19 July 2017

Arrival

I recently watched Arrival. It gets off to a slow start but is entertaining as several plot twists appear. The view of language put forth in the film strikes me as very unrealistic. The difficulty in communicating with aliens who are making an attempt to communicate with humans probably wouldn't involve the formal aspects of language. (Intelligent beings can presumably simplify their language after all.) It would probably be more an issue of grasping alien meanings and concepts.

26 June 2017

A long list of lies

The NY Times required a full page to list all of Trump's lies.

23 May 2017

D41: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation

This recent match in which I won as white wasn't a very exciting game, but I'm proud nonetheless. When I ran it through chess.com's deep analysis, the computer analysis couldn't find a single mistake on either side. Actually, black's capitulation could be seen as a mistake since black had a possible continuation (Qe6) that would prevent mate. (After white's Qd8, black can bring the queen to e8, preventing the mate.) On the other hand, white should win based on the position (as far as I can tell), so maybe the black capitulation makes sense.

21 April 2017

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Not enough seating? Prepare for a beating.

And you thought legroom was an issue.

If our staff need a seat, we’ll drag you out by your feet.

We treat you like we treat your luggage.

Fight or flight.

You may have patients, but we don’t have patience.

We have red-eye and black-eye flights available. Now serving free punch.

28 March 2017

Trumpcare

I don't see how the Republicans can win on healthcare as long as they're in the majority. Any solution they cook up will need to further enrich drug companies and ensurers while reducing coverage. In the short-term, they probably did the best thing they could do--keep kicking the can down the road, hopefully, until they've lost their majorities and can go back to blaming everything on Democrats.

16 March 2017

Chris Ladd on "white socialism"

Chris Ladd has an excellent article on Forbes, describing the U.S. healthcare system and our system or corporate and individual write-offs as "white socialism".

28 February 2017

Nils Bildt: The expert who never was

I've often wondered if the talking heads on U.S. news stations have any more expertise than our local barber or the guy (or gal) sitting across from us in the bar. As it turns out, my doubts have again been confirmed. The“Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor” interviewed by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News this week is entirely unknown in his native country, with no connections to either the nation’s defense or security services. For that matter, he hasn't even lived in Sweden for over 20 years.