Nov 22, 2015

The (Second) Greatest Season in Tennis (Male, Singles)

With his emphatic win today in the WTF, Novak Djokovic displaced Federer from the second spot. Fitting too, for after his first warmup, Novak figured in the final of every single tournament he entered, and dominated all surfaces, all comers.  A deceptive 5-3 (only) against the third best (or second best for the most part) player might belie that, but there should be no mistaking his dominance.

A red-lining Wawrinka who played some spectacular tennis in back-to-back matches is the only reason we are not celebrating the best season ever.  That, disappointingly to his die-hard fans, will still belong to Rod Laver in 1969.

It is still all about the slams. You win four of them, and nothing else matters. Laver lost some 16 matches that season, but none of that matters since he won the ones the mattered the most. McEnroe lost only three in 1984, Connors just four in 1974, as did Federer in 2005.

Novak's 82-6 2015 displaced Federer's 92-5 2006 season from the #2 spot.  Federer too had three slams, was just two sets away from the French against the greatest clay courter ever, and won the WTF like Novak did.

But Novak won Master's tournaments on clay.  Two of them.  Federer might have competed hard, but his clay season was inferior.

That seals it without an iota of doubt that we just witnessed the second best season ever. The scary part of it for Novak's opponents next year? He could exceed his accomplishments of 2015 and win the Grand Slam.  Before one gets too exuberant, remember, it could go up in a huff.  Look at Nadal after 2013.  Look at Sampras after his last year at #1.  Look at McEnroe after 1984.

Till then, savor the dominance.  The likes of this won't be seen from a different player for a long time.

Nov 4, 2015


AKA NĂºmero Plaga Dos

But first, a little Bible.

Exodus 8:1-8 King James Version (KJV)

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

Oct 31, 2015

The Church of FDA

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is evil. I know, right? We all know it. Donald Trump and Jim Carrey say so:

The agency just updated one of their policies, and they'll have a new enemy if the media hear about it – and it doesn’t even have anything to do with sinister chemicals like thimerosal. It’s about religion. 

Oct 28, 2015

Collision is Impossible

Following is an informally stated logical argument that establishes that collision between two material bodies is impossible. Find the logical flaw(s) in the deduction, and/or the incorrect assumptions about the Laws of Physics.

1. A collision requires two material bodies to be in contact.2. If two bodies are in contact, then they either a. occupy adjacent points in space, or b. they spatially overlap.3. Space is continuous. Which means that there are no discrete spatial points. Therefore, no spatial point can be adjacent to another.4. Matter cannot occupy the same space as other matter. Therefore, two material bodies cannot spatially overlap.5. Therefore, no two material bodies are ever in contact (2a, 2b).6. Therefore, no two material bodies ever collide.
Q. E. D.
Source reference:The Logical Impossibility of Collision A. David Kline and Carl A. Matheson, Philosophy Vol. 62, No. 242 (Oct., 1987), pp. 509-515.

Oct 23, 2015

Of Idioms and Proverbs

Like an eldritch gargoyle birthed into existence by an impure thought, (what does that even mean?) I now unleash my calm, measured fury on idioms and proverbs:

"Never look a gift horse in the mouth"
Well, you look where you want to look, and I'll look where I want to, OK pal?

"Honesty is the best policy."

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
Looking at the job they did on my windshield, the last place I want a bird is in my hand. All of them can remain in the bush. See if I care.

"Out of sight, out of mind"
Really? Then what's this "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" all about? What about "Time heals all wounds"? Hmm, what about that?

"A broken clock is right twice a day."
Not Rick Perry's.  Unh uh.  His is only right once a day.

Oct 17, 2015

Why Followers of Jesus are Evil

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
Epicurus  (disputed)

Evil is primarily a religious concept, even if as a general concept it obviously pervades outside that sphere. As a concept transcending the "really bad, malevolent" it is unmistakably religious in its origins.