Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Trump didn't propose quarantining NYC/some-other-place in order to slow the virus. He did it because after a decade of watching fox news he really wants to watch the president order NYC be left to die on TV....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Random anecdote: A friend of mine took a San Francisco to Seattle flight yesterday. Passengers: Him, his two kids. Two other people....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I have yet to hear a leader speaking on the economy who appears to realize what the problem is, and therefore their proposed policies lie somewhere on the nonsensical to accidentally useful axis (quite possibly some are, just drowned out...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Re: who does the work in dorms In the US there would typically be a lot of 'work study' students doing the actual tasks. Students with an income based qualification to get above market rate low skill jobs with relatively...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Re xkcd on eradicating the common cold The one I thought of (I'm sure not first) is lice. If everyone on Earth shaved all their hair off for a month human lice would be extinct....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Both of the shows (bake off, crab fishing) mix 'competence' and 'incompetence'. Bake off always has whoever fails, and the extreme competence (but also difference competence) of the hosts. Crab fishing often has a 'new guy' and the general messed...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I have concluded that there are two ideal television shows. They are both reality shows. One of light one of darkness. The ideal tv show of light is the UK version of "The Great British Baking Show". A bunch of...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    With regard to dowsers vs geologists I am reminded of an experiment that proves rates are more intelligent than humans. Setup a box with two buttons. Press the correct button, get a reward. Press the wrong button, nothing. Set the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Re US healthcare: one parent covered, kids covered, other parent takes fish antibiotics Yea, that's actually common. One parent has a job good enough that it gives them insurance at low cost. That employer insurance might insure child dependents at...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Re What do I listen to now? Music. Or e-books. I read the news. Washington Post, Seattle Times, some blogs. Certainly agree NPR is the best option in the US if you do want to listen to news on the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    My last few seconds of NPR had one of their hosts interviewing Clinton in the wake of that week where she had the flu. He was asking some 'hard hitting question' about what a weak old lady she obviously was....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I think a plausible lesson of the Clinton loss is that when the right wing hate machine is so incredibly invested in an individual you don't make that investment pay off by running that individual in an election that isn't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Eh, I think when the evil Richies try to flee to New Zealand they are: Killed before they can leave their house. Surprised to find their plane already gone. Arrested at the airport (either end). Unable to get the plane...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Perhaps crumple zones on locamotives are intended to help the drivers survive striking a car or cow rather than another train or a mountain....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You can just rent "computers" (more or less virtualized) in the cloud and run whatever you make on them. But you can also buy higher level 'services'. Essentially implementations of useful algorithms or blobs of storage with various properties. These...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Wow. Cool flow charts of US energy production and consumption. More recent ones: https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/commodities/energy The earliest one seems to have been made in 1972, for 1950 in a report where they produced charts for 1950, 60, 70, 80, 85, 90...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    There is one US state which is able to do gun control at the state level quite effectively: Hawaii. Exercise for the reader: why?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't think it will happen, but it is the law that Trump could be removed but not barred from future office so it could happen....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    According to Wikipedia. The 'remove from office' is automatic on 'conviction'. Then there is a separate majority vote in the Senate to 'bar from future office'. Wikipedia says that while 8 have actually been removed from office via impeachment (all...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "And also because people are buying land/residences there as a form of speculative investment. And money laundering." Sure, but the first of those is yet another expression of the inequality. The guy higher on the inequality ladder buying 5 houses...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One of the oddities of the US electoral system is that 'presidential candidate' is determined on a state by state (plus territories) basis so there are something like 55 different sets of rules for who is on the ballot with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Re: Cost of living & inequality. $200k is about the 92.5th household income percentile. I think that if you started trying to 'correct' income shares for cost of living you are going to be correcting for the thing you are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Most Americans are unaware of the level of inequality in the country. They don't know that the top 20% get 50% of the total income. They don't know that the top 1% are closing in on 20% of total income....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "but I've seen how big companies have the resources to game the system" Something I think one definitely needs to keep in mind is whether the 'gaming' is worse or better than the unconstrained behavior. 'Big companies' pretending to be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Eh, Trumps racist base are easy to motivate and he's willing to provide just about any outrage to do so. They thirst for blood, suffering, and chaos and that's something that an american president can provide all on his own....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    An interesting fairly recent pdf on a proposed pumped storage project in the US: http://www.pnucc.org/sites/default/files/PNUCC%20-%20Banks%20Lake%20Pumped%20Storage%20Project%20090415%20FINAL.pdf The project doesn't appear to be going anywhere right now. A preliminary permit was not renewed a year ago, but basically just because they don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There is a we-work office downstairs from me. Reading the headlines on their financials it seems like its just liberating some dumb investors of their money. I mean, basically, they re-rent office space. The value they provide to their customers...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    GPS contact?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The road between 101 and 1 that goes past Skywalker Ranch is perhaps the prettiest drive I have ever done. It's less than an hour north of SF. Lucas Valley Road....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There are cases where 'meet and do not exceed' makes sense. If you want to control failure, for example. The crumple zone in a car is designed to not fail under certain forces and to fail in others. Nuclear reactors...
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