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Over-reliance on technology

March 31st, 2015 by Bookslinger

This story doesn’t say if the over-voltage would have knocked out older style electric meters (non-smart).

The surge was enough (in terms of voltage and duration) to overwhelm/jump across: (a) additional transformers “downstream”, (b) the homes’ main circuit breaker and (c) the individual circuit breakers and (d) go on to blacken wall receptacles.  So I would suppose that a surge that large would still have blown out the older “dumb” meters too. (more…)

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March 31st, 2015 04:15:23

Catching Up with Thurber

March 26th, 2015 by John Mansfield

[Following are the final two paragraphs from James Thurber’s “Sex Ex Machina” which first appeared in The New Yorker, March 13, 1937.]

I should like to end with the case history of a friend of mine in Ohio named Harvey Lake. When he was only nineteen, the steering bar of an old electric runabout broke of in his hand, causing the machine to carry him through a fence and into the grounds of the Columbus School for Girls. He developed a fear of automobiles, trains, and every other kind of vehicle that was not pulled by a horse. (more…)

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March 26th, 2015 21:38:25

The Office of Affordable Housing

March 13th, 2015 by Vader

Is now planning a Potemkin village. No, really.

His Majesty: “No competent bureaucrat would be that honest.”

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March 13th, 2015 10:26:30

That amazing American life expectancy

March 09th, 2015 by Bertie

I say. Can you believe that 6.5 million Americans are over 112 years old? The Wooster constitution is dashedly constitutional and all, what? but I don’t have even one living aunt that old.

It almost makes me skeptical about this newfangled National Health Service.

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March 09th, 2015 11:09:55

Gender fluidity

March 09th, 2015 by Vader

Versus privacy.

This would be problematic even if people didn’t lie and game the system.

His Majesty: “I must meet this Glenn Reynolds. We seem to think alike at times.”

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March 09th, 2015 09:37:42

A Man, A Plan, A Periodic Pentagonal Pavement

March 05th, 2015 by John Mansfield

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March 05th, 2015 12:38:32

The perils of novelty

March 04th, 2015 by Vader

New ideas that are also good are pretty hard to come by, given how long humanity has been gleaning the vineyard.

New ideas that are bad are a dime a dozen.

Therefore, most new ideas are going to be bad ones.

Therefore, the taste for novelty is a destructive thing.

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March 04th, 2015 12:38:24

The School for Grievance

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Appears to sit alongside something resembling the old liberal tradition.

And by “old liberal” I mean something a lot closer to classical liberal.

His Majesty: “Bah. Don’t be deceived by what appear to be hopeful signs. Resistance is futile.”

 

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February 26th, 2015 11:18:04

Franciscan friars in Jerusalem have a snowball fight

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

Cute. Except they remind me too much of Jawas.

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February 25th, 2015 12:23:04

“Santa Claus is preferable to God in every respect except one”

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

– P.J. O’Rourke

All thirty minutes are worth listening to.

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February 25th, 2015 11:36:14

“Homosexuals don’t recruit”

February 24th, 2015 by Vader

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February 24th, 2015 10:15:23

“Was Jesus Ginger?”

February 23rd, 2015 by Inigo Montoya

“Evidence.” I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

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February 23rd, 2015 12:35:54

Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

Angina Monologue 9

February 22nd, 2015 by Vader

So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!

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February 22nd, 2015 19:43:20

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28