Monthly Archives: September 2013

Nothing about Obamacare

I just can’t bring myself to write about it right now.

So, instead, let’s talk about something else: The Insurance Industry (and not, not health insurance-we’re not talking about that, remember?)! There may be no more reality-based industry on this planet than the insurance industry. The actuaries and their (now largely electronic) tables containing unspeakably exact data can project trends and events with far greater accuracy than just about any other collection of people. They’re the polar opposite of the speculative financial industry. Rather than create events, the insurance industry deals with the consequences of those events. They are the very definition of reality-based.

They’re pretty convinced about this whole “global warming” thing.

Now, the fact the insurers seem to believe that global warming is real does not prove anything. It’s an inferential, sideways indicator, but it’s interesting. When it comes to actually putting their money where their beliefs are, the insurers (and the people buying their product) are convinced by the evidence.

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Exile

I’m going to be posting short bits on Twitter while I’m on hiatus from Google+. That may or may not turn out to be a permanent thing. The handle, is, of course, @WTF_Pancakes

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Feedly Doesn’t Do It

Ok, I know, I write way too much about RSS readers, but I keep thinking about them. An RSS reader shouldn’t be something you think about. The fact that I’m doing so indicates that there’s an itch here to be scratched.

My beefs with Feedly are twofold:

1) The web version is a pain to navigate. It’s not awful, but I wish there were an easier way to move between posts. A “next” button, and even a “previous” button, would be lovely.

2) The Android app is a disaster for me. It could be because I’m using a prehistoric version of Android (2.3.7 represent!), but I kind of doubt it. The app forgets where I was an loops through the same set of entries over and over. I’ve reported it to Feedly, but no joy yet. 

It just doesn’t seem like it should be this difficult. I’m sure there’s something out there. Until then, I’ll just keep obsessing over it. That’s fun, right?

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Disappointing

I haven’t heard back from Google about whether or not I’ll be able to continue to use my WTF Pancakes Google+ page. I’ve been notified that I have violated their names policy.  I’m not sure exactly which part I’m accused of violating, but that’s really up to them.

 
It strikes me as obtuse that Google would expect people to use only their “real” names on their social network. I understand why they encourage it, but it isn’t realistic and it isn’t even in their best interest to do so. People used pseudonyms all the time and it isn’t particularly difficult, in most cases, to link the pseudonym to the “real” person, thereby providing vast more information about the person. If I’m of a mind to do so, I can usually link a ‘nym to the “real” person in a few minutes, and I don’t even have the advantage to snapshotting browser settings or looking at search history or any of the other, more reliable methods of putting the puzzle together.
 
I have some equity in this name and have even spent some real money invested in registering names and the like. I’d be disappointed to have to choose between Google+ and keeping my identity. That’s an easy call, no matter how much I’ve enjoyed Google+

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A Course in Logic courtesy of Glenn Beck

If you ever wanted to see the No True Scotsman fallacy in action: http://aattp.org/watch-psychotic-clown-glenn-beck-says-war-criminal-george-w-bush-liberal-progressive/

 

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*sigh*

Google has suspended my G+ profile. Unfortunate, but I am confident that my appeal will be upheld.  It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but given that the name policy has loosened significantly and no longer makes any mention of a “real names” requirement, I think I’ll be ok.

If I am forced to relocate my short-form writing, I’ll likely make due with Twitter and this space. I can’t imagine using Facebook for much of anything other than trolling. I like the G+ community, but I’m not otherwise terribly interested in social networking. It would be funny to switch everything to LinkedIn, which is trying oh so very hard to be a social network.

Tempting…

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