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Bill Quick

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Off Topic and General Interest — 37 Comments

    • Yeah, I read it. BTW, just for interest, Howey is the guy about whom a big-time NYC editor told a gathering of her fellows, (much to their displeasure) “I honestly don’t think the traditional publishing model has anything better to offer him than what he’s already got.”

      Which, in his case, was selling millions of very short books – novellas, really – and keeping 70% of the gross – which made him an overnight millionaire.

      I’ll probably have some thoughts on this down the road, but right now I’m involved in trying to get the PR campaign for LIGHTING FALL off the ground. The book is completely finished. I’m just waiting on blurbs and reviews, and figuring out the marketing plan.

    • I saw it yesterday, and heard about it sometime before – it’s been on local blogs.

      What bothered me about this is the overall whiny tone, and the shock. This guy just can’t believe that it happened to him. In his world, that’s just impossible. And even now, he’s half apologizing for even bringing it up. The hard lesson – that the cops aren’t your friend, that life isn’t a kindergarten fantasy of Captain Kangaroo Kops, is still beyond him.

      It’s said that a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who’s been mugged by the cops.

      But what is a liberal who’s been mugged by the cops? A pussy, apparently. At least in San Francisco.

        • It’s not that. In theory, since your email is in my contacts, my spam filters should give it an automatic pass. In reality, they do anything they damned well want to do.

          Charlie Stross thinks that strong AI will first crop up in either spam, or spam defenses. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit. My filter sure seems to have a mind of its own.

          • …strong AI will first crop up in either spam, or spam defenses.

            Hmm-m-m…if so, let’s hope it’s as spam defenses – at first, at least. Strong AI as spam initially seems like a pretty potentially-scary thing.

            I really did like that film, Tron…I think…which was sort of about that kind of thing…

            I’ve said, for years, that computer systems have a life all their own, about which we mere mortals know little or nothing – since the software is, in a sense, the central nervous system of a computer, spam filters “do(ing) anything they damn well want to do” – especially in a fairly-complex system like yours – would make a certain kind of slightly-spooky sense.

            I do a lot of work with CADD systems – the more complex ones (which are, in essence, about 90% – 95% the software, only about 5% – 10% the firmware and hardware) definitely demonstrate, at times, some “doing what they damn well want to do” – the one I spend the most time with, for instance, exhibits a “taste” for hiding (and sometimes “losing”) data of certain kinds, and for showing slightly-inflated counts of data entities in otherwise-allegedly-empty areas of some stored files.

            As Maynard G. Krebs used to say: “Ooo-o–like, spooky, man!”

  1. Saw this:

    Periodic Table Addition:

    Pelosium: A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science.

    The new element has been named Pelosium.

    Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 223 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311. These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

    The symbol of Pelosium is PU. Pelosium’s mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule, leading to the formation of isodopes.

    This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in voting concentration

    at: Probably old, but I enjoyed it.

    • I was going to blog on this particular bit of idiocy by pointing out that “turning off the lights” wasn’t the best way to counter the anti-green argument that they want to reduce us all to living in the cold and dark.

  2. I’m looking at the new Kindle Fire TV device but I don’t have an Ethernet connection handy to the TV. Does anybody know if the Kindle Fire TV can work over Wifi? The write up is vague on this point.

    • emdfl,I sent two emails to you yesterday, at the addy I had for you.

      Bottom line – thanks to the uncertainty of local laws about the item we are discussing, I’ve decided not to take the chance. Way too high of a risk factor for me.

      Instead, yous send me your shipping addy, and I’ll just send you the copy – previous smelly feedings more than cover that, I think.


  3. Got anybody in a free state nearby who could get it? You REALLY have GOT to get out of that Gulag you are stuck in. Do I need to remind you that I can get you a 3/2 2000sqft house on about a half acre two blocks from the river for ~a grand a month down here, heh, heh? ‘Course you’d be 40 miles from the nearest university town… with about 1800 people to keep you company.

  4. I may have a job offer in Texas. Finally able to leave the state that gave us Rahm Emmanuel, Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, and a whole prison full of ex-governors and a graveyard full of Democrat voters. Not to mention going to a state that has no income tax.

    Now I need to shop for a weekend place outside of Houston.