The Bullshit

The Bullshit

There's an old story, apparently american indian [https://infogalactic.com/info/Two_Wolves], about everyone having two wolves inside them, one good, one evil, and the one that wins is the one you feed. It makes a good point. I've said before that the boundary between sin and normal human emotions and living is excess. letting it control you vs you managing it. Take wrath vs anger, or gluttony vs hunger. These become problems when you are obsessing over behavior, addictive or otherwise, to the p…

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Shoddy Programming

Shoddy Programming

I was held up Friday trying to track down why, oh why, an image backup of a server that had one job, to run a fairly recent version of act, kept failing. That brought me to this post in the help forums: Installation of ACT! reproducibly destroys ability to make Image Backups due to VSS errors [https://community.act.com/t5/Act/Installation-of-ACT-reproducibly-destroys-ability-to-make-Image/td-p/326748/page/4] . Buried in the thread, after the company rep on the forum had basically said "not our p…

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Management Fads

Over at Vox’s there was a post on whether or not “agile” development made it easier for SJW’s to infiltrate an organization [http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/07/mailvox-technical-entry-point.html]. Now, I know a little programming, but will never claim to be great, and certainly don’t have project-management experience with the pro’s and cons of waterfall vs whatever. What caught my eye was this comment: > “Anyway, I still like agile, but there’s a huge tendency for people to want to say they’r…

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Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers

Over at Kairos, Brian points out [http://www.brianniemeier.com/2018/07/those-who-cannot-remember-past.html] a discussion about gatekeeping, keeping SJW’s out, and how EVS/D&C/etc. are determined to keep SJW’s out but hate being called gatekeepers. I feel their pain. I hate bullshit – more even that flat out lies. This conflation is pure bullshit. An expansion of what I posted as a comment at G+: This is jailhouse / sea lawyer bullshit. The problem here is that we’re seeing a conflation of wh…

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Anatomy of a Press Hit

Anatomy of a Press Hit

Above is a more one-sided than usual piece in terms of the internal content, but the headline is reflective of what even “mainstream” news organizations are publishing. The short story is that in Portland, a group named Patriot Prayer scheduled a march. They had a permit for the march, had spoken to police, knew Antifa would be out to get them. Per the statement published via their facebook page, the police had assured them Antifa would be kept away. In Portland… Yeah, right. Alongside the m…

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United Also Breaks Guitars.

United Also Breaks Guitars.

I try to avoid point-and-laugh articles but recent circumstances have tempted me to take the easy path [https://thesilicongraybeard.blogspot.com/2017/04/after-yesterday-do-you-want-to-fly.html] , and given my distaste for United, I willingly jumped in and wallowed in it. > The problem here has a couple of aspects.  First: the whole antiquated overbooking phenomenon.  In what other venue can you buy a product, pay for it, and be denied it?  If you buy a flat screen TV and walk it out to your car…

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Anger Leads to Hate

Anger Leads to Hate

Vox Day notes [https://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/12/of-irony-and-libel.html] that he’s the subject of an article at the Black Gate [https://www.blackgate.com/2016/12/07/unempathic-bipeds-of-failure-the-relationship-between-stories-and-politics/] that calls him a neo-nazi. He’s more than adequately capable of defending himself, and certainly has a horde of minions that are capable of assisting him. No, I actually want to address two other things she wrote, two underlying assumptions that show bo…

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Art and Communication

Art and Communication

Over at Return of Kings there’s an outstanding article on why modern art is so uninspiring [http://www.returnofkings.com/103305/why-is-modern-art-so-uninspiring]. It digs into several sources, notably Tom Wolfe: > What I saw before me was the critic-in-chief of The New York Times saying: In looking at a painting today, “to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial.” I read it again. It didn’t say “something helpful” or “enriching” or even “extremely valuable.” No, the word was cruci…

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