Friday, April 15, 2016
1. Little Man has taken to saying,
"Bye-bye, house!" and "Bye-bye, school!" at the ends of trips
to and from daycare, which shows me that he is beginning to thread
together the day's routines. Dropping him off there has also become,
not surprisingly, much more calm or more tearful, depending on his
2. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend all but the first quarter hour of the hearing that included Alex Epstein's inspiring Senate testimony in favor of fossil fuels Wednesday morning. There are a couple of clips posted at The Objective Standard, and Epstein himself has published the transcript of his testimony at Forbes.
Many would congratulate Epstein for "speaking truth to power," but I'd say he successfully reminded a few on the panel that, without truth, there is no power, and in more ways than one.
3. I know that my interest probably strikes most of my readers as esoteric, but I'll indulge myself anyway with a couple of recent discoveries about the Emacs text editor: First, someone has gotten the 1960's-era software to run on Android. (If I further indulge myself in one of these, I'll definitely try this.) Second, someone has created a package to "lint" prose in Emacs. I am more likely to try this.
4. Moving forward a decade, a 1970's military food survey that included made-up items as a kind of control yielded the following interesting result:
For the record, here are the nine lowest-ranked foods, from the bottom up -- all nine are so bad that service members ranked them beneath foods that don't exist at all:Agreed, but let me add that there are foods (e.g., casu marzu) you just can't make up that I am certain would rank lower and are even outright hazardous.
Buttermilk, skimmed milk, fried parsnips, low-calorie soda, mashed rutabagas, french fried carrots, prune juice, stewed prunes, french fried cauliflower. [bold added]