Category error

A good friend of mine recently sent me “Web Design: The First 100 Years”.  It’s an excellent essay.  It’s wrong, of course, badly wrong, but since when has being wrong needed to be an obstacle to excellence?  The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not somehow less majestic just because its civil engineers made a boneheaded mistake. …

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Wesley Clark

I usually try to avoid politics on this blog, but sometimes, what’s said requires attention.  Watch the clip below.  General Clark — a four-star general, a sometime candidate for President of the United States, and widely respected by many people — openly advocates that suspected ISIS sympathizers should be placed in internment camps.  He doesn’t …

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Metaphor Misuse

Good metaphors facilitate accurate reasoning.  Sure, electrons flowing in a conductor aren’t really a river flowing through banks, but the metaphor works out well enough: voltage becomes the force of the water, current becomes the quantity, resistivity becomes how many big rocks are in the riverbed, and so on. Bad metaphors complicate things by leading us …

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Blackhat

I saw Michael Mann’s new film Blackhat tonight.  I wish I hadn’t; it’s easily his worst.  The gaps in logic and reason are so vast that it qualifies as an Idiot Plot — a plot that works only to the degree nobody, including the audience, thinks critically.  There will be extensive spoilers here, so proceed …

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On Gaza

Generally, my opinion on the Israel-Gaza conflict is “thank God I don’t have to have an opinion.”  That doesn’t seem to stop other people, though — and what’s worse, my lack of an opinion is usually a lot more informed than other people’s strong ones.  So, without further ado, here are the major reasons why …

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