Author Archives: mikezintel

Checking in on the Covid19 Experts

About 5 weeks into a combination of thoughtfully reduced mitigation restrictions and riots, cases are rising in the USA. Deaths, in some places, are climbing but overall they continue to fall, from 2200/day at the peak in mid-April  to 650 … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Corona19 in America

Late Feb 2019: This Might Be Serious The fundamental change in America was an awakening from 10 years of unseriousness. At some level, everyone understands, and always has, that impeachment was nonsense, there are two genders, global warming is a … Continue reading

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Corvid19 In an Age of Bullshit; Hold the Bullshit.

Last week, the person credited with Sweden’s Covid19 public strategy, Anders Tegnell admitted “There is quite obviously a potential for improvement in what we have done.” With the wisdom of hindsight, it’s unlikely that anyone would have not have put … Continue reading

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Absolute Truth is Good

I was raised as a Protestant Baptist. Among mostly kind, well-intentioned, community minded folks. The churches ran outdoor camps, canoe trips, youth groups, exchange programs and other activities that helped many people, including me, explore the world surrounded by decent … Continue reading

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Helpful Flying Information re: Expedia, Fiji Airways and AIG Travel “Insurance”

At least one of you, maybe two (certainly not AIG – yet) have emailed me one of those surveys marketing sends out that you aggregate into scorecards and use to decide budgets, bonuses and promotions etc. I apologize but have … Continue reading

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60 Years of Social Engineering (was: The Cycles of Acceptable Liberal Thought)

American Liberalism began with the generations immediately following the one that fought and died in WWII. The central belief was that society had progressed both in material comfort and enlightened thought to a degree that life should, and could, be … Continue reading

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D850 Notes For Underwater Videographers and Fireworks Photographers and Others

The topmost settings that control focus are AF-mode and AF-Area Mode: Note that both settings have different states, and different algos between Live View and Still Note that the algos may also be different between Live View Still and Live … Continue reading

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How Hard Indeed

Amazon recently completed a genuinely massive migration project from Oracle to AWS databases. This is an impressive accomplishment, demonstrating both technical prowess, and sustained corporate willpower. The data model of a large system permeates the entire system, and over time … Continue reading

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The Watchful Internet

Do you ever wonder how it is that you are browsing https://www.oilsandsmagazine.com, and a few seconds later, as you browse Amazon for McGregor socks, and Amazon shows you an ad for a Caterpillar 797 Heavy Hauler? Who doesn’t want a Cat 797? … Continue reading

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How It Works

Liberals still don’t seem to understand how Donald Trump got elected, and perhaps will be elected again. Ironic, because that’s how we got here. Liberals believe that in the election of Barack Obama, they (ignoring all the independent and conservative … Continue reading

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