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Noted in Passing: Morgan of the House of Eratosthenes on Writing Code for a Living

“After all I’ve seen, if someone wants to spend a lifetime they’ve only just started, writing computer software for a living, as a contractor or FTE, I would have to incorporate this into my advice if they come asking. You can get these jobs in red states, I’m told. . . for this reason or that reason, that has not been my chosen path. By default, you’ll be working in deep blue, one gig after another after another.

“And so before we get into data structures and algorithms, first get yourself accustomed to living in places governed by “leaders” who have neither the time nor inclination to admit to mistakes, nor to learn anything new. Get used to the signs of liberalism. Tents under bridges, needles and human feces on the ground, etc. Lots of tightly packed “income inequality,” together with loud opinionated people complaining about it. Get used to all that, first, then let’s talk about the bubble sort and the binary search trees. Also, get used to “middle of the road” types telling you to pay no attention to politics or liberals…while the politics and liberals are literally in your face, all of the time, whenever you’re not in the office coding.

“The blue-brains can’t answer simple questions about their own positions. “If recent policy changes are not responsible for high gas prices, then what is?” “If the unborn baby is not a baby, then what is it?” “How would this latest round of new gun laws have prevented that shooting?”

“They can’t answer these questions. They have no wish to do so. They just want to be popular…like in sixth grade.” == House of Eratosthenes

And now for extra credit something on children “scolding” adults:

When I see a mentally handicapped truant Swedish child scolding an international body of delegates and the delegates cheering for the scolding — at them — what I see is a room for mental health patients, filled to capacity plus one. Nobody of sound mind should cheer scolding at them. It tells me all the “civilized” nations of the world are maintaining a habit, without borders, of investing real authority and influence in mental midgets. I don’t know why all these supposedly advanced nations have all slipped off their rockers this way at the same time, and I don’t really care. It’s evidence that I can’t trust what authorities say, because the authorities by default are cuckoo. It really doesn’t help matters that the “facts” being dished out by the young Swedish mental patient are nonsense.


Morgan posts from time to time at the House of Eratosthenes. Not that many people read him. More should. (And he makes one mean, memorable smoked and barbequed pork shoulder.)

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  • Ross Gallup May 18, 2022, 6:26 PM

    Let me begin by admitting that I may be an outlier. I’ve been a software developer for nearly 40 years, both as an FTE and as a contractor. I’ve been contracting exclusively since March of 2015. My point is that it’s no longer necessary to live in a blue hole. All my contracts since 2015 have been remote. I live in a rural area but have worked for national corporations such as Wells Fargo and Sony. Being a contractor and working remotely, I’m not required to demonstrate enthusiasm for the latest wokeism. I simply roll my eyes and do the job I was hired to do. I consider myself fortunate in that way.

  • smitty May 18, 2022, 6:36 PM

    My chief grief is that he’s kinda rambly.

    • Vanderleun May 18, 2022, 6:51 PM

      Yeah but he’s not long.

      • Lance de Boyle May 19, 2022, 1:05 PM

        I know I’m not long, Gerard.

  • ThisIsNotNutella May 18, 2022, 7:24 PM

    Been ‘writing code’ (conveys the reality about as well as daytime television hospital dramas convey the reality of doctoring) for many years. Luckily avoided the Great Poz by getting in early and doing my thing in the (less but alas not totally un-Pozzed) Orient surrounded by hordes of almond-eyed temptresses in fetching cheongsams plying me with Singapore Slings… or something like that. Born too late, alas!

    That being said, the Dissident Right had best up its game with entryism into the smart stuff that goes beep and and puts folks on death lists via AI sentiment analysis, traffic analysis, all the other fun stuff. Someone’s gotta do it.

    That being said, if you love your sons (women have no business being in or around tech) and want them to do well in the coming times, carpentry, agriculture, all the old trades FTW.

    (Note to self: Cut the ‘That Being Said’ thing.. sure marker of a Z-Man podcast listener and liable to get one droned one of these days.)

    • Vanderleun May 19, 2022, 7:14 AM


  • billrla May 18, 2022, 7:31 PM

    Some well intended advice for Erosthenes: The text would be easier on the eyes if presented in a font that is less “dense” and less tightly spaced, both horizontally (called “kerning”) and vertically (line spacing). Serif text (such as that used at “American Digest” is usually regarded as more readable than sans-serif. Also, dark purple text (or is it blue; I am admittedly somewhat visually color challenged?) on a purple background is difficult to read.

    Just offering candid feedback.

    • Mike Anderson May 19, 2022, 6:44 AM

      While the font could be improved (I favor the Braille Institute’s Atkinson Hyperlegible), the foreground and background colors easily pass the UDL contrast checks in the WebAIM Contrast Checker (https://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/). You may want to check the color settings for your monitor, as well as those for your eyes (trust me, I know from experience that color-blindness comes in several varieties). Getting this stuff just right is one my “shut up and code” tasks that goes along with adapting university courses for online delivery.

      I do recommend you take your design suggestions to the source (where “candid feedback” might effect a change), since he can readily “tune up” the appearance of his web pages with a quick mod to a single CSS file.

      And remember, it’s more productive to replace Complaining and Confrontation with the 4 C’s of successful group dynamics: cooperate, collaborate, create, and contribute. If nothing else, these baffle the crap out of wokesters.

  • Mnemonic Johnny May 18, 2022, 7:35 PM

    Code is a construct of the white male patriarchy unless it is Dominion/Smartmatic.
    Greek nicknames are also an artificial construct as Year Zero began in January 2009.
    Zuckerborg Democracy Fortification dropboxes are the way.

    Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek polymath: a mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria.

    • ThisIsNotNutella May 18, 2022, 9:24 PM

      You can add Prime Suspect to his CV 😀

    • james wilson May 19, 2022, 4:00 PM

      Eratosman was the first, and last, human to correctly calulate the circumfrance of the earth up to and past 1492. If Columbus (at eight thousand) and his sponsors had only known it was twenty-five thousand miles, they never would have attempted the journey to China. This describes human progress.

      The Greeks are a mystery, possibly a product of various Teutonic migration, wildly intellegent if somewhat crazy. There is nothing like them before or at their time. Archemedies may have been more intelligent still than Newton.

  • gwbnyc May 19, 2022, 3:40 AM

    “The blue-brains can’t”




    • Dan Patterson May 19, 2022, 5:18 AM

      I’ve seen that for years now. Basic use of hand tools and simple equipment is a rarity. Expanded thinking ability is even more so. I asked someone why they would send their child to college, the expense is enormous, not to mention the pressures to misbehave.
      “To get a degree” was the answer.
      “What’s the point of that? He already knows how to blow dope and play video games”. I haven’t spoken to them since.

      • gwbnyc May 19, 2022, 10:17 AM

        I found “blue-brains” funny and indicated it be chiseled in stone.

    • Mike Anderson May 19, 2022, 6:48 AM

      …neither can they

      – change a flat tire
      – tie a bow tie
      – make a good martini
      – cook an omelet
      – write a coherent paragraph

      So what good are they?

      • Terry May 19, 2022, 7:21 AM

        What are they good for?

        Lets see if they grow daisy’s.

      • Mike Austin May 19, 2022, 8:34 AM

        I never had the desire to wear a bow tie, and so never learned how to tie one. Besides, I did not to be mistaken for either George Will or Orville Redenbacher. As for the martini: I was a bartender on the West Coast for 7 years. Shaken not stirred, leaving a thin layer of ice covering the gin.

        • Skorpion May 19, 2022, 9:23 AM

          Only WASP males over 60 and Black Muslims should wear bow ties.

        • Vanderleun May 19, 2022, 9:26 AM

          Wearing a bow tie is like wearing a floppy vagina on your throat. No thanks. If I must wear a tie I wear one derived from the sword and the shield and the penis!

          • jiminalaska May 19, 2022, 10:08 AM

            Come on Gerard, I’m sure that back in the day in NYC when your were all tuxed up to take her to the Met you tied bowed, as the sword/penis hanging down over your cummerbund would have assured you went home alone following the opera. 😉

            Luckily during my coming of age years in south Florida; a Cuban Jacket, sans tie was considered acceptable formal wear.

            Full disclosure; I, sigh, occasionally wore a bow back then. Working as an usher, for fifty cents and hour, at the Olympia theater, my usher uniform included a cardboard dickie, a cardboard collar and a clip on black bow tie.

            • Vanderleun May 19, 2022, 12:52 PM

              In my defense, my tuxed-up bow tie in those years was not a clip-on. It was a strap-on.

          • gwbnyc May 19, 2022, 10:14 AM

            a good kick to Bill Nye’s nuts causes his tie to spin and generate lift, sending him on hilarious uncontrolled flights around wherever the fuck he happens to be when given the shoe.

            • Vanderleun May 19, 2022, 12:49 PM

              I love you , like a brother from another mother, for that.

          • Lance de Boyle May 19, 2022, 1:14 PM

            [uh oh.]
            “Yes, my Queen.”
            “Would you say that my vagina is floppy?”
            [think, man, think!]
            “No, indeed. Your vagina is taut as a drumhead.”
            “Oh, that’s good. I was hearing a sort of vibrating in my shorts and I wondered if it was the labia twins sounding off for some reason.”
            “Oh, no. No sounds. Well, maybe the occasional squeekage.”

  • Dan Patterson May 19, 2022, 5:11 AM

    Though it must be worse in the Blue Regime things are bad all over, and not just bad in the “things ain’t like they wuz” sense, our culture now has unsustainably bad basic human traits; evidence of trust and cooperation from fellow citizens is less common, being replaced by atavistic tribal aggression. And along with that aggression are envy, jealousy, rage, irrational decisions, and the list goes and goes. Take a walk through your neighborhood and see how many strangers make eye contact, watch the body language. You can do the same exercise by driving; try to merge, pass, or change lanes in city traffic and see how protective and possessive the other drivers are. Those manners are better in some places than others, but it is an indicator.

    And is it any wonder? For generations we have been assaulted by legions of maniacs, most representatives of some government organ (school administrators and teachers for example) demanding we adjust our behavior and thinking. We have been wrong, you see, to have voluntary associations, logic and reason-based decisions, and nuclear families. We men have been especially egregious in our stomping of social boundary expansion, and we are told endlessly to accept the diseased behavior, the unsanitary practices, and the contagious acts of the people who want to destroy us. Many, too many, believe that and accept their place as beta cucks and are amazed anyone would behave otherwise.

    I am not optimistic about our future, and the coming destruction of what we once had as a culture and society will not be a positive result.

    • ghostsniper May 19, 2022, 1:58 PM

      If you converse enough with anyone now you will find cracks that are expanding. Was talking with a guy a little older than me, that I have known for 15 years, a couple months ago and he told me he got vaxxed. I was at a loss for words. All along I thought he was onboard in the realm of sanity and with that single admission the whole thing fell apart. The rest of the conversation was short and will never happen again.

      During the biden election fraud I was dismayed to see biden signs in the yards of people I had known for years but never knew they were in favor of criminal communists. My circle was getting smaller.

      It seems the deeper you delve, eventually you will find a crack in the persons mental system. And it doesn’t matter how long you have known them or whether they are family. Something is seriously wrong. So I remain the lone wolf masquerading as the Raging Patriot – the last in line.

      This was written to twist the diseased oral labia of the resident pedo troll.

      • Tom Hyland May 19, 2022, 8:24 PM

        I’m arriving at the same situation. Everybody who got vaxxed? I don’t want to interact with these people ever again. And these are plenty of people I’ve known forever. My circle has grown much smaller but I’ve met some new friends who cain’t believe shit and it’s been delightful. It’s like we’re finding each other somehow. If the vaxxed were stupid enough to take the poison then they probably think black lives matter, children should change their sex if they feel like it, orange man bad, white people bad, open the border… let everybody in… government exists to help, abortion is a sacred ritual, climate is change thus we should drive electric golf carts to lessen the change, no more guns, no more cops… I could go on but I think you catch my drift.

  • Tom Hyland May 19, 2022, 6:47 AM

    The following article reads almost like satire. Is this really for real? There’s an innate behavior to living free and independent, keeping as far away from government as possible, and it requires a pair of balls. https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/05/18/ncreased-testosterone-levels-turns-voters-more-conservative

    • ghostsniper May 19, 2022, 2:09 PM

      Makes sense to me.

      Pussy’s, of every “gender” have been guided by their emotions since the beginning. It requires granite stones drenched in testosterone to live by principles.

      Massive quantities of soy, sugar and salt in the daily diet, 12 years of forced gov’t run indoctrination, the tanking of the nuclear family, a criminal gov’t from top to bottom, you end up with a country filled with bloated labias incapable of punching their way out of a wet tissue paper bag.

      The burnoff will be glorious.

  • ghostsniper May 19, 2022, 2:21 PM

    “…crush the Dems in November…”
    Somebody hasn’t been paying attention, even after having watched the vid.
    How can this be?

    Noon and you’re sitting in the diner having just ordered a club sando and an iced tea.
    The waitress sits your grub down and immediately a dem swoops in and eats your lunch.
    4 years later you are still sitting there and decide to order again as the dems are hovering around your table.