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Adam Gurri:

When we speak of “facts” or “data” as though they are givens, we overlook the role of judgment in creating these things. It is for this reason that R. D. Laing argues that we should abandon the word “data” which at root means “something given” and instead refer to “capta,” meaning at root “something seized.”

When the results of a survey come out, we tend to think that interpretation is just involved in how we generalize it, or what we use those results as a proxy for. In fact, interpretation came in at the very beginning, when the survey questions were formulated, and when the respondents were selected. 

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Researchers have a bag of tricks to attempt to compensate for such known problems, but each trick has risks and problems of its own. The right mix is a matter of judgment, and having it accepted is a matter of persuasion. Each mix is contestable, but so are the standards from the previous step; in fact all four parts are completely contestable.

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One of the things that I found jarring about The Rhetoric of Economics is that McCloskey argues, among other things, that appeals to authority are natural and necessary. That pointing out that an argument involves an appeal to authority does not invalidate that argument. After the Enlightenment, the idea that authority is involved in knowledge at all is a heresy—is not truth manifest?

But truth is not manifest; we are not capable of seeing a perfect, unblemished Truth. Instead, we must interpret the world and use our judgment, and engage that judgment with the judgments that have been made by others. 

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All human accomplishments occur within the realm of human capabilities. This is as true for knowledge as it is for constructing a skyscraper. There is no external validator, there are just human beings with minds capable of making judgments, informed by conceptual schemes and specific ideas and ongoing conversations in various forms.

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All knowledge is political, in Will Wilkinson’s sense:

By political I mean contested, negotiated, and normatively binding. Coercion is a limiting case of rule enforcement and not the essence of the political, in this sense."

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Aristotle and Kling’s point is that some things are irreducibly imprecise beyond a certain level—and I would agree with them.

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 Klein’s main complaint is that economists reduce all knowledge to mere information. Information in this view is something you either have or you don’t. But in the real world, treating something like information requires judgment. Deciding that something you perceive has implications for the future price of some commodity is an active process, for which you must take responsibility.
Even Heterodox Economics is Misguided Earlier this week, Arnold Kling---who taught the first economics class I ever took---wrote a post comparing behaviorism in psychology to Samuelsonianism in eco...
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Cinco Vegas Classic in ... oh, what's the name 5V use for this size? Double-Nickel? 5½" x 55 ring, box-press. This one's been mellowing a while in the main humi, and has definitely lost that "factory fresh" sharp taste that many people accuse 5V of overdoing. Much smoother and gentler, but still very much the Classic I know & love.

Earned a second cigar tonight after an epic 2-hour game of Company of Heroes 2 -- 4v4, with one of each army (Wehrmacht, Oberkommand, Soviet, and USA) on each side of the battle. Realistic? Not in the slightest. Challenging, interesting, and at times frustrating? Absolutely. Especially when I'm playing the Obers, the side with which I'm least familiar. I'm just waiting for them to add the Panzer Elite and Commonwealth forces that were available in the original CoH, since I pwn as British heavy tanks.
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I really had know idea this stuff was worth that much.   I didn't really even know this market exists. 

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Anyone want to play Unreal Tournament 3 with me?

With a modern GPU & CPU, the game really flies, even with all graphics settings turned all the way up, which (by the way) makes it very pretty indeed. Prettier than the toon town herpy-derp of TF2, for instance. Not that I'm baiting any particular TF2 player or anything. At least as pretty as Arma 3, too, especially given the frame rate is clamped to 60 instead of lingering around 25.

So, if anyone's in the mood for some fast-paced FPS fragging, let me know, and I'll figure out the firewall & port forwarding settings. 
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Crisp clean lines of toon-derpery represent!

UGC Season starts up again this week (tonight!) so no other shooters for a bit.
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Which is my original point - Larken Rose is saying that everything with legs is a cat and I'm calling him out on it - and by extension you for posting it (without commentary). He's attempting to use a logical fallacy to argue his opinion, and I'm calling bullshit on it.
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It's amazing the things a simple palm-size device can do these days. They're both great Android apps for noodling around without firing up a full rig.
 
Just paid the $10 to upgrade from G-Stomper VA-Beast synthesizer to the full G-Stomper Studio, including VA-Beast as well as a drum machine, mixing desk, synchronized sequencer and all the other groovy stuff. I'm going to have to get my hands on the sheet music for Duelling Banjos and lay down a G-Stomper vs Audioid head-to-head synth battle. 
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How to optimize your site for HTTP/2.
It also well reminds why you should use CDN. Fast Internet means low latency, not high bandwidth. Possibilities with optimization are endless when using h2 or h2c.
#http2 #http #html5 #optimization #website #websitedesign #https #bestpractices #spdy #rfc7540 #transport #protocol #latency #bandwidth #cdn #internet #hpack #serverpush #inlining   #h2 #h2c  
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When in doubt, go for what you know. A Ron Mexico churchill. Their advertising slogan should be "Ron Mexico: Surprisingly Adequate". Thanks to inflation, they're a buck and a quarter a pop (used to be a $1 smoke), but they're cheap at twice five times that price. Mild to medium body, with a great but simple flavor, and an above average construction quality -- I've never had one get plugged or explode or canoe, or for what matter lose its wrapper. I'm smoking this one a little fast, and it's keeping up just fine. An all-time fallback stick. Superb.
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GCHQ: we found a rabbit, six badgers, two foxes, some mice, a shrew and a mole who looks really shifty.
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Pwning bad guys with generally ninja-like accuracy, for "the" phone company
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Perl, AngularJS, D3, CouchDB, Oracle, Nginx
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  • AT&T
    Systems Architect, 2007 - present
  • IBM
    2000 - 2007
  • XN Checkout
    1994 - 2000
  • Venners Computer Systems
    1992 - 1994
  • Olivetti
    1992 - 1992
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
    1991 - 1991
  • Beejam
    1991 - 1991
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Crossed the Atlantic an odd number of times for true love. Routinely scores 160 ≤ me ≤ 190 on professionally administered IQ tests. Despite this, I survived a Special Needs education, and went on to survive college. These days, I'm doing my best to fake being a grownup.
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