I “used to be” a darn good “investigative trouble shooter”, I looked at things from nearly every angle. Then I had to take a job at the casino. I had to fix things fast because a guest was waiting. Well It made me jump to conclusions rather than looking at things from every angle.... [Read More]
Well, the Roaring Twenties are finally here, so we shouldn’t be astonished by the wonders of technology and human innovation soon to usher forth. Here’s one that arrived a week early, on 2019-12-24, U.S. patent 10,513,862 [PDF] (text-only version), for a swimming pool or hot tub filled with simulated candy, including “synthetic multicolored sprinkles”. Of course there’s a diving board!
I just saw The Rise of Skywalker, and I loved it. The visual and aural effects were astounding, the settings beautiful, the story fun, most of the main characters engaging, and the adaptations of what audiences love about Star Wars present without being too derivative. This was brilliant high-tech, family-friendly fantasy storytelling. I did think parts of the script were too warm-fuzzy, but not enough to ruin the movie. It was one of the best they’ve ever made, in my opinion. A dramatic scene with Adam Driver* demonstrates the contrast in acting skills between him and Hayden Christiansen, who played the young Darth Vader in those nearly unwatchable prequels. It’s odd how these films vary in quality.
Now I can go back and read the Ricochet members’ analyses of this movie. Judging by their post titles, they seemed disappointed.... [Read More]
#1 Demographics: “First, it’s good to remember that demographics have a life of their own. That’s not good from the point of view of those of us of European descent. We’re only 10% of world population and falling rapidly. Worse, it seems we’re responsible for all the world’s problems and therefore aren’t very popular.”... [Read More]
A cartoonist of the SJW Woke School inadvertently exposed the sadistic, mean-spirited nature of Progressives. The surprising result is that Twitter overwhelmingly rejected the nasty and embraced the virtuous. If you’re looking for a white pill to kick off the decade, #NewGuy is it.
For a university professor emeritus, think tank fellow, writer for National Review, who is fluent in Greek and Latin, Victor Davis Hanson gets outside the bubble (What’s your score? Mine is 26.) more than most conservative pundits. In the January 2020 edition of the U.S. edition of The Spectator, he explains “Why Trump will win again in 2020”.
My reasons for thinking Trump was going to be elected in 2016 were entirely unscientific. One of my Hoover Institution colleagues recently reminded me of my data-free, amateurish and bothersome predictions.... [Read More]
There’s an exhibition at Boston’s art museum on Nubia. This is a region that includes parts of Egypt and Sudan along the Nile. The exhibition “…examines power, representation, and cultural bias—in the ancient world, in the early 20th century, and today.” The principal focus of the explanatory materials is race. Visitors are lectured about how Nubians weren’t really Egyptians but were actually black, that one should not fall prey to stereotypes and that race is a social construct. Or as Derb would say, “blackety black blackety blackety black.”
The point of the exhibition seemed to be to connect Egyptian cultural achievements with sub-Saharan Africa. Quote from the exhibition blurb:... [Read More]
As a child, did you ever do something you thought was innocuous, or at least only semi-problematic, and then find out your parents were surprisingly steamed about it? I ran up against this unexpected trouble more than once.
One incident was when I was nine years old at boarding school in northern Thailand. My friend C. dared me to eat a worm. Well, she wasn’t really my friend at the time. She was my rival. We were around the same age, and she was a newcomer from the States, with a collection of novel American toys. Plus she had olive skin, dark hair, and large, expressive green eyes. She liked the boy I’d had a crush on for years–despite her unusual looks, I had dibs on him. My jealousy weighed on me unpleasantly. She and I were always vying for first place in stupid scenarios: who would win in arm wrestling? Who could climb a mountain? We both sensed when the other was showing off, and were mutually annoyed. I affected a slight babyish accent that rubbed her the wrong way; she wanted everyone to know her affinity for animals and talked to lizards with a high-pitched lilt I couldn’t stand.... [Read More]
A century ago, it was common for all kinds of buildings to be designed for beauty as well as for function. The enterprises that built these structures cared about beauty as well as function. The ornamentation on this power plant, built about 120 years ago and decommissioned in 2007, is entirely unrelated to the generation of electric power. It could have done without the lunettes, the molding, and the other elements that make the building less drab. This page has some better pictures, including some of the interior. There’s some nice tile work and wrought iron ornamentation.
Here, the story continues as Philo reaches the Tree, meets its Guardian, “the largest, ugliest, and smelliest bear” he has ever seen, not to mention the most voluble and endowed with the wit of eternity, and explores the Tree, which holds gateways to other times and places, where Philo must confront a test which has defeated many heroes who have come this way before. Exploring the Tree, he learns of the distant past and future, of the Ancient Marauder and Viridios before the dawn of history, and of the War that changed the course of time.... [Read More]
Here are my picks for the best books of 2019, fiction and nonfiction. These aren’t the best books published this year, but rather the best I’ve read in the last twelve months. The winner in both categories is barely distinguished from the pack, and the runners up are all worthy of reading. Runners up appear in alphabetical order by their author’s surname. Each title is linked to my review of the book. Continue reading “Books of the Year: 2019”