The paradox of Chinese cleverness

I’m fascinated by stupidity. Not low intelligence, which is fairly innocent, but rather the habit of clever people to do and think dumb things. Today we consider this in terms of an entire people.

The average IQ in China is supposed to be around 105, which sounds about right, especially for the Han. Chinese who defect to civilization mostly prosper and stay out of trouble. However, they are not without their enduring stupidities. These come in two main flavours.

The first is Read More

The importance of money

When I was a wee lad in Grade Nine our class had to fill in some sort of questionnaire that would tell us what job would suit us when we grew up.  Oh yeah, ‘aptitude test’!  Through lack of use I am gradually forgetting English.  The teacher said we were very lucky to be undertaking the test because normally it cost heaps to do one at a private employment agency.

Which takes us almost neatly to:

There was one question about how much money I wanted, and at that moment, for the first time in my fifteen years upon our baffling planet, I pondered the question.  How much money did I want?  Did I aim to be rich?

I decided Read More

Turning a corner

Today things are good.

Objectively nothing has changed.  I’m still harassed constantly by begging children and lunatic customers.  There are no romantic prospects within sight.  My handlebar broke so I had to get that fixed instead of going to the gym.  Bloody thing had rusted through from the inside.  Further, it was a tough day at work with a performance evaluation to top it off.  And I ran out of eggs this morning.  My day never goes well if I have not had eggs.

But Read More

We Wuz Spacemen

Book review of Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith.

Anyone remember space exploration? I don’t mean bobbing around like Bondi turds in low-Earth orbit as we do these days. That’s barely a step up from powered flight. I mean exploring deep space, going so far out that we can look back and see the whole world at once. So far away that we can block out the planet with our thumb. Remember that? We used to do that.

I was born several years after the last occasion any man traveled so far from our briny home. In my eighties childhood, so soon after our spacefaring achievements, it still seemed certain that we would be on Mars and Pluto and into other solar systems in the near future. My lifetime was going to be amazing, my teachers said, one in which I might well end up Read More

Bro-scientists required: how’s my routine?

While I’m in civilization and comments are open, I need to crowd-source some help with my gym routine.

Notes before we start: I do cardio elsewhere.  I lift either 1 set of 10 reps, 2 sets of 6 reps, 3 x 5 or 4 x 4 pretty much randomly.  I up the weight as soon as I have achieved any of these.

Warm-up: 5 minutes skipping or bike.

Monday and Thursday: upper body.

Push: any three of overhead press, bench press, pushups and dips; a couple of isolation lifts.

Pull: rows, pull ups; some isolation work like curls and chinups.

Any more ideas for variations, keeping in mind I already mix up barbell and dumbbell lifts?  I really need more varied compound pull lifts but I can’t find any.

Tuesday and Friday: lower body and core.

Squats, lunges, sometimes calves.  Two or three ab exercises.  Bridge.

Any other compound lifts for legs?  My lower back can’t handle dead lifts.


I tend to spend only 30 mins in the gym at a time as I run out of exercises and the targeted muscle group is too tired to do much more anyway.

Any suggestions or links appreciated.  And what about those cord pulling things?  Are they any good?

Absolute Power

Most civilized people have certain convictions about themselves. They think that they would never harm or kill another out of pure spite. They think that they would always be loyal to their wife (this one is mostly for Americans). They think that they would never steal. They think that they are not especially selfish, capricious or arrogant.

And these things are probably true of most of them, most of the time. But what choice do they have? How often is forty-something Joe Average seduced by a Read More

Ethnic Interhate

You know how it goes. Evil YT holds down the coloured people. All of the latter are so nice. Blacks and Jews marching arm in arm against our nastiness. What the fuck is wrong with us? Was there something in the water back in that Merry Green Land that made us so mean? Perhaps it was the cholera, which, incidentally, we eliminated from our evil and cruel societies wherever we went.

Those of you who have spent any time in the real world know that things out here are rather more complex than in that Cultural Marxist fairy tale. In reality, the Big Bad White Wolf is pretty tolerant so far as things go, and might even help Black Grandmother across the street sometimes just because he feels sorry for her. Though she always Read More

Are steroids becoming ubiquitious?

I read a comment once. It said, ‘Steroids will soon be ubiquitous among young men. You read it here first.’ Unfortunately I can’t remember where the hell it was that I read it, but at the time it seemed too depressing to be untrue. And now we do indeed seem to be heading in that direction.

Among Hollywood actors, steroid use is practiced by all but Steve Buscemi type character actors and comedians, whose imperfect bodies presumably add to their hilarity. Even if the protagonist is not an action hero – just a detective, an astronaut or an historical figure – he tends to be tanked as buggery.

If you look at Read More

Nietzsche on Women

Quotes from Thus Spoke Zarathustra presented without comment.

Art thou a slave? Then thou canst not be a friend. Art thou a tyrant? Then thou canst not have friends.

Far too long hath there been a slave and a tyrant concealed in woman. On that account woman is not yet capable of friendship: she knoweth only love.

In woman’s love there is injustice and blindness to all she doth not love.

Concerning woman, one should only talk unto men.

Everything in woman is a riddle, and everything in woman hath one solution – it is called pregnancy.

Heheh. I said without comment but promised nothing regarding chortles.

Man is for woman a means: the purpose is always the child. But what is woman for man?

Two different things wanteth the true man: danger and diversion. Therefore wanteth he woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

Man shall be trained for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior: all else is folly.

Let man fear woman when she loveth: then maketh she every sacrifice, and everything else she regardeth as worthless.

Let man fear woman when she hateth: for man in his innermost soul is merely evil; woman, however, is mean.

The happiness of man is, “I will.” The happiness of woman is, “He will.”

“Lo! Now hath the world become perfect!” – thus thinketh every woman when she obeyeth with all her love.

Obey, must the woman, and find a depth for her surface. Surface, is woman’s soul, a mobile, stormy film on shallow water.

Man’s soul, however, is deep, its current gusheth in subterranean caverns: woman surmiseth its force, but comprehendeth it not.

“Thou goest to women? Do not forget thy whip!”

Many short follies – that is called love by you. And your marriage putteth an end to many short follies, with one long stupidity.

And how seriously does Nietzsche take all this?

Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood.

Be careful what you rebel for

When I say the government here is retarded, I do not mean that they waste money building bridges where none are needed or that clerical errors sometimes lead to public servants being paid late. I mean retarded.

They are trying to rein in the cash economy in order to either crush tax avoidance or to prevent people having the ready means to fund an escape across the border, depending on who you ask.

They suspect that some businesses are hoarding cash rather than depositing it in the bank, thereby revealing their true tax bill. So what did the government do about this? Did they Read More