Yes Dorthy; They Really Believe It

Bill Maher was at his funniest yet last night.

He finally had to take his favorite blonde (Ann Coulter) out into the cameras to explain to people that, yes, the stuff she says in her books she actually means.

He tried to show the iconic dumb blonde joke the irony in what she writes, but it was lost on her. She is a comedian who has drank the kool aid and has forgotten she is a comedian. She literally keeps Bill in stitches, because of her ignorance. It’s a small wonder why Bill loves her.

And she means what she says not just in her books.

Last night she said that her followers, which I assume Ted Cruz can be called one of her Tea Party followers, actually believe that the country is going to get better, after the Tea Party gets done with it.

Mexicans will once again swim the river for the opportunity America offers. I assume that is when the Tea Party is going to need a tall wide fence–after the Tea Party fixes everything.

I think the Tea Party strategy is that after a tall wide fence then a shallow close way towards immigration. Or as a comedian such as Ann Coulter might say, build it and they will come 🙂

I think we all wish that after the Tea Party gets what it wants without negotiation, things start to blowing up, and the Tea Party gets the economy that it says it wants, everyone will also want back into the U.S.A for the increased job opportunity.

But it is not just the economy that the Tea Party followers like Ann Coulter want to blow up. Climate change, cheap oil, and education are all on their list.

But I have a feeling that If the illegal immigrants here understood what she and Ted Cruz are talking about, I am sure they would want to leave and move back with their families 🙂

Design: Grapes

The person directing the comments, on a C Span show called Q&A, said it is usually the process that fails in the designing of anything. This was said in context of a book the author he was questioning wrote.

The author’s book is about the process in the design of what to put back in place of the Twin Towers that fell on 9/112001, in New York City. The book seems to describe a process that nearly completely failed and is still on going even after over a decade.

I believe he is right, the process is usually the first to fail.

In the process of Observing the environment, inside and outside of the area, at Ground Zero, then and now, something happened. The advantage, as a center of a financial empire, tried to remain the same, while other tremendous forces tried to change the advantage into something that would last, a memory.

This moving back and forth of the advantages meant the coordinates, of the position, of the advantage that either design represents, couldn’t stabilize into a particular Orientation, so the Decision-making almost came to a standstill, and no Action could take place.

In other words the designing process, in this case the OODA loop, failed.

So in designing, it is not just the strategy used, or how something was taken apart or put back together that fails. It is usually the process that the strategy of the design overrides that fails. And it fails before any destruction or construction takes place.

In the process of designing (the destroying and constructing of ideas), the process is usually the first to fail.

A case in point is my attempt at turning grapes into wine, or more accurately, raisins.

The process of destroying what grapes were and creating something of another design is described in this PDF. My strategy in the process was to “go by the book”.

It might be that I should have read more books or used another book, but the point where the process broke down for me was on page 5, second to the bottom paragraph.

It reads, “Steam or place grapes in boiling water for 30 seconds to one minute until the skins crack.” I couldn’t get my skins to crack.

Apparently, if the skins don’t crack the drying process is slowed or comes to a stop. I ended up with a dehydrator full of, while tasty, raisins that were sub par in quality.

The PDF said the drying process in a dehydrator should only take between 12-24 hrs.

None of the grapes were ready after 24hrs, and when they finally dried, most were over-dried (to get the center dry) or the skins never did dry. At this point my strategy kinda broke down, so I wasted a lot of time in re-orientation (trying different steps).

I tried several steps-in-time to increase the likelihood that the splitting process could be carried out in boiling water. First I tried getting the grapes cooler and in another step, increasing the time in the boiling water (among other things), and nothing helped.

There were other steps I could try, I had several other ideas, but my feeling is: boiling water will split the skins only if my grapes were frozen first.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

All input from all links in the network appreciated 🙂