Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What the fuck is going on with our Sci-Future outlook?

I will call this Sci-Fu for the time being since I can't think of anything better at the moment.

Have you seen the Science Channel, formerly known as the Discovery Science Channel? Of late, the space related shows are beyond pathetic in ways that make me want to throw a large heavy object at my television in sheer rage for the sensationalistic selling of deflated hopes and shattered dreams.

Eddie Izzard had this joke in his Dressed to Kill concert about wanting to be an astronaut and the counselor saying "you're British, so scale that back". Evidently our outlook on space exploration is not much different than that.

I remember when flying cars were going to be all the rage. Well, we have the engineering know-how. The design and drawing board antecedent to the Harrier, the Gyroptere, would easily have worked. It took a lot of engineering to make it into a militarily useful result, but as it was, it would have taken off and flown. See the section entitled "The vectored thrust story" at the above link.

The problem is that very few people have a good rational idea of what the gross goal of such a craft is beyond taking off and flying. In the military, there would be immediate questions about armament carriage capabilities, but they're regimented to think clearly and logically. In the civilian world, it is strangely not at all obvious to people that it must carry the average car's cargo of people and goods from one populated place to another and do it safely and cheaply.

Whatever.

I also remember when we were going to build orbital space stations at various points including LEO, HEO, and the Lagrange points, especially L4 and L5. We'd make structures out of wire and tubes which would be set spinning and we'd add on to them, eventually pressurizing and finishing their insides and finally occupying them.

Doing it is not difficult. A few nuclear reactors dedicated to electrolysis of ocean water would produce all the hydrogen and oxygen required as well as provide the extra side benefits of sellable salts and metals which are dissolved in ocean waters. Excess purified water would also of course be available to the surrounding area. If built near the equator for maximum efficiency of launch, it would most likely mean very good benefits in materials, water, and electricity for some currently needy third world nations.

It never happened of course. We were too short sighted and too wrapped up in ourselves. That goes for, especially for, the global left, which in their arrogant and egomaniacal thirst for and addiction to attention and power turned their back on the idea of global pan-human prosperity being compatible with and indeed going hand-in-hand with the betterment and stewardship of the Earth's biological environment.

So we turned off the lights in the more pleasant and optimistic areas of our dreams and went back cynically to the place we facetiously and insincerely refer to as "the real world". The world is what we make it and we set about making it dark and depressing. Those school children who came after me were treated not to talk of space travel and optimism, but how bad rich straight white Christian Republican men were making the world and if we only just lived simply, others would simply live.

The "real world" is a fiction and we all know that later on though, don't we? It has nothing to do with "reality" which is a wholly separate thing. Reality is that the statement that "no man is an island" is true on so many levels that you should not require a viewing of How It's Made to know it. It should be obvious. Like the previous bit regarding flying cars, it infuriatingly continues not to be obvious, to the people who have the least reason for oblivious ignorance.

We know very well intellectually that neither simple living is required nor should simply living be accepted. Unless you truly and seriously like living by lowered expectations, you have no obligation to. None of us do. In fact, there's plenty of room in the universe for a very prosperous and wealthy mankind where none of us goes hungry or wants for much of anything in the material sense. Do we show that we are striving for such a thing?

Not in the current crop of space exploration science shows we don't. I've been watching lately and what I see more often than anything else is a pastiche of ill thought out, depressingly limited, utterly uninformed, and completely uninspiring shit which is not and cannot be acceptable. While I have not yet had kids despite much trying, I believe that in the long temporal view you always were whatever you wanted to be, just not when you did and changing that is usually as simple as choosing. Therefore, would I be happy selling this crap to my kids?

FUCK NO.

Honesty and integrity demand that we are realistic regarding our tendencies, NOT THAT WE MUST BOW BEFORE THEM, much less portray our likely or even hoped for futures by them. There is a big difference people. A big difference. I know that reality is that if there's a way government and other human hierarchical organizations screw something up with the simplest foibles of humanity, they will try damned hard without said outcome actually being the pre-chosen mission. In other words, shit happens while you're making other plans.

This does not mean however that you should hobble your plans in accordance. If you know you will fall short, do not aim short, for you will fall even shorter. If you mean to make Mars, aim for Jupiter. If you mean to make the moon, aim for Mars. It's not a hard concept to grasp.

Instead, we do something constantly that Eddie Izzard only thought he was joking about. We scale it back.

Odex Functionoid  To the left is a picture of the Odetics Odex One. Also known as the Odex Functionoid. Care to guess when this was unveiled to the public? Try twenty-five years ago.

Have you seen the Mars rovers? Go look them up. Now go look at what kids are playing with at the park in the summer for R/C vehicles. Look familiar?

We've retreated to using vehicles worthy of being called toys and with a completely straight face we've claimed otherwise. We spent millions on these things and to beat engineering challenges almost entirely worked out more than forty years ago during the heyday of space exploration enthusiasm.

In that last sentence you see what is missing. We no longer have enthusiasm. We've become cynical and stopped believing not only that we can, but that we should try to do better. We treat marriage like a convenience, obligations like dodges, and each other as disposable. We definitely don't have warm fuzzy feelings for seeing our neighbors happy in their new home on a space colony, OR EVEN OURSELVES.

I deserve to travel to the moon, to Mars, and the stars. It is my birthright as a member of the single most intelligent species on Earth and in this star system. A species which can conceive of better places if not so easily the way to get there. A species which can overcome gigantic obstacles, even if it is to do stupid things so often. I know we can travel to space and do it en masse and in style.

I do not know that it must be so retarded in scope and grandeur. I know no such thing. I will actively seek to remain oblivious and ignorant of that. I believe in better, and I believe the time has come for us all to believe.

German courts to Rapidshare: stop copyright infringement before it happens!

Court orders Rapidshare to take preemptive measures against copyright infringement

Exactly how do you do that?* Is that new Temporal Addressing technology in TCP/IP version 19 ready? Will the Psychic Friends Network help? Is John Edwards going to use the dead to put a hit out on pirates?

Given the sheer volume of German fetish porn hosted on Rapidshare, and the rapid removal of same from there after posting, I can only guess that it is the German porn industry pushing this. I am in awe of the power wielded by people who think women wearing latex and shitting on each others' faces is art.

Oh well... the distributed coalescent net is coming... Bring it on dummkopfs, all you do is merely hastening the storm of the static leveling...

 

 

*You make sure no content produced is worth pirating. American television and movie execs have been working hard to do this for over forty years and trust me, they're getting closer every year.

Monday, January 28, 2008

It's official... the feds have classified your ass as an erogenous zone...

The agency rejected the network's argument that "the buttocks are not a sexual organ.

Nude Buttocks May Cost ABC $1.4 Million | AP | 01/26/2008

Does this mean I'm a deviant for NOT having an orgasm every time I take a dump?

Bareback O'Rama©® Gets Massachusetts Drunk Driver Vote Tied Up

"Every time I've been asked over the past year who I would support in the Democratic primary, my answer has always been the same: I'll support the candidate who inspires me, who inspires all of us," said Kennedy, who invoked the memory of his brother, the slain President John Kennedy.

Kennedy endorses Obama - Yahoo! News

Yet another African-American has been anointed by rich liberal whites to speak for every other African-American in the country by that great bastardtion of the northeast left-wing power elite and he's been given the supreme blessing of the name of JFK, ironically a documented supply-sider fiscal conservative, to cinch it up.

Hillary should quit now. The specter of JFK has been summoned up by his necromantic brother to put the powers of his imprimatur on Obama and nothing can withstand its eldritch powers, no cleric may turn it, no paladin may destroy it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Robots by default would do better than we humans do when trying... in the bedroom.

Carnal Knowledge: Sex with robots? Soon, he predicts | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/21/2008

The robot wouldn't be faking it," he explains. "I think the experience would be quite convincing, and at the end of the day it's really what the user experiences that matters.

Amen brotha! Tell it! Teach it! To our wives, please...

Africa down and dirty, in the nude

Liberian ex-rebel confesses to killings - Yahoo News

One of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. Butt Naked for charging into battle wearing only boots, has returned to confess his role in terrorizing the nation, saying he is responsible for 20,000 deaths.

Butt wait, it gets better:

His nom de guerre is derived from his platoon's practice of charging naked into battle, a technique meant to terrify the enemy.

I usually think, "oh good, no body armor, shoot 'em anywhere" but maybe that's just me. "What is your major malfunction Private Fatbody?! Don't you want to look good on the field with a nice tight ass and washboard abs as you run naked into a VC platoon?!"

So there's your thankful thought of the day, that Full Metal Jacket wasn't recording this sort of thing.

If you wonder why humanity got the fuck away from its cradle...

The civil war, which killed an estimated 250,000 people in this nation of 3 million, was characterized by the eating of human hearts and soccer matches played with human skulls. Drugged fighters waltzed into battle wearing women's wigs, flowing gowns and carrying dainty purses stolen from civilians.

Eddie Izzard only thought he was being funny with his joke about the First Transvestite Airborne Brigade.

Not enough? Motley Crue, all you 80s rockers using satanic imagery, EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT:

Before he led his fighters into battle, wearing only a pair of lace-up boots, Blahyi said he made a human sacrifice to the devil.

If there's anywhere that needs massive human aid shipments of date rape drugs, non-violent seduction methods, and maybe some books on incest as a viable alternative it's this place:

Because the violence was so widespread it's not uncommon to find Liberian families that have both victim and perpetrator under the same roof — a daughter who was raped and a son who took up a gun and went on to rape the daughters of other families.

Holy fucking shitballs, Africa knows how to party down and by party down I mean a definition of party from some weird Cenobite controlled alternate reality.

THIS is a perfect example of why neither the rest of the world nor the Africans themselves have any idea how to fix that continent. It is often so far removed from the things we think are atrocities we cannot conceive of the depths of human sadism that go on and yet are completely normal and human, when humans let go of anything approaching rational altruistic thought AND we insist that people there can't think like everyone else does, and everyone else includes all of their descendant relatives around the world from Europe to America whether close such as African-Americans or far removed like everyone else. How inhumane and unsupportive can we be to write off people and say they are incapable of doing better?

You multicultural morons who want to discourse on different cultures bringing different mores, shut the fuck up.

The African peoples can do better. We know they can. THAT is why it is so shocking. Deep down we know these are no different people than us. And that scares the fuck out of us. This is Lord of the Flies sucks off Hostel butt fuck slammed into Dawn of the Dead. This is what happens when you strip the trappings we wear wrapped around our psyches like security blankets away. We could all be charging into battle naked after sacrificing people to the devil and relaxing later with a nice game of pick-up soccer using someone's severed head.

I guess in a weird way as bad as the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, and Balkan Slaughters were, they could have been worse. EASILY.

G-d bless and keep the people of Africa and take care of our forbear relatives and keep them safely far far away from our patronizing lack of encouragement. It seems we've only influenced the place straight into lunatic barbarism they didn't practice on this level before the outside world began tampering with them.*

I leave you with this quote from Lord of War which didn't even touch the surface:

Monrovia itself, was like being on another planet... Planet Monrovia... from the temperature it was obviously a planet close to the sun. I rarely saw another white man and I never left town alone. Outside town was the edge of hell. I didn't even wanna gaze into it.

 

 

 

*Cold-war proxy fights, colonial era conquest, UN meddling for political purposes, theft of African hopes to be on the same stage as the USA and Europe, lack of real and true international improvement and development funds going towards projects native Africans would like to do and build, you name it, we've screwed the place.

Joker: "Why so serious?" Us: "Because you're dead Heath Ledger."

Actor Heath Ledger Is Found Dead - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog

G-d help the survivors, and take the deceased, and comfort those who must know and can do nothing.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Obama catches up with America in 1992 and displays a firm grasp of the obvious

Obama calls Bill Clinton untruthful - Yahoo! News

Gee, do ya think? Good to know his hindsight is 20/20.

Unfortunate headlines make Florida look stupid more stupid than usual.

Foam Used By Crews To Fight Massive Cocoa Tire Fire

I see your problem. Making tires out of cocoa. You're doing it wrong.

Similarly,

Huge Tire Fire Rages At Cocoa Recycling Plant

They recycle used cocoa? Would they be using used tires? No wonder that bird is so nuts. All those complex hydrocarbons can't be good for your brain.

Residents Uneasy After Spotting Bears Again In Neighborhood

I know, I feel weird every time I see big fat sweaty hairy guys in leather bondage gear.

TV Switch Could Load Up Landfills

They can make a switch to load up landfills but the one marked Brightness doesn't make any difference in the level of intelligence? What is wrong with this country?

List Of Top Cities To Be Pregnant Released

ENTIRE PREGNANT CITIES? Get to high ground, their water is breaking!

Bears Again Spotted Tearing Up Garbage In Longwood Neighborhood

I'm not sure where assless chaps help you on that garbage truck unless those straps are a safety harness.

Employee's Spanking Award Overturned

He didn't hit hard enough? He cheated on the reporting of whacks?

Cold Weather, Rains Ground Cranes Learning To Migrate

They have enough troubles keeping these things stable on one construction site, I don't need them migrating thank you.

Oh dear G-d please no!

480-Pound Woman Dies After Six Years On Couch - News Story - WFTV Orlando

After years of staying put, her skin had literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed.

She died at Martin Memorial Hospital South, still attached to the couch.

SHE COULDN'T EVEN GO TO THE BATHROOM TO USE IT. FRESH AIR HAD TO BE BLOWN IN AND PROTECTIVE GEAR WORN.

Mad mad mad world...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Is it sad...

...that Bruce Springsteen singing Radio Nowhere in 2007 sounds very much like Burt Reynolds speaking as The Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit in 1977? And if so, which way? For Bruce or for Burt?

Da da da, da da da, da da da da da da, da da da da da...

A little bit, just a little bit. A little vibration in the seat and the car, not a big difference but enough to know they're back there," adds driver Don Balente. And that's exactly why Tulsa Police bought them. Officers say, even with their lights on and sirens blaring, drivers don't notice their patrol cars.

Today's THV - KTHV Little Rock News Article

Play that funky music white boy, play that funky music right...

Kicker box, synthesized siren sound modded down to lower pitch, net cost? I'm betting way less than this thing. For added win capacity, this needs to be hooked to an insecure wireless municipal network such that some plucky ne'er-do-well teens hack it and change the siren over to a clip of Michael Vale saying that line he made famous from those commercials from a certain mass market coffee and cake shop we know so well.

"Is that a cop following us?"

"I don't know, but I could really use a Coolotta now that I think about for some reason..."

I can hardly await the patches!

Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software - Times Online

Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer’s assessment of their physiological state.

Also, note the very nearly free advertising link for the new Macintosh laptop right at the top of the article! Negative Microsoft article? Perfect place to promote Apple at the same time! Opportunistic bastards...

One wonders if there will be enough room up the worker's asses to install the monitoring equipment given that it must compete with the already present heads and boots of their management. Oh wait, management keeps their heads up their own assess... I keep forgetting that.

Also, Steve Jobs is pictured serving his own smiling severed head to his loyal cultists.

"I'm sorry ma'am. Your husband was killed in an accident at work today. Apparently his monitoring system suffered an out of control memory leak exacerbated by a buffer overrun exploit executed by a twelve year old from Omaha via AOL which resulted in a general protection fault of his central nervous system. The coroner took six hours to remove the look of irony from his face."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

How many of our memories are real?

Which ones?

If all we know is what we think we know, then what happens if you change your mind?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Global warming kills through cold?

Girl, 8, dies of hypothermia in Negev | Jerusalem Post

The girl, from one of the Bedouin villages in the area, is the fifth to die this week as a result of the unusually cold weather.

Yes, the cold in Israel and the surrounding region is that bad. People who don't usually dress in anything more insulating than a few layers of thin woven fabrics are getting cold enough to die.

With respect to the global warming controversy, this should point up exactly how shallow, superficial, and naively simplistic the thinking of the Chicken Little crowd is.

Allow me to repeat something: as the Earth gets warmer as it heads out of a glacial period, ice retreats and since nature abhors a vacuum as they say, plant life grows in hard on the glaciers' heels. As plant life takes root where once ice covered the land, it dies, decomposes, and the plethora of microbial life on Earth which handles that release methane, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other things from the organic materials.

Human and other mammalian life thrives in warmer times as the region that can support them increases dramatically from the dead of the glacial period. They fart methane among other things, they defecate and urinate and those wastes add to the decomposition gas output. Did you think all our septic treatment plants didn't have to put the poop somewhere to compost?

Or they burn it and carbon dioxide is output.

The Earth continues to get warmer. Whether or not we have fossil fuels. Ice has happened before, it will happen again, and mankind's extra output may be the only thing that staves off that ice for any time, but don't count on it. As long as the continents remain in their current arrangement allowing the global ocean circulatory patterns we have, as well as their interaction with the air currents above, we will likely keep going back and forth between deep freeze and somewhat warm.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ongoing home refit, the ideas continue...

I looked over the joists in my first floor this weekend and there's a few things to take into account.

  1. The western beam is broken at the chimney. Instead of one solid beam all the way across, there are two shorter beams each resting on the chimney as a brick post. I don't want that as I intend to remove the chimney and rebuild it and thus I would need at least two columns on either side to take its place. If I look down between the chimney and the attic floor, nothing is making contact with the chimney above that point. Open shot straight up.
  2. There are several joists over the southwest section broken just before the southwestern beam. If I had to put money down, I'd almost be certain there used to be a stairway there many decades ago and the floors redone to eliminate it.
  3. The breakpoint of the joists of the southeast for the present stairway is not done as I would prefer. Since stairwells tend to have upwardly contiguous wall plans, you want a corner of the stairwell rectangle supported under the beams.
  4. The bowing of the floors is as expected uneven and in odd places not in the exact center of the floor making straightening them a little harder.

So here's what needs to be done:

  1. The western beam needs two columns, one either side of the chimney pillar, and furthermore should have a 2x12 beam sistered to it on the side facing out to prevent lateral deflection of any kind, even though the dead weight on it from above pretty much rules it out.
  2. The joists that are broken are unfortunately meeting at a block going across their ends and continue from there on the other side with short sections. This pretty much prevents proper sistering as if that cross section is removed, there's a two inch gap to cross and sistering will be of little use unless the sister beam is essentially bonded like a composite with glue and bolted on top of it and even then it is questionable. I will probably put a section of double 2x12 beams across on columns underneath that point permanently.
  3. The rear stairwell needs to be better supported and that taken into account when doing the jacking.
  4. I have to clear a lot more of the cellar to get the whole process started.

That's just the first floor, not the second, which will have to wait until the first is taken care of and totally ready. Mind you, all this needs to be done while I am still living there with my family and pets. NOT unoccupied. To say nothing of redoing the outside of the house.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Banks and FBI, your money in action!

Action as in: Armored Car Guard Impostor Robs Bank - News Story - WRC | Washington

The bank is across the street from the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building. The FBI is investigating.

Authorities don't have a detailed description of the robber and don't know whether he left the bank in a vehicle or on foot.

First, bravo to the thief. No threats, no violence, walk in and let the other person's dimbulb assumptions work in your favor.

Second, what the fuck is going on with the FBI? Going on seven years after September 11, 2001 and they don't have surveillance around the JEH building?! What?!

We feel so much safer now.

Global warming must be real. It's getting colder in the Middle East. Wait, that's not how it works...

Snow falls on Baghdad for first time in memory | U.S. | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace.

"It is the first time we've seen snow in Baghdad," said 60-year-old Hassan Zahar. "We've seen sleet before, but never snow. I looked at the faces of all the people, they were astonished," he said.

Above emphasis is mine.

WAKE UP AMERICA! The people of Iraq, invaded and bombed in the name of uprooting their previous tyranny, see SNOW as a sign of peace. If YOU were in daily danger of random kidnappings and murders, gunfire and terrorist bombs in the street, would you see snow as a sign of peace?

Not even if you were from Pepperidge Farms' marketing department.

You lack the perspective and hopefulness of Iraqis. How screwed up can you be?

Newspeak continues...

New rules on licenses pit states against feds - CNN.com

"The last thing I want to do is punish citizens of a state who would love to have a REAL ID license but can't get one," Chertoff said. "But in the end, the rule is the rule as passed by Congress."

There are three implications in this statement there in one sentence.

1. There is an implicit assumption that the citizens love this big brother shit and want to have the DoHS blessed number of the beast card if it wasn't for their in-the-way stick-in-the-mud disloyal state governments. This is in my mind similar to the Soviet claim that the people of Prague wanted the invasion of Czechoslovakia to free them from their bourgeois heretic government.

2. There is an implicit assumption that the government has a right to force this on the states when in fact it in no way shape or form does, as it amounts to circumventing constitutional legal history not to mention American tradition by turning state driver's licenses into national ID cards.

3. Then there is the implicit threat of punishment of the people of the states if the states do not capitulate. Either overthrow your recalcitrant governments at the polls, or we will break you seems to be the long term message.

4. There's actually a fourth implication of extreme arrogance on Chertoff's part as it implies he believes he either has the right to punish the states, and the usual governmental cowardice of blaming congress.

It's like a wife beater saying to his wife as the blows land, "you made me do this! I didn't want to do this, but you made me! Why couldn't you just do what I told you!"

Of course, despite all this, systems, aka people, will continue to slip through their fingers. Despite massive security procedures, we and the Soviet Union freely spied on each other and compromised the allegiances of each others' citizens almost at will all through the worst times of the Cold War.

Do they really think that this will stop terrorists? No, because that is not the point. The point is that your rulers, the people you the lazy ass common people negligently put into power at the polls DO NOT TRUST YOU. They live in insecurity and rule by fear. They sell you hopelessness, you distribute it like crack dealers. They tell you can'ts and won'ts and you believe them. It's at the point you could have the secret truth of extraterrestrial life given to you by an Air Force defector and you'd simply not care. Similarly, you can see for yourself that your political class sells you solutions to nonexistent problems for no reason other than to entrench and reinforce their power.

If you want just and righteous rulers, you must first rule yourself. Stop running from the world people. Wake up and take control of yourselves. Before the global civil wars come. You're living a self-fulfilling prophecy which ends terribly. Please, stop. Come back to reality. The world isn't that bad, things aren't so negative, there's hope for you and yours. All you have to do is get a fucking grip.

AT&T and the rest of the Internet carriers JUST DON'T GET IT.

Maybe this will help:

Image from Star Wars, found at http://www.georgettesworld.com/main/swlukehanleia.html 

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

AT&T and Other I.S.P.s May Be Getting Ready to Filter - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

Encrypted filed sharing systems immune to such packet filtering other than to block them because the ISP can't figure out what they are already exist and will continue to expand and evolve. Steganographic techniques to alleviate that problem by making them look like normal allowed traffic will be used. Encryption, deception, misdirection, and just plain shiftiness will become the average netizen's every day experience and modus operandi.

HOWEVER, the average American is totally unaware of how to do these things without goodly study online of the techniques now available, and the present complexities make it not worth while. So how do you reconcile the two facts? Simple. Just as Internet usage at the dawn of the transition from DARPANET to Internet was complex and required technical skill and no longer does, so too will the techie geeks conquer these usability issues and make it as easy as point, double-click, done.

Right now, use of encrypting hard drive controllers and boot loaders is a bit beyond even the otherwise very thorough terrorists of Al Queda. In a few years, thanks to the government and big business, politics and influence, and the paranoia which drives and governs them so often, such things will come with the machine when you buy it. Enter your set-up passwords and there you go. Everything encrypted in multiple layers making the ultimate breaking of captured data take longer than the Earth has left before the Sun enters its red giant phase.

EVERYONE WILL BY DEFAULT HAVE ALL DATA ENCRYPTED AT ALL TIMES WHETHER ON MEDIA OR TRANSMITTED ACROSS NETWORKS. THE VERY SOFTWARE VIEWERS THEY USE WILL NEVER LEAVE THE DATA IN ANY UNENCRYPTED FORMAT AT ALL WHERE IT CAN BE CAPTURED.

Just as the proliferation of viruses and spyware has resulted in a large industry of point and click anti-virus solutions causing computers to be vastly more secured today than they were in the past, so too will these continuing encroachments on the privacy of the populace drive a defensive response by the people towards embracing hiding their data no matter what it is.

If you think getting at hidden and encrypted data is hard for law enforcement now, wait till they can't tell a recipe from a communication to bomb a government facility. The very government which used fear of that very eventuality as an excuse to infringe our rights will be one third of the reason that in the future their problems become multiplied beyond exponentially.

The second third will be the cretins of AT&T, the RIAA and MPAA, and our law industry all of whom are either living in fear of lawsuits, or living in slathering anticipation of lawsuits.

The final third will be the people themselves who are simultaneously too stupid to realize what venal, dishonest, unprincipled, unethical, immoral weasels they've put in power in both government and business, and too stupid to stop them from passing whatever laws and colluding to create whatever agreements they feel best for their own selfish interests.

Never mind too stupid to stop selling themselves and each other crushing hopelessness that they seek to fill with never ending gluttony for senseless, mindless, vacuous shit that passes for entertainment.

On come the cyber wars and the static leveling.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Semi-daily weird ass round-up

Throw another relative on the fire!

I'm not sure I want to have a warmer feeling from the dearly departed than I got while they were alive.

 

We already do, it's called atheism.

There's G-d and there is not G-d. Good and light and all that, or... not. What do you see in the world today?

 

The kind of teacher most guys only wish they had.

Picture included though sadly not nude. Silly teacher, all she had to do was post on something like Imagefap and quietly give the link to the upload to him...

 

No, it's the Ed Grimley hair-do that clinches this story.

Well that was dumb I must say.

 

You only THINK it MAY infringe on civil rights?

Try KNOW it WILL. There. Fixed the conceptualization issue for you.

Rock-ets keep fallin on my head...

...but that doesn't mean by eyes will soon be turnin red, cryin's not for me, cause I'm never gonna stop the rockets by complainin... I'll use one of thee-ese... Nothins worryin me...

Okay, why is it we have to hear of Israel getting this junk shat on them over and over instead of one of these being deployed. I know for a fact being in the tech field that Israel has tech firms privately owned by Israeli citizens or Israeli investor backed groups that can put something like this together. Israel is not Rwanda. They can do this.

The question is, why don't they?

Also, calculating the most likely trajectory in reverse back to source is a piece of cake for today's computational systems. It may be rocket science, but the calculations are the sort young boys in America used to do fairly regularly in the field of model rocketry. Are we to believe no one can program a computer to automatically make a narrow range of assumptions based on sensor data as to what the rocket/missile was, and then extrapolate a path back to launch?

What do you do? You make a flying RPV that can be missile launched, and lob it back at them to then deploy in air and quickly get intelligence from the site, perhaps before the terrorists can leave.

Yeah, I know, you thought I'd say lob a missile. I'm being clever here and thinking ahead to the anti-Israeli crowd's reaction by making a lethal response a later choice instead of a fire and hope one up front which we all must admit is only giving Israel black eyes.

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And now a television...

...that will no doubt go to no better use than watching porn.

A statement reiterating what we who've worked in cable have known for years: the press is clueless and uninformed and does not do their homework

Comcast promising ultra-fast Internet - CNN.com

PRIZE WINNING PIECE RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE ARTICLE, MY EMPHASIS...

Cable companies aren't known as nimble innovators, but Comcast Corp. is out to change that perception this year with ultra-high-speed Internet service, more high-definition content and gadgets that link video, phone and broadband services.

What is being rolled out?

Roberts is expected to demonstrate a technology that delivers up to 160 megabits of data per second: It will allow him to download a high-definition copy of "Batman Begins" in four minutes. The technology, DOCSIS 3.0, will start rolling out this year.

Okay, those of us in the know merely by paying attention to the industry trades and the vendor marketing materials already knew this a long long time ago.

But wait! There's more!

Cable systems largely enable download speeds up to 10 Mbps -- compared with up to 50 Mbps from Verizon's fiber-optic service FiOS.

"Cable looks like it will be able to keep up with the Joneses, thank you very much," Craig Moffett, senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein in New York, said of the new technology.

Just in case you weren't paying attention, speeds of cable in many Comcast markets will exceed what Verizon FiOS is currently offering but NOT what they can theoretically do. Re-read that sentence and understand what I just said.

First, they will exceed current FiOS speeds. One can bet that a business like Comcast doesn't get where they are by being stupid on the price and will price 160Mbps such that it is actually comparable to the price being charged for 50Mbps FiOS making the FIOS seem one bit per bit level thrice as expensive. Why not go for a service with triple the speed for the same cost?

Second, the FiOS speeds are CURRENT. NOT MAXIMUM. Fiber can carry much much faster speeds. This will have the effect of pushing Verizon to increase their speeds without increasing their costs (too much) exposing their claims of needs for a tiered Internet to be the bullshit that they are. Either they deliver triple the bandwidth with no degradation in service showing that they always could, or they don't.

Third, that increase in fiber speeds will as fiber continues to be successfully constructed across the nation spur the cable industry towards ever high speeds, pushing nodes deep into the neighborhoods, lowering the number of subscribers per node until at some point in the future your cable will be via fiber.

At that point multiple overlapping infrastructures allowing for competition will be in place.

That the news industry doesn't ever seem to pay attention and feels the need to trumpet this to the masses as if we were similarly dim is testament to the "hype sells, so why bother knowing the score" attitude of the media. Instead of calm balanced reporting based on a far ranging knowledge of the subject material and relative merits and drawbacks of every aspect, simply play up the showy.

Specific to the cable industry, this is why the media continues to portray the cable industry as if it was still 1983 and not twenty-four years later in 2007 and yet plays up DBS because the oooh and ahhh space age satellites and rockets aspect. Whoa, signals from space! When you've failed as many installs for no clear acceptable line of sight as I have, you know that it isn't such rocket science.

I got 15Mbps service on cable a while ago and faster speeds are coming. I don't actually use all that speed all the time and short of downloading the entire Internet I don't really have a need for that speed yet, but I am sure that as the cyber wars get under way in deadly earnest between a people who will not be chained and a government that cannot see the value of individual freedom we will need it.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Kittehs 1, Humans 0

Woman Drowns In Rain Barrel Rescuing Kitten - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque

Detectives said the kitten is alive, and most likely climbed out over Hill.

In the good old pen and paper days of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, there were these third-party books called Grimtooth's Traps wherein it was noted the propensity of humans to be stupid enough to stick their hands in vases. In this case, stupid enough to stick themselves into water filled barrels.

My heart goes out to the next of kin and I pray that kitten not be mistreated in vengeance. It just shows lateral thinking on the fly is not well taught these days and why when people see it in television or movies, they love it. It's actually a novel concept to NOT throw yourself into the barrel and let's say reach an arm down with something in hand the kitten can grab.

The Nokia Virus... not yet available on their phones...

The Nokia Virus: Finnish Town Faces Fecal Foul-up - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

The affair began six weeks ago when a municipal employee in Nokia unwittingly released thousands of gallons of sewage into the city's water supply last November, and over a month later authorities are still trying to clean up the water.

Yeah, I've had crappy cell service too. Not this crappy, but still...

Anne Frank, song and dance, Nazis and death... can't miss? Oh yes it can.

Anne Frank's diary to be made into a musical | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

The Anne Frank Foundation, which jealously guards the rights to the diary - it once turned down Steven Spielberg when he wanted to make a film - has given its support.

Yes, the same Steven "I shit blockbusters" Spielberg. Turned down. Spanish musical? Thumbs up.

Big Winner: the three letters W-T-F.

Yeah, a musical is so much more respectful to the late Ms. Frank's memory than a movie by Steven Spielberg.

ARGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

That's it! I am going to buy the rights to "Thus I Refute Beelzy" and sell them to a Japanese Hentai publisher and finish off my childhood literature list for good!

My next big project: house renovation

I've been at this one for a long time, and now am coming to where it cannot be put off any longer: straightening the structure of my house.

This is one of those textbook definitions of the exclamation: oy.

In some quarters merely adding to a structure in parallel with the existing structure is considered repair and not needing a permit. In others, not so much. It depends. You need to have an inspection.

Well, my house is an embarrassment of wrong. Previous deviations from zoning code which were allowed to be and did not stop occupancy permits from being given to the previous owner (which grandfathers them to me as I took possession as a former renter still living there continuously) have to be fixed. The house's structure is laid out in what can only be called an unfortunate way. Long from east to west you'd think that they'd run the joists from north to south to a long series of main beams down the centerline. Nope. They ran two beams inboard of the foundation walls splitting the house into uneven thirds, the longest span being the middle between the beams.

Over the years since its late 19th century construction it has received several layers of wiring of various qualities and been reworked from original plaster lathe to new plaster lathe to oh let's say the fuck with it sheetrock over plaster lathe or even ugly paneling over plaster lathe.

Then there's the pet damage. Cats have whizzed in corners and while that can be cleaned to a point and what stains refuse lifting from the wood can be painted over, there's the issue of what they'll do to anything new. Dogs have also made a hash of the kitchen flooring by ripping up the seamless linoleum and whizzing on the wood. They're paper trained but I wish they could be toilet trained.

First I need to safeguard the future so I intend to get this thing from the manufacturer:

catgenie This is the Cat Genie self-flushing cat box. You heard right, a FLUSHING cat box. This would be ideal as I go through between eighty and one hundred twenty pounds of clumping cat litter every month and while the clay came from the ground and to the ground it returns with the trash, it still doesn't seem right. It also of course costs way too much. There's no reason to be doing it with this. As a fortunate bonus, my upstairs used to be a second apartment and since I've wrecked out the old kitchen I still have a septic pipe and water supplies. So, in my ongoing redesign I've decided I'll put a janitorial closet in at that point on both floors one over the other and that will take care of the problem of routing wires and pipes to the second floor very cleanly.

This also eliminates smells and you don't need to let them do their business wherever indiscriminately to get this smell, just wait one hour too long to scoop boxes and you will get it. It gets into your clothes and whatnot. No smells to build at all with this. No smells to build around the scooped litter pending trashing it either since there's no litter.

As soon as tax refunds get here, this is a must get, a will be gotten in fact.

Okay, with that taken care of there's still the dogs and what the cats might do to new floors. Aha! New floors! Yes, but what...

I have decided to push that back just a little behind getting the base for the floors right. There's uneven sagging midspan even long after loads that may have previously been there are gone. Not enough to disqualify it from occupancy and nowhere near enough to be dangerous but definitely annoying and I dislike them.

Sure there are self-leveling poured compounds, but they don't address why the span sags much less fix it.

So I have read up quite a bit on the fine art of fine tuning floors with hydraulic jacks and gotten it across to myself that 1/8th of an inch per day is the absolute maximum. You put screw jacks next to the hydraulic jacks and posts to hold the load once in place.

I also believe sistering to new joists can be effective in the way of stiffening them and will likely do that where necessary. However, that can only be a part of it.

In the same way composites engineering makes use of basic geometric principles used in construction to give better strength on the small scale such that overall a material is better, so too can we use composites engineering techniques to make a house better.

First, in a well done house of old the floors would have a first layer of flooring laid on a bias to the joists, that is, forty-five degrees to the joists. The finish layer would then go above it perpendicular to the joists and the nails passing through both layers to unite those layers, and nails going to the joists to hold them relative to the joists.

Well, those floor sections are strips of wood and can laterally slide against each other. Not much, but more than you really want. The nails also are a vastly more than imperfect solution to bonding. They can bend and shift a bit over time more than you want.

It would have been nice if back in the 1890s people had the construction adhesives of today but they didn't so bet your ass there aren't any beads thereof on your joists under that wood. The entire layer of the floor deck is more free than you think to move against the joists. Unfortunately for most of us, we can't just move elsewhere for a time and rebuild the house. We have to do it in situ.

Plywood is the most familiar composite material you know other than perhaps your own bones which grow in layers somewhat like trees grow in layers. Plywood doesn't slip against itself. Bonded under heat and pressure with layers of fibers laid in specific ways, it is engineered for high tensile strength, good resistance to breaking under various loads, and not to break the way a single piece of wood... would.

My house has one layer of slats. That's it. So I look at the slats, and I look at the plywood and I think of how the slats aren't bonded to the joists and how they aren't bonded to each other... Make them part of a larger composite structure...

Okay, first the beams need to be exposed hence plaster and/or sheetrock ceiling sections need to be removed. Then with the joists exposed they can be jacked into place... No, wait, we need the sistering members up. Okay, we tack nail the sistering joists next to the originals just to keep them up where we want them and then jack up the existing joists. Once in place over the span of a week or so which includes slow 1/16 to 1/8 per day increases and a day between for settling under active load (people living on it, temperature variations of the day, etc.) we then undo the tack nails and run construction adhesive along the side of each joist where the existing floorboards above meet it. This is not as good as one bead along the top of the joist under but with a bead on each side it is a miniscule fraction less.

Then the sister joists are glued along their faces to the beams they will help support, and nailed and/or screwed their entire length to the existing members. The nails/screws are to both provide bonding AND to act as a clamp to keep the wood together during the adhesive bonding and curing process. They use this kind of adhesive in new prefab houses that will stand up to hurricanes by the way.

Between the joists need go dividers. They keep the joists from twisting and deflecting to either side and are very necessary to the overall strength. Got wires and plumbing? The important parts are the tops and bottoms. Slip the top above the wiring and the bottom below and let the wiring pass between where it is.

With the next sistering joists in place, the temporary jacks... can not be removed yet. The floors aren't done. Why? Well, you've bonded whatever sections of whatever slats have crossed any given joist at those points which is a lot, but the joists and subfloor have too much ability to move. They aren't rigid and load-sharing yet.

The next step is a sanding of the existing floors. Cover paint, whatever, comes off. Now my floors have been somewhat finished and refinished over time but still some adhesion can be gotten. Some is better than none, so sanding needs be done to the newly leveled floor.

Once that is done, the floors need to be spread with construction adhesive. Surface spread, not beads. They have this stuff, you can look it up. Immediately over each 4x8 section goes the 1/2 inch plywood to which it will be bonded, and a small bead along the edge to butt to the next piece. Screws through to the slats, long nails through to the existing joists NOT the sistering joists and definitely not both. They will be too close together and the rule of not putting seams between two pieces of wood at the point of greatest stress applies.

Allow to set and cure.

After a week of time, the screw jacks can be knocked loose and removed. I'll now have a new floor and supports bonded to the original and only adding a marginal amount of weight to do it. A few hundred pounds spread and connected evenly across several hundred square feet in a way that my more than two hundred pound body isn't.

What has to be remembered is the the original beams sagged under load and stayed that way. They won't spring naturally into place and by now are so old and solidified they won't want to go straight which means in addition to any loads, the system has to resist the now natural desire of the wood to bend back to where it had sagged to. That's another reason for the glue, nail, screw method. Spread the stresses out. For one thing to move, it must move something else. A solid box structure is better than one that's...not.

Well, you can't really make a box short of putting plywood under the joists and while you could do that, make a floor section by section prefab with conduits and so on inside between the layers and insulation and so on... it's not feasible really in an already long ago built house.

The preceding description shows the next best option.

So what will keep the cats and dogs from destroying the new floor? 12 by 12 ceramic tiles which you can get on sale more or less all the time from various outlets, and you can get them over time and irregularly such that instead of a continuous design, you can vary the colors and designs on purpose for a much more personal and eclectic result.

Well, that's what's ahead of me to say nothing of the new (non-load-bearing) partition walls and painting and insulation and wiring... Should be fun and it will be blogged right here.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Let's see if this familiar to you

FANTASTIC START: You agree during an interview for a job to XYZ in terms of workload, delivery times, levels of quality, and so on.

HORRID END: All of that changes almost immediately to your detriment and their advantage.

 

GREAT IDEA: You get a pay rate and a job where you don't have to struggle as much as say, construction, and decent lunch and break opportunities.

MORONIC EXECUTION: Your pay doesn't increase one penny during the aforementioned unilateral increase of your work requirements, and the cost of living increases by between 50% and 100% concurrently. Your lunch opportunities become nil and you are made to feel guilty if you take a break.

 

EXCELLENT WAY IT SHOULD BE: Recognizing the "human component", the company leadership strives to maintain an excellent work atmosphere, above industry average compensation, high quality insurance and related benefits, and attention to motivation and morale.

ACTUAL WAY OF THE ANYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY WORLD: Oblivious to the entire idea that humans aren't robots without self-awareness, the company leadership strives to maintain a soul-crushing work atmosphere, below industry compensation to pinch every penny, the lowest quality insurance the labor laws will let them get away with, and total ignorance of the word morale while defining motivation as fear of being fired.

 

Yes, this is my world. Welcome to it. I work through 95% of all breaks, 25% of all lunches, and continue work that begins before the end of my shift until it is complete, no matter how late that is. My reward? To be threatened with disciplinary action for averaging 1.5 minutes late to work every day.

In a fair world, none of this would happen. In a fair but idiotic world if it happened, I could trade in all the HOURS they owe me for those MINUTES and they'd still owe me HOURS of time and or money.

The days of leather couches, pool tables, video games, rollerblades, and so forth are over. We the high spirited non-conformist geeks revitalized an industry that was in total collapse, we gave a vibrant Internet to the world, and the money people who profited in the billions of dollars off of our toilings as usual killed the golden goose by re-entrenching the noncompetitive, anti-prosperity, pro-assimilation, greedy mindset of the corporate world.

So when I am now tasked with doing the work of the technicians of an entirely separate department with no compensation or benefit, or even temporary title and prestige that goes with it, why is management so dim as to not understand why one would have a problem with that?

The difference between your dream job and ugly reality is sometimes as little as waking up... into a nightmare. Made more ugly and horrid precisely because you can see the potential of that company and all the people you work with, but no one can seem to let oxygen molecule one reach their brains and make use of that potential.

Who is more loyal to a company? Someone who works 110% and tries over and over and never gives up, or those who do whatever they can minimally get away with but never makes waves? Someone who is there all the time whenever they are needed, or those who try not to be available even to their own subordinates they are ostensibly responsible for the training, equipment, and management of?

Nevertheless, I don't give up. I do it for the money. Which means my heart isn't in it. Therefore neither is the quality that comes with passion. It becomes rote, robotic, done under protest, grudgingly. My hope is being slowly taken away.

So, you didn't think I had any idea of what it is to embrace the spirit of the fanatic and though proven wrong about my dream job, persevere with redoubled effort, if only to keep pay. Now you know different.

It is sadistic evil to do your best to frustrate other people in the tasks you set for them and completely insane.

Welcome to the business world.

Hoax nuke blast seen on TV weather - CNN.com

Now these guys are creative...

In December, the project was awarded the NG 333 prize for young artists by Prague's National Gallery together with a cash prize of 333,000

I say give them a grant. Priceless pic there too.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Another musical recommendation of the moment: The Question by Familiar 48

Lyrics here.

Found here on Yahoo Launchcast.

Astronomy Picture of the Day