End of gym week, and well done, over all. Even the educationalists were trying, rather ineptly but trying, to be kulturny. The only down bit was that I listened to a Linux Action Show podcast. This is a weekly where most of the Linux podcasts are monthly or random, but it is also easily the worst. Not in technical content mind you, except for its dearth but that is to be expected in a weekly, but because the presentation is almost pure stercus. The only positive thing I can say on that azimuth is that there is little profanity. There is also rather too much political/social correctness and very much too much “dudeism”.
But they do review things that the others don’t and while I find many of their review to be of stuff I wouldn’t swap a good defecation for those I do care about are worthwhile after I filer out the dudeisms.
On which azimuth I see [Link] that Anheuser-Busch is being litigated for watering their beer. What took so long? Why is it that Amerikan Big Beer is so bad? Can we litigate them for bad taste? Both in business practices and in the beer itself?
Epiphany while motoring to Huntsville for medicalist appointment:
Big bureaucracies try to solve problems by writing job descriptions;
Small bureaucracies try to solve problems by adopting new technologies.
Occasionally I come up with an idea for a thing that I don’t care to work on myself. Here’s one that just came to me courtesy of a chocolate croissant: A Stain Labeling Pen.
The idea is a marker pen that I can write the name of a stain on a piece of clothing, preferably while wearing them so moderate heat stable and non-bleeding, that can be seen until wash day for treatment with the appropriate cleaning regime and then washes out completely in the wash process.
All yours. No intellectual property claimed by SCP.
Nasty night last. Rain and winds. Drove my land kite to Scant City and back for gym this morning and it was indeed good kite weather. Happily not much traffic at those hours although what there is tends to be either oblivious to conditions or overly aggressive. Especially educationalists. One does not want to exit the parking lot followed by an educationalist. Good way to wind up in a drainage ditch or worse.
Tuesday is science podcast day, which is rather more choppy than the other days because of the number of shorter podcasts I listen to. SCIENCE podcast for the first twenty minutes of arm bicycling; usually Guardian Science for the first twenty minutes of leg bicycling although with a series on sustainment mechanics that is decidedly too corporate and monetary I may fall back on Material World for the next few weeks; and for the last twenty of leg, a collection of short segments from NPR. That order is sort of like wine at weddings, good stuff first and rot gut after everyone is snookered.
But one of those NPR episodes had to do with the birth control aspects of O’Bama Care. The creationists were all holding that the day and week after pills are abortificants and hence abhorrent to their mysticism while all the real science types are saying the pills aren’t abortificants. And this is moe than just semantics.
So while I am not a biologist type I was rather struck by the contradiction of the argument. Most of the religionists hold that they are entrusted by deity with stewardship of the planet. This raises the question of how their stance on human population increase tracks with their stewardship when it not only means the extinction of many species of animals, and the pollutive gutting of the environment, but also the accelerated extinction of humans. All their stance seems to favor is the short term benefit of the religionist organization, not either the religion nor its adherents.
So how can unbridled increase of human numbers, to the point of ecological collapse and extinction be moral or good or holy? As one would expect with those who deny testability, no meaningful response will be forthcoming. But the evidence is increasing that organized religion is evil and destructive.
Not that government is any better but it doesn’t really pretend to be.
It did strike me this morning when I was watching yet another hand wringing bleat about sequestration that the nation has failed. Further, national polls and statistics are now largely meaningless.
There is a simple reason for this. By and large, local/state populations tend to be satisfied with their Congress Critters, at least enough not to frequently throw away their seniority, while being dissatisfied with other states’ Congress Critters. But since the folks in this state do not elect other states’ Congress Critters the dissatisfaction is vacuous.
What is now important is not what the majority of people want but the correlation of what people want by state. Do the maths. It will be instructive.
Back to week in. SO far a good day. The educationalists were not especially obnoxious, nor noisy, this morning and the weight bouncers were conspicuously absent. And the podcast episode, one of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas”, was entertaining if not actually inspiring, mostly dealing with the insanity of aristocrats with a social conscience. All the while I was listening I kept asking myself how much better things would have been if they had simply disposed of all the aristocrats and adopted real democracy. But then we cant expect such smarts (or chutzpah) among the English.
The accumulator was fairly bare yesterday, so I am a bit at odds for some commentary this morning. The best I can come up with is this photo [Link]
whic is noteworthy for its five-fold symmetry.
This leads me to reflect on the whole thing of such. For many years there was all sorts of pronouncements by applied mathematicians and such that odd numbered symmetries above three were “impossible”. That got quashed a few years ago but examples have been few. So it is refreshing to observe this one.
I am not sure what the argument was. I was exposed to it a long time ago, my interest was a bit low, and so I chose to let the seemingly hokey argument pass unquestioned. I already had a reputation in those days of asking “why” too often and insistently.
The weather beavers say rain this afternoon. Observing the map I see that Birmingham, what was the flatulence orifice of Alibam in my youth before the iron industry died, is already wet. We are a few miles away but weather is seldom one’s friend in this state.
Yesterday was a great day. After the usual round of downloading podcast episode, editing metadata, and transferring them to player – and charging player – she decided we had to venture out to purchase electrochemical accumulators, what the bogs refer to as batteries. Ayeh, courtesy of the council of thieves politicians in Muntgum this week out is a “tax free” period for the purpose of disaster relief (?) necessities. The list is available on the Alibam income tax web site and is notable more for what is not on the list than what is. If I were making up a list of what I needed in the event of a tornado blitz (e.g.) that list would be a lot longer and more diverse than this “official” one. Once more the council of thieves politicians displays their incompetence, greed, and slavery to corporate interests.
But that’s the nature of living in Alibam, one step away from national socialism or other form of tyranny.
Speaking of which I caught a broadcast from WAFF news last evening on a pro-chocice/pro-life demonstration in Huntsville.[Link] The bigotry was laid on with a bull dozer. Less than five seconds were spent on the pro-choice demonstrators; almost two minutes on the pro-life. And the facial and verbal expression of the news reader were blatant in their bias. So much for objectivity and fairness in Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill.
On a more pleasing note, I see that the Yankee government has finally extended its open access policy to more than biomedical research articles. [Link] This is quite pleasing. It signals that the YG may be actually cracking down on avaricious journal publishers by compromising their autarky. And, it makes more taxpayer supported research available to people who can use it. And from an acute rectal pain standpoint it may also get rid of some of the noxiousness of the Freedom of Information Act that has never been funded adequately and is widely abused by corporations for their own greed. So a small booyah to some unsung staffer in the president’s palace.
A second good bit is an article [Link] entitled “I Can’t Find a Single Productive Use For My Tablet”. That sums it up. A fairly comprehensive, albeit subjective, as such things necessarily have to be, indictment of the slab as work surface. I admit I don’t like the throw-out that W8 may be a mediocre work medium – and ignoring Ubuntu tablet completely – but at least the analysis is not totally whacked. It’s not like the guy will likely discorporate any time for absence of neural activity, even if it is less than we should like. But the points are not bad and it is worthwile just because of the bravery and honesty – well, semi-honesty.