Lots of books
Apr 9th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

I just noticed that my library has exceeded 2,000 titles (2,075, in fact). The advent of electronic books has really made a huge difference–I never would have had enough room for that many physical books, but over 1,300 of them are ebooks for my Kindle which take no room.

Quote of the Day
Feb 15th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

The word baizuo is, according to political scientist Zhang Chenchen, a Chinese word that ridicules Western “liberal elites”. He further defined the word “baizuo” with the definition “People who only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.


I have no idea how to pronounce that, but I’m sure it’s easier to say than “SJW.”

Twitter’s new rules supposedly going into effect
Dec 18th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

The Twitter Rules. You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017. []

Supposedly this new Twitter rule will be going into effect today, with people who violate it having their accounts banned. However, this is obviously not going to happen. If it did, every account associated with any government would be banned, as would anyone affiliated with any government (including employees and businesses that do business with governments). Since this covers not just activity but statements, mainstream media sources such as the New York Times and CNN would also be banned.

But of course this is Twitter, so they’ll actually just be banning people who aren’t sufficiently enthusiastic Social Justice Warriors, because anything that makes a pinko sad is literally violence.

Cops get away with murder yet again
Dec 8th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Arizona Cop Acquitted for Killing Man Crawling Down Hotel Hallway While Begging for His Life. Arizona jurors watched the video below, which shows former Mesa, Arizona, police officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford shooting and killing a man who was begging for his life and attempting to follow the officer’s orders to crawl down a hotel hallway.

Yesterday, the jurors found Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter.

The incident occurred in January 2016. Daniel Shaver apparently was showing off a pellet gun, and it was visible through the hotel room window. This prompted somebody to call to the hotel front desk, which prompted a call to the police. [Hit & Run]

It’s perfectly legal to carry real guns either openly or concealed in Arizona, to say nothing of a pellet gun in a temporary residence. Of course, cops don’t care about the law.

Time to find a new job
Nov 17th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

My contract with Integrity Digital Solutions ended today. It was originally a six month contract, although it ended up running for just short of a year.

Quote of the Day
Oct 6th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Do you know what stupid is? Stupid is continually telling a large portion of the population that they’re the cause of all social problems, you hate them, they’re Literally Hitler and you wish them dead. And then telling them oh by the way, please give up your guns.

Ace of Spades HQ

Not a good start
Oct 3rd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

I watched the first three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. I had been skeptical after seeing the advertisements for it, as it appeared to be Star Trek in name only, with no thought to continuity. On the other hand, it had Michelle Yeoh as the captain, and she’s certainly a better choice than the last two.

After watching it, my impression that it only gives lip service to being Star Trek was correct (it’s more like the awful recent movies), and Michelle Yeoh’s character was killed off at the end of the second episode. I am not impressed.

Quote of the Day
Aug 22nd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

You know you’re living some semblance of a free life when you have to stop and look up the spelling of “committee.”

Joel Simon

A very large difference in ease
Jun 19th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Simple Web Development with Xojo. Do you find it frustrating to create web apps? HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX can be challenging, and frameworks such as Node, React, Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET, PHP and Java are often overwhelming for those just beginning web development.

There is a simpler solution: Xojo. Using a single programming language and a single IDE, you can go from zero to a working web app in an amazingly short amount of time with Xojo. [Xojo Blog]

In my experience the difference in complexity is enormous. Not long ago I was assigned to write a GWT composite widget containing over a dozen other widgets. To be sure I understood the written spec, I first created a working prototype of the widget as a Xojo container control so that I could show it my boss and confirm that I understood what he wanted. Once he had confirmed it, I implemented the same UI using GWT. The Xojo version took an hour and had a dozen lines of code. The same UI in GWT took a week and 150 lines of code.

Quote of the Day
Feb 21st, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Private property ownership has nothing even remotely to do with political borders. Property lines are determined nonaggressively, they are subject to market forces, owners are strictly limited in what they can do by considerations of proportionality and equal liberty (if you smoke in my house or trespass on my lawn I have a right to throw you off my property; I don’t have a right to lock you in a cage or throw you out of the country). They are wildly different in scope and powers granted and processes by which they are established, enforced, divided and reallocated. One is a spatial expression of individual liberty and the other is a collective assault upon it. Equating the two is sophistry on a par with “Banks are a good place to put your money. The Mississippi River has two banks. Therefore, the side of the Mississippi River is a good place to leave your money.”

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