this week i

published code to analyze brazil's national survey of health.

consider the flintstones (1994) movie exceptionally well-cast.

ate beignets with david.  matthew got a dawg.

would like to hear hillary say, "the first man on mars will be a woman"

watched some lousy movies.

began jordan peterson's personality and its transformations.

the systems that..keep track of dominance hierarchies are hundreds of millions of years old and you share structure and function of those neuropsychological elements with animals as distinct from you as crusteceans.  so for example, crusteceans use the seratonin system to keep track of their dominance hierarchies and you do the same thing.  and drugs that work on people for dominance hierarchy-related disorders like depression also work on lobsters

i doubt if a day passes where you don't do something that you swore you wouldn't do.  you know and you do it and you think, "hmm, why did i do that?" ..what do you mean "i?" - and that's the fundamental psychoanalytic question.

it's not that unreasonable to think about ourselves as something more like an anthill than as something that's a completely unitary structure


(1) whoever owns the robots

the average airline pilot is now at the helm of an airplane for about three minutes per flight

of the fifteen wealthiest americans, six own digital technology companies, the oldest of which, microsoft, has been in existence only since 1975.  six others are members of a single family, the waltons, whose vast retail empire, with its notoriously low wages, has meant that people are much cheaper and more expendible than warehouse robots

amit singhal, google's lead search engineer, who states that "the more accurate the machine gets [at predicting search terms], the lazier the questions become"

(2) the haphazard empire

in shenzhen, ollivier found only one set of traffic lights, with the signals ideologically reversed: green for stop and red - the colour of progress - for go

forty more years of unabated demographic growth for the continent against a background of resource exhaustion

(3) trade deals on a fishing village

hardie doesn't resent iceland and norway for the way they asserted control over their two hundred mile waters.  he envies them.  he holds, with ukip, that if britain had stayed outside the eec, as iceland and norway did, britain could have had its own two hundred mile zone, and the three countries could have carved up the north sea and north atlantic between them.  instead, grimsby trawlermen had to share with the spanish, the french, the danes and the dutch and endure a european quota regime supposed to conserve fish stocks that until recently obliged them, when they caught the wrong fish, to dump it

for all the talk of the 99 per cent, as long as at least 51 per cent of the voters who are content with the no-disruption parties, they win