Thursday, February 21, 2019

OK Go with friends

Peshwa warrior Trump

Nigeria's youngest professional artist

The guy said, "arguably the youngest" and I'm not up to arguing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter is coming...

They built a wall in Westeros. It didn't work. The illegal immigrants got in none the less.

The final season will drop soon. This is the last scene of last season. The CGI is very impressive.


Yeah I know but it is a good show

I hate the French. I bet you do too. But the wife loves the idea of Paris and wants to go to see the Mona Lisa. The best thing I can do for her is to binge watch this show.

It is in French with English subtitles. It is about a group of movie agents who seem to represent most of the stars of French cinema. Of course they are mainly older actors since those are the ones that are recognizable to an international audience.

The tone is fun and soap operaish and it is quite enjoyable. The best part is the scenery and the decor. The hotels and clubs. The gardens and the streets of Paris. Now you don't see the yellow jacket protesters or the Muslim terrorists or the problems they have over there. Just the good parts. Its a love letter to France.

It is as close as I am ever going to get to visiting Paris. Still and all it is fun. Recommended.

disturbing sign threatens dogs defecating on neighborhood lawn

The original post disappeared.

The comments still exist in their own place. I can restore them when I get back. 

(My new doctor called and told me to come back in. They want to do some more tests. I love taking pop quizzes. I bet know all the answers.)

Fine soccer ball bouncing.

The president of the United States re-tweeted this with the single word: Amazing.

And I'm thinking, talent is evenly distributed?

No. Talent and opportunity are unevenly distributed. She is talented at bouncing a soccer ball and I am not. 

Then down thread other commenters insist on the macro level talent certainly is distributed evenly. There will be such talent across nations. 

Imagine. It's similar to the discussion about slavery and what the teacher put up on her door about stolen talent.

Some people can do similar things more practical than this to actually winning soccer games and earn the attention of clubs in cities and win contracts for a level of fortune and fame.

While others are awesome at balancing and catch the attention of their town and the president of the United States.

While still others do similar things and audition for Cirque du Soleil.

And others become buskers on city streets in the summer. 

Each with varying degrees of excellence. 

See, "evenly distributed" is debatable.

But if you must have the woman appear relatively downtrodden we can ask why that is so.

We can ask, look, what we know about evolution, your people appeared first on this earth. So explain what happened through history that put other cultures so ahead technologically, socially, and economically. And what are you going for yourselves to do to close the apparent gap?  

It's an honest question since you bring up uneven opportunity. 

Oil diffuser.

I'm following Larry's instructions to kill fruit flies. His idea of cider ale and soap bubbling by an aquarium air pump and air diffuser really works. Mine made so many bubbles they instantly poured out and filled the bowl so I switched to a larger bowl to catch the overflow, then switched again to my largest bowl, then stood there and scooped bubbles into the sink and filled the whole sink. And turned it off in 1 minute.

I have never used an oil diffuser. I've never even seen one. All I want to know is, if  I should add water to the bowl. This video is short but it drove me insane. So now I want you to be insane too.

I got my answer like this: skip, skip, skip, answer end. 3 seconds.


It really went like this: ANSWER THE QUESTION ! skip ANSWER THE QUESTION ! skip ANSWER THE QUESTION !  End. 3 seconds.

Inductive, deductive

V. D. Hanson writes for the Hoover Institution, The New Nihilism,
For about a half century, universities have eroded inductive and empirical education. Instead, deduction and advocacy took its place—and to such a degree that to question man-made global warming, the dogma of racial separatism and chauvinism, radical abortion, or gay marriage became taboo and proof of near criminality.
And there is that inductive vs deductive thing again. Let's see, one of them means you take a few things and formulate a generality about everything. And the other one means you take a few clues and pinpoint something specific. I think.

What in the world is he even talking about?

Now I have to look up these two things all over again. Just to understand what he means.

He's saying inductive reasoning was good college education in the past and now deductive thinking is not a good replacement.

I thought Sherlock Holmes did a lot of deduction, so why would that be bad?

Hanson is confusing sometimes.

Maybe the font of concurred, approved, curated wisdom can help, Wikipedia.
Inductive reasoning is a method of reasoning in which the premises are viewed as supplying some evidence for the truth of the conclusion. While the conclusion of a deductive argument is certain, the truth of the conclusion of an inductive argument may be probable, based upon the evidence given.
Unlike deductive arguments, inductive reasoning allows for the possibility that the conclusion is false, even if all of the premises are true. Instead of being valid or invalid, inductive arguments are either strong or weak, which describes how probable it is that the conclusion is true.
Another crucial difference is that deductive certainty is impossible in non-axiomatic systems, such as reality, leaving inductive reasoning as the primary route to (probabilistic) knowledge of such systems. 
Deductive certainty is impossible in reality?

Reality is non-axiomatic.

If I waved my hand and asked about this in class, the professor would say, Sherlock Holmes is fiction.

Then I'd go, "Oh, right."

I still don't see why being deductive is so bad.

Hanson says a lot more erudite stuff at the link, you should read it.

It's all about Democrats not having a good response to Trump. Presently they are without reasonable alternatives to Trump doctrine. So far, everything they come out with is insane.

Sandmann, Covington teen sues the Washington Post for $250 million

The complaint seems to have a lot of extra irrelevant stuff in it, like the Post inventing the term McCarthyism, Nicholas being white, Nicholas' weight and height, this country being dedicated to the protection of children, and so on throughout.

It's essence is in point #19.
In order to fully compensate Nicholas for his damages and to punish, deter, and teach the Post a lesson it will never forget, this action seeks money damages in excess of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars ($250,000,000.00)–the amount Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, paid in cash for the Postwhen his company, Nash Holdings, purchased the newspaper in 2013.
Explain something to me; the shot / chaser thing they do on Instapundit.

As I understand it, a shot of alcohol is followed by something mild to wash it down. Like rinsing the throat. I've never done a shot. Not once. And I've never done a chaser. The whole idea seems a bit harsh and bizarre. The sort of thing people do to purposively get drunk. And that's ridiculous.

Because who knows what people will do to you if you pass out. They could take down your pants and draw a mustache on your penis and then take a picture of you being vulnerable.

Instapundit does this format all the time and I cannot make heads or tails of it.

How does "shot," and "chaser" fit the model of alcohol followed by something mild, with a link to Daily Beast about this followed by a second link to Slate about Clarence Thomas joining Trump in opening up libel laws?

Is the Covington law suit intense and harsh, and the Thomas joining Trump mild and palate cleansing?  Help a brother out, this has confused me for over a decade.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Trump at Florida International University

Scott Johnson at Powerline: The Twilight of Socialism.
Yesterday President Trump went to Florida International University in Miami to give a speech on Venezuela before a friendly and raucous audience  
It is a gloriously Reaganite speech; it is a great speech. In it Trump stands for freedom against the forces of socialism, tyranny and immiseration.
You had me at "raucous."

Before this Melania introduces him sweetly.

Once Upon a Time, Karl Lagerfeld.

Clack clack clack clack clack clack clack clack clack ding a ling a ling clack clack clack clack clack. Where all the women are models, and there is only one car on the street.

Read the comments on YouTube to see what people see in this.

I saw Lagerfeld in a white shirt and black tie. The tie is around his neck on the outside of the collar so you see the whole thing like they did in early 20th century and I thought, oh man, I want to do that. It's totally anachronistic.