I had a dude blow coal on me while I was cycling in West Virginia the other day, as if he knew anything at all about me. I swear the people of the area were some of the most pointlessly paranoid, unfriendly people I've ever met. Who are you people afraid of? Also, what's with all of the gun and dog signs? I, and probably most thieves, don't want whatever is in your trailer. This being said, if you want to be treated like crap for not being from somewhere, then check out W[or]st Virginia.

Man, I love camping. Been without service for almost a week and haven't really minded it. After my client in Virginia, I was so exhausted that I just went up the mountain and didn't think about coming down until today. Now, I have all the space in the world under the Pennsylvania skies. I'm still trying to figure out why I'm on the road (following PhD graduation) but slowly and surely, it'll all make sense. That's life.

The Statistical Consulting Process (Sometimes):

1. The client books massive time. 😁
2. The session starts alert and focused. 🤓
3. The client gets lost trying to understand complex statistical analysis on an OLS background. 🤯
4. The client gets tired and starts missing what they know. 😳
5. The session ends with confused eyes and too much frustration. 😵

I could keep going here but suffice it to say that some people pay top-dollar to mow their lawn with a jet ski.

If the quality of things, like this hotel room, are down in the US, almost universally, then isn't inflation twice (or some factor) the issue it's stated to be? We are paying more each day for less, a lot less. Pay attention to these things when you count your angers, people!

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When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_St

What a wild life we all live sometimes. To wit, I am currently in Virginia, in a city that neither I nor the client live, to meet up and do some statistical consulting and general brainstorming. I wouldn't have it any other way than this, I guess. Live wild, folks.

Ps -- I have songs too! Feel free to listen to my tunes. Or, if you have consulting needs, you know... let's meet in a strange place that works all around. Haha

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I'm not entirely sure what this is, but I just drew it for a friend on rain-dropped paper. Make sure to let your friends know that you appreciate them, even if your means are constrained. It doesn't take much.

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Good night all. 🌛
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
Albert Camus

Finished Niall Ferguson's Civilization (2011). For a history book, I found this quite the enjoyable read. As for the contention (that the dominance of the "West" is coming to a close), I think he makes a very sound set of arguments, uses events from history in the right place at the right time, and even provides the reader with humour (I read UK edition). His implied (but sobered) perspective of UK dominance is bit much at times, but the book is great generally! If you like history, then

Think Smarter is a book that I won as part of a raffle at faculty orientation for a business department. In reading this book, I see very much the same mental fluffing that is common in business books and classrooms. At over 200 pages, I can't help but think the book should have been closer to a pamphlet. There are a few good points on critical thinking and personal organization but overall the book is non-scholarly, redundant, and meandering. Biz Book = (1/2)Book, I guess.

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I'm reading Civilization (2011) by Niall Ferguson and thought the following:

If a constitution is made with an implied or stated slave class, then there will always be a slave class, even when the constitution is later amended to give this class rights--on a grade of course, with the rights being part illusion and part reality. When one slave is removed or amended, another will come to take its place. The question now is, are you a slave yet?

I have finished all five of the songs I'm going to use to make my first EP!

soundcloud.com/rythurboi

What a feeling, to take the things in your mind and put them to music, and then put that music to the ears of others. Truly, this is a beautiful thing. A beautiful way to spend ones time!

Thank you to those that have listened so far. I freaking appreciate you people!

Have a good weekend and try not to sweat as much as me during this time. It's very hot where I'm camped.

Man, it's like an oven in the Southeast this year. Georgia, even high up in the mountains, was about 80-85 degrees with about 95% humidity AT NIGHT when I camped there a few days ago. Now, it feels like Texas in the mountains of North Carolina. This doesn't seem normal to me or virtually any of the locals I ask about it. Humanity, you are a failure. The wealthy have heated the earth to the point of war and we have allowed it. We are all so stupid. We deserve to burn.

Savage Land is posted!

soundcloud.com/rythurboi

I hope you enjoy the things I make up entirely out of my head! I still don't know what I'm doing but I'm doing something.

Have a good whatever it is where you are!

Time for sleep. Ugh.

I also finished Stories I Tell Myself (2016) by Juan F. Thompson the other day. What a book! I got more out of this than half of Hunter's works, as he wasn't keen on sharing himself much, at least not in any unfiltered sense. I mean, the man is a Halloween costume now. Juan tells the story of his life in the context of his father's and details the issues they had in loving one another in a manner quite easy to read. In many ways, I better understand myself through this work. Great !

Finished Hunter S. Thompson's Generation of Swine (1988) a few days ago and, man, what an absolute bore. The author is one hell of a kindred spirit to me, one whose work I've almost entirely read, so I have enough of a background to say that this was not a good book. I'm sure it was just right for the late 80's/early 90's, but today it reads like political fanboyism, which doesn't make much sense anymore. I did like his take on the fall of Reagan and it's good to have context on pol in the 80's.

Busy day. Finished mastering and editing Savage Land as a full composition. Will post the song tomorrow, when I have the energy. For now, I have other music at

soundcloud.com/rythurboi

It feels good to have written, recorded, mastered, and everything else five full songs out of a sweaty and cramped music spot that resembles a small laser tag arena in some ways. I consider this an accomplishment. Now, I'm super tired and just want to camp.

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