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. 

In Praise of Linux 1

While clearing tabs, I ran across an article [Link] entitled “How to Get Started with the Linux Operating System” on Lifehacker.

It’s not a very original article and while it’s fairly complete, it’s not very engaging nor compelling. In fact, it’s a whit short of discouraging.

No fire. No excitement/ No endocrinology.

So I am going to float a few bits of blot on adopting/using Linux. Not because I think I can do a better job than some guy paid to write on Lifehacker but because I consider the whole Lifehacker thing to be tragically organizational and socially mired.

I started using Linux after I retired from the Civil Service. That was partly due to being deeply micturated at Winders and MegaHard and nauseated by Fruit and its OS/hardware. Both of which I had been compelled to use by the Yankee Army of Occupation.

So I started using Linux. Ten years ago and a bit more. The path has not been without bogs and miring and avalanches. But I no longer have an OS that takes control of my machine from me, just to do updates, without recourse.

The Linux talk about Free and Open Software. What counts is free as in how this country used to be before the political parties established their dictatorship.

Yes, there are barriers and boundaries and difficulties but there is a lack of slavery and serfdom. Almost an absence. One is tempted to say a freedom but that would be a bit overblown. If one is to use a computer, including cellular telephones, then one must use an OS, and unless one is very good and knowledgable and does nothing much else, one does not build one’s own OS. You gotta use some OS. And Linux is the freest of them.

It’s also pretty much free as in beer. Yes, you gotta have a stein and a fridge, metaphorically speaking, but you can pick what you want and all the costs are indirect. The OS only costs the time and bandwidth to download and unpack onto a USB stick or a DVD. SO there’s the cost of the stick or the DVD. You’ve got to already have the box (computer) to do the download. And you’ve gotta sacrifice your time to learn how to do this and the install and such.

Something like how the freed slaves had to learn how to be Free Men after the Recent Unpleasantness. And maybe one of these days the poor southrons, salt and pepper both, will learn how to be free from the rich overlords.

So what’s great about Linux? Well, that’s going to be rationed out a bit at a time, because this is going to be a voyage of discovery for both of us.

For today, I am going to be superficial and juvenile. Maybe artsy. Today’s wonderful thing about Linux is eye candy. It’s not locked away, with steep proces for limited access, like Winders. It’s right there.

Flying Toasters screen saver. Built in. Just gotta download the pictures and install. From the standard repository (software store.) 

Can’t do that on Winders.

It’s a trivial thing but so is a flag flapping in the breeze. 


Stupidity and Greed – Humanity in Action

Seven Day. The  weather beavers foretell a flood starting this night and through the morrow. So seems a good time to clean out some tabs before settling into real work.

First, an article [Link] entitled “Why humans are quick thinkers: Our ‘selfish brains’ have evolved to take priority over muscle when using up the body’s energy.” From what I have observed the only thing slower than most people – Bogs – rate of thought is a rock. Maybe pond slime? But I don’t know that pond slime thinks. 

But then it is unclear just how many Bogs think. Probably not most. They seem to go through life on endocrine secretions and emotion. Especially anger. And some violence. And they get upset when their violence is prevented or deterred. 

Which proves again that Sturgeon was right.

Second, another article [Link] entitled “CDC: Suicide Rates Increase in US Rural Areas.” These two seem to fit together. 

I am not opposed to suicide. If someone wants to not be alive then that should be their decision. No interference from Bogs or organizations. We have too many people on the planet as is and anyone who wants to end their existence should be permitted.

But what rather ruffled me about this Bog arrogance article was the prissy way it talked about how there are inadequate services in rural areas.


Let’s consider. Rural areas are low in population, hence low in tax base. Financial activities in rural areas are low profit, which should be another reason for low tax revenue except that most rural areas are ruled by Repulsians who don’t want any taxes beyond what is collected to give to their rich donors. So no money for services. And thus, no services.

If you create Tartarus, you have to expect escape attempts. Don’t be falsely righteous when all you want to do is maintain the population of wage slaves. 

Third, an article [Link] entitled “Does science need mavericks?” This article is written by an academic who is rightly concerned about losing employment as the universities become factories. So the article answer is NO.

The real answer is YES. And the reason why is that without some real scientific advance, not the nit noid crap being churned out by academics with lots of fudging and outright cheating, we are doomed. We may be doomed anyway, but without some science advances we are surely doomed. And what has been coming out the last century hasn’t been very advancing.

Yes, there have been some advances, and some have even been done by the expensive organizational science folks. But compared to the revolutions of the first part of the Twentieth, the last hundred years have largely been static and decimal place increasing.

So while I believe in permitting suicide I am not in favor of the Bogs and Organizations killing us off from their stupidity and greed.


Shrubbery Combustion

This has been an exciting morning. First, the air temperature was a bit higher than yesterday, enough that I didn’t have to worry about the integrity of my teeth. And then I experienced a series of mental lightning strikes.

First, I received an advertising e-mail from Amazing. [Link] They were soliciting me to purchase Winders software from them.

This is not the first callously arrogant, ridiculous solicitation I have received from Amazing. They send me a weekly selection of shoes to purchase, none of which are available in my size.

But in this case, they know I use Linux because my browser tells them this when I visit their web site.

So what politician reject thought to try to sell Winders stercus-ware to a Linux user? The World Wonders.

Second, I got off on one of those evangelistic emails. This one was canny enough to evade the SPAM filters but it also gave me a few moments of rolling laughter on the floor.

Simply put, a thought occurred early on. Why is it that the Christianist bible does such an exquisite job of attributing human characteristics to the deity but never consider that the deity – if the human characteristic thing is accurate? – might have a sense of humor. Certainly observation of humanity evokes such a conjecture sine die.

Could this be an indication that organized religion is just about the organization?

Third, it also struck me how Amazing is like an organized religion. It has to be obeyed and placated with sacrifices. And it provides in return?