Reading more Neanderthal stuff & wondering if this is the start of real sparklevamps (versus sharkpires). Besides that, I've been thinking about things like Aardvark & Wikipedia. I wonder if my admiration for Bayes is at the root of it it; at the fundamental success of crowd sourcing, even. I mean-- people criticizing Wikipedia (in particularly) always get my goat, yank my chain, & from two directions at once. One, for assuming that I somehow think everything I read on Wikipedia is magically objectively "true." Two, for assuming that everything they read in newspapers or encyclopedias is magically objectively "true." It bothers me, you know? Bayes' math might verge on the meaningless, but as an explanatory model for rational behavior, I really think it excels.
I think firefighters are creepy. Scary. Just the trappings of it; leather armor, antique weapons (axes, hammers, claws, polearms), Darth Vader masks, air tanks. Not to mention that they are all pretty big guys to start out with. Well anyhow, the firefighters sent two of their big Engines to my apartment last night. Just as Jenny & I were going to go to bed, our carbon monoxide detector started going off. Well what do you do when that happens? Apparently you call the fire department. So out they came, with a turn around time of, oh, lets say three minutes. Living in a nice part of Brooklyn has its perks. The