Unexpected physics

Leftovers & links #36
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Me and an acquaintance were talking about racism, something we know very little about. We’re both white liberals, probably racists like most people, but we try to treat every human equally. For me that means, with equal disdain.

Acquaintance said, “I don’t understand the appeal of racism.”

Thought about that for an hour or so, and maybe I do see the appeal. Racism makes lesser people feel less lesser. For lesser people, that seems to be almost irresistible. It’s sad, but for millions of the lesser people among us I think their racism is the only thing they’ve got. Small wonder they never want to let it go.

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Someone asked, and the answer is yes, there will be a few more Breakfast at the Diner entries. They’ve become very difficult to write, though. The diner is an interesting place, but there’s a limit to how many times I want to type (or anyone wants to read) about the guy who always says, “Damned good coffee.”

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Unexpected physics: I did a load of laundry yesterday afternoon, finishing up at about 4:00. Being lazy, I left the clean clothes in the laundry basket overnight. Now it’s 9:00 the next morning, so 17 hours later, and the t-shirts and underwear in the middle of the laundry basket are still warm.

There’s something beautiful about that. 

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I’m largely anti-social, and believe that most human-to-human contact is a waste of time for all humans involved. There’s value in human contact, enormous value, and I want it — but I try to keep the quality of my human contacts high, and the quantity low.

With that motivation, I don’t much give a damn whether any random person enjoys this post, or likes this website, or thinks I’m a schmuck. I am a schmuck. From experience, I expect “any random person” to detest me and anything I write, and that’s better than OK by me. It’s terrific, actually.

Everything here is written and curated for me. It’s also for anyone who finds it amusing, and it’s especially for the very few people who think sorta the same weird way I do. For those very few, it’s an invitation to say howdy.

Everyone else can fuck off.

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Trump testifies for over 4 hours in deposition about 2015 alleged assault at Trump Tower

[Attorney Benjamin Dictor] declined to characterize Trump's testimony or answer whether he believed it to be truthful.

"The President was exactly how you would expect him to be, he answered questions the way you would expect Mr. Trump to answer questions, and conducted himself in a manner that you would expect Mr. Trump to conduct himself," Dictor said.

That bad, eh?

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Everyone’s always enjoyed gawking at car wrecks, right?

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Much like working class people aren’t really wanted today, working class people were not particularly welcome at America’s grand centennial celebration in Philadelphia.

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Drop some acid today, to stay healthy.

People who have tried a psychedelic drug at least once in their lifetime have lower odds of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. 

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In my younger years I tried all sorts of alternatives to an ordinary home or apartment, but I never tried living in a box truck. Getting it built would be expensive, of course, but with no rent it would pay for itself in not too many years. 

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What Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis did wrong was getting caught.

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How the cheapest electric car in the world held up after one year 

It held up pretty well, and I’m still mildly intrigued. These inexpensive Chinese-made cars are being imported to America now, at a cost of about $10,000 delivered to your door. They’re generally not street-legal, though, which renders the whole idea sadly moot, at least for me.

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When Geeks Collide: This is a well-written introduction and history of soda you can’t drink. I’d never heard of it, yet I enjoyed half an hour reading about it. Maybe you will, too.

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Take a ride across San Francisco on the cable car, from the Wharf to Union Square. The camera always looks straight ahead, and I would've preferred to glance down some of the side streets, but it’s still a wistful and wonderful ride. Especially if you've been there, or lived there.

At 15:40, Tad’s Steaks is serving lunch, and they’ve repaired the neon sign! I do hope they still serve cold toast with a brick of cold butter on the side.

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 Mystery links  — Like life itself, there’s no knowing where you’re going:


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Sincere tip 'o the hat to:

• Becky Jo
• Dave S.
Captain Hampockets
Follow Me Here
Messy Nessy Chick
National Zero
Ran Prieur
Voenix Rising
• and One of the Butt Sisters but definitely not the other.


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  1. >Thought about that for an hour or so, and maybe I do see the appeal. Racism makes lesser people feel less lesser.

    "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."


    1. Excellent insight from my second favorite Lyndon, thanks.

      LBJ was the first President I remember, but all I remember is thinking he was a funny-looking old man.

    2. Having trouble figuring out your favorite Lyndon. Lyndon LaRouche? Barry Lyndon? I can't think of another...


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