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If it is necessary to calibrate the climate, calibrating it through technology rather than by Luddism is the preferable way to go about it: On the other hand, Bill Gates is critical of cryptocurrencies. Energy is a big cost to the blockchain: If the sun provides less light, electricity will have to provide more! Elon... Read More
He will graciously inform us if my memory fails me, but I believe Blinky Bill nearly perfectly predicted the 2020 electoral college map. His only miss was Georgia, the state set to have the narrowest margin of victory in the country. Unfortunately, the image link he provided in the comments section of the election prediction... Read More
A white circle of protection, that is. And they'll need the mana to use it, so let's get appropriate legislation started now: Via Tusk, Wizards of the Coast understands that the phrase "White Lives Matter" is repugnant. There's a card to deal with the cancer of human history. It remains legal and damned well better... Read More
Is there anything Wokeness won't spoil? Rhetorical: The subsequent pieces of art will all be replaced online with this: With Wokeness there can be no art,
From one AE to another: There's a way to avoid wounding the enormous egos of your parents without being cast in their shadow every time you're introduced to a classmate or kid in the neighborhood. Go by "Ash".
Ha! Video here. And forgive me a little puerility on a Friday night, won't you?
Steve Sailer reviewing David Frye's book Walls: I wondered if that deep historical understanding might manage to manifest itself in contemporary popular nerd culture. It does. There are five colors in the M:TG universe. The colors' predominate attributes and the antithesis of those attributes pithily characterized (heading clockwise from noon; white, blue, black, red, green):... Read More
I'll confess to being pleasantly surprised Disney has permitted a reboot of my favorite childhood movie. The Lion King is, as the enlightened like to put it, problematic. The kingdom is a hierarchical one--a monarchical one, more precisely--that maintains strict borders. It is safe and prosperous because of these things. When the rightful ruler is... Read More
What a missed opportunity. He's been called every -ist and -ism in the book during his entire congressional career yet he keeps getting reelected even when other Iowan Republicans lose, so why play by their rules? Now that he has gone full pathetic pusillanimity, he very well may not be reelected in 2020--if he even... Read More
Chaimstream Media: That maverick McCain was a real hero. Thinking American: How do you mean, mendacity personified? Chaimstream Media: Well, uh, he crashed a plane and got captured by the Viet Cong. Thinking American: How does that make him a hero? Chaimstream Media: [Angrily] He pushed more amnesties, started more wars, and bankrupted more future... Read More
Shocking. Unconscionable. Despicable. Retrograde. Embarrassing. Hidebound. Anachronistic. Bigoted. Troubling. Problematic. These are just a few words that spring to mind upon discovering the gross overrepresentation of white men among Democrat leadership. The first graph shows the distribution of the Democrat electorate in the 2016 presidential election among white men and among minorities*: The second graph... Read More
(via Heartiste)
Reuters-Ipsos' interactive polling explorer site has just added state filters back into the mix after pulling them a couple of years ago. This finally allows a look at non-Hispanic white vote share by state for the 2016 US presidential election. The sample size is huge, with 84,210 whites who either voted for Trump or Clinton... Read More
Scrolling through Nintendo Wii's old game offerings, I see Super Dodge Ball but not Nintendo World Cup. Both were Technos creations and used the same graphics engines. The costs of putting old titles on offer is negligible--sales must be virtually (heh) all margin. The reason one is for purchase while the other is a no... Read More
Season 8, episode 7--the golden age. This post has been updated to comply with the hosting company's demand that violence not be advocated by any of its users. I'm of the opinion that was never the case, but Blogger has given me countless hours of entertainment for free, so what could it possibly owe me?... Read More
So far in 2017 Jews have been perpetrating "anti-Semitic incidents" in the US at more than 19,000% the rate that non-Jews have been doing so. The AP, via Steve Sailer: Those are the numbers, I didn't write them.
and finds out firsthand that the National Question is about more than just economic expediency (recorded from my smartphone, forgiveness please):
And then there was silence. Charlatanism and virtue-signalling make perfect bedfellows. All we need to blow our opposition out is an equal playing field.
Foes beaten in Earthbound "returned to normal" and "became tame". Their aggressiveness was a consequence of Giygas' invasion. To my ten year-old sensibilities, it seemed sanitized. Other series implied death. In retrospect, though, Earthbound's universe is more sensible. Creatures of the size and sophistication making up the enemy fodder of those games presumably have life... Read More
A Quinnipiac poll that ran from 10/27-11/1 reported the following: At the time the poll was taken, slightly more registered Republicans had voted than registered Democrats. The poll shows Trump doing marginally better with Republicans than Hillary is doing with Democrats, and it shows Trump leading among independents. More Republicans than Democrats have voted. More... Read More
As a time capsule, a record of my live reactions to the third presidential debate, starting from the beginning and progressing through to the end. I use facebook instead of twitter because I can't multitask well enough to corral what I write into 140 characters or less while still paying attention to what's being said.---Hillary... Read More
As a time capsule, a record of my live reactions to the second presidential debate, starting from the beginning and progressing through to the end. I use facebook instead of twitter because I can't multitask well enough to corral what I write into 140 characters or less while still paying attention to what's being said.In... Read More
Single, younger women vote Democrat and older, married women vote Republican, of course. If we adjust for age and number of children birthed, though, I bet Trump's women are aesthetically better than Hillary's are. When we're talking about activist-types, or at least the ones who'll get campaign gear and go to rallies, Trump's girls crush... Read More
Seeing this: Served as an impetus for these:  
If this doesn't inspire a desire for perpetually expanding suffrage to everyone and everything, nothing will:
During its golden age, The Simpsons covered all the bases. An exchange, relevant to today's McCain/Trump 'controversy', that transpired more than two decades ago: Homer: That little Timmy is a real hero. Lisa: What makes him a hero, Dad? Homer: Well, he fell down the well and ... can't get out. Lisa: How does that... Read More
Coca Cola is following up last year's successful "share a Coke" first name campaign with an even wider ranging roll out this year. The company hopes to further build upon the nearly 20% increase in unit sales the campaign helped generate in 2014. In response to complaints from consumers whose names did not make the... Read More
In The Way of Men, Jack Donovan distinguishes between "being a good man" and "being good at being a man". The two qualities may correlate positively, inversely, or not at all. This distinction strikes me as the most important idea in the eminently readable book, so here's a simple pop cultural visualization of the two... Read More
Despite the general vernacular understanding of the rule, it is not necessary for a receiver to maintain control of the ball as he goes to the ground unless previous control was never established, control being defined by Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3 of the official 2013 NFL rule book as follows: A and B... Read More
Steve Sailer asks "Why do felines strike us as more feminine than canines?" A few things that come to mind follow. These are just impressions from a human point of view and are not at all intended to answer Steve's other question about "sex hormones and receptors"! - "Feminine feline" or "feline femininity" are elegant-sounding... Read More
Steve Sailer has recently been mulling over the idea that bringing in former Australian Rules football players to become NFL punters could shake up the game by giving teams that employ them a competitive advantage and making 4th downs more exciting in the process. Steve suspects that punts often referred to by commentators unfamiliar with... Read More
Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of my favorite album of all time. There are objective measures of things like rhythm, harmony, and melody, but much of what constitutes musical preference is subjective, and much of it is a consequence of time and place. People tend to most favor music corresponding to their... Read More
Randall Parker has a fun post on hypothetical* time machine travel and what he fantasizes about being able to accomplish if given access to the requisite technology. In that spirit, the first three things that came to this rank amateur's mind: - 326, modern-day Serbia. Locate the place Constantine's (probably) illegitimate but competent son Crispus... Read More
Having heard just about every female I know under the age of 25 gush about the Disney movie Frozen, my wife included, I surely broke at least one of Heartiste's commandments in agreeing to watch it: Frozen with her if she'd watch Gladiator with me. The contrasts could hardly have been starker*. Frozen is the... Read More
Selma Amal Alamuddin.
Linda Gottfredson's single-shot, casual conversational question for assessing if a person has a 3-digit IQ: The assumption is that a 3-digit IQ is a prerequisite to enjoying classical, though it need not be sufficient for liking it. Not caring for it does not necessarily indicate a double-digit IQ. Going in the other direction, I offer... Read More
Via Steve Sailer and Technos: Someone call Little Mac out of retirement, pronto! Everything is 8-bit to me.
++Addition++Steve Sailer comments: My emphasis on what strikes me as one hell of an insight into the game. --- Having looked at several years of regular season NFL data, my working assumption is that, more than anything else, winning is about having an offense that is capable of moving the ball through the air, and... Read More
Photo diary of a loyal soldier in Agnostic's legion:         This is only the avuncular role. Just wait until it's the paternal one!
The ultimate in uptalk..."I know, right?"Seemingly ubiquitous and horribly conspicuous among people under thirty, its putative purpose is to show affirmation and agreement with an observation or statement made by another person. Yet at the same time, it is also a request that the other person validate said affirmation and agreement.Not only does it evince... Read More
I'm a week behind, but at last listen the Derb's research assistants were working for the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan on slogans for the upcoming campaign against Emmanuel Goldstein's ragtag coalition of seditious rats. He should allow them indefinite leave there and find some new assistants. Aged 36, 41, and 34, respectively, Mandy, Candy, and... Read More
Forget the bible belt, now we've got the Jesus belt: From the blurb at BabyNameWizard, "unlike most Christians, who decline to use the name Jesus out of respect, Christians in the Spanish-speaking world commonly bestow it to bring the bearer under the special protection of the son of God."
My brother is a junior in college, at the age when passion naturally flows into debates about which band is the greatest ever, speculations on eschatology, and the like. He's a connoisseur of contemporary music, and puts Radiohead at the top of the pile. I have been since adolescence and remain today a dmb votary, so when... Read More
Hopefully you're doing something more productive than this over the holiday season. The extra time I've found myself with, however, is being squandered on silliness of the sort below. Don't throw away your playful beginnings, I guess:
I'm into the fifth season of The Office. As a cog in the machine, its lampooning of the corporate world hits home and the hot-cold mix of blatant-subtle presentation really does it for me. My onomastic obsession has been activated since the beginning, though. The show is set in contemporary Scranton, PA but if one... Read More
Speaking of me, I have an idea to serve as a sort of dark complement to videos of PUAs in action. It came to me the other night at a Christmas party. My girlfriend showed me a text her ex-boyfriend sent her, the fourth or fifth she's showed me over the last month or so. Without... Read More
With apologies to Aristotle specifically and my readership more generally, a quick glimpse into my world. If I haven't found it, it feels like I must be pretty close. I wake up at 8am to my girlfriend's gentle kisses. We make love out of my morning wood and then she makes me this while I... Read More