Distinguishing Species

Sometimes the question arises of how to tell the different types of STEMs apart. This is not hard, at least for STEMs, but for Bogs?

For now, I shall limit myself to describing how to distinguish Science NERDs for Engineering NERDs. Since matters of attire and appearance are greater among disciplines, these cannot be reliably used to distinguish scientists from engineers. The approximate density of slogan emblazoned shirts versus button-down shirts is similar across the disciplines although selection of either slogans or tie patterns are not.

The best way to distinguish an engineer from a scientist is by mind set. Scientists are interested in understanding something while Engineers are interested in building something. This is best illustrated by how these folks use libraries: scientists use the library to find how how much understanding there is on some aspect of reality; engineers use the library to find out how to do something.

One of the sources of confusion is that both scientists and engineers tend to surround themselves with strange and mysterious equipment such as particle colliders and metal bashers. Again, the difference is what end these equipments are put to. 


Corporate Seriousness

I ran across an article [Link] about some difference between Gooey’s and Fruit”s emojis of cheeseburgers:

A bit of examination will reveal that BOTH are WRONG! How are they wrong?

The proper ordering of cheeseburger – according to SCP – is:

  1. Bottom half of bun;
  2. Schmear of good mustard, that is, NOT salad mustard;
  3. “Meat” patty;
  4. Slice of cheese;
  5. Slice of Tomato;
  6. Schmear of mayonaise;
  7. Lettuce;
  8. Top half of bun.

Get it right inept capitalist tecno-wannabes.

This ain’t art; it’s communication. Not that either of y’all gets that.

Bubba Bawb 2

Ran across this cartoon [Link]

and realized it projected a new dimension to yesterday’s consideration blot – when we don’t know something we ask someone who knows other things than what we are asking. 

Franklin: “In for a penny, in for a pound.”

This also reminds me – inversely – of the idea that an ideal committee consists of one person. This way there is the absence of accountability with maximum efficiency of operation.

Bubba Bawb Tolt Me So

I have been musing on the relationship between the Amerikan culture of ignorance

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”― Isaac Asimov

and our propensity to trust those around us more than those who actually know something about a subject.

This appears to be a straightforward situation of “Us – Them” on its most fundamental level – geography. The people in our sight are more trustworthy than those we cannot see; the people in our valley are trustworthy, the people on the other side of the hill are not.

But what is difficult to grasp is how the exceptions to this come to arise. 


Code Cracklin’

I have previous – several times – muttered about the differences between Geeks and Nerds. As a general rule, Geeks collect and Nerds do. 

But I was reminded the other day that both Geeks and Nerds write code. And the passing thought was, how is this?

So after a bit of cogitation, I came to the hypothesis that coding is diverse enough to be a bag of many pockets. (Like humans, or other animals. After all, what are cells but pockets, and animals but bags?)

Anyway, coding is a bit like language. It can be used to communicate or to compose. So there is room for Geeks and Nerds, and, yes, even Bogs.

Geek coding seems to be of the flavor of web pages and data bases and even operating systems. Mostly communication.

Nerd coding seems to be of the flavor of ways to bash numbers. Lots of algorithm development. Not very much eye candy. (Which is probably why Nerds like eye candy.) Not much communcation but some component of originality.

Which leaves the question of Bog coding. Is there such a thing?

Coffee Flatulence

Amerika is a nation of coffee and capitalism. And they conflict.

Something like 0.75 of all humans lack any of the “Cattle Herder” mutations. These mutations enable the secretion of Lactase in adults. 

Generally, children – pre-adolescents – secrete Lactase, which permits them to digest Lactose. Children who lack this secretion capacity are, for some strange reason, said to be “Lactose Intolerant.”

Horrible name, what one might expect from Bogs. But notably, this is a childhood disorder. The term is inapplicable to adult humans. Adult humans who do not secrete Lactase are called “Modal”, or, by Bogs, “Normal’. Adult humans who secrete Lactase are called “Mutants” or “amodal.” 

Dairy creamers contain Lactase; nonDairy creamers do not. Id dairy creamer is added to coffee distillate – hereafter, simply coffee – the Lactose is decomposed if the coffee has a temperature above about 190 degF. Otherwise, most adult humans who add dairy creamer to their coffee will suffer gaseous discomfort and potential damage.

This is all fine if you prepare your coffee at home or you bring along your own non-dairy creamer. Why? Because capitalist coffee sellers almost universally offer coffee with sufficient temperature to decompose Lactose or non-dairy creamer.

McDougals is a sterling example of this practice. No McDougals in Amerika offers non-dairy creamer. And they deliberately lower the temperature of their coffee prior to serving to placate litigation fears.

So if you add creamer to your coffee and drink it at McDougals, then you will have gas pains.

And just about everywhere else.

Because the coffee sellers refuse to either keep their coffee hot enough or provide non-dairy creamer. 

So Amerika is a nation of flatulent coffee drinkers.

All for the benefit of capitalist oligarchs.