19
Aug 16

The coolest thing you will see today

Google tours Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.


28
Jul 16

Let’s Kill Hitler

I recently thought of a new book idea, science fiction no less – to wit:

Many people have often talked about going back in time to the 1920s to kill Hitler – this one comes to mind.  The time traveler always goes back in time before Hitler has committed any crimes.  People see the willingness to murder an (at the time) innocent person in cold blood as a sign of virtue, or resolve, or whatever.

Say this time machine exists.  Say also that time travel results in a reboot of history at the moment of travel.

Suppose WWII never happened, but time travel did – say you have someone totally wanting to commit cold blooded murder, but wants to do it in the past to escape capture.  Say that person goes back in time, commits many murders, but does not make it back to the time machine in time and gets caught.  Say that person goes on a killing spree of historical proportions, but of course no one gets that he is a time traveler from the future.  The state executes the serial killer Adolph Hitler.  History Reboots.

Say that in the future you have some other person who wants to kill someone, evade capture, and have it be somewhat moral.  Aha!  Let’s go back in time and kill a serial killer, but before they’ve done anything (when it will be easier).  This person goes back in time to kill Hitler, starts talking to him – discovers how much they have in common and the two commit many murders together as the best of friends.  History Reboots.

Say that happens again – and again (with many reboots).  With increased numbers, what started as a lone killer, turns into a friendship, turns into a gang, which turns into a political party, which turns into a mass movement as all of the future world’s psychopaths travel to 1920s Germany.  Their deep interest in murder morphs into Naziism (as something they can all agree to).  With each new member they get stronger, and draw ever more people to come nip them in the bud.

Not really sure how it ends, probably in something pacifistic, perhaps with a paean to salesmanship.


11
Jul 16

Quote of the day – Southern Prayer Version

From Slate Star Codex

Traditional Borderer prayer: “Lord, grant that I may always be right, for thou knowest I am hard to turn.”


25
Jun 16

Jayhawks

Quite good


24
Jun 16

Why is no one comparing Trump to Howard Dean in 2004?

Granted, that was 12 years ago, but the appeal still seems the same, light on ideology, high on displays of “social” strength.  I suppose a better way to put it would be that both were irritable strongmen, or “champions” who are rather light on ideology but heavy on irritability.


17
May 16

Cartoons of the moment

This SMBC Cartoon – summarizes me quite well

and


20
Apr 16

Thought of the moment

Liberalism and conservatism started as ideology, but have evolved into anxiety disorders.


18
Apr 16

Quote of the day

From Slate Star

Having only things you don’t like repressed looks from the inside a lot like there being no repression at all.

and

There are taboos in history, too, and in economics, and in political science, and although they’re less obvious and interesting they still mean you need this same skepticism when parsing results from these fields. “But every legitimate scientist disagrees with this particular Reactionary belief!” should be said with the same intonation as “But every legitimate archbishop disagrees with this particular heresy.”


30
Mar 16

Donald Trump is the product of campaign finance reform

He’s been riding off free press coverage, with no spend on his part of anyone else’s.  This is what our mass media selects for.


21
Mar 16

The simple way of determining if machines threaten your job

Machines taking jobs has been an interest of mine, since I read Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over – and all the blog posts and what not since then.

Seemingly the best rule of thumb is that if you can do your job while a little drunk, then the machines are already on the way!  The judgement of algorithms is good enough at this point to make up for what machines cannot determine.