Saturday, October 20, 2018

It's funny because it's true

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For those of you who haven't run across the NPC meme, this is a good introduction.

Your daily "Awww"

10 cute puppies.

Stephanie Quayle - Drinking with Dolly

A while back, The Queen Of The World saw in the local fishwrap that a local watering hole was hosting some live music by an up-and-coming country artist.  We went up there, but alas only 45 minutes early.  The place was already packed, with a line out the door.

It's actually pretty easy to understand.  Stephanie Quayle was tagged by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The Top 10 artists to watch".  This song was her first to chart, but she has been on a roll lately  - her song "Winnebago" landed her a tour sponsorship (sponsored perhaps not surprisingly by Winnebago and KOA).  The Queen Of The World particularly likes her song "Post-it Notes" which she wrote about how her husband leaves little post-it notes all over the house for her.

I like her neo-traditionalist style which I find cuts through the clutter of today's Country Rap/Bro-Country manufactured music.  It's something that will be appreciated by fans of George Straight, Alan Jackson, and (dare I say it) Dolly Parton herself.  This song is an unapologetic tip of the hat to the great ladies of Country.

The Queen Of The World will watch Quayle's career with great interest.

Drinking with Dolly (Songwriters: Victoria Banks, Rachel Proctor)
Sometimes I think I was born too late
Came into the world in the wrong decade
I swear if I could
I'd go back to the good ol' days
Buy me a '69 cadillac
A Coke in a bottle and a new 8 track
And sing every word of Harper Valley PTA

Oh oh if I could hit rewind

I'd go drinking with Dolly
After the Opry
Pour one for Tammy too
Put on my rhinestones
Paint up my nails
Kick up my dancing shoes
Hey there Loretta
Put a quarter in the jukebox
We'll sing along with you
And talk about men
Cuz that's what women do

Share a few secrets
And a cigarette
Say a few things that we might regret
Tell it like it is 3 chords
And the cold hard truth
I bet they'd have a little advice to share
How to tame my man
And tack up my hair
Cuz you might as well look good
While you're out paying your dues

Oh oh if I could turn back time

Oh oh I bet we'd have a real good time

Drinking with Dolly
After the Opry
Pour one for Tammy too
Put on my rhinestones
Paint up my nails
Kick up my dancing shoes
Hey there Loretta
Put a quarter in the jukebox
We'll sing along with you
We'll raise up a glass
Wish Patsy could be here too
To talk about men
Cuz that's what women do

Yes they do

Friday, October 19, 2018

Donald Trump understands what's important about Climate Science

Trump's interview on 60 minutes was extremely interesting when he was asked about climate change:

I think that his reply was spot on: Scientists also have a political agenda.

I've spent ten years here on this blog posting about what the science actually says (if you're new to this, you can go here for a high level summary).  What I've finally come to realize is that nobody really cares about the science.  Sure, I care, but you know how nerdy I can be.  Very few other people think at all about the science.  They don't want to think about the science.  For most people, this is about politics, and Trump cuts right to the heart of this matter: how much legitimacy do climate scientists have?

I have come to the conclusion that the following hypothetical dialog between us and the typical dirty hippy is the right approach:
Dirty Hippy: You're one of those climate change deniers, aren't you? [Note: this is the most droolingly stupid accusation I can imagine.  As if anyone believes that the climate doesn't change all the time]
Me:  [sneeringly] What do you know about climate science?
Dirty Hippy: The scientists say we're changing the climate.  I believe them.
Me:  Should you?  Are they trustworthy?  Do we have any reasons to think maybe they're not?
Dirty Hippy: Um ....
Me:  Do you remember when their emails got leaked?  Remember the email where they said they did a trick to hide the decline in temperature?
Dirty Hippy: Um ....
Me:  This isn't what I'm saying, it's what they said.  They said they used a trick to hide the decline in the temperature.  You don't know anything about this, but you trust the "Hide The Decline" scientists.  Why do you trust people like this?  Is it that you don't care how crummy the science is as long as it gives you the result you want to see?
Me:  Dude, that's not scientific.  It's scienterrific!  [it's fun to use your best Tony The Tiger voice here]
This short presentation explains how they hid the decline.  It's by Dr. Robert Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Science Temperature research group.  He's a scientist, and one who thinks that increasing carbon dioxide leads to higher temperatures (i.e. he's not a "climate denier" [rolls eyes]).  But he dissects what the Hide The Decline folks did.

His key conclusion as a scientist?  Now I have a list of people whose papers I won't read.

The kicker?  This crowd is the one that the IPCC relies on for its Assessment Reports - the "scientific consensus".

And at this point you'll notice that I've spent a thousand words saying what Trump said in six.  But hey, if you think this has been wordy, go read my post about what the science actually says!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

They Will Not Grow Old

Director Peter Jackson has created a documentary using original WWI film footage. It has been edit using new technology to colorize it and voices and sounds have been added. It premiered in England and is scheduled to be aired on the BBC. It seems likely that it will be available worldwide at some point.

It brings the war to life. Here's the trailer.

UPDATE 19 October 2018 00:34 [Borepatch]: ASM826 brings something important to us here.  The Great War was the first where there was motion pictures to bring the horrors of the Western Front to our living rooms.  Jackson does a service here by taking the jerky black and white film from the time and putting it in a more contemporary colorized format that will make this more "contemporary".

I don't say that as a condemnation, either.  These men lived, and breathed, and had dreams for their future even though they lived a century ago.  This is near to bringing them back from the grave, that Undiscovered Country from which none return.

Similarly, this incredible  analysis by a deaf lipreader of these scenes from the Somme brings them to life.  She tells us what the men were saying at the time that was caught on film.  I found the one of the men fixing bayonets very moving when she said that the officer told them "Fix them".  Remember, the Tommys suffered 20,000 dead and another 60,000 wounded in the very first day of that battle.  The 1st Newfoundland Regiment was not able to pass through the trenches to get to their jump-off point, because the trenches were choked with the wounded.  They had to go over the top hundreds of yards back from the actual front, and suffered 90% casualties within minutes of the "Fix them" command.  Newfoundland likely never recovered from the loss of so many of her sons.

It's quite something to have someone bring their words to life after this past century, and to recall that they lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved.  Now they lie in Flanders fields.

Killed by Socialized healthcare

Forbes actually publishes a story about the slow-motion collapse that is the UK's National Health Service.  Here's the key graf:
The United Kingdom's National Health Service, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on July 5, is imploding. 
Vacancies for doctor and nurse positions have reached all-time highs. Patients are facing interminable waits for care as a result. This August, a record number of Britons languished more than 12 hours in emergency rooms. In July, the share of cancer patients who waited more than two months to receive treatment soared. 
Yet enthusiasm for government-run, single-payer health care continues to build in the United States. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 70 percent of Americans now support Medicare for All. Virtually all the major candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 have come out in favor of banning private insurance coverage and implementing a single-payer system instead.
I have a whole post category for Killed By Socialized Medicine which goes way, way back.  And this sums the wretched NHS up, for the dim bulbs on these shores who want to replicate it here:

Actually, this really does sum up the situation.  The issue isn't healthcare, the issue is control.  Statist pricks want life and death control over the population, the better to keep them in line.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Big Chief Sitting Bull****

The Internet Meme factory has been in overdrive on Senator Warren.  Here are some of my favorites.

Here's another reason not to bring an Alexa type device into your hoe

UPDATE: That should be "home", not "hoe".  I'm leaving the title unchanged because it's kind of funny, especially with the comments. /UPDATE

As if you needed another reason, but this one is a doozy:
In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, and Chris Harrison describe a real-time, activity recognition system capable of interpreting collected sound. 
In other words, a software that uses devices' always-on builtin microphones to sense what exactly's going on in the background.
So now Alexa won't just know what you're saying, it will know what you're doing.  And they'll use that information for - what?  Of course, all the Fanbois who get these damned things have carefully gone over the license agreement before clicking "Accept", amirite?

Damn.  Doesn't anyone remember Homer's story about the Trojan Horse?  It was considered a classic when I was young.


Stolen from everywhere:

Elizabeth Warren's DNA results have led me to conclude that we all owe her 0.001953125 percent of an apology.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Now *that's* scary

UN Scientists: give us $48 Trillion or the planet gets it

The latest out of the UN IPCC is that they need $2.4T a year for 20 years in order to keep the temperature from rising by more than 1.5° C.
The IPCC’s modelled pathways show that $2.4 trillion must be invested in new clean energy every year from 2015 through 2035, which, Bloomberg notes, is an almost sevenfold increase from the $333.5 billion invested in renewable energy in 2017. That is an aggregate investment of $48 trillion. The interest bill alone (at say 5%pa) would be $200 billion per month – more than the whole world currently spends on childhood education and environmental protection combined. 
The report (C2.7) says that “the literature on total mitigation costs of 1.5°C mitigation pathways is limited and was not assessed in this report”. Others have calculated massive additional expenditure on energy efficiency, electricity transmission and storage, CCS and other carbon dioxide removal (CDR). But even these estimates do not attempt to put a price upon the “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” called for by the IPCC.
The "literature is limited" is pretty funny, with the astronomical sums demanded.  So how does the science hold up on this?  Judy Curry has a long and detailed analysis, but this is the key bit:
IMO, even with erroneous attribution of extreme weather/climate events and projections using climate models that are running too hot and not fit for purpose of projecting 21st century climate change, the IPCC still has not made a strong case for this massive investment to prevent 1.5C warming.
The "Science is Settled" even when it's based on computer models "running too hot and not fit for purpose".  But turn over your money and freedom right now or we'll call you a climate denier or something.  Yawn.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Well, at least they're giving us a choice

People are turning to search engines other than Google

People are smart:
Google has long been eyed with suspicion, and incidents such as covering up potential data leaks does nothing to help. Privacy and security have increased in importance for the average internet user, and this has seen people moving away from Google and investigating the alternatives.
One beneficiary of this shunning of Google is DuckDuckGo. The privacy-focused search engine has enjoyed a 50 percent surge in usage over the last year, and it can now boast a new record of 30 million daily searches.
I use Duckduckgo almost exclusively, since they are very clear that they do not track me.

Remembering the Cost

During World War II, one in three airmen survived the air battle over Europe.

The casualties suffered by the Eighth Air Force were about half of the U.S. Army Air Force's casualties (47,483 out of 115,332), including more than 26,000 dead.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

B-17 and B-24 engine startup and taxi

What was interesting was the B-17 looked kind of clumsy on the taxiway, while the B-24 seemed to steer in a precise way.  Up in the air, the roles were reversed, with the B-17 turning from an ugly duckling into a swan, while the B-24 looked like a goony bird.

The camera video couldn't remotely keep up with the speed of the propellers, and so they look like they're spinning backwards here.

Alexander von Zemlinsky - Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)

If ever there was a person who was entitled to name-drop in classical music, it was Alexander von Zemlinsky.  Born in Vienna in the later days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, he ended up fleeing the Nazis and settling in America.  But he seems to have known just about everyone who was anyone in classical music.

He studied composition under Anton Bruckner.  Brahms came to his concerts and was so impressed that he pulled strings with his publisher to get Zemlinsky's music printed.  He was in an orchestra with Arnold Schoenberg, who ended up his brother-in-law.  Gustav Mahler conducted the premier of one of his operas.  He wanted to marry Alma Schindler, who ended up marrying Mahler (amonng others) and who was immortalized by Tom Lehrer.

This piece is titled after Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the little mermaid.  It was thought that the music was lost soon after its 1905 debut, but it was discovered in 1984 and is one of Zemlinsky's most often performed works.