Monday, January 06, 2014

Regret

One of the many differences between women and men, at least on the right-hand side of the IQ bell curve, is that men will have a thought and pursue it relentlessly via blogging, while women often have better things to do than to try to promote their ideas or fight for credit when an insight is finally pushing its way into conventional wisdom.  For example, Half Sigma/Lion of the Blogosphere is really good about reminding his readers of his predictive “hits,” and good on him for doing so.  Steve Sailer makes sure that he points out when and where his ideas are appropriated by more mainstream writers.  This is very masculine behavior. 

Back when my daughter was first born, I began to suspect that the whole “breast is best” campaign was ultimately some status competition between elite women and working class women.  I even made some tentative comments on other people’s blogs, but never pursued it vigorously.  I was roundly and personally attacked for this thought, and I backed down, because I did not want anyone to dislike me.  I wish I had fought for my ideas now that more and more evidence is coming out that breastfeeding studies were incorrect or misused.  Of course, everyone wants credit for something they did not work for, and I didn’t even really try to nail this idea down on my own blog.

Venn Diagram

I find it interesting that there are very few web pages which contain the words “‘elke the stallion’ AND steatopygia,” according to Google.  I do not have any stimulating or relevant things to say about the uncommon intersection of the sets of vastly different people searching for these two terms. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

What I Read in 2013

I admit that this is the main reason why I have started blogging again.  VD posted his “Reading List 2013” and I realize that I haven’t been keeping track.  Buying a Kindle changed my life.  Whereas before when I had to haul around a physical book, and I was always losing the bookmark (and the book), I had mostly stopped reading aside from what I did on the computer.  I am back to reading now that I can keep everything on a slim little Paperwhite (never the Fire, because the kids won’t leave it alone).

Here is a partial list.  I know I have omitted some, and I haven’t included all of the “how to” freebies I cannot seem to not download (gardening, backyard chickens, essential oils, fermentation, etc.)

Plague Year by Jeff Carlson
The Scientist and the Sociopath by Joseph D’Agnese
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
Feed the Animal by Richard Nikoley
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 edited by Paula Guran
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 edited by Paula Guran
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 edited by Paula Guran
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Jalpern
Hard Magic by Larry Correia
The Last Witchking by Vox Day
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Troll Valley by Lars Walker
Draw One in the Dark by Sarah Hoyt
Hailstone Mountain by Lars Walker
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It by David Wong
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright
Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The War in Heaven by Theodore Beale
Erlings Word by Lars Walker
Interrupt by Jeff Carlson

My favorite finds of the year were the novels of Lars Walker.  I am really enjoying the the Erling Skjalgsson saga!

I looked at Goodread’s “Best Books of 2013.”  Dan Brown’s Inferno was #1 in “Mystery & Thriller.”  Margaret Atwood and Jim Butcher were top in “Science Fiction” and “Paranormal Fantasy.”  The latest Stephen King novel led the “Horror” category.  What a depressing list.  The only thing that looks remotely interesting is Temple Grandin’s latest, The Autistic Brain.

I'm Back!

I’m Back!

I cannot believe I started this blog in 2004.  Has it been ten years?  I intend to start blogging again in the tradition of blog as a diary.  I have been missing telling the truth.  Facebook and Twitter are not places to tell the truth.  I have no desire to hurt friends or family.  I also have no desire to fight with anyone.  For now, I can be almost anonymous.  I say “almost,” because Google insists on linking Gmail accounts, so it is only a matter of time before they out us all.

I stayed away for years because I was afraid of being outed professionally for my reactionary beliefs.  However, as the economy continues to decline, my “profession” is falling away.  This is for the best, as I was a minor cog in an evil machine.  I justified what I did (and still do) by noting that there are hundreds of people lined up to take my job, and that my participation (or lack of) changes nothing about the industry.  The work I did allowed me to be at home with my kids (although I was distracted and exhausted, working nights and dozing on the couch during the day).  It also paid well.  Later, I will write more about the industry, which is in its death throes.  I hope that by 2015 it will be dead, dead, dead, although this would put me in a personal financial pickle.

Happy 2014!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hope and Change

I haven't blogged in over 20 months! Mostly, I haven't had much to say. However, I am feeling more heartened now than I ever have before. A momentous thing is happening this year, a thing that represents a great change, that somehow gives me hope for the future... Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood blog. Watching conservatives come out of the closet like this moves me in a way I never would have imagined.

When I was in my early twenties, I was quite left-of-center. A lot of this posture and puffery was due to my intensely-felt desire to root for the underdog and to fight what I perceived as injustice. As I got older, I began to realize how imaginary the injustice really was as I encountered more and more of that nasty Real World I had assiduously avoided in college.

One thing I began to dimly realize was how certain groups were immune to criticism and how other groups were criticized immediately, no matter how mild the comments made. Certain groups had to preface every utterance with a disclaimer, and other groups could make bold, outrageous statements with impunity, even riotous support.

[c.f. Razib's comment: "I will tell you something that many readers might find shocking, but people who know me will know is true, I would try something on people in my freshmen year classes when I first met them, I would assert, "White men should be killed and their women should be used as fuck-animals... " versus the way that most Christians have to preface even the midlest comment with, "I don't mean to offend anyone..."]

Thank you, Andrew Breitbart! Big Hollywood is professional, constantly updated, always engaging, and profoundly entertaining. It is clear that a lot of time and planning went into making this blog a success. A lot of people have taken tremendous career risks by choosing to blog on Big Hollywood. Thank you, brave souls, for speaking out!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Code Monkey Like You

I was actually cheered up by a NYT article, for once. The internet has really allowed people to circumvent the traditional marketing chain. This is wonderful news for creative types!

I haven't had a chance to explore anything more about Jonathan Coulton, but I love Code Monkey.

Via Half Sigma, which has a lot of great content that I would love to respond to, blog about, argue with, etc., had I the time.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I emote, therefore I am

I am so sick of cheap sympathy. I am tired of the phony grief over what happened at Virginia Tech. By phony I mean the cheap and syrupy sympathy from people who have absolutely no connection with the university, people for whom the event is some abstract event they gawk at on the television.

I have gotten multiple solicitations this morning from different universities, some employers and other alma maters, asking for all of us to come together and send notes of condolence in groups—this department, that department. Then, everyone falls all over themselves in a rush to compose the most cliché-filled and saccharine note, usually saying something stupid like, “Now we are all Hokies.” It’s revolting.

First of all, those of us without connection to the school have no idea the pain that the students and families are suffering. Even as bad as it is right now, it will be much, much worse in the future. Six months or a year from now, when the families and loved ones start to come out of their initial shock, they will be screaming with grief. Once the scab starts coming off the wound, all of these flash-mourners will be nowhere around. These cookie-cutter notes do nothing but make the senders feel better. It is especially telling that everyone wants to do this little exercise as a group, so that the group members can earn maximum credit for their pornographic displays of emotion.

The solicitations aren’t even asking for anything useful like money. Have any of these trendy grievers priced a funeral lately? How about weekly therapy sessions?

I won’t say anything because I am coward. But I will believe that my colleagues actually care when they check up on the VT community in a year or five.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hate Crimes Only Go One Way

It is being reported that Cho Seung-Hui, the resident alien who committed the most heinous campus massacre on American soil, wrote notes railing against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans." While Virginia Tech is not releasing any more information right now, I wager the young man’s writing was a bit more pointed than that. I think there is a high probability that VT is scrambling to figure out how to spin what he really wrote. I love that “South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the government hoped the Virginia Tech shootings, allegedly carried out by a 23-year-old South Korean native, would not ‘stir up racial prejudice or confrontation.’” Isn’t that nice? I think the words, “I am sorry,” would be sufficient.

We are living in interesting times, and I know I am not the only one wondering, after each affront, whether this event is “the one.” We are reaching a tipping point, and I think the incendiary event will be relatively mild. I don’t think last assault by a foreigner on our soil will do it, but it is certainly winding the spring tighter.