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Tuesday links

  • Yeah, baby. Implanted microchips are gonna be the next happenin’ thing. So let’s all get ourselves chipped. You know, just because. It’ll be even better than that tattoo you got last time you got falling-down drunk. (H/T PT)
  • Heh. Maybe Trump will fire Sessions. Not for the right reasons, of course. But whatever the reason, wouldn’t you love to see the forfeiture-craving, reefer-madness believing attorney general go?
  • Apparently, presenting evidence against your position is now an ad hominem attack. Must be nice to be a snowflake.
  • Artificial intelligence isn’t as smart as it occasionally looks.
  • Clergypersons take magic mushrooms in a Johns Hopkins experiment. Spiritual research.
  • In case you wanted to know: the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • It’s the latest bit of “take with a grain of salt” research. But personally I’m rather fond of this one. Want to live longer? Be neurotic. Yeah, I can get behind that.
  • More grains of salt needed, but fascinating nevertheless. What happens if the next supervolcano eruption blasts Naples, Italy (and vast surroundings)? or anywhere else, for that matter?
  • Albert Camus on three antidotes to the absurdity of life.
  • We the Ceaselessly Outraged should stop fighting over all that other poisonous stuff and focus our wrath on Grover Cleveland. 😉


  1. rochesterveteran
    rochesterveteran July 25, 2017 6:44 am

    Yeah, baby. Implanted microchips are gonna be the next happenin’ thing. So let’s all get ourselves chipped.

    The company who is a pioneer in RFID chip implants is named Digital Angel, talk about a deceitful and misleading name! Digital Angel in league with the Antichrist in providing the mark of the beast to a business near you!

  2. Bear
    Bear July 25, 2017 7:20 am

    As I noted elsewhere, I’ll believe in miraculous AI when banks’ algorithms stop flagging next-town purchases as suspicious while allowing unauthorized cosmetics billing from China.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 25, 2017 9:26 am

    I’s heard that there were secret meetings between the Czar and Grover.

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold July 25, 2017 1:47 pm

    Our small-town hospital is proud of their new gizmo, so my wife just did a newspaper story on it. When a baby pops out now they no longer take ink footprints and send them off to be filed. Now they just roll up their new cart, scan both little feet, enter personal details, and zap it all off to a national database.

    Based on Windows 10, AI will be very good at doing things the way I don’t want them done.

    At least a supervolcano will cool down the global warming folks.

  5. Pat
    Pat July 25, 2017 2:12 pm

    larryarnold – Out of curiosity, what does scanning the feet show? I’m nor sure I understand how it works.

    Also out of curiosity, how did your wife write it up – explaining how it worked to the readership, or was there any degree of questioning why or of sending it to a national database?

  6. Laird
    Laird July 25, 2017 6:31 pm

    I would be very happy if Trump were to fire Sessions, whatever his reason. There is nothing about Sessions that I like. Of course, if Trump were to replace him with someone like, oh, Rudy Giuliani, that might not be much of an improvement. I suppose one could argue “stick with the devil you know”, but like Mae West (“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before”) I’d prefer to take my chances with a new devil.

    Frankly, I got nothing out of that article about Camus. Of course, I’ve never gotten much out of Camus, period; I generally find him opaque. (And it didn’t help that the article wasn’t very well written; she got off to a very poor start by completely misusing “eulogize” in the first sentence, and it never got much better.)

    I suppose we could fight about Grover Cleveland (and I very much liked Fiene’s comment that “it’s not too late for us to start hating each other like civilized human beings again”). A better topic might be whether Pluto is a planet or not. But William Howard Taft would be more fun.

  7. larryarnold
    larryarnold July 25, 2017 7:33 pm

    what does scanning the feet show?

    A newborn’s fingers are too small to show fingerprint details, so long before I was born hospitals started collecting infant footprints for identification. The feet grow and the print patterns expand, but the print features can be used to link prints even after the child grows up.

    The article was mainly how it’s much easier to use a scanner than it is to spread ink smoothly over a ticklish foot, press the tiny, squirmy foot against a footprint card well enough to get a readable print, then clean up the mess.

    As a side effect, the baby prints became parent keepsakes. Google “baby footprint art.” Also, the db is the “National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,” so who can object to that?

    Besides, what are we afraid of? The infants have only been here an hour or so, and if they haven’t done anything wrong, there’s nothing to fear. Right?


  8. Pat
    Pat July 25, 2017 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the info and link.

    I can see where it would be easier for medical staff, but doubt it would help for ID over time. Feet change, spread out or flatten, get callused, etc. I never thought footprints were good for significant ID; I doubt scans will be either.

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