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Quote of the day: In our age, 'Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive'

"We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive." — George Dyson. (I'd heard of his pop and his sister but not of him.)

This wasn't always the case. I remember reading in Braudel's history of the Mediterranean that in 16th century Europe, information was mighty expensive. One example that struck me (if I am recalling Braudel correctly) was that sending a letter from Spain to Paris cost the equivalent of a university professor's annual salary. Now sending that e-mail is basically free. On the other hand, no one got spammed back in 1550.

I think that what this blog should try to be about is making sense of new information. I march forward with new resolve!

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21 -- and some questions

No. 21 for year: The commander of the Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia, was bounced for "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." Apparently he had a lousy command climate. This move kind of had been expected since he was put on the shelf in May.

His predecessor also had been relieved.

Is something going on the Navy this year? Are captains screwing up more, or are standards being enforced more rigidly? Anyway, I am glad to see accountability being enforced, if that is what is going on.

Also, I wonder if anyone has studied the pattern of reliefs. How many are Naval Academy graduates, and how many are prior enlisted?

If anybody from the Navy reads this blog (besides SEALs, I know some of youse do), I'd especially welcome your comments.

(HT to RD)