November 30, 2012

Stock picking, even more than golf, is an overwhelmingly male hobby. Put aside all the mathematics about how individual investors consistently underperform the market and pay enormous fees to various financial-service middlemen; all you really need to know is that if something is done only by men, it probably isn’t particularly sensible.

This guy is named after a Microsoft file format.

November 29, 2012

New FCC rules will let a single company own a town’s ISP, newspapers, 2 TV stations and 8 radio stations.

As Great Lakes levels plummet, Michigan town tries to save its harbor. As with Sandy, welcome to the “consequences” phase of climate change.

The Real Problem with Simpson and Bowles.

Modern Monetary Theory vs the Fiscal Cliff.

Wall Street Professionals Admit: Yes, Lots of Us Are Corrupt.

After buying Hostess in a bankruptcy sale, these equity hucksters proceeded to feather their own nests, rather than modernize Hostess’s equipment and upgrade its products, as the unions had urged.

GOP misplaces their Binders full of Women, House Committee to be chaired by all men.

November 28, 2012

Do Hypoallergenic Dogs Exist? Maybe Not.

When a lion wants to steal your camera, you let it.

November 27, 2012

Granny pod.

Note that Case-Shiller, CoreLogic and others for some reason report nominal house prices, not real.

CO2 Hits New High; World Could Warm 7°F by 2060.

Poor management, not union intransigence, killed Hostess.

The meaning of haste.

We’s in for a world of hurt.

November 26, 2012

Do you remember “books?” A book is basically thousands of tweets printed out and stapled together between pieces of cardboard.

November 25, 2012

Leptospirosis and Pilgrims: The Wampanoag may have been killed off by an infectious disease.

Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease.

November 24, 2012

Beautiful blades.

Einstein’s office, Princeton, 1955.

Let’s have a little chat about inflation….

Forests are more fragile than they appear to be.

November 23, 2012

The Last Laughing Death.

I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem.

Why are there no green stars.


Wall Street Finds a ‘Third Way’ to Plunder Our Wealth.

November 22, 2012

GOP’s big Social Security lie.

You are committing a crime right now.

On Being Not Dead.

November 21, 2012

Lance Mannion: Please, Mr Blankfein, may I retire now?

A Remarkable Convergence of Species: The Deadliest Sea Snake.

There’s nothing like the old vagina firecracker to ruin your day. And also a good band name.

November 20, 2012

Women as Academic Authors, 1665-2010.

Staying tuned: grasshoppers from noisy roadside habitats produce courtship signals with elevated frequency components.

Uwe E. Reinhardt: The Mid-20th Century Infrastructure of the U.S.

Wall Street’s newest scam is to profit from foisting pensions off onto the government.

November 19, 2012


Those greedy bastards!

November 18, 2012

I was a Teenage Sexist.

Finally found a decent text editor I like. Yeah, I know about Notepad++ and all those.

Monopoly Is Theft: The antimonopolist history of the world’s most popular board game.

You Can’t Say That on the Internet.

Pelicans blown north by Sandy get ride home to Florida.

Private soldiers: Bullets for hire.

Daily Kos: ‘Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America.’

Deer eat meat: Herbivores and carnivores are not so clearly divided.

November 17, 2012

The ant that couldn’t stand up.

If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month.

Trying to Keep Your E-Mails Secret When the C.I.A. Chief Couldn’t.

November 14, 2012

How Medieval Arms Race Led to Swords Capable of Killing ‘Tin Can’ Knights.

Some facts about the world.

Dole Kemp ’96!

November 13, 2012

What a beautiful car.

Draconian Downloading Law In Japan Goes Into Effect… Music Sales Drop.

Fuck Facebook.

Yet another reason why you should pirate everything, always.

November 12, 2012

The rich have always looked down on the poor.

November 11, 2012

B-52 Fly By of an aircraft carrier.

Paying Taxes to Your Boss: Another Step Toward 21st Century Feudalism.

November 10, 2012


Copyright Industry Madness Takes Six Years To Catch Up With The Worst Satire Of It.

Traveling Salesman: The Most Misunderstood Problem.

The amount of crap computer users have to put up with is incredible.

Solifugids! I saw these in Egypt.

Warmer still: Extreme climate predictions appear most accurate, report says.

November 8, 2012

Surprise, the Republicans actually hadn’t disproved the Central Limit Theorem.

When A Mouse Requires An Internet Connection, You’re Doing ‘Cloud’ Wrong.

November 7, 2012

When You’re Visited By A Copy Of Yourself, Stay Calm.

But who cares about reasonable people?


Anesthesia is odd.

Microsoft Surface: Why is the new tablet so much worse than the iPad?

Sign language is such an awesome language.

Economics is a totally corrupt profession.

November 6, 2012

Apparently, all user interace design these days is done by morons.

November 5, 2012

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

It is as if America’s traditional racial segregationist tendencies have been reorganized, and the tools and tactics of that system have been repurposed for a multicultural elite colonizing a multicultural population.

November 4, 2012

Capitalism, by Slavoj Zizek.

November 3, 2012

Why We Have So Many Dumb Rules: A Case Study.

The Washington Post Thinks It’s Terrible that Japan is Becoming Less Crowded and the People are Becoming Healthier.

My Plane Out of NYC in Advance of Sandy, and Mitt Romney’s America.

12-Year-Old Rape Victim Called “Negligent” and “Careless” by School District in Legal Papers.

Aerographite: Six times lighter than air, conductive, and super-strong.

November 2, 2012

Mitt Romney, white vote: Parsing the narrow, tribal appeal of the Republican nominee.

The New Physiocrats.

November 1, 2012

Sandy churns up a little cyclone of trouble for Romney.

Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On.

Windows 8 contacts Microsoft every time software is installed.

The NEW USA…. A Thought Experiment.