Ralph Haygood

Ralph Haygood

I'm a software developer, biologist, and participant/observer of human evolution/devolution.

On The Mathematics of Re-Calibration

The funny thing is, I remember how, in The Time Before Reagan, many conservatives (radicals, really, but I'll retain the conventional terminology) felt like nobody represented them. I grew up among people whose politics were Birch-ish at a time when the Republican party was led by people like Gerald Ford. As far as they were concerned, no national politician spoke for them. Reagan was a big deal, because he at least kinda-sorta agreed with them. Still, most Republican politicians sadly failed to be True Conservatives, and even now, the rank and file continually grumble about RINOs and the urgent need to get rid of turncoats like, um, Thad Cochran, of all people. So it may be that many of the nation's poor, ignorant, and above all belligerent white men will hardly notice a difference in years to come, because In their minds, they're barely represented right now.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:06 am 0

On The Mathematics of Re-Calibration

@riotnrrd: Shorter and ruder version: They'll have to stop being such a**holes.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:31 am 1

On Has Your City Been Marked For Death Yet?

It's happening right now to my smallish, heretofore fairly obscure city in the southern USA. I've lived here for almost 10 years, and I've watched the "coolness" - restaurants, bars, galleries, boutiques, etc., many of them in formerly abandoned buildings - rise along an initially slow but steadily accelerating curve. At the moment, it's a great place to live, but in view of the astounding numbers of "luxury" apartments, condos, and hotels scheduled to open in the next couple of years, I'm pretty sure I need to get out of here before 2017. Some of the choicest property in my neighborhood is owned by a guy who was a big shot in the Bloomberg administration. If that isn't a harbinger of doom, I don't know what would be.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:57 am 0

On Local Ballet Enthusiast Explains Patronage

Perhaps I'm not in the group he has in mind; I'm more a Scandinavian Social Democrat than an American not-so-social Democrat. However, for the record: I don't enjoy anything at all about Chucky or Davy. I may some day enjoy reading their obituaries, if they're in the vein of Hunter Thompson's obituary for Dick Nixon.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:40 am 0

On Book Tells You What Money Is

I'm well aware of what the people with all the cash are doing to me and most of the rest of us. I'm also well aware that such political and economic arrangements generally don't change for the better in the normal course of events. Nonetheless, they do tend to change eventually. It's happened many times throughout history, and I've no doubt it will happen again. When it does, however, I'd prefer to be somewhere else.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:15 am 0

On Anniversary Commemorated

Words rarely fail me, but all this is too depressing for words.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:04 am 0

On Take Time

No comment.

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:12 am 0

On Family Purged

"Fred Ryan, the founding President and CEO of Politico and former Reagan chief of staff": This confirms what I suspected when Bezos bought the Post. As Awl Pal (TM) Alex Pareene noted at the time, "The rich don't buy newspapers to...make money. They buy them to get influence." (http://bit.ly/13XYqgz) Normal people find Politico's obsession with who's up/down/in/out in DC weird and repulsive, and the Wisdom and Humor of the Great Prevaricator don't have much resonance among people who grew up with the diminished expectations he did so much to bring about. So this is unlikely to bolster the paper's sagging fortunes outside its home town. But! It will delight DC's vain old People Who Matter and their sycophantic underlings.

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 3:35 am 0

On These Boots Are Made for Making

"You fuck all the companies. Because you're doing good shoes. That's it. It's called a skill.": I understand the appeal. I have various skills myself, attested by advanced degrees from august institutions, but none of them make much sense outside the context of a society with an elaborate division of labor. There are many of us these days, idiot savants for whom the idea of making our own shoes or any other practical necessity of our lives is remarkably attractive.

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 2:53 am 0

On Escape Artist Tells All

@whizz_dumb: My smallish, obscure city - which shall remain nameless - has been gushed over in the New York Times at least twice this year. It's making me nervous.

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 2:15 am 0