Jun 15

Random thought about the SC horrors – illustrated nicely by Marginal Revolution

From this post

Normative sociology, the study of what the causes of problems ought to be, greatly fascinates us all

That sums up a lot of the next round of media coverage.  The navel gazing has begun about the killings, namely media criticism about differences in coverage, the deeper motivations of the shooter, making him the internet celebrity he seems to want to be.

Jun 15

I found a turtle by the creek

Not sure what we’re going to do with him.

May 15

Me and mo


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Apr 15

Me and porkchop


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Apr 15

Greatest comeback ever – Alexandre Dumas edition

It turns out he was of mixed race – or so says wikipedia anyway

Despite Dumas’ aristocratic background and personal success, the writer had to deal with discrimination related to his mixed-race ancestry. In 1843 he wrote a short novel, Georges, that addressed some of the issues of race and the effects of colonialism. His response to a man who insulted him about his African ancestry has become famous. Dumas said:

My father was a mulatto, my grandfather was a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends.

Mar 15

Ever More Quotes of the day

Again from Slate Star Codex

The difference between “religion” and “culture” has always been pretty vague. Shinto is the best example; it’s less a coherent metaphysical narrative than a bunch of things Japanese people do and a repository for Japanese traditions and rituals. A quick look at Hinduism reveals that they have no idea what gods they believe in, it’s a bunch of different religions stuck together under one umbrella, but the point is that it’s the sort of thing Indian people do and a repository of Indian traditions. Even though Jews have a pretty coherent religion, the line between “Jewish culture” and “Jewish religion” is equally fuzzy. Religion as distinct from culture seems like a pretty Western phenomenon, the result of a triumphant Christianity colonizing cultures it never originated from, ending out with the modern conception of culture as ethnic food + silly costumes.

Mar 15

Quote of the day – David Friedman edition

From a review of David Friedman’s book the Machinery of Freedom over at Slate Star Codex

My overall conclusion is that I am delighted by this fascinating and elegant system and would very much like to see it tried somewhere very far away from me.

Mar 15

Playing Woodstock

How much did they make?  Apparently you can find out.

Mar 15

Making teaching scale to pay teachers like rockstars

Of course – it has to be doing something that scales…

IIRC this is pretty common in South Korea – I’m sort of surprised that the separation of lecturer and coach isn’t more common.

Jan 15

Favorite new selfie


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