September 23rd, 2009

Semiformalishmaybe

Blue Shield

There is now an oddly high police presence all over the city. A lot of them are guarding unimportant things. I would not be surprised to see two mounted police and some SWAT guarding a standalone latrine. It's not that I dislike cops (I generally tend to have a vague feeling of likingness for them unless I think they're on drug patrol (not that I do any drugs myself, for various reasons, but rather that I think that drug enforcement is mistargeted and some popular prohibited drugs should be legal)), I'm just a bit weirded out to see so many. This morning I saw a mixed group of city and county cops on motorcycles riding together down my street (the different uniforms seen together was kind of odd).

Wondering about a mental structure to capture the difference between thought-fallacies we can easily correct for just by becoming aware of them and those that remain highly problematic even when spotted.

Semiformalishmaybe

Aging Segment Registers

I am starting to see the social cues that indicate where on the political spectrum older people are - when I was younger, this was pretty opaque; earlier yet I had the naïve idea that older people are politically monolithic. Old liberals are in fact surprisingly common, and it's not that hard to distinguish them from old conservatives, in the general case (especially given that as one goes far enough back, one finds more real liberals (from before the real left was gutted in American politics and empty postmodernist multiculturalists became the "theoretical" soul of our "left" - it is laughable to call a faction society the left when it can happily stand with pro-Sharia international causes and "let's coexist with other societal forms and stop this pesky standing for something" is their highest calling).

New machine room is mostly back up, and I am at Tazza d'Oreo, although I am considering heading back towards SqHill to satisfy an ice cream urge. Hopefully sometime in the next few days I'll make it to a fondue place before depression takes my appetite again. For now, food is great (even as my stomach seems very confused). I am again amused to be getting internet access from an unconfigured linksys router (and having configured it to send some ports to me). Hooray for default passwords ...? It is also amusing to boot off neighbouring people whenever they start doing internet videoconferencing (which makes the internet very sad for basic use). HO HO HO

I'm randomly tempted to drive to Niagra Falls this weekend, now that I can rent cars again. Hmm. It's not a terribly long trip, a bit shorter than the trip I made to Centralia with Dmitriy a few years back.

I've decided to probably not protest the G-20 summit in any way - while, like the Merton Centre person I spoke with here some time back, I am opposed to capitalism, particularly globalisation, the World Bank, and the IMF, I neither believe that those at the G-20 have malign intentions (I think support for capitalism as a form of the public good is simply mistaken and with terrible long-term consequences, particularly in its current form) nor do I think that the current economic planning and efforts to deal with the financial crisis are things that humanity would benefit from if stopped immediately. Our efforts are better spent breaking the negative associations of non-capitalist means of doing things, encouraging appropriate societal virtues and education so as to permit/ease a socialist transition, and focusing on environmental and security issues that have the potential to make our efforts at improving society moot. If we can't prepare the conditions for an egg to be prepared for what we want, worrying about a nest for the grown bird is foolish.

Having an always-there system at work is reminding me how irritating Kerberos is - it's not that the system itself stops working (I don't use Kerby for anything), but the ssh connections to shared systems that run mail find the mail program stops working after a day or so unless I relog or quit the program and renew the ticket.