Politics, Religion, SJW, Sociology

Bad religion

I find it useful to think of political ideologies as religions. Socially and psychologically, they fill much the same function. They have a set of basic theses you need to believe in; they provide a sense of understanding (genuine or false) of how the world works; they provide a moral framework; they provide something for people to gather around and feel like a community; they have mechanisms for preserving and propagating themselves, such as proselytising, or punishments for apostates.

SJW also works like a religion, but it’s a bad religion. It’s only good for making people feel unjustly treated, morally indignated, angry, and rally them for the ideological fight. It doesn’t provide any hope, redemption or release. People who believe in it only build up their anger and sense of indignation, and feel more and more bitter and hopeless.

There are religions with a God, but no Devil. SJW is a religion with a Devil, but no God.

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Computing, Linux, system administration, Uncategorized

How to Install Java 8 on Debian GNU/Linux 9 (Stretch)

How to Install Java 8 on Debian GNU/Linux 9 (Stretch)

In this article, I will go through the process of installation of Java 8 on Debian 9 Stretch. Java comes in two flavors and we install both. OpenJDK is open source version that is compatible with most software.  And Oracle JavaSE is the proprietary version that should be used if your java application is incompatible with OpenJDK. […]

Economics, Law, Politics

Why Nations Fail

why_nations_fail_coverWhy Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

I recently finished  Why Nations Fail, a very interesting look at the factors behind economic success or failure of nations. According to the author, the deciding factor is a country’s institutions, such as its legal system, system of government, and so on.

In short, institutions which are extractive (are designed to extract economic resources from the majority) lead to policies which maximise extraction, and hinder the majority to benefit economically, which lessens economic growth. These policies may include monopolies, slavery, nepotism, and so on.

On the other hand, institutions which are inclusive (let a majority take part in the economy and political decision-making), let the majority benefit economically, which leads to better economic growth overall.

The author supports his case with a large number of historical case studies, in particular, similar countries whose economies have diverged because of which political faction won and which social institutions they created.

Films, Reviews

Review: Doctor Strange (2016)

eoionog4yb7pbvfcboiwBenedict Cumberbatch is excellent as Doctor Strange. The character’s likeness is almost perfect, and it has some depth, but not more than you can expect from a commercial action-oriented film. Special effects are well designed and serve the narrative. The story is simple, but well-paced and with just the right amount of exposition. All in all, one of the best Marvel films so far .

My Little Pony, Reviews

Review: Double Rainboom (2013) by Zachary Rich et al

vlcsnap-2013-03-31-17h52m43s45Double Rainboom is a half-hour long animated episode, made as a college project by fans of the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. And it’s not only of professional quality, it comes very close to the actual show.

The story follows Rainbow Dash, as she experiences unexpected side effects of a magical potion, and takes us on a ride with with plenty of references to the My Little Pony fandom and to other animated shows.

Compared to the other recent fan-made episode, Snowdrop, production values are much higher. The animation is much more complex and ambitious, with lots of visual gags. Voice acting is also better than in Snowdrop, even if it can’t match the top-tier professional voice actors working on the TV show.

The most apparent flaw is the pacing, which is a little bit slower than we’re used to in animated children’s shows. In dialogues, it feels like we’re always waiting for characters to voice their lines. The episode could probably have been cut 5 minutes and been better for it.
Despite this, the episode ranks up there with an average Friendship is Magic episode, and is much better than many professional animations shown on TV.

This episode is well worth watching for anyone who likes children’s animation. And for fans of My Little Pony, I can only say: DO NOT MISS!