Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    That's the mistake I made. It's better to learn the internal aspects first. Retrofitting movements learned wrong to match principles learned later is a pain (sometimes literally). For example, if you want to learn tai chi correctly, I'd advise snagging...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Geoff, you can come pretty close by going to energyarts.com and doing his tai chi program. The reason tai chi is an "internal" art is that you can't learn it just by watching someone do the moves (the definition of...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Nah, we're the Cadillac of democracies. Big, expensive, hard to steer, polluting, and prone to odd breakdowns, and only afloat due to questionable investments and hidden subsidies....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Really? So far as I can tell, the Republicans win Wisconsin by a few counties and tiny little margins every single time. That's one reason why they're the target of the Supreme Court gerrymander suit right now. My guess, based...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Actually, thinking about it a little more I remembered what I'd written on my blog when Pacific Rim first came out. The tl/dr is that kaiju are extremely valuable as sources of bizarre and valuable molecules (after all, they're physiologically...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    That's also the point of using VR in something like a Pacific Rim slug-em-out. That's where you're the pilot of a giant mecha punching out whatever (kaiju, perhaps), using a full body suit to guide the actions of your giant...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Why do you worry about voting machine tampering? In at least one Wisconsin election a few years ago, the County Clerk in charge of the election tallied votes in an excel spreadsheet with no password and no audit or anyone...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Is anyone seriously suggesting that there is a category of person who should be allowed to sign contracts, pay taxes etc but not allowed to vote? Certainly. Foreigners and convicted felons come to mind in the US as non-voting persons,...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Now that I'm thinking about it, there seem to be all sorts of properties that could be turned into escorts. Excuse me, esports. VREsports. Whatever. Anyway, in no particular order: --Anything with an exoskeleton, from Starship Troopers to Iron Man...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Not a fighter, but I agree that soldiers doing less lethal combatives gets weird. Of course, it's not as weird as "(expletives deleted), you just opened fire on a bunch of unarmed, nonviolent protestors and flushed your leader's hearts and...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Random thought, since I don't do VR: has anyone capitalized on the problems with VR and made a game where you play a ghost? Then issues like not being able to touch the world and being able to stick your...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I'll be interested to see if something akin to the Uncanny Valley effect (the Uncanny Island, perhaps?) develops with VR. For me, I just don't see the appeal of having a full-immersion experience of swinging a zweihander in the 14th...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh well, if you want a new topic, I give you Ross 128B. If it's habitable, it would be like Edgar Rice Burrough's Venus, where it needs clouds to keep it habitable by cranking the ol' albedo... Okay, red dwarf...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh well, if you want a new topic, I give you Ross 128B. If it's habitable, it would be like Edgar Rice Burrough's Venus, where it needs clouds to keep it habitable... Okay, red dwarf primary, flares, yadda yadda. What...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Can we chill out on this, mostly because I'd rather have an interesting discussion than go through the bother of activating my annoying moderator account and talk to Charlie about chilling out yet another thread? That's my vote for let's...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I agree. The legal fiction that corporations are persons is fairly useful for things like contracts. Imagine, for instance, that corporations were not persons, and you wanted to make a contract with a corporation, say, to get internet service. You...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Well, I've had enough radios fuzz out when I touched their antennas, and GPS units that didn't pick up signals until they were away from my hands, that I assume I'm "radioactive" or something. The cure (set the GPS unit...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Correction, Hong Xiuquan didn't get a Bible from a Jesuit. If you believe Wikipedia, he got a book called Good Words to Admonish the Age (a translation of the New Testament with various other writings) from a Congregationalist missionary. After...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    None at all. After I wrote that, I realized that "Imagine the Tai Ping Rebellion in mid 21st Century America, with the multinationals taking the place of the European powers and abundant nods to Scarface" isn't the stupidest elevator pitch...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Um no. There are plenty of Muslims in China, and that whole monotheism thing doesn't get them persecuted (possibly siding with the Mongols, on the other hand...). Back in the Tang dynasty and before, Christianity was welcomed, and indeed the...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Two years after his CBE, in 2007. Then he was chancellor of John Moores University from 2008-2013. That's a heck of a fast-track promotion....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    There's some other way to remember stuff?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Not sure if these qualify as incantations (in the sense of cantare--to sing), but here's a great example of quite a lot of information being inserted into a pop song format: the A Capella Science channel on YouTube. It's a...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Yes, to clarify for the economists in the room, you haven't been doing real economics. Now that you're hyperventilating, here's what I mean by real economics: it has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the 20-odd...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Quipu (or as they now like to spell it khipu) seem to span the protowriting/writing boundary. The difference between protowriting and writing is that writing tends to encode sounds, and if you hand a piece of writing to two different...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Well, I'm jumping into that boat now, as I'm thinking about taking a test that, among other things, requires sight ID of 530 plant species. I can hack about 70% of them already, learned by the dark and devious methods...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Part of the problem is that anthropologists and ethnographers didn't get it, and the other part of the problem is that the colonized people often didn't do much to help the imperial ethnographers who were asking probing questions about their...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Tannins are a class of chemical, generally some mess of a long-chain hydrocarbon, and there's generally a bunch of them in a particular batch of tannins. The reason they're called "tannins" is because they were originally used to tan leather,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Fair enough. Guess you're stuck with rats in the compost piles then....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Funny, about a month ago, I tackled this from the other end in my blog entry, where I reworked the idea of magic coming back after the collapse of civilization. It turns out this isn't a stupid idea. The key...
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