No, Young People Are Not At Serious Risk From Covid

In early October we began hearing stories about children needing protection from Covid-19. This came as the vaccine makers and government were preparing to approve the drugs for younger age groups. The New York Times ran a piece on October 6, 2021, which pointed out that side effects of the mRNA vaccines “may be more…

Reading Boring PDFs For Science

For various reasons, the government has decided to discourage people from understanding the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines as of August, 2021. Instead, the health bureaucracies have taken a PR campaign approach by continually pushing vaccines as a panacea, blaming dissenters for the crisis. As a result, the public is more confused and fearful than…

The Right To Speculate

Freedom of speech online is now being challenged as part of crackdown on a nebulous category called “misinformation.” “Misinformation” is defined so broadly that it includes opinion, conjecture, and speculation – the building blocks of free thought. Hidden behind this wiggle-word “misinformation” is a whole host of normal mental activities that we use everyday, including…

Toward A Simple Life

For many years now, I have been circling around an idea that I have decided to put under the label “simple life.” A “simple life” could mean almost anything, so I will make some concrete assertions of what I mean by this term. Someone living a “simple life” can be described in the following terms….

The Abuse of Contact Tracing

On April 10, 2020 a partnership was announced between the two dominant smartphone OS makers, Apple and Google. They would introduce a new contact tracing system for the purpose of alerting users if they had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2. While this announcement was largely cheered by uninformed members of the public, technology experts were concerned…

I Don’t Care What You Believe, I Am Interested In How You Think

In the U.S. today, the default mode of thinking is motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning is an ineffective, dangerous way of approaching the world, as it leads to incorrect and unreliable conclusions. Motivated reasoning allows our emotions to guide our perception of the world, instead of reason. It is by this method that most people claim…

Buying Cryptocurrencies Is Not Investing

Blockchain is an interesting and useful technology. It may revolutionize contracts and may serve as the underlying backend to the decentralized internet or internet(s) of the future. But cryptocurrencies themselves are not useful. They do not solve any economic problems, nor do they allow anyone to do anything that was not already possible without cryptocurrencies….

Review of Dell U2720Q

The U2720Q is Dell’s latest 27 inch entry in its “ultra sharp” category of monitors. I previously owned both a P2715Q and a U2711. The “ultra sharp” Dell monitors (beginning with a U prefix) are superior products, while the P series is nothing to write home about. The U2711 was probably my favorite monitor that…

Think For Yourself (Before It’s Too Late)

Is there a bubble? Yes, sure. Is there going to be a market crash? Yes, absolutely. Should you pull your money out of the US stock market and instead invest in speculative alternative digital “currencies”? No. No, you should not. Let us say for the sake of argument that we assume that the United States…

In Spite of Everything, I Still Like My MacBook

My current computer setup is a MacBook Air and a Thelio desktop. I arrived at this point while trying to create a setup that would be both useable for writing (which is what I mainly use my home computers for) and some dev work and tinkering, which laptops still tend to be a little bit…