Princess Pooyan strikes back

Spacebunny doesn’t play a lot of games, but when she does find a game she likes, she plays hard. She’s currently the Queen of the Wii, having been the first to unlock her own Mii. As a game designer, it’s been fascinating to see how she has enjoyed various Nintendo games over the years, but has never had any interest in anything on the XBox 360 or Playstations.

On a related note, if you have a Nintendo Wii, you may wish to be apprised of a sporadic known problem with the machines not booting or not turning off. If the red light doesn’t appear and you’re unable to turn the machine on or even get it to respond, don’t panic. Unplug the machine from the power adapter and also unplug the adapter from the outlet. Wait an hour, then plug everything in again. This should reset whatever is preventing the Wii from turning off or turning on.

Voxiversity II – America’s Great Depression

This is a complete list of all of the readings and related quizzes for the study of Murray Rothbard’s America’s Great Depression.

Section 1: The IntroductionsTEXT

Section 2: The Positive Theory of the CycleTEXT

Section 3: Keynesian Criticisms of the TheoryTEXT

Section 4: Some Alternative Explanations of Depression: A CritiqueTEXT

Section 5: The Inflationary FactorsTEXT

Section 6: The Development of the InflationTEXT

Section 7: Theory and Inflation: Economists and the Lure of a Stable Price Level and Prelude to Depression: Mr. Hoover and Laissez Faire – TEXT

Section 8: The Depression Begins: President Hoover Takes Command – TEXT

Section 9: 1930TEXT

Section 10: 1931 – ‘The Tragic Year’TEXT

Section 11: The Hoover New Deal of 1932TEXT

Section 12: The Close of the Hoover TermTEXT

America’s Great Depression: 25-question Final Exam

Rules of the blog

1. You will be addressed in the style you choose. If you come in here slinging insults and acting disrespectfully, you will be treated with a contemptuous and derisive disdain that will, based on past experience, probably upset you. This is particularly true for visitors who are under the impression, mistaken or not, that they are far more intelligent than the average individual here. If instead, you elect to offer substantive and civil criticism, then you will meet with a similarly civil response. Because I am equally capable of polite intellectual discourse and appallingly creative verbal cruelty, the form the interaction will take is up to you. Vox Popoli is not an echo chamber, but it is also not the typical Internet cesspool where you can expect to get away with spouting factual nonsense or blatant illogic with impunity.

2. You are expected to back up your assertions, so don’t be surprised if you happen to get called on them. If you fail to back up an assertion when called on it, but refuse to retract the statement, understand that I reserve the right to delete the relevant comment and all subsequent comments you attempt to make. If you are asked a direct question relevant to the topic, then you will be expected to answer it in a straightforward and non-evasive manner; providing links in lieu of answers is not acceptable. (Links providing additional information in support of your answer are great, of course.) The dishonest and evasive tactics that are so common in Internet argumentation are not permitted here. If you refuse to either answer a question or admit that you cannot answer it, then you will not be permitted to comment here and all of your subsequent comments will be deleted.

3. Cross-comments and off-topic comments will usually be deleted. If your comment gets deleted, deal with it. Don’t try to argue with me about it, I’m truly not interested. If you have a serious problem with the deletion of a comment, then email me. More than one individual has managed to get himself banned by refusing to accept the reality that his precious comment was seen to be of no value here and deleted.

4. This is not a democracy. Commenting here is a privilege, not a right. If Spacebunny or I tell you not to comment here, for whatever reason, then please go share your unique gems of wisdom somewhere else. There are thousands of blogs out there and perhaps some will value them; I clearly don’t. So, just go away, this isn’t an appropriate venue for you to work out your personal issues for our entertainment. On a related note, please don’t respond to the trolls. There are at least five people who have been banned that insist on trying to comment here from time to time under different names; just ignore them as someone will get around to deleting their comments as well as the comments of those who respond to them soon enough.

5. You are expected to be polite to your fellow commenters, especially if you don’t know them. The regulars, who have been commenting here for years and know each other reasonably well, often engage each other in a vicious and vituperative manner that you should not try to imitate because you are not an accepted part of the group yet. Take your best shot, by all means, but attack the idea, not the individual.

6. You will not call me a liar without providing any evidence of my lying, nor will you attempt to attribute to me words I have not written or actions I have not performed. If you do, your comments will be deleted and you will probably be banned. A similar consequence will meet any attempts to “out” me or any other individual commenting here; in my case, such attempts are particularly stupid as they demonstrate little more than a lack of familiarity with both the classic languages and Wikipedia.

7. I am fair game. Spacebunny and other members of my family are not, so any personal attacks on them will be immediately deleted. Also, it is unwise to annoy Spacebunny as I have no problem with playing favorites; she and the long-time regulars will always be favored over drive-by commenters.

8. Don’t make assumptions about the regulars here based on my ideology and religious faith. They’re not all Christians, much less Creationists. Most are not libertarians. A fair number are not Americans. And some don’t even play computer games or read SF/F fiction. They do, however, tend to skew much more intelligent and broadly educated than you’re probably accustomed to encountering. And I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on everything, in fact, given my oft-stated belief that most people are idiots, it would greatly concern me if they did.

9. If you haven’t read The Irrational Atheist, don’t bother trying to critique it. You’re wrong. Your arguments are not new and they have been brought up many times before, usually by atheists who are smarter than you are. While you won’t be banned, you will be humiliated and even your fellow atheists will point at you and laugh.

10. Any insertion of evolution or Creationism into a post that is not directly and specifically related to either subject will be deleted. Repeated efforts to do so will result in banning. Do not attempt to hijack posts; if you are interested in a discussion of a particular subject, email me a request.

11. If you have made several comments that lead me to observe you have nothing interesting to contribute to an ongoing discussion, I reserve the right to tell you to stop commenting on that post. A refusal to abide by my decision will lead to banning. This is at my sole discretion.

12. In general, you will be well-served if you stop to think for thirty seconds and read everything twice before responding to it. It’s also wise to ask if your assumptions are correct before launching critical attacks. I have been writing controversial opinion commentary on a very public site for seven years now, so the chances are pretty high that I saw and successfully dealt with your argument long before you first formulated your thoughts on the subject. Remember, there are few original thoughts under the sun.

13. If you have repeatedly shown yourself to be the sort of petty, ankle-biting critic who has no genuine interest in discussion or debate, but merely wishes to criticize by any means necessary, it is very unlikely that I will respond to your questions or arguments. This failure to respond should not be interpreted as the difficulty of the former or the strength of the latter. If you are not willing to argue in good faith, then I see absolutely no need to pay any attention to you. Furthermore, if you are one of the small group of persistent anklebiters who insist on making the same tedious and incompetent attacks over and over again, I will simply delete your comments. This group includes, but is not necessarily limited to Beezle, Cabal, Cisbio, Dan Picaro, and the weirdo who keeps posting about his ancestors being fish.

14. It is my intention to give individual commenters up to three opportunities per post to criticize what I have posted there. Since I do not have any interest whatsoever in wasting time on futile attempts to explain things to the willfully obtuse, the intellectually underpowered, or the disingenuous, I will cease to engage with a commenter after he has committed three demonstrable errors of fact or logic in that comment thread. While I will identify those errors, I am not inclined to be drawn into tangential discussions of them. Attempts to claim that my refusal to further engage with a commenter whose arguments have repeatedly been demonstrated to be flawed are the result of cowardice or an inability to respond are false and will be deleted.

29. These Rules may in no case be interpreted contrary to the purposes and principles of Vox Day, as determined by Vox Day.

2008: it was a pretty good year

While 2008 was pretty rough on a lot of people and appears to have laid the foundation for even worse years to come, it turned out to be a surprisingly good year from my perspective. Business was only okay, but it wasn’t bad and the building blocks were put in place to deliver a much better year in 2009. After a lengthy dry spell, I published two books that were reasonably well-received, and made significant progress towards completing a new technology project that will be announced this spring. And some reasonable headway was even made towards getting my two pet game projects moving along the development curve.

In 2008, this blog grew 30 percent in terms of monthly visitors and 92 percent in monthly page views, to 130k and 240k, respectively. However, I have the sense that the quality of both the posts and comments have declined somewhat of late. I take full responsibility for the former and hope to write at least one longer, more insightful post per week in the coming year, but there’s not much I can do about the latter since it’s the inevitable result of increasing traffic lowering the common denominator. On the other hand, the Voxiversity experiment was successful and I think we are in the process of creating something that may become quite useful to a number of people over time.

Sadly, 2008 saw the loss of the inimitable Bane, and also saw a legendary Marine, General Victor Krulak, exit the stage. If have any interest in military matters but haven’t read First to Fight, you really owe it to yourself to do so. May God welcome both warriors to Him with open arms.

All in all, it was a pretty good year. But, even so, here’s to a better 2009. Happy New Year, everyone.