Saturday, 16 February 2019
quote [ Scientists have developed what they call rat cyborgs, which humans can control wirelessly with their minds to navigate mazes. ]
Human brain-to-brain interfacing possible, too, which is simultaneously neat and disconcerting.
Saturday, 9 February 2019
quote [ Although people ended up happier, the government hoped it would help the unemployed to find work. ]
Another perspective you could take is that the basic income kept many people from worse situations when there weren't enough jobs.
Friday, 25 January 2019
quote [ This fall I joined the ranks of Shawn Baker's all-meat cult for 30 days. Here's what happened. ]
I continued my own experimenting with diet again last fall by trying a combination of keto and intermittant fasting for a couple months. I didn't notice any difference in mood, health, or energy, but I sure did have to urinate a lot (like 10 times a day at the worst of it). I reintroduced carbs into my meals and the problem resolved quickly.
Friday, 11 January 2019
quote [ "All I’m saying is don’t act like the way things are is somehow ordained by God." ]
Perhaps extremists on both the left and right are acting like a vice grip, slowly but surely forcing average citizens into a middle ground. Too bad they don't have any money to effect policy in Washington.
Video of Carlson's monologue in extended.
Thursday, 10 January 2019
quote [ Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves.
Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now. It was once a well-kept garden of intelligent discussion, where knowledgeable and interested folk came, attracted by the high quality of speech they saw ongoing. But into this garden comes a fool, and the level of discussion drops a little—or more than a little, if the fool is very prolific in their posting. ]
Came across this nearly 10 year old article last night, but was hesitant to post it. Not looking to start the same arguments over about the SE users pegged as trolls. Rather, this got me thinking about SE as a whole and where individual responsibility lies within its framework.
Short, relevant, personal recollection in extended.
Saturday, 5 January 2019
quote [ You could make a religion out of this. ]
History lesson with jazz-pop fusion bits sprinkled throughout? Okay!
Monday, 31 December 2018
quote [ How and why did the Star get Asimov to write for us back in 1983?
Vian Ewart, who was Insight editor then, says the idea for an Orwell series came naturally, and he recalls the project fondly to this day. He put together a team including a writer (Ellie Tesher), an illustrator and layout designer.
“Asimov was popular at the time” for his science fiction, Ewart says, “so I simply phoned him at his New York home and asked him. He loved the idea of a 1984 series and was pleased to be ‘the lead-off writer.’ He was a very gracious man and charged $1 a word.” ]
Hit a soft paywall on my phone, full article in extended.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
quote [ I have a confession to make.
This isn’t easy, and I’ve taken a long time to summons up the strength to do it.
I’m aware that just by admitting to what I’m about to admit, I will subject myself to all manner of global shame and ridicule.
I’ll be taunted, abused, shunned and reviled.
But as Sir Winston Churchill once so rightly said: ‘You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.’
OK, here goes…
I am a man. ]
I didn't know a day to celebrate the Y chromosome existed until I happened by this. And not really advice, rather just a bunch of insults lobbed at modern feminists and an example of "real feminism" in a female F1 driver who crashed spectacularly at a recent racing event.
Why am I posting this?... ¯|_(ツ)_/¯
Thursday, 4 October 2018
quote [ Amazon took away monthly bonuses and stock awards from its hourly workers, as the company announced a minimum-wage increase Tuesday. ]
TNSTAAFL. Follow up to this post.
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
quote [ While MDMA is known to trigger prosocial behavior in mice and humans, it has never been witnessed in invertebrates, animals that have no backbone. Vertebrates and invertebrates have wildly divergent bodies and brain structures, and for a long time scientists didn’t think the latter had the capacity to be social. They only recently realized invertebrates deserved a second look. ]
An eight arm hug sounds awesome.
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