Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Why do you believe in edenism?

The most important factor in my belief is that edenism seems to be almost comprehensively descriptive of human society as it is today. Less importantly, it seems to explain the course of human history, insofar as we can independently trust … Continue reading

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God saw all that he had made, and it was very good

And now we can see it, too. How cool is this? The first direct observation of the orbital structure of an excited hydrogen atom has been made by an international team of researchers. The observation was made using a newly … Continue reading

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Armed drones are your friends

I really don’t understand how the supposedly smart people at Slashdot don’t get it. This is immediately following stories of the first man saved by a drone-assisted search party. It’s obvious propaganda that corresponds to conspiracy theories that they supposedly … Continue reading

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Triple bank shot

It’s no mystery that the rapidly coalescing world government wants internet anonymity to go away. Sure, they can get around it, but think of the cost and the manpower involved. And they’ve been known to have trouble with whistleblowers now … Continue reading

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Antisurveillance disinformation (SMBC)

Although Zach Weiner doesn’t actually explain the idea, it’s good to reaffirm that gingers think alike. I mean geniuses. As an aside, I still find it inspiring that a ginger named Weiner can achieve a weird sort of success by … Continue reading

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To iterate, or not to iterate?

H/T Bruce Schneier. Big surprise, I know. A lot of fundamental social problems can be modeled as a disconnection between people who believe (correctly or incorrectly) that they are playing a non-iterated game (in the game theory sense of the … Continue reading

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Occipital Christianity versus parietal Christianity

I may have been a little hasty when I said this. Certainly wouldn’t want to be hasty. (I may have been reading the Treebeard section in The Two Towers recently.) Something cannot come from nothing. Something (the universe) exists. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Having been so myself, I pity the naive

So the most recent tax evasion kerfuffle is Apple. Whatever. They’ll eat a PR shit sandwich for a while, get a slap on the wrist, and get back to the business of de facto statehood. Rush Limbaugh actually got this … Continue reading

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No shortage of ways that IQ is like height

Another prominent Sailerism worth noting. Particularly, they are both dependent almost entirely on nutrition and genetics, in that order. Height used to be a pretty good marker of having enjoyed good nurture (e.g, had plenty to eat as a child). … Continue reading

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Some entertainment suggestions

Work music I just discovered: a Pandora station seeded from A Mercurian Summer. It plays Buckethead, Jeff Loomis, and such. Perfection. Wish it had some of the YouTube artists I follow. Anime: Warner Brothers is sponsoring a remake of Berserk … Continue reading

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A little lighthearted fun

Fun to think about. if and probably nothing else. A posting by Koanic (yes, he’s entirely nuts, but it’s the right kind of nuts): If no society exists of which you’d like to be a member, invent one. Your soul … Continue reading

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Beginner programming projects

This thread is a good place to start: “Whoever said ‘everyone has to start somewhere’ has clearly never tried contributing to an open source project — the Linux Kernel development team in particular is known for its savagery. But if … Continue reading

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Centralization uber alles

Bet you any money this was a planned power grab. The judgment, if any, will be a slap on the wrist. Some paltry number of millions that will come out to mere cents per medical record. The cost was probably … Continue reading

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Game theory of the internet

(H/T Bruce Schneier, as usual.) Executive Summary: This report presents a systematic way of thinking about cyberpower and its use by a variety of global players. The urgency of addressing cyberpower in this way is a consequence of the very … Continue reading

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Apparently Asians do a lot of meth

Crack too. A great post by the Audacious Epigone (but with a lot of statistical caveats): Crack is a black drug and meth is a white trash drug. Powdered cocaine and heroin are a little, uh, classier, acid is for … Continue reading

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Principle: Sometimes less security is more secure

I’m not a security expert by any means, but this is still an important generalization. Schneier has probably explained it in the past. All of the anti-counterfeiting features of the new Canadian $100 bill are resulting in people not bothering … Continue reading

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They just can’t hack it

“We’ve had bad experiences with single women,” said the chairman of the Fiekendorf allotment club, named only as Hans-Dieter H. “They can’t do this, they can’t do that. It never works out. I’m sorry. It only causes us trouble.” Speaking … Continue reading

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The now and future aristocrats

It’s interesting to consider from what that aristocracy might develop, as the areas of corporate and military power appear to be the two aspects of society that are increasingly immune to government regulation. Vox Day US military unilaterally overturns Posse … Continue reading

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Philosophers of Edenism: Tex

Because this theory is in its very early stages and draws upon a broad array of conspiracy theories and mainstream science, it’s hard to credit a single genius or madman for the creation of this alternative anthropology. But if any … Continue reading

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