SOTU Breakdown- A Curmudgeon Reflects

My diagnosis on the SOTU address.

The messaging was tasked to emotionally convince both men and women in different ways that they belong to a group, Americans, who do heroic things, who have empathy, who help the needy, who nurture the babies, who lay down their lives for others as an act of love. We act together, we grieve together and we fix things together.... [Read More]


Peak Oil Postponed

The Left and other assorted busybodies have been warning about Peak Oil ever since I was in college. And believe me, that was decades ago. In the 1950s, the original peak-oil worrywart predicted peak US production c. 1970 at about 3,000 Mbbl/yr or about 8 Mbbl/day. Since then, the whinging worriers have moved the date later in response to repeatedly being wrong. Oil will run out some day if we continue on the current path. Of course, humanity never continues on the same path forever. As Sheikh Yamani noted, “The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones.”

As of January 2018, US domestic crude oil and natural gas production made new all-time highs. Current oil production at 10 Mbbl/day exceeds the 8 Mbbl/day predicted peak by 25%, about 50 years after the peak was supposed to be reached. Note especially the decline in oil production during the waning days of the Obama administration and the uptick after Trump’s arrival. Of course, falling and later rising world prices also had something to do with that but do you think that the rise would have happened under the Clinton regime?... [Read More]


TOTD 2018/02/01: Bias

We’re all aware how much it pervades the MSM but I was surprised by the extent it has affected the hundreds of American polling organizations as well. After all, these people are paid to win elections and their reputations used to depend upon accuracy.

I alluded in Dime’s post “TOTD 2018/1/27: Never Feed a Troll” to Trump’s intention to make polling a truly reputable tool. His campaign chose to change the nature of sample questions based upon the fact that many people are reluctant to express their true opinions for fear of repercussions. This was a brilliant strategy indeed as I was about to discover after reading the best of the Trump books out there so far, How Trump Won by Joel Pollak and Larry Schweikart.... [Read More]


Gizmos: Nixie Tube Clock

Nixie tube clock

Is there any retro-technologist who doesn’t love nixie tubes?  Originally developed in the 1950s, a nixie tube consists of an envelope filled with a rarefied gas (usually neon, sometimes with a bit of argon), a wire mesh anode, and ten separate cathodes in the shapes of the decimal digits (or whatever the designer wishes).  A constant positive voltage is applied to the anode, and the cathodes can be made to light up by connecting them to ground, which causes a current to flow, making the gas near the grounded cathode glow in the shape of the digit.  Nixie tubes are particularly easy to drive from decimal-oriented circuits such as ring counters, and were widely used in early computers, calculators, and test equipment.  A rapidly-changing nixie tube has a particularly intriguing appearance since each digit appears in its own plane and the digits consequently appear to jump toward and away from the viewer.... [Read More]


Who Put The Twit in Twitter…Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp De Bomp Bomp

David Brooks NYT Nonsense

This one takes the cake for showing just how arrogant and cloistered the elites are. I meet lots of Americans every day that I will match up against any Dreamer you care to name, but none of them come from the circles Mr Brooks travels in.
I do believe “And the horse you rode in on (if you could ride a horse)” is a partial proper response to this unmitigated twit.


Today’s Kipling – Norman and Saxon

Norman and Saxon

A.D. 1100

Rudyard Kipling

“My son,” said the Norman Baron, “I am dying, and you will be heir
To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for share
When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is.
But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:–

“The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow–with his sullen set eyes on your own,
And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealing,’ my son, leave the Saxon alone.... [Read More]