Life

"John Urschel Goes Pro"

This is a really nice story, in progress, of a professional football player turned MIT-trained mathematician.

“I think I’m actually leading my best life,” he says. “I get up in the morning and I ask myself, what would I rather be doing? And the answer is nothing. There’s not a single thing in the world I could say I’d rather be doing. I want for nothing. Which is a beautiful, beautiful thing.”


"Doctors: It's Time to Ban Baby Walkers"

Not just any doctor, mind you, but "the head of an American Academy of Pediatrics". And not just "we should provide ample information to parents about these," but no, they should be banned.

There's absolutely no reason these products should still be on the market," study author Gary Smith tells NPR.

I'm sorry, but I have one reason. My older daughter had one and for a few months before she started walking she thought it was the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel itself. 

(And yes, they can be dangerous. A whole lot of things can be dangerous for babies and toddlers. They can get into a lot of trouble very, very quickly. If new parents don't know that, they should be taught. But treat them like adults and don't ban stuff that at least some people like a whole lot.)

Lord save us from the do-gooders.


"Thoughts from a road trip about life, nature, government, and technology"

A fine rant. Sample:

The reason the government wants to move to cars powered by flammable, polluting lithium-ion batteries is because the government claims that clear, non-pollutant CO2 is destroying the planet and causing dire climate change based on inaccurate manipulated computer models.

Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice to travel in a driverless electric car so there would be no worries?  After all, our GPS worked well, except:

  • It didn't recognize that speed limits changed in construction zones.
  • The GPS didn't work in gas stations, restaurants, tolling booths, toll plazas, mountain tunnels, driveways, garages, or over the Hudson River Bridge.
  • It was lost for eight miles in Windsor, Ontario trying to get back to the U.S.

Otherwise, it was great.