With a wife like his, it would be supremely bizarre if he weren’t depressed. That lady could give a stiff competition to the Baba Yaga wife of the Russian POW I wrote about yesterday.
Day: February 16, 2023
The Price of Living a Seinfeld Life
Nothing big, serious or significant was happening in the US in the 1990s and most of 2000s save for a short-lived, isolated trauma of 9/11. And that’s great. A boring life is a happy life. The popular TV shows of the day, Friends and Seinfeld, reflected that pleasant, tepid, bubblegum nothingness. But everything has a tradeoff. We now have elderly presidents, ancient speakers in the House and Senate, while the generation that grew up in the 1990s or 2000s, either vapidly sits by or throws tantrums over non-issues. In terms of artists or thinkers, there’s precious nothing coming out of today’s 40- and 50-year-olds.
In Ukraine, we had very eventful 1990s. The decade was anything but boring. As a result, we now have a generation of philosophers, writers, thinkers, politicians, statesmen, etc who grew up in that decade and who have ideas, strength, insight, agency.
On the positive side, there’s been some upheaval in the US since 2007. As a result, by the 2040s or a little later we should finally have a bunch of people with fresh ideas instead of moping drama queens or cranky senior citizens.
More Chatbot Uses
Folks, I take back any criticism I made of the chatbot because I discovered that it’s really great at writing long, utterly meaningless “rubrics.” I had no idea what rubrics were until yesterday when it transpired that I will have to write a bunch of them. Now that I discovered that the chatbot can churn them out like a crazy monkey, I’m in heaven. Here is an example:
Rubric for Final Exam in “Introduction to Hispanic Civilization”:
I. Content Knowledge:
- Demonstrates understanding of key concepts and historical events related to Hispanic civilization (50%)
- Provides specific examples and details to support arguments (25%)
- Integrates course readings and lectures into responses (25%)
II. Critical Thinking:
- Formulates well-developed arguments with clear thesis statements (30%)
- Analyzes and evaluates primary and secondary sources (30%)
- Demonstrates ability to synthesize information from multiple sources (20%)
III. Writing Skills:
- Writing is clear, organized, and coherent (20%)
- Proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation (10%)
IV. Final Exam Specifics:
- Follows directions and answers all questions (5%)
- Exam is completed in allotted time (5%)
Total Points: 100
Note: The percentages assigned to each category are meant to be used as a guideline and can be adjusted based on the importance placed on each category by the instructor.
I have no idea what any of this means because I can’t force my brain to process this bureaucra-speak. But who cares? I’ll get the chatbot to create a mountain of these and bury our administrators.
In the images, you can see spontaneous expressions of joy in Russia over the earthquake devastation in Turkey.
“God is punishing [racist slur]” says one.
“All [racist slur] should be underground” goes another.
“Destruction in Turkey makes me glad” states the third.
All this is child’s play in comparison to the terrible things they’ve been saying on social media.
This is a civilizational dead-end, pure and simple.
So the only time there was more illegal immigration than under Biden was under Trump.
There has never been a problem as easily and cheaply solvable that encounters such intractable refusal to be solved.