Random

Stream of consciousness, links, quotes and anything else that comes to mind.


  • A high of 65F today in my area of the world. A good afternoon to train for this year’s recumbent cycling BHAG: A Century Ride… 100 miles in 1 day.

    That would break my personal record in 2019 of 89.32 miles.

    77.2 miles (indoor and outdoor) thus far this season.


  • Underneath the shiny and the new, lurking in IT systems where it creates security vulnerabilities and barriers to innovation, is an accumulation of quick fixes and outdated systems never intended for their current use, all of which are badly in need of updating.

    Christopher Mims, The Invisible $1.52 Trillion Problem: Clunky Old Software

    I’m not tech savvy. Does this explain at least some of the intermittent outage weirdness in recent years?


  • If you’re on a company trip to a resort in the Caribbean… and the leadership mandates a group photo with everyone including spouses dressed in flowing white attire… you might want to evaluate whether you are working for a company… or a… cult.


  • All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

    Frank Hebert


  • In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Indeed.


  • As the conservative death toll in Gaza nears 30,000 — with more than 13,000 children confirmed dead — the White House spin doctors are worried about the 2024 U.S. election.

    Jeremy Scahill, WITH NETANYAHU THREATENING RAFAH INVASION, BIDEN PREPARES TO SEND ISRAEL MORE BOMBS

    But remember… “Just shut the fuck up, go to the polling site and vote for Biden without any doubts or reservations.”

    Right.


  • In both cases, the goal is to quell dissent. That’s because the last thing that anyone equipped with limited facts, poor reasoning, and an austerity of grace wants is to debate critics who may suffer none of these shortcomings. It makes them look bad. The barrel of a gun yields much quicker results without all of the arguing and loss of face. Totalitarianism is the easy way for those in charge.

    Martin Hackworth, What do the far left and the far right have in common? An embrace of totalitarianism.

  • U.S. manufacturing is not in decline and never has been. We are still one of the greatest industrial powers in the world. The story of U.S. manufacturing and its alleged demise is actually a story about deceptive political narratives of decline and how they distort our view of the world.

    Robert Tracinski, The Manufactured ‘Decline’ of Manufacturing

    Hmmmmm.


  • It is rare for a mass movement to be wholly of one character. Usually it displays some facets of other types of movement, and sometimes it is two or three movements in one.

    Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    And often, the enemy of my enemy is…


  • Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.

    Neal Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    Prescient.