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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Well … didn’t the last 15 months suck? I say 15 months, since 15 months ago today … the first Sunday of February, 2020, was the last really free and good time we had. Birthday dinner at a steakhouse for... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at voluntaryXchange
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at voluntaryXchange
This happened for real on Monday: Yep. That’s a pickup truck hanging off a bridge over a (seemingly) bottomless pit. Living out west, you imagine this sort of thing every time you drive over a canyon. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at voluntaryXchange
The New York Post notes that: Cuomo had a policy that led to hundreds of excess deaths, and Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing female underlings, But only one of those led to sustained calls for his impeachment within the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at voluntaryXchange
It was a year ago, just about right now, that my son and I threw all his perishables into a box, grabbed a few things, and abandoned his college apartment.† He doesn’t have a car, so he needed a ride.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at voluntaryXchange
Given his first big chance in the pros, Hurts led the 3-8-1 Eagles over the 10-2 Saints. And umm … the Saints have the best defense in the league. And Hurts had almost 300 total yards. Over 100 yards of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Zero Hedge is following the story (here and here) that a ship may have had the biggest “gone overboard” loss of containers ever this past weekend. Mostly posting to show this photo: The loss from the one ship appears to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Most people know Toles as a long time political cartoonist for The Washington Post. But before that he worked for the Buffalo News (which I read daily up through 1989), and before that for the Buffalo Courier-Express (which I only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
The evidence being touted in the media and the legal system that Biden won the election is … mostly nonsense. *********************** Digression It’s going to be hard for me to say anything that could be interpreted as being in Trump’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Do not fall for the red herring that big cities are inherently slower at counting electoral ballots. Oh … and excuse me for mixing metaphors, but I think there’s two things going on here: one metaphor for each. *********************** Digression... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Glenn Greenwald: CNN and NBC and others now employ little hall monitor dweebs whose only purpose is to pressure other platforms to censor or block the voices that are most threatening to them. It's not journalism: it's quashing of dissent…... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
I was old enough, and we had the news on in my house enough, to be cognizant of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. In the fevered imaginings of an 11 year old, the complete disappearance of the ship... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
If you haven’t heard about this: It’s so mellow it’s tough to listen to, but it’s worth it. She’s braver than I am. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Love it: “It’s Time to Admit: Drugs Won the War On Drugs”. The article is lightly recommended. If you’re like me, there’s not much new there. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Currently used tests for COVID-19 detect substances in bodily fluids. What if there was a different way? What if there was a way that was less invasive? Researchers at MIT have developed an AI program that can detect if you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
UPDATE: NBC has done a takedown of the report linked below. It’s astonishingly bad. Keep in mind that I’m not entirely convinced of the content of the piece. It is sketchy. But I’m convinced enough to stand by it. Here’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
While sorting through some papers on my desk I found a hub from the interior of a cassette tape. It’s the white thing with the teeth on the right side of this photo: You have to take apart the shell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
The source code for Windows XP (and Windows Server 2003) has been leaked and is publicly available for download on 4chan. Source code is human-readable programming, used for editing. Source code is compiled into the various files found in your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
James Freeman: Hunter Biden’s lucrative arrangements in Ukrainian natural gas, Chinese finance and Romanian real estate have been attracting attention because he had no particular expertise in Ukrainian natural gas, Chinese finance or Romanian real estate. Me neither, but I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Admittedly, this one isn’t horrible, but: Of course, CNN's site doesn't contain a category for religion, or faith, or traditions ... or anywhere else you might put something about Rosh Hoshanah, so science probably seemed like a good fit. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
We got 920 new cases ... easily the worst increase Utah has gotten on a Sunday! Double what we got 3 weeks ago. The stable outbreak threshold I posted yesterday was 700. Smashed that. This is not getting better, it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Today's numbers are in, and they're a lot worse than expected. The number I posted earlier, 634 new cases, was an if-Saturday-is-as-bad-as-Friday forecast. It's a lot worse. Total cases for today are at 62,852. That's 1,077 new cases, or just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
It's Saturday, September 19th. It's a couple of hours before today's Utah case numbers come out. How do we know if the recent uptick is continuing to get worse? Here's a number for you: 634 new cases. That's a lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Not sure whether we should call this illiteracy or innumeracy Admittedly, it’s a hard graph to interpret, and following the link helps, but it turns out it has nothing to do with the statement that the smoke is “… a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Macro is hard because of the Overton Window. This is the set of policy option that politicians feel will not hurt them politically. If you think there’s not much difference between parties on some issues, it’s because the window is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at voluntaryXchange