Prevarication Du Jour

The Cabin Boy™ keeps up his whining about the lack of intersection between his narrative and the real world in a post at Patriot-Ombudsman (No, I won’t link to it.) called Powerless in Howard County. He includes the following comment about me.P-O20140327What I do ain’t rocket science. It’s applied quantum mechanics.

“Rocket science” involves simple Newtonian physics. Quantum mechanics is a much more sophisticated discipline, and the suggestion that I am employed doing less advanced work borders on defamation.

99 thoughts on “Prevarication Du Jour

  1. Zoinks! So this opens up all kinds of Schrodinger’s Cat jokes. (and subsequent clueless accusations of death threats from the peanut gallery)

    • As “luck” would have it, my quantum state is in proper alignment this week, I happen to be reading a book on religion vs. science which has a great quote from Richard Feynman:

      There are four or five people in the world who understand Einstein’s theory of relativity, but nobody understands quantum mechanics.

    • A) Much like Machiavelli’s “The Prince”, ‘the cat in a box’ was a mockery of misunderstanding of Schrodinger’s postulations.
      B) It’s unlikely Mr. Hoge’s most dogged (swidt?) follower will understand the reference.

  2. Bill thinks Quantum mechanics means you only fix 4 door cars.

    Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

    • Very cool! We use cryogenic techniques on our radiation effects testing of semi-conductors (keeps radiated parts from annealing). We should “talk shop” sometime… 🙂

      • I put a circuit board under a Cobalt 60 source for a week once to test it. (It was going in containment in a reactor). Oh how it failed. The plastic turned black and most of the circuity had failed. Live and learn.

        • That’s what I do for a living…. cobalt 60, flash x-ray, neutron source. Most of what we test ends up in space or in military applications. And yes… electronic components DO NOT LIKE radiation one bit. LOL!!
          Well… back to the salt mine… a 10 part lot has a date with 5E11 neutron dose, and I don’t want to be late! 😉

  3. I dunno, my wife does something that could be called “rocket science” but it involves a lot of General Relativity.
    Or as she once said “sure Newton can get a rocket to the moon, it’s getting it back that kinda hard for him.”

    Back when I did lab work we used to argue which was hard, her work or molecular biochemistry. I used to say that my work involved a lot more chaos and complexity than her’s.

  4. I’ve sent a letter to the SA suggesting the file charges for this obvious harassment of you!

  5. Sheldon: You tell people I’m a Rocket Scientist?!

    Missy: Well, yeah.

    Sheldon: I’m a theoretical physicist.

    Missy: What’s the difference?

    Sheldon: What’s the difference?!

    Missy: Goodbye, Shelly.

    Sheldon: My God! Why don’t you just tell them I’m a toll taker at the Golden Gate Bridge?! Rocket Scientist, how humiliating!

  6. And if you think you’ve been defamed, I’m sure you can just have the cops show up at that guy’s door, since that’s what they do. Yesiree, get the State’s Attorney, the local magistrate, the county sheriff, the LEOs, FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security. They got all the time in the world to police opinions in the interwebs. /sarc

    By the way – there’s a pretty funny Far Side with the caption “…We’re not exactly rocket scientists.” Some guys still have to admit their not exactly lawyers or professional writers.

  7. Heisenberg and Schrödinger get pulled over for speeding.

    The cop asks Heisenberg “Do you know how fast you were going?”

    Heisenberg replies, “No, but we know exactly where we are!”

    The officer looks at him confused and says “you were going 108 miles per hour!”

    Heisenberg throws his arms up and cries, “Great! Now we’re lost!”

    The officer looks over the car and asks Schrödinger if the two men have anything in the trunk.

    “A cat,” Schrödinger replies.

    The cop opens the trunk and yells “Hey! This cat is dead.”

    Schrödinger angrily replies, “Well he is now.”

  8. considering the butthurt going on in a certain trailer, I think today is a good day for IBS, Ignore Bill Schmaldfeldt, he needs time to “heal” or wallow, whichever the choice maybe.

    I’m not saying no body talk about him (within the guidelines held by our esteemed host), Oh no, keep on pointing out his lies, twists & fabrications and laughable insanity all you want, just dont engage directly with him, and if you must reference something he has said do so obliquely, no @mentioning his name on Twitter etc., no linking his posts/blogs/ etc.

    He wants to be left alone, lets leave him alone.

    • You may look someone up and down trying to charm the stranger, but you will likely fail from top to bottom, no real way to spin that…..

  9. based on a recent blog title post, Twinkie forgot to pay his utility bills. Maybe instead of wasting money on online radio stations..

  10. WRT the orignal post, and not withstanding the brilliant commentary thus far; I would like to voice my disapproval of our esteemed host’s denegration of the less arcane applications of physics.

    My personal favorite admonition to superiorists is to invite them to live without the epochal work of Willis Haviland Carrier. In this case, I will add in Maryland, in July.

    Ascetics don’t drink blue mountain coffee. 😉

  11. The games of pool always struck me as applied particle physics. And Schroedinger applies. After enough beer the cue ball, and everything else, is in at least two places at once.

  12. While I find the post amusing, I think that in reality Cabin Boy’s confusion is more fundamental.

    Its not the difference in the form of knowledge being applied, its the concept that one can actually apply oneself, and perform labor that has actual value that is beyond his ken.

  13. Hey. I’m sorry, but our host is wrong in this case. The main point in the Leviathan’s latest post is that “he is nothing.” A truer word was never written.

    He got something right for once. We should not be picking on him for minor inaccuracies when the fundamental insight is unassailable.

      • being large enough to be mistaken for a tug boat while in the water, does not a sailor make…

        yeah cheap shot and according to the lying wart he was really really was in the Navy so…


  14. Hey, how do we know Hoge isn’t posting from jail?

    It would be just like him to do something that sneaky.

  15. For the record, the esteemed former president Richard M Nixon (Deceased) tweeted a couple of days ago, that Twinkie wouldn’t last 3 days before he started making 3rd party reports against his enemies.

    Today he inserted his harrowing account of being wrongfully prosecuted and having to live with 366 “bogus” charges against him in an column supposedly about Some Body ELSE at his new gig LaLaLaland

    So Dead Prez wins pool by being the closest on that front, he claimed 3 days, only took Twinkie 2.
    Whoot!! Whoot!! YOU GO SIR!!

    Pool on when he’ll get terminated still on.

    • And the coward had comments turned off. What’s the matter Bill? You can’t answer the straightforward questions you are asked? You skeered Bill? Fear pee over comments? COWARD and LIAR Bill once again spewing his falsehoods while blocking anyone from setting the record straight. Guess that is par for the course for folks like Bill that invent their own reality.

      Since I know you read here, answer my question if you have any integrity at all. (doubtful).

      Why when Aaron was facing an unconstitutional prior restraint order from even mentioning your buddy Kimberlin did you cheer that? Why did you actively try to get him to violate that order? Why did you find it so bad when Shuler was slapped with the same kind of prior restraint order did you gnash your teeth and decry the end of the world? Why Bill? Be honest now. Why did you cheer when it was Aaron and cry when it was Shuler? Exactly how dishonest are you that you would treat the exact same situation so differently just because of the political leanings of who is getting screwed?

      Of course there is no hope of getting an honest answer from you.

      • Ah, now Bill says he saw my question but is ignoring it since it had nothing to do with the story. The story was about Shuler being in jail for prior restraint. The exact thing asked him about. Poor lying Bill. Can’t be honest even for one second. Such a sad small pathetic man that can’t muster the neurons to figure out a coherent answer to his double standards.

    • I wonder if the Carroll County SA thinks all 366 charges, never mind the original Peace Order, were bogus? I wonder how he/she would feel on knowing that Unca Biwwy thinks they are, and has no respect for any members of the Carroll County legal system, between the charges being “bogus”, and all those defamatory statements Biwwy made about the judge.

      And typing that makes me wonder. Hoge is our “daddy”, but Biwwy thinks he’s our “unca”. Is this because daddies have more authority? Or does he think that -by calling himself our “unca”, that will some how put him above “daddy”? If it does, that would suggest something about his own families dynamics, and not something particularly positive. That he used baby talk is also a tell, though I will leave that to folks with better backgrounds in psych to figure out exactly what it tells.

  16. Poor Bill keeps calling John a “Quantum Mechanic”, you know, like a car mechanic. It must be frustrating for him not to be able to ridicule him due to his inability to understand the concept of QM.

    Oh, and meltdown in 10, 9, 8………

    • you know I was wondering if he still had that up but didnt care enough to check…
      so he hasn’t raised so much as a DIME more than he guilted Willy into donating in all this time??


      he’s probably used to it by now…

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