Archive for the ‘Geektasticity’ Category

We’ll know if we can trust the next asshole by whether or not they go after Obamacare and/or the immigration crap. i.e. the reasons they won the last election.

When I asked my magic 8-ball what to expect, it said “All signs point to you’re an idiot for even asking that fucking question. Of course they won’t do shit. Moron.”


Since I’m not posting much, my new job is kicking my ass, I’ll leave you with a horrible pun (It was that or a mime. You’re welcome.)

I talk about math to groups of people, my left eye was blinded 33 years ago so it doesn’t track very well with the other one anymore, the blind one is wide open while the good one squints.

What that means is that if I’m talking to someone more than 5 feet away, he or she looks over her or his shoulder because they can’t tell where I’m looking.

It’s annoying to me and that person. It’s not anybody’s fault (except the guy who hit me with the ski pole), but it’s still very annoying.

So now I wear an eye patch.

Since I teach math, I figured I’d go with a bad pun.

i patch


I’m mostly hoping I don’t run into a mathematician who slaps me in the face for that.


During my insanely long commute to work (and a little in the mornings at work before my phone starts ringing off the hook), I’ve been listening to podcasts to keep my brain from completely turning to mush.

I use and recommend the BeyondPod app for Android.  A few months ago I upgraded to the premium version, which I feel was well worth it.  Now I can queue multiple downloads and can adjust the playback speed. I generally listen at 1.1x speed.

For better or worse, here’s my current list. Feedback greatly appreciated.

  • Ace of Spades – (weekly for the most part) – The best part of waking up on Friday.
  • Coffee and Markets – (daily podcast) – Suffering from a dearth of Ben Domenech, but still pretty good.
  • Ricochet – both the “flagship”/namesake one, and GLOP.
  • AEI’s “Banter”
  • Econtalk
  • Uncommon Knowledge
  • The Tim Ferriss Show – Author of the “four hour” books.
  • The James Altucher Show
  • Freakanomics
  • Mark Levin Radio Show – Sporadically when I think ML might have special insight into a topic, or the show title grabs me.

I just added “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” to my queue and will be trying that out tomorrow. I also have the TED app, which allows TED talks to be downloaded. Don’t use it too much, but have been meaning to.

I’d throw up links, but (1) it’s probably just as easy to search from your podcast app and (2) I’m lazy.

Given my areas of interest, I am reminded again of why I have no friends.


Unless this….

Dick Clark

… involves this…


I’m not interested.

Or, hidden in plain sight.



Okay, that’s awesome.


Via the pretentious types at i Own the World.



A question, is this very cool or extremely lame?

The commander of the U.S. Navy’s sleek new guided-missile destroyer, which launched late last week in Maine, has a name to match its space-age look: Captain Kirk.

Seriously, I can’t decide.


I don’t think any of us thought that Silk Road was being run from any location in the US.   Not if the owner/operator, Ross Ulbricht was smart, anyway. Not that he’s not book smart, he’s got degrees in physics and chemistry, but he was extraordinarily careless in keeping his identity hidden. I don’t know if this was lack of knowledge of how to hide and protect himself from prying eyes (doubtful) or if Ulbricht’s hubris was so great that he thought he couldn’t be traced. The FBI claims that evidence was obtained through monitoring the administrator login and through making purchases through the site, but would any of us be surprised if the NSA had a hand in this?

This would be a fun trial to watch if it weren’t for the side issues of murder for hire, computer hacking, fraud, etc. There are so many privacy and liberty issues tied up in the existence and use of Silk Road, as many of the ‘victimless crimes’ have found a home there. Ulbricht’s defense could probably run something along the same lines as why the creator of BitTorrent has never been prosecuted, except for the minor issues of hiring a hit on someone who was blackmailing him and obtaining a counterfeit identity.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Bitcoin market value over the next few weeks and months. The largest place to spend them is shut down, so the demand won’t be as high, but at the same time tens of millions of Bitcoins were seized so the number of Bitcoins on the market is greatly decreased.

Up, up, down, down…


I completely forget where I nicked this from. If I remember I’ll put a link in.

There’s so much fail here, I don’t know where to start. For $800K, I would have gladly fixed all their computers, guaranteed.

[The Economic Development Administration, who, incidentally, have an ugly-assed website]’s CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.

As best I can figure, this is the EDA’s broken windows attempt at fixing the economy.

Two totally different movies, both just happening to revolve around some apocalyptic scenario.

“This is the End” was very disappointing.  I mean, I knew it was going to be dumb — that was the premise.  But it was idiotic, and not particularly funny, unless you find the consumption of copious amounts of drugs to be inherently funny.

I mean, there are stoner flicks, where people get high and do dumb things have wacky adventures, and there are movies where drugs are part of the main plot, and there are movies where there is incidental drug use that’s about setting and character development, and of course, some overlap among those three categories. But the first, I dunno, twenty minutes or so of this film is basically and ode to recreational drugs, first and foremost weed, to little apparent cinematic end.  Ok, coked-out Michael Cera was mildly amusing.

Seth Rogen smokes weed? You don’t say…

Anyway, the movie has its moments, but most of those were in the trailer.  I give it a 3 on a 10-scale.

“World War Z” was about a 6.5 on a 10-scale.  Disclaimer: I have had no exposure to the source material.  As a basic horror film it was a little light on the gore.  There is very little character development of anybody other than Brad Pitt, and not much there either.

The IDF chick is sorta cute despite the GI-Jane haircut.  She sticks with Pitt longer than anybody else during his adventures, but we never really learn anything about her either.

Zombie films need to be either about (1) the interaction of the survivors, (2) the development of some sort of Christ-figure capable of saving everybody, or (3) pure gore and terror.  WW-Z was light on all three.

To the extent that WW-Z was at all terrifying, it was through the use of not just fast-zombies, but crystal-meth fast zombies in the opening scene.  I mean, it was practically a river of zekes flowing through the streets of Philadelphia.  When you start questioning the plausibility of the zombie apocalypse scenario in a zombie film, that’s not exactly starting out on the right foot.

The end was anticlimactic.  I suppose in this sense they were probably bound by the source material, but I really couldn’t know that for sure.  If you like zombie movies, go see it, but if you’re on the fence about this one, just go ahead and skip it.

Anybody see Man of Steel?


First, via the Jawas we get  a link with a quote.

Catholic priests say they are living in fear after a clergyman was murdered on the final day of a music festival promoting religious tolerance.

So who else was involved? You can’t tell the players without a program.


I’ll try my hand at a Drudgetaposition.

Christie not invited to CPAC

Christie announces expansion of medicare.

Via Wyatt, I finally looked at that article where Kerry called Americans idiots, I didn’t realize he wasn’t in America when he said that (Kerry, not Wyatt).

If he had been in his home nation I wouldn’t have had a problem with him saying what we all know he ‘thinks’,  but he wasn’t in France, he was in fucking Germany.  Asshole.

I like Michael Z. Williamson’s books, so I felt bad about making fun of his “Manly Guns” list (I still think it wasn’t good with the AK being ridiculous on that list), so I’m happy I get to link him with an Atta Boy.


Vice President Shithead Doesn’t Understand The Constitution

Then he starts to explain why, beginning with this

“How can I say this politely?

Not sure, but you made a good start.

Next time you’re thinking how counter-productive the minimum wage is, ponder this Aussie nannarchism. This is  that Aussie pub owner in Queensland that I like linking, talking about the gov’t mandated pay rates for his employees.

The payscale section of the industrial award  or instrument (not my terminology) that applies to the Wayside Tavern has 962 pay rates, yes Nine-Hundred-and-Sixty-Two.(emphasis original V)

He says, “Why not a thousand?”

Cuz that would just be ridiculous.

Okay, this one is darn funny.  As we all know (or not), in EUnuchstan they kept finding horse meat in everything a week or two ago., Well, in South Africa they’re finding

Soya, donkey, goat, water buffalo and plant material were found in up to 68 percent of the 139 minced meats, burger patties, delicatessen meats, sausages and dried meats tested by the university.

Well duh. I’d be happy it’s not people. I just hope nobody checks the food in the Congo. I’d bet that pork loin was long pig.

When I was in Kenya in 1984, my buddy was living there so we just rented a Suzuki Samurai and cruised all over,.  I ate red curry “kabob and chips” everywhere. If they had refrigeration, plates and silverware, I would even eat the cole slaw. Often they didn’t, it was just some shack with a bubbling pot of oil for french fries and a rusty car fender over a fire for cooking kabob.

I didn’t want to know what the hell meat I was eating, I was mostly hoping it wasn’t people. I’d bet a dollar I’ve eaten baboon, monkey, water buffalo and maybe even lion if I was lucky.

A little Veeshir Vlashback. I was looking for something else when I saw this Round the Tubes  link. It’s from one of the previous times the debt “crisis” was GONNA KILL US ALL!!!!!! (the subtitle’s “Game Over Man, Game Over!)

First, even if Congress makes a “Deal”, all it’s going to do is attempt to kick the can down the road. They’ll just raise the borrowing limit (because this time, THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!, they’re going to fix the US fiscal state), before not cutting shit. Hell, they can ‘t even “cut” the increases, does anybody think they can actually cut spending in the way anybody not of our self-proclaimed Elite would think of it? If so, I have some prime beach land for sale, sure you can’t quite see the ocean from here, but it’s very sandy and sunny.

Wash, rinse, raise my taxes. Repeat. Well, at least this time we’ll have the hilarity of them all freaking out over there being no budget that they’ll fix by passing a continuing spending resolution instead of  a budget. You see, earmarks are only in budgets and they can pretend that they haven’t “budgeted” a deficit if they don’t have one.

Now something that I hope is for real. I can’t really quote any parts out, if you’re into the details, check it out. It looks plausible, if you accept the premise that carbon can be used to make batteries.

These dudes think they have a  totally new, cheap, very efficient battery.

I hope so, because the state of battery technology is not very good, we just can’t make them clean or very efficient. Those are clean to produce and supposedly efficient.

I’m not sure about how polluting they’d be to dispose (I don’t know if they’d have battery acid), but a battery that is not an ecological nightmare to produce and is efficient would be awesome.

I expect all Green Scientists to fight this tooth and nail, because green science is neither and that battery would be both.

Eh, maybe they could make ’em with a hammer and sickle logo to get Global Warmmongers onboard.

Don’t forget, check out This Ain’t Hell to see who to vote for and then check out the cheerleaders. I suggest you look very closely at all the pictures at the second link and then vote for the two at the first link.

Post needs pics, hmmmm, perhaps something yellow and soft to make John Effin Kerry feel welcome.