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  Topic: Jedi Mind Tricks
brian-hansen

Replies: 3
Views: 2230

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:02 pm   Subject: Jedi Mind Tricks
Jedi Mind Tricks


It crossed my mind that you crossed your fingers,
then you crossed your arms and blinked.
You'd love to tilt a book in[side] a millionaire's mansion
to suddenly reveal … ...
  Topic: Athier Than Thee
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1709

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:07 pm   Subject: Athier Than Thee
athier than ye



Hindu unto others, Seren dippity Doo,
Rama Dama Sing Alonga, -ish but not a Jew.
For the Shinto I'm a Shriner, for the monk I hold a key,
So I may not be the athiest, but ...
  Topic: Ridiculnaut
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1333

PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:18 am   Subject: Ridiculnaut
The term "troll" has been degraded. Some think it refers to anyone who disagrees. Meanwhile it was never as precise as one would like.

I propose the term "Ridiculnaut".
  Topic: Jedi Mind Tricks
brian-hansen

Replies: 3
Views: 2230

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:53 pm   Subject: Jedi Mind Tricks
Jedi Mind Tricks


It crossed my mind that you crossed your fingers,
then you crossed your arms and blinked.
You'd love to tilt a book in a millionaire's mansion
to suddenly reveal …
You ...
  Topic: Jedi Mind Tricks
brian-hansen

Replies: 3
Views: 2230

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:18 pm   Subject: Jedi Mind Tricks
It crossed my mind that you crossed your fingers,
then you crossed your arms and blinked.
You'd love to tilt a book in a millionaire's mansion
to suddenly reveal …
You're always looking for a t ...
  Topic: Some thoughts at the passing of John Bailo
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1723

PostForum: I Was There   Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:28 pm   Subject: Some thoughts at the passing of John Bailo
John Anthony Bailo
Born October 22, 1960
Died December 25, 2015

Readers may know John Bailo as the co-founder and lead contributor to you-read-it-here-first.com. I'm sorry to report that John pa ...
  Topic: A Night the Stars Aligned
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 919

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:40 am   Subject: A Night the Stars Aligned
A Night the Stars Aligned

Earth spins on its spin like as make us all dizzy,
It rise in the West, cross the face of the Sun.
Then once a year, it's your annivers'ry,
The day that's so much li ...
  Topic: Strike zone - another foray into the GMBR
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1596

PostForum: The Serendipity of Search   Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:26 pm   Subject: Strike zone - another foray into the GMBR
The guy looked pretty roidy, and though he was calm, he looked like he could get very dangerous a little too quickly. Not only did he lose the case, but the counterclaim went hard against him. Afterw ...
  Topic: Astoria
brian-hansen

Replies: 2
Views: 1519

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:47 am   Subject: Astoria
Astoria

Trading the world never seemed quite so stately
The ship on the river, it moves, yet is still
As (if) in a dream, it would pass by so slowly
Through the mist and the window,
From o ...
  Topic: Astoria
brian-hansen

Replies: 2
Views: 1519

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:06 pm   Subject: Astoria
Astoria

Trading the world never seemed quite so stately
The ship on the river, it moves, yet is still
As in a dream, it would pass by so slowly
Through the mist and the window,
From our pl ...
  Topic: The Earth goes around the Sun counterclockwise
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1819

PostForum: Things I Should've Known   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:13 pm   Subject: The Earth goes around the Sun counterclockwise
The rotation of the Earth around its axis is also counterclockwise.
  Topic: The Caulfield and Vanilli
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1762

PostForum: Units of Measurement   Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:20 am   Subject: The Caulfield and Vanilli
The opposite of being a phony is to be real, but at any particular moment there is so much of ourselves that is unknown to us, so we can't honestly say that we are really real. The opposite of phony, ...
  Topic: Half a Man
brian-hansen

Replies: 4
Views: 5238

PostForum: Units of Measurement   Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:08 am   Subject: Re: half-man, half-riddle


The question our Mom asked us as kids, and which she had heard from her grandfather was:

"If a man and a half earns a dollar and a half in a day and a half, how much does half a man earn i ...
  Topic: The Middle Class of Thought
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 2323

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:45 am   Subject: The Middle Class of Thought
The internet reveals so much about us that we never knew before.

When I was a child, I had the chance to learn from the people who happened to be around me, or from the 3 or 4 channels of TV. What ...
  Topic: Artificianado
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1212

PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:56 am   Subject: Artificianado
Everything you love is really fake - you're an artificianado
  Topic: Jedi Mind Tricks
brian-hansen

Replies: 3
Views: 2230

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:31 am   Subject: Jedi Mind Tricks
Jedi Mind Tricks

It crossed my mind that you crossed your fingers,
then you crossed your arms and blinked.
You'd love to tilt a book in a millionaire's mansion
to suddenly reveal …

You're ...
  Topic: Studio 54 Million BC
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 2955

PostForum: The Best of YRIHF   Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:56 am   Subject: Studio 54 Million BC
What happened so long ago to hominids? Who taught Cinderella how to dance? Apparently, the answer is not meant to be metaphorical.


http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com/viewtopic.php?t=4166
  Topic: Unfamiliar Room
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1856

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:23 pm   Subject: Unfamiliar Room
A revision from June 2015:




Unfamiliar Room
=============

A single hanging light bulb swinging slow[ly] in the air
The smell of dust and pitch, something else and her perfume
Unfamiliar ...
  Topic: Don't Blink
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1341

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:08 am   Subject: Don't Blink
She's good at music composed on the spot,
at saying it back if you sleep while you talk.
She wants you to think if she says it she lies,
so how will she choose from the lie-buying guys?

One ...
  Topic: Astoria
brian-hansen

Replies: 2
Views: 1519

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:01 pm   Subject: Astoria
Astoria

Trading the world never seemed quite so stately
The ship on the river, it moves, yet is still
As in a dream, it would pass by so slowly
Through the mist and the window,
From our place o ...
  Topic: The Author Forgotten, But
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 4721

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:34 am   Subject: The Author Forgotten, But
Author forgotten
but nobody remembers
the haiku either.
  Topic: Discombobulated Blues
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1368

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:17 am   Subject: Discombobulated Blues
from December 2014



Discombobulated Blues
----------------------------------
My horoscope had told me that it wasn't my day
The stars they weren't aligning in their usual way
The planets wer ...
  Topic: kilowatt hours per day per person
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1839

PostForum: Units of Measurement   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:26 am   Subject: kilowatt hours per day per person
Whether it is on the production side or the consumption side, using units that are familiar makes it easier to compare claims.

In this article (http://www.withouthotair.com/synopsis10.pdf) the aut ...
  Topic: Rubric Cube
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1325

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:01 am   Subject: Rubric Cube
Rubric Cube
========
It'd be a square if it didn't have depth,
And a line if it wasn't so high,
Extend a metaphor of orderly life,
and call it "Solid." "Platonic." "T ...
  Topic: Unfamiliar Room
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1856

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:32 am   Subject: Unfamiliar Room
Unfamiliar Room
===========


Are you familiar
with the feeling
of being
in an unfamiliar room?
It's been that all day and
it'll be that way soon.

I make sense when I want to
I make se ...
  Topic: Discombobulated Blues
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1368

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:13 am   Subject: Discombobulated Blues
Discombobulated Blues
---------------------------

My horoscope had told me that it wasn't my day
The stars they weren't aligning in their usual way
The planets were a whizzing, going ever' which ...
  Topic: The Kilogig
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1361

PostForum: Units of Measurement   Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:44 am   Subject: The Kilogig
I've found one way of embedding the Portland DIY esthetic into the staid middle-class lifestyle: the kilogig.

It's great that you've found some crafty thing that others haven't noticed yet, and tha ...
  Topic: Mild Neurosis
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2276

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:00 am   Subject: Mild Neurosis
Alternate version:




Mild Neurosis
============

Mild neurosis is touching my soul
I just want to know, did I turn off the stove?
Could I control my symptoms with only Ambien?
If one ...
  Topic: A Luv That Lasts Forever (Like Those First Class Stamps)
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 1791

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:15 pm   Subject: A Luv That Lasts Forever (Like Those First Class Stamps)
A Luv That Lasts 4ever (Like Those Special First Class Stamps)


Verse:
Twitter those words I've been longing to skim,
those two little words that mean oh so so so.
"Luv Ya" she texts, ...
  Topic: Mild Neurosis
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2276

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:09 pm   Subject: Mild Neurosis
Mild Neurosis
=========


Mild neurosis is touching my soul
I just want to know, did I turn off the stove?
Could I control my symptoms with only Ambien?
If one is effective then what about ten? ...
  Topic: Athier Than Thee
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 1709

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:02 pm   Subject: Athier Than Thee
athier than ye



Hindu unto others, Seren dippity Doo,
Rama Dama Sing Alonga, -ish but not quite a Jew.
For the Shinto I'm a Shriner, for the monk I hold a key,
So I may not be the athiest, bu ...
  Topic: The stainless steel renovation revolution
brian-hansen

Replies: 15
Views: 12625

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:44 am   Subject: The stainless steel renovation revolution
Whirlpool seems to be aiming their new finish at customers who have grown weary of stainless and its numerous imitators. Indeed, the manufacturer says the new finish is "signifying a shift in the ...
  Topic: Giant gas bags could make hydrogen competitive
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 3228

PostForum: Hydrogen   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:34 pm   Subject: Giant gas bags could make hydrogen competitive
By using uncompressed gas, I estimate there is a savings of roughly 20%, the cost to compress the gas to the typical level, some 800 atmospheres.


============================


Gas Bag Buses i ...
  Topic: 2 to the 10th is approximately equal to 10 to the 3rd
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 8334

PostForum: Units of Measurement   Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:05 pm   Subject: 2 to the 10th is approximately equal to 10 to the 3rd
Perhaps it is worth adding a few related ideas. First, these factors apply well to larger quantities, so:

2 to the 20 == 2 to the (10 + 10) == (2 to the 10) * (2 to the 10)
This is approx. (10 to ...
  Topic: The stainless steel renovation revolution
brian-hansen

Replies: 15
Views: 12625

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:01 am   Subject: The stainless steel renovation revolution
I'm starting to see signs of a "counter-revolution". Marble isn't giving up yet, but (non-ferrous) stainless steel, is starting to see some competition at the high end.

Check this link: ...
  Topic: Getting Locked Out
brian-hansen

Replies: 4
Views: 4408

PostForum: Ideas about software   Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:22 pm   Subject: Getting Locked Out
Sounds like someone needs to purchase this book: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. That is, if society coheres long enough to allow processing and delivery.


http://www.amazon.com/Worst- ...
  Topic: Sideways Globes
brian-hansen

Replies: 4
Views: 6655

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:13 pm   Subject: Sideways Globes
So far as I can tell, both the links you provide stay within the dominant "North is UP" paradigm. As do many good globes they also capture the tilt of the Earth relative to the Sun. It is ...
  Topic: New registrations disabled due to spam attacks 11/02/2011
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 8460

PostForum: About you-read-it-here-first.com   Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:54 pm   Subject: New registrations disabled due to spam attacks 11/02/2011
If you are a real human, and would like to contribute content, send email to this domain name, but put "newmember" before the @.
  Topic: Sideways Globes
brian-hansen

Replies: 4
Views: 6655

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:08 pm   Subject: Sideways Globes
I was contemplating the construction of an orrery to be able to demonstrate the motions of the earth in a graphic and compelling way, and started to contemplate why a simple globe was inadequate to th ...
  Topic: Untenorable
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 5452

PostForum: The Serendipity of Search   Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:15 pm   Subject: Untenorable
I coined this word as part of a joke on facebook. It did not seem to be indexed by Google as fast as other FB posts were. The post hadn't been "shared". When I did share it, it showed up ...
  Topic: Why I was right about commas inside quotation marks
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2388

PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:54 pm   Subject: Why I was right about commas inside quotation marks
For decades I've refused to put punctuation marks *inside* of quotes, and generally put them *outside*. As I recall, this dates back to my first serious involvement with computers (that would be 1975 ...
  Topic: ripples and folds in PV films
brian-hansen

Replies: 0
Views: 2589

PostForum: Solar / Wind Energy   Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:54 pm   Subject: ripples and folds in PV films
Folding light: Wrinkles and twists boost power from solar panels
Posted May 24, 2012; 10:00 a.m.
by John Sullivan

Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on ...
  Topic: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
brian-hansen

Replies: 6
Views: 4907

PostForum: Ideas about General Transportation   Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:50 pm   Subject: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
Perhaps you'll want to use the flow of blood through capillaries as your transportation metaphor, because landscapes shaped by water erosion seem inapt.

It seems to me to be the ultimate example ...
  Topic: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
brian-hansen

Replies: 6
Views: 4907

PostForum: Ideas about General Transportation   Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:38 pm   Subject: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
Nature build pathways down for rain, which, when combined, look like branching structures up.

Water doesn't go to all the other branching structures. It only goes down.
  Topic: The Gleam of the Butterfly
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2731

PostForum: Hydrogen   Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:35 pm   Subject: The Gleam of the Butterfly
coming out of its cocoon?
  Topic: Learning to Read (from the bottom to the top)
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2964

PostForum: Media -- The Extensions of Man   Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:15 pm   Subject: Learning to Read (from the bottom to the top)
Many major websites support commenting on articles, but usually the default is for the comments to be presented in reverse chronological error. I can understand there is an appeal to see the most rec ...
  Topic: I would have been nice to meet you!
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2610

PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:51 pm   Subject: I would have been nice to meet you!
Someone named "pipolar" found an email address for me and wrote, seemingly searching for love. "I would have been nice to meet you!"

If she keeps talking like that, I might be n ...
  Topic: Middle Class now takes six figures to maintain
brian-hansen

Replies: 2
Views: 2699

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:01 pm   Subject: Middle Class now takes six figures to maintain
If the numbers from the article were shown to be misleading or inaccurate, would that make you change your tax plan?
  Topic: Urban housing as "caviar"?
brian-hansen

Replies: 2
Views: 2636

PostForum: Ideas about General Transportation   Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:03 pm   Subject: Urban housing as "caviar"?

I was showing him stats on an overall decline in city populations from the 2000-2010 census. His argument was that yes, but valuations for apartments, condoes in the cities are so high that this m ...
  Topic: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
brian-hansen

Replies: 6
Views: 4907

PostForum: Ideas about General Transportation   Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:37 pm   Subject: Cars travel in 2-dimensions; trains only in 1
Where does snow go? Downstream.
Where do we go, when we drive? Everywhere.
  Topic: The Author Forgotten, But
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 4721

PostForum: Poems and Lyrics   Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:08 pm   Subject: The Author Forgotten, But
The author forgotten, but
No one remembers
The author's haiku, either.
  Topic: Skronktacular
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2665

PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:20 am   Subject: Skronktacular
As in, "That new free-jazz saxophone solo is Skronktacular".
  Topic: You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Born Citizen!
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2583

PostForum: The Corporation as Person   Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:40 pm   Subject: Re: You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Born Citizen!
I think one needs to consider the (implicit) parentheses...


No Person except
(a natural born Citizen), or
(a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitut ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:55 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
You're a funny guy...I'm never sure when you're on the sauce or not, but man, you are one angry drunk when you get a bottle.


Actually, I'm mean on those rare occasions when I am sober. When I'm ...
  Topic: An attempt to rehabilitate "Intelligent Design"
brian-hansen

Replies: 1
Views: 2446

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:05 pm   Subject: An attempt to rehabilitate "Intelligent Design"
I've split this into a new topic. You seem more interested in finding some way to make sense of "Intelligent Design".

I don't favor such an effort, personally, though you may well find ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:32 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
That's a pretty good outline of the terrain.

It seems like you may not have thought of this problem the same way that I have. The Meme Selection argument is pretty good, but also, maybe, not very ...
  Topic: You know you're not a "liberal" when...
brian-hansen

Replies: 40
Views: 28993

PostForum: Political Euphemisms   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:02 pm   Subject: You know you're not a "liberal" when...
So what do you think of Steyn's views then?
  Topic: You know you're not a "liberal" when...
brian-hansen

Replies: 40
Views: 28993

PostForum: Political Euphemisms   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:44 pm   Subject: You know you're not a "liberal" when...
Mitt Romney pays lip service to the "safety net". It's being there is the reason he gave for "not caring about the poor".
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:35 am   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism

In general, you seem to want to pin names on me, and then chastise me for being those things that you think I am. It's hard to defend oneself against such recursion.

My impression is that I thi ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:06 am   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
I did hate your first redacted re-edited post about how some say that global warming is eugenics against the middle class.

You've mentioned this I believe 3 times -- twice saying that I said it. ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:44 am   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism

My hunch is that the idea of human evolution has shifted to a cultural, memetic arena is one of the most powerful arguments against the kind of genetic destiny, eugenics-style ideas.


So, yes, w ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:00 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
You're a funny guy...I'm never sure when you're on the sauce or not, but man, you are one angry drunk when you get a bottle.


I think your argument would be stronger if you could show, rather than ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:49 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism

Meanwhile, I can reveal a bit of my agenda for bringing up eugenics and social darwinism. My suspicion is that I will find that social "evolution", by which I mean "memes", et a ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:33 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
Read it and weep

Yes. I've read it. I see you are now noticing that I've been a bit sloppy. I've been using SD and "eugenics" as kind of code words, without defining them. Others are g ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:17 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
Natural selection *does* have the notion of superiority

One can look at it as local and global minima and maxima.

So the guy who sings best at his college gets all the girls.

Until the guy on ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:04 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
Superiority in nature is hard to define, given the range of environments and potential environments. Superiority in our manmade artificial environments might be easier to rate -- and hence easier to ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

Replies: 24
Views: 12175

PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:33 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
made more by those who Innovate, rather than Collect...and lie idle in their assets
I get a little bit of a preachy feeling from you sometimes. It must be a Biblical phrase, right?

Turns out, I' ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:24 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
...I don't think anyone can talk about "Evolution" any more in public without reading it..because it's a compendium of refutations of the Centra Dogma outlined by Crick (or Watson...I get th ...
  Topic: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:11 pm   Subject: A second chance at thinking about Social Darwinism
Actually some have said that Social Darwinism is alive and well -- and reformulated as various forms of population control and environmental movements.

Even the responses to "Global Warming&qu ...
  Topic: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:43 am   Subject: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
I still don't think you get what I am talking about.

Natural selection doesn't offer guarantees, so someone trying to misapply it to Social Darwinism wouldn't have reasons to expect guarantees eith ...
  Topic: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:42 am   Subject: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
I have some other ideas about why this line of thought is fallacious, but this argument you make is at least pretty good.

The fact that even those opposed to plain Darwinism found something to like ...
  Topic: Are You Done, Yet? .vs. The Rise of the Gig
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:49 pm   Subject: The rise of the gig
The rise of the gig


In an era where a career has become more of a careen, people are trying to find those little niches where they can turn their skills, time and insight, into a little extra rea ...
  Topic: Recipe for Confusion
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Ideas about software   Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:07 pm   Subject: Re: Recipe for Confusion
...not putting on a song and dance and going halfway to the Moon to get across the street!You say that like it was a bad thing...

No, seriously, I now want to put together the worst possible comb ...
  Topic: Talkback
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Ideas about software   Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:36 pm   Subject: Identity within Citizenship
I find that I now avoid any websites that do not allow for posting comments or other retorts. I also avoid those that have comments but require a special subscription. Additionally, I find it hard ...
  Topic: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:18 pm   Subject: Hidden in plain sight: Darwin Jesus and Hitler
Since I've been doing some research into evolution, I've had some reasons to try to determine the status of the doctrine of Social Darwinism, which seems to have rapidly disappeared soon after WWII, f ...
  Topic: The wager gap in Zynga Poker's Sit and Go Tourneys
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Poker as metaphor   Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:12 pm   Subject: The wager gap in Zynga Poker's Sit and Go Tourneys
Since being locked out of my Full Tilt poker winnings (2-3$), I've gone to Zynga Poker in FaceBook. I've been winning and have been moving to higher stakes in Sit and Go tournaments: typically 10,000 ...
  Topic: Replacement Hipsters
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:46 pm   Subject: Replacement Hipsters
Very nice.

Or, it could be people recruited to be hipsters to replace those who no longer are, or soon will no longer be.
  Topic: Don't small the sweat stuff. And it's all sweat stuff.
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Spoonerisms   Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:42 pm   Subject: Don't small the sweat stuff. And it's all sweat stuff.
...
  Topic: Poor Get Richer
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:17 am   Subject: Poor Get Richer
I split this topic into two. The other part of this discussion is under the topic: Rich get Poorer, found in this same forum.
  Topic: People in stone houses...
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Spoonerisms   Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:28 pm   Subject: People in stone houses...
People in stone houses...

shouldn't throw glass.*


=========================


* actually, most people should probably avoid this.
  Topic: Hansen Economy under threat
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:27 am   Subject: Hansen Economy under threat
Underwater and Upside-down: It's not regulations, high taxes, and speculative bubbles, its the long-term trends, baby.


I would start with an analogy.

There has been continued alarm in the Pac ...
  Topic: 3 words to us!
brian-hansen

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PostForum: The Serendipity of Search   Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:20 pm   Subject: 3 words to us!
We are also the top result from:

you read it here first

which did not used to be true.
  Topic: I step out, blinking into the glare: commentary at huffpost
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Media -- The Extensions of Man   Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:19 pm   Subject: I step out, blinking into the glare: commentary at huffpost
I step out, blinking into the glare.

Occasionally I see people writing that they notice that the people of the United States are more divided than ever, followed closely, I note, by saying that it ...
  Topic: New registrations disabled due to spam attacks 11/02/2011
brian-hansen

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PostForum: About you-read-it-here-first.com   Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:01 pm   Subject: New registrations disabled due to spam attacks 11/02/2011
Unfortunately, the volume of automated registrations has increased markedly over the last few days. In response, we've been forced to disable new registrations until we can find effective countermeas ...
  Topic: Hansen Economy under threat
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:12 pm   Subject: Hansen Economy under threat
Certainly, it is fair to say that I was heavily influenced by this book when I read it several years ago.
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:27 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
More to the point: what is *your* prescription?

The prescription for corrective lenses goes beyond the 20 / whatever measurement that I grew up with. A prescription gives measurements for at least ...
  Topic: Plausible reasons for having tattoos or drinking fine wine
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Science Hoop Shots   Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:57 pm   Subject: Plausible reasons for having tattoos or drinking fine wine
I think its fair to say that for this post I have an agenda.

I make a background assumption that it may not be possible to determine the motivations for a person's actions, even for that person. ...
  Topic: Billionaire on Millionaire Violence
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:04 pm   Subject: Billionaire on Millionaire Violence
I found I had to unfriend you when I saw the way you wrote about politics on Facebook, but I note that in this essay, I see a different kind of temperament and what seems a more mature outlook. I am ...
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:46 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
I've been occupied with other matters, but now I can finish describing how things went with Coastal Contacts.

My glasses were delivered in a matter of days. While not the ultimate in style (I was ...
  Topic: Tantrum and Umbrage
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Political Euphemisms   Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:19 pm   Subject: Tantrum and Umbrage
Over the last few days, I've delved into web content, and especially user comments on major websites, like Huffington Post and NYT.

I find myself deeply affected by the kind and level of hate an ...
  Topic: Why is the dust from drills called "sawdust"?
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Turns of Phrase   Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:45 pm   Subject: Why is the dust from drills called "sawdust"?
Why is the dust from drills called "sawdust"?
  Topic: Avoiding Irrationals
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Poker as metaphor   Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:15 pm   Subject: Avoiding Irrationals
That's good.

The other thing to do in poker is to learn to take advantage of the "irrational effect". Wait for the other guy to get caught up in the situation you describe, and then poun ...
  Topic: Avoiding Irrationals
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Poker as metaphor   Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:00 am   Subject: Avoiding Irrationals
Yes. I've been working on this too.
  Topic: Avoiding Irrationals
brian-hansen

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Views: 7245

PostForum: Poker as metaphor   Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:31 pm   Subject: Avoiding Irrationals
This happens often.

It's the sequential nature of the game that causes this problem. Someone with a poor strategy overbets before play turns to you. If you behave otherwise rationally, you might ...
  Topic: Move to Amend
brian-hansen

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PostForum: The Corporation as Person   Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:19 pm   Subject: Move to Amend
Portland has it's own group countering corporate personhood.

http://www.movetoamendpdx.org/
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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Views: 7282

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:49 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
Initial follow-up:

My order was received in Blaine Washington, and marked as shipped from Kent Washington today. Delivery is expected for 2 days from now. That is a 4-day turnaround overall.

S ...
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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Views: 7282

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:09 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
The coupon code at the end of the process resets the prices.
  Topic: The Design and Use of Autopilot Cars
brian-hansen

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PostForum: Ideas about General Transportation   Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:26 pm   Subject: The Design and Use of Autopilot Cars
Positively awful idea. A half measure like this would be extremely dangerous. I liked the predictive part, though.
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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Views: 7282

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:14 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
Unless I'm mistaken, my link is a better deal, since there is no handling charge, and shipping is capped at $6.95
  Topic: Self-Optometry
brian-hansen

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Views: 7282

PostForum: Economic Skirmishes on the Borders of the Status Quo   Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:10 pm   Subject: Self-Optometry
I bought 3 pairs last night for a total of $36.95 (including shipping).

I don't know how long they'll offer this rate (actually the page said that the offer ended 3 days ago, but the site still acc ...
 
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