Category: rant


posted by ben on 10.11.01 at 14:14, null, null, math, math, rant, politics, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

So, so wrong. We need more math education. Yes, set theory may not be terribly useful (unless you interact with tuples on a daily basis), but calculus is a prerequisite for understanding the world around us. If we want to understand how many of the automated systems around us work, linear algebra and more is neccessary. The math education that comes with a typical college degree is totally insufficient to understanding the world.

That means only a select few can understand how things work, which in turn means that an even smaller select group can improve on the working of things. This is a problem. Wider math education means the ability of society to build more complex machines. That means great productivity and that means greater wealth.

Some education has value. Some does not. Math has value.

posted by ben on 08.11.21 at 17:58, null, null, technology, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

I was told there would be flying cars. Now they say I can’t have a car at all. This is not the future, but the numbers keep going up anyway.

Guess which one costs $20,000

posted by graham on 08.02.05 at 12:00, Rants, coffee, rant, null, 1 comment Permalink

Light bulb oven:

Light bulb coffee maker:

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Personally, I'd rather have 571 Easy-bake Ovens.
Permalink 02/05/08 @ 12:07

"It's an old man's drink, it's boring, it tastes like shit"

posted by collin on 07.10.12 at 08:34, null, rant, rant, 1 comment Permalink

And most people are stupid. I'm not sure I like this guy. Blending Caol Ila?

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I bought a bottle of Scapa the other day. The label's different now.
Permalink 10/12/07 @ 10:59

Ah shadenfreude...

posted by collin on 07.10.01 at 20:22, null, rant, rant, bike, 2 comments Permalink

After several years of hibernating in my parent's garage, I dug my bike out and brought it to the local repair shop for a much needed tune-up. They quickly informed me that my 14 year-old U-lock was not going cut it on the mean streets of New York and then demonstrated by easily opening it with a regular Bic pen.

So I needed a new lock. The recommended approach is to use at least two, one to secure both wheels to the frame and another to secure the frame to a post—which doesn't even cover the seat.

What about your fork? ZOMG!

The true test is always on the street. After a night of being locked to parking sign on a dark street off Houston, I found the bike with both wheels and the seat exactly where I left if it. The handle bars, however, were gone.


Comment from: Devin [Visitor] ·
I love the dangling participle because it's entirely plausible.
Permalink 10/01/07 @ 21:40
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I didn't do it.
Permalink 10/02/07 @ 07:04

We were more indie.

posted by collin on 07.09.26 at 18:28, null, rant, rant, bike, 1 comment Permalink

You suck like the love child of a pornstar and a hoover CoolHunting. Stop pimping this corporate shit...

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
The one in the top left reminds me of something. I can't quite place it though...
Permalink 09/27/07 @ 08:56

The car.

posted by graham on 07.05.25 at 11:32, rant, Porsche, null, 3 comments Permalink

Oh my god, what have I gotten myself into? I've already begun buying parts for it.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
If it's this way now, imagine how you're going to feel when your girlfriend destroys the transmission and you end up having it and the engine rebuilt.

Did you buy a great big spoiler for it? Some LEDs to light up the pavement? Maybe some blue headlights?
Permalink 05/26/07 @ 03:54
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
$179 worth of switches, knobs, electrical bits, rubber plugs and door hinge parts.
Permalink 05/29/07 @ 14:36
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Oh, and an engine rebuild is already on my to-do list for this winter. If I can find a place with garage space I might actually try it myself.
Permalink 05/30/07 @ 09:09

BLF member MIA

posted by collin on 07.05.09 at 13:16, null, rant, rant, bike, 1 comment Permalink

Last seen at the Carnegie Center in D.C.

This naked aggression will not stand. There will be repercussions. Blood will flow.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
That's crap... what kind of bike thief steals a bike that's already been fixed?

Permalink 05/09/07 @ 15:33

Skid, wheelie, barspin, ride backwards. Repeat ad nauseam.

posted by graham on 07.05.01 at 13:52, Ideas, rant, seattle, Bicycles, null, New York, 9 comments Permalink

I'm gonna make a fixie video.

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
... and has anyone else noticed the Aerospoke resurgence? Hipsters: old and shitty does not equal retro. Wait, I take that back... you should put Answer Hyperlite bars on your fixies, then go weave through traffic.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 14:06
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Are we talking about Spin tri-spokes or bladed regular spokes?

I still have my Answer Taperlite.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 14:37
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Five heavy carbon spokes, most commonly seen on cop bikes. They suck.

I'm not sure if Taperlites fail as reliably as Hyperlites. Otherwise I might suggest that you donate it to your local point83 chapter.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:05
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Are there hyperlites left? It's been well over 10 years...

I always liked the Aerospokes... almost as nifty as the 30lb gold plated Colnago...
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:42
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Oh, also:

My last day in New York, I was riding the Bianchi backwards in circles at a traffic light with two hard drives in my bag... and I went down... quite hard. Front wheel went forwards, rear went backwards, I stayed upright for a fraction of a second.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:44
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
I can't remember the last time I saw an Aerospoke wheel. The Chicago bike cops used to have Amps with Grimeca wheels...

I still can't ride backwards, but I did actual get out on my Guerciotti yesterday.

So what are you going to do in this video?
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 18:44
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Skid, wheelie, barspin, ride backwards. Repeat ad nauseam.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 08:16
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Exactly. Just like this. Oh, I almost forgot... running over people's dogs. That always makes good footage.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 09:21
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Some of those guys have freewheels. Pansies.

I especially liked the "wallride". And the smoking. And the stairs at the beginning. You should hop down stairs sideways.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 10:16

Grah! Stab you!

posted by collin on 07.04.12 at 14:18, null, rant, rant, Leave a comment Permalink

Your participation in giving is an investment in Chicago’s quality, and ultimately, in the value of your degree.

Aren't mice necessarily modest?

posted by ben on 07.04.09 at 20:24, null, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

posted by ben on 07.04.05 at 22:23, null, rant, ben tries to beat Livermore, Leave a comment Permalink

I have a ridiculously high tolerance for risk.

Short of people who make a habit of playing Rambo, Scarface or acting out scenes from Trainspotting, I think I'm pretty well up there. Which is to say I am not overly averse to economic risk... which really isn't saying very much now that I think more about it.


posted by collin on 07.03.30 at 12:39, null, rant, technology, rant, tech, 1 comment Permalink

Once again Coolhunting posted something about bicycles that's unadulterated advertising pap. Cause, who doesn't want a $4k Ellsworth cruiser? But the hub does look kind of interesting.

So it's continuously variable hub. And the design is pretty elegant. Too bad it weighs 4.2kg. Which is twice the weight of any frame I'd put it on.

But, it takes standard freewheels. Which mean it takes standard track cogs.

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
You forgot to repeatedly mention the rotating balls.
Permalink 04/02/07 @ 08:14

Are they more guilty?

posted by collin on 07.02.22 at 15:10, null, math, nonsense, math, rant, random, rant, Leave a comment Permalink

I was looking at some random things...

Are the humanities guilty of making up nonsense words in a futile effort to have a semblance of logical, nee mathematical, consistency?

Bring it on bitches.

...just found this on an ancient notepad... I don't like ancient notepads.

posted by ben on 07.02.18 at 17:28, null, rant, rave, fetishizing intellect and beauty, writing, 2 comments Permalink

I envy you because even if you were felled by some unkind act of god, this instant, you would end knowing her better than I will, if by some chance, we lived to be 100 as we are now.

I need to get out more.

Comment from: Shenandoah [Visitor] ·
I recognize this quote, its out of "J. Benton Lackey - The Interweb Nastygrams of 2004".
Permalink 03/10/07 @ 01:06
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I don't think that one was even about you... I'm innocent I say... oh well.
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 21:32

more John Fowles

posted by ben on 06.12.27 at 01:59, null, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

Someone literate should read The French Lieutenant's Woman, so I can ask them about it.

Realization #5

posted by ben on 06.12.16 at 02:18, null, rant, technology, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

Advertising on the internet is a ponzi scheme, but one that is strangely well regarded. Virtually no one actually produces anything with value. Instead, the money driving the internet is mostly in the form of advertisements for other web sites that run entirely off of ad revenue... and so on ad infinitum... How?

For example, it took me two clicks from Gothamist to get to a real product, clicking on the ads..

... and this is just funny. On slashdot, the second adword ad is for porn addiction. Come on, Slashdot?

I now -officially- hate the BBC.

posted by collin on 06.12.07 at 00:53, null, math, math, rant, rant, 1 comment Permalink

It's official. I will stab them in the eye.

And here's some actual papers.

So tired.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
What the hell?:

"We've just solved a problem that hasn't been solved for twelve hundred years - and it's that easy," proclaims Dr Anderson having demonstrated his solution on a whiteboard at Highdown School, in Emmer Green.
Permalink 12/07/06 @ 03:06

This is why I need to get out more:

posted by ben on 06.12.06 at 13:39, null, null, rant, rave, Leave a comment Permalink

Last night, I had a dream that my portfolio was balanced 70-30 in favor of bonds. Benjamin Graham came to me in a mystical vision and told me the balance was all off for this market, so I sold all my bonds. Then Graham vanished in a puff of distaste, just before I put all my bond money in shorts.

I tried to delocate...

posted by graham on 06.12.06 at 13:32, Rants, technology, rant, null, Leave a comment Permalink

The delocator now lists independent book stores and theaters. Pity their software still doesn't work, and pity the closest indie coffee shop to my office is called "Cafe Donuts."