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Is global warming ruining hockey? Yesterday both the Lancers and the Mavs played outdoor “slush” hockey games. A good crowd enjoyed the too-warm weather while sitting in the stands but the players had trouble with the terrible ice. Despite the artificial refrigeration for the ice (in my day we played outside without ice making) the temperature melted the top surface and slowed the game. It’s one thing when global warming is melting ice caps and raising sea levels, but when it ruins hockey we’ve got to do something.

Impressed with their patience: Amazing, it’s been six months since Curiosity touched down and at long last they’re finally drilling a hole to get a sample! How did all those scientists manage to wait that long, talk about being thorough and patient? I hope the wait will be worth it, labeling this event as the most important thing since the touchdown. I guess all those other photos and sites that have been explored are just killing time.

Unexpected side-effect perhaps, no point in really cheap workers: I wonder if this may happen, that having to buy medical insurance for workers discourages employers from having cheap people and instead go after more skilled people and work them harder and more productively. I think a lot of businesses just find it easy to hire “average” off-the-street workers, since they can get them cheap, instead of working harder, finding the good ones, and then providing capital investment and training to boost their productivity, as once we did. It’s easier just to find mediocre workers than to cultivate good ones, but now maybe there is some extra incentive to do that. I recall in my years in a large electronics manufacturer, who was still trying (although ineffectively) to keep production in the U.S. instead of just outsourcing to cheap labor locations. The philosophy, although unevenly applied, focused on retention of good workers and boosting their productivity through a variety of tactics. Of course, one drawback of this was that companies who didn’t want to invest in training would simply steal the best workers via a tiny amount more pay. I always thought the workers who fail for this was stupid – a tiny raise to go to an exploitive employer vs staying at one who liked to invest in people. But bottom line it appeared to be a losing strategies to invest in people so eventually even a “smart” companies gave up and just went seeking cheap labor. Now that having to pay benefits hits getting better workers and paying them enough to retain them would seem to have a competitive advantage. We’ll see.

The beginning of the Repug terminology laundering: It’s very clear that the Repugs who actually want to address the lesson of 2012 elections believe it is just a messaging problem, in particular, not using the right terminology (the Frank Luntz sanitized terms). Of course they can’t believe their message (policies) actually sucks. So now we’ll see some people  follow up on Jindal’s notion to stop being the “stupid” party, so is Cantor’s comment the beginning of this “smart cuts” (still meaning brutal cuts and no changes in revenue, or simply recognizing the budget is already balanced for a full employment economy).

Was this obvious or what? Does it sound familiar – a high-tech and disciplined military force moves in unexpectedly and wipes out the ragtag “rebels” who had gotten used to dealing with the local army, and, then after the retreat and shock the ragtag army realizes it’s back to insurgent warfare (aka asymmetric) and when the terrorist stop being an easy target out in the open then they start pushing back against the high tech force. Now the French get their “Afghanistan lesson” in Mali. The trouble is that the population of these backwater countries, as is always the case in guerilla warfare, either supports the guerillas or at least won’t stand up against them. So the guerillas easily get to hid in the general population which then negates the advantage of big and inflexible high-tech armies. Now let’s see what happens to the French?

Lindsey Graham is such a piece of crap: Talk about just wanting I-told-you-so’s. This creep thinks he can get another useless impeachment going given that he failed so badly against Clinton. It’s really too bad that Senators get to put their egos before their duty. I hope Obama finds a way to deny a penny of federal money going to Graham’s state because this guy is an embarrassment and criminally negligent. And naturally FauxNews hypes the story. HuffPo got the headline right, OBSESSED, even though the actual post uses a different one.

Forbes has too high opinion about people: Forbes believes that Facebook is going too far violating people’s privacy in order to pedal ads and this will turn people off. They’re half right. The trouble is the entire Internet is funded based on violating peoples’ privacy and shoving noise in front of their noses, but the only alternative is to pay. Americans will go for cheap/free over privacy any day so the ad warfare will just continue to escalate. As long as people are the product (not the customers) of social networks and people don’t figure this out, all social networks are just stock market scams and advertising saturation bombing.

Yet another harsh look at Repug paradise: For the Repugs and their insane followers getting rid of all those pesky regulations and especially the EPA would make things here oh so wonderful. Welcome to the paradise you seek. Why don’t you ask the residents in that paradise what they think about no environment regulation and their wonderful “free” economy that puts profits over people. Or better yet, go visit (as I’ve done) and actually hear people there deny the gunk in the air is pollution and just dust from the deserts, certainly the spin line FauxNews and the rightwingnut entertainment complex would take.

Hurray for Watson! Remember I predicted this (not difficult). IBM has a winner with Watson and is pushing it into the most obvious area. Given the fantasy image of doctors as House (the great brain who has sudden insights and sees deep connections) then Watson is going to clobber any human being in digging out these kinds of associations. Actually I think it would be great progress so that doctors can spend their time with patients and let computers figure out what is wrong. Watson can make better guesses than docs but docs are a lot better at treating patients. So let people do what they’re good at and let machines do what they’re good at.

This sucks, it’s a good thing I’m not drinking: I don’t mind a reduction in alcohol but the only way they can do this is to add more water during the blending (I’ve seen it first hand, Makers Mark is cool place to visit) and thus watering down not just the alcohol but the taste. I understand the boom on bourbon consumption and while production may be increasing there is this little problem of delay required for aging and therefore new increases won’t be seen for years. But reducing taste may be a short-sighted approach, although the obvious alternative (higher prices thus reducing demand) might be just as bad long-term. Too bad Van Winkle is non-existent, it was really good, but not worth the high price it used to go for when it was available.

Ran out of time before I ran out of articles, but there is only so much news I can read and even less to comment on.

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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