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Bad News

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In the near future, I will be returning to full time work (hourly 1099) and I won’t be able to blog during the day, and I’ll also have to give up my careers as Overwatch Hero and virtual truck driver.

I”m worried that the work will be so boring that I won’t be able to do it for 8 hours a day.

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March 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Labor Markets

Girls S06E06 “Full Disclosure”

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Several commenters demanded that I write about Sunday’s episode of Girls.

This is primarily an Elijah episode. Hannah and Marnie also appear. Not appearing in this episode at all: Adam, Jessa, Ray, Shoshanna. Shoshanna hasn’t had any role in this season since the WEMUN mixer. Did Lena Dunham grow bored with the character?

Given that Elijah is more likable than any of the female leads, even though he’s gay, it was mostly an enjoyable episode, and I even liked the sassy thick black girl whom Elijah befriends at the White Men Can’t Jump audition.

Dill, Elijah’s ex-boyfriend and TV-news-personality, returns for an appearance. A poorly written appearance. Dill as an emotional wreck is just dumb and not believable and we’ve already had enough of this with Marnie’s ex-husband Desi. And I choose to ignore the whole Dill wanted to buy a “white baby” scandal. Luckily, Elijah told Dill to get lost, so presumably that’s the last we will see of him.

Hannah talks, by phone, with Paul Luis, the surfing instructor who’s the father of her child. Paul Luis wants nothing to do with a baby. Hannah cries afterwards. What the hell did she expect? Of course you have to wonder about the bad advice of other characters on the show urging Hannah to call him.

Allison Williams who plays Marnie looks very anorexic. It’s not pleasant.

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March 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Posted in Television

Free phone call with Google Voice and Google Hangouts

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I just discovered that you can make free phone calls from your computer using Google Voice and Google Hangouts (of course you’ll need a headset or usb phone). Good to know!

It works best using the Chrome browser.

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March 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Technology

American Truck Simulator bugs

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Look at that 65 mph speed limit sign on a regular city street. One of many bugs in this game. It’s not as polished as Overwatch.

But still, not buggy enough to make me stop playing. A very strangely enjoyable game. Although I don’t see myself become one of those total truck-sim geeks with a steering wheel gas/brake/clutch pedals setup that costs hundreds of dollars, plus side monitors to see your left and right mirrors.

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March 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Reminder: before Obamacare, poor people got free healthcare

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I read a lot of comments like “I don’t want no Obamacare because I don’t want my tax dollars to pay for the healthcare of no poor people”

Well here’s a fact for you: before Obamacare, poor people still had free healthcare.

1. Medicaid predates Obamacare.
2. Before Obamacare, under the EMTALA passed when Reagan was president, emergency medical providers (like hospitals) must treat everyone who has an emergency medical condition or is in labor, regardless of their ability to pay.
3. Everyone 65+ had Medicare.

Obamacare expanded healthcare subsidies to those who are less poor, the working poor and yes even the middle class. Yes, those making the median household income (currently $51,759 per year) are eligible for Obamacare subsidies.

Healthcare for all makes sense for middle-class tax payers. They are already being taxed for healthcare for poor people and seniors, they might as well pay a little more tax and get the benefit themselves.

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March 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

Posted in Politics

Big Little Lies S01E06 “Burning Love” **Spoilers**

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We still don’t know who’s the murderer or the murder victim. We still don’t even know who bullied Amabel.

I was correct, last week, that Jane’s trip to see the interior decorator in San Luis Obispo was a red herring. For starters, he was the wrong guy. And then, in this episode, Jane and Renata make up, so Jane is out of the running.

I still think that Ed being the murderer because of beta-male rage is the best bet. Madeline’s affair with the theatre director is about to get out to everyone. The theatre director’s wife accused Madeline of being the other woman. And then Madeline confessed to her daughter, Abigail (who wants to auction off her virginity on the internet and donate the proceeds to Amnesty International).

The best scene: Madeline’s ex-husband, Nathan, eating Coco Puffs for breakfast in order to annoy his health-food nut wife Bonnie (played by Zoë Kravitz). How could any man put up with Bonnie’s new-agey crap? Well, I’m sure that Ed would put up with it, that is until he goes crazy with beta-male rage and kills someone.

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March 27, 2017 at 1:01 am

Posted in Television

Medicaid-for-all much less expensive than private insurance!

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If you look at this chart you’ll see that average Medicaid spending per adult (which I presume are those adults who don’t qualify for Medicare) was only $3,247 per year in FY2011.

That’s a lot less money per enrollee than the cost of Obamacare insurance policies. Plus Medicaid covers 100% of medical expenses, not like crappy Obamacare plans that come with huge deductibles and copays and where you have to fight with the insurance company over every bill to avoid being ripped off.

Less expensive per enrollee plus 100% free coverage plus better customer service.

So why can’t scrap our private-insurance-based health system and just go with Medicaid?

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March 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Elite schools only admit “leaders”

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I enjoyed reading this essay at the New York Times, despite the subtle bashing of Donald Trump.

I am almost certain that the girl in the essay who’s a cellist and biomedical engineering major is Asian. It does seem to me that the demand for “leadership” is one of the ways that elite schools manage to discriminate against Asians.

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March 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Education

American Truck Simulator screenshot

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Leaving Phoenix, AZ, headed towards Las Vegas, NV.

Those crazy stacked highway interchanges is just like how I remember driving in Phoenix! However, 99% of the actual city of Phoenix is missing. There’s just a few highways.

This game is strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have a video card and a game controller.

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March 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

Posted in Politics

Criticism of religion (including Islam) is a criticism of ideas

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I found the following reader comment at a Salon.com article :

Criticism of religion is a criticism of ideas. Religion is not an indelible attribute like skin color or sexual orientation. At some point a person chooses to accept a set of ideas. And some of these ideas are bad. It is perfectly valid for a person to say, “I do not want people who hold these bad ideas living in my community.” That is not bigotry. It is critical thinking.

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Commenter Gilbert Ratchet has the correct answer:

You’re wrong, of course. Criticism of CHRISTIANITY, being the historic religion of the majority of Americans, is criticism of an idea and needs to be encouraged. Criticism of anything else (e.g. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Jainism, or Hinduism), being minority faiths in the US, is criticism of an identity and absolutely forbidden.

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March 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

Posted in Religion

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