December 31, 2014

That anyone believed any of these were real is amazing.

Little Leaf Sheep Nudibranch Grazes Adorably Underwater.

6 Things I Don’t Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement. FA movement == accepting failure and early death as “lifestyle.”

A cultural history of inflation in America.

Moving past folk biology.


Robert Samuelson is a truly vile person. He uses his prominent perch at The Washington Post to argue week after week that all of our problems come from the fact that we treat our elderly too well.

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. Yep. Just absolutely nukes productivity.

A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate.

What was once the biggest mall in the world is turning into a big pile of rubble.

War on General Purpose Computers is the difference between utopia and dystopia. Yep. Have been saying this since 1996.

Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom.

December 30, 2014

Why Teaching Everyone to Code Is Delusional.

On Nerd Entitlement.

Cause And Effect: The Revolutionary New Statistical Test That Can Tease Them Apart.

Good Riddance To Social Search.

How two bloggers re-purpose centuries-old recipes for modern cooks.


The unsavory motivations of the Shakespeare truthers.

The Wonders of Industrial-Supply Catalogs.

This is what Quake looks like on an oscilloscope.

Belize’s ‘Blue Hole’ Reveals Clues to Maya’s Climate Doom.

For $11,000, you can buy an annoying, inaccurate vanity address in NYC.

December 29, 2014

mansplanation nation.


Ready to Confront the Greatest Mass Migrations in History?

Does The Handmaid’s Tale hold up?


Look no hands.

Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security.

A few years ago, when I was waiting in line at….

Hey, I remember this! Last seen when I was 5-6.

‘Hand to Mouth,’ by Linda Tirado.

Welcome to Your One Corporation Government. Alas that this sort of thing is inevitable.

A Feeling for Pain.

The Tragedy of the American Military.

December 28, 2014

The Economists Who Studied All-You-Can-Eat Buffets.

Bill Gates: People Don’t Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots.

Losing the Familiarity of What We Used to Call Home.

Society’s inability to make rational investment in its own wellbeing.

Labiality and femininity.

If some extra-terrestrial thief came in the night and stole two-thirds of the planet’s coal, gas, and oil reserves, all of humanity could still enjoy the household appliances, information-technology products and services, heating, lighting, and mobility that define the modern world.

Beyond the Welfare State.

Despite the 5% economic growth you’re hearing about in the US, households actually lost disposable income in this revision — losing yet another $29 in real annualized per capita disposable income (now reported to be $37,496 per annum). This is now down a full $373 per year from the 4th quarter of 2012.

It is better to think of economists as religious apologists than as scientists. But instead of arguing on the literal truth of the Bible, they argue for whatever is best for the power elite.

Wanting attention and validation is a normal human desire and, as long as you’re having fun and not hurting anyone, getting and giving attention is a good thing.

December 27, 2014

The whole process of how science is done is creative and imaginative.

How a Deaf Couple Had Their Baby Officially Registered with a Sign Name.

What were the rules for when to use thou, thee, you, and ye?

The Definitive Story of “Information Wants To Be Free.”

The world of physics is an abstract world and not the whole of reality.

Not All Sex Workers Want To Be Saved.

A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you….

December 26, 2014

Ayn Rand helped the FBI investigate whether ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was commie propaganda.

Americans might love the idea of better-quality flights, but they’re simply not willing to pay more to book one.

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History.

On Crime, Crazy and Culture.

When we hear members of the NYPD union leadership talking about being forced to become a “wartime” police department, who exactly are they going to war with?

Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion.

Project West Ford.

LAPD celebrate Michael Brown’s killing with racist song.

MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters.

Owned by only six corporations.

December 25, 2014

Realer than you.

Defending The Mockingjay. Yep — much, much better than the reviews credited it to be.

How U.S. Torture Led to the Rise of ISIS.

When Helping Rape Victims Hurts a College’s Reputation. Better support services can encourage more students to speak out—and that increases the number of reported assaults on campus.

A black hole for our best and brightest.

Immune cells tweak the body’s metabolism to help control obesity.

Gender, blah, blah, blah.

As poverty moves to the suburbs, criminalization of walking intensifies.

GDP Growth Doesn’t Improve Your Life.

▶ Unbelievable Girl Football Player. Goddamn is she fast. Amazing instincts, too.

With the Advent of Agriculture, Human Bones Dramatically Weakened.

Evolution and the American Myth of the Individual.

December 24, 2014

I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.

Time Warner Cable Using Tax Dollars to Expand Broadband for Benefit of Wealthy Rural New Yorkers.

US Internet to offer 10Gbs internet consumer-level connections in Minneapolis.

The Soviet Scientist Who Dreamed of Melting the Arctic with a 55 Mile Dam.

A pediatrician takes pride in her Afghan cabdriver father.

The Carnivores Next Door.

That Time Texas Was At The Bottom Of The Sea. And one day may it (please) be there again.

Some photos my Christmas Angel themed dress.

Hobbes, Boyle, and the vacuum pump.

The Nature of Police, the Role of the Left.

The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent More Than $721 Million During 2014’s Midterm Elections.

December 23, 2014

A group of 12-year-old girls had the police called on them after they decided to bring their iPhones and iPads to a showing of The Hunger Games at a local cinema. The police officers who rushed to the scene were unable to find any recorded footage, but by then the children were too distressed to watch the rest of the film.

I’ve noticed a depressing sentiment: Having children is now often framed as a frivolous lifestyle choice, as if it’s a decision that’s no different from moving to San Francisco or buying a motorcycle. If you choose to buy that Harley or have that baby, it’s on you, lady.

The police are your enemy.

How to Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 8. For those cursed with Windows 8.

My family has always been mixed race. But it has never been post-racial.

MOOCs and the distance-learning mirage.

The Rise of the Y-Axis-Zero Fundamentalists. Dumbassery is not limited by IQ; it in fact might increase as IQ does.

The Perils of an All-Digital Movie Future.

One Nobel Recipient Accepted Her Prize Wearing A Gown Covered In Neurons That She Discovered.

The “TARP Paid for Itself” Distraction.

What 2,000 Calories Looks Like.

December 22, 2014

Jokes are complicated, context is hard. Rage is easy.

The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year.

I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame.