Important Reminder

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With the Christmas season almost upon us, I'd like to remind everyone to use the Amazon link on the right hand column to order your Christmas gifts - at least the big, expensive ones.


Also, for your amusement:





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The B52's Open Thread (Updated)

So Obama presumably approved flying two B52's right through China's newly minted Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) established over the islands it disputes with Japan. Meanwhile, the Japanese government instructed JAL and ANA to fly through the zone without notifying Chinese civil aviation authorities of their flight plans, as they had both started to do.


Open Thread, Open Existence

Have fun dropping whatever in comments below.


A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.


I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth. 


From the article:


Busty weekend open thread

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Clown Maduro has not nationalized or price-controlled the mannequin industry, and it's flourishing.

Obama's relationship with insurers is busted.

Where Do I Even Begin?

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Crazy, awful year.

5 deaths, 3 of family members and 2 of friends (update, 2 more friends I just heard about this week). Dealing with an elderly relative who appears to be losing his mind. Renovated the house in 6 months and then sold it in a day (but still dealing with the fallout from a completely incompetent escrow company). Moved to an apartment downtown. Business is booming, new clients every month.


Living downtown is great. The pluses and minuses:

1980s Mall Pics Open Thread

More thread and more open

A couple nuggets:


* My thesis: no one has ever been justified in believing in miracles.


I Met A Convicted Serial Killer, And He Made Me Feel More Loved Than Anyone Else In My Life


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An Open Thread Full of My Ideas

I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you all that I've had recently on the nature of motion:


  • Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.


  • The alternation of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impressed.


Two candidates, two divergent paths (updated)

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In South Carolina, the two frontrunners vying for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. The newsworthy part of this is that a moderate New Jersey governor leads the field in South Carolina. These two candidates perfectly exemplify the schisms in the GOP. On the traditional Republican side, you have a person with a record of working with Democrats in a Democratic-majority state and, as a result, got things done.

The hole in the wall theory of education.

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This is the website.


Watching my own kids grow up in a highly rigid and formalised education environment, I really do wonder if the Hole in the Wall techniques might not have been superior.  An introduction to Khan Academy, which, IMO and FWIW, does offer the best science and tech education on the Net, at a much earlier age than they actually did might have helped too.


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