Monthly Archives: Sep 2021

Posthumous marriage

I just found out that France allows, under certain conditions, posthumous marriages. This came about due to the tragedy following the collapse of the Malpasset Dam, which killed hundreds of people. The fiancé of one of the men killed pleaded … Continue reading

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I did not expect to end up writing about a dress

And especially not a dress worn by a celebrity at an event in another country. But, there’s a point here and it’s related to how those that wish to rule us, rather than serve us, can be spotted. Through their … Continue reading

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This is what straw-manning looks like

Bjørn Lomborg has for many years been portrayed as a so-called climate sceptic. It is a claim you can only honestly make if you rely entirely on other people calling him a climate sceptic and never, ever, read or hear … Continue reading

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“I have nothing to hide”

The reasoning behind the old “I have nothing to hide” defense of surveillance abuses is humiliating, if you think it through. Essentially: 1) Only those who stand out are targeted 2) I do not stand out 3) I cannot stand … Continue reading

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What happened to the Beepocalypse?

The Beepocalypse, the Insect Armageddon, seems to have been canceled. Maybe we should talk about this a bit because I know a lot of people who think this is still on for Real Soon Now™. A 2020 study from German … Continue reading

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Why does sand come in two shapes?

On Earth, sand blown about by wind form either sand ripples or dunes. Ripples are quite small and change on short time scales. Dunes are quite large and change on long time scales. Both are asymmetrical. Apparently this was something … Continue reading

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The legacy of Google Reader

I used Google Reader until it was discontinued at Google and yes, it taught me a valuable lesson: Don’t trust a tool from Google. I use Feedly now. They have one product. I still see, after 8 years, people mentioning … Continue reading

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Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune is a masterpiece of a book, and, having read that and his sequels many times, I am very fond of it. In the 1980’s I watched the first movie adaptation, by David Lynch in 1984 and I … Continue reading

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Why nihilism is the greatest excuse ever, or; incels were here before the internet

Something happened last month that slowly made me realise that I had covered a story about an incel terrorist years ago, back when I was at university. Incel, “involuntary celibates”, are, not to put too fine a point to it, … Continue reading

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Another Tunguska event

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. — … Continue reading

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