Thursday, November 28, 2019

Pluckrose on “fat shaming”

Helen Pluckrose is always worth reading. Fat is unhealthy.

Break them up

YouTube taking down videos again. Here. I don't agree with their solution but the problem is real. The solution is anti-trust.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rod Stewart's Railway Model

Yes, that Rod Stewart. 23 years in the making.

Turning Medieval

I really enjoyed this essay on the return of the medieval mind.

On the topic of social media, it occurs to me that we need a new word: mobling. It is a noun whose plural is mob. I googled and couldn't find it, so you really did hear it here first.

Coyne on Newspapers

Coyne has a good round up and comments on the shit-show at Northwestern.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ellery Queen Polls

The polls are closed. There are no big surpises in the final four. Here is the new poll; I have also put up a new blog post about it. You may choose only one book.

Ellery Queen Poll - Finals


Since Puzzle Doctor did an elaborate series of John Dickson Carr polls, I thought I would do a quick set of Ellery Queen polls.  The poll is for novels written by the cousins.

I have split the field into the early Period 1 novels, up to about 1937, and the rest. The second list is smaller; this represents a bit of seeding.

There will be two finalists selected from each poll. We will have a final poll of 4 finalists. You can vote for up to 2 novels in each of the qualifying polls. I hope!

The polls will be up until the end of November.

Ellery Queen Poll - Early Novels

Ellery Queen Poll - Later Novels

Go here for the finals

Friday, November 8, 2019

Undermining Trust Redux

I don't know who is telling the truth here, but two things are obvious: ABC is lying, and the priorities of the media. I hope she sues both ABC and CBS.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Undermining Trust, Again

Harsanyi on ABC's coverup for Epstein.

UPDATE: More on covering for Epstein.

Not just Epstein of course. Lauer, Weinstein, Lack.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Undermining Trust

Glenn Reynolds says that Trump's greatest accomplishment is driving supposedly elite institutions to expose their lack of civic virtue and self-control. The ABA report on a Trump judicial nominee seems to be a case in point. There are also some posts over at the Volokh Conspiracy, a very interesting website.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Beto packs it in

Just a gigolo,
Everywhere I go,
People know the part I'm playing.
Paid for every dance,
Selling each romance,
Ooh what they are saying.
There will come a day
When youth will pass away,
Then what will they say about me
When the end comes I know,
They'll say just a gigolo,
As life goes on without me 

A Font is Born


Free Uyghur Edition

Notepad++ is a good text editor. It is in the news today.