Category: History & Culture

not art, music, performing arts or literature

Shrovetide

Probably woefully out of chronological or festival order, the one above is for Shrovetide, the ones below I think just folk – how would I know?

Corona

There was too much sensationalism in parts of the Unz article: https://www.unz.com/article/was-the-2020-wuhan-coronavirus-an-engineered-biological-attack-on-china-by-america-for-geopolitical-advantage/ Most of it was interesting and ran that history again, including the Canadian connection.  Who knows who’s the baddy in the situation?  Does look like brinkmanship to me.…

Coupon thrift

There’s a lot of it about round here – discount cards and stamps – I’ve seen someone on quite a reasonable income still doing this – collecting and pasting coupons – and why not? http://americandigest.org/the-miracle-of-the-nickel-bratwurst/ My financial situation is such…

Valentine’s

My concession to the saccharine day for those still in the game, especially long term spouses, this day is for you: During my time in Russia, they didn’t initially have a grip on what this ‘American’ ‘holy’ day was about…

Machine learning

What fun: Are the biggest big tech companies monetizing their big datasets? I think the answer in 2020 is ‘sort of’, and doesn’t involve particularly advanced statistics. At amazon, even really good product recommendations aren’t (I suspect) driving sales growth…

When all else is lost …

… the traditional response is trust in the Lord but N2, once you’ve done that, is to make a comedic [sic] song about the whole thing, whatever the whole thing is at the time. So I went searching [and retching], searching…