Fun personal questions February 21, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Questions, Responses.
Tags: fun, personal, Questions
The Shameful Sheep posted a set of questions that are pretty much just light and fun personal stuff. Since I can use some light and fun right now, I thought I’d do them. If you like substance in your blog reading, you might want to skip this one.
Big Game Leftovers February 7, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Humor.
Tags: Big Game, Cake, Cake Wrecks, fun, stupidity, Superbowl
Continuing the quest to cheer myself up, I continue my tribute that that most wonderful of websites: CakeWrecks.
Today I walked to the local grocery to pick up a salad for lunch, and as usual I checked the marked down bakery shelf to see if there was anything not too stale for a reasonable price. I’m so glad I did. It was full of sad, lonely
Superbowl Big Game cakes, that had not sold for what will be obvious reasons. I didn’t have my phone with me to snap photos, so I had to bring the two worst offenders home with me. Not that they cost much, they were 75% off.
These deserve their own closeups:
Sad color, a mysterious yellow icing blob on one side, and “Go Folcons”? Or is that “Go Folcone”?
Well alrighty then. This is a bit brighter, and might be spelled correctly. Once again, there’s a mysterious yellow icing blob on one side. At first I thought that rectangle might have been meant to be a sportsball field, but then I realized that it says “LI” on a white background smudged in red, with red, white and blue sprinkles, leaving it barely legible. And the rest of the cake has star shaped sprinkles. Because everything is better with sprinkles!
They may be sad, but we’re still going to eat them!
Dog ate his homework February 2, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants, Responses.
Tags: Book Report, Drumpf, Frederick Douglass, president, Samantha Bee, stupidity, twitler
At a speech about Black History Month, Hair Twitler said this:
“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”
So Frederick Douglass is still alive? Wut?
And then I realized what this reminds me of. This is the book report from the kid who goofed off and didn’t bother to read the book. You know, this:
I’m not the first to have noticed this, though. Back during the campaign there was a marvellous Twitter stream of Drumpf’s “hasn’t read the book book reports”: https://twitter.com/antoniofrench/status/788928579086217216?lang=en
Of course, we already know that Il Douche can’t actually read. So no surprise there.
Weather Report January 20, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants.
Tags: Grumpy Cat, politics, Weather
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Today’s weather headline:
Weather for Trump’s Inauguration Day will be damp, dreary
Inner Demons January 19, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Books, Brain Glitches, Responses.
Tags: Cognitive Biases, critical thinking, inner demons, religion, Steven Pinker, violence
Still reading Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of our Nature. I’ve just finished the chapter on what it is about human brains that leads us into violence that ought to be avoidable. Again, this chapter really could be a whole book on its own.
He sums up at the end of this chapter by re-listing five “inner demons” and I think his list is a good summary. He didn’t number the list, but I’m going to here:
- People, especially men, are overconfident in their prospects for success; when they fight each other, the outcome is likely to be bloodier than any of them thought.
- People, especially men, strive for dominance for themselves and their groups; when contests of dominance are joined, they are unlikely to sort the parties by merit and are likely to be a net loss for everyone.
- People seek revenge by an accounting that exaggerates their innocence and their adversaries’ malice; when two sides seek perfect justice, they condemn themselves and their heirs to strife.
- People can not only overcome their revulsion to hands-on violence but acquire a taste for it; if they indulge it in private, or in cahoots with their peers, they can become sadists.
- And people can avow a belief they don’t hold because they think everyone else avows it; such beliefs can sweep through a closed society and bring it under the spell of a collective delusion. (pg 570)
The chapter has a really detailed examination of each of these points. This is a really interesting book, and I wish it was required reading for every politician before they were allowed to take office.
Self-delusion January 14, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Brain Glitches, Questions, Responses.
Tags: belief, Cognitive Biases, critical thinking, delusions, lies, religion, Steven Pinker
I’m reading Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. It’s an enormous and thorough work on the decline of violence. Each chapter could really be a book on it’s own, and it’s taking me a really long time to work through it.
A day or so ago, though, this sentence jumped out at me. It’s in a section where he’s discussing why humans tend to think they are more competent, smarter, and luckier than they actually are:
“… Positive illusions are a bargaining tactic, a credible bluff. In recruiting an ally to support you in a risky venture, in bargaining for the best deal, or in intimidating an adversary into backing down, you stand to gain if you credibly exaggerate your strengths. Believing your own exaggerations is better than cynically lying about it, because the arms race between lying and lie detection has equipped your audience with the means of seeing through barefaced lies.” (pg 512)
Hmm. I’ve been looking for reasons why humans tend to be so good at self-delusion, and this idea could factor into the explanation. But its validity would hinge on humans being reasonably good at detecting lies. I’m not convinced that they are, especially given recent politics.
What do you think?
Friday the 13th drug overdose January 13, 2017Posted by Ubi Dubium in Events, Humor.
Tags: catnip, cats, drugs, Friday the 13th, Humor, superstition
We had a perfect confluence of luck happen today, appropriate for Friday the 13th. Not for us, though. For our black cat.
My spouse called me at work: “The catnip wasn’t sealed! I just knocked it over!” About 1/4 cup had spilled onto the floor. He got most of it up, but not before our Regulus had discovered that a massive overdose of his favorite drug was right in a perfect spot to roll in it.
See how his eyes look like they are vibrating? He’s stoned out of his mind here. Some cats don’t care for nip, but our kitty is a nip fiend.
When he gets a noseful of the stuff, he forgets how gravity works. He’s fine now, as far as we can tell.
Thanksgiving…urm…tradition November 24, 2016Posted by Ubi Dubium in Humor.
Tags: Cake Wrecks, fun, poo, Thanksgiving, turkey
I’m going to try to lighten up, and at least act like I’m feeling better. (Even if I’m not.)
So I’m going to give my personal hat tip to one of my favorite websites, that always makes Thanksgiving more memorable. That website, of course, is Cake Wrecks. Because somehow, one of the things that can lift my spirits is a really ineptly decorated cake.
And every year at this time, Cake Wrecks posts bakeries’ attempts to create turkey cakes. But, since they always use brown icing, the head and neck of the turkey usually come out looking like poo. But sometimes they make it extra special, and they give us –
The traditional thanksgiving poo-wang. Please visit Cake Wrecks today for a splendid selection of these.
Well, a couple of days ago, I was at a
Giant Food supermarket near my office, and I decided to check out the bakery, and was not disappointed.
While not as spectacular as the ones on Cake Wrecks, I certainly got a smile out of what I found, so I snapped a couple of photos of the good ones.
Like winky here.
Or this. I’m not sure what is happening here. I like the Cookie Monster eyes, but I’m having trouble figuring out what is going on with the beak. It seems to be dribbling down his chin.
Hope everybody ate pie today!
What she said November 21, 2016Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants, Responses.
Tags: crap, despair, election, stupidity
I haven’t really been able to post what I think about the election, because I’m still too full of rage and despair to put it together coherently. But I just found this video on Friendly Atheist, and I think Tess Rafferty puts it very well:
So for my own mental health at the moment, I’m going to keep avoiding newspapers, and newscasts, and pretty much anything political, because I need to cope with the rest of my life at the moment, and if I think about what happened I just shut down and can’t do anything. Eventually I may be able to dig in and fight. But, as Tess said “… I may scream when I do and if I start I may not stop.”