OK, it’s sundae once more and time to eradicate a few tabs that have managed to lurk all week. Admittedly there are a few that are even older but they are all conditional on some outside actions such as guidance from FD SCP. Being human and hence prone to see patterns where there are no patterns – an appropriate consideration for a sundae, is it not? – I perceive a bit of a pattern in these tabs.
First, an article [Link] about that master of anthropological charlatans, Jared Diamond, who attributes the (relative) success of the Dine (aka Navaho) to just the right amount of interaction. At the risk of making an improper analogy, this strikes me as saying that life arises on planets just the right distance from their star. Too close and no liquid water; too far away and no liquid water. Sort of like Goldilocks for the socially ignorant bog?
I agree that survival is all about balance, between fighting and fleeing, between adapting and maintaining, …. but the way this ferd blathers is enough to sour anyone’s stomach, including, I suspect, his own. No one who respects themselves can yatter this type of stercus.
Meanwhile, I learn that Linux packages seem to display predator-prey relationships. [Link] I immediately have my doubts since almost all predator-prey representations, such as the Lotta-Volterra equations, are flawed in mechanism. For example, reproduction, including that of mammals, is often represented as asexual, and prey discorporation only occurs by predation. Put in more boggish terms, the bunnies reproduce like amoeba and can only die by being eaten. For those of us who have had bunnies, guinea pigs, cats, or dogs as pets, we know the lie to these maths. But since I don’t have a copy of the article, and, quite frankly, my plate being full at the moment, I’m not at all sure I am going to chase it down.
On a macroscopic level, the number of journalists commenting on the erosion of Ubuntu continues to mount. [Link] Undoubtedly, another example of predator-prey mechanics is at work here, which rather confirms what we, the sentient ones, at least, have long suspected, that journalists are really predators. What is confusing about this is the stultus factor. The Unity GUI is clearly intended for a simpler environment and, being quite charitable, a simpler user who is unable to contend with the intellectual challenges of tunable eye candy. Which, in turn, leads us to acknowledge, that even folks with blond hair have intelligence even if it is camouflaged by vanity and an aversion to cognition.
Escaping the diversion for a moment, what is confusing in this mishmash is the success of Linux Mint, a distribution known for its simplicity of use. So is this transfer of use a simple matter of bog fashion perversion? Has Ubuntu been abandoned for Mint not because the GUI is mis-knapped (as I have commented earlier) but because Mint is suddenly the right combination of polka dots and lace frills? Or have the Mint folks, who are all not bogs, at least the vocal ones, really beaten Gnome 3 into a form of submission that is functional. If so, we can only hope that their disciplining of the Gui noyaux becomes widespread and pervasive.
In closing, I have noted, starting from data gathered in Sumeria when cuneiform was in use, that the harder it is to write something down, the better the composition. This got capped by a pre-print of an article on the syntactic composition of Facebook and a bunch of public domain emails. If nothing else they are enough of a condemnation of Every Child Left Behind to immediately fire every educationalist associated with syntax and composition and send them to forced labor camps. I am proud to say that we have bog college graduates who have less compositional ability than third grade nerds had in my day. Why proud? Because the extinction will progress quickly with less general pain. In fact, it is not clear that these folks can even feel pain given the amount they inflict on those of us who can compose and are spoon-on-saucepan discomforted by their writings.