Ron Paul and Earmarks

October 1, 2011 by

A popular critique of Ron Paul is that he complains about government spending and earmarks, yet votes for such earmarked spending to benefit his Texas constituents. While some of that criticism comes from the left much of it comes from the right. Of course, the starboard side attacks have less to do with any purist intent and everything do with the Paul’s unenthusiastic response to the warfare state. Despite the apparent cynicism, Paul’s tactic is the correct (and ethical) one.

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Into Thin AIR

September 21, 2011 by

I imagine every writer (or blogger) would love to turn a phrase, or create an idea that becomes part of the zeitgeist: a Gladwellian “Blink” or a Friedmanian “Flat World.” I am not sure who coined the acronym GRIN (genetics Robotics information-tech and nano-tech), but he too earned his moment of zeitgeist notice.

Well at last, I have my grinning, blinking, flat-world idea. Today I unveil the initialism AIR.

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Psychotic Architecture

September 14, 2011 by

It may be popular to decry all forms of modernism as somehow “bad.” In architecture, especially, this call of classicism can be strong. However, designing an office building with Doric columns seems, to me, silly.

So having got the fact I am not completely anti-modernity, I would like to remark on the trend towards what I would term psychotic architecture. This is a style of architecture that breaks any link of form and function. Instead, it seeks to impose a sense of confusion and disorientation on the user. It seems as if the occupants of the building have been demoted from human users to supplicants of the architectural vision.

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Another One Bites the Dust

July 28, 2011 by

I have complained before about bloggers white paging their site. It seems one of the biggest bloggers in these parts has done just that. Roissy’s (Citizen Renegade) is no more. The “no longer available” message looks as if it is a permanent rather than a temporary disappearance.
[Update: It turns out the blog has merely moved to a new location:]

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A Movement of Peace

July 24, 2011 by

A quote:

After the terrible events in Norway, we must remember that immigration restrictionists are not the enemy. We cannot let one bad apple distract us from the fact that this is really a movement of peace. We must be wary of any backlash, and look to see if we can understand the frustrations that drive someone to do this. We must continue with our openness that allows us listen to all voices and all treat all opinions with respect. We must not fall back into narrow thinking that allows us dismiss such beliefs as “extreme,” indeed we must redouble our efforts to reach out to those in the immigration restriction community with tolerance and respect for their views. We must not use the actions of one evil person turn us against the legitimate concerns of a large group of citizens.

Source: Not the New York Times, any politician, or elite opinion.

NLP and Mindfulness

June 7, 2011 by

NLP has some fame in the pick-up community for its use in seduction. Back in the mid 1990s, in the early days of the Internet’s public phase I remember seeing references to something called “Speed Seduction.” Speed Seduction was the creation of Ross Jeffries and claimed to be a way to use NLP to create sexual attraction in any woman. I was, and remain dubious, about the potential of NLP in seduction* but do see a role in personal improvement (including inner game).

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May 26, 2011 by

After my earlier post where I covered shyness, I will now ponder confidence.

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May 24, 2011 by

The discussion on a SDaedalus thread included descriptions of dances for teenagers. The description of young men on one side, young women on the other, with few crossing over the gulf, caused me to ponder what a curse shyness is.

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Republican Professors are Tougher Graders

May 23, 2011 by

An article on Inside Higher Ed relates a study that shows Republican professors (both of them) grade in a less egalitarian manner than Democratic professors. Republican professors awarded a wider range of marks, giving more high grades and more low grades. Democratic professors tended to give fewer “extreme” grades.

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Milk and Wine Revisited

May 17, 2011 by

I wrote a while ago about the maxim that women age like milk, while men age like wine. Men tend to embrace it, while women tend to reject it.

Men like the idea because it seems to point to a rise in their power in the dating market. Women tend to dislike it because it points to a decline in their power in the dating market. However, I am not so sure either are correct.

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