“.