12 May 2019

Link round-up for 12 May 2019

Various interesting stuff I ran across on the net over the last week.

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Cheer yourself up with some smiles.

Stop, thief!

Do not raise up that which you cannot put down.

The person who did this has earned the embarrassment.

"Open your eyes and tell me what you see, a great big world as colorful as it can be."

We don't need this primitive stuff from the Arabs.

Where do the metal bands come from?

They're bringing piracy back.

Respect needs to be earned.

Here's a useful resource for artists who need help drawing indoor scenes.

This blogger remembers when we didn't have AO3.

In the internet age, don't get overwhelmed.

They need a headline more enticing than the truth.

Here's the real origin of that quote "Well-behaved women seldom make history."

Trump and humor don't mix.

One way gets results, the other does not.

Assholes need to asshole a bit less.

When you're on a submarine, remember to close the damn door (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

Millennials face a different US economy than earlier generations did.

Those who fell for Trump will fall for lesser con men too.

The underground economy shows us what completely unregulated capitalism looks like.  And it's ugly as hell.

The spoiled-brat brigade takes on Camille Paglia.  The Rex Murphy quote at the end of this is wonderful.

Jonathan Stickland is perhaps the quintessential Republican.

If you can't practice what you preach, quit preaching.

Where will we get the money for all those expensive liberal programs?

She lived a tragic life in a failed culture (that still exists in the midst of our own).

Never forget this episode from Reagan's Presidency.

Even most of those who claim to believe in God don't behave as they would if they really did.

First they came for the.....

Burn in Hell -- you were the wrong kind of ChristianMore here.

The loss of historical memory is dangerous.  Especially the most terrible memory of all.

In Canada, a rape crisis center is defunded in the latest case of political correctness gone mad.

A movie date brought out more truth than this man could handle.

In the forest, remembrance.

Cuba has a ways to go yet.

These religious believers gave their all for the dream of an ideal society.

Biden, pro and con.

Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?

Here's where all the Democratic candidates stand on climate change.

The Republican party is too far down the rabbit hole of rage to ever manage a "return to normalcy".

The phony Biden/Ukraine "scandal" is already falling apart.

Stop being useful idiots for the fascists.

Shower Cap keeps us up to date on the week's madness.

Want more political links?  Here they are.


Blogger Ami said...

As always there are so many links and things to consider that it's almost impossible for me to choose a few to comment on.
So instead I will thank you once again for taking the time to read and post so many mind-expanding things.

12 May, 2019 10:48  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

It's funny how you can find a happy face in just about anything.
I still listen to heavy metal quite a lot even though it doesn't seem to be as popular as it once was.

12 May, 2019 11:33  
Blogger Adam said...

He's a funny guy, clowns usually are.

12 May, 2019 13:35  
Blogger dellgirl said...

Like Ami said...too many interesting links to pick just one or two. Thanks for sharing all this thought provoking info with us.

12 May, 2019 20:34  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

I am late getting here, and I am perusing the links now. I have to make notice of one in particular. My Hilarious President at Fair and Unbalanced sent chills up my spine. I always knew Twitler was devoid of a sense of humor and a sense of irony, but for some reason, that sent shivers up my spine.

Thanks for the C&L link yesterday, Infidel. As always, it is much appreciated.

Hope all your readers who are moms or who celebrated with their moms had a happy Mother's Day.

12 May, 2019 21:19  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

The one about the numbers got me laughing hysterically. Oh the bigots.
And yes, millions of idiots fell for the Dotard and will fall for a lesser con man, too.


13 May, 2019 03:19  
Anonymous NickM said...

As to the Arabic numerals (which are actually Indo-Persian-Arabic*) I have II thoughts...

I) I think there maybe a confusion here by a load of thickos (and it would seem a load) thinking of the Latin alphabet not the numbers.

II) I recall with mournful glee similar results over the lethality of DiHydrogen Monoxide (inhaltion of which can be fatal etc...). That was brilliant. Also, similarly, I recall (on a US university campus - and quite a "good" university) a highly successful campaign, "Against the suffrage of women". That prank gained traction due to the idea that "suffrage" sounds a lot like "suffering".

Infidel, I have a book in the early stages of planning. It is about the history of mathematics in terms of notation. My fundamental idea is that great mathematical insights and their further applications have been enormously facilitated by better formalisms. The Liebniz notation for The Calculus being almost always much easier (and more suggestive) to work with than Newton's fluxions and there are many others such as vectors and symbolic logic and... Well, there's a lot. But place value notation is the Godfather of 'em all. Well, if you ignore the Grand-Godfather which is the idea of abstraction and the symbolic representation thereof. By which I mean things like the idea that two cows can, in some sense, mean the same thing as two pebbles.

*Now that is a stormer for the racists innit? Oh, and I think it was Babylonians who first came up with place value numbers which is why we still use base 60 for some things and why we have 360 degrees in a circle. Now, the later of that is primitive because as everyone with a maths or physics degree (I have both - kinda) knows there are 2pi radians in a circle ;-)

14 May, 2019 17:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks everyone!

Adam, wondering whether you mean Trump or me?

Nonnie, glad to see you back in the blogosphere.

Nick, I doubt these people were "thinking" to even that extent. They just heard "Arabic" and figured it was some bizarre primitive Middle Eastern thing they know nothing about and don't want to.

We call them "Arabic numerals" because we ourselves learned of them from the Arabs, who got them directly from India (due to geography in both cases). In Arabic, those same numerals are called arqâm Hindiyyah, "Indian numbers".

I don't know much about mathematics, but positional notation seems to be very important. Considering how close the Babylonians apparently came to calculus even without them, I have wondered how much further Classical-era science might have progressed, if theBabylonians or the Greeks had thought of positional notation.

14 May, 2019 20:09  

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