If so, it doesn’t seem to have done us much good.
Another symptom of what bothers me about Google (and probably Bing too): “If you live in India, Google Maps shows you Arunachal Pradesh in India; if you live in China, Google Maps shows you Arunachal Pradesh definitely in China.” (seen here) It’s a variation on the filter bubble you may not know you’re in when the search engine shows you what it thinks you want.
Lately I’ve been searching with Duck Duck Go. It works well and has some helpful features, and they say they don’t track you.
Back in the day when Dick Cheney’s grandfather illegally imposed daylight savings time, the implementation was limited by the available technology of mechanical clocks and Morse telegraphy. If the clocks were to be changed, they about had to be advanced one full hour in the Spring, then put them back one full hour in the fall. Thanks to Al Gore’s creative genius, with help from Shockly and Berners-Lee, we are now in a position to do it right.
Instead of making the change over one night, with all the attendant disruption, inconvenience, and confusion, we can make the change continuously throughout the year. We can vary the length of the second continuously 23.889/7.00008/365.312, or whatever. This offers several advantages.
It will be necessary to create a whole new federal department, just to keep track of what time it is, what time it was, what time it will be later, and the historical and proposed intervals between events. The hiring will reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy.*
Since time is money, the government will be able to borrow money at near-zero interest by adjusting the time-stream.
It’s generally recognized that at some point you’ve had enough time. By redistributing the accumulated excess of the privileged to those in need, we will have a more just society.
Productivity and business profits will soar as the length of a second is increased during the work day and shortened at night. If the economy starts to overheat, the second length can be decreased.
The increased government oversight will keep us all on our toes and make us all better people. A limited number of waivers will be available upon application.
Since speed is the ratio of distance to time, we can change velocities with local selective temporary adjustments to the second length. This could be used to smooth out wind speeds during meteorological events, thereby mitigating storm damage. The frustratingly slow traffic of rush hours will be eliminated by providing time-expanded and time-reduced lanes on major arterial highways.
Successful trial lawyers will make a boatload of money.
Some Wall Street firms will make a boatload of money.
It might be possible to use similar technology to stop global warming, by adjusting the temperature scales in the summer.
Some naysayers claim daylight savings time is a disruptive nuisance that inconveniences everyone, costs a fortune, and does no more good than cutting an inch off a shoelace and tying it to the other end. These gun-toting Bible-thumpers with their degrees from State U have nothing to offer but ad hominem attacks, and are best ignored.
* Studies by NPR journalists indicate that one federal employee costs $128,000 per year, and adds $375,000 to the economy. Borrowing money to hire more federal employees is the path to universal prosperity, scientists say.
“The pace is slower. You don’t have a new visual image to process every 3.5 seconds, and people watch and apparently listen and then go back and watch again. So I’m very encouraged by that. It may be that there are limits to how much the human psyche can take of this fast-moving imagery that has been a characteristic of American television for many years. The Nielsen people tell us that television is on about close to eight hours a day in the average American household, so maybe there are limits to how much imagery people can process.” — Neil Postman, 30 August, 1992
There’s a limit to how much fast-moving imagery I can watch – the onset of nausea; and not in some airy existential sense. Is there a limit to how much humans can take? Maybe. But Postman said that in 1992. Today there is more blinking, flashing screen-trash than ever, and now TV includes pop-ups, pop-unders, pictures within pictures bracketed by scrolling text, all in gigantic high-definition. A noisy bar with a disco ball seems charmingly old-fashioned.
Dinner is to lutefisk as candy is to ____________?
Linus Torvalds is the brilliant programmer responsible for Linux. It’s a good thing he didn’t go into the candy business instead.
Fluid mechanics is where it all began to go wrong for me. The last thing I remember is the Professor saying something about Pasha Pasha Tea.
Another triumph of hope over experience
“A superweed spreading throughout the UK could be brought under control by introducing plant-eating predators from Japan, scientists believe.”
Hmm, maybe the scientists can import a predator to deal with the Asian lady beetles they imported to deal with the soybean aphids.
- Feynmann on Algebra: “A series of steps, by which you could get the answer if you didn’t understand what you were trying to do.”
- “If you sleep around on your spouse you are a bad person, and to hell with your future in politics” — Vito’s Problems and Ours, h/t
- “Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year…” — Wolfson: Edwards’ Cover-up Cost Clinton the Nomination
- Sorry, I can’t muster a lot of outrage about Russia invading the sovereign nation of Georgia. Like the Cajun says about France and Germany, Georgia is part of Russia whenever Russia wants it. Likewise South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Berzerkistan, and Elbonia. You only get a nation if you can take it and keep it. UPDATE: Or I may be completely wrong: There is Fly in Ointment; A moral equivalence test and a modern day Guernica
- Apoplexy and spasms at Walmart