john.kurman

john.kurman

  • Commented on I had a blog entry for you, but it eated me
    OK, I get it. (And I've "Debt" on hold at the socialist book depository, so I'll, as usual, always be behind). Money is what I shall do for on you Tuesday, for a hamburger today....
  • Commented on God Willing and the Robots Don't Rise: Final Thoughts
    Just wanted to say, since this is your last essay, that you've been thoroughly enjoyable. I envy you your skills. And, thank you, Mr. Stross, for offering Cat the soapbox....
  • Commented on Home again
    "I'm not sure how you create new memes, but calling people stupid, crazy, or evil is unlikely to persuade them that you have better one". Oh... dear. And here after I talked about platonic derangement. I know it's futile to...
  • Commented on Home again
    Jay, Well, you know, my point was to keep the message succinct enough for the multi-taskers out there. A more thorough treatment would involve two of my favorite delusions. I'm not much of a Nietzsche fan. In fact, I'm convinced...
  • Commented on Home again
    I'm reminded of a quote in this article: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/indian-call-center-americanization "Truth is, 90 percent of the people there, you will find, they'll do the most stupid things, impulsive things. I know for a fact. At the same time, Americans are bighearted...
  • Commented on Home again
    The problem with any attempt to alert people to rhetorical legerdemain or sophistry is... it doesn't work. It doesn't work because, as any political scientist who has spent years or decades involved in empirical study will tell you, people are...
  • Commented on Blank slate: politics and context in the 21st century
    The problem is what black swans await, assuming that the US and the UK still are operating under representative (*cough*HA!*cough*) democracy. Such animals are almost entirely reactive in their behavior. So any discussion of politics must be predicated upon the...
  • Commented on Between the Perfect and the Real: On Writing Part 2
    Yeah, when I was twelve, I decided I wanted to be Leonardo da Vinci. People told me, you can't do that. You can't be a Renaissance Man nowadays. My advice? Fuck it. Try anyway....
  • Commented on You Are What You Love: A Numerical List of Loosely-Connected Thoughts on Writing (Part 1)
    I've tried to write, but, there are a few things holding back. Lack of talent probably being number one. I think all that 9160s TV screwed me up too, and the movie 2001. I'd a story, and then realize it...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    Sufficiently off-topic to call it such. I would say that we should be careful in calling the Federation Space Amish. The Amish are quite the clever hackers, and generally are more late adopters of technology rather than luddites. They wait...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    "Hot button"...I don't follow. What -ism within the moderation policy is this approaching? In any case, true, cell phones may be common, but with 7 plus billion people, most of whom earn less than $5 a day, I kind of...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    Well, speaking of WWII, one person managed to convince an entire nation that a certain ethnic group was responsible for all their misfortunes, and their removal would solve all societal ills. They went so far as to set up a...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    How about WWIII was the direct result of social networking, blogging, stupid internet memes, etc.? By, uh, bear with me here, accellerating the trend towards increasing Balkanization, creating zealous, lock-stepped, brittle, narcissistic a-holes, possessed of thousands of meaningless empty "friend"ships,...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    No one wastes time in the Star Trek universe? Well, Cat, actually there are a lot of people who waste time in the Star Trek universe. They are the post-Singularity inhabitants, the weakly god-like superior beings. You know, the Organians,...
  • Commented on How Do We Get There?
    I am also interested in the accidental, because that's where all the fundamental game changers come from. I've always wondered why the Singularity needed SuperIntelligent Design for it all to happen. Why not through, oh, natural selection? At any rate,...
  • Commented on How Do We Get There?
    But you know, to the choir here, yes, I do want us to finally make it into that far future year of 2000AD, the time when all the Really Cool Stuff that I was told as a kid would be...
  • Commented on How Do We Get There?
    Mr. Tingey @ 58 What a pleasant surprise. As a newb here, I really didn't expect a response, and certainly not to that portion of all things. But yes, Greg, energy is always a problem. Last I checked we humans,...
  • Commented on How Do We Get There?
    No offense to any of the contributors so far, but I can't help but the feeling Cat is asking fellow very pampered and well-groomed felines (especially including me, just being an American makes me one of those sleek kitties) what...
  • Commented on Artificial Stupids
    "If we ever could produce a true artificial intelligence in a box, we’d probably find it utterly useless for any productive purpose — more inclined to watch Reality TV all day, troll the internet, or invent crankish new religions-" Yes,...
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