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November 26, 2016



"Perception trumps reality" + narcissism explains a helluva large percentage of the moronstrosities we see these days.

Oh, and also implacable idiots taking this quote way too seriously:

“The reasonable man (Warning! Misogyny Detected!) adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man (Bzzzzt! Double infraction!).”

Hopp Singg

Also, the mirrors are programmed to make us look older, very slowly so we don't suspect.

Fred the Fourth

Oh, Piper. You committed way more than 3 infractions just there.
- Assuming there is an objective reality (world)
- Assuming "reason" is a viable approach to anything
- Assuming "persistence" is not an aggression against more "real, laid-back"' cultures
- Assuming "trying" (i.e. effort) is a viable approach to anything
- Assuming one thing might "depend" on another, i.e. the fallacy of cause-and-effect
I could go on.
Report to the upstairs hot tub for "gentle correction" by the henchlesbian-on-duty. Immediately.


Aaahhhh! My thing got stuck in the regroover!!!!

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

What form of video embedding does Twitter use? Because I always get an error message saying the videos can't be played.


A sense of perspective needed...


Because I always get an error message saying the videos can't be played.

I get that message with my Pale Moon browser but not Firefox.

Spiny Norman

Weird. I get it with Pale Moon AND Firefox, but not Chrome.

Spiny Norman

OTOH, I don't have an add-blocker on Chrome, so it eventually goes apeshit (because of all the pop-ups and pop-unders?) and flash stops working altogether. Some sites are much worse than others in that regard.


On those fattening mirrors that all ladies’ clothes stores secretly use.

Lol. Wouldn't clothes shops use slimming mirrors to sell more clothes?


I remember the magic mirrors in the tavern men's rooms that made me look more handsome with every beer I drank. I was almost good looking after 6 or so.

Those were the days!

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

We thought they'd never end.


I would have to agree with Liz, that it makes no sense at all for a business to make its customers look worse when trying on the clothing sold by that business. What would sell more clothing is for the customer to perceive that they look subtly better if they wear that store's clothing, even if they are identical to the same brand bought in another store. This is not in a famine ravaged country, where heavier usually means higher survival and thus evolutionarily more desirable. Thinner in our society is generally more attractive ("You can't be too thin or too rich."), so you would expect a mirror that subtly reflects a thinner customer would be installed instead of one that make someone look fatter.

Of course, there is the white patriarchy, who are obviously interested in destroying the self-confidence of women and is prepared to have their businesses fail in order to achieve this.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I only have Firefox (I'm on a Linux box), but I turned off AdBlock and still got the error message.


SJW clown perceives a funhouse mirror effect where there actually isn't one. It's kind of appropriate, really.


She is never a size 14, mirror or not.


Lol. Wouldn't clothes shops use slimming mirrors to sell more clothes?

Yes that is the BLINDINGLY obvious piece of reasoning that wasn't done before she wrote that very pompous tweet ("[curved mirrors] frankly, have no place outside a fairground funhouse")

Note how articulate she is with the dignified outrage, though. It almost appears well-practiced..


...though it occurs to me that slimming mirrors may not show slimmer ladies' curves quite as flatteringly, so who knows. It's a fiendishly complicated business!


She is never a size 14, mirror or not.

Ladies’ dress sizes are a mystery to me, but… ouch.


Ladies’ dress sizes are a mystery to me, but… ouch

Think Size X

Mentally subtract 4

X-4= Y

Say Size Y

Express surprise if she corrects you with a higher size.

Feel relieved if you are correct.

If your guess is still too high, avoid women in future.


Thankfully, my life is arranged in such a way that ladies rarely ask me to estimate their dress size.


David, I think the word should be 'miaow'!


Ain't it grand to have a gal so big and fat that when you go to hug her, you don't know where you're at? You have to take a piece of chalk in your hand, and hug a ways, and chalk a mark, to see where you began.


... Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

The best part is that those words were written by a Fabian socialist.

Sam Duncan

“The best part is that those words were written by a Fabian socialist.”

Which is probably why they're a load of baloney. Shaw decided, in the usual collectivist fashion, that all men fall neatly into two categories of the entirely reasonable and entirely unreasonable, then misrepresented the attitude of the reasonable.

Because even if we accept his dichotomy for the sake of argument, the reasonable man, by definition, uses the most appropriate strategy for the situation, adapting himself to the world when adapting the world to himself is impractical or impossible, but attempting the latter when necessary, if the opportunity presents itself. Only an unreasonable man would persist in adapting himself to the world even when other strategies were open to him. What could be less reasonable than that?

Other unreasonable men - the sort Shaw admired - attempt to adapt the world to themselves regardless of necessity and practicality, causing resentment and unrest. It's true that progress is occasionally stumbled upon by these men - sometimes they're even necessary to remind the more reasonable that other options are open to them - but it's usually secured by the reasonable.

For example, were the American revolutionaries unreasonable? It seems to me that they were, in fact, highly reasonable men forced reluctantly by circumstance into changing their world. And, moreover, because they were reasonable men, doing so as little as neccessary to secure peace, happiness, and prosperity.

'Course, Shaw probably wasn't thinking of them...


"I only have Firefox (I'm on a Linux box)"

Chrome is available for linux, in fact I'm making this comment using Chrome on a Debian laptop.


Am I the only one who thinks she looks the same in both in is trolling people on twitter?


Thank you, Sam Duncan. That quote was taxing my OCD on such matters but I was afraid I'd screw up the point.


The Fat and the Furious.


I could say that the angle of view of most phone cameras is greater than that of the human eye, which subjectively 'distorts' the image, but that presumably would be 'mansplaining'.


Am I the only one who thinks she looks the same in both in is trolling people on twitter?

. . . . Dunno about trolling, what I see is a pair of normal displaying mirrors---as shown by the lack of distortion of the items behind the person---with the same person at two different distances.


Delete if too distracting. Need to fix antialiasing I think.



"A sense of perspective needed..."

May I humbly suggest the Total Perspective Vortex



All this logic would be totally wasted on her. Something to complain about is the whole point.


See, this is what happens when 'shame' is abolished. Now, people say the first thing that comes into their heads and aren't a whit embarrassed when they consequently prove themselves to be blithering morons...

Lionel Ebb

Oh no! Maybe I've done Ed Balls a disservice: http://bit.ly/2gP7SW1 He just looks like a rhythmically challenged tub of lard in the Matalan changing room...

Jeff Wood

Pale Moon are currently releasing a major reworking. Videos they have refused to play for a few months are now playing well.


The first rule of anger studies; if there is a shortage of outrage, it must be manufactured.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb discovers the #LindyEffect, but what could he possibly mean by it?



Fred the Fourth

I like it because it follows close to zero of the heraldry conventions, hence can be a never ending source of subtle decodings for the modern literature student.
keep them busy and off the street, I say.


I like it because it follows close to zero of the heraldry conventions


Argent, a cat sejant, a unicorn rampant, a castle, and a woman's head and shoulders affronty gules.

And I'm doing that entirely off the top of my head, from memory of assorted terms, having done damned little heraldry for a few years so I'm a bit rusty. The bit about four individual items is a bit messy, but even just gets an SCA complexity count of six---Argent, gules, cat, unicorn, castle, head---, unless the more recent rules changes have rearranged that . . . .

Chester Draws

Hal, it would be unusual to have four charges on a single field. Normally you would quarter it.

I suggest gules (red) for the blood of our oppression, and or (gold) for all the money we make out of it.

The cat would sable (black) of course on or. The unicorn argent (white) on gules. The castle argent on gules. The woman proper (naturally) on or.


Hal, it would be unusual to have four charges on a single field. Normally you would quarter it.

Four different charges, yes. There are the multiple instances of multiple of the same charge, where with enough charges, that becomes it's own tincture to use on field or charge.

Quartering, on an other hand, would not be an automatic choice---consider four charges per pall, per bend, per fess---all lined up in a single line across the field . . .

Chester Draws

Well, yes different charges. That is what we are talking about.


OK, now we're getting somewhere...


Bad resolution and no color.

Chester Draws

Incidentally, in order to do it quickly I nicked some of those images from the web. My own art skills aren't that good.

I made the woman naked, because doh!

Fred the Fourth

Seen on today's Shirk Report at Twisted Sifter:
"A Californian company called Skinny Mirror sells mirrors that make you look thinner. When installed in the changing rooms of clothes shops, they can increase sales by 18%."
(Gee, are we still talking about mirrors?)

Fred the Fourth

Oh, and regarding heraldry, I plead near-total ignorance. The tiny tiny bit I know is a relic from when my daughter was into, as she put it "pointy, clangy things".
As an aside, I must say that her reputation with sharp edges and armor was a great filter against the more annoying sort of teenage boy. Highly recommended, would buy again.

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