Chaos Manor Mail Sunday June 26, 2011

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Chaos Manor Mail Sunday June 26, 2011

 

New Format

 

Jerry,

 

The new format works very well for me. Reading on my iPad in Landscape, the new format is easier for me to read because the length of the lines is shorter and easier to read by just scanning down.

 

I am looking forward to seeing how the new format looks with Chaos Manor Reviews.

 

Keep up the good work. Your Site is loaded with INFORMATION CRITIAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF OUR REPUBLIC!

 

The View From Chaos Manor and Mail should be required reading for EVERY member of Congress.

 

Bob Holmes

Sent from my iPad=

 


I will keep trying. Mail will probably undergo a lot of changes over time. Thanks for the kind words. In particular I need to work on backgrounds and colors, neither of which I find as satisfactory as I did in the old system.

 

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Suggestion for the new format

 

Message Body:

 

I think you might be better served to stop thinking of your “blog” as a “daybook”. Sticking strictly to a (nearly) everyday post of mail and views isn’t necessary.

 

Instead, just post reader mail as it comes in along with your own comment – each in a separate post. I would think this would be simpler for you, too, by eliminating the compilation step.

 

Then, just intersperse your own view posts as your feel the need. They don’t have to come every day… just when you feel motivated and have the time.

 

The other key benefits to this is: 1) readers can reference and link to a specific reader e-mail since it will be in it’s own post, 2) moving to a user comment section would be easier so that comments could focus on a single topic, 3) finding the post that you last read would be easier.

 

Here’s an example of a blog that uses this style and I think fits what you’re trying to do:

 

http://apocalypsecometh.wordpress.com/

 

Hope this helps! Thanks for all of your work!

 

Thanks for the suggestions, but in fact the present system feels right to me. I want to make it easy to determine the difference between Mail and View, and what’s my contribution and what is comment on someone else’s stuff. But I am open to suggestion and discussion here. Probably not today. Today was a bit exhausting.

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The new Mail format

 

Jerry

 

I’m sure you have many many items to work on, but I’ll add this: when a user sets the normal font size in Firefox to 24, your comments expand to a reasonable size, but the mail does not.

 

I don’t know why this is happening, but I have to change my Firefox settings when I go to this new site.

 

Ed

 

I don’t know what causes that. It’s an item to add to the list to work on. Thanks.

 

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Navy Plans to Scrap First Experimental Stealth Ship

 

Check this out; an adventurous photographer accidentally found the Sea Shadow in the Mothball Fleet. http://scotthaefner.com/beyond/mothball-fleet-ghost-ships/

 

-Jay

 

Entropy runs fast with boats…

 

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Using the front sight!

 

Jerry,

 

I just saw video on FOX news from Libya. The rebels have stopped firing into the air. While most are still firing from the hip using the spray and prey method of gun fighting, a few are actually putting the butt stock to their shoulder and may be using the sites. It is fortunate for them that I’m going under the knife for a new pacemaker Monday. They’d be up shit creek without a paddle if Someone such as myself was there with a .50 BMG Barrett with a couple dozen cases of ammo. It would be like hunting sage rats.

 

Jim Crawford

 

Possibly an explanation for why Qadafi is rumored to be seeking a negotiated way out. He wants to stay rich and out of jail. We want him out. Rich is a relative term, but given what we are spending, a week’s worth of war is a lot of money, and although it’s not oil sovereign rich, one could live on that quite well – it beats a Dutch prison.

 

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Decline

 

“In 2008, historian David McCullough http://photoncourier.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html#7108192311108519448 spoke to seminar of some twenty-five students at an Ivy League college, all seniors majoring in history, all honors students. “How many of you know who George Marshall was?” he asked. None did.”

 

 

http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/

 

Steve Chu

 

Decline of the West. Actually, isn’t Decadence a proper term? Barzun’s Dawn to Decadence is a big book, long, not hard to read but it does take slow reading to understand. The West had a good run. We’ll see what happens.

 

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Compare and contrast

 

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=91589

 

http://news.scotsman.com/news/Scottish-couple-thrown-in-Texas.6789097.jp

 

Steve Chu

 

Which may be illustrative of the previous point. Thanks.

 

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Corpus Christi

 

 

Second Day of New System

 

At the moment the WordPress system seems to be working but mail to jerryp@jerrypournelle.com is not getting to me. It will by the end of the day. It is very late and past my bed time. UPDATE: mail problems are fixed and all is well. Read on.

 

It is my intention to keep this open all day and add to or revise it from time to time so you should renew this if you look at it after an interval. I will have a new item for each day, but not multiple files per day. I add to the day book as needed.

 

Contempt of Cop

Coast to Coast tonight is on the contempt of cop arrest of the woman in Rochester who was videotaping the police and got arrested for it. Interesting discussions, but I am not sure much new has emerged. Any officer who thinks he can prevent people from making videos of his actions will regret thinking that if he believes that will cover up any bad procedures. Electronics are too good and too small and lenses are too good. I can understand a policeman resenting citizens making videos of their actions, but that is probably a mistake given the ubiquity of recording cameras. Police had best get in the habit of acting as if they are on stage at all times.

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And off to bed, it being very late.

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1630 Sunday After Adventures

 

We are in the process of moving to BlueHost after years of smooth and efficient service from Brian and Greg at zidane.mazin. Rick has been doing most of the work. Last night we moved the mail. This morning it was panic time. For reasons I won’t go into, essentially no mail sent to jerryp@jerrypournelle.com, my main mail address, got to me after midnight and before about 1345 this afternoon. That looked to be time for panic, particularly since there were trickles of mail to other addresses I own, one of which ought not to be getting mail. Eventually we got it all figured out, and in a good sized flood a pile came in, much of it commentary on the new site. That will make up most of today’s mail, which I will form up after I get this logbook updated and sent off.

The moral of the story is, as one might suspect, Don’t Panic. Be Logical. I used to tell my technicians and instruct the junior engineers in what I called ‘the relentless application of logic.’ That doesn’t always work in the electronics age – sometimes I think these things really do have minds of their own, and thus we are in the situation of a military commander in which no battle plan survives contact with the enemy – but in fact it almost always does work. See what works and try something beyond that. In the OR business it was the process of making as good a model as you could that would describe what you have, then take excursions from it. If those look reasonable, try physical excursions to test the model. And so forth. Bit harder to do when your model is the climate of the Earth, of course.

Anyway, mail now works. If you sent mail to me I got it. I mostly got it all at once when we solved the problem, but it wasn’t eaten, and I have reviewed most of it. I’ll get to the rest tonight or tomorrow. It’s all here.

 

The World Goes On

 

There is more happening in the world than my transition, but alas, the part of the universe I am aware of has been restricted to getting email working properly. Khaddaffi is said to be trying to negotiate a way out of Libya that doesn’t involve going to some kind of international prison forever. How much is it worth to keep him locked up? Not sure where he would go. Idi Amin fled to Libya, then the Saudis accepted him and even paid for fairly luxurious upkeep so long as he stayed out of politics. He didn’t exactly grow old gracefully, but he certainly lived better than he would have in an Dutch or Belgian jail.

Sun Tzu says that one ought to build golden bridges for one’s enemies, but Sun Tzu is concerned with strategy and victory, not morality and revenge. In any event, the question is, how much is it worth to whom, and who will pay, to get Qadafi out? I suspect that the cost of getting him out of Libya is less than we spend in a week of breaking things and killing people.

I’ll come up for air tomorrow. For today, the relief is tangible: we have View, we have Mail, and we have email. Life approaches normal again. And I’m feeling a lot better today than I did at any time last week. Time to get some work done. Thanks for the patience.

 

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