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Saturday, October 29, 2016
  foxholes
people say there are no atheists in foxholes. and that's probably true. right up until the grenade lands in the foxhole. then suddenly everyone's an atheist. i explain. you're prayersquatting in the foxhole to the almighty to keep the grenades out of your foxhole. but one lands next to you anyway. god has ignored you. not cause you're not a good person. but because he doesn't exist. and all your beseechments were for naught. now you have a decision. you can have faith that god will save you. that grenade won't kill you. except it does. you and all your buddies are dead. and go to heaven. which i guess, isn't so bad.

or you can temporarily drop the charade that there's an omnipotent omniscient being that for some reason cares about a worthless shit like you. and smother that grenade to save your buddies from also dying the real true death. they'll immediately go back to their fantasy believing you've gone to heaven. and thanking god for making the grenade land next to you instead of them. because if you don't, all of you suffer permadeath.
 
Friday, October 07, 2016
  trump's net worth
trump's net worth is hard to pin down. it depends on who's asking and who's answering. cause a big chunk of his net worth is the trump brand. which to him is worth $3b or more. depending on how he's feeling at the time. i'm paraphrasing his words here. i'm sure the trump brand would be very valuable to me. but i'm also pretty sure it wouldn't be worth $3b to me. course $1b is outside my world experience. so maybe.

anywho, trump's net worth doesn't seem to have changed much over the past 20 years. the trump haters said it's in the $300m range then. they say the same thing now too. the trump lickers said it was $3b then. they say the same thing now too. which is kinda odd for a self proclaimed genius businessman.

let's see how his wealth gains compare to other genius businessmen over the same period. bill gates went from $14b to $60b. warren buffett went from $17b to $66b. and he famously gave away $30b. liliane bettencourt went from $4b to $40b. so factor of 4 to 10. depending on how much you gave away.

the cold hard facts suggest trump's claim to being a genius businessman, like his net worth, are somewhat exaggerated.
 
Thursday, October 06, 2016
  debates
"smart" people can rapidly exchange complex ideas with words. "simple" people trying to follow along quickly get lost. not because they are stupid. but because the topic is outside their world experience. the simple person is aware of this. and promptly labels the smart people smart. the simple person can tell from cues, like being happy, who won the exchange. and hence who is smarter.

smart people talk to trump. quickly get frustrated. cause he's incoherent. he can't complete a sentence much less a thought. smart people get angry call him bad names. like idiot, scumbag, liar, crooked, etc. simple person watches the exchange. quickly gets lost. same as before. determines these two people must be smart. stops listening. starts watching to see who wins the exchange. and hence is smarter. the smart person is unhappy. trump is smiling. seems pretty clear trump won.
 
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
  "fix"
if something isn't broken, don't fix it. yeah, i'm looking at you microsoft. windows 10 seems to have lost the ability to control volume of each app individually. that was a really nice feature. especially when every third web page has an auto start video. open a few pages and cacophony. sheehs. but the geniuses at micrsoft decided we don't need that in windows 10. i guess they get kickbacks from the obnoxious ads. or think they'd get more if i had to listen to them. which i don't. fortunately, the feature isn't gone for good. you just have add a registry key. i followed these instructions. am happier now. fuck you microsoft.
 
Saturday, October 01, 2016
  damocleans
stories grow in the telling. damocles was originally a highly imaginative janitor. and the sword was a plunger suspended over a toilet. it's also the origin of calling the toilet a throne.
 
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