What Are Heuristics?
A very brief but good overview: the “world violence” ratio the video mentions is a good example of the spotlight fallacy. But the unspoken conclusion is that heuristics are bad at knowing large scale phenomena because human beings qua human beings are bad at knowing large scale phenomena.
When to Trust the Experts (Climate and Otherwise)
Another unspoken (unwritten) conclusion: trust the experts when they agree with you, because paying attention to contrary data causes cognitive dissonance and, outwardly, causes social instability inside a person’s circle.
Star Trek: Discovery – Main Title Sequence
Wonderfully stylized sequence and a break from Star Trek tradition.
How can a famous food blogger screw up so badly, so many times? It’s not as though she doesn’t know the right way. Beware going to that site: it has more ads than a Super Bowl on repeat, and it takes just as long to load.
The Internet Is Not Impressed With the All-Girl ‘Lord of the Flies’ Remake
I wouldn’t mind an all-broad Flies version; it makes much more sense than a diverse one, since the original text involved boys from an all-boy military school. And, according to some commentaries, Flies is about government (men) and the predilection towards physical violence that men, not women, have. Airdropping girls (heh) into that role is nonsensical. To wit…:
Why Computer Programmers Should Stop Calling Themselves Engineers
I get the sentiment, the same argument can be used for electrical engineers vs civic engineers. English vulgate speakers—i.e., everyone who speaks English—knows a software engineer isn’t a materials engineer. That’s why languages use modifiers to eliminate ambiguity. “Engineer,” by itself, anyways, means almost nothing.
Everyone is on steroids
Especially if they claim “natty” (natural), are on YouTube or Instagram, and trying to sell you something. Doubly so they are on steroids if they are vegan; vegan bodybuilders have 0.0% chance of maintaining that kind of muscle mass and leanness without getting pinned in the butt on the regular.
Look at this downtrodden robot and rejoice at your human superiority (for now)
The poor dear probably realized his epistemology was more limited than humans’.
Official YouTube Blog: An update on our commitment to fight terror content online
Whenever an NGO with “dialogue” in their name is involved with an initiative, you can bet lots of people are going to get silenced, either literally or practically.
Petition to keep Adobe Flash alive as open source makes us want to cry
I remember being able to download, with a simple browser plugin, the source file from the compiled and published swf file, to see how a programmer did something. To call that a security risk is an unbelievable understatement. Related, and perhaps more tragic:
The Real History of The Crusades
Spoiler: it had nothing to do with searching for the “grail,” Middle Eastern treasure, or killing lots of Jews.
We’re All Guinea Pigs in a Failed Decades-Long Diet Experiment
Via Vox Day. Don’t expect an apology from experts and bureaucrats anytime soon, so I’d recommend the sweet revenge of eating eggs, fatty steaks, and whole milk as much as you can.
Klein Bottle Opener
This scratches so many itches for me…even ones I didn’t know I had.
Periphery – The Way The News Goes (Live Music Video)
One of the creatively-shot and edited live videos I’ve seen. I dig the guy in the crowd with the bow tie and suspenders.
I found a solution for shuffling videos between multiple YouTube playlists, in case anyone is in a rare situation where they need to do this. For some reason, YouTube caps the video count at 200 when you embed a playlist on another site, though the playlist may contain way more that 200. Embedding playlists also disables the shuffler.
I like to listen to some of my playlists at work, but streaming directly on YouTube is rather slow; embedding the playlists on a plnkr.co page is my workaround…but that brings the no-shuffle, 200-video-limit into the mix (har har). But with this randomizer, you can shuffle videos between any playlists, even from different users. There’s probably a way to do this programmatically using YouTube’s APIs, but I didn’t have the inclination to spend the time on it.
Here’s the permalink for my three playlists. It’s also neat that the page title changes with each video, so if I hear a song I’m not familiar with, I just have to hover over the browser tab in Chrome to see the title.
Interesting sci-fi series that doesn’t rely on endless action candy to be appealing. Requires at least two viewings.
If it seems a little dark—literally, not bright—it’s not you, nor is it YouTube. That’s just how it was produced. The series can be streamed on Hulu and the darkness is there, too.
The series can’t be embedded, but it’s viewable here. Here’s a related image, because this post would seem odd without one.
“Stop Crying” subreddit – That link doesn’t go anywhere because the subreddit doesn’t exist. Someone needs to start it, though, kind of like the “I Am Very Smart” or “Le Wrong Generation” subreddits, to highlight all the people who comment on Facebook images or Youtube videos of overtly sentimental subject matter with tears in their eyes (“damn those onion-cutting ninjas!” etc.). It’s getting out of hand.
LOL – LOL
Red Deer man punches cougar at Tim Hortons to save dog – I thought cougars would be more into Bob Evans.
SpecFaith: The Need for Diversity in Christian Fiction – No. God, please no. God doesn’t need diversity in anything any more than He needs a peanut butter sandwich or a stovepipe replacement. Evangelical Christians are like conservative Republicans—they hop on cultural trends 5-10 years too late, when everyone else has moved on to the next progressive cause.
Oh No, a Shortage of Dead People – Some folks are too retarded to figure out the negative, unseen, unintended effects of their favorite public policies, but the moment the private sector does something, there’s a sudden burst of insight!
The world is getting more frighteningly stupid by the day. – Yes it is, Jill. It is.
Megadeth’s “Hangar 18” – Ending on a positive note! One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums…and it still holds up today, 25+ years later. This seems to be the remastered version, and thankfully they didn’t quiet down Dave Mustaine’s and Marty Friedman’s solo dueling. Hey, speaking of solos, as far as metal it doesn’t get any better than these solos. Keep in mind this was pre-Protools, make-everything-sounds-the-same era. You can feel them beating the crap out of those strings raw to get them to sound the way they want: lots of string scraping and accidental pinch harmonics. As one user commented: “Best solo battle ever, best solos ever, best solo tone ever.”
Mind-Altering Quantum Experiment Shows Time Has Never Existed As We Think It Does – “You totally can’t trust anything about the universe, except the results of my experiment. Trust me! Science.”
Study warns that science as we know it is evolving into something shoddy and unreliable – Bring back natural philosophy and engineering-as-research!
Queryfeed – For us non-Twitter users who want to follow an account on there but
deal with all the hashtags and shortened URLs sell your soul don’t want to actually sign up.
Youtube Heroes – Crass video, but enlightening. I can’t think of a worse idea than YouTube giving normal users the power to mommy everyone when they see something they don’t like.
Darwin Unhinged: The Bugs in Evolution – “In sum: If we don’t know what conditions existed, or what conditions would be necessary, and can’t reproduce the event in the laboratory, and can’t show it to be statistically probable, and can’t construct something that might have evolved—why are we so very sure that it happened? Would you hang a man on such evidence?”
Read a sample résumé for Marissa Mayer – “please no one do this” – a friend’s comment on LinkedIn. Please note he’s a graphic designer.
The App Store Renders Government Irrelevant – As if more rendering were needed.
The Student-Loan Scam Killed ITT Tech – “Neither students nor their parents could possibly pay out-of-pocket for college at these prices, nor would private lenders see these loans, which have no collateral, as feasible. In the absence of government created credit, colleges would be forced to charge prices that are in line with reality.”
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival program – Warning! This is a pdf. Another warning! This references the Medieval Period as the “Dark Ages.” Final warning! It’s not really a Renaissance festival.
Is this the most convincing video of the loch ness Monster ever – No. It’s not.
How Long to Write Famous Books – Geez, take your time, Salinger.
Majority of Americans Are Still Reading Print Books – Time to finally get that “Print 4 Lyfe” tattoo.
I posted the full movie a few years ago, but YouTube had taken it down, most likely because it was an upload from a random user without the copywright. However, the Paramount Vault channel recently uploaded it in full, so it looks like it’s here to say. Enjoy.
Thought I’d share my (mostly) video game music playlist. It’s good for background music for reading or quiet working, though if you really like some of the songs the experience can be interrupting. Youtube has a 200 video limit for embeded playlists, looks like, so go here to the actual playlist page for all the videos (247, right now).
I noticed I like a lot of songs involving symphonies (or simulated symphonies), and choral works. A lot of the choral pieces have female vocalists, which I prefer in that setting over male voices. Female, and youth voices for that matter, tend to have less peaky midrange and are able to cut through the instrumentation better than male voices, so the melodies are more clear and “grab-on-able.” Midrange-heavy sounds tend to be more ambient in feel. Some favorites of the former type:
Another public service announcement type of post.
1. Press the Windows + E keys to launch File Explorer:
2. Click inside the locator bar, type or copy/paste the following path, then press enter:
Control Panel\System and Security\System
3. The System info section inside the Control Panel will be shown:
Of course, this is only the quickest (maybe) if you’re on this page and can copy/paste that path directly.
It took me 3 or 4 clicks on Google search results to find this, and the actual Microsoft help pages were not helpful. I had to schlep through a Youtube video to find this out.
Decided to deploy a new WordPress template: Typo from Okay Themes. I was angling for a minimal one column layout and this is closest to what I wanted. I didn’t want to hack away too much at a an existing theme like I had in the past.
Read on for more techy UI details. Otherwise, I hear a football game is on.
I tried something new with the customizations: putting the styling and extra content using jQuery. Schlepping a child theme wasn’t worth it because my changes and additions weren’t that much to warrant it, but I also didn’t really want to touch the theme CSS nor the template file in question (the footer).
Since the theme called the jQuery base script already, I thought I would write my own separate script with my customizations and just inserting a call in the header. That way if there’s ever a theme update I’ll just need to insert the call into the header again:
I realize that doing all of your styling (and inserting content) with jQuery is clunky but I didn’t have much to do to begin with. There’s an issue with the load order because the pre-styled content can sometimes flash before it is rendered—similar to FOUC phenomenon when you don’t call CSS correctly. I have an idea of what’s going on but research is needed.
To do list: