Twitter conversation between @adammyerson, @iamtedking et al. In reverse chronological order.
Ted King @AdamMyerson One, you’re wrong. Part of being a dictator ofstyle is, two, I’m always right. Three, thanks for the DVD. I will study tonight
Sep 29 15:48:40 in reply to
» Adam Myerson @crashlights @iamtedking @resultsboy Well, Teddy, maybe not. Maybe not. http://t.co/ADI0Akw2
»» Mike Hoover @iamtedking @resultsboy @AdamMyerson the short sleeve skinsuit/long finger glove cx fashion faux pas was the reason u were tagged as aposer
»»» Ted King @resultsboy I hope he was impressed how that poser went so far as to get the team sponsor bike.
»»»» colinr @iamtedking after the race one of the officials commented on howodd it was to see one of those protour poser kits in the elite race.
»»»»» Ted King @resultsboy: As predicted, the bar cam at night didn’treally work. But every once in a while it did. http://t.co/vaRGOvI4 He looks fast.
Followed up with
Adam Myerson @iamtedking It’s not your fault you didn’t know there was already an arbiter of cyclo-cross style. You’re new around here. Happy to help.
Dan Gardner Blowhard on radio, who has all the economic answers, reads an email that includes “Keynesian.” Blowhard pronounces it “Kuh-nayz-ian.”
Dan Gardner I believe that is a demonstration that one must know something to know one is ignorant.
“We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the gulf coast, we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.
“There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”
The dead bodies were so numerous that burying them all was not possible. The dead were initially weighted down and dumped at sea, but when the gulf currents washed many of the bodies back onto the beach, a new solution was needed. Funeral pyres were set up wherever the dead were found and burned for weeks after the storm. The authorities passed out free whiskey to sustain the distraught men conscripted for the gruesome work of collecting and burning the dead. More people were killed in this single storm than the total of those killed in all the tropical cyclones that have struck the United States since.
When a coach says to give 110%, this is what they mean.
Just had her at 1210 est this afternoon. she was 11 pounds. C section. Mom and daughter are both Healthy.
- Darwin’s idea is arguably the most powerful ever to occur to a human mind. The power of a scientific theory may be measured as a ratio: the number of facts that it explains divided by the number of assumptions it needs to postulate in order to do the explaining. A theory that assumes most of what it is trying to explain is a bad theory. That is why the creationist or ‘intelligent design’ theory is such a rotten theory.
- What any theory of life needs to explain is functional complexity. Complexity can be measured as statistical improbability, and living things are statistically improbable in a very particular direction: the direction of functional efficiency. The body of a bird is not just a prodigiously complicated machine, with its trillions of cells - each one in itself a marvel of miniaturized complexity - all conspiring together to make muscle or bone, kidney or brain. Its interlocking parts also conspire to make it good for something - in the case of most birds, good for flying. An aero-engineer is struck dumb with admiration for the bird as flying machine: its feathered flight-surfaces and ailerons sensitively adjusted in real time by the on-board computer which is the brain; the breast muscles, which are the engines, the ligaments, tendons and lightweight bony struts all exactly suited to the task. And the whole machine is immensely improbable in the sense that, if you randomly shook up the parts over and over again, never in a million years would they fall into the right shape to fly like a swallow, soar like a vulture, or ride the oceanic up-draughts like a wandering albatross. Any theory of life has to explain how the laws of physics can give rise to a complex flying machine like a bird or a bat or a pterosaur, a complex swimming machine like a tarpon or a dolphin, a complex burrowing machine like a mole, a complex climbing machine like a monkey, or a complex thinking machine like a person.
- Darwin explained all of this with one brilliantly simple idea - natural selection, driving gradual evolution over immensities of geological time. His is a good theory because of the huge ratio of what it explains (all the complexity of life) divided by what it needs to assume (simply the nonrandom survival of hereditary information through many generations). The rival theory to explain the functional complexity of life - creationism - is about as bad a theory as has ever been proposed. What it postulates (an intelligent designer) is even more complex, even more statistically improbable than what it explains. In fact it is such a bad theory it doesn’t deserve to be called a theory at all, and it certainly doesn’t deserve to be taught alongside evolution in science classes.
Bill Simmons (via snakelinksonic)
don’t avoid The Wire. believe the hype. it’s worth your time.
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h/t to Steve “Stokes” Peringer