Category: Non-Fiction

A Cathedral is a Monument Dedicated to the Triumph Over Death

“…the medieval cathedrals embody what is best about the human spirit. They were the first man-made structures to go higher than the Pyramids, and this fact alone says a lot about the difference between the Ancient, Pagan world and the Christian world. A pyramid is a fat structure with a heavy base, while a cathedral soars towards the sky. A society that builds pyramids is a society based on slave labor: building a pyramid is pretty much about using as much raw muscle strength as possible to take many rocks from point A and pile them up on point B.…

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The world is divided into two groups of people: Those that think Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States and those that know Donald J. Trump is the 17th President of the United States.

COVID-19: A Personal Journey

by Christina Fahy It started in January 2020. Drips of news. A virus was infecting China. My husband and I found this morbidly fascinating. We searched the web. We found footage that evaded China’s censorship. We viewed people dropping dead in the streets, colloquially referred to as ‘dropsies’. Wuhan entered lockdown. We saw a city of 11 million with empty streets; the end of the world was happening. Hospitals were packed with the infected. Makeshift hospitals were popping up. Apartment complex doors were welded shut. Men in hazmat suits sprayed disinfectant in the streets while riding Segways. Primed by a…

I go on for ever…

I don’t think anyone has done this before, so let me try to demystify a handful of numerals oft utilized as signifiers: 1, 8, 33, 47. 1 may also be written as ‘I,’ the first person singular subject personal pronoun, (e.g., “I go on for ever.”) , not the numeral. 8, 33, and 47 are three ways of saying the same thing: Infinity. Once again, “I go on for ever.” The numeral 8 may be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise in order to be transformed into a lemniscate (infinity symbol). Similarly, a 33 is simply a lemniscate broken into halves. Finally,…

Gym, Unreconstructed

“I don’t want to be too comfortable. Once you get used to it, it’s hard to give up. I’d rather stay hungry.” Joe Santo 4’ x 8’ Deadlift Platform Construction Materials (2) 2’ x 8’ 3/4” Pieces of Plytanium Plywood (1st Layer, Platform Foundation) — Lowe’s (4’ x 8’ Ripped Lengthwise) … $42.98 (2) 4’ x 4’ 3/4” Pieces of Plytanium Plywood (2nd Layer, Platform Foundation) — Lowe’s (4’ x 8’ Ripped Widthwise) … $42.98 (1) 4’ x 4’ 3/4” Maple Plywood (Third Layer, Lifting Base) — Lowe’s (4’ x 8’ Ripped Widthwise) … $50.98 (1) 4’ x 6’ 3/4”…

Powerlifting: Is Volume Training the Enemy?

Age: 41Height: 5’10”Weight: 200 lbs (Starting Weight: 165 lbs) ; 210 lbs (28 March)Status: Drug-freeDuration of training: 8 Months Supplementation: 20-40,000 IU D3 + 5g Creatine Daily Present Lifts Deadlift: 415 lbs; 420 lbs (13 March); 425 lbs (17 March); 430 lbs (21 March); 435 lbs (26 March)Squat: 375 lbs; 380 lbs (15 March); 385 lbs (19 March); 390 lbs (24 March); 395 lbs (28 March); 405 lbs (2 April); 410 lbs (7 April)Bench Press: 265 lbs; 280 lbs (7 April) 6 Month Goals Deadlift: 460 lbsSquat: 430 lbs Bench: 285 lbs Volume may not be everyone’s enemy. It proved…

On Environmentalism: Remixing Le Bon

If we would comprehend the profound influence of Environmentalism we need only to examine its doctrines… Like religions (and Environmentalism is tending more and more to put on the guise of a religion) it propagates itself in any manner than by reason. Feeble in the extreme when it attempts to reason, and to support itself by scientific arguments, it becomes on the contrary extremely powerful when it remains in the region of dreams, affirmations, and chimerical promises… Now the great power of beliefs, when they tend to assume this religious form … lies in the fact that their propagation is…

Against the Machine Model of Music

I think there is something distasteful and fundamentally perverse about abstraction. In order to better understand abstraction, I have experimented with dissonance. The outcome is invariably ugly. Rarely, if ever, does the honest listener find rewards in cacophony. I consider Dada and Accidental Music examples of abstraction: both do nothing but undermine the listener, unseat reason, and actively dissimulate. If I have produced abstract music, it is in an effort to expose its bland conceits. It is the dilettante that esteems deformity and erects roadblocks to beauty; that would condition all of us to see with jaundiced eyes and hear…

The Technology for Controlling Others Exists

The technology for controlling others exists and it will be used, given the persistence of power-seeking motives. Furthermore, we will need to use it, since the necessary social changes cannot come about if the affected people do not understand and desire them…. How do we educate “run-of-the-mill” citizens for membership in a democratic society?… How do we teach people to understand their relationship to long range planning?… And how do we teach people to be comfortable with the process of change? Should we educate for this? We shall probably have to. But how?… The need for educating to embrace change is not limited to youngsters…. Education for…

Machine Husbandry: On Nitinol

If every component of an aerial vehicle were constructed from Nitinol, the results would be disastrous. Some stiffness, especially in rocket and turbine elements, is vital. Problems are encountered at the juncture between alloys with lots of flexion and metals with little. Tensile variability would have to be integrated in a planar Nitinol element in the forging process. Beyond this, a mortise and tenon design will also present obstacles. A ‘slippery-vise’ design has the potential to overcome these obstacles by enabling aerospace designers to develop unbroken, single-piece Nitinol skins for craft — an ultra-light composite outer layer and a rigid…