Sturgeon’s Prize?

I ran across this cartoon:

yesterday in an email. My initial thought was that I am not sure I quite agree with the father. My second thought was that the Peace Nobel, while not about nerdery but instead Nobel’s haunted conscience, is still a worthwhile prize. In that it is like the others. It recognizes some accomplishment. Admittedly, the peace Nobel is considerably more subjective in that regard than the nerd prizes. But none of them are any more than recognitions on a subjective level that the recipients have done something. In the case of the nerd prizes there is some substantiation of the accomplishment so only the selection is subjective. But the peace Nobel is completely subjective and that, in a sense, makes it a lesser prize.

Of course, we may argue that the peace Nobel is more important than the nerd Nobels since they only recognizes things or ideas while the peace prize enhances the survival of the species. Arguably.

But then what do any prizes matter? If we agree with them we nod and smile a bit and if we don’t we ask “Why did that ferd get the prize? Must be politics.” The recipient gets a bit of attention but happily can soon escape most of the notoriety as soon as some media facade acts irresponsibly for attention. Modern society is unable to give attention to positive role models

Which brings we back to the cartoon. I suspect I would be more concerned if my child got the peace Nobel than not. Occasionally they give it to someone who has done a great service to the species but usually it is politics or statement or some other manipulation. And that kind of attention is not healthful.

In the Storm

Kudos to the Greater Metropolitan Arab Electron Uncooperative for doing what they traditionally do when it rains – bug out. At least twice last night.

But since the electrons were unflowing I had opportunity to do some cogitation and I have thunk on a few things:

This year’s Nobel Prizes – perhaps we should call this the year of the “Glowy Gadget” since both the physics and chemistry prizes were awarded to people who built gadgets that involved glowing. I know they gave Bardeen and company a Nobel for the transistor but I am less sure of these;

People in Motorcars Aren’t – it occurred while driving back from gym this morning in the rain that one of the reasons people drive so abominably towards each other is because they don’t consider people in motorcars to be people. Instead these are motorcars with people in them. So what they are interacting with is a box on wheels, and not a people. This will require more thinkum.

Since the potential failures played merry ned with the computers, that’s it for now.

Day of Tempests

A hydrated morning thus far. And the weather beavers foretell great tempests this evening into the morrow. So I have crossed my phalanges that the Arab Electron Uncooperative does not do its usual bug out when foul weather emerges, 

Today is the holyday of Christopher Columbus and the supposed discovery of the Americas. Which seems a bit ridiculous, as well as having the aroma of evil, given, in the first instance the arrival of homo sapiens in the Americas thousands of years prior to Columbus, to say nothing of all the Europeans who got here before him, and in the second do we really want to exalt the nastiness that Columbus was and brought with him? But I am informed that today is now also a holy day of native peoples in the Americas which is also nonsensical since no humans evolved here and calling them native is exaggeration. I much prefer the Canadian ‘First Peoples” since that clearly avoids this bureaucratic septic tank. 

On which azimuth the podcast this morning was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” dealing with the myth of Eve (and Adam, but peripherally.) I have to admit to having been bemused, especially with the rather whacked religionist propaganda. It seems rather obvious that Eve is a heroine who saved humans from the trap of Eden – a kennel, at best – and the complacent asentience of Adam. 

That’s after we suspend disbelief on a story that is so full of holes it makes Swiss cheese look solid and adamantine. The tenor is so obviously agrarian that we have to wonder what happened to all the hunter-gatherer precedents? And what cultural or social structure the tale was crafted to combat? 

Enough. Let us leave it that the story is like Star Wars, a fable of good and evil that quite ignores which is which.

Sweet Tartarus

Now is the fall of our dissatisfaction. The primary dissatisfaction is “where did fall go?” Definitely beyond brisk this morning. Mostly because of being summer adapted, of course, but still not what is wanted for now. The weather beavers foretell some improvement but this has been a foretaste of the nasty that is winter in Alibam. Especially now with climate change.

Which leads to the matter of politicians and denialism. The two are synonyms these days. Here in Alibam, with a heavy campaign going on, the matter is an unmentionable. So the denialism is deep and cancerous. Which impacts the race for guvnuh between a dermatologist incumbent and an ambiguous oncologist. Given what all is wrong with the state of the state, I favor the latter more with the idea of jamming up the wheel spokes than actually accomplishing anything.

Along which azimuth, I read once that “Hell is people.” I forget the source and am rather too chilled this morning to go look, but I do know that politicians are Hell. And that for an introvert and the pictures of heaven proselyted by the religionist organizations, heaven is hell. So its all about people. And all people are a mixture of good and bad. But more the latter in politicians. Of which the not least bad is claiming their bad is good. 

Which reminds me of an article [Link] about how the development of the cerebellum in primates led to humans. The title was a bit trashy, talking about monkeys becoming human but what does one expect from journalists/ Another group whose good is actually bad. But maybe not as much so as politicians? And how can we measure that to decide?

I have to admit that the older I get the less difference I see between monkeys and humans. Both are very adept at slinging poo. Just in different forms. And monkeys are not as handicapped as humans because their tails are longer. And yes, Virginia, humans do have tails. And mine is broken and hurts this type of weather. 

On which note, I noted an article this morning [Link] that saccharin causes diabetes. Or perhaps more correctly, increases markedly the probability of developing adult diabetes. So it seems that sweetness is damned. If you use sugar you get fat and diabetic and if you use artificial sweeteners you get diabetes or cancer or brain seizures or some such. But since we’re gonna discorporate anyway I suspect the right answer is to use whatever you prefer. But don’t proselyte or evangelize. The relgionists do enough of that and if we can believe their prevarications (?) things will get worse after. Regardless. 

Selah. If you don’t go to pseudo-shabbes services today, it’s understandable. On several azimuths.

Cartoon Failure

Definitely reduced heat in atmosphere. The local Arab weather station, part of NWS amateur network, sez 46.5 degF. Big difference. I bundled up to go to park. Even gloves, as ridiculous as that may seem, but this is a Southron boy (all right that’s absurdist) and handled the constitutional without – quite – crossing the boundary into shivering.

And the weather beavers foretell even less heat tomorrow morning. 

Nice fall. I fear I missed it, but it must have been nice to not have been noticeable. Or else so short it wasn’t measurable?

On which note, I came across a cartoon; [Link]

that rather upset me with the first line.

They say that water cannot be created nor destroyed.”

Which has a pony to poo ratio of ZERO! Absolutely STERCUS! Sturgeon’s rule raised to a high, perhaps infinite, power.

If I could have commented on the website I probably would have but then I would have probably been deleted for nastiness. What cartoonist wants to be told he fails at suspension of disbelief? Utter failure. 

Let’s start with the chemistry:

2 H2 + O2 <-> 2 H2O

Note the two headed arrow. That means I can combine oxygen and hydrogen and make water. It can be created. It is, every time we ‘burn’ hydrogen. As in a hydrogen fueled vehicle.

And if we put it in a sealed container and heat the container up to 2 kilodegC, then it comes apart. 

Now we don’t get temperatures of 2 kilodegC on Tellus and we don’t have many naturally occurring sealed containers so dissociated water is rare on Tellus, except…

In a solution of itself. Water is weakly ionic. So it dissociates in solution. 

So the premise is whacked.

It’s still a quite good cartoon series, just that this one is unbelievable. And shakes our confidence in the cartoonist. 

Physical Failure

A bonnie day. Dihydrogen oxide falleth. Goodly. When I arose this morning the fall was moderate and tapered as I performed ablutions and robed myself – in old clothes – so that while I wore a repellant jacket and hat when I departed Castellum SCP I needed them not except for heat retention.

By lap 3 the fall had resurged and I needed the buffering garments. And upon my return I divested down to nether garments and even now sit with left foot unshod while the toe of the sock demoistens. Obviously the old walking shoes I wore have a leak.

As a bit of a variation I listen to an episode of “Linux Luddites” that I had started on Thor’s day. I( found it gave me quite a different pace although since I was also being wetted the experiment is not conclusive. But my frame of mind was decidedly different. Much more amused. And hence to review a few articles on my return.

The first [Link] dealt with the demands of the Olympics Administration to the host country:

They demand to meet the king prior to the opening ceremony. Afterwards, there shall be a cocktail reception. Drinks shall be paid for by the Royal Palace or the local organizing committee.

Separate lanes should be created on all roads where IOC members will travel, which are not to be used by regular people or public transportation.

A welcome greeting from the local Olympic boss and the hotel manager should be presented in IOC members’ rooms, along with fruit and cakes of the season. (Seasonal fruit in Oslo in February is a challenge …)

The hotel bar at their hotel should extend its hours “extra late” and the minibars must stock Coke products.

The IOC president shall be welcomed ceremoniously on the runway when he arrives.

The IOC members should have separate entrances and exits to and from the airport.

During the opening and closing ceremonies a fully stocked bar shall be available. During competition days, wine and beer will do at the stadium lounge.

IOC members shall be greeted with a smile when arriving at their hotel.

Meeting rooms shall be kept at exactly 20 degrees Celsius at all times.

The hot food offered in the lounges at venues should be replaced at regular intervals, as IOC members might “risk” having to eat several meals at the same lounge during the Olympics.

Talk about arrogance. This even transcends that of members of the Yankee government council of thieves congress and their staffers. I don’t mind that they want to meet the tyrant. But it will be a real waste of time since no one will learn anything from the experience. 

I have to admit to not being a fan of the Olympics. I have no objection to them being held but I don’t want my tax money spent in them nor do I want my usual audio-visual viewing to be abolished by their perverse voyeuristic events. Participating is questionably healthy; watching is definitely evil. 

I rather like the original approach. Have a dedicated site for the olympics. Someplace that can be used summer and winter. Let it support itself by honorable means other than blackmailing others. Let those who want to compete go, on their dime, not mine. And don’t make me avoid information in general to avoid seeing and hearing their competition. It’s criminal and immoral to force people to be perverts. 

And do what you want with the governing aristocrats. They should be gainfully employed. Perhaps as ticket takers or custodians of latrines? 

The second article [Link] is about the (American) football instrumentality of the campus of the Black Warrior paying other teams to play with them. Why? The article never makes that clear. Is that the only way they can get opponents? And if so, why do they continue to exist? Bread and Circuses? Probably.

Given the number of people who want to be on that team, and who really can’t cut it as students, it would seem somewhat cheaper if the campus just had two teams and let them play each other every game during the season. That way every game could be a home game, more seats would be available to sell to the non-alumni fanatics, and the cost of operation would be reduced. And if things sagged a bit, they could always alter the rules to permit gladiatorial combats during the mid game recess. Preferably between the coaches so that some monies could be saved on their exorbitant salaries.

I keep coming back to the question: what does athletics benefit anyway? I know that exercise has it benefits, but this voyeurism and intense competition? That isn’t healthy. How can we pretend to be modern and civilized if we still perpetrate such troglodytic activities? At least we shoudl make them pay their way and benefit the rest of us rather than us paying for the perversions and immoralities of a few. And I don’t mean the athletes. 

Mouth Leather

Yesterday, one of my news subscriptions brought me this article [Link] entitled “FBI Director Comey Gives Apple and Google a Tongue-Lashing”. And I rolled out of my chair onto the floor laughing. Which I regret this morning because I am sore in places I would prefer not to be sore. 

I keep telling me that this fellow is a political appointee and political appointees and politicians are techno-schmucks. But this fellow now qualifies for being a real schmuck, if not a ferd, just by his so-called ‘tongue lashing’.

Let’s start in that order since it will be a bit clearer. The techno bit comes about because both OS phones have had encryption add-ins (apps) for some time. These are not built into the OS but since both OS are *NIX OS, adding on is rather simple and inherent. So the only distinction we can raise here is that the OS masters have added a capability that already existed as an add-on. This practice has a long history. It goes back to CPM and DOS and probably before that.

So bitching about ‘smartphone’ encryption is techno-stupid. But more important, since the capability has been around for some time, the esteem political appointee grand exalted kudzu of the FBI has demonstrated that he is a social stupid by chewing on folks for what has been established as acceptable. 

Privacy issue or no the sure result of this is that the nation’s, or at least the IT community’s, trust in the FBI has been serious eroded by this brazen display of incompetence. 

Chalk up another success for the antediluvian district!