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New hero coming to Overwatch

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Tomorrow is a big day. A new hero will be introduced to Overwatch, Orisa, who is a black African female robot, thus adding more diversity to the game and totally destroying the archaic notion that heroes are white male humans.

Orisa will be the third robot hero. We already have the non-talkative nature-loving Bastion, and the Buddhist robot Zenyatta who wanders the world, helping those he meets to overcome their personal struggles and find inner peace.

Zenyatta is the only overtly religious hero. Will Blizzard ever introduce a Christian hero? Don’t count on it.

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March 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Big Little Lies S01E05 “Once Bitten” **spoilers**

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Kind of funny that the title of this episode is “Once Bitten” and Alexander Skarsgård who plays Perry, Celeste’s wife-beating husband, previously played the vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood.

Yes, Eric Northman beats up Celeste again this episode. And the Asian woman who appears briefly in the flash forwards says that she couldn’t imagine Madeline and her beta-male husband Ed having sex. Once again, there’s the contrast between the asshole jerk who makes Celeste have intense orgasms, and the nice-guy Ed who does the opposite to Madeline.

Someone bit Amabella at school, but she refuses to say who did it. Renata goes totally crazy psycho bitch, and she’s sure that Jane’s son Ziggy is the “bully.” But the show seems to be suggesting that Ziggy is innocent. Is Renata crazy psycho bitch enough to murder someone?

Madeline and the good looking theatre director get into a car accident that hurts him more than it hurts her. Perhaps this leads to Ed getting suspicious, finding out that Madeline cheated on him with the theatre guy, and he goes beta-male rage on him?

The episode ends with Jane being pulled over by police for speeding after she visits the interior decorator in San Luis Obispo whom Madeline believes is the guy who raped Jane. The show is trying to suggest that maybe Jane shot the guy because we know she was packing heat. But I am almost sure that’s a red herring. That would make the rest of the show anti-climactic. The murder victim is surely a character who has gotten more airtime than the interior decorator who was only onscreen a few seconds in this episode.

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March 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Posted in Television

Why I don’t buy into the high fructose corn syrup scare

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I remember back in the 1970s, before corn syrup became the primary sweetener used in commercial foods, the health food people said that fructose was healthier than cane sugar because fructose was a “natural” sugar found in fruits while cane sugar was evil processed sugar.

It’s only after mass production of corn syrup sweetener that the health food people started saying the opposite.

This is just a case of whatever seems to be the most “artificial” mass-produced food being picked on, even though all sugars are harvested from natural plants. For the same reason, soda is demonized over fruit juice because soda seems artificial and fruit juice seems natural, but they are both equally unhealthy (assuming that liquids loaded up with sugar are unhealthy).

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One of the most important things I learned from Paul Fussell is that sweet foods are prole, so I have made a conscious effort to eat less sweet food in order to be higher class.

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March 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Videogames in the lives of the unemployed.

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Commenter “Simba of the Blogosphere” brought to my attention a rather long essay at The Economist [link has now been fixed] about the role of videogames in the lives of the unemployed.

There’s a lot of musing about whether the gamers are unhealthfully addicted to the games, or they are benefiting from a distraction from depression, and about whether it makes sense that those who choose to work so they can buy big houses with expensive furniture are lauded, while those who choose not to work to play videogames are looked down upon.

But nothing about the future I’ve envisioned when the government solves the unemployment problem by paying people to play videogames.

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Overwatch got better, but now I think I am growing tired of it. I lose more “ranked” games than I win, and my rank keeps going down and down. Down to 1071, which is in the lowest category. You have to get to 1500 to get to the next skill category (and then you probably get some sort of stupid reward like a new player icon or points towards getting a gold weapon which works the same as a regular weapon except it’s gold). There doesn’t seem to be any chance of me becoming a top player.

In this sense, gaming is just like the real world: I am stuck at the bottom.

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March 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

Posted in Labor Markets

How I discovered the reason for ketchup

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Until recently, I thought ketchup was useless except as something to dip French fries into. But when faced with a rather unpleasant turkey meatloaf, I remembered that Donald Trump likes to put ketchup on his food, so I thought I would give it a try. And amazingly, the ketchup turned the unpleasant turkey meatloaf into something enjoyable!

Thus did I discover the reason for ketchup. As a condiment that overpowers the flavors of food, it will absolutely ruin high quality Manhattan food. (And that even applies to Manhattan-quality hamburgers, you don’t want to ruin them with ketchup.) But when faced with crappy prole food, which is what the majority of America eats, ketchup works wonders.

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March 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Proles

Intranational brain drain

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J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy writes in a NY Times op-ed:

As one of my college professors recently told me about higher education, “The sociological role we play is to suck talent out of small towns and redistribute it to big cities.” There have always been regional and class inequalities in our society, but the data tells us that we’re living through a unique period of segregation.

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March 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Education

Divorce and social class

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Commenters have been touting the extremely misleading statistic that early marriage has a higher likelihood of divorce, forgetting the rule not to confuse correlation with causation.

Higher social class people are less likely to get divorced. Higher social class people don’t marry before they are finished graduating from college, because it’s just not what their social class does.

Thus a marriage that takes place at an age prior to college graduation predicts low social class which in turn predicts a higher likelihood of divorce, but it’s not because they got married at an earlier age, it’s because they came from a bad pedigree in the first place.

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March 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Posted in Males and Females

There’s no premarital sex in Utopia

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Thomas More writes in the book Utopia (as translated by Paul Turner):

Any boy or girl convicted of premarital intercourse is severely punished, and permanently disqualified from marrying, unless this sentence is remitted by the Mayor. The man and woman in charge of the household in which it happens are also publicly disgraced, for not doing their jobs properly. The Utopians are particularly strict about that kind of thing, because they think very few people would want to get married – which means spending one’s whole life with the same person, and putting up with all the inconveniences that this involves – if they weren’t carefully prevented from having any sexual intercourse otherwise.

Thomas More would not have been surprised that, after the so-called sexual revolution, when the belief that premarital sex is sinful came to replaced with the belief that people who don’t have premarital sex are losers, the result would be a severe decline in marriage.

We have a lot sociologists today who are befuddled by the decline, but the relationship between premarital sex and the desire to get married was plain old common sense to a guy living in the early 1500s.

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March 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Girls S06E05 “Gummies”

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I’ve so busy playing Overwatch that I forgot to watch and review Sunday’s episode of Girls.

Good news in this episode. Ray tells Marnie that they’re breaking up, on account of the fact that Marnie is too self-centered to care that Ray is very sad that his coffee house partner died. I’m glad that Ray finally wised up, because no man can have a happy life with Marnie.

When Elijah finds out that Hannah is pregnant and wants to keep the baby, and expects Elijah to act like a surrogate father, Elijah tells Hannah that she’s going to be a terrible mother. Dead on right! Even though Elijah is gay, he still has the common sense of a man.

This episode is revenge of the men.

Also, I love the Hannah look-alike that Adam finds for his movie. Her face is uglier but she has a better body. Not to say that the look-alike isn’t chunky, but her fat is a lot less gross than Lena Dunham’s. When Hanna and the look-alike happen upon each other at the end and have a talk about motherhood, with neither realizing who the other is, it’s a funny scene.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much of Shoshanna this season, she only appears briefly in scenes with Ray. That’s too bad, she’s my favorite girl character. I hope that there will be an arc for her before the series ends.

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March 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Posted in Television

Trump’s taxes: boring subject

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They can only be interesting in a way that’s bad for Trump: if he lied, cheated, did something illegal, etc.

Otherwise, it doesn’t matter what his tax rate was. No one is obligated to pay more taxes than they are legally required to pay, and no one does, not Democrats, not Republicans.

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March 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Posted in Taxes

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