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This is something I overheard a California expat say about her new digs in the Lone Star State. Hailing as I do from the frozen north where look askance at anything spicier than sharp cheddar I figure I’m unqualified to judge. On this Taco Tuesday, the holiest of the holy days of the Taco Week, […]

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Looking at the lists of books in Mr. Scrubb’s post I’ve got a challenge for y’all: At any meetup you see me at this year ask me how many books I’ve read, year-to-date. If you’ve read more than me I’ll buy you a drink. If you got there without padding the list with seven hundred […]

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Statistics Question: How Old is this Bar?

 

What you’re looking at is a bar made by arranging roughly a hundred bucks* in pennies over the surface and coating them in plastic. I can read the dates off of some of the pennies (those that aren’t flipped upside down), but quite obviously not all the pennies were minted in the same year.

Here’s the question: Judging solely by the dates these pennies were minted what year was this bar constructed? How many dates would I** need to read to have a reasonable confidence in that answer? Should I bother taking dates off of the dull pennies, or only focus on the shiny new ones?

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A hush falls over the crowd. The sweating and blooded survivors await judgement. Yes my friends, another Ricochet Dork Contest has drawn to a close. It’s time to tally up the victorious, the dead, and the dead sexy. Maybe not that last one. Regardless! Threads degrade over time; comments receive less likes the further in […]

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The PIT is 23, and finally finished college this year. A year late, but that’s not so bad, right?  On the plus side, the PIT graduated. On the minus side, ‘ol PITsy went to a not so good–but also expensive–school with a less than sterling reputation, and was injudicious in choosing a major. (Did you […]

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It may have been forced to take a year off due to the Commie Crud, but Germanfest in Milwaukee is back and hopefully at least as good as ever! And due to popular demand, by which I mean @katiekoppelman, the Ricochet Meetup that goes along with it is coming back too. I would explain what […]

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There was only one PIT and that was PIT 22, which specified that not commenting in the PIT was the process of a rational mind. @arehant was crazy and didn’t have to comment. All he had to do was stop; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have […]

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You’ve done it now; you’ve wandered into international waters. You just had to ignore common sense, common decency, and even the sailor’s superstition that these are cursed shores. And what do you find? Behold the PIT. Like our very own libertarian billionaire’s model island state nestled away in the howling back country of the Member […]

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If the USA and the USSR let loose with the ICBMs, what would the world look like after? While I’ve read plenty of post apocalyptic literature, the game ATOM RPG constitutes the first serious study of what life might be like in the burned remnants of the old Soviet Union. (And if you were hoping […]

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On Crises, and the Wasting Thereof

 

First, I will admit that I have, perhaps, not been paying as much attention to the coronavirus (or as I like to call it, the ‘Rona) as maybe I should.  But crass as it may be, it also seems that there are opportunities here.

I’ve been thinking about the quote by Rahm Emanuel, “never let a crisis go to waste.” When it came out, it was much maligned by conservatives, and rightly so, for many reasons, foremost of which, as seen most recently with Nancy Pelosi, is that it isn’t a great look to be seen to attempt to advance political goals when in the midst of said crisis.

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Sit back for another edition of Ricochet Silent Radio! Once again it’s time to check back in with the knuckle-dusters of the intelligence community, the six-shooter samurais that protect our way of life, Whiskey Sam Dagger Hate! Turn your mind to that flashing rhinestone of the desert, Las Vegas, […]

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What Have I Got in My Pocket?

 

This isn’t the actual question I’m looking for an answer to today, but it is where it starts. Friday morning, I found something on Twitter that had me thinking all day and has generated more than its fair share of discussion, so I’ve decided it needs a post of its own. The line was “I don’t always carry all the groceries on one arm, but when I do, my keys are in the wrong pocket.”

Now, this was quite frankly shocking to me. I mean, who changes up the location of where their keys are? The items I carry every day go into the same locations every day. Apparently this is not universal behavior, so one does when faced with such a problem, I decided to take it to Ricochet.

Forgotten Debates

 

With all the focus on current issues, I was reminded recently that it is possible to lose focus on the timeless debates, that might not have a true answer but must be considered in order to have perspective on where we’ve come from to where we’re going.

I’m speaking, of course, on the ancient struggle between “Great Taste” and “Less Filling.” Now, I can’t say which is the correct perspective, nor would I presume to tell other people what they should think. What I can do is provide information on how great thinkers of the past considered the question, and thereby perhaps help others gain insight on the question.

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Due to the success of last year’s Milwaukee Meetup 1: The Sprecherung and by popular demand* we’ll be having another meetup in the Cream City. Following the pattern established last year, the tentative dates will be July 26-28.  The itinerary, such as it is, will also be following last year’s patterns, though it is subject […]

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How to Build a Computer 28: Video Edition!

 

Coming to you taped from the Wastes of Wisconsin Winter we present a special video edition of how to build a computer. In this post I take apart a hard drive and look at the bits piece by piece. Thrills, chills, blood and laughter, folks this film has it all! And at a price so low I’m practically giving it away.

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Willie: Welcome to another edition of Thunderdome! Boy oh boy this time we’ve got a real treat for you! We’re broacasting live from the History’s Sneakiest Bastards Connive-Off Invitational, and let me tell you we’ve seen some really underhanded dealings today. The skullduggery is only going to get better from here so stay tuned! As […]

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Recently the comment was made that if Ricochet ends, we won’t be figuring out who was the winner, and my thought was “Well not with that attitude it isn’t.” I followed that up with some more thoughts about how I would go about determining who is in fact winning Ricochet, and this post is the […]

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