Saturday, January 08, 2022

Do we dare theorize that conspiracy could be conspiracy?

It's not an argument which disproves an actual conspiracy to accuse anyone who dares to suppose that it might exist of being a conspiracy theorist.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Now there are _four_ kinds of lies! Because that's progress(ive)!

1. Lies.

2. D-d lies.

3. Statistics.

4. FC ("Fact Checks").

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Mobile Solar Power Testbed gets an 1100 Watt Electric Cooking Element

 I received a hotplate yesterday, which isn't, perhaps, the perfect match with my KickStarter purchase of a $100 pair of compact cooking utensils (in the foreground, a frying pan which doubles as a saucepan lid, in the background, a saucepan which doubles as a frying pan lid), but it was $12, has no electronics, and could double, in the future, as an 1100 watt load resistor, a heater, or other things, and for now, can make breakfast!

The noodles are from 1/2 a pack of ramen, seasoned with dashi, pre-soaked in a little (too much, I wasted power cooking them down) on top of garlic and artificial crab.

Lunch was Trader Joe's pre-cooked roast beef slices, fried with mushroom, garlic, and onion, in a hot-dog bun (well, two hot-dog buns, they were small), toasted on the bottom of the (non-stick) frying pan. Power used, for that, and to make 2 liters of green tea: 810 Watt-hours (probably it would have been nearer 800 if I had dumped the excess ramen water), not counting conversion losses in the 24V to 120V inverter. That compares favorably with cooking in a 700 Watt microwave, which, in my experience, cannot produce as palatable a result. I estimate that amount of power requires about 300 watts of solar panels on a reasonably (not perfect) sunny day around here (SF Bay Area). I had twice that much out today (rain is coming).

Sunday, December 12, 2021

What progressive Democratocracy calls "truth" is getting pretty far "out there"

After spending about the last dozen years studying these things (social life, including current events) it's starting to feel a bit like (a TV series which I have preferred to mostly not watch, because every time I do, I am reminded why I have that preference, called) The X Files out there, except, the progressive Democrat institutional leftist chic elite wants to believe, they demand that I believe, and I don't want to believe (the lies they call "truth").

Adam Carolla: News outlets outraged that Smollett lied all along

Friday, November 12, 2021

I may be uniquely qualified to decide the victor to be (hoped for), in the clash of the "space" titans!

Musk says: go to Mars, young man! Bezos says: In the future, everyone will come from cylinders in space, and come to Earth as tourists!

This is a clash of "visions" I have reason to believe I am well qualified to comment on. Better qualified than Bezos, and perhaps Musk, too, because when I was quite young, and graduated from reading the dictionary, the encyclopedia, and a smattering of children's books, to (young) adult fiction, it was science fiction, and almost nothing but science fiction, much of it from "the golden age". And almost all hard SF, too (I routinely lost interest in Ursula K. and the like almost immediately). That was about 60 years ago, so, I am qualified, by long experience with the real thing, to spot a counterfeit, and O'Neill was that. There are men with a "vision" (that's a misnomer, really, because a plan is much more than a picture), and there are visionaries, just as there are men who use their intellect to think about things, and there are intellectuals. Once, SF was filled with stories about the former, men with a vision to go, discover, and make new places for people. Now, well, I quit reading 30 years ago, but I infer from the drivel hear so many people with the ear of the public repeating, it, and much else, is about which narrative controls the minds of the unfortunate people trapped in a civilization in decline, and a technical infrastructure necessarily following. 

I will go with Musk's plan for that reason, and because he has proven himself competent to lead the actual building of great things that have been put mostly on ice within increasingly ineffectual bureaucracies for 50 years which I can personally recall (with some disappointment), where Bezos seems content to signal his own, eh, prowess, and do what is required to remain in a position to keep doing that, on as grand a scale as is practical.

I will confess to having read more than one work of Ray Bradbury.

Progressives form the lynch mobs, now, and (often, though not necessarily) white kids who dare to interfere with their "woke" vision of power, are targeted for lynching.

Evidently, the prosecutor, having no case founded in fact and evidence on the charges brought against the defendant, thought it wise to attempt to put the judge on trial, for daring to make him the "target", of the judge's "ire".

Apparently, because all the fakest people, who create false impressions for a living, are telling us that we don't need due process, judge, or jury. No presumption of innocence. No proof beyond reasonable doubt. Because they feel very strongly that young Kyle is a murderer, and who do we think we are, to doubt that the "authenticity" of their feelings should convict a young man of murder? They are celebrities, who create false impressions for a living! So this prosecutor's job, as he sees it, is to make the conviction already obtained in the court of (MSM Media manufactured) public opinion, conformed to the "woke" narrative, reality, by any means necessary.

Rittenhouse prosecutors' evidence has 'disintegrated': Gregg Jarrett

Monday, October 18, 2021

I thought it needed a couple more lines, for the 21st century

 The three I know are:

Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, become critics.

And my additional lines:

Those whose criticism is useless, become Democrat elected officials.
Those who can't become Democrat elected officials (without time in training), become "community organizers" and "activists".