November 14, 2014


Net Neutrality is Just a Symptom.

Remember Solyndra? Those loans are making money.

clumsy, an utility for simulating broken network for Windows. Awesome. Going in the network toolkit.

Time and the Wall Street Journal both published opinion stories this week from people who oppose strong net neutrality protections—without disclosing that each of them did or do receive money from Internet service providers.

The government has special airplanes designed to spy on peoples’ cell phones.

The campaigns against sex trafficking invoke a fervent emotive response, whereas the reality, that most trafficking is not for the sex industry, goes unreported and largely ignored.

Frat brothers are very rape-y.

It is a powerful and sad truth that the only place men are subjected to the levels of surveillance and sexual assault that women live with is in prison.

November 13, 2014


Shotguns and sundaes: Gordon Parks’s rare photographs of everyday life in the segregated South.

Aqua regia.

If you do an experiment with 700,000 participants, you’ll (a) have no problem with statistical significance, (b) get to call it “massive-scale,” (c) get a chance to publish it in a tabloid top journal. Cool!

% of US Households Obtaining Food Stamps.

Gender-segregated seating is an incredibly regressive idea that has no place in a modern Britain. Or anywhere.

The “Ancient Mating Habits of Whatever.”

Response to Peter Kareiva: Are There Too Many People on the Planet?

A Conversation With Margaret Atwood.

Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far

The Invention of Sliced Bread.

How 4-H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Farming in Africa.

November 12, 2014

I am never busy.

Why doesn’t the US observe Armistice Day? We’re more comfortable with war than peace.

Or You Live as You Think.

Europe is facing a Great Depression, and it’s Germany’s fault.

When Fish Shout.

ISPs Removing Their Customers’ Email Encryption.

The mathematician who proved why hipsters all look alike.

Long exposures and lasers.

Resumes suck. Here’s the data.

Woman pretends to be drunk and asks for help, is approached by gross men being gross.

The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS.

On fake geek girls.

The price increases in services and agriculture are saving China from deflation.

What It Was Like to Capture the Hubble Space Telescope.

Syracuse University student protesters wake up to ‘construction wall’ blocking public’s view of sit-in.

November 11, 2014

Your individual choices will not dismantle capitalism.


Our ‘Mommy’ Problem.

MIT’s Crazy Materials Could Make for Self-Assembling Ikea Furniture.

Death Wears Bunny Slippers.

The Origin of Ideology.

Abortion Opponents Underestimate The Number Of Women They Know Who Had One.

Joan Clarke, woman who cracked Enigma with Alan Turing.

A Few Questions About the Culture: An Interview with Iain Banks.

 The students who feel they have the right to cheat.

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity.

Against Productivity.

Multiverse Proof Possibility From Colliding Universes.

November 10, 2014

One nation under punishment.

Old wives tales.

Sarah Kendzior on Twitter: “Watching the Fresh Prince where Will petitions for more black history in school. I cannot fathom this being a mainstream TV show plot today.”

Recreating Adam, From Hundreds of Fragments, After the Fall.

Life as a Fake Beauty Queen in Small-Town China.

Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize.

The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris.

Big Data, Underground Railroad: History says unfettered collection of data is a bad idea.

cultural liberalism reaches peak self-parody.

Theory of the second best.

Why don’t bioinformaticians learn how to run gels?

The Nation Most Likely to Survive Climate Change.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to participate in any public hearings on Net Neutrality.

November 9, 2014

The secular stagnation hoax.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms.

When Women Stopped Coding. Narratives matter.

On every campus I have visited, smug dudes roam around being casually or aggressively condescending.

The Ultimate Guide To Being A Woman. According to everyone else.

In 90 percent of the world where there are violent conflicts, there are water scarcity issues.

Prepared piano.

on The Bone Clocks.

Science has been a weapon in the hands of people like this.

France Is Taking a Stand Against Sexism the U.S. Would Never Consider.

National King Coal?

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books.

November 8, 2014

Power Elite Know Nothing of America.

Sympathy for the Nerd.

Solution Aversion and Motivated Reasoning.

Problems of translation.

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare. Surprised she hasn’t turned up dead in a swamp somewhere.

3.8 million non-retired Americans have simply abandoned working due to lack of jobs.

Bats jam each other in echolocation battles for food.

Destroying online freedom in the name of counter-terrorism will make the world a more dangerous place.

Climate change puts bees and flowering plants out of sync.

Pulling JPEGs out of thin air.

A Sad Fact of Life: It’s Actually Smart to Be Mean Online.

November 7, 2014

The effort to transpose the gender profile of the computer industry was tightly bound up with a bid to enhance its class status, as had also been the case when professions such as medicine were aggressively masculinized.

Connected-Task Cities Win.

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism.

Corporate America’s oily trick: How big business uses “yellow-dog contracts” to crush basic rights.

Not everyone needs to learn to code.

On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head.

Even if you’d never seen surgery before, Cooley says, you could do it because Vivien made it look so simple.

bingo cards go both ways.

As many as half of all stars reside outside of galaxies, study finds.

Obesity Is About To Surpass Tobacco As The Leading Cause Of Cancer.

Global Warming and Slippery Property Rights.

November 6, 2014


On Lena Dunham and All That.

Falling Oil Prices Are Mostly Bad News.

Stabilized time-lapse of the night sky clearly shows how Earth rotates.