Gerald Fnord

Gerald Fnord

  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    When I determined my full worth as a physicist, having been lucky enough to have known Dick Feynman and Kip Thorne (and being severely in debt) I did similarly....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Investments, whether in fiat money or any other, also get tricky: Selling-off any substantial amount of what you've got would likely cause a change in value of whatever you didn't sell. The coupling between the monetary value of investments and—I'll...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Can a human being possess that much wealth and be functionally rational and a reasonably accurate observer of both yourself and the world? ('…and the rabbi says "The difference between that window and this mirror is just a bit of...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Those of the U.S.'s Founders, and for that matter other Enlightenment figures, were self-admittedly Deists and not agnostics or atheists because they had no other way to get to a relatively orderly Universe obeying physical laws and containing the Earth...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Losing a parent for the first time was, for me, like emigrating to another country without moving. The second was easier to take, marginally, because their old age was more difficult for me and I'm selfish, but hard as well,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You beat me to it─nothing like a visceral hatred of anything Foreign to bring in the armed Ethiopes. Not wanting something and acting in a way to bring it about are far from mutually exclusive....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    But, if the government wanted law and order, they would have funded schools, libraries, social services, and those other institutions that give people skills and safety nets. They would have made proper preparation for an orderly "Brexit". Instead, my only...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > @ 362 -> 364, 366 -368 Are content free - or is there a tiny bit of signal in there? I fail to be impressed by someone who may very well be smarter than I or know more than...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Given that Charles isn't popular and probably can't be, a fantasy: Charles becomes King,. King Arthur says 'Stop this bullshit immediately, and take a time-out. Does something extra-constitutional to terminate the current exiting process. Abdicates. Starting-off unpopular and not having...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The description of "Whoops Apocalypse" makes me sorry that I haven't seen the series; I avoided the film when it arrived at a local video store because the title and box description made me believe that it was similar to...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm convinced that even people who know that impeachment alone keeps Trump in viscerally believe that it would be worth something. I think they fail to see how little it would mean to anyone who doesn't already dislike a Trump...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    (Apologies for double-replying.) If you've an heat source (or a good enough solar oven), and preferable some salt, you can bake ricotta into something that will last. Then, of course, if you do it right ricotta salata looks to be...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I've used lemon juice for mozzarella and ricotta, but citric acid would keep essentially forever. have you ever used it?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Vegetables jugged with the inclusion of vinegar, e.g. giardiniera, should be safer longer....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Thank-you. …though I'm sure that particular zombie economic hypothesis will keep shambling on, it's just too pleasant a notion for those with the money to promote it. Meanwhile, perfectly, the current Administration have given the Medal of Freedom to Arthur...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    > Get as strict about hand washing as an > early 20th century nurse and it'll help. When I hear people start running too far with the Sanitation Hypothesis, I think 'These are people who don't understand just how clean...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I am a keen supporter of a tax cut in the U.S.─to wit, the 'Kennedy' Tax Cut of 1964 which brought the top marginal rate down (in the original case) to 70%...
  • Commented on Story time!
    If cranking-out standard smiles were a Joker origin, Japan would be overrun with them. Then again, Nanking…....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Here in the U.S. Trump's gang make a lot of their being 'American nationalists', not 'white nationalists', but the subtext to most of what they do consists in the narrowing of what an 'American' means*. Mostly 'American' can be taken...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I don't remember the actual number, but back a few years a scary fraction of 'Tea Party' types—almost all of whom got Trumped-up—were keen on the works of one Willard Cleon Skousen, who argued that the U.S.A.'s founders were literally...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    It is precisely because of the non-linearity of climate that we have been able to have an effect on it,… …an effect due to decisions made by millions of business owners, billions of consumers, and (roughly) thousands of politicians over...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I believe that a large fraction of the German population considered 1934's situation to be not at all dystopian, and though I am generally not a cheery sort, I think a larger fraction than here in the States would something...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Yes, the call-sign should start with a 'K' —all the more jarring when listening to the audio book because the reader's American accent is decent and she didn't say "zed", hearing the error in British wouldn't have been as strange....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Channelling roughly half the commenters on "The High Frontier, Redux": You all seem to be forgetting a little thing called The Human Spirit! (Cold equations are evidently disposative only when you feel like spacing a teenage girl.)...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    A recent book's superheroes and - villains get, as part of the basic package, a glamour that supervenes normal facial recognition and is triggered by putting on the mask. (I'd like to avoid having the name of the book here...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Bill Arnold (super) was thinking along something like these lines, but here's my independently-got take: What is an 'impostor' Elder God? As I understand them, Elder Gods in the Laundryverse at least start as human (generally—enough networked mice might do)...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Seeing this and the previous post, suddenly I wanted to read an Elder God's G.D.P.R. compliance notice. 'Your soul contains information about you. After I consume your soul, I may….'....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I hope O.G.H., being a cove who's indulged in some Jeevesery himself, has read Alan Moore's Jeeves&Wooster/H.P.L. pastiche, an illustrated text piece included in a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graohic novel. Notably, Fink-Nottle seems unchanged by having his brain go...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Well, left libertarians tend to be like classical liberals who see much of modern capitalism as Statist in origin, as opposed to (for example) the majority of Libertarian Party members who see themselves as classical liberals and also seem to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    This likely covers ground also seen somewhere in the 600+ posts super, but I've thought of this often, and I think the 'libert'arian/racist connexion in the U.S. has these notable causes: 0.) The Federal government's coming-out against legal segregation and...
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