Anomaly UK: When I first read the MR piece, I really thought the “PlayPump” was a parody of NGO aid projects. I was going to complain he hadn’t dug up any actual stupid projects, but then I thought I’d better just check…
Edgar: Hot and dry canvas on a deuce and a half. Shoe polish and Brasso. Linseed oil for the wooden stock on a M-14.
Isegoria: Contemplate effective altruism on the Tree of Woe.
Gollios: I thought it was called the ‘Wheel of Pain”
Ross: Supposed to be paternal, but instead supporting his peeps on the left despite all the violence on his person? So….he’s a cuckservative?
Faze: I agree with Isegoria’s opinions of the top 12 and double down on the HG Wells. The man had a wonderful style in his SF books, and they satisfy in the way of the best mainstream Edwardian literature.
Bruce: ‘At least the first one. After that Niven seemed to turn into an old horndog with Rishathra on the brain.’ The first one had orgies too. Young horndog to old horndog is an expectable transition.
Bob Sykes: I taught at an elite small liberal arts school for two years and at a major research university for 35 years. Kerr’s comment about faculty being independent entrepeneurs is spot on. Faculty are hired on their proven or inferred ability to bring in research dollars. All universities have tacit quotas for the amount of monies required, and one’s promotion and tenure depend upon one’s success in getting them. PhD students and papers also count, but they are secondary products of...