This is actually the long and repolished version of an employment history entry I prepared for LinkedIn, so the opening is a bit fuzzy. (I might link it back at the end, but for now I just need to save it to get the anchor…)

The dates are a guess, and TI wasn’t even limited to semiconductors in those days. Also, the contract was actually through another temporary company, but I haven’t found any of the pay records. Pretty sure it was a Sony subsidiary that was sold later. Or maybe it merged with Adia? Became part of Adecco?

So…


Just a bit about bravery, honesty, and since you’re supposed to do these things in threes, the Constitution.

But, first a few words from my favorite sponsor, communication. In theory, this should be communicated directly to Congress. But there’s no communicating with my senators. Especially not by phone calls. More about communication later on…

So… Can I call anyone a coward and a liar? Am I qualified to throw any stones? But that’s why I flipped the title.

Have I ever been brave? Truth is I’ve never been tested for it. But I can remember some stupid stuff. For instance…


Talk about burying the lead! But this “story” actually started with research into the local Covid-19 contact-tracing app. So I was writing about contact tracing before getting to the “main course”. Sorry, readers, but the full rewrite doesn’t seem justified (though your thoughtful reactions might change my mind).

The main problem with this contract-tracing app is that the incentives are all wrong. A contract-tracing app is a lot of hassle and has no positive rewards. If I do everything correctly, then the “best” case is a couple of weeks of expensive self-isolation while waiting to get sick. Or not get…


Happy New Year to everyone, and by extension to your family and friends. May 2021 be full of accomplishments and happiness and even vaccines. Let’s forget that anno horribilis ASAP.

[This is actually a cut-and-paste of a cut-and-paste for Facebook. Also a test of Medium. And Medium failed quite badly, not even medium badly. However…] If you spend a lot of time on Facebook, then mostly I feel sorry for you and I encourage you to spend less. My own rule is 5 minutes on Facebook per day, but since adopting that rule my “engagement” with Facebook has collapsed and…


First of all, I need to clarify that my point of view is all wrong for this book, though I enjoyed reading it and found it quite thought provoking. Using one of my typically strained metaphors, this book is similar to a recipe book for practitioners, and I’m not a practitioner. (Just a neophiliac? (Or do I suffer from full-blown neomania?))

Comparing deep learning to cooking, the raw data is like the ingredients and the recipes in the book are like instructions to tell you how to produce delicious information and predictions by using various implements (rather than cooking utensils)…


If I had a big soapbox, here’s what I would use it for… I would encourage Joe Biden to say this right now:

“Americans need to divide and conquer Covid-19, not each other. I also want to take politics out of the courts and big money out of politics. All three of these goals need support from the Senate, and that’s why I’m now going to stump in Georgia, because these are national issues, and I’m going to campaign as hard as I did during my OWN campaign. Losing the Georgia Senate races will hurt the nation, and my job…


[This is just a copy of my first reaction to the news that Pennsylvania had flipped. The context is that I was replying to a long appeal for unity after Trump, though the outer context was a story about a symptom-free woman who was contagious for over two months. The original is on Slashdot.]

Obviously Trump was not correct to say that Covid-19 would leave the news on November 4th, but maybe…

But first, I want to reply with a few thoughts to the comment from jellomizer with the Subject: Re:Election.

(1) The Subject is feeding an AC FP troll…


The infamous coronovirus
The infamous coronavirus.

Welcome to my nightmare? Or is just a pitch for a Hollywood movie to end all movies? Or is it the 3D chess behind WW III, the Big Biowar? I rather hope it’s just the bad dream I woke up with. It certainly has a mix of confusing elements that are dreamlike, and this version is actually how I sorted things out afterwards.

It started with thinking about Trump losing the election and currently believing that he’s about to lose. Will Trump accept that it’s his own fault? Of course not. In TrumpWorld it has to be his enemies. That’s…


Trump’s not-so-secret sauce? It’s the HATE.

But when you think about it that way, it suddenly becomes clear why some of Trump’s supporters might be secretive about their support. Even if you like hating people, you’ve noticed that other people object. People like me may object even when we aren’t the targets, so of course you learn to play your hatreds down, even hide your hatreds until you’re sure that you’re safe among like-minded fellow haters. Then you can start with the angry chants!

Who is the perfect Trump supporter? Here’s a partial list of who the perfect Trump supporter hates, arranged roughly from larger to…

Shannon Jacobs

I admire experts, but I can claim no deep expertise. But I might be the most broadly educated ignoramus you’ll ever run into. Still reading lots of books…

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