New York and Chill

The Grand Ave subway station in northeast Queens is a madhouse at 7:15 am. Young people tryna get to school, grownups tryna get to work; it’s crowded; it’s uncivil; nobody gives way; nobody is polite; elbows are out; people are squished; if I don’t get on this train I’m gonna be LATE. (Continual delays and disruptions  are a microagression against all New Yorkers, but I’ll let others moan about that).

However, the same station at 7:00 am is nice. It’s tranquil. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. There’s a place to stand, maybe even a seat.... [Read More]


Best Woman for the Job is a Man

The title is turning the saying “The best man for the job is a woman.” on its ear. Recently men who have become women have been winning in women’s sports. Is this fair when in taking account hormonal doping is a disqualifyer in most sports? If one is born XY, isn’t that giving a “woman” a big hormonal boost in training? Should prior men be handicapped for this advantage? (I am thinking of women’s tees in reverse.)

Here is an article from the Daily Caller that has someone who looks like a man winning a woman’s event. [Read More]


TOTD 2018-10-14: Snark

What is the difference between good humor and snark?
When is snark good and when is it bad?
If good, at what percentage should it be used?
I think most people are biased. They think using snark against opponents is good but take umbrage when it is used against them.

Please write your thoughts in the comments and I will give my answers there too.


This Week’s Book Review – Target Rich Environment

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-10-13: Quotes

Time for something from Chesterton. (I have to keep Blumroch happy.)

  1. What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.
  2. Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.
  3. The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.

UPDATE: There was originally only the first quote but then I founds some more.


Fascinating Online Course: “Simulation Neuroscience”

In at least one of his book reviews, John Walker has linked to the “Blue Brain Project.” This is a multidisciplinary approach to simulating (or perhaps instead emulating) the function of the mammalian (eventually the human) brain. It is being conducted in John’s back yard at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne. It is a very ambitious project, presently studying slices of rat somatosensory cerebral cortex containing about 31,000 neurons.

Once upon a time, I was graduate student in anatomy at Rutgers Medical School studying the development and innervation of the superior oblique muscle of the newborn rat using enzyme staining of the motor end-plates and electron microscopy. I also studied neuroscience (then known as neuroanatomy and neurophysiology) and taught gross anatomy.... [Read More]


Book Review: SJWs Always Double Down

“SJWs Always Double Down” by Vox DayIn SJWs Always Lie Vox Day introduced a wide audience to the contemporary phenomenon of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs), collectivists and radical conformists burning with the fierce ardour of ignorance who, flowing out of the academic jackal bins where they are manufactured, are infiltrating the culture: science fiction and fantasy, comic books, video games; and industry: technology companies, open source software development, and more established and conventional firms whose managements have often already largely bought into the social justice agenda.

The present volume updates the status of the Cold Civil War a couple of years on, recounts some key battles, surveys changes in the landscape, and provides concrete and practical advice to those who wish to avoid SJW penetration of their organisations or excise an infiltration already under way.... [Read More]


Fred Cole the Defeatist

I don’t know this person very well but what I have seen, he is no friend of conservatives. He is not someone that wants things to go best for certain branches of the coalition. He open scoffs at people and gets away with it. (Hollywood values, right?) He works for dissension and dissension he gets. He has put out so many trollish posts that only someone with extreme myopia and reading comprehension issues would not be able to see it. (That must be why they shut down those who do.)

I am writing this thinking of the danger of those who thought of following Fred Cole’s advice. He would have had Hillary president with a 6-3 balance on the Supreme Court. Just think of that, Mr Libertarian getting all that liberalism because he couldn’t see what a lot of others saw. I am not saying he is blind. It is the walls that move to constantly hit him. ... [Read More]