Dec
31
2017
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Predicting Muellers findings

We’ve all been following the Comey/Mueller investigation. What will come of it? Here are my predictions.

  • Trump did not collude. (I’m using the term collusion loosely, including conspiracy and such.)
  • Some folks within the Trump camp, including family members and higherups aligned themselves with the Russians, knowingly. They are guilty, and are traitors.
  • Other higherups within the Trump camp would have no part of it (Sessions).
  • Trump himself never did an actual quid pro quo. He is a dupe, an idiot, a wannabe authoritarian getting played by Russia, but not an actual traitor.
  • After the fact, Trump obstructed justice multiple times in multiple ways.

The aftermath:

  • The traitors within the Trump will be thrown to the wind, and downplayed as bad actors, Trump will not accept any responsibility for their acts or what his campaign did.
  • He will simultaneously claim that it was no big deal and pardon some of them.
  • Congressional Republicans will say that he may have done some bad things, but the Trump coverup is not high crimes and misdemeanors, and will refuse to let impeachment proceedings proceed.

And then the 2018 midterms. Buckle up, it’s going to be a heck of a ride.

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Dec
28
2017
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William Cohan pile-on

Back in 2015, I wrote a little piece ripping apart an editorial from William Cohan. Lo and Behold, Paul Krugman also lit into him, independently. Always good to have a Nobel Prize winner on your side.

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Dec
23
2017
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Natural Selection in Toilet Paper

Ever seen this? The toilet paper holder has two rolls. Its easier to keep toilet paper in the stall if one roll is completed all the way, so this sticker is placed on a random roll.

That’s the seemingly logical explanation. But the true explanation is that one roll has mutated, and by chance has generated this sticker. The sticker will extend its life at the expense of its compatriot, giving it more time to reproduce and pass on this beneficial mutation. Natural selection at work.

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Dec
22
2017
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Unneeded Quotes #3

This is ridiculous.

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Dec
20
2017
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More Kids Thoughts on Heaven

“When I go to heaven, I’m gonna have my own waterpark for my backyard.”
“Me too! We can all have waterparks!”
“But you have to ask to go, you don’t always get it, because it’s heaven.”
“Or you could have a warm comfy bed to snuggle in!”
You have a comfy bed all the time in your waterpark, you go down the slide on it!

That does sound kind of awesome.

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Dec
19
2017
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Six Flags is Very Stupid, or Very Funny

Cyclone, the wooden roller coaster at Six Flags over Georgia is closed down forever. Presumably it will be replaced by something more modern.

Notice the estimated wait time. Over 60 minutes. This is true, the actual wait time is hundreds of thousands of minutes.

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Dec
19
2017
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My Latest Favorite Song #16: Stevie Wonder Does the Beatles

It isn’t easy to improve on The Beatles. It takes some giant grapes to say you can do their song better than they did.

Like many Motown artists, Stevie Wonder was a Beatles fan—of sorts. “Stevie loved the Beatles, mostly Lennon and McCartney for their writing,” Wonder’s childhood best friend John Glover says in Mark Ribowsky’s Stevie biography Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. “That was where he saw their genius, not their performing—in fact, he didn’t think they performed some of their songs as well as he could do it.” That’s a sentiment that requires a lot of chutzpah, but Wonder backed it up on 1970’s “We Can Work It Out,” a track that so thoroughly reimagines the Lennon–McCartney classic that it feels like an entirely new piece of music.

Stevie delivers.

 

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Dec
18
2017
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Airplane Wings and Bernoulli’s Theorem

I don’t understand how Bernoulli’s theorem works with airplane wings.

The top of the wing is curved. Therefore, the air going past the top has a longer path to travel. Which means that it is moving faster than the air going past the bottom of the wing. Which, by the theorem, means it is lower pressure. Which means that the pressure differential pushes the wing upwards.

But why does having a longer path imply greater speed? Why does the air that is going over the top of the wing need to end up at the back of the wing in the same time as the air traveling over the bottom of the wing? Why doesn’t it all travel at the same speed with no differential in pressure? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Late update: A knowledgeable friend said that Bernoulli is part of it, but there are other effects in play, particularly at the edge and tips of the wing. If it was just Bernoulli, there would be no need to taper the wings as you move to their tips, or angle them towards the back of the plane.

And hey, XKCD also says it’s more complicated! So maybe this blog post is just knowledge dropping…

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