December 4, 2016

A Tyrannosaur Boy Named Sue.

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure.

New Clues About How Bioluminescence Works.

Despite the rhetoric of businesses under attack by greedy Americans, the available evidence contradicts the perception of a frivolous lawsuit epidemic.

Climate change escalating so fast it is ‘beyond point of no return.’

A Job Is More Than a Paycheck. Some economists are (slowly) waking up.

Data and the Stories We Tell.

Automobile Utopias and Traditional Urban Infrastructure: Visions of the Coming Conflict, 1925–1940.

Texts, Facts, Emotions, and (Un)Making a Nation.

Architecture’s Identity Crisis.

The Case Against Dark Matter.

The Democratic Party propped up Hillary as if she was the people’s choice. She wasn’t. Even laudatory writing about Hillary was lukewarm. Poll after poll showed that Bernie Sanders could beat Trump and that Hillary would have a harder time beating Trump.

Kate Rubins just scienced the @$!# out of the International Space Station. Love the Velcro-equipped space pants.

Donald Trump — whom the majority of Americans view unfavorably and consider unqualified to be president — was a gift to the Democrats, and his nomination should have led to an easy electoral triumph.

Here’s something Americans disagree about that has nothing to do with partisan politics: food.

Nearly half of America’s overweight people don’t realize they’re overweight.

Processual sociology.

Some 6 million Americans are delinquent with auto loans and it’s going to get worse.

Sympathy for Todd and Margo: Clark Griswold’s childless yuppie scum neighbors are holiday heroes. God this is great. This is how you do pop culture analysis. Did read again.

A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, And What the Majority Can Do.

Experience How Expensive It Feels To Live Below The Poverty Line.

Davy Evans.

Spray tan.

On Success.

Shaming Whites and Men Has Backfired.

Oakland County, MI McMansion Hell.

Crony Beliefs.

Ideal Classroom Novel.

December 3, 2016

Survey weighting and that 2% swing.

The U.K. has passed a snooper’s charter. The U.S. could be next. No “could” about it.

 A watershed moment in understanding how H2O conducts electricity.

It’s Time to Start Thinking of Amazon as a Transportation Company. No. Like WMT, AMZN is now an infrastructure/software company that happens to sell things.


Octopuses and the Puzzle of Aging.

Giving the People What They Want (Good and Hard).

The Woman the Mercury Astronauts Couldn’t Do Without.

Tangled threads weave through cosmic oddity.

Working in a High-End Salon Made Me Hate the Rich.

US Judges Can Now Sign Global Hacking Warrants.

The gender wage gap: how firms influence women’s pay relative to men.

The minimum wage is best thought of as an anti-monopsony rate-regulation policy that raises low-wage employment, raises average low-wage earnings, and brings the market closer to its competitive equilibrium.

Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because of Jill Stein and James Comey.

Was the 20th century long or short?

December 2, 2016

Regress is more palatable when it goes by the name of progress.

Learning from History: Volatility and Financial Crises.

Bob Dylan Isn’t Even America’s Greatest Literary Songwriter.

Gallery of Processor Cache Effects.

Moravec’s paradox.

99% Invisible.

The reason Harry Potter is not a radical story in the fashion of, for example, The Hunger Games series is its level of ease with institutional power.

Sex, death and aliens: a feminist watches ‘Arrival.’

Lamb shift.

On black holes, fundamental laws and pure and applied science.

What about the black working class? Divisional identity politics is one reason why Dems lost, but this is a neolib method of control.

The sparrow with four sexes.

Fanfic and language.

The world of the front row kids.

This Explains How and Why Medicare Will Live or Die.

Hillary Clinton supporters need to quit whining about the Electoral College.

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant.’

The Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens. Fuck Instagram filters.

The Valley of Whispers.

Donald Trump’s swamp of war: What does he know that career military officers don’t? Counterpoint: most modern wars lost by political decisions, not generalship.

The End of the American Century.

That Krugman can wonder at the source of the disdain felt toward the liberal elite while lecturing Trump’s voters on their own self-interest is really quite remarkable.

The dangers of thinking Australian high school kids just schooled Shkreli. Yep. 90% of drugs I could synthesize myself with a few weeks and $20,000 of gear. This is not the hard part.

Inside Jobs. Hear what American workers have to say about their jobs

November 20, 2016

This blog is an hiatus while I take a break from the world. Expect posting to resume in approximately two weeks.

November 19, 2016

An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways. Barking dogs annoy me more than any alarm made by humans.

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends. Shit’s broke ya’ll.

Child Care Costs and Stagnating Female Labor Force Participation in the US.

Enzymes from nine organisms combined to create new pathway to use CO2.

A History of Hard Drives. My first hard drive was 30MB (yes, megabytes). It seemed like a pure miracle.

Britain has passed the ‘most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy.’ Future of the US too.

Does exposure to erotica reduce attraction and love for romantic partners in men?

Plants ‘see’ underground by channelling light to their roots.

Republicans Might Be Serious About Going After Medicare


The poison arrow frog’s toxin has an anti-toxic evil twin.

Our 86 Billion Neurons: She Showed It.

For the first time in India, the rich beg the poor to help them.

Opiate-Related Deaths in the US, 1999-2014.

A new drug dispenser may turn human beings into chemical weapons.

Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here.

November 18, 2016

Here’s what crime rates by county actually look like.

Across America, there are state laws that don’t protect women who became pregnant through rape from being forced to share their children with their rapists.

Big pharma spends more on marketing than research. Something free market blah blah….

For all the talk of the Republican Party dying, they are doing really well. I have been hearing of inevitable demographic death of Repubs for 30 years, has yet to happen.

Gigantic Shield Moves Into Place To Cover Exploded Chernobyl Reactor.

This Never Before Seen Spider Looks Like a Leaf.

The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think No, I’ve worked help desk. Not worse than I think.

Inequality Among Women Is Crucial to Understanding Hillary’s Loss.

Methyl anthranilate.

Syrian child disappointed she won’t get to be drone-striked by the first female president.

You Are Still Crying Wolf. Do not agree with all of this, but the Left has severely overstated its case IMO and Obama has committed terrible actions for which they excuse him (and is a raging corporatist to boot).

How’s That “Abundance” Thing Working Out For You?

German minister says Facebook should be treated as a media company.

November 17, 2016

The story of the Nazis’ only concentration camp for women has long been obscured—partly by chance, but also by historians’ apathy towards women’s history.

Elizabeth Warren: Obamacare “wasn’t bold enough.” Oh, really, a giveaway to the insurance companies wasn’t quite enough?

How Self-Appointed Guardians of “Sound Science” Tip the Scales Toward Industry.