Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This Thanksgiving Day, I followed my usual practice of giving Team Kimberlin a day off. Eight years ago today we saw the Day Off Cancelled.

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I was going to give Team Kimberlin a day off for Thanksgiving, but circumstances alter cases. I went to bed very early last night, so the call that came in at 8:52 went to voicemail. I didn’t listen to it until I was drinking my coffee this morning.

Team Kimberlin are a bunch of cowards. I’ve been pointing that out since 2012. Threats and insults sent from spoofed IPs, sock puppetry on Twitter, and harassing phone calls sent from spoofed numbers are how these gutless wonders engage those of us who speak and write about them. (Note: It’s interesting that they use the phone harassment quite a bit here in Maryland which one of the states that does not allow voiceprint evidence to be used in court. OTOH, it can be admissible in federal court.)

Last night’s call was a real prize. I doubt that the person whose voice is on the call would actually show up at Hoge Manor for dinner today. He knows what the consequences would be, and, in spite of his ranting about cowards on Twitter, he doesn’t have the audacity required.

According to the caller ID data, the number spoofed belongs to someone I’ve never heard of in Columbia, Maryland and who happens to have a number on the same 596- exchange as my cell phone. Several other recent harassing calls have come from random 596- numbers. Other calls have IDed as from local Carroll County phones, including county government agencies. (Suggestions for Team Kimberlin: You might want to verify whose numbers you’re using. You also might want to google the name Joseph Curran.)

Team Kimberlin should consider these words from George Orwell: Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for.

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Team Kimberlin, and Brett Kimberlin in particular, have been deadbeats in paying off their debts. Interest, both financial and karmic, is accruing.

The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, Dianna Deeley, and I will be at our mics at 7 pm ET for the next episode of the The Other Podcast Live. Join us on Podbean.

Likely topics include Hockey, Robots, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

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Stacy McCain, John Hoge, and Dianna Deeley discuss the week's news.
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Clearer Infrared Vision

The Very Large Telescope at ESO in Chile, has a new infrared sensor called ERIS. This ERIS image reveals the inner region of the galaxy NGC 1097, showing the gaseous and dusty ring that lies at the very center of the galaxy. The bright spots in the ring are stellar nurseries. The image was taken using four different filters by ERIS’s infrared imager, the Near Infrared Camera System (NIX). ERIS will be an upgrade from the pevious NACO imager.

Video Credit: ESO

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This was the ninth episode of Blogsmoke. It first ran nine years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!


ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.


20 % of the Customers Drink 80 % of the Beer

That version of the the 80/20 Rule is attributed to an English pub keeper. It’s an informal summary of the Pareto distribution, a power-law probability phenomenon that describes a great deal of human behavior. The Pareto distribution suggests it is usually the case in an organization with a statistically large population that a group about the size of the square root of the total population produces half of the organization’s beneficial work.

This tells us why Elon Musk is probably right and Robert Reich is probably wrong.

If Twitter had 7500 employees when Musk took over, something on the order of 87 were probably carrying half the real productive load. Firing only half the staff wouldn’t get rid of enough deadwood.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Twitter will be reshaped.

A Tale of Three Cities

London, Kyiv, and Dresden.

Frasier Nelson makes an interesting observation.

Putin’s going after Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is an attempt to use winter as a weapon against the civilian population. He will undoubtedly be successful in inflicting a lot of hardship, but as Nelson notes in his column, shared hardship strengthens the will to resist and survive.

For all the terror it caused, the Luftwaffe did not have the resources to bomb London back to the Stone Age. OTOH, the RAF did have the wherewithal to pound German cities into dust, helping to crush that country’s will to resist. This is what Dresden looked like in 1945.

It’s ironic that much of the Third World is armed with Russian equipment, because Russia has now become a Third World power armed with nukes. Unless Putin resorts to nukes, he doesn’t have the resources to completely destroy Kyiv.

I’m betting on the Ukrainians.

A Star-Shattering Kaboom

Cassiopeia A is  expanding debris cloud from a stellar explosion, a supernova. This picture was the result of a one million second exposure using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.  In the false-color image, Cas A’s outer green ring, around 10 light-years across, marks the location of the expanding shock from the original supernova explosion. A structure extends beyond the ring (at about 10 o’clock), evidence that the initial explosion may have also produced energetic jets. The tiny point source near the center of Cas A is a neutron star, the collapsed remains of the stellar core. Cas A is about 10,000 light-years away, but light from the supernova explosion first reached Earth just over 300 years ago.

Image Credit: NASA