Intel's Ronler Acres Plant


Silicon Forest

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Mar de Plástico

'Mar de Plástico' nueva serie de Antena 3

Started watching this European murder mystery series last night. It's got all the standard elements (good guys, bad guys, tough girls, lunatics, poor people, rich people) and it promises to be very entertaining. In Spanish, with subtitles, on Netflix.

It is set in southern Spain near Almeria. The place is home to the largest collection of greenhouses in the world.

Spain Greenhouses Can Be Seen From Space!!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Outside the Box

Carpentry 'Magic': Draw a Circle... with a SQUARE?!

I'm reading The Outside by Ada Hoffman, a very spacey science fiction novel and it's pretty great. One of the first things that comes up is knowledge versus understanding. Geometry and algebra might be a good example. It is possible to learn the rules for manipulating algebraic equations and by applying these rules you can 'solve' an equation, but just because you solved it does not necessarily mean you understand what the equation means. If you took algebra in school you probably solved a couple zillion equations. I know I did, but it wasn't until I got into geometry that these equations started to make any kind of sense.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Politics & Power

The Emperor, James Carroll Beckwith (c. 1890)
The first step in political understanding is to see that every society has a ruling class, and that the myth of popular government is an opiate of the masses.  If you need help taking this step, I suggest you consult Main’s Popular Government (1886) or Burnham’s Machiavellians (1943).  - JMSmith
I like what JMSmith writes, I've quoted him a couple of times in this blog (though not all posts tagged with Orthosphere quote JMSmith). This post draws gut level picture of our current power structure, historical power structures and power structures in general. It's good to step back from the day to day bullshit and get a good overview of what's really going on.

To properly represent the struggle for power we need a game that combines chess and Chinese checkers so we can have three opponents instead of just two. But a game like that might never end, and while it might mirror the real world, it wouldn't be much fun.

New words, or new meanings for old words, for me:

  • quondam - adjective, that once was; former.
  • regnant - adjective, reigning; ruling.
  • sacerdotal - adjective, relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
  • Brahmans, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Sudras - plural nouns, Indian classes and possibly Hindu castes. OK, Brahmans isn't new to me.
  • primate - noun (CHRISTIAN CHURCH), the chief bishop or archbishop of a province.

Holy Houses, Batman!

Artwork from Led Zepplin's Houses of the Holy album
Rumor has it that Facebook has banned, or censored this image. I can't verify this because I don't go on Facebook anymore. I think I made 'friends' with too many people that I knew nothing about and so whenever I went there I found all sorts of stuff, but nothing of any interest. Now to make it at least usable I would have to cull all these unknowns and I am not sure it is worth the effort.

I remember seeing this album back when it was in the stores (about a zillion years ago). I thought it was a little odd, but not very interesting. Little kids are just as likely to be a nuisance as to be enjoyable company. I imagined they were put on this cover to symbolize innocence or something other high-falutin concept.

But Facebook has banned it, so in your face Facebook. Maybe this tempest-in-a-teapot will expand into a real storm that will consume Facebook and possibly the whole Social Justice Warrior crap festival.

I'm Rednecker Than You


Another fine, goofball song.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Songshan Monument

The soldiers of the new Songshan monument are lined up and face the double summit of Songshan Mountain.
There were a couple of big battles over the Huitong Bridge, one early in WW2 when the Japanese were trying to get into China via the Burma Road, and one late in the war, when the Allies were pushing the Japanese back. A monument was erected after the war, but then 20-odd years later it was torn down during the "Cultural Revolution". Recently a new one has been erected.

I'm still trying to sort out exactly what happened and where, but I thought this monument was pretty cool.

An apparent dilemma

If some things trump freedom of religion, then whatever the state wants to suppress will be cast as one of those things.
If nothing trumps freedom of religion, then anything any depraved freak wants to do will be cast as a sacrament of his religion.
So it looks like we get either a depraved freak show, or repressive state-enforced orthodoxy.
But this is America; it turns out we can have both. - Marcel
Stolen entire from Monday Evening