Teller: but not Monday as it’s a bank holiday
Teller: Presidents Day
Customer: Huhmph, not this one
Last Saturday we had the fourth Slate Star Codex Atlanta meetup, with two new members (yay) for a total of five. We rambled on for about three and a half hours. Topics included
- The math of revolutions and violent uprisings (historically more likely than I’d ever actually thought)
- Negative effects of smoking cessation (one of my pet theories)
- Creating a regional form of government between states and the federal government (the more I think about this the more I like it)
- Relations between police and the citizenry
- And many more
The title line of the meetup came from new member BJ. The next meetup will be in three weeks or so, probably in the same place.
Here are the links
While searching about IIS settings
Sometimes I think belief in god is a matter of resolution and detail. For example, god in quite a few forms makes perfect intuitive sense in a big-picture here is the cosmos view. It makes much less intuitive sense if you look at the world on the scale of your morning commute. It makes intuitive sense again when you look through a microscope or think about string theory, quarks or things on that level.
Similarly Batman makes perfect sense when viewed at comic book resolution, much less so in a movie, even less in real life.
As for Eisenhower, I’m not sure where he fits into any of this – I just remember being struck by reading that the first four hours of his day as president was spent in solitary reading – he seemed to get the idea of resolution and problem solving right.
More to come on this over time.
From his podcast –
Anything that’s old enough to have an old testament prohibition against it is going to be around forever.
Today I heard the wonderful words
Daddy, I want to build robots with you.
It is a wonderful day!
I forget where I heard it (probably yet another Williamson) but my current favorite derogatory description of someone is “Hot garbage, piled high”
From the Cop in the Hood Blog
The ten leading states — as in cops most shootingest states — in rank order, are New Mexico, Alaska, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, West Virginia, Montana, and Idaho. It certainly seems like if we were to focus on the states that have the highest rates of police-involved shootings (and by far), we could find some low-hanging fruit to reduce the number of said shootings. But to do this we’d have stop thinking of police-involved shootings as primarily related to race
It’s all worth reading (and short) – it’s amazing what we lose by ceding intellectual territory to the high side of the Jordan Peterson spectrum (I need to write that concept up).
It was the smallest so far, but still a nice crowd and some wonderful conversation – the topics included infrastructure, economic growth, benevolent despots, the health care system, the Soviet Union and numerous other things.