Follies that aided science, part 4 of 6

Colonel Ned Green was the most influential of these men. Money talks, and intelligently-directed ENJOYABLE money talks best.

His mother Hetty Green was the equivalent of Buffett. She was generally called the Wall Street Witch. She started out rich and manipulated her rich inheritance up to super-rich. (In modern terms, from $100M to $4B.) Her main multiplication resulted from Madman Lincoln’s issuance of high-yield bonds and cheapened currency to run his genocide. Hetty maintained a nominal residence for the family in Bellows Falls, but she actually lived in her NYC office. She didn’t enjoy the money, and didn’t spend any of it to help her two kids enjoy life. She died when Ned was 48, so he made up for lost time. He enjoyed luxury, and equally enjoyed generosity.

His brief try in politics seems to have happened before the inheritance; presumably he had some control of family money at that point. He didn’t inherit Hetty’s vicious grasping greedy demonic NYC evil, so he was outclassed and outfoxed by the real politicians and gave up.

He got interested in wireless and became an active experimenter. He understood radio deeply, both the technical and marketing sides. He didn’t invent any new technology, but he had solid judgment and knew which developments were worth financing. (In general, editors and selectors do more good than inventors and designers.)

Here’s his ‘summer home’ and the WMAF studio as seen in the WMAF booklet:

I haven’t tried to model the mansion. I’ve done the studio, the water tower with speakers, and his unique electric runabout with radio equipment.

Here’s the overview of my version:

The speakers were designed as drive-in radio, so neighbors who didn’t yet have wireless could drive up and listen.

The water tower, not the studio, was the sourdough starter for MIT’s massive research installation at Round Hill. Parallel to Trinity House’s seeding of acoustic experimentation to break through fog, the water tower was the ‘beacon’ for foghorns. MIT then built a high-voltage lab for Van de Graaff, which morphed into linear accelerators for atomic power; and the fog research blossomed into weather radar research.

His custom-made electric runabout was equipped with a direction-finding receiver so he could locate the boundaries of his station’s output.

Colonel Green’s generosity with his property and equipment, plus a whole lot of wisely-planned money, helped to give us nuclear power and modern weather forecasting. That’s a pretty damn big footprint.

More importantly for the future, Colonel Green showed how to use money and science for enjoyment and entertainment. He was not entertained by politics, probably because it was too much like his mother’s Wall Street megalomania. He found that he was entertained by luxury and technology, and wanted to spread the joy.

Follies that aided science, part 5 of 6

A mention in a ’50s era issue of Computers and Automation led to this mystery. The best account is in McClure’s Magazine in 1914.

John Hammond was a visionary AND the heir to a huge fortune. The money and connections enabled him to turn his visions into large-scale reality. His first invention was a mechanical dog, using selenium cells.

Transcribed from the article:

Among other things that puzzled the visitors was a half toy (embodying the same scientific principle) that Hammond called his electric dog. The eyes of this melancholy creature are of bulging glass as large as saucers. His nose is a long thin strip of brownish reddish board. His body is an oblong mahogany box, and contains an electric motor, storage battery, two selenium disks, two relays, and two solenoid magnets. This dog has no tail except an electric switch, and he runs on three brass wheels, two in front and one behind.

When the motor inside of the dog is started he will do some extraordinary things. If you walk before him carrying a lantern, he will follow you, turning to the right or left as you turn, although you neither touch him nor control him in any way that you can understand. Briskly he steers himself after you with a fidelity that is positively uncanny until you learn that what guides him is the lantern, through the sensitiveness to light of that strange element, selenium. If you move your lantern to the left, the left selenium cell receives more light and more stimulation than the right cell, and so allows more current from the storage battery to flow into the left-hand magnet, which then deflects the hind wheel to the left and the dog turns in that direction.

Selenium-based cybernetics was remarkably well developed at that time. The Optophone, enabling blind people to read books, was an even more astonishing use of light-sensors. Selenium tech then faded for unknown reasons, finally re-emerging in the ’50s after other semiconductors were practical and profitable.

Hammond’s main goal was a remote-control ship. At first he tried using the same light technology, but quickly found that light was useless at the necessary distances. Radio was needed. So he built the most powerful wireless station in the world at the time, solely devoted to his experiments.

When the station, and the 40-foot remote controlled yacht, were ready to show, he invited the military to see it and try it.

The General came, bringing with him Colonel R. P. Davis of the Coast Artillery Corps, an expert in these matters. Together they witnessed the demonstration. They saw a boat swifter than the swiftest cruiser dart about the harbor under perfect control . They saw her instantly circle at the touch of a key. They saw her headed for a definite mark a mile away, two miles, three miles away, and strike it with precision every time — a mark that must have been blown into eternity had it been an enemy’s battleship.

Why didn’t this line of research continue? Mismatched goals. The military wanted to use radio for torpedos, not ships. Unlike modern autonomous car dreamers, they recognized that a ship needs full human control with advice by radio. Radio doesn’t work well underwater, so the radio controlled torpedo wasn’t practical with 1914 technology. Hammond continued to advance remote control tech, and his inventions played a major part in guided missiles. EETimes has a more complete biography.

Follies that aided science, part 6 of 6

Purely personal footnote on follies.

I encountered and enjoyed two follies when I was young. One was an astounding and mystifying piece of architecture on a property that had once been wealthy; the other was more ordinary but still fun.

The big one: In 1960 my radio uncle was renting the main section of a fantastic building in St Joseph. As far as I can tell the building is gone now. It was around 6th and Robidoux, on the SE corner of a block. Everything in that area has been replaced by city buildings, and nothing resembling this place shows on Googlestreet. The main part was a fairly ordinary ‘mission-style’ bungalow, with a two-story apartment wing attached. My uncle got reduced rent for acting as the resident manager for the apts. Below the main wing was a basement containing a museum, with archeological displays and skeletons. From the basement a long tunnel, something like the Hartness tunnel, led down to a large underground auditorium carved from a natural cave. (I’m calling it an auditorium because it had a raised stage at one end.) The auditorium had a separate hillside entrance, something like a mine adit, with a long flight of stairs down to the auditorium. This entrance, and the auditorium and the apts, were built like a school or public facility, with industrial-type floors and walls. There was a little ticket booth inside the hillside entrance. What was it? I haven’t the slightest idea. It might have served as a bomb shelter, but the school-type floors and stairs were older than the ’50s, so weren’t built for that purpose. The tunnel had shelves with full wine bottles, and the attic above the apts contained old pinball machines and similar gambling equipment. Best guess: a speakeasy or semi-legal private nightclub for guests of the manor? Gambling + wine + secret room with a stage = speakeasy? Maybe. Opposite explanation: A convent, with apts for nuns, the main house serving as ‘commons’, and the underground chamber as a chapel.

The smaller one: Across the street from Grandma’s apartment in Ponca, an upperclass bungalow had a stone fish pond in the yard, open for everyone to hang around and watch the colorful fish. Next to the fish pond was a glass display case attached to the house, always full of interesting objects. Nothing mysterious, just a real folly, maintained at some cost and effort to amuse the neighbors. The follies were removed around 1970, probably when the house changed owners, but the house itself is still there as seen on Googlestreet.

Here’s a real mystery in Ponca.

Analyzing the handwriting on the wall

Somebody noted that the “variants” skipped the letter Xi because a non-insider might accidentally connect the project with China. Can’t let that happen.**

I got thinking about the “variants” from a different angle. We need to remember that this holocaust was developed by the SAME demons who gave us 9/11 and “anthrax”, so the setup of the program will run along similar lines.

During the 9/11 holocaust, which killed only Muslim countries, we were constantly barraged by new warnings of different colors and color patterns. We needed to know how many “Muslim terrorists” were “attacking” us when the warning was Metallic Puce or Bronze With Diagonal Taupe Stripes.

In the first year of the Carter Mecher holocaust, which kills everyone everywhere, the only relevant color was Orange, so color levels were replaced by Phases and Subphases. We needed to know how many “viruses” were attacking us in Phase IV.3, subphase CXIX.b4, subsubphase R45 Turbo Deluxe.

Psychopaths have to change the rules all the time. The Phases and Subphases had to be replaced by something new after people got adjusted to them. Can’t let people adapt. Unthinkable.

You need a known sequence so people can understand that the current alarm is exponentially worse than the previous. Real viruses mutate all the time, and each mutant is less dangerous than the previous one. By now all knowledge about real viruses has been permanently memoryholed, so a sequence of “variants” could be intentionally reversed to create an ever-ascending ladder of alarm and panic.

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** Footnote for calibration: I don’t believe the virus, if it exists, was developed by China. The “lab leak” stories smell strongly of Agent Provocateur. If the named virus does exist, it was most likely selected opportunistically by Mecher’s gang. Their holocaust urgently needed to start while Trump was in office, and this slightly new form of the common cold came along at the right time for cultivation and relabeling. Maybe it first appeared in China, but that’s incidental.

Why did they hold?

Wolf has been watching Zillow’s antics over the last two years. The process is a share buyback applied to real estate. When you have the power to buy all the products in a finite market, you can raise the price as far as you want. The remaining products still for sale go up FAST. Part of the long war of attrition. Delete jobs, delete housing, delete comfort, delete civilization, watch the excruciating pain and mass suicide, jack off. Viagra for demons.

I’ve been watching listings in my old hometown of Ponca, and here in Spokane. Both have moved together even though they’re vastly different places in terms of government sanity and prosperity.

Spokane has been retaining comparative prosperity by riding the fake economy with casinos and Amazon. Spokane’s government has been stark raving mad for a long time.

Ponca is a sane city in a sane state. Ponca was strictly a real economy town, depending solely on Conoco. When Conoco moved to Houston, Ponca died.

Despite the natural differences, the number of houses available declined at the same rate in both cities. All houses were being bought in wholesale quantities by Zillow and other investment firms. Now Zillow shows only about 50 rentals in all of Spokane, and ONE rental in all of Ponca.

Prices for buy and rent have CONVERGED to one single national price. $350k for a house, $1100 for a one-bedroom apt. This CONVERGENCE is brand-new, never happened before. Real estate is no longer local local local. It’s national national national.

As I walked and watched the vacant apt bldg in my neighborhood for exactly ten years, I’ve been trying to figure out the motives of the owners. Why did the original owners hold onto it for 20 years while it was decaying and squatting? They had to pay property tax and insurance, and they weren’t receiving any rent at all. And then the 2017 buyer held on for 5 years, gradually doing little bits of work every few months. The work could have been completed in a month or two with a sustained effort. Why didn’t they go ahead and complete it, and start pulling in money?

Zillow answers the question. Before this year rentals were an ANALOG measurement, responding smoothly to supply and demand and quality. An old building in a lower-middle neighborhood, even nicely remodeled, was likely to bring $700 a year ago. Now everything is DIGITAL.

if Available: Price = 1100
else: Price = 0

The speculators must have known when the peak was coming, and delayed completion until they could hit the peak and lock in leases.

Olympic-quality swindle

Here’s a silly hypothesis.

Bitcoin is a digital demon who specifically preys on realistic people.

I’ve been observing in the last three years that most HARDASS realists, people who seem to grasp the overall picture of the world AS IT REALLY STANDS, are also selling Bitcoin. It’s a peculiar exception. Why should firm and consistent NON-SUCKERS**, who don’t fall for any other nonsense, fall hard for Bitcoin?

Latest example: @Jack was running Twitter with more regard for reality than the other big social media monsters. When he wrote about his motivations, and when he answered questions in Congress, his answers seemed consistent with his genuine actions.

Now it turns out that he quit to spend all his time on Square, his other business. Why does he want to go fulltime on Square? So Square can become bitcoin.

Their ‘founding document’ shows the persuasive methods openly and transparently, grabbing onto genuine reality and using it as a springboard into lunacy:

As we create this future, we also have to be realistic about where we are today. The vast majority of people receive wages and pay for goods and services in fiat currency. They must pay taxes in fiat currency. So how do we unleash the potential of bitcoin and decentralized financial infrastructure, when most of us still live in a world of fiat? To do so, we need to build bridges between the fiat and cryptocurrency worlds.

There are two layers of unstated false assumptions here. 1. Crypto is a real world of commerce that can replace the “old” fiat. 2. Crypto is decentralized.

There are serious challenges to realizing this vision. Fiat rails are regulated, and no interface with either the traditional monetary system or “real world” can be completely trustless. We can’t atomically swap a crypto asset with a physical good or service. Nor can we atomically swap a crypto asset for fiat currency or real world assets that require social trust.

Here the outright unreality is slammed in your face with no preparation. The document states openly that crypto can’t be used for commerce. The document then recognizes openly that TRULY DECENTRALIZED transactions require trust.

Grabbing the board of reality: Money and checks and Scrip are useful. This is not a problem that needs a solution.

Leaping off into the air: We will solve the problem of money, AND we’re not a solution to the problem of money.

How do they get back on the ground?

Instead, the tbDEX protocol allows participants to negotiate trust directly with each other — or mutually and voluntarily rely on trusted third-parties to vouch for the counterparty. Transaction costs are ultimately driven by risk. At maximum anonymity, transaction costs will necessarily be higher; at maximum disclosure, they should be lower. This approach to price discovery allows the marketplace to find the right balance.

Sticking the landing: You can still conduct ordinary transactions through ordinary banks, or personal transactions through physical currency or checks. We won’t try to replace either type of transaction. Instead, we will SIT ON TOP OF THOSE TRANSACTIONS AND CHARGE YOU A FEE for the privilege of wasting your time and energy with no purpose whatsoever.

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**Footnote for calibration: I am NOT a consistent non-sucker. I do a good job of detecting frauds in science and economics, but I’m fooled every time by military and political swindles. Every ‘color revolution’ and fake populist looks wonderful to me at first. I never learn in those areas.

AI spoils design

Artificial Intelligence accidentally intrudes on a discussion of Real Intelligence, accidentally helping to show the huge difference between AI and RI.

At EvolutionNews, Luskin is developing one of the usual themes. How do you know if something was made by human intelligence? It’s not just unusual or unique; it may be highly repetitive. It’s more likely to be designed if it closely resembles or metaphorically represents a symbolic pattern. He uses Mount Rainier vs Mount Rushmore. Both are unique, but one is clearly meant to repeat and evoke metaphors.

Below is a screencap, in case they fix the error later…

Oops! What happened? No mountains, just two pieces of text.

The left mountain is A picture containing text.

The right mountain is Description automatically generated.

Which of these mountains evokes a metaphor? The left mountain requires us to understand that text and pictures are different kinds of symbolic representation. The right mountain tells us that the left mountain was NOT a symbolic representation developed by a human mind; it was a mechanical process operated by a digital computer. Even worse, the right mountain IS a description automatically generated, telling us that the left mountain is a description automatically generated.

So we know that both of these mountains were indirectly designed. Both are like pages printed by a press, using type and engravings made by humans.

Looking at the underlying HTML page, it appears that the original was done in Microsoft Word and not converted into ‘clean’ HTML. So this entire error was also automatically generated, with inadequate human intervention.

Science as entertainment part 1

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place related things together, in proper sequence with related titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 1 of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


Trying to find a detail of an old electrotherapy device, ran into this perfectly wonderful 1856 catalog from a NYC science supply company.

The cover page shows the building on bustling and bustled Broadway:

[Picture may contain: 4 people and 1 dog, all with their tails up]**

Benjn Pike Jr was an optician, and his primary product was microscopes. The catalog includes a lengthy and useful discussion of gathering and preparing specimens, including what to look for and where to look.

Here’s what Pike thought of design vs random:

Equivocal or spontaneous generation, that is, the production of plants without seeds, and of living creatures without any other parents but accident and putrefaction; such was the absurd opinion that prevailed of the production of the minute living creatures, before the microscope overturned it, by demonstrating that all plants have their seeds, and all animals their eggs, whence the same species are produced. Nothing seems more contrary to reason, than to suppose that chance should give being to regularity and beauty, or that it should create living animals, fabricate a brain, nerves, and all the parts of life; and we may as well suppose that the woods generate stags and other animals that inhabit them, as that a cheese generates mites without the egg.


This was written just three years before Darwin brought Spontaneous Generation back into fashion. Note the clear logic:

Nothing seems more contrary to reason, than to suppose that chance should give being to regularity and beauty, or that it should create living animals,
fabricate a brain, nerves, and all the parts of life.

Modern school textbooks still make fun of the idea that each individual creature could generate spontaneously, and then declare as an absolute unarguable axiom that each species must have generated spontaneously, and life itself must have generated spontaneously.

The growth of animals and vegetables seems to be nothing more than a gradual unfolding of their parts till they obtain their full size. Though water, by merely standing a few days, will be found to contain them, yet they will not be found in any degree so numerous as when vegetable bodies have been steeped therein, for no living creatures seem to subsist upon water alone; but when it is stored with their proper food, myriads may be found in every drop, of the greatest variety in their forms: some are round, some oblong, and others spherical, and the greatest part of them transparent: motion seems to be their greatest delight; they pervade with ease and the greatest rapidity the whole dimensions of the drop of water, in which they find ample space; sometimes they dart forwards, and at others more obliquely; then again in a circle, and though hundreds may be seen in a single drop, yet they never strike against one another.

Motion is their greatest delight. These are LIVING THINGS with purpose and emotion.

They differ in their size; some are barely visible to the eye; some so minute as to resist the action of the microscope, and appear only as moving points; of this description is the monus; it is so extremely delicate and transparent, as some times to elude the highest magnifying power.

[Monus is an alternate spelling of Monas.]

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Most of the catalog is aimed at schools and performers, especially magicians. Magic overlaps medicine, with the same devices serving both purposes.

Air balloons. Note the French flag.

An alarm bell as a demonstrating toy, not as an EMERGENCY WARNING.

Simultaneous demo of battery action and electromagnetism.

Simultaneous demo of thermocouples and electromagnetism.

Not clear how this worked, but it must have been dramatic. Lockey also designed a component of an electrotherapy device, which is what steered me into this catalog. Magic<->Medicine.

Magnetic toys.

Demo of a monostable multivibrator.

Finally, here’s an item that fits into my earlier suggestion about useful modern science fun… and it’s also a liquid bridge.

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** Tailnote: How the hell did ladies SIT in those outfits? Needless to say, Youtube provides the answer, and it’s amazing. The bustle wasn’t a pillow, it was a complex and collapsible mechanism. As the above picture suggests, the hoop skirt protected ladies against both dogs and wolves.

Science as entertainment part 2

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place things in proper sequence with connected titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 2 of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


The 1856 Pike catalog featured a Magnetic Machine For Medical Purposes on its cover. I’ve animated it, and added another unique item from the period. Both of these have a medical/magical flavor.

Here’s the magnetic machine in use for electrotherapy. You can see that Happystar is getting a pulse once in each revolution of the big wheel:

The Magnetic Machine (left) is just an induction coil with a buzzer, the most common source of high voltage from Wheatstone to Marconi to the Ford T. The coil has a primary with less turns and a secondary with more turns, and the iron core (protruding on left) can be slid in and out for more or less coupling.

The Pike catalog gives $10 as the price of the machine itself, which is about $400 now.

This early version has a uniquely shaped buzzer:

A fine iron wire is pulled down when the magnets are energized, breaking the circuit to the magnets. When it springs back up, it closes the circuit again. This seems overly delicate, and most later buzzers had a more massive spring element, looking and acting more like a pendulum.

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The big wheel in the middle is a Rheotome (flow-cutter), a long-forgotten source of timed pulses with controllable width. It was often used in electrotherapy to provide brief pulses that could be sync’d with the heart or other rhythms. It’s driven via pulleys by the electric motor on the right. Speed varied with usage; apparently 10 RPM was typical.

This particular rheotome has two entirely separate timers, for different purposes. Each timer consists of a pair of sliding brushes mounted on the wheel. The wheel itself doesn’t carry any electricity, and there’s no connection between the two pairs of brushes. Each pair skates on the insulated turntable below the wheel, and each pair connects two sets of contacts mounted on or in the turntable, but only when it skates onto the contacts.

The outer pair of brushes has one needle and one brush for more precision. The needle is running over a ‘compass rose’ of precisely spaced metal contacts protruding from the insulating turntable. The outer brush is running over a continuous circle. When the needle passes over one of the precise compass points, current flows from the outer circle to the compass rose. These are tied internally to the binding posts on the right leg.

I’ve connected a simple series circuit with two drycells and a voltmeter, showing when the needle makes contact. (Not running the full circle here, because the rest would be repetitive.) These ticks could be used to activate a buzzer, but they would be more suitable as drivers for a time-marker pen on a chronograph.

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The more interesting pair is the inner pair. Two brushes pass over a short pair of ‘mesas’ on the insulated turntable. The outer mesa (which is adjustable) leads to the outer binding post on the south leg, and the inner mesa to the inner binding post. When BOTH brushes are contacting BOTH mesas, current passes between the binding posts. Again I’m using a simple series arrangement so the voltmeter shows when the pulse is on.

The outer mesa can slide both ways to vary the pulse length. When it’s more southward, the area of overlap is narrower, so the pulses are narrower. The difference isn’t impressive, but this seems to be a realistic representation of the difference in the real rheotome.

The 1848 Pike catalog describes the use of the Magnetic Machine thusly:

It may be used agreeably, and with much effect, by the patient holding one of the conductors, and another person the other conductor, and with the other hand making passes over or around the diseased part. This is particularly useful about the head, and where the pain is under the hair it should be thoroughly wet, to have the effect pass through it. The best effects have followed from regular applications of a mild power, from five to fifteen minutes, twice or more a day. The machine may be used with confidence, no injury being known to result from its use.

And the machine was used with confidence! Happystar’s waves are resync’d, back in resonance with the universe.

Sounds like the main effect was pulsed static charge, not current through the body. The hand of the healer has always been important in real healing. Modern “medicine” has forgotten it, and in 2020 prohibited all healing entirely.

Science as entertainment part 3

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place things in proper sequence with connected titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 3 (and last) of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


Benjn Pike Jr was mainly an optical manufacturer. In this section I’ll focus on the optical side of his 1848 catalog, which contained spectacles with sliding parts and spectacles with sliding parts.

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First the product you expect from an optician: eyeglasses. These had sliding bows, common at that time, so you could adjust each side for comfort or focus.

A lost feature. Why was it lost? Deskilling. Offshoring. Every branch of medicine and life has been yanking functions and skills away from normal people and reserving the functions for specialists or foreigners. Only professional opticians are allowed to adjust glasses, and after adjustment there are no user-serviceable parts.

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The other type of spectacle with sliding parts shows the interface of science AND education AND entertainment.

The Magic Lantern.

I had thought the magic lantern was just a slide projector with light furnished by flame instead of electricity. The machine was partly similar, but the ACTUAL USE of the magic lantern before 1900 was interactive and animated, unlike both slides and cinema.

The key to a good magic lantern spectacle was in the slideRs, which were NOT the same thing as slides.

Closeup view of a lantern with a typical slideR mechanism:

The lamp (alcohol or whale oil) was focused by the mirror in back. The tiny cranks drove a miniature conveyor belt, making it possible to move one slider back and forth, or move one smaller slider across a bigger one.

Here the fixed slider is Polistra’s home, and the movable slider is HappySun moving across the horizon.

Another way of animating was the dissolver, a pair of lanterns with a mechanism to gradually hide one and display the other. I’m trying to do a ticking pendulum here, but the dissolver doesn’t work well in the Poser digital setup because Poser doesn’t have real lenses and doesn’t merge the images properly.

Sliding and dissolving animations were highly developed in 1850. Many other variations were available, including miniature silhouette figures that danced when you turned the crank. These were about 3 inches high, packing a lot of mechanism into a small space.

Some were intended solely for amusement:

We know what French means, don’t we? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Others were more educational:

Cinema later redeveloped similar techniques, BUT they weren’t interactive, weren’t user-serviceable. Hollywood editors performed the dissolves and animation, then packaged them as unchangeable and uncontrollable sequences. In the 1950s every school had a slide projector for stiff unchanging slides, and a filmstrip projector with a similar rack-type mechanism used only for advancing to the next rigid picture.

The mechanism was the same, only the techniques and the magic were gone.

A similar process of centralization and deskilling happened in the digital era. The early PCs, especially Amiga, had plenty of DIY animation available. Windows EXEs could perform similar tricks, and I used those tricks in my early courseware to create interactive experiments. After everything moved online, the tricks were much harder to accomplish. I had to remake my “live” interactive animations as uncontrollable sequences of frames, just like the change from slideRs to slides.

In fairness, slider and dissolver techniques are available in SVG controlled by JS, but they’re not used for animation. Dissolvers are only used by paywalls to show you a fading-out version of the page before you pay. User-controlled sliders remain in one specialized vestigial situation: Then vs Now pictures of cityscapes.

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The Scientific Lantern is the real interface point of magic and entertainment and science. Magic shows and science shows were the same thing. Serious scientists like Faraday enjoyed creating stage spectacles to illustrate the devices and principles they were developing.

This Scientific Lantern has the lamp as above, but instead of sliders it has a big space between lamp and lens where you could mount various kinds of experiments and displays.

Here the target is a conductivity cell, which would be part of a full experimental setup like this:

The bubbles and reactions in the cell would be visible to the audience.

The platform in the Scientific Lantern could also hold an aquarium or terrarium with critters, preferably transparent or translucent critters.

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Along with the loss of interactivity, there’s a MUCH BIGGER moral to this story. When science was a form of entertainment, everyone could see and ENJOY the actual process of observation and experimentation. When science had user-serviceable parts, everyone could participate in science.

In 1946 science merged with Deepstate and became a tool of surveillance and genocide. We are no longer allowed to see how science works. We no longer get to hear or participate in open descriptions and discussions. Nothing leaks out, nothing is ever displayed or revealed.

We only get to experience the massively evil and demonic ACTIONS of science when it imprisons and binds and gags and kills us by the millions.




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These items are available in Poser form at my ShareCG gallery, here and here.

His predecessors would have loved it

News item: Michael Cohen, one of Trump’s gangsters who got stupid enough to end up in jail for a while, is now jumping on the NFT bandwagon.

Among the NFTs will be a handwritten manuscript of his newly released autobiography “Disloyal,” a video of Cohen writing a section of the book during his incarceration at New York’s Otisville federal prison, and his prison badge.

My first thought was raw and personal:

If I had retained some of my leftovers from prison, like the badge and the badly-fitting ‘release suit’ that required a rape while being fitted, I couldn’t possibly profit from them. Only an already rich and famous fuckhead can profit even more from the symbols of his wealth and fame and fuckheaditude.

Second thought is more general: Earlier members of the same NYC Jewish Mafia would have loved NFTs. Mickey Cohen and Roy Cohn would instantly recognize the BLACKMAIL POWER of an NFT.

The classic badger game was a photo taken in a ‘compromising situation’, usually arranged by the blackmailer. You want the picture to remain quiet, you pay. After you paid, the blackmailer tore up the print and kept the negative to insure customer loyalty.

Film photos are not unique and not permanent. A blurry picture might not be worth the price. An ‘accidental’ fire in the right location could burn up all of the highly flammable negatives.

NFTs are unique and permanent. There’s no chance of mistaken identity and no way to burn the negatives, so there’s no way to end the revenue stream.

Compiling the Thiel questions

Since I’m restarting on this (HOPEFULLY safer) new platform, it’s time to gather up some loose ends into more solid and consistent lists.

The Thiel Question generated several overlapping sub-lists in the last few years. Here’s a condensed and combined list.

First the question itself, and my variation on it.

How would you respond if PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel asked you his favorite interview question: “Tell me something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

I’d been thinking along similar lines lately. Not exactly true-but-nobody-agrees; more like true-but-nobody-knows.

1. Rights vs duties, Paine vs Morris. This strictly fits the Thiel standard, since many others have examined the subject and reached the opposite conclusion.

2. Broadly the whole subject of real-value economics and skill-estate. Specifically the FACT that GDP and growth are precisely backwards from real value-added measurements. Leftist economists have approached the question but haven’t hit the specific point.

3. Cave Gas. I’ve been modeling these Lost Places for quite a while. Cave Gas is the only one that nobody else has documented.

4. Hubbard’s E-Meter. I examined the original schematic and noticed that it’s not a passive meter but an active stimulator. Then I built the original schematic and proved it, rather painfully.

5. Math fails to deal with thresholds, which are a vital and universal fact of life in everything from neurons to shrinkflation.

6. Not a fact but a plausible hypothesis that works better than the usual. Cooking started with fermented barley, not with grassfires in the Sabertooth Savannah.

7. Also related to barley, the crucial importance of storage.

8. Debunked the tiresome Tocqueville quote about voters and largesse. (This fits the strict Thiel standard.)

9. Georg Ohm’s original idea about heat and electricity turns out to be more correct than the usual metaphors.

10. There is a sharp demographic breakpoint at age 46. People who live hard and fast die at 46.

11. Counting votes by hand isn’t slow. In practice it beats electronic counting. The reason for the Electoral College was to make cheating easier, not to compensate for “slow” counting. The reason we’re switching to electronic counting is to make cheating easier, not to speed up the count.

12. The only externally observable evidence of awareness is REM sleep, so vertebrates and cephalopods are the only known and proven owners of consciousness. Others may also be aware, but dreamers are measurable and provable.

13. Eskimos survived a period of melted ice and high sea levels, and told us about it in their legends.

14. An accurate understanding of the anti-SOUTHERN-slavery settlers in Kansas. They were sent by Northern sweatshop owners to expand NORTHERN slavery.

15. Normal people want security. Criminals want freedom. This isn’t entirely unknown; populist commentators like Turley hit the first part. My full version is based on prison experience.

16. During FDR’s time, American media were NON-INTERVENTIONIST and pushed NEUTRALITY. Most people think we’ve always been warlike and aggressive.

17. In 2008 Bernanke ANNOUNCED CLEARLY AND PUBLICLY that he had no intention of helping the economy. QE was solely intended to boost share value, which it did. The Fed wasn’t “clueless” and it didn’t “fail in its mission.” It succeeded MAGNIFICENTLY.

18. Jennings Bryan was a fake Pied Piper like Trump. After pulling his mice into the open where they could be exterminated, Bryan joined the Wilson administration and helped to set up Versailles and the League of Nations. Total betrayal, just like Trump.


In this list as numbered, 2, 4, 12, 14, and 18 are important and unique. The others are either not very important or not unique.

Scientifically speaking, #4 on Hubbard’s E-meter is the best of all by my standards. It was a genuine physical experiment with genuine physical results, which proved that a universally accepted idea was false. That’s real science, even if the subject is narrow and specialized.

Historically speaking, #14 on the founding of Deepstate is unquestionably the most important. I had an indirect personal connection with those people. In the ’50s our family lived across the street from the Goodnow farm in Manhattan, and I often played in their property. A descendant of the Goodnow family still lived there at the time. So the Goodnow documents at KSHS had a strong resonance with old stories and culture.

Murky territory

I’ve been trying to recover the four censored items. Two of them were easily found in the blogspot archives that I saved offline. The other two are lost for technical reasons, not from total censorship. One was written shortly before the censor struck on 11/26, so it was removed from the Blogspot archive before I did my regular month-end download.

In recent years the blogspot archives only pick up the last two weeks of a month, which I didn’t realize because I hadn’t needed to use them until now. The most important item (Who helped? Who didn’t help?) was published in early March, so it didn’t get into the March archive. It was linked in an uncensored followup item on 3/23, which mentioned that the original was ‘two weeks ago’.

I tried the Wayback Machine, but it has the same problem. They sampled the blog on March 10, not including the relevant item, and then again in May, when the stored posts were only after 3/17.

Does cooperate in censorship? Hard to tell unless I can pin down the date more precisely. If it was before 3/10, then Wayback cooperated. If it was after 3/10, then it’s just annoyingly technical.

There’s an interesting pattern in the four items. They are NOT my harshest writing about the psychopathic rulers. Not by a long shot. Hundreds of items in the last two years are harsher in that direction. Three of the four censored items are especially hard on the independent data-gatherers. Who didn’t help was specifically about the unnecessary fear and panic, fake victories, and occasional misrepresentation, from the anti-demon side. The best-selling writers on any subject are trained journalists who know how to manipulate fear to get clicks, so their writing needs to be filtered almost as carefully as the orthodox writers.

I haven’t hit that side very often, and those three items were probably the harshest. Was the censor defending that side, or was he just randomly wandering around and smashing stuff? Again hard to tell.

Endless Bitcoin point-missing

Greenwald has a long interview with a bitcoin activist. At least for the purposes of argument, Greenwald is taking the objective devil’s advocate side. As an experienced lawyer, he knows how to do this.

The anonymous (clearly German) bitcoiner brings up all the usual stupid arguments about decentralizing and freedom from authority. Greenwald does an excellent job of pinning down all the vague abstract ideology to concrete facts… Except the most important fact.

FACT: Bitcoin runs on the web. Therefore Bitcoin is NSA.

NSA provided easy clues to the origin in the Satoshi story, but you don’t need the story. The simple basic technical fact is unavoidable.

When you’re using the web you’re running directly through Five Eyes.

NSA’s job is monitoring and decrypting EVERYTHING. That was their original job description, and the Web gave them the ultimate universal monitoring power. If you think your DIGITAL encryption is unbreakable, you’re forgetting who invented DIGITAL encryption and developed all the DIGITAL methods.

Glenn and the German had a serious and productive debate, but neither side considered the real alternative to NSA centralization.

The real alternative to centralized banking was fairly common before the digitalization and globalization of the 1970s. It remains common in truly underground circles. The alternative is old-fashioned double entry bookkeeping plus TRUST. Each bank and business keeps its own ledgers, including references to money received and owed to each of its customers and fellow banks. Banks or bank-like businesses RARELY communicate with each other. They may reconcile their mutual debits and credits with official currency once a year. If each has sufficient resources and storage, reconciling can wait as long as necessary.

The supreme example is SCRIP, where value is exchanged by notes or checks that are recognized within the neighborhood. Before globalization, small towns and ethnic neighborhoods were independent in this way. In farm towns most business was done by in-store credit, paid at harvest. When most of the products and services you need are made within the town, and everyone’s trust rating is known, there’s much less need for “hard” official currency, so there’s much less need for reconciling the debits and credits against official currencies and official banks.

Hint of the Fairness Doctrine?

Batya is impressively non-partisan. She’s an elite Jew who had been writing conventional elite stuff in mainly Jewish publications. A few years ago she stood back and realized that the elite media was genocidal. Trump gave them permission and ammunition in their long war of attrition against normal working people.

Now Batya is closer to the old-fashioned leftists of the FDR era. Government should attempt to level the ECONOMIC system, but should STAY THE FUCK OUT OF CULTURE AND LIFE.

I’ve been watching a bunch of her interviews and haven’t seen a Gotcha yet. In fact she tends to blame the D side more than necessary for the long war of attrition on the working class. Batya says that Clinton started the offshoring. No, it was WELL underway by then. Nixon started it and every president since Nixon has continued it. Clinton finished repealing FDR’s bank and stock regulations, but even there he didn’t start the process.

She’s currently an editor of Newsweek, which made me think: If Newsweek employs her, are they ALSO trying for fairness in general, or are they just using her as a symbol? After reading the website, the answer is tentatively and cautiously Yes. Far from perfect but closer to objective than either of the “sides”.

The mainstream side has been murdering and destroying civilization for 200 years. Pure evil. The dissident side is trying to survive, trying to maintain reality, but often overstates the threats to bring in more clicks and donations. The dissident side also overstates the power of protest, which is dangerous and suspicious. Protests are always run by Deepstate.

In other words, we have two false premises.

Mainstream’s premise is pure Nazi:
All peasants must be EXTERMINATED.

Dissident’s premise unfortunately serves the purposes of the mainstream.
We must exert our rights and protest the extermination!

When you have zero power, exerting your “rights” only identifies you for easy extermination. Effective change must happen among people with SOME power, like corporate executives and governors and media editors.

At the start of the genocide in March 2020, the monstrosity WAS universal. But as sane governors started to exert their power and GUTS, a more messy picture has resulted. Despite constant noise and threats, the Federal level has NOT used its power to bring the sane states back in line. Biden has been in office for a year and nothing has really changed at the state level. Sane states are still sane and demonic states are still demonic.

Newsweek is trying to describe this messy picture without starting from either of the two false premises. I hope they can continue, but I expect they will fall in line with the Deepstate norm.