Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Francis Fukiyama Was Wrong About Everything

I can remember back when "THE END OF HISTORY" was published and decided that almost all amateurs, laymen and historical buffs must know far more about human history than the inner circle of academics at the West's "educational institutions." For a book like this to be lauded and celebrated as a fundamental insight into the modern world would only be possible for a bunch of infantile, childlike men who had never held day jobs, still lived in their parents garage and had never kissed a girl or been punched in the face. It didn't seem possible that any man who knew anything of the historical record of the past 5000 years could possibly think this book was anything but gibberish. The ironic subtitle implies that the author had read THUS SPAKE ZARATHRUSTRA and possibly he did - unfortunately he understood it not at all. Nietzsche's "last man" is a fool who will repeat all the mistakes of the past without exception.

Fukiyama was just the last gear on a wheel that always comes around again. As long as Homo Sapiens exists, you will never see an end to war. It defines him. Without it he barely has any substance at all. As Nietzsche said, this rude camp would otherwise have no dignity at all if the martial virtues were not become necessity with them once again.

Let me quote the great epistemologist directly and you tell me if you think Fukiyama comprehended the text.

For those of you reading the text for the first time, I will explain it as concisely as possible - the conditions of peace breed bad character in men and makes them into complete fools who think themselves wise. After this they lose every single thing their ancestors built up and established for them.

Lo! I show you the Last Man.

"What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?" -- so asks the Last Man, and blinks.

The earth has become small, and on it hops the Last Man, who makes everything small. His species is ineradicable as the flea; the Last Man lives longest. 

"We have discovered happiness" -- say the Last Men, and they blink.
They have left the regions where it is hard to live; for they need warmth. One still loves one's neighbor and rubs against him; for one needs warmth. 

Turning ill and being distrustful, they consider sinful: they walk warily. He is a fool who still stumbles over stones or men! 

A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much poison at the end for a pleasant death. 

One still works, for work is a pastime. But one is careful lest the pastime should hurt one. 

One no longer becomes poor or rich; both are too burdensome. Who still wants to rule? Who still wants to obey? Both are too burdensome. 

No shepherd, and one herd! Everyone wants the same; everyone is the same: he who feels differently goes voluntarily into the madhouse. 

"Formerly all the world was insane," -- say the subtlest of them, and they blink.
They are clever and know all that has happened: so there is no end to their derision.

People still quarrel, but are soon reconciled -- otherwise it upsets their stomachs.
They have their little pleasures for the day, and their little pleasures for the night, but they have a regard for health.

"We have discovered happiness," -- say the Last Men, and they blink.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

More Post-Apocalyptic "Dead Hand" Gold From Dima Fedotov!!

This is sort of the upbeat conclusion to his amazing short film "Fortress" featured here previously on Vault-Co. The ending is quite beautiful and less grim than the previous film.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Comic Relief Posing As Tragedy

All fake. 

So fake it is an embarrassment.

"Out of Africa" Is Junk Science By Junk Scientists

Always was. DNA analysis has been making fools of the orthodoxy. "Science" has lost all credibility as a mainstream practice and continues to be a field dominated by the amateurs who turn out to be right again and again.

Multiregional hypothesis. Fifty years lost on junk science by morons. We are exactly where anthropology was in 1955, no signs of any real progress.

Only The Police Can Be Trusted With Guns

They have special edjamafacashun and goodness powers that the rest of the population doesn't have. That's why they choose to become teh polishmenz.

This is what Australians and many fur bearing bipeds actually believe. They believe that other ambulatory primates are of different flavors owing to various kinds of badges and symbols they hold which grant them superduper powers of incorruptibility. We keep them honest by wishing good thoughts. It's like your parents except sometimes they beat you to death and bury you in the desert because they find your wife or daughter attractive. All great civilizations have no recourse but positive thinking and well wishing to appeal to our better angels. This is what many mouth breathers feel to be gospel and acceptable doctrine. If you beg to differ then you are a worse monster than Hitler and Genghis Khan put together. A totally sane outlook it is.

The Reason We Are Doing The Permaculture Lab First For CD-OS

It's the most important component. More important than even security and communications modules.

If we have the permaculture in a closet debugged and included as a module in the first release on Github of CD-OS, our software is going to be the bomb in the survivalist/prepper community.

Still nervous about eating the fish. They are worth their weight just for the nitrates they produce for the plants. I am still deliberating - do I want goldfish in the internal tank sheerly for their value as fertilizers or do I want silver perch? Tilapia are illegal in Australia (of course.) They are the perfect fish for aquaculture ... because they are ugly bastards with faces nobody could anthropomorphize. If I raise the silver perch I think I am likely to get too attached to them. If I raise the goldfish with no intention of eating them, I think I'd feel a lot better during the conclusion of the test duration. Goldfish live for many years and would be worth their minimal feed just to produce the nutrient solution for the plants. I could always take the goldfish back to the pet store if I feel they are getting too big for the tank.

This is also the test case I am using to debug the Lua scripted modbus service, which afterwards will be fit to control anything else you want to attach to CD-OS and monitor in an HMI SCADA setting. I am taking pains to even make the manifest editors and tools very flexible and easy to set up.

They Tried To Wipe Byzantium Out Of The History Books For A Reason

It was the most successful civilization that ever existed.

That's the reason they didn't teach you about Byzantium in school.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Phidgets (With Source Code)

Pretty convenient USB interfaces here and growing in popularity.

Maybe worth writing a Lua scripted service for generic interfaces to these kinds of devices.

The first hardware service for CD-OS will be Lua to Modbus service. (I stopped calling them "daemons" in the latest version)

The second hardware service will likely be Lua to I2C ... followed by samples for parallel ports, serial ports, RS-485 and even joystick and audio jacks. (Helps a lot in measuring things like clicks from a geiger counter of any model)

Biggest problem I could see with these boards is they are not redundant unless you buy multiples of them and even then you don't have the ultimate option of stripping parts off abandoned cars. CD-OS will be complete when anything in it can be replaced by ubiquitous salvage operations. The parallel port really was the ultimate apocalyptic interfacing port for a computer. I could write fifty paragraphs about what you could do with simple wiring of a parallel port in different configurations. You could build a covox speech synthesizer with a dozen resistors for the parallel port and I have done just that in a single day's work. You could interface to a CCD camera with a handful of parts. I mean, anything can be interfaced to a parallel port and even optically isolated. It's really a shame they don't include them by default on computers any longer.

If anyone who visits Vault-Co has a chance to experiment with this I'd be really interested in hearing feedback from others on it. (USB RS-485) I have ordered one but probably won't have a look at it until after I get the universal modbus service released in open source for CD-OS. (Before December! Itz coming this time!)