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On surveillance

Told you so. Unrelated: I think I’m done here for a while. I don’t know if I’ll return. In fact, I mean not to.

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Coming to a T-shirt near you

Too good not to share, commentary unnecessary. (Okay, okay, just this: That there’s some hot pussy. What, too easy?) Roissy should start signing off every post with lozzollzozloz.

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How do you understand God interacting with the world?

Just finished The Irrational Atheist and my head is racing with thoughts. Particularly where he talked about omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. I’ve heard a couple of vague summaries about how God interacts with the world. Vox’s was the most detailed … Continue reading

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QOTD

The internet is a wonderful thing, but it’s occasionally hard to fathom how much genuine brilliance slips through the cracks. I think I’m going to start doing highlights of this sort every day so that you can contrast these offhand … Continue reading

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The central question of Christian culture

That verse about turning the other cheek gives Christians a lot of trouble in interpretation. Here’s a unbelieving neonazi’s take on it: However, what he and other White nationalists regrettably fail to see is that a “Racialist Christianity” is an … Continue reading

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The qualitative difference

The Lubinski and Benbow gang have been tracking very bright kids for ages, and the results are clear: being brighter than 99.25 % of the general population, whilst all very well in itself and an almost guaranteed passport to a … Continue reading

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Two memes worth spreading

This post is dedicated to the forthcoming student loan interest hikes. The first is “little brother”, or “sousveillance”: The era of Little Brother was perhaps inaugurated in November, 1963, with the Kodachrome II 8-mm. film of John F. Kennedy’s assassination … Continue reading

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Today is a caffeine holiday

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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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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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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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