Saturday, July 20, 2019

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

So what if that Russian app company sells all those photos and personal data to an Asian company that makes sex dolls? They could create a whole line of "Mouth F*ck a Stupid American" line of  life-like dolls and it would serve you right!... I hope the next big movie is an It and Top Gun crossover like what they did with Alien vs Predator... I laughed way too much at this... It would be cool if TV shows could trade actors the way MLB and NBA teams trade players... Cool stat from Tim Kurkjian, "Ted Williams' career OPS (1.116) is higher than the best single season OPS of any active player." That's how great Ted Williams was!... I laughed way too much at this too... Imagine doing business with someone on the other side of world and while they may seem so obsequious on the phone but at the same time they could be doing unspeakable things to a sex doll with your specific likeness. That's the future!.. George R.R. Martin says that Game of Thrones backlash won't influence his writing. But it will influence his book sales because there are many like me who are just done with the series. I read each book twice but I won't touch his new book. To paraphrase the words of Eric Cartman "Screw that guy!"... How soon before the nickname "the Squad" morphs into the nickname "the Useful Idiots"?...

The Secret Language of Trees

Interesting topic. More information here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- This actually looks pretty cool (and what great free advertising for AirBnB)

- Interesting man. Interesting story. Interesting history.

- Thanks a lot Canada! Canadian senator's report accidentally reveals locations of US nuclear weapons in Europe. Or maybe the information was leaked to pressure the US to get those nukes out of unstable Turkey? So - thanks Canada?

Your obligatory will Rob Gronkowski un-retire speculation.

- The lone Mustang pilot who held off 30 fighters from attacking B-17's for over half an hour. "It was a case of what seemed to be one lone American against the entire Luftwaffe." Where do we find such men?

- Richard Feynman explains math.

- Why can't we be more like the Swiss?

Climate Change

This article makes a good argument that technology, not alarmism, will help tackle climate change. But while reading it I found myself getting upset on two fronts.

First God damn the people like Al Gore who make alarmist global warming climate change dire predictions for the purposes of either scaring people into voting for them or giving them money (or both).

It ticks me off to hear Joe Biden speak about the need to act on climate change. He was in office for 8 years as VP. What are the Obama Administration's accomplishments on the subject? Answer that one Joe!

And don't give me "Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Accords." The United States has lowered CO2 emissions more than any of the remaining signatories of the Accords which are basically just a fig leaf to cover the inaction of nations and leaders. And while I'm at it let me point out that energy producing Texas has done much more to lower CO2 emissions than tree-hugging California. Hypocrites really piss me off!

Secondly, even though I'm a big proponent of nuclear power, what if there's nothing we can actually do? Even if we go 100% nuclear power and renewables what if the change in climate is due to things outside our control? Things like solar cycles (that we don't understand), changes in the Earth's magnetic field (which we don't understand) or the climate change effects of the Earth's "wobble" changing (again something we know is happening but don't understand). Or a combination of the things we don't understand.

Its common sense to embrace reducing pollution and trying to be more energy efficient. Common sense. But we need to state the simple fact that we truly don't understand our climate (or 95% of the universe we live in for that matter). The science is not settled - on either side of the argument.

Rant over. I feel much better. 

The Day Mary Jo Kopechne Died

On this day, 50-years ago, Mary Jo Kopechne died. She had been riding with the married Ted Kennedy when he plunged his Oldsmobile into a pond at Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy did not report the accident for 10-hours. Kennedy received a two-month suspended sentence, and had his license suspended for a year for his actions.

Meanwhile Mary Jo Kopechne did not live to see her 29th birthday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fear is the Mind-Killer

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I consider myself a person of color. Unfortunately during the summer that color is usually a distressing shade of sunburnt red... Prediction - tight white tennis shorts that were popular in the 80's are going to make a comeback. I'm going to stock up now and start priming the fashion pump before the summer's out!... Uber, Lyft drivers manipulate rates at Reagan National causing fare price surges. I can see both sides of this issue. I can also see just calling a cab... Thinking of changing my name to "Glass of Water" and moving to the NY 14th District to run for Congress. My campaign motto would be a simple "I'm not AOC!" Only way to see if Nancy Pelosi was right about that... Seriously can't believe the number of supposedly smart people who voluntarily uploaded their pictures for that stupid aging app...  I'm also thinking of proclaiming myself a minor celebrity. Who's to argue? So I'd be a minor celebrity person of color running as a Democrat against AOC. That's seat in Congress is as good as mine!... Damn it! It looks like I'm already too late to the party...

You Have to Make Happiness Your Priority

Naval Ravikant on the Joe Rogan Experience. You should do yourself a favor and watch/listen to the the entire podcast. I've listened to it twice already and will listen to it half a dozen more times I'm sure.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Patriots Opening Game

Including today there are 56 days until the Patriots take on the Steelers in their first game of the 2019 NFL season.

Really starting to jones for some football.

Pictured left is Andre Tippett who is vastly underrated historically for the simple fact that he played his career at the same time and position as Lawrence Taylor.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

As a reminder - just 10-years ago there was real concern that the unemployment rate under Obama was going to reach 10%. How soon we forget... "God is an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere." - The Book of Twenty-Four Philosophers...  Cool - "Carmen" on the ukulele. Very talented artist... Learned this weekend that Bad Company is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How is this possible? It's like learning that Carlton Fisk is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame...  Thinking of writing a series of books called The Adventures of Olive Picasso. It would be about an anorexic world famous artist and her yacht enthusiast boyfriend with massive forearms and their (mis)adventures... Ernest Hemingway on alcohol and ending the "mechanical oppression"... Baphomet's Hangover would be a good name for a band or fantasy football team... 

The Malaise Speech

Today is the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Carter's "Malaise Speech." I beg you to listen to it because as George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

The speech starts off:
This is a special night for me. Exactly 3 years ago, on July 15, 1976, I accepted the nomination of my party to run for President of the United States. I promised you a President who is not isolated from the people, who feels your pain, and who shares your dreams and who draws his strength and his wisdom from you.
Jimmy Carter as the ultimate Ombudsman. Not a leader - a listener. Carter took 10 days to listen to "the people" to help set the course on what the nation should do to confront the energy "crisis".  Do the words remind you of other candidates?

Carter lays out a series of programs to confront the energy crisis with the plan to pay for them by taxing the rich through "windfall profits taxes". Sound familiar? Listen to the candidates grand plans and then listen to how they plan to pay for them. Contrast that with what the tax CUTS of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump have accomplished for the economy. The echoes of Jimmy Carter are there if you listen for them. 

Import quotas, mandating by law that corporations meet goals plucked from thin air, and lets not forget rationing for the common man and woman. That was how Carter planned to solve the energy crisis. Seriously, Carter's plan to fight high energy costs was gasoline rationing and monorails. Go ahead and laugh but that was the plan. Go ahead and laugh but at the same time listen to the candidates and hear the echoes of Jimmy Carter. Then you'll probably stop laughing and start praying that the country doesn't have to suffer another Jimmy Carter President.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Two Weeks in Musk World

First off happy belated birthday to Elon Musk who turned 48 on June 28th. Sorry Elon next year I'll send a card..

Tesla's Model S gets the ultimate award from MotorTrend being named the best car of the last 70-years. And Jay Leno is a big fan of Tesla. Positive reviews and awards like this are a big reason why Tesla doesn't even need to advertise. Think of it no advertising at all and Telsa's market share of EV's in the US jumped from 68% of the market in Q1 2019 to 77% in Q2 2019. The 95,200 cars delivered in Q2 also represent another production high in the evolution of the company.

Meanwhile Tesla's autopilot may reach 2 BILLION miles driven before the end of the year. Amazing when it basically didn't exist before Tesla introduced in to the masses. From science fiction to the Model 3 potentially being the first fully autonomous vehicle. Amazing progress!

In SpaceX news Elon says major Starship engine bug has been fixed. And SpaceX also captured its first rocket fairing. Here's what that means and why it is so damn cool.

Finally - out of nowhere came a Neauralink announcement. What's Neauralink you ask? Only Elon Musk's newest and most ambitious company yet (which is really saying something).

Trump in Asia (A Bad Lip Reading)

Too funny.