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Given the strong response (124 comments!) to the recent post of my Harvard Business Review article on Artificial Intelligence and the rise of the Zero Economic Value citizen, I thought you might like this new piece from the BBC World on a similar topic.
For those of you not particularly interested in this topic, you may enjoy learning how this particular piece of news ‘sausage’ was made. Even this fourth generation newspaperman was surprised by the many turns it took.
We received our notice today of our 2015 health insurance rates. As per predictions, our costs are going up dramatically. For our Bronze HSA plan, our rates for 2015 are going up by 25.55%. You read that right – our insurance costs are going up by over 25% this year, on the cheapest, most bare-bones […]
The new Hobbit trilogy is a one pound bag with three pounds of manure. Some failures are predictable: we know that Michael Bay’s Middle Earth would have more explosions than elves and that Tim Burton would spend most of our time in Mirkwood and Moria. Peter Jackson made a masterpiece with his Fellowship of the Ring, perhaps because a limited budget forced him to keep the focus on the fairy tale and to edit out some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s weaker moments (I am rewatching it as I type to remind myself what a good movie looks like). Jackson wisely cut Tom Bombadil and Glorfindel, and he also built up Arwen’s role so her later marriage to Aragorn would make sense. In contrast, Jackson seems to have gotten an unlimited budget for his Hobbit trilogy, which falls short because Tolkien’s fairy tale was never meant to be an epic.
Putting in a quick note for those of you missing out on your weekly Saturday Night Science due to the Annual Week of Rest. Several weeks ago as you no doubt recall, John Walker put up his weekly Saturday Night Science discussing Fab Labs. Briefly enough the promise of a fab lab is a place […]
User expectations are instant real time. I do not understand why My Feed is not immediately reflecting comments I have done on another post. Read More View Post
“We were reminded of this very phrase on Saturday when Raul Castro took to Cuban television to reassure everyone that the normalization of US relations with Cuba last week did not mean an end to communism.” Read More View Post
My family and I just spent a few days at the beach over Christmas. Naturally, I thought about sharks. It’s my only thought at the beach. I don’t like sharks. I don’t see the point of sharks except to terrify us and their fellow aquatic creatures. So, early this year, when the government of Western […]
I was pulled over last week and given a traffic ticket (warning for running stop sign, ticket for expired registration). When I was pulled over I admitted the offense and ended up thanking the officer for not giving me a moving violation ticket. I had no thought that I was in any way profiled (other […]
Last night, I was reading Generations of Chevrons: A History of the Enlisted Force published by the Air Force History and Museums Program. The title isn’t specific enough, since this is a history of the U.S. Air Force’s enlisted force, and the other services aren’t included except for occasional comparisons. I didn’t read the whole […]
Zweig evoked an enchanted world, ordered toward comfort and high culture. He told me that I lived in a place where everything reliable and good had been twice destroyed, like pieces in a peaceful game of chess swept to the floor by the hand of some passing sadist. And he wrote of a spiritual force […]
Restraint is the main ingredient in civilization. Women and the structure of marriage restrain men. Loyal opposition and the law restrain politicians. Left to their own devices each are capable of wreaking unimaginable chaos. As we look at the New Year before us we may be heading into dangerous territory. The punditry is pushing the […]
I notice when I bring up the Ricochet site, I’m getting minor certificate errors. In Mozilla Firefox, when I bring up the Page Info for ricochet.com, I’m informed that “This website does not supply ownership information.” I get similar errors when using Silk on my Kindle Fire. Read More View Post
“Wasteland 2” finally came out. This is a game set in a post-apocalyptic world, sort of like a Spaghetti Western with robots, cyborgs, energy weapons, black humor…and giant robot scorpions. Read More View Post
Last night my wife and I were at a dinner party for a friend’s birthday. We got on to the topic of what everybody was watching on the telly, which is to say, what we were streaming on our various devices because nobody likes to sit through commercials and everyone likes to binge watch.
The guests were all from a small liberal arts (and I do mean liberal) college from Maryland called Goucher, just west of Baltimore. This group have a bit of the ol’ Leftist moral superiority about them in that they went to college, do not go to church, and go out of their way to overcorrect their accents when they talk — it’s quite comical to hear, actually.
Christmas may in some ways be just another opportunity for those on the left to undermine the traditional American Character. But the basic element of that character which is being undermined is in many ways the most enduring and therefore the one that has to be eroded the most for “fundamental transformation” to occur. There […]
A problem with owning real estate, in particular farm land, in Costa Rica (CR) is that some of their laws have not been updated since Columbus gave the place its name. The original lawmakers wanted people to get out of the capital, San Jose, to develop the land so they drafted very generous homestead laws […]
I was a teenager, and it was church camp (or perhaps a weekend retreat? Memory blurs). We were being led through a role-playing game. We were each given a quantity of play money. Read More View Post
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Read More View Post