People are our greatest asset

Once more into the park. But with a bit of kerfuffle getting in. Some Arabian driver who understands naught about right-of-way.

This is not surprising. Greater Metropolitan Arab – Marshal county – Nawth Alibam – are typical in that their citizenry is predominantly christianist, ignorant, greedy, and self-serving. And they glory in all of this.

Of course, aside from the irritation, which is generally ignorable with a bit of topical steroid, it does make for a mentally unchallenging environment and hence one is able to think on what one wants rather than what these consumerist nazis impose. 

Which reminds me that I saw an article yesterday about how it has been found that slime molds can learn. 

Gee, if those researchers had come to Greater Metropolitan Arab they could have found out if the modal citizen can learn. 

I have my doubts. At least beyond the TV schedule and what is served at chain fast food dispensaries. (I cannot bring myself to call them restaurants.) 

Other than that a mild walk and home again to download podcasts.

Which is another thing alien to the minds (?) of the citizenry hereabouts.

Why these folks use Winders. And don’t know why or that they do. It’s a synonym for computer to them. Not that they know computer either.

Gives a new meaning to peasant and serf.

Video Rejection

Five Day. Air temperature almost 60 degF. Still air. Only a hint of bite. So quite a good constitutional in the park. Listening to a podcast of “The Linux Action Show” [Link] that is supposed to be about KDE Neon. Of course the ‘cast is too long for even the three days unless I really extend my listening into apres-walking time.

Why KDE Neon? Well, the 16.04 release of Kubuntu came out this week and I had been waiting on that because the 14.04 All-In-One on the lead partition of my Precision box basically went blotto a year ago. At which time I installed LMDE-MATE on the aft partition and stumbled with that for a couple of months until I hit on the idea of installing KDE Desktop on it which made it bearable but not enjoyable.

I like the rolling release and tried to explain to the Linux Luddite chaps that the golden mean is unappealing. That is, I either want to fiddle with the distro state once a week for a few moments or all day once every other year, but not most of a day twice a year. Why can they not grok this? 

Anyway, I booted Kubuntu 16.04 live and was thoroughly bored with it in five minutes. SO I debooted, yanked the USB stick, and returned to LMDE. Much as I hate to admit it, one of the reasons I run KDE is the adventure and there was no adventure presented in K 16.04. So since KDE NEON is supposed to be an experimental distro for KDE I set sights on evaluating it.

But before I could get to that part of the podcast, the antagonists/talking guys went off on some video editor and I got sucked off into a consideration of why I am NOT a video person.

Now to admit in today’s environment that one is not a video person is tantamount to admitting to being an anarchist or some other weirdo.That’s not a big deal for me. After all, I am a PHYSICIST and since we are like 1E-4 of the population of the Yankee Republic in number fraction, that’s a given. Why? is another matter. Perhaps it has to do with Asimov’s statement about in Amerika one man’s ignorance trumps another man’s knowledge. Yes, this third world country definitely believes in Freedom of Ignorance. 

Anyway, enough about social cancer. The reason I am not a video person is attention rate. That is, how fast do I attend to information? I should perhaps say that I am definitely a book person and it is a good media for me. I will read ten pages lickety split and then spend an hour on one paragraph. Or I may spend a week trying to read chapter one and then send the book to the library salvage store or the used bookstore via FD SCP. 

You can’t do that with video. It determines the attention rate. Or I should say, the attention rate is built in. So if I try to watch a video I either get bored or I wander off into a cognitive fugue. In either case, no more watching the video. This is especially the case with TED videos. Lots of my colleagues think TEED videos are G&W and recommend to me and I end up deleting the file after thirty seconds. Too much E, not enough T! IOW, TED videos as a class are BORING! To me, that is. 

Anyway, I know I can pause the video but that only works if I am wandering off in cognition. If I’m bored pausing turns into deletion and finding something else to attend. Not a video. Generally.

No wonder the GEN Y are so alien. They have disciplined themselves to this fascist tyranny. I weep for them. 

Why Linux?

I was asked earlier today “Why do you do Linux?” by some well-meaning folks. I thought for a minute and answered “Because I can.” After I further explained the depths of that, that I didn’t need permission from anyone or any organizations and more critically, that I was capable as well as willing, they asked me how they could learn more.

I didn’t have to say “Those who can’t always have Windows and iOS.” for which I was thankful. Because there folks weren’t schmucks.

I am not usually this wise, even if by accident.

Political Tidings

It seems we owe Mr. Cruz a great gratitude. He has just given us a good reason to cast our vote for Holy Hillary. Better her megalomania than Carly’s. 

I was musing yesterday that the best thing that can come out of this upcoming POTUS election is the complete and utter self-destruction of both parties.

This is what happens when I have to put motorcar in hospital. And thereby leave the ape house unattended. 

Major Psychology

One day. Back to gym. Not bad. Passable podcast episode on C. S. Lewis. Intriguing arguments never used by most old Confederacy preachers and christianist. And hence, incorrect because they are the only. 

I ran across an article [Link] entitled “What does your college major say about your personality? ” This is sort of a Bose Condensation type of argument from psychologists. But what gathered my attention was a categorization by major:

  • Science students scored high for openness and extraversion, and medium for neuroticism
  • Engineering students tended to have medium levels of neuroticism and conscientiousness, and low openness scores
  • Arts/humanities majors scored high in openness and neuroticism, and low for conscientiousness
  • Law students were highly extraverted, rated medium for neuroticism and conscientiousness, but scored low on openness and agreeableness. Economics students ranked similar
  • Medical students also scored high on extraversion, but were highly agreeable, too
  • Psychology students rated high for neuroticism and openness

I cannot refrain from making comments.

  • Physicists: extroversion? Not in my experience. Open? Yes. But extrovert? Only among those who specialize in outreach. Which does not say they are not smart, but they don’t get along with the majority. And neurotic? Being physicist means being different, especially from the BOGs. So what is that if not a perceived neurosis?
  • Engineer students are intense, or were in my day. 
  • Arts and humanities students are moved by inner truths that involve much social meandering, especially with drugs.
  • Law students are cunning and crafty and overweeningly ambitious. Winning and money are root.
  • I can’t speak to actual medical students since medical schools tend to be segregated – for a reason. Pre-meds are worse than pre-laws for asociality (except for self-service) and ambition. 
  • My cousin, a psychology professor, told me that most students studying psychology were “physician heal thyself.”




Memories of Evil Past

Ice Cream Day. Lower air temperature. Walked in park anyway. 

Ran across this cartoon: [Link]

This is why SCDdatter would never let SCP go to the high schule games at which she lead cheers.

Not that I was missing much in the way of athletic prowess.