Monthly Archives: April 2011


Along I limp through corridors of night Holding up a lantern to the dark Stumbling over fragments of the light Hoping here to find some vital spark That will illuminate the coming days To guide me on to where the … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Third Generation Reactors

I’ve been hearing a lot of, “This could never happen with third generation designs.” In the aftermath of Fukushima various people in the nuclear industry have been proclaiming the “impossibility” of a Fukushima-like problem with 3rd-generation reactor designs. Their argument … Continue reading

Posted in economics, physics, politics, technology | 27 Comments

Some Notes on Celestial Navigation

Learning to navigate by the Sun, the Moon and the stars has recently risen to the top of my list of things to do, and I thought it might be useful to describe the results of my study thus far. … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, epistemology, physics, sailing, technology | 35 Comments

I was a teenage objectivist

Mike suggests this should be designated “International Ayn Rand Vilification Week” as apparently the upcoming premier of a film version of “Atlas Shrugged” is bringing out the haters. As someone whose life has been influenced by Rand’s work, I thought … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down

I’ve been reading through Paul Ryan’s budget plan and find it increasingly surreal and disorienting to see a massive influx of government money and federal regulation into health care touted as a “market-based solution” from a party interested in “smaller … Continue reading

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Humans see humanity everywhere. My favourite is anthropomorphization of markets, which are after all just calculating machines. From today’s 2:30 pm : … the Dow is trying to reclaim lost gains… 2:00 pm : Bank stocks continue fighting to … Continue reading

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Dropping bombs on innocents alike with guilty, don’t you know it works so well that recently we’ve seen a little spike in murdered children at the gates of hell. This is the glory that is modern war robotic drones swift-scouring … Continue reading

Posted in death, life, poem, politics, sonnet, war | 24 Comments

The Finitude of Daylight

The finitude of daylight ends all plans that for their execution crave the light, clear-seeing eyes guiding gentle hands doing work that’s good and proper, right. This leaves the world to darkness and to me beside this country churchyard in … Continue reading

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No Event

Apparently there are people who believe that no one died on 9/11 (language NSFWCW–“Not Safe for White Collar Work”… people who actually work for a living will find it fucking tame.) A friend who studies conspiracy theories mentioned this, and … Continue reading

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