I wrote a post about the Wong report and made a bonehead error, which Simon Derricut kindly pointed out. I have returned it to Draft status and will fix it. If anyone wants it that way, it can be preserved in history … but it was awful.
By definition, in fact. Pseudoskeptics have their heads wedged in the opposite end, a dark place. Now, if we unwedge our heads, from whatever end, what can we see? That is what I find interesting. Continue reading “Believers have their heads wedged”
I.e., to send Infusion Institute funding to keep this work going. I started a GoFundMe campaign:
I intend to go to Miami for the trial in Rossi v. Darden — if it happens, which is seeming likely, though the scope of the trial remains unclear at this point. Getting there is relatively cheap (I’ll probably take the bus), but a hotel would be expensive, I expect, unless I share a room — which is how I managed to afford ICCF-18.
This blog isn’t expensive, though it is beginning to push resource limits and I may need to start paying more for hosting.
They are talking about me on LENR Forum again. While the history of my ban there is quite open, if one studies history on LF and looks at what I wrote here about it when it happened, it’s obvious that few actually know the history. LF Staff are far from transparent, which is a major part of the problem.
Let’s start with this: the Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (CMNS) community needs to develop what are called, in my training, Structures for Fulfillment. From the beginning, the community was fragmented and ineffective, compared to what might be seen as possible. When I came into the field in 2009, I found no evidence of sane collective decision-making procedures that were anything more than ad hoc. Fund-raising was isolated and largely individual. Factions were fighting with each other, but aside from a few highly opinionated individuals, internal criticism was mostly missing. Experts in CMNS did not criticise the work of others, they would not even comment on it (and I asked).
I saw, in CMNS conferences, no mechanisms for finding and expressing consensus. So, from a social point of view, it was all primitive, and mostly the community was reactive, blaming the lack of progress on “them,” the mainstream refusing to accept experimental reality. But how was that reality being communicated? Was it effective and clear? Were experts in communication being sought, either as paid consultants or as volunteers?
Mostly not. Something was missing, and, since I could see it, it became my responsibility to create it. So, now, to LF. This will be long, because many complex issues are raised. Part of the problem is an intolerance of complexity. Complexity is not for everyone, but what I’ve found, many times, is that those who hate complexity will act to suppress it, even though they could simply step around it. What we do not understand, we try to kill, it is probably a basic survival instinct, xenophobia.
In a sane organizational structure, complexity is channeled. In an insane one, it is repressed, censored, or at least ridiculed and insulted. Continue reading “Abd on Abd as the Center of the Universe”
I’ve been seeing spots of interest — and bubbles of mishe-gas — on LENR Forum and missing the hot format of immediate comment, even though, long-term, what I’m settling into here is much more useful.
I started using hypothes.is for commentary because Steve Krivit filed a copyright violation notice on a copy of a page of his here. It’s an interesting tool.
I will create tools here to link to my hypothes.is comments (or others if contributors take it up), and here are some to start. (If you don’t see annotations after following a link, look for a small “>>” link at the top right. That should open up annotations.)
Look down the page as linked through hypothesis.is. The page should show highlights on text on which there is public comment. With a hypothes.is account one may create comments or reply to existing ones. It’s a browser extension allowing one-click setup of annotation of any web page.
The links below are actually all the same, they point, through hypothes.is to the same LF page.
and then The next Rossi v Darden page.
Comments may be made here, or, with a hypothes.is account, comment replies can be entered with the annotations.
More Rossi v Darden threads on LENR Forum
Still not caught up. When I do, I may add information to the above, if I find some annotation worth calling attention to. Anyone may also do that in comments below. Or, hey, you could annotate our pages.
My annotations may also be edited or deleted, comments here, or as replies to annotations, may include suggestions. Be nice, and you will be respected.
Looking at the above links today, there are problems. There are now “orphan” annotations. In at least one case, it appears that LF admin may have deleted a post, which then causes all subsequent paginations to be off. The post number appears to shift, but I’m not sure of that yet. LF is a moving target. So hypothes.is may not work reliably. There are also, it appears, hypothesis.is bugs. A URL with “no follow” in it was generated for an LF page, and the URL was badly formed, with an extra quote mark. I’ll be looking at this.
I attempted to annotate this post by THH. I can load this in my browser, which has the hypothes.is extension enabled, and I can see my annotations. However, hypothes.is generates this URL for the page:
This, as would be expected, loads the root page for that thread, and then my annotations are shown as orphans, with no reference.
If I, instead, generate the link for a specific annotation, say the first on that post, I get
I get the annotation, all right, but orphaned, and the original page is not displayed, rather the root.
If I go to the original page,
I get a message that “there are no annotations in this group.” However, if I follow the link to the post, I can then see them. There are two annotations shown as orphaned. I recognizer the original post for one. It was not on that page, it was on one of the pages listed above. I think. This was the annotated text: “This notion that opinions are somehow magically equal or that any notion you dream up is somehow valid because it is your opinion is new-age nonsense”
This page has records from the hypothes.is feed, for me:
This was the post:
Hey, I’m the New Age, my first teacher actually wrote a book, “This is the New Age, In Person,” and Jed Rothwell is sometimes a beknighted curmudgeon. However, he is also an expert on all things LENR, world-class, even though he is “only” a writer and LENR librarian. Librarians learn a lot.
The real New Age isn’t each and every stupid idea. It’s humanity waking up.
The quoted material at the top is from Jed Rothwell. With some effort — google doesn’t find it, so I manually went through Jed’s contributions, I found the post: https://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/thread/4745-rossi-vs-darden-developments-part-2/?postID=53407#post53407
With that URL loaded, the comment shows. But the comment actually is on a quotation of Jed: https://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/thread/4745-rossi-vs-darden-developments-part-2/?postID=53413#post53413
The way that LF handles paging and links apparently breaks hypothes.is. I’m sure LF staff will be crushed, absolutely crushed, to realize this. The annotation returns a direct link of https://hyp.is/V8qVJBNQEeeNLe9YiXMQdw/www.lenr-forum.com/forum/thread/4745-rossi-vs-darden-developments-part-2/
which returns the annotation, with text in strike-out, since it isn’t on the loaded page, which is page 1 of that thread. I’m going to see if there is a workaround here. Meanwhile, back to the drawing board and some real work. Darn. I thought I could just add snarky comments to my heart’s content. Maybe my heart doesn’t like snark. Wouldn’t surprise me.
This is related to what is happening, perhaps. My guess is that the pages changed enough to break the annotation links for some annotations. Something else is going on with the inability to properly link to annotations that are still connected with the necessary page load. The problem is difficult, and there is apparently a current effort to support previous page versions, where orphans are caused by page changes.
An obvious cause of page change on LF could be post deletions, which would be enough to break some remaining annotations because the page number would change and also the post number (which is calculated at display time, it is not fixed) — the site-wide post number is constant, but the number of a post within a thread is recalculated based on all undeleted posts.
Some user or mod edits might also affect some annotation anchors.
Posts deleted by the author remain in the LF thread with a small-text note. Ordinary moderator deletions also remain, but some mods elect to totally delete, which then changes pagination and post thread number, and I previously saw that LF staff didn’t care about breaking incoming links (and took steps to break them, deliberately, which effort was abandoned when a workaround was created here).
On LENR Forum, Zeus46 wrote:
Is there a Barry West or Dewey deposition somewhere amongst this document avalanche?
Dewey Weaver is mentioned in a number of annotations; the third is the deposition. Unfortunately, it’s just six pages out of what must be more than 250.
I plan to extend and expand the annotations.
I’d go crazy if not for that index. Okay, okay, I’m crazy anyway, spending days creating study documents from the Motions for Summary Judgment. But this is how I learn stuff, by often-boring exposure, I become familiar with it. (Those documents should be ready by the end of this week. The core of the Rossi study is published as a draft, but when I realized there is a good chance that whole thing will need to be rewritten, I stopped work on it and started on the IH Motion.
Being busy writing about Rossi v. Darden or mishegas here and there, I had entirely missed the LENR Forum trolling of Zeus46, joined by Alan Smith. I’m amazed at the research Zeus46 has obviously done, he must think I’m worth all that effort. I’m adding the More link before going on because the only importance that I see here, other than bringing up nostalgia for me, is how LENR fora attract really unpleasant people whom I have very little interest in ever meeting, and especially some moderators. However, there are others I’d love to spend time with. And some I have been blessed to meet in real life. Continue reading “And Abd’s favorite topic”
Sam has posted ten comments on this blog. One today happens to bring up some issues that I think are worthy of a post, so I’ll be quoting it here and commenting in indented italics as in the Conversations series. Also, Bob responded to him, I’ll quote that also. Welcome, Sam, you have the floor.
I think Fan boy gives some balance to the Ecat debate on Lenr Forum.
The same as Jed Rothwell can do on Ecat world.
If the blogs are one sided they are not as interesting to read.
Maybe we should pick teams and have the great Ecat debate.
Actually I think it would be better if they forgot about the Doral test and start fresh with the Quark X.
Let’s deconstruct this:
Well-established, eh? There are complexities, some of which I knew, some not. Thanks to Paradigmnoia, who is almost always informed and informative, if not always transparent at first. He’s kind of an anti-Abd, the kind which, when combined with an Abd, can generate pure energy.
He pointed to The Myth of the Boiling Point, by Hasok Chang of the University of Cambridge. I highly recommend this article for the history of science and as an example of a scientific approach where ideas are tested and confirmed (or rejected) by experiment, instead of by just shoving words around.
And then I look at how all this applies to Rossi’s work, and turn to an explanation of what this blog is, what the “cold fusion community” is, and how we will transform the scientific mainstream, powerfully and effectively. Or, at least, take the first steps in that direction. Continue reading “The boiling point of water”
Simon writes long, thoughtful comments. Another. My comments, thoughts, reactions are in italics, indented.
Abd – it’s been obvious for a long time that Peter ignores evidence he doesn’t like. I’ve tried to show him that the evidence for 1MW doesn’t exist except for what Rossi’s metering shows, and I’ve given him calculations of how much water would be required to put that much energy down the drains (to both keep the locked room suitable for life and to avoid a heat-plume being visible and measurable by an IR survey), yet he still thinks that Rossi will provide an explanation that will be physically possible. As an experienced industrial engineer, he should be able to do the calculations himself and recognise that the claims are absurd as they stand. There comes a time when it’s not worth the time spent analysing the claims since Peter will not accept the results if they show that Rossi does not have LENR+. Of course, that’s what any sober analysis will show. Continue reading “Conversations: Simon Derricut 5”
Steve Krivit filed a DMCA takedown notice against content here, see Critique of articles – copyright issues. In my training — which he knows about — it is said that if you are not being shot at, you are not doing anything worth wasting ammunition on. So thanks, Steve, for the compliment. It has led me to discover hypothes.is, so I may now write a much more extensive critique of the entire NET site, and the nature of hypothes.is display is such that I will probably write briefer and more pointed critique.
It’s all good. Continue reading “Incoming!”
This is a study of a lenr-forum post by Zeus46. Zeus46 is quite likely the user who has commented here as Zeus45. Both of them sometimes make useful comments. Both also show possible troll behavior. Zeus46 is the user who asked me a question on lenr-forum, which I answered straightforwardly in context (as other users noted), and for which answer I was first banned.
(Asking a straightforward question which has a clear answer that can be seen as uncivil is a classic trolling technique. I have seen master writers with high experience sucked into answering. In a sane community, with sane administration, it would not be a problem, but … communities do not always have sane administration. This happens on Quora.com.)
He continued to troll, me and others, with no clear response from lenr-forum moderation. I previously looked at this behavior on Trolling on lenr-forum.
Summary: Zeus46 is Zeus45 here, and most of his commentary is trolling, often through presenting a fact that has an obvious and very misleading interpretation. Sometimes the “fact” is blatantly false, and he would reasonably know it. Trolls, however, are not necessarily reasonable. Continue reading “Zeus46 trolling”
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The blogroll has ratings. Where did these come from? Can they be changed?
Right now, the ratings are a result of score voting by all registered participants, requiring participants to be registered users of this site. This is not at present automatic. However, ratings will be updated on request and users may propose their own rating, on a scale of 0-9, for any link. Explanations are not necessary, but are certainly allowed. If this gets complicated, pages will be created for each link. “Votes” are not anonymous. Get over it. Take responsibility.
Bans were being discussed on lenr-forum, and it was asked if Abd was banned. No administrator or moderator answered the question. Continue reading “Is Abd banned from lenr-forum?”
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- Wong Wong assumptions, cabbage conclusions.
- Four bit fever
- Wong assumptions, cabbage conclusions.
- Let’s just remove the outliers
- Minds open brains not falling out?
- Reviewing Shanahan reviewing Storms
- They don’t get it or don’t care?
- Misc and Flabber gas – May 2017
- Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining
- Takes a licking and keeps on ticking
- She’s underpaid or understaffed
- Lying liars redux
- Ele mental my dear
- Believers have their heads wedged
- The macaw is the official bird of Planet Rossi
- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
- Amped up on Ampenergo
- How to handle a shitstorm
- At last! The opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
- Identification Friend or Foe
- Misc Mash
- Loopy devices?
- Planet Stupid
- Wytte? Not.
- More meshu and flabber on LF and then something completely different
- If I’m stupid, it’s your fault
- Planet Rossi Flabbergas
- Fun with Phase, and Going With the Flow
- Shanahan’s Folly, in Color
- Physician, heal thyself
- It was an itsy-bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot error
- With friends like this, does LENR need enemies?
- Independent testing <> IH must pay
- Why scientists oppose cold fusion
- Sterling thinking from Planet Rossi
- The ventriloquist of Miami
- Murray under fire, unflappable
- Hearing transcripts!
- About transcripts of federal court hearings
- No goal, no go, just drift
- Rendsing a dead horse
- Touch and go at the Planet Rossi spaceport
- Abd on Abd as the Center of the Universe
- About vacuum and steam/water circulation
- With Rossi, an emphatic No means “I can get away with saying this.”
- Agreement written with vanishing ink
- On fantasy, fact, belief, and faith
- Fanning the flames
- Appeal to consequences
- Mats Lewan buys condo in Cloud Cuckoo Land
- From Russia, with love
- Rossi refuses to comment on RvD. Yeah, right.
- How is the weather on Planet Rossi?
- Studying Rossi v. Darden Motions for Summary Judgment
- If Rossi doesn’t know it, it is Bad
- Camel legs splayed
- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
- Trying out hypothes.is with LENR Forum
- We see what we want to see
- How to find Rossi v. Darden documents
- Rossi summary flim-flam
- How Planet Rossi reads fact
- Slogging through the muck
- Wabbit! A hidden heat exchanger! That explains everything!
- What if we provide a magnifying glass?
- And here come the motions for summary judgment
- Fair and balanced jury? Yeah, right!
- What happened with the video depositions?
- Who’s on first?
- Everybody knows
- Demonstration of pseudo science and skepticism
- Discussion of how crazy can it get
- How crazy can it get? (Claims of witness tampering)
- Rossi v. Darden case activity
- Quack rentals?
- What does it mean to sell one’s soul to the Devil?
- Validity of LENR Science
- Bob Greenyer and the Temple of Doom
- Conversations: THH
- Is cold fusion possible? Myths and facts with Bill Nye
- And Abd’s favorite topic
- Pseudoskepticism vs Skepticism: Case studies:
- Conversations: Sam
- The boiling point of water
- LENR+ is never having to apologize
- Conversations: Simon Derricut 5
- Peter Gluck and the Temple of Doom
- So who’s in the Dominican Republic?
- If I repeat it enough, it will become true
- Conversations: Simon Derricutt 4
- And now for something completely different. Links!
- Dewey Weaver and the Temple of Doom
- Conversations: Pweet
- Conversations: Simon Derricutt 3
- Rossi v. Darden, so what else is new?
- Attracting flies with vinegar
- Conversations: Simon Derricutt 2
- Conversations: Simon Derricutt
- LENR Forum messcellany
- If our knowledge expands, is that “backpedalling”?
- Living in a fog
- Rossi Motion for Protective Order
- Get out of the new road if you can’t lend a hand
- Breakdowns create breakthroughs
- And now for something completely different
- Age, the New Age, Believers, and Peter Gluck
- Planets and world-views
- OMG! An *actual* conversation based on knowledge!
- I don’t care about facts, who’s right?
- A new edition of Rossi Blog News
- Blizzard of blogviation
- RvD: Judge demands fast response
- How mind-warp is created
- Fabiani on the hook again?
- Why the Doral conditions matter
- Blatant trolling continues to be allowed on lenr-forum
- The Other Side
- Patent nonsense
- Krivit continues con-fusion
- Dieter Britz authorizes coldfusioncommunity.net to host his cold fusion resource
- RvD: Judge rules on 3rd Party Motion to Dismiss
- So who is banned on LENR-forum?
- SNAFU, LENR Forum “Improved”
- Just when we thought it couldn’t get more ludicrous
- Rossi’s Nobel Excuse
- SRI Brillouin HHT report
- Someone is Wrong on the Internet!
- The New Fizzle
- A guiding light: The Guerilla Skeptics
- Rossi and Wikipedia
- New files with a $150 million tidbit
- Activity on 3rd Party Motion To Dismiss
- Protected posts and pages
- Questions about Industrial Heat
- Is LENR real?
- Lenr-forum miscellany, with a fast and clearly-earned ban
- Ongoing discussion of Rossi issues on lenr-forum
- In the heart of Planet Rossi
- Is Abd banned from lenr-forum?
- Krivit’s con-fusion re power and energy
- Does Rossi’s “customer” matter?
- Planet Rossi or just plain Planet Confusion?
- Better late than never, or better let sleeping dogs lie?
- The most bizarre article
- Ignorance is bliss
- The owner of JM Products
- 7 terabytes of data and 100K pages of documents in a teapot
- August 30, 2016 hearing transcript now public
- 3rd Party Motion to Dismiss
- Rossi Blog Bloviation
- Commentary: Lenr-forum.com 2
- Sympathy for the Devil, part 2
- Rossi answers the countercomplaint
- Sympathy for the Devil, part 1
- Trolling on lenr-forum
- Commentary: Details matter
- Commentary: Lenr-forum.com
- Scientific American hoaxed
- Critique: Widom-Larsen Theory
- The Mpemba effect and cold fusion
- Discussion on C&EN
- COP is a red herring – what matters is reality of an effect
- On Observation, Experiment, Theory, Trust and Belief
- Rossi v. Darden case files
- Financial Times slapdash knee-jerk reaction passes for journalism
- What is Infusion Institute?
- Argument in Rossi’s favor
- Sympathy for the Inventor
- Rossi, blogger
- All it takes to start a meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot.