Helplessness and PTSD

Helplessness and PTSD

A comment posted at an announcement for a new book by Rolf Nelson, who wrote the amazing (if a bit oddly formatted as screenplay, but it works) The Stars Came Back and the prose version of the first half, Back From the Dead. StarboardNovember … As a note on one of the first chapters. I taught for a very short time at a community college branch on a military base teaching the warrior transition unit soldiers. My students confirmed that being able to fight back has a huge effect on PTSD. Changes in ROE restricted their ability to return fire from Read more »

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

A lot has been going on about it, and I’ve declined to say much because, frankly, I don’t like any of my choices, and the situation is far more complex than a simple answer. First of all, I’ve done enough network stuff to know that, at scale, you have to do QOS (quality of service) stuff to make sure critical voice (or other deemed critical) packets don’t disappear or get dropped when things get tight.Barring a vastly more capable backbone and capacity to the premises, there will always be some form of throttling in place. You also have Netflix and streaming Read more »

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

While I’ve a nearly lifelong love for Kipling, plus a number of the classic english poets, I have also developed a liking for a number of poems by Robert Frost, such as this example posted recently at Men of the West. STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING” BY ROBERT FROST Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake Read more »

Loot Boxes, Gambling, and Pay to Play vs Pay to Win.

Loot Boxes, Gambling, and Pay to Play vs Pay to Win.

Well. EA stepped in it. So, to set a few things straight. I fully want developers to make money, so they can make good games. Just because they put out an awesome game doesn’t mean I expect them to maintain patches and platform compatibility for years and years, migrate it to my favorite console or OS, and keep giving me new levels, etc.. I feel a dev is fully justified in charging subscriptions to maintain persistent game servers and/or develop new content for MMO’s or other constantly expanding universes, or to charge for an expansion. “Pay to win” also gets Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

Enjoy the weekend.     A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Oct 21, 2017 at 12:58pm PDT A post shared by Sara Underwood (@saraunderwood) on Oct 31, 2017 at 7:05am PDT

Hauntings and Other Oddities

Hauntings and Other Oddities

And yet this post may come across as being a bit woo – woo. I also apologize about being vague with details. I’m generally a pretty hard nosed skeptic. Nonetheless, I’m not very quick to scoff at stories like the following by Brian Niemeier: Spend any amount of time working in any kind of theater, whether movie, Broadway show, summer stock, etc., and you’ll meet at least one old hand who’ll tell you that every theater has a ghost. I’ve worked at multiple such establishments over the years, and inevitably there’d come a slow night when the general manager who’d Read more »

Leftism is a Death Cult.

Leftism is a Death Cult.

If you dig through “Liberal Fascism” – the only useful thing Jonah Goldberg’s done as having one’s bowtie in a bunch is not a useful skill or accomplishment – you get a good introduction to the history of the progressive movement, and how it and other movements of the early 20th century, including Fascism, National Socialism, Communism, all interacted. Jordan Peterson and others have pointed out since how post modernism in its current form is basically birthed from Marxism, and shares concepts that go back to the 1800’s. C.S. Lewis wrote of such in Abolition of Man. In the end, Read more »

Why White Privilege is Ridiculous

Why White Privilege is Ridiculous

Jordan Peterson recently released a youtube vid of a live presentation he did, and as always, it is well worth watching or listening to. Also, as always, it’s heavy on dialectic – it’s far better on how you should handle yourself, and understanding at the core why you and the world are the way they are, giving you the certainty, the logos, needed to help face chaos. Finally, yes, it’s another speech where he goes on 20-minute long digressions before pulling all the threads together at very nearly the end. Which brings me to his concluding answers. Dr Peterson is knowledgable, Read more »