More Popcorn

While I've written on how to make better popcorn at home, Brian Neimeier has gone into it in somewhat more detail. I'll have to try the presalting, as well as the timing of turning off the heat.…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, and go off script enough to check if there are any books out there on the subject of the stories that…

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Big Tech

Big Tech

Over at MoTW, The Didact posts some good and solid information on getting yourself protected and unplugged from as much constant monitoring by Big Tech as possible.  It's a good start. A few notes to add once you've processed all of that. One, VPNs. I won't knock Surfshark - I haven't used it, and it seems to hold up OK review-wise. I've leaned more on NordVPN, and am seriously eyeing ProtonVPN by the same guys who bring you Protonmail. Speaking of which - and in alignment with getting away from the cult of "free" - a paid protonmail account is…

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No Free Tickets

No Free Tickets

The Didact, in an article picked up at MOTW, looks at the costs of taking the ticket. I can't add much to it, and any excerpt would be worthless standing on its own. I will say this. I am not sure, looking back, when this happened. There was a time I would have gone along to get along, and made the compromises he speaks of. Over time, though, I had heard far too much of what moral compromises were made by those who succeeded, even well before Weinstein and his potted plant fetishes. I'd also learned how predators groom their…

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Poetry is for the Soul

Poetry is for the Soul

At MOTW, Ian writes of why we should read, respect, and learn to appreciate poetry. No, not the self indulgent crap angsty teenagers put to paper, but the real stuff. Also not generally the shit they shoved down your throat at school - though several of them I ran into courtesy of english teachers have held up where the books and stories they tried to plug my mind with generally haven't. Why should you care about it? The Iliad, the Odyssey, the book of Psalms, the Song of Solomon, the Aeneid, just to name a few reasons to care. Poetry…

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Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Even before hearing the term "antifragile" I was prone to point out that it didn't matter how efficient or inexpensive something was, if it wasn't capable of doing the job when you need it. Resiliency, plans for the worst case, etc. So. Texas. There's a lot to unpack here. Shockingly, Ars Technica actually had a decent article on the issues above and beyond the wind turbines getting locked up - about which they point out that, yes, it's possible to build heating elements into the blades and mechanisms (guess what powers that?), and Texas hadn't. Then they go into some…

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Our Truth

Our Truth

One thing that drives me nuts is the expression "my truth" or "their truth". Some people don't realize how poisonous it is, they haven't thought it through, but even so, I rarely have patience with it. Why? For the same reasons I have issues with any post modern claptrap, or critical-anything theory - because it rejects truth. Anything said after that, even if objectively correct, is likely to serve falsehood. What brought this post about was being told by a family member, after I refused to condone calling the events of January 6th an insurrection ("…

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Been a While

Been a While

The last month or so has been clarifying. One thing I will say - while the politicians in charge may be lying, do not underestimate the ability of seemingly normal and otherwise compentent and intelligent people to believe the narrative. By narrative, I mean of course the line that, among other things, Trump is awful, Trump is incompetent, that anyone who supports him is a moron, desperate because they lost their jobs, or a racist, that Trump declared corona a hoax, and of course that Trump incited an insurrection. We are seeing totally unironic calls for people to be drummed…

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