Alimentary Internet

One Day. Back to Gym. Not bad. The podcast episode was, as usual, from the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” entitled “Uncommon Knowledge” and quite good. I shan’t go into it now but may later if the muse concurs.

A new source of annoyance has emerged at gym. I have commented about the weight bouncers who delight in load shrieks of groaning and the sound of concrete flooring crunching when they drop their weights from a height, and the loud, strident voices of educationalists who seem unable to summon “indoor voices.”

A new wrinkle of the latter has emerged. It is unclear if they are educationalists but they are a group of women, all young, who shout across the gym at each other in banal conversation. They appear to be the type of people who take great umbrage that you are “eavesdropping” on them so I have not yet complained about their noise level exceeding the volume capability of my MP3 player. 

Some of this clearly is the higher frequency of women’s voices (in the mode,) but some is also a demonstration of the antipathy of GEN Ys towards courtesy to any but their immediate circle of friends. And their immediate rancor if they are treated in a reciprocal fashion. 

For some reason the combination of this and my thoughts on the “WannaCry” malware phenomena led me back to consider the nature of Sturgeon’s rule. I went and consulted the internet of the demographics of OS usage.[Link] The combination of Mac OS, Linux, and “Other” is almost exactly 0.1 of the population. That means that windows users are 0.9 of computer users. Since Sturgeon sez that 0.9 of everything is crap, I was a bit startled. Of course, there is no indication of any determinism here. The best that probability will tell us is that 81% of computer users are Winders serfs and crap.

This seems reasonable. Not all Winders users are crap. Some – many – are forced by employers to use Winders and many of these – the crap ones probably – use Winders at home because they are too busy (Bog code for too lazy or stupid) to learn another OS. Besides Mac hardware is unreasonably expensive and Linux is TOO HARD. 

This latter, incidentally, is one of the few joys one gets from those crap Winders users, at least until one considers the base line.

Along the way I got to thinking about some of the recent reports I had seen associating brain/mind whackedness with nastiness. The original information [Link] had to do with an observed connection between damage to the prefrontal cortex of the brain and religionist extremism (specifically fundamentalism.) Evidently the damage to the cortex results in a diminished ability to think for oneself and thereby a greater propensity to believe unquestioningly,

Another study [Link] showed a strong connection between studying/practicing business or economics and being a psychopath, narcissist, and/or self-serving egotist. This certainly explains a great deal about the whackendess and evil of capitalists and economists. And thereby the basic dedication of elected politicians to punish the poor. 

All in all, more evidence that 0.9 of humanity is crap. 

“And I don’t like anyone very much.”

Fair is Foul

Seven Day. Air Temperature a bit higher than yesterday. No shivering during the morning constitutional.

Almost the end of Week Out. Why have week out become so miserable? Inactivity? Probably a major factor.

Which brings me to an article [Link] I ran across yesterday titled “Strong language: swearing makes you stronger, psychologists confirm.” I have to admit that this article brought a lot of baggage with it.

My first concern was having psychologists measuring physical and physiological things. My experience with most psychologists, Total Angular Momentum Magnetic Inductance being the primary exception that proves the rule – and he started as an engineer, are a bit whackadoodle. Their experiments seldom make a meaningful and clear connection between methods and conclusions. I suppose part of this is the whackedness of humans in general but when someone tells me they are going to measure X and then announce this confirms Y with no demonstrated connection between X and Y except in the mind of the psychologist I get a bit skeptical.

The second thought was the strangeness of language. Take the words “swear”, “curse”, and “profanity”. All are synonyms for foul and offensive language. But one also swears an oath and cursing is a form of magic, or, at least, witchery. So the degeneracy is confusing in the least.

There is also the matter that the “English” spoken in England is different from the “English” spoken in the Yankee republic. 

And the last was that this seems not to be news. I can recall that Edward Elmer Smith in one of his Lensmen series wrote “Men curse to keep from crying, women cry to keep from cursing.” This may be a different form of strength but the implication is at least as clear as one of those psychology experiments. 

Also, in dealing with the military for many years, the use of profanity to summon some form of strength, physical among the ranks, mental and ethical among officers, is common and often inappropriate. 

So is this a case of academic approval where some well-known effect must be validated by academics to actually exist? Or is there something really new here? The difference cannot be resolved given the state of the journalism. 

In the meantime I reflect on whether I had to make use of profanity to read the article. I don’t recall it, but that is part of profanity: we become addicted to it and don’t realize we are using it until we are punished for doing so.

Which is a matter that the psychologists should have studied but apparently didn’t.

Maybe I will shiver now.

Pee AND Pool = 1

Since a couple of channels on the cable have started having MASH – the TV program, not the movie or even the actual book – marathons, the subjects of cockroach pornography (sports type) and micturation have been more frequently considered.

Hence, when I ran across an article [Link] entitled “Here’s How Much Pee There Is in a Swimming Pool” I moved into the micturation channel. This is one of those typically (predominantly? ENTIRELY!) Millenial articles that falls somewhere on the spectrum between “Gross” and “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!” And the MASH bit gave me the insight necessary to cement the bottom line.

An old summer camp (showing my youth from the ’50’s) trick was to take someone’s arm – while they were asleep – and immerse it in a basin of warm water (liquid dihydrogen oxide.) After a few moments that someone would void their bladder, mush to their embarrassment and the glee of their evil EXTRO camp mates.

Note this is a natural physiological reaction. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be used as a prank.

But what gets missed by all the BOG EXTROs is that it doesn’t just work with an arm; it works with any other part of the body. (Almost.)

So when you take someone and put them in a swimming pool on a day when the water is warm, guess what you get?

Voided Bladders.

Get the idea? Urine in swiming pools is a NATURAL occurrence. The only way to avoid it is to catheterize everyone before they go in the pool.

Shhh. Don’t spread that around. There may be politicians listening.

Warped Sustainability

One of the great deceptions of modern times is that humans have only recently become consumerists. This myth/prevarication is propagated by the fanatic environmentalist faction.

Which is not to say they don’t have a good point but they rather ignore why there is a problem and that is overpopulation. It isn’t completely clear how many people we need for humans to continue but it’s between a million and a billion so there’s lots of room for downsizing.

But the string I want to oscillate here is about humans as consumers.

Humans have always been consumers. Back when we (our predecessors) were still in the trees, we consumed fruit of the trees and probably an occasional tree rat or dinosaur descendant. Once we climbed down and embraced the risk of bipedalism, we got busy consuming. Albeit mostly “road kill.”

Once we invented technology we got into big time because we had to be Hunter-Gatherers. Because we were consumers. We’d eat an area of a couple of hours walk radius around our temporary camp down and have to march on to a new area. After the population grew enough we had to develop circuits and territories so we didn’t have to kill (and eat) other bands’ members.

Those movements were the type of consumerism we have now. When we stopped we could make shelters, sleeping and cooking rigs, and tools. But when we moved to the next stop we had to leave behind every thing we couldn’t carry and keep up. And that burden had to include toting children too small to walk themselves. This is part of why we have “marriage.” It’s so the men can carry the women’s stuff while they carry bairns.

Just like consumerism today. 

Of course, at some point sedentaryism set in followed quickly by either starvation or the development of agriculture with all its evils. And that may have been the only time – and it’s a big MAY – we’ve worried about sustainment and conservation seriously.

And I sorta doubt that based on some of the evidence.

So sustainability is a valid concern but horribly mangled in presentation.

Making Travel Hurt

Had to put my motorcar in hospital yesterday for a transplant. More of this balloon nonsense of incompetent manufacturing. And since US231 is a “bloody mess” of road muckers making travel painful for the citizenry – courtesy of a bit of pork from the state Council of Thieves – I went via US431 which increases the distance by 0.25 but decreases the wrack and ruin on me. And then I had to molder in what is laughingly called a “Quiet Room” for a not too interminable period of time before being able to return to Greater Metropolitan Arab.

Which meant that I got exposed to a lot of “media” rubbish yesterday. And that’s the basis of this blot.

Second of all, I perceived a transmission over the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver last evening of a news item on “air rage”. Seems the corporate masters of the air want to make the punishments for bad behavior – in their determination – uniform over the planet. This is rather more adventurous even than drug laws which are uniformly strict but dis-jointly applied. 

My initial reaction was that the corporate masters would catch more flies with honey than acetic acid solution. IOW, if people are raging then instead of bottling up their rage so that when it does manifest it’s in the form of guillotines and firing parties, just moderate the causes of the irritation.

This, of course, might reduce their profits and thus with typically microscopic planning, would be impossible to even contemplate. So thumb screws and iron maidens it will be. I would be concerned that if people are going to be threatened with twenty years of prison, probably in some tartarus hole of a country with a 0.99 convict death fraction, some will decide they need to take a few myrmidons of evil capitalism with them. Which will also reduce profits.

But then I thought secondly about the videos I had seen leading into the news reading and I realized that all of the example incidents were perpetrated by people who had the appearance and behavior of neotenous adolescents.

Which brought me to the first of all which was listening as I returned from the motorcar hospital to GMA on a satellite wireless channel. This was a “comedy” (???) monologue about the behavior of teenagers. A tirade – never more than briefly humorous – of the obliviousness to communication and learning and the emotional maelstroms. Which is closely the behavior of air rage.

It then occurred that during most of human existence, ever since we came down out of the trees, we were Hunter-Gatherers, and therefore we evolved pretty much in that mold. And in HG bands of 25-50 people where almost no one lived past 45, teenagers were much more determining members of society.

In effect, Civilization if a conspiracy to dis-empower teenagers. Throughout recorded history, the age at which adolescents become “adults” has steadily increased. 

Which means that there is reduced pressure on adolescents to develop adult behavior. And we have a lot of people in our environment of society-is-the-only-reality where chronological adults are really neotenous teenagers. 

If so, trying to punish air rage is already a lost cause. 

Just like trying to find adults to operate pickup trucks.