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If you are a Realist, there are three truisms that define the Universe. Learn them well and structure your choices and responses accordingly.

Otherwise life will disappoint you constantly…

1. Sturgeon's Law: "Ninety percent of everything is crap."

2. Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

3. Hofstadter's Law: "It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law."

Politics, Georgia, WTF 

> She Lost the GA Guv Race By 70 Points. She Still Won’t Concede.

> Far-right favorite Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4 percent of the vote in Georgia’s GOP primary for governor on Tuesday … Taylor, a Trump loyalist who campaigned with the slogan “Jesus Guns Babies” and promised to “stand up to the Luciferian Cabal,” simply believes it’s impossible that she lost this spectacularly.

"Jesus Guns Babies…"

And she wonders how she could have lost?

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I believe in:

* Rationalism

* Realism

* Occam's Razor

* The scientific method

Separately I believe the requires us to increase overall happiness by:

* Showing compassion, even for those we dislike

* Rejecting racism, fascism and authoritarianism in all forms

* Reducing inequality in all forms

* Letting people make their own mistakes/face their own consequences

And I believe the latter list takes precedence over the former. Life is not simply a 'Trolley problem."

After all, AI and open-ended data collection worked so well for identifying terrorists! Right?

> Analysis: data mining doesn’t work for spotting terrorists.


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Legally we can't throw them in jail. They aren't crazy in a way that could get them committed. They have the same rights as everyone else – EXACTLY THE SAME – and they haven't shot up a school … yet.

And that's even assuming we can accurately assess the likelihood of a mass murderer grabbing a gun and heading for an elementary school. Not something I'm convinced of.

But, based on this, we can expect the priesthood to start pitching a 'solution' to mass murderers soon.


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> Two Professors Found What Creates a Mass Shooter. Will Politicians Pay Attention? Mass shooters overwhelmingly fit a certain profile, say Jillian Peterson and James Densley, which means it’s possible to ID and treat them before they commit violence.

On the one hand? Great! Let's identify mass murderers before they commit a crime.

On the other hand? OK, we identified them. Now what? Seriously, what do we do next?


Elon Musk, Mythmaking 

> "There is never just one cockroach."

> When I First Saw Elon Musk for Who He Really Is. The CEO’s mythmaking often obscures an uglier truth. The public is finally reckoning with it.

I think I've talked before here about using one of those mini-PCs in the way I'm going try with the SteamDeck. The thought is, laptops are expensive and not easily replaced when traveling if stolen or lost.

OTOH, Chromebooks are crazy cheap – if under-powered for general use – so If you have to replace one it's no big deal.

This way you can lock the expensive and powerful bits up in a safe in your hotel room and still take the Chromebook to a coffee shop for web surfing…

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Finally got my purchase notice for a . Yes, I'm buying it for gaming. I'll also try using it with a keyboard and monitor and (though it's under-powered) with a VR headset.

But I'm also looking at using it in a way some of you might find interesting: Configure it as a portable app-host and access it from a Chromebook on the road or from my desktop at home.

The idea is to run an X-server on the Chromebook and the apps (and a webserver) on the SteamDeck.

> A cautionary tale for all my colleagues in the
Amateur SupraPhysical Experimentation Group!.

> As we all know, teleportation of probes of through greater than line-of-sight distances using nonresolved lat-lon coordinates has always been problematic, resulting in chronic processor failure > 90% and structural delamination of the actual probe encapsulator…

Politics, School Shootings 

> The GOP’s Only Answer to School Shootings Didn’t Help in Uvalde.

The assumption, “… the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” might be true in the end game of a mass murder, I.E. the murderer does get stopped (eventually), but it doesn't seem to play out in a way that *prevents* mass murders.

Realistically, gun control isn't going to entirely stop such attacks either. But at least it might reduce them.

Politics, Putin, Trump 

When your attempt to 'Both Sides' an accusation of Putin's fascism only underscores Trump's fascism.

I mean, it's not like I and others haven't been pointing out the fascist underpinnings of MAGA since 2016.

> Kremlin TV Betrays Darling Trump in Crazed Defense of Putin’s War. Infuriated by an article labeling Russia as a fascist nation, a top Putin loyalist known for his admiration of Donald Trump seems to have turned on the former U.S. president.

Substandard Spam: when you check your spam folder and it's full of malformed messages full of 'undefined' and '[name]' because the spammer doesn't even know how to use mail merge software…

4. Fixing people's messes does not mean they will trust my judgement and avoid other messes in the future – but it does mean they are more likely to expect me to clean up after them the next time

5. When it comes to warning people about oncoming trains, I cannot win – if I don't warn them they blame me, if I do warn them they ignore me

6. The same people will, quite often, rely on the judgement of others who are often wrong – but they trust more because of personality

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I'm not always right about things, even with subjects I know REALLY well.

That said? I find myself in the position of being able to say, "I told you so," FAR too often. From this I've discovered:

1. Saying, "I told you so," doesn't make people trust my judgement any more the next time

2. Neither does *not* saying it, but it does mean they aren't unaccountably angry at me for being right

3. Basically, people tend to discount my judgement in general – until they need me to fix a mess


Here's a question I've never seen asked: Why do airplane seats face forward?

Clearly facing to the back of the plane is safer for crashes and mishaps during landing or takeoff. (You would have a whole seat keeping you in place, versus a belt around your abdomen.)

Separately, there's no particular gain from facing forward; it isn't like you can see out of the aircraft windshield. In fact your only view is a small port to the side, about the same view facing either way.

So, why?

Major chores day today. I'm beat, but I checked off a lot of TODOs.

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