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Colbert, jumping the shark

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 October 2014

I haven’t seen much of the guy recently, but I just watched his show with Anita Sarkeesian (as much of it as I could take ) and it seems that he has jumped the line from sufferable jerk to insufferable jerk.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





How to send documents to your kindle

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 October 2014

I had to write this up for somebody, so I thought I might as well make it available publicly.

If you want to be able to email documents to your kindle, or you want to authorize somebody else to send documents to your kindle, here’s what you do.

  • Login at amazon.com
  • Under “Your account” near the top right, choose “Manage content and devices”
  • Click on the tab that says “your devices”
  • Click on the device. You’ll notice that an email address appears below. It will be something @kindle.com. That’s the address that you (or someone else) will be sending the document to.
  • Go to the “settings” tab.
  • Scroll down to where it says “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” and click on the link that says “Add a new approved e-mail address”
  • Enter the e-mail address of the person you want to authorize to send documents to your kindle.

That’s it. Then when the sender emails the document to the kindle, it will show up on the kindle in the document area.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Affirmative action for social psychology?

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 October 2014

The New Yorker has an article with the absurd headline, Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans? Next they’ll ask if the college of cardinals is biased against Atheists.

The article covers familiar territory to anyone who’s been paying attention.

What’s interesting to me is that it’s easy to think that the left has a knee-jerk reaction to disproportional representation. That is, it seems that when they see disproportional representation they assume bias and propose a new law or regulatory regime to “fix” it. But that’s completely not true.

In this case, liberals absolutely dominate social psychology. But … that’s okay, because they should. There’s nothing to fix.

In other areas, men are far more likely to die in workplace accidents. Again, that’s what men are for. There’s nothing to fix. It’s not as if the leftists are going to start pressuring offshore fishing companies to start hiring women.

It’s quite clear that nobody — not even the left — believes that “disproportional representation = bias = something we have to fix.” Nobody believes that, but the left gets away with using that as an argument whenever they think it will help them.

Women aren’t proportionally represented in Congress or in the boardroom. We need to fix that. Women aren’t proportionately represented among the ranks of trash collectors and lumberjacks. Never mind.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





For your Halloween reading …

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 October 2014

Hey, I’m famous. Instapundit posted a link to The Witch’s Promise.

witch-instapundit

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





That’s a nice tnetennba

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 October 2014

Dave and I have been watching The IT Crowd, which is a really funny British comedy available on Netflix. It’s worth your time, but it can be a little crude.

Last night we saw the episode where Moss is on a game show called “Countdown” and claims “tnetennba” is a real word. It isn’t. Or at least it wasn’t. But it may be now. It comes down to what “word” means.

The tnetennba saga is rather strange. After the show, people started searching for “tnetennba” online, trying to find out if it’s a real word. That interest caused people to create pages and discussions about tnetennba. It’s now in the urban dictionary, and there are pages dedicated to deciding whether or not it’s a real word.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Drunk utilitarians

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 October 2014

This is pretty interesting. People become more utilitarian when they’re drunk.

The findings are thought to undermine “the notion that utilitarian preferences are merely the result of more deliberation.”

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Ideological conformity reigns when everyone is shallow

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 October 2014

Imagine being in a room with your average collection of modern nitwits and daring to challenge some unquestioned assumption of the day — e.g., that we need more women in Congress, or that democracy is always good, or that domestic violence pretty much always means a man beating up a woman.

The immediate reaction is probably going to be mocking laughter. How can you be so silly as to believe that. Nobody believes that, and there’s no reason to believe such a crazy thing.

Some people who know that there are other intellectual positions in the wide world will deploy the mocking laugh because (1) they know it’s effective and (2) they’re jerks, but most of the time this seems to be the reflexive response of the the ignoramus who doesn’t even know there are other options. Or, rather, they know that the other options exist, but it’s only the comical, the evil or the mentally deficient who fall for them.

Sure, they think, there are people who doubt man-made global warming just as there are people who believe Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs, but we don’t have to take that stuff seriously.

I don’t believe for a minute that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs, but I do know that a lot of people who believe that know 100 times more about the subject than the mocking idiots who mindlessly swallow the party line. I’ve heard a lot of people shout down creationists by quoting wrong-headed “scientific facts” — like that oil comes from dinosaurs.

It’s often (perhaps usually) the case that people toe the party line out of ignorance. The people who are dead sure that “marriage equality” is the right position usually know almost nothing about the purpose of marriage, and the people who mock global warming skeptics usually know almost nothing about science. (Here’s a fun trick. When somebody talks to you about global warming, ask them if they know when the last ice age ended.)

The problem is that laughing at someone is so much more fun. (For some people.)

In case you’re wondering, I’m not venting because of some recent personal experience, although I did recently watch a Youtube video that reminded me of the phenomenon.

The answer to lock-step conformity by the mindless masses is to shame the mockers and make sure the minority can have its say. The solution to bad speech is not speech codes, but more speech.

-- 19 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Give fathers legal custody of their children

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 October 2014

Here’s an interesting story. Man ordered to pay child support for child that isn’t his.

DNA testing confirms that he didn’t father the child of his ex-girlfriend, but that doesn’t matter. He still has to pay child support.

This story reminds me of a section in my Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap.

Today, if a woman gets pregnant she can decide to abort the child, keep it and raise it on her own, or give it up for adoption. She can also choose whether she wants to force the man to pay child support. He has no say in any of her choices, although of course he can contest child support in court. And probably lose.

Let’s switch things around and make the child the legal responsibility of the man and see how that might play out.

The woman would still have the right to an abortion, to give the child up for adoption or to keep it and raise it herself. All she has to do is make no claim about who the father is, and that would be that. The child is hers.

However, if she wanted to get child support, she would have to identify the father, and then he would have legal custody of the child. He could choose to take the child into his home. He could choose to pay the woman to raise the child (i.e., child support). Or he could offer to marry the woman.

Just in terms of simple fairness, doesn’t that make more sense?

(As an aside, don’t confuse my recognition of the legal fact that women have a right to abortion with support for abortion.)

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-28  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Confusibles and mental subroutines

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 October 2014

I just noticed that I used “through” when I should have used “threw.” I totally know better.

Despite having spent many years as an editor, drilling myself on that vs. which, there their and they’re, serial commas and so on, I often find myself typing the wrong word. Sometimes I catch it, but sometimes I don’t take the time to review things carefully.

I suspect the problem is that I think in word sounds, send the command for that sound to my fingers, and some mental subroutine takes over and fires the muscles. There might be an analogy to autocorrect.

Back when I first learned to play the trumpet I thought of notes by their pitch and fingering, which made it a little harder to remember sharps and flats. I had to learn to think of the notes as notes. Not quite A-G, but close to it.

In the online world we rarely have time to review what we’ve written. We tend to type and send. I wonder if it’s possible to retrain my brain to think of words in terms of their spelling rather than their sound.

-- 11 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-26  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Gamergate — or, boys will be boys

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 October 2014

Yesterday I was playing flag football with some friends from church. One of the quarterbacks was having a bad day and threw a few interceptions. Being a Redskins fan that made me feel right at home. But some of the guys were harassing him about it. I don’t like to do that, but that’s the way things are when guys are doing something competitive.

At one point I started to wonder what would happen if it was a co-ed game and our quarterback was a woman. Would different rules apply? Would they not harass her? Or, if she was harassed, would she take it as “sexual harassment”?

It’s intended to be good-natured ribbing. But if some of the comments I heard yesterday were directed at a woman, they might have come out as “you throw like a girl.” Is that sexual harassment?

No, of course not, and you’d have to be well trained in the fine art of taking offense to believe that it was.

I think this is part of what’s going on in Gamergate.

Guys harass and haze one another. I personally don’t like it, but I realize that’s just the way it is and I don’t worry about it. I certainly don’t expect the world to change to accommodate me.

I wouldn’t, for example, go to a baby shower and expect them to have darts, cigars and beer, with the football game playing. (I wouldn’t actually go to a baby shower in any event. I think it’s a good thing that there are male and female activities.)

Anyway, if you can put up with the crude language (another thing I don’t like), here’s a very good take-down of the illogic, lies and propaganda leftists on Ted are using to push the “we have to reform the gaming culture” thing. SJW leftists Ep.1 – Excuse me princess on TEDx. (Seriously, the language is rough. Don’t listen around your kids.)

I don’t play video games much. But if women want first-person shooter games where everybody is nice to one another (sounds weird putting it that way, doesn’t it?) then they should invent them. And they should quit trying to invade male spaces and think they can change the rules.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-10-26  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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Certainties from “experts”
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The selfish gene board game
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The disposable male
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Male spaces and gamergate
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DNA percentages confuse me
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“It’s for the environment”
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