Re: Quick Links From Witt; one of three

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Even worse is when all your careful planning generates the desired outcome, ie no catastrophe, and everybody still thinks you are useless because they get the idea that the (averted) crisis was overblown.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 2:20 PM
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See, e.g., "environmentalists overreacted to the ozone layer!" or "the Voting Rights Act has worked so well that we no longer need it!"


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 2:21 PM
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There have been several hurricanes since Obama took office that barely missed DC, and people complained about the waste of money spent on preparation. Same for NYC a few years ago, I think. It's tough to show how effectively you prepare to a low information public.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 2:24 PM
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It's almost like the studies that get blogged/pop-sci'd about every 18 months about humans' difficulty assessing long-term risks, catastrophic-but-low-probability-risks and the relative desirability of two marshmallows an hour later have a point.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 2:49 PM
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2- And the stimulus failed. That's an odd case because it did enough to avoid a major disaster but not enough to be widely seen as successful, so everyone hates it.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 2:55 PM
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The stimulus was always going to fail. That was wrote.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 3:47 PM
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Right, Democrat. And black to boot.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:08 PM
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That said, the suggestions in the article seem like no-brainers.

Right, like any modern wealthy society can make health care easily available to everyone.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:12 PM
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Right, right ... what the hell am I, freaking Supertramp?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:14 PM
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8: Or liking having good levees in New Orleans.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:22 PM
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I am enjoying the Stormcronologue, but it seems to have ground to a halt, so I'll just say that 9 made me laugh.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:35 PM
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Just did a boggle grid that had fleshlight but not flashlight in it ....


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:52 PM
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I tried it.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:52 PM
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And people died it.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:58 PM
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Nice sensitivity to the Syrian children.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 7:02 PM
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Is the fleshlight internationally recognized as a WMD?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 7:04 PM
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15: Contrast that wtih me just getting "legless" in support of the children.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 7:06 PM
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The bar chart in that link is very confusing. If you telecommute in New York, it takes you an average of forty minutes to get to work?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 2:30 AM
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If you telecommute in New York, it takes you an average of forty minutes to get to work?

Probably the time it takes to log onto your VPN, assuming an average of 24 timeouts.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 3:25 AM
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Apartments in New York are so big that it takes 40 minutes to get from your bedroom to your home office, even if you stay in your pajamas.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:01 AM
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18: Since there were only blue bars (pre-Sandy) for that and "did not work" I presumed that only included folks who had previously commuted but now were not. So zero commute time after.

I was frustrated with the lack of any time period; is that a week, a month or what after the storm. Surely the delays reded over time.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:04 AM
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What my home office was doing in my pajamas I'll never know.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 5:07 AM
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Back in April, HUD announced that Sandy-related rebuilding projects had to account for a given risk of flooding in order to receive federal money. In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called for applying this standard nationwide. The task force echoes Obama, suggesting that subsidized projects use regional data to determine the flood risk in their area and address it accordingly.

I'm kind of amazed this isn't the case already. As I understand it, all new construction in flood risk areas over here has to be flood resistant, not just subsidised projects. I realise there are federalism issues, but still, this is building code 101 surely.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 5:14 AM
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23: Over here we're in the midst of a decades-long exercise in institutional support of the Parable of the Broken Window for areas where rich people like to pass the time*.

*Sandy recovery admittedly not the best exemplar of this principle.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 5:58 AM
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I think it's Ttam who often laments that crisis-avoidance is the most under-appreciated job possible.

One of Barack Obama's greatest achievements as president is the non-invasion of Iran. One of Al Gore's would have been the non-invasion of Iraq.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:11 AM
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As of today, kids who struggled and sweated to achieve the opportunity to receive a hellaciously expensive, incredibly competitive, allegedly top-notch private school education might end up with me, of all people, trying to teach them. Hah!

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Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:12 AM
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Have fun educating the future hedge fund managers.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:16 AM
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26: Kids who worked and suffered and struggled for profesors of fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:44 AM
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+s

Scholasticoid Heroes.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:46 AM
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Kids who start college in 2013 have never not known that Sifu was their TA.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 6:52 AM
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26:

[Excerpt from Courses of Instruction 2013-2014]

Engineering Sciences 56: Killer Robots in Theory and Practice
Catalog Number: 4499
Sifu Tweety and guest lecturers
Half course (fall term). M., W., F., 3-4:30. EXAM GROUP: 7

This course will introduce students to the design, construction and use of autonomous mechanical agents wielding weaponized radiation sources. We will address the primary engineering challenges associated with lethal robotics: locomotion, orientation, target identification and acquisition, armaments, and defensive armor. Readings will cover classic fictional accounts of killer robots as well as selected technical documents from the German Wunderwaffen program (in translation). Cursory consideration will be given to legal aspects of autonomous weaponry. In lieu of a final exam, students will complete an independent practical project and conduct a demonstration. Some knowledge of gyroscopic controls and explosive forging is assumed.

Note: Enrollment limited to 12. Preference will be given to Concentrators in Mind, Brain & Behavior and students with demonstrably good drug connections. Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Expository Writing 11: Blog Commenting and Music 55: Introduction to Electronic Music. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the Core requirement for Science A.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:11 AM
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Heh.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:19 AM
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"Fiddlesticks C minus. It doesn't even slow them down."


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:20 AM
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Now the first lecture's going to be packed.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:21 AM
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(which is to say, 31 is great)


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:31 AM
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Students are encouraged, nay, required, to appropriate licensed IP as part of their final project.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:46 AM
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By appropriate I mean steal.

Also, students will be required to sign various non-disclosure statements and waivers of liability. No children of lawyers or Irish need apply.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:50 AM
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Engineering Sciences 56: Killer Robots in Theory and Practice

Now I desperately want [somebody else to run] an unfogged PBeM IOU campaign.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 7:57 AM
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Some knowledge of gyroscopic controls, pooping, and explosive forging is assumed.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 8:18 AM
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Well that wasn't so bad. Of course, today all I had to do was sit through a lecture.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:01 PM
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40: I think I remember that one from Pirsig, did the student's panic when you didn't say anything?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:06 PM
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Or wait, one of the students was lecturing you?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:07 PM
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40: I think I remember that one from Pirsig, did the student's panic when you didn't say anything cause an erotic charge?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:14 PM
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Anyhow, no. The section, which is the part I have to teach as a lowly grad etc. doesn't happen until next Wednesday.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 4:15 PM
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Just remember not to be afraid of silence during discussion sections. And don't shy away from actively eliciting further contributions from a student with the simple but effective "say more."


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 8:12 PM
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My TF keeps asking me what he should be doing in section. I never went to a section as a student so I don't have a clue.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 8:14 PM
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Apropos of nothing, Adventureland turns out to be a good movie, as I would have known 3 years ago if I'd noticed a couple of comments here about it.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 9:56 PM
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Four years ago? Christ, what year is it now?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 10:10 PM
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5774.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 10:12 PM
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47: I'm not sure if any of those comments were written by me, but I liked that movie quite a lot, and I'm not usually a fan of nostalgia trips.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 09- 5-13 10:44 PM
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46: all I have been a le to figure out so far is that he should have a section syllabus, containing, presumably, words.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 6-13 7:03 AM
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51: Huh, I wouldn't have guessed that. I thought it was more of an "answer questions and try to clear up confusions from the last week of lectures" kind of thing.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 6-13 7:25 AM
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Yeah, go figure. A clear outline of what you intend to cover is essential, apparently. According to people who teach very different kinds of course than me or your TF, but who I was nonetheless obligated to listen to.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 6-13 7:39 AM
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