Archive for category: Geekitude

Diversity Is A Good Thing, As Long As You Know What To Diversify

19 Apr
April 19, 2018

Reason put out this article earlier this week on the dangers of Silicon Valley’s burgeoning ideological conformity. Let’s look at the first couple of paragraphs:

quote When it comes to software, Silicon Valley understands the threat of monocultures. If 100 percent of computers run the same code and malware authors discover an exploit, 100 percent of computers will be vulnerable to the same attack. Fortunately, the way to reduce such risks is straightforward: Increase diversity.

quote Alas, this insight seems limited to software. Technology executives have yet to fully recognize the risks posed by the potent political monocultures forming inside their own companies.

The problem is that so many who push “diversity” fail to understand what they need to diversify. For these tech companies – and other places pushing diversity for diversity (cough, universities, cough, literary circles) – they are mistaking the biological for the mental. In essence, they are saying because they have both golden labradors and chocolate labradors, they are diverse – and they don’t see the problem when large numbers of their dogs die off. For tech companies, the biggest threat from this failure to recognize they are not really diverse is going out of business because they’ve alienated enough customers.

However, the same issue is impacting the RKBA. I keep hearing how we do we get more women, POCs, young people, etc. involved in the gun rights battle. Too many times, I see the RKBA making the same mistake of substituting outward diversity with inward diversity. You can’t invite people with one breath, and with the next demand they immediately conform to every thing you believe outside of RKBA – such as God, abortion, economics, and/or the current issues of the day.

We’re not breeding stronger livestock, so we shouldn’t be looking for biological diversity. We’re trying to breed stronger ideas, so we need ideological diversity.

Three Things I’m Excited About To Round Out 2017

22 Sep
September 22, 2017

October*:

November:

December:

*Yes, I know the second Kingsmen comes out in September, but I won’t get to see it until October.

Metal Tuesday- Something for the Geeks

20 Dec
December 20, 2016

According to the YouTube video, this is Jon Bon Jovi’s very first recording.

Friday Quote – 5/6/16

06 May
May 6, 2016

Continuing Star Wars Day fun.

“A lot of Star Wars fans come up to me and ask me to say ‘Luke, I am your father.’ And I’ll remind them the quote is actually, ‘No, I am your father.’ Then I use the Force to choke them within an inch of their life while they weep and beg for forgiveness. 

I love my fans.”

James Earl Jones, actor, voice of Darth Vader 

Friday Quote – 4/1/16

01 Apr
April 1, 2016

This one’s a pic.

  

Metal Tuesday- April Fool’s Fourth Edition

29 Mar
March 29, 2016

This year’s entry

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (Spoiler Free)

18 Dec
December 18, 2015

My brother treated the family to one of the first screenings of the Star Wars. I will say the clampdown on details was a damned good thing, because it let the plot twists and turns hit with even more emotional punch. One of these nearly got my family killed as we were leaving the theater (I posted that over on the Book of Face, but I’ll probably do a quick post here later).

I will say this: in lesser hands, this movie would have just been a tribute film to the first Star Wars. We have all the elements – hero’s journey, lovable scamps, omnipresent evil force, awesome space battles. Except it wasn’t just a tribute. It was the melding of all we loved about the original with new themes and characters that make Episode VII more than the sum of its parts. 

I look forward to seeing it again. And again. And again.

Robotech on “Unjustly Maligned”

10 Dec
December 10, 2015

If you want to hear about probably my favorite cartoon series, here’s a damn good podcast episode.

What If?

02 Dec
December 2, 2015

The brother sent me a link for a gallery of pictures based on the idea of what if popular movies were made in different decades. I loved the Dune one:

   And there are four more of them if you really want to lose some time. 

A Vera Base?

07 Sep
September 7, 2015

Oleg has a pick of a new shotgun that looks like it could be used to build Vera from Firefly.

  
Shotgun

  
Vera

Here’s the article from AllOutdoor.