November 30, 2014

Black Friday brawl videos are how rich people shame the poor.

Darren Wilson did not escape accountability for shooting Michael Brown dead because of the law. He escaped accountability because, as a society, a majority of us are OK with that outcome.

Why Do We Keep Having the Same Debates About Pop Songs?

The discourse which frames voting….

Martian obsession.

Location, Location: GPS in the Medieval Library.

Fast stars.

Online regex tester and debugger.

Medieval emoji.

Telling the boys and girls how to tell the boys from the girls.


Black Tulsa, 1921.

Indeed, it is the wrapping of technology in the “jargon of authenticity” (to borrow a phrase from Theodor Adorno, another critical theorist) that makes this new “ideology of intimacy” so seductive.

November 29, 2014

Officers Who Shot 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun Refused To Give Him First Aid.

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature.

The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles.

What If We’re Wrong About Depression?

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Who’s 6’2”.

10 Best Books of 2014 with Strong Female Protagonists in No Particular Order.

France wages war against US tech companies. Good.

Important things people have said about Ferguson.

Stop demonizing riots.

Powerful Photos Capture the Student Protests Barely Anyone Is Talking About.

Music publishers finally pull the trigger, sue an ISP over piracy.

Britain Has Just Done for Its Women What the U.S. Still Can’t.


November 28, 2014

What, Me Care? Young Are Less Empathetic.

Walmart Again Holds Food Drive for Own Underpaid Workers.

Sure, I’ve always favored universal health care as a policy position. But now? It’s all I can do to wonder why anyone, no matter how principled their beliefs, would want to deny the kind of care I’ve gotten to even a single person.

Chernobyl’s Hot Mess, “the Elephant’s Foot,” Is Still Lethal.

The Woman in the Glass Case in the Window.

The Absurd Contradictions of Capitalism.

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid.

The History of Policing in the United States, Part 1.

When Jeff Dahmer was arrested.

Intellectual Catastrophe.

November 27, 2014

Merkel govt to introduce 30% quota for women in senior corporate positions. Should be 50%.

Firestone and the Warlord.

France’s 35 hour workweek is largely a myth.

Faith is Torment: Paintings by Yvan Favre.

Ambling Along the Aqueduct: Sexual Harassment and Public Space.

Complexity requires different tools.

A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire.

Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives.

November 26, 2014

Will copyright law stop you from working on your car in the near future? Answer: Yes, and everything else, too.

As New York City Considers Criminal Justice Reforms, Police Unions Stand in the Way.

The police are so militarized that they amount to a domestic army, stationed in every city.

Economics Is a Dismal Science for Women.

Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it.

Meet the house that inequality built: 432 Park Avenue.

New Imperialism is upon us.

The unknown crocodiles.

Paintings By Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen.

Economic Growth Starting to Show Real Signs of Life. Not widely shared, though.

Mockingjay and feminism: Why Mockingjay Is the “End of Men” Movie of the Year.

How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court.

The Baffling and Beautiful Wormhole Between Branches of Math.

November 25, 2014

Forget “Calm.” The Urgent Anger of Michael Brown’s Mother is Refreshing.


These Are A Few Of My Favorite Species: Gasflame Nudibranch.

Yes, the Obama administration’s green loans are unprofitable. They should be. From nuclear energy to the internet to literally thousands of other discoveries, government science funding has been enormously productive and beneficial to both business and society.

Jill Tarter.

The Case Against Early Cancer Detection.

The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn’t Really Exist.

Still Here, Part 1: A Memoir.

More Patents Does Not Equal More Innovation.

When Nouns Verb Oddly.


Be a mercenary towards people with money. Be generous and giving to good people without it. Molly Crabapple rocks all my socks. Every pair. And the singles, too.

Still Disgorging.

November 24, 2014

Samantha Cristoforetti.

The tech industry is in a bubble—but not the one you’re thinking of.

The 9 rarest plants in the world.

If You Want To Fix U.S. Broadband Competition, Start By Killing State-Level Protectionist Laws Written By Duopolists.

Noted for later: liquidity, up front costs, privacy, AI (and more).

Magical Contamination.

Ugly America.

For Goldman, Government Gift From 2008 Crisis Keeps Giving.

From Stuff White People Like to #NotYourShield: How irony is killing activism.

Lexical bling: Vocabulary display and social status.


How Much Water?

The Irritating Gentleman.

November 23, 2014

Young boy with toy gun shot by Cleveland police.

On Shakespeare.

When the Time Comes We’ll Need to Step Up the Fight Against TPP’s Secret, Anti-User Agenda.

3 Billion Gallons of Highly-Toxic Fracking Waste Dumped Into California Drinking Water Supply.


These books and films are not popular because we want to escape to Katniss Everdeen’s world. They are a phenomenon because we suspect her world is our own.

Rokeby Venus by Velázquez, Audrey Wollen.

In Praise of Idleness.


Sexual Assault, UVA, and faculty acting in solidarity.

Tomoe Gozen.

How Not to Disrupt Women’s Bodies. Jesus Christ what is wrong with these fucktards.

There’s a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why.

Study: Doubling Saturated Fat in the Diet Does Not Increase Saturated Fat in Blood.

November 22, 2014

Hard To Think Straight: Processing Prejudice.

There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters.

Statistical Inference for Everyone.