March 6, 2015

This Winter Sucked and It’s on Its Last Gasps, Thank God.

March 5, 2015

Market Efficiency.

March 3, 2015

American democracy is doomed.

Computing is too easy and that’s a problem.

The ubiquity of rape in prisons has led to a ubiquity of prison rape nonchalance in popular culture, which promotes a rape-as-punishment framework and normalizes rape itself.

The 1970s Feminist Who Warned Against Leaning In.

Cigarettes: A product that kills two out of three of its users.

Cute etymology.

Tutankhamun’s unbroken rope seal.

March 2, 2015

More than 70% of UK sex workers have previously worked in healthcare, education or charities, while more than a third hold university degrees, according to one of the largest surveys of the industry ever undertaken.

First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life.

But once killing loses its mystique, it no longer becomes a tool of last resort.

Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling. How is this even legal.

Rockets of the world.

Carrie Fisher on being Slave Leia.

Notes on watching “Aliens” for the first time again, with a bunch of kids. The movie that invented the cliches.

I’m Not Your Feminist Mommy & I’m Tired of Holding Your Hand.

Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics.

Myths of Human Genetics.

March 1, 2015

Screws, bolts, nuts and washers.

Money is speech, dollars have more influence than people — it’s time to be honest about the plutocracy we live in.

How Student Debt Stunts Financial Growth.

The Future’s Been Here Since 1939: Female Fans, Cosplay, and Conventions.

FBI Makes Us Less Safe With Fake Terror Plots.

2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing.

Comparing Filesystem Performance in Virtual Machines.

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss.

Put Down the Pink Dumbbell.

How Odd Behavior in Some Young Horses May Reveal a Cause of Autism.

Beware The Pretty People.

February 28, 2015

Not Seasonally-Adjusted CPI.

College can be a good place to park smart people until they find something productive to do.

Literally Imperfect.

How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia.

The Forgotten Climate Apocalypse Of 1783.

Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memories.

What is the oldest city in the world?

When men complain about women.

If you’ve ever seen horror movies involving creepy porcelain dolls with chalk-white skin and dark red splotches on their cheeks, you’ve seen the last remnant of the fashion of the 1700s.

February 27, 2015

▶ Tropical Bowl.

The simple reason Walmart & TJ Maxx are handing out raises — people are quitting.

Too easy.

Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun.

The Hazards of Helen.

What this means is that the decision of the European Central Bank to not engage in massive debt forgiveness and money printing condemns a significant portion of the Eurozone to utter impoverishment.

Infinity Is a Beautiful Concept – And It’s Ruining Physics.

Yes, You’re Irrational, and Yes, That’s OK.

Color and the making of gender in early childhood.

11 Most Useless And Misleading Infographics On The Internet.

February 26, 2015

FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition.

American Christians may dislike “Islam,” but they share a lot of opinions with the radical Islamic group “Boko Haram,” a name that itself translates into “education is forbidden.”

Diverse Casts Deliver Higher Ratings, Bigger Box Office: Study.

The girl who gets gifts from birds.

Who Controls Federal Public Lands? All Americans or a Handful of Welfare Ranchers?

Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing.

Pricing American Women Out Of Abortion, One Restriction At A Time.

It’s Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy.

American women between the ages of 25 and 54… are now less likely to be employed or on the job market than women in much of the developed world. On that score, we’re closer to Japan, a country still trying to overcome its history of hostility toward women in the workplace.

The aesthetics of clean energy.

An Unhappy Meal.

Radical individualism.

February 25, 2015

Stop Blowhard Syndrome.

Biologists lift lid on eyelash mystery.

Mobile homes are the single largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the U.S.

A DNA analysis of a hybrid fern shows that its parents are two different species separated by nearly 60 million years of evolution.

Day dreaming helps the mind in doing complex tasks later.

5 Women Cut from Pop Culture History for Being Too Important.

We take ourselves so seriously that we attack allies over minor foibles. Patricia Arquette backstage at the Oscars, for instance.

Yo-yo dieting better than staying obese. Note: too-small sample size and done on mice, however cohort studies show same results for humans.

We can see, then, that consent — even enthusiasm — of the exploited is not necessarily a useful paradigm for evaluating whether that exploitation is moral.

The key here is psychological. Greeks need to admit that their fellow Europeans do not care how badly they suffer; need to acknowledge that they are not seen as Europeans by their fellow Europeans, and need to look East and South for their survival and future prosperity.

February 24, 2015

APOD: 2014 September 9 – An Aurora Cupcake with a Milky Way Topping.

When it’s illegal to live with your friends….

Lots of users mean languages gain more words.

Getting nowhere fast: How having more stuff is eating up all the gains from being more efficient.

Knowledge Isn’t Power.

Com­put­ers have none of the me­chan­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions of type­writ­ers. So the ty­po­graphic short­cuts that were a nec­es­sary evil with type­writ­ers are like­wise ob­so­lete. Why per­pet­u­ate them?

Glenn Greenwald blasts Hillary Clinton: “The ultimate guardian of bipartisan status quo corruption.”

February 23, 2015

The Tragedy of the Commons in the Rentier Mind.

How ‘Defensive Architecture’ Is Ruining Our Cities.

The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs.

Why Do Americans Feel Entitled to Tell Poor People What to Eat?

Science not a branch of mathematics.

Comodo “security” company ships Adware Privdog worse than Superfish.

The World’s Most Idiotic Copyright Complaint.

Women are leaving the tech industry in droves.

In Corporate Crimes, Individual Accountability Is Elusive.

Samsung lied — its smart TV is indeed spying on you and it is doing nothing to stop that.

Ah, Meetings.

Despite the ridiculous conservative idea of the rugged individualist, humans would have gone extinct long ago if they did not work in collectives.

How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling.

February 22, 2015

I shall a glow emit. Frickin’ genius.

Fifty Shades of sexual assault.

Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire.

The opposite of an idiot.

In Service Sector, No Rest for the Working.

You Can Spend $750 in International Data Roaming in One Minute on AT&T.

The constant sarcasm of the hipster is just a cover for her cowardliness. Good eulogy for David Foster Wallace.

Geomorphogenesis: Screen Prints by Marie Elaine Lalonde.