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May. 15th, 2016 @ 02:18 pm ПоучАтельно
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisherian_runaway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
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Aug. 28th, 2015 @ 03:55 pm (no subject)
"Communicating in certainties for something that works in probabilities makes us dumber."
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Mar. 24th, 2014 @ 10:50 pm Just because I am paranoid - 2
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Mar. 11th, 2014 @ 02:06 pm Googlewhack!
Not really, but close: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22yuliy+gerchikov%22+%22mars+code%22. And it was a fun chase, too. Thanks Gerard for responding and following up.
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Feb. 1st, 2014 @ 06:33 pm Про кобылу-убийцу
Нам сказали, что их лошади не бегают, а ходят пешком, и что каждому подберут клячу по росту -- в смысле, по способностям. Я сказал, что способностей ноль, и что лошадку мне надо деревянную, с качалкой. Ну мне и выдали -- едва ноги переставляет. А в походе колонна растянулась, и в какой-то момент отставшие принялись догонять. Да под горку. Да по вязкому песочку. Ну кляча и обогнала свои копыта. А я думаю: вместе с лошадью падать западло -- задавит нафиг. Совсем уже было собрался катапультироваться "через руль", как моё средство передвижения стабилизировалось -- мордой в песок, жопой кверху -- и закончило спуск юзом, хоть и не элегантно, но без дальнейших происшествий. Только потом отфыркивались оба всю дорогу.
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Jan. 27th, 2014 @ 08:31 am To all the efficiency experts...
...and time-to-market advocates out there:

May you always have 80% of an orgasm in 20% of time.
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Dec. 17th, 2013 @ 06:32 am Viewing Vandenberg launches from Bay Area
​...is surprisingly easy.

Today's Minuteman launch was scheduled for 1:39 AM and it finally flew at 4:36. I stepped outside and saw it as an orange star going across the sky -- moving from SE to S as it climbed. Clearly visible despite full moon, haze, some clouds and a lot of city glow.

Got launch audio, too -- countdown and checklists -- from Launch Net.
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Dec. 15th, 2013 @ 11:25 pm Titan II
Вдогонку к MMIII и SS-19:
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Dec. 15th, 2013 @ 06:22 pm Just because I am paranoid does not mean that they are not after me
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Sep. 23rd, 2013 @ 12:42 am MMIII
Тема старая, сторона новая.

"Reminds me of an old joke where this dude wants to see a boxing match on TV. He anticipates it all day, tells colleagues all about it, leaves office early, stops at a grocer, buys a six-pack and his favorite prawns, gets home, sets up big-screen, readies the food, and finally settles on a coach -- cold beer in one hand, a prawn in the other -- just as the match begins. Gong... hook... knockout. All is over in 15 seconds. Poor guy just sits there, frozen -- unsipped beer in his hand, disbelief on his face, resentment up his throat -- when he notices his wife standing behind, watching. "Now do you understand me?", she asks.

...I was there twenty minutes early. Drove around a bit, picked a spot, parked, unpacked my scope, set up tripod, got camera out, binoculars ready, therm-a-rest in place, settling for a long cold night. At 03:01 I was contemplating whether to bring a magazine when coastal fog lit up from inside, flashed bright white, faded to red glow, an orange spark shone through, streaked across the sky and disappeared in moonlit foggy mist -- all in complete eerie silence. 30 seconds later the night burst with sound -- popping, rumbling, crackling and hissing -- and then, just as fast, all was quiet again. It was 03:02, and it was over."
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