The Big Think

September 30, 2015


Filed under: Disclosure,Friends — jasony @ 12:44 pm

I work with college students. A lot of college students. Over the past quarter century I’ve probably interacted directly and intensely with two or three thousand of them (and tens of thousands more indirectly and sporadically). But I get to know the main ones really well. These are the cream of the crop. Then among that cream you have the real standouts. I keep doing projects for them after Baylor, we attend their weddings, baby showers, have lunch periodically, and keep in touch with each others’ lives.

Then there is Stephanie.

I met Stephanie back in 2009/2010 and we worked together to put her organization’s Sing act together. There was just something special about this group of ladies. We had a ton of fun in our meetings, sometimes going completely off the rails and laughing ourselves silly. Wasting time in a way that I do not regret. There was an immediate sense-of-humor match that you only get with certain people. I loved working with those girls and I think the feeling was mutual. Just tons of fun. Stephanie kept in touch after graduation and Erin and I see her once or twice a year. She’s even spent work/vacation time and flown down from the east coast to stay with us for a few days to hang out, talk philosophy, art, and literature, and just generally be around. She’s become a good friend to both of us.

Stephanie is one of those rare individuals who gets it. As a fellow scanner, she’s interested in a hundred different things and wants to learn everything about everything. Her bookshelf is eclectic, her conversation wide-ranging, and her interests deep and well-connected. I count her among my most intelligent friends. I’d happily throw her in the mix with any group of people age 20 to 90 and she’d hold her own, listen intently, and have interesting things to say.

I’m proud to call her my friend.

All this to say that the other day Erin and I got this in our email. It’s a perfect illustration of who she is and why we like her so much.

Ever have one of those moments when you just love people?

I have had a few of those recently.

First there is this book I’ve been reading about the rising trend of orthodox christianity in America amongst Generation X and Y.

Then there was my first Toastmasters meeting where over 30 young adults spent their Friday night making impromptu speeches and discussing language and presentation skills.

Then there is the maker faire and the exponentially growing line that wrapped the block by 9:45 for a faire that opened at 10. And within, the fascinating ideas – both in progress and come to life – that are captivating and inspiring and brilliant.

Then there is this TV show I started watching about people who “invented” the portable personal computer.

Then there was the church service yesterday where our pastor integrated Aquinas, Aristotle, and Kafka into a discussion about the Ten Commandments being about how we love people and what God’s rest for us looks like.

Today there was the Space Exploration TED Talks with this man who wants to mine the moon to great a gas station en route to planetary exploration AND also today i learned that John Green and his brother have their own educational youtube channel for kids and adults on so far “only” 14 topics because they want to learn new things and have an output for proving to themselves they have learned them so they are making videos teaching them. (John Green- that guy does EVERYTHING!).

I get so caught up in the people around me who appear so one-dimensional and identify as only one thing, are interested in only one thing, shriek at the suggestion of a non-fiction book club, and generally lack curiosity about anything beyond where are the best happy hour deals or excuses to leave work early to watch TV. 

I forget there are other people in the world. Ones I actually want to be like.

And when I find them, I fall in love with humanity again.

Right? Like I said: she gets it. Stephanie will live an interesting life.

There aren’t many people who stand out in our day-to-day lives. Most people will make a small dent and then move on. But Stephanie has made a big impact on us and we’re grateful to know her.

She has made a difference in our lives.

September 12, 2015

Why is Modern Art so Bad?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 6:48 pm

September 8, 2015

It’s That Time

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:23 am


Crazytown: the current party running against itself and complaining how bad the current economic situation is. Then asking voters to re-elect them to solve it.

Yes, it’s nuts. No, the media will not point it out to voters (as they would if the parties were reversed)

August 30, 2015


Filed under: Movies,The R2 Project — jasony @ 5:40 pm

Great time seeing the movie and catching up with good friend Giles. I was impressed with the way the screenwriters handled the potential for the movie to descend into silliness and farce. There were only a few times that I felt sorry for the actors having to deliver such goofy lines. But the sense of humor and obviously over-the-top story worked. The screenwriters, director, and actors pulled it off. Way to go!

We saw it at the Alamo, a place that, sadly, Erin and I haven’t gone to enough. To sit and watch a movie where you’re guaranteed to not have talkers or small screens in your face was nice. And sipping a Guinness in a comfortable chair really added to the experience.

BTW, Giles geeked out on R2 so for convenience I am posting a short-link to my R2 posts. Enjoy!

August 29, 2015

Universe Sandbox

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 9:48 am

Universe Sandbox: “”

Okay, this looks like a severe (and severely cool) time-waster.

August 26, 2015

Business Decisions

Filed under: Business — jasony @ 7:56 am

(reposted from a FB comment I made):

Checkout speed is pretty much my only complaint with my local Hobby Lobby store. Up until recently they read the numbered price off the tag and input it manually into the register. This always made my efficiency-minded business brain twitchy.

Lo and behold, our local HL got computerized registers a few months ago. So I figured they’d joined the modern world and were going to be scanning SKU/barcodes and the lines would be faster. No luck. Even with the fancy new equipment they _still_ input the tags by hand. The registers even have scanner gun ports! Why?

When I asked the manager about this seeming oversight, his answer made me reconsider my frustration. He told me that Hobby Lobby had made a decision to forgo the SKU scanners because the use of them (and subsequent speeding up of the lines) would end up getting rid of the need for the extra employee or two per store. The new equipment DOES speed things up (I’ve noticed), but not so much that they’d have to take somebody’s job away.

Hobby Lobby was essentially trading a tiny bit of customer convenience so as not to have to put someone out of work.

Whenever I go to Home Depot and see those self-checkout stations I always think of the lazy employees that got the boot. I’m kind of glad actually since nothing is guaranteed and their work ethic eventually got the reward it deserved. However, at my local Hobby Lobby the employees are helpful and fast— at least as fast as the equipment will let them be. Maybe they just fear the Sword of Damocles that the scanners represent, but given their attitudes, I think it might have something to do with their employer making decisions that demonstrates the fact that the employees are valued, and they are returning the sentiment by working hard.

It’s not a perfect system, and I still wish the lines were faster, but I appreciate a company making decisions like that. And the only way I even knew about it was that unexpected conversation.

August 25, 2015


Filed under: Current Reading — jasony @ 8:07 am

Thoughts on Pratchett – [Part 1]:

“Without a shadow of a doubt, the first fiction ever recounted was fantasy. Guys sitting around the campfire— Was it you who wrote the review? I thought I recognized it— Guys sitting around the campfire telling each other stories about the gods who made lightning, and stuff like that. They did not tell one another literary stories. They did not complain about difficulties of male menopause while being a junior lecturer on some midwestern college campus. Fantasy is without a shadow of a doubt the ur-literature, the spring from which all other literature has flown. Up to a few hundred years ago no one would have disagreed with this, because most stories were, in some sense, fantasy. Back in the middle ages, people wouldn’t have thought twice about bringing in Death as a character who would have a role to play in the story. Echoes of this can be seen in Pilgrim’s Progress, for example, which hark back to a much earlier type of storytelling. The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest works of literature, and by the standard we would apply now— a big muscular guys with swords and certain godlike connections— That’s fantasy. The national literature of Finland, the Kalevala. Beowulf in England. I cannot pronounce Bahaghvad-Gita but the Indian one, you know what I mean. The national literature, the one that underpins everything else, is by the standards that we apply now, a work of fantasy.

Now I don’t know what you’d consider the national literature of America, but if the words Moby Dick are inching their way towards this conversation, whatever else it was, it was also a work of fantasy. Fantasy is kind of a plasma in which other things can be carried. I don’t think this is a ghetto. This is, fantasy is, almost a sea in which other genres swim. Now it may be that there has developed in the last couple of hundred years a subset of fantasy which merely uses a different icongraphy, and that is, if you like, the serious literature, the Booker Prize contender. Fantasy can be serious literature. Fantasy has often been serious literature. You have to fairly dense to think that Gulliver’s Travels is only a story about a guy having a real fun time among big people and little people and horses and stuff like that. What the book was about was something else. Fantasy can carry quite a serious burden, and so can humor. So what you’re saying is, strip away the trolls and the dwarves and things and put everyone into modern dress, get them to agonize a bit, mention Virginia Woolf a few times, and there! Hey! I’ve got a serious novel. But you don’t actually have to do that.”


August 24, 2015

There Is No Rational Argument

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:00 pm


“Here’s a Tweet from Chris Hayes, an MSNBC host and pro-choice radical:

Better term for ‘anchor babies’ is ‘babies.’ Or, alternately, ‘tiny humans to be cherished and valued.’

— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 19, 2015

Tiny humans to be cherished and valued, Chris? I agree. But I think our significant disagreement comes with the application of this concept. You believe the tiny, valuable, cherished humans should be legally eligible for summary execution; I, on the other hand, tend to think ‘cherished’ and ‘valued’ people should be afforded basic protections against torture and murder.

But Chris isn’t the only liberal suddenly discovering an affection for ‘tiny humans’:

They’re called babies.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2015

Yes. They’re called babies. Unless they’re in a Planned Parenthood clinic, in which case they are, alternatively, ‘tissue,’ ‘product,’ or ‘profit.’”

The cognitive dissonance on this has been astounding, however, there is hope. As one of my more liberal-leaning friends on FB put it: “I can be progressive politically and still think that Planned Parenthood is killing babies”. So it’s not all progressives that are willing to sweep this very obvious (if you are brave enough to challenge your conclusions and actually watch the videos) tragedy under the rug. The secret is getting out, thankfully. It is becoming more clear that the people who say that PP is doing nothing wrong are self-identifying as the people who have also not watched all the videos. And yes, the unedited versions are available complete online, so the whole “but they’re edited!” meme only works if you don’t want to face the truth. We are allowing the dismemberment of babies as a culture. Not one-or-two-celled blastocysts: fully formed and viable human beings. And we have become inured to it.

God forgive us. No more.

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered in North Carolina’s 2012 Election

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:11 am

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered in North Carolina’s 2012 Election | PJ Tatler:

“The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.
The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.

In October 2012, Project Veritas produced video showing a Barack Obama campaign worker helping a voter register to vote in both Texas and Florida.”

One person. One vote. Regardless of outcome. Anything else is not democracy. Anything else should be opposed by all Americans, regardless of party.

August 14, 2015

Abortion Is The New Slavery

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 6:30 pm

Abortion Is The New Slavery – The Federalist:

“The Planned Parenthood videos—and the surrounding debate over the use of fetal tissue—have revealed just how closely abortion parallels the last great moral evil enshrined in American law: slavery. And like that immoral institution, very few of us have clean hands. It’s easy to demonize those directly involved in the practice, but if we refuse to acknowledge the reality of what these videos show us about ourselves, we have no right to condemn our 19th century forebears…

That’s why the undercover Planned Parenthood videos have been so jarring. In no uncertain terms, these doctors and technicians speak of harvesting hearts and livers, lungs and lower extremities. Recognizable human organs are being carefully extracted and their monetary value discussed. There is no plausibility in the argument that this is a donation of the woman’s tissue; it’s patently obvious that the mother isn’t donating her own liver, heart, lungs, or lower extremities. Clearly, like our ancestors before us, we’ve created a class of sub-humanity. These unborn children are human enough to be ‘donors’ of recognizable human organs—but not human enough to enjoy legal personhood. We can kill them at will and use their bodies how we wish. We own them.”

It takes massive amounts of self-deception to come to any other conclusion.

The Great Unlearning

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 10:07 am

July 29, 2015

Sometimes it’s easier to care about dead lions than dead people

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 5:46 pm

Natural Law holds that all people possess a conscience, therefore all people innately recognize the distinction between good and evil. We are naturally repulsed by evil and attracted to goodness. This is why every civilization has outlawed sins like murder and theft, and hailed virtues like charity and mercy. Of course, many civilizations have redefined murder so as to permit a convenient form of it, but still no society has ever come out and defended murder in principle.

No society can ever be explicitly nihilist. As in, no society can outwardly live by the philosophy that everything is meaningless and nothing matters. Individuals can try it, but like Nietzsche they’ll end up in a mental institution, babbling to themselves while eating their own excrement. Societies, though, have to at least pretend they believe in doing the right thing. A society must convince itself it hates evil and loves goodness. Even the Nazis rationalized that they were serving the greater good of mankind.

So when our culture decides to sit back and tolerate, or even revere and commend, perverse evils like abortion, pornography, the breakdown of the family, the persecution of Christians, etc., it begins to accumulate a kind of Outrage Reservoir. Deep down, we must feel like we oppose evil. We can’t laud the most insidious atrocities of our time, and then look in the mirror and face ourselves honestly. The righteous anger that should be poured out in response to these true horrors is bottled and contained, clogging up our souls like constipated bowels.

We search desperately for an acceptable target for our surplus of withheld scorn, and when we locate it, we unload like we just chugged a gallon of laxative. Suddenly, some guy who killed a lion in Zimbabwe receives all of the compiled disdain that should have been discharged on the abortionists and the pornographers and the persecutors. Our pent up rage and anger mixes with guilt and self-loathing, and together it creates this concentrated bile that drowns and destroys whatever tragic chump they throw before us to be devoured. It’s nothing personal against him, really. Walter Palmer is a sacrificial lamb. A punching bag, strung up and dangled in front of progressive America as a way for them to release their moral frustrations. He’s an object. A receptacle for their misdirected vengeance. It’s like self-flagellation, only minus the self. And next week they’ll be flagellating some other patsy, and nobody will even remember or care about poor old Walter Palmer.

Read the whole thing:

Sometimes it’s easier to care about dead lions than dead people

July 28, 2015


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 5:10 pm

“If Man were merely an intelligent animal, something derived by blind natural selection, and bred only for our ability to continue breeding, then we would not tell stories. It is a useless habit…

Some might say that it is a side effect of language using ability, a defect of the brain, so that we humans misuse that faculty of imagination nature evolved in us solely for planning military campaigns against rival tribes of mastodon hunters, and the linguistic skills to coordinate hunting and fishing and slaying rivals. Some might say language was evolved to be precise and scientific, merely a tool for remembering facts of the past we have seen and constructing speculations of the future we shall see, and that this tool of language is misused if we play make believe about things not of the past or future, and attempting to peer into the unseen realm. I say those who say story telling is an abuse of the faculty of language are abusing their own faculty of language, and telling us a story, and bad one.

I propose we want to give tongues to animals and woods and waves and we want to command the mountains and the clouds to speak to us because we yearn to be creators ourselves. What greater gift can any father give his child than to teach him the gift of speech? If we had the power to grant this gift to our pets and livestock, surely we would, and indeed, to exchange defiance and threats and terrifying boasts with the lions and wolves who are the enemies of man would also be a delight. Beyond this, to speak to the river and ask it why it runs, or to the sunshine and inquire of its cheer, or to command the raging storm be silent, this is a delight that saints and angels know which man, exiled from Eden, has lost. We are dumb and deaf in a world given to our dominion.

I propose that there is something of the creator in the poet, and that this is because we are created by a Creator in His own likeness and image, and so naturally must reflect the nature of creation in us. We want to bring things to life, to create worlds, to grant speech to animals and to command nature, because that is the joy of creation.

We cannot, in this life, create world, except in fiction. We cannot possibly have this desire from anything in nature. It is supernatural in origin.

It is like a young man in love daydreaming about the words and sighs and kissed he means to exchange with his beloved. The daydream raptures him, and draws his thoughts away from the dirt and toil of his daily life, and for an hour, in his heart, he dwell in the bliss of the honeymoon cottage. But there is an element of sorrow and longing and sadness in his daydream, or in him, because it is not real. It does not truly satisfy him.

…Should we ever find a world like Perelandra, whose happy natives resisted the temptations that toppled the Adam and Eve of Earth, or should we ever reach in a next life the cosmic realms inhabited by archangels and dominions and potentates and powers, it is possible that they might not tell stories of the imaginative kind discussed here. Psalms and hymns, to be sure, or epics of praise for glorious deeds, or love songs, or all the other kinds of tales the other muses inspire, all might be present in the unfallen world.

But stories of fairytale and fantasy and science fiction I speculate may indeed be absent in those happier and higher realms. The saints in heaven will have realized the immense longing we here in exile on Earth cannot fulfill on Earth. They will do as their Father does and sings the songs of creation.”

From Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth by John C. Wright

July 23, 2015


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 8:38 am

“What I want to fix your attention on is the vast, overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence moral, cultural, social, or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how democracy (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient Dictatorships, and by the same methods? You remember how one of the Greek Dictators (they called them tyrants then) sent an envoy to another Dictator to ask his advice about the principles of government. The second Dictator led the envoy into a field of grain, and there he snicked off with his cane the top of every stalk that rose an inch or so above the general level. The moral was plain. Allow no preeminence among your subjects. Let no man live who is wiser or better or more famous or even handsomer than the mass. Cut them all down to a level: all slaves, all ciphers, all nobodies. All equals. Thus Tyrants could practise, in a sense, democracy. But now democracy can do the same work without any tyranny other than her own. No one need now go through the field with a cane. The little stalks will now of themselves bite the tops off the big ones. The big ones are beginning to bite off their own in their desire to Be Like Stalks.’

C.S. Lewis – Screwtape Proposes a Toast”

July 20, 2015

Sleight of Hand

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:26 am

The Corker Bill Isn’t a Victory — It’s a Constitutional Perversion | National Review Online:

“To summarize, the Constitution puts the onus on the president to find 67 Senate votes to approve an international agreement, making it virtually impossible to ratify an ill-advised deal. The Corker bill puts the onus on Congress to muster 67 votes to block an agreement.

Under the Constitution, Obama’s Iran deal would not have a prayer. Under the Corker bill, it would sail through. And once again, it would be Republicans first ensuring that self-destruction is imposed on us, then striking the pose of dogged opponents by casting futile nay votes.

This is not how our system works. Congress is supposed to make the laws we live under. It is the first branch of government, not a rubber-stamping Supreme Soviet.

We seem to have forgotten that the point of the Constitution is not to accomplish great things; it is to prevent government from doing overbearing or destructive things. The achievement of great things was left to the genius and ambition of free people confronting challenges without stifling constraints.”

July 16, 2015

The Bad, Worse, & Ugly

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:37 pm

Media Coverage of Planned Parenthood’s Organ Harvesting Scandal:

“It’s only been two years since the media struggled to even cover the story of Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor and serial murderer. After being shamed into covering the ‘local crime story’ by readers and viewers who had requested coverage for years, the media offered a few mea culpas, and promised to improve coverage of the abortion topic and present the issue more fairly.

They have repeatedly failed, whether the story was cheerleading for late-term abortion supporter Wendy Davis, or accurately covering religious Americans opposition to paying for abortifacients.

This story, however, is so big that it is proceeding even against the wishes of the media and their brethren at Planned Parenthood. As the federal government and state governments prepare to truly investigate Planned Parenthood’s chop shops, let’s hope coverage improves mightily.”

But they’re still insisting that it’s a Choice, not a Calvarium.

July 14, 2015

Behind Closed Doors

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:03 am

I actually feel kind of sick postint this:

“A shocking new expose’ video has caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies.

New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks…

The footage shockingly depicts the top medical official at the Planned Parenthood corporation munching on her salad while she discusses the sale of body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions. She brazenly describes how the heads of unborn babies killed in abortions command top dollar.

‘I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.’

Nucatola explains, ‘We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’

‘And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,’ she continues. ‘So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.’

…Nucatola also reveals that Planned Parenthood’s national office is concerned about their liability for the sale of fetal parts.

‘At the national office, we have a Litigation and Law Department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue right now,’ she says. ‘But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates.’

…‘Abortionists use ultrasound like a butcher uses scales to sell meat by the pound for profit,’ said Newman in an email to LifeNews. ‘Evidence further shows that Planned Parenthood has gone to great lengths to keep the public from ever knowing about their illicit human body-parts trade, understanding that if news were to leak, it could spell doom for the abortion giant.’”

You don’t say.

It’ll be interesting to hear what clever protests or reasoning the pro-abortion side has for this practice and how it’ll play out in the press. The only defense is brazenness… oh, who am I kidding. Think this’ll get any traction? Stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath.

July 9, 2015

Helicopter Parents and the Kids Who Just Can’t

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 9:39 am

Helicopter Parents and the Kids Who Just Can’t – Bloomberg View:

“People have been worrying about The Kids These Days since time immemorial. And yet, older people I talk to — ones old enough to remember seeing the low-speed, low-stakes train wreck that was my own generation hurtling through college and into the workforce — confirm my impression that This Time Really Is Different. The upper stratum of the Trophy Kids really are going into college expecting to live in a sort of Nerf universe where nothing ever really hurts, and there’s always an adult to pick them up and put them back on track. And they’re coming out into the workforce expecting the same sort of personal concierge service from a world that, as I was myself dismayed to find 20 years ago, really doesn’t have time to care how they feel.”

From the comments:

Here’s the secret to human history:
Prosperity breeds the conditions for its own failure. Societies NEED to get smacked around periodically, or they become unhinged from reality. The coming storm that we fear IS the cure.


July 8, 2015

Put Up or Shut Up

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:35 am

A Modest Proposal for the New York Times:

“Everyone knows Margaret Thatcher’s quip about socialism: sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money. Sooner or later, and it is looking more and more like it might be sooner, the Germans are going to run out of money to pay for the Greeks’ lavish pension plans and retirement schemes.

But all is not lost. The sums Greece wants are quite large, it is true, but every little bit can make a difference.  And, as Mr. Krugman & Co. would be the first to insist, this a moral imperative. There’s bleeding going on. It must be stopped. People have to take a stand. So here’s my modest proposal. When the markets open today, The New York Times should shift their entire pension portfolio into Greek bonds, beginning with whatever holdings Messrs. Cohen, Krugman, and members of the editorial board may have.  It may be an adventurous investment, but, hey, were talking about medicines and imported food on the supermarket shelves in Athens. What an edifying spectacle: rancid lefties at a once-important paper put their money—their own money, for once—where their loud mouths are.

By itself, the Times won’t make a big difference. But what an example! And perhaps—we can only hope!—other left-wing organizations will follow suit and, instead of trying to spend your money or the Germans’ money, they will invest their own money in Greek bonds, thus showing the world that they are really serious about economic redistribution.  What started as a trickle from the office of The New York Times may become a raging current of altruistic investment in a real-life socialist utopia. ‘The important thing now,’ Mr. Krugman says, ‘is to do whatever it takes to end the bleeding.’ Let’s start with his own savings and pension as the first bandaid.”

Hey, it’s only fair. What’s that you say, Dr. Krugman? You don’t want to risk your personal portfolio of retirement funds on a no-win financial situation? Then why are you telling governments to risk their taxpayer’s money?

July 6, 2015

Skirt Gap

Filed under: The R2 Project — jasony @ 10:55 am

I got rid of the gap! I spent a couple of hours on the manual mill and lathe last night (I’ve gotten pretty good at setting those machines up and have fun working on them). I was able to create pockets on the backside of the thick piece that accept the short rods. I also shortened the rods slightly to tighten up the gap. There was a small problem with insetting the screws (the non-threaded part of the screw punches too far through the hole and keeps the rod from tightening down all the way). I’ll go back in today and taper the threaded screw hole in the short rods to get rid of that problem.

What this means is that I can now JB Weld the thick part onto the skirt surround. I’m one step closer to finishing the skirt. After the JB Weld dries I’ll apply LabMetal and let that cure (it should be here today). Then I can start making the little vertical details (this pic grabbed from online):


I have to cut the bar so that the top slope is 53 degrees and the bottom is 36 degrees, then I’ll drill 2 holes and tap them, then temporarily fasten them in the exact location onto the surround, use a center punch to mark the holes, and then drill those holes out. Then it’s a simple matter to screw the pieces to the surround from the inside. I’ll have to smear Lab Metal on the screw holes to cover them up and then sand everything to make it look good.

It’s a lot of work but each step is straightforward. I have to hand tap 24 holes with #4/40 1/4″ machine screws (hmm… have to buy some of those). By this point tapping screws scares me not a bit. I’m really good at it. I just put on a good podcast and get into a nice Zen state and a few hours later they’re done.

I’m shooting to have the skirt done within the next 2 weeks…. hopefully.

I need to start some research into what I’ll need to buy to get the finishing done on the frame. I’m going to sand and polish every piece until it sparkles and then get it all anodized. Then the lasering.

Hopefully it’ll be done by Sept 1st but I’m not going to rush it. It has to be right, not just fast.

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