I made a Pangaea map using the map made by the Japanese guy a couple of years ago that had a truer size of the continents. It’s almost certainly wrong but it was fun. Janis Kenderdine – thanks for inspiring.

I made a Pangaea map using the map made by the Japanese guy a couple of years ago that had a truer size of the continents.

It’s almost certainly wrong but it was fun. Janis Kenderdine – thanks for inspiring.
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August 22, 2017 at 04:39PM
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Gaea was DRILLED INTO ME as a kid. “We’re all one planet, one people” [repeat] and I can’t think how many times we cut out maps. It was fun. Wrong because the maps they gave us had all the wrong size, but fun.


and, well, i believe it. Still do. My gen went from “omgthebombisgoingtovaporizeus” to “the wall came down woah” and all those spy movies that were being made had to shut down because, oh shit, russia’s our friend now.


Here’s the thing: he’s not lying and yet he is. He’s part of the campaign. Think about it: What’s one thing Russia is FANTASTIC at?

Promoting itself. They love the spooky mysterious, “we’re bigger and more impressive than you could ever have imagined” shtick. … and then you see the inflatable tanks in the field with the snow on it.

But they know how to weave a good story. Oh yes. And they’re great stories. Russian fables, old and new are legend.

That said, could it be true? It could. That’s why they’re so good at it.

I’ll give an analogy: Liveleak. Some of the best film students come from Brazil. They make the most REALISTIC shit, the grossest stuff.

First they pawn it off in a local paper that doesn’t care what it publishes to give it authenticity, then they liveleak it with a story. Next thing you know. Brazil film student’s work becomes, “OMG GUY REALLY RIPPED HIS JAW OFF!’…

…and yet, sometimes they spread true horrible stories. and it’s absolute genius at subversion.

America is a great target because we believe anything (our superiority complex gets us to assume that we’re #1 and nobody is capable of stuff the way we are) and it makes us easy to trick.

It’s the fascinating mixture of a little true and a little false, or so false it must be true, etc – that Americans aren’t really that good at.


We’ll never know for sure That’s the genius of it. Russian Humor is one of my favorite types of humor. It’s so dry that is absolute fact even if it isn’t. We’ll never know either way. No little smile off to the side. No twinkle in the eye. They’ve got dead pan mastered. It’s beautiful. And maybe he’s telling the total truth. But in the end, you’ll like him. I don’t know how they pull it off.


It’s no lie when people say “America plays checkers, Russia plays chess”. That doesn’t mean they’re always ahead or on top or telling the truth or lying. We can’t know for sure. It’s their genus. But politics – and not just Russia, is a complicated game and some moves have been in play for decades, through generations of people.



oh it is. and that doesn’t even mean they’re making the right moves or right decisions most or all of the time. But they’re playing by a different rulebook entirely.China’s another good example. Rationalists to the extreme. Very black and white, or so it seems. They have an entirely different handbook in play and a lot of it is so cultural that no textbook in a college campus can capture it. The fundamentals are set differently. That’s why diplomacy is so important in times of peace and war. it’s quite literally the least we can do, and the most we can do simultaneously.


Israel’s got some of the top brains technologically so it would make sense in that way for sure. Not sure about the geopolitics but certainly for industry.


“but if we bomb them to glass then…” -‘merika.


There’s never been a time my country hasn’t been actively warring somewhere. Embarrassing. But whatever. There’s usually at least some smart folks in the background scurring around wiping asses and cleaning up messes and making things right enough to allow important things to continue just fine.


I still see it as a bad habit but that’s a generational thing. World’s moved right since late 90s, even among the left (wraparound but not horseshoe) and post 2009 we’ve been moving steadily towards a ‘daddy era’ rather than a ‘mommy’ era at full steam.


I stay quiet on that only because I grew up hearing that since I was a kid in the early 80s and a neighbor was obsessed with the Trilateral commission or whatever it was called and because he told interesting tales, I listened. But he was nuts. Doesn’t mean he was wrong or right, just literally nuts.

So, I keep skeptical about grand master plans as I find chaos-with-lots-of-grandstanding the rule more often than not. But I keep my ears open regardless.


I keep an ear open but have a principal of avoiding ‘that thing that ties it all together’ *too* much. Not just with this but with other things (I do a lot of scientific studies and things) – and I treat it like I treat “the Universe is Math”. try to keep separate what’s pragmatic versus what’s possibly possible when I can.

So in this case, could you come up with a similar idea where everything operates identically as you see it but without the common theology?

It might not be as clean but could it function?


Well, I’m thinking in terms of robustness of evidence. Like if you have this one way that things work, and if you follow the chain of logic from A-b-c-d-e-f-g, then you reach an inevitable conclusion, what if “d” turned out to be wrong? Would the chain of logic break or are there redundant paths that allow it to continue to function?



Good engineering requires lots of redundancy. Backup systems backing up the backup systems. Even NASA, masters of redundant systems, screw up sometimes and the screw ups are often due to a computer programmer (hardware or software) whose logic was impeccable and the systems fully functional with multiple redundancies… but they fail to take into account some of the properties of the physics of the components and what might happen if a physical failure results in bad logic in the system.

One great example is when a 4 computer redundant system cracked in half, only a little bit.

All the data coming back looked good. It was behaving like data should.

But what changed is the fissue changed the logic of the very system itself, turning an NOT into NOR – that sort of thing… and it was a beautiful break. But I find “the points of failure” of systems fascinating, whether human or something we’ve built.




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