Another Friday rolls around, replete with the sounds of hordes of young people going out to hit the bars and clubs, to spend their few pennies in a desperate search for meaning in the sweaty embrace of some listless stranger as desperate as they are.

Sounds sweet! Shit, I did years of that. Was it fun? Oh yeah. Would I do it again? What – do you have rocks in your head? You’ve gotta know your time and place. I’m in my mid forties. My place is the swinging and hip French Riviera, in some charming hotel that reeks of grace and sophistakachewn. I idle down to the private beach and ask young mothers if they’ll rub some sunscreen in the parts that I can’t reach. You know, like under their bra. Hey, I like to watch.

Actually, I am planning a brief summer respite in some decadent European beach sweat-spot, but as of yet I have not identified where this will be. I have a few options, and what’s better than having a few options? Have options will travel, as far as I’m concerned. All I ask is that the bartender knows how to mix a drink, the girls look pretty around the pool, and the food is sublime and not trying to be pretentious.

Speaking of pretentious, on with the links!

N.N. Taleb reckons that something is broken in the U.K. intellectual sphere.

The BBC did some kind of educational cartoon on Roman Britain and represented “diversity” in terms of someone looking African in the show as representative of “diversity” at the time. The BBC was effectively applying quotas retroactively (I mean, really retroactively). Any dissent from the statistical errors made by the politically correct police is treated as apostasy. Effectively, scholarship is dead in the U.K.

As always, getting into a Twitter argument with Taleb is like agreeing to a tofu eating competition with someone called Sunshine Warty.

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Here’s something cool. A transcription of the extensive planning sessions that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg had where they came up with the plot for Raiders of the lost ark.

The other way to do it is let him know about the ark, and not them. Have the Army guy say that they found the lost city. Hitler is going after all these artifacts. He’s believes in all the supernatural stuff and everything. We don’t know what they found out there, but it must be awfully important because they’re sending for this professor. Our guy is the one who puts two and two together. Then he sort of explains it. They have all the pieces of the puzzle, and they want him to get whatever the Germans are after. He says, “I’ll tell you what they’re after. They’re after the lost Ark.”

A fascinating examination of how plot ideas evolve and change.

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One for the nerds – The smart faction theory of IQ and the wealth of nations.

I noticed that too, Mentor, and computed a correlation coefficient for the 15 black nations as a group. The result, 0.034, confirms your observation. It seems there is an IQ threshold to be reached before a country can get off the ground economically. None of the black nations has yet reached this threshold.

I’ve been saying this for a while now … just saying …

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Another one for the nerds – A really smart guy’s response to a smart guy’s memo accidentally explains why modern software is utter garbage.

According to Zunger, and a lot of other people who should know better, the hard graft of software engineering is in fact just a fungible commodity. And that is why every single program, application, and software appliance you use in 2017 seems unable to perform at the rippin’ old velocity of an Apple //e playing Lemonade Stand: because the software business has decided software doesn’t matter.

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I got a fair bit of flack for my piece last year on why there is no such thing as marital rape. Today Dalrock has a great piece that inadvertently helps defend my position – Is marriage the cause of sexual immorality? There’s a little bit there that he quotes from 1 Corinthians 7.

3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Sounds like a great example of why marital rape is an impossibility.

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A video link of Bill Burr on Comedians in cars drinking coffee. Just great stuff, lads.

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Oh look, they’re trying to make fat people the standard for visual beauty. Yeah, we know; you managed to make ugliness the new beautiful with art, literature, film, architecture, public spaces, just about everything. And now you want to do the same thing but with chicks.

Not. Going. To. Work. Ever.

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Speaking of chicks and beauty …

 

 

 

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