March 31, 2015

TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations’ laws.

FBI Quietly Removes Recommendation To Encrypt Your Phone… As FBI Director Warns How Encryption Will Lead To Tears.

our country’s entire response to climate change, limited resources, waste, etc relies on individuals making changes that wouldn’t even slightly improve conditions if every single person did it.

The Anthropocene Myth. Blaming all of humanity for climate change lets capitalism off the hook.

The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000.

Your Developers Aren’t Bricklayers, They’re Writers.

Florida’s Climate Denial Could Cause Catastrophic Recession.

The Invention of the Baby Carrot. Goddamn we waste so much food.

Fat Acceptance and The Obsessive Fixation on Beauty.

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation.

March 30, 2015

19 Photos Of Women Working, 100 Years Ago.

Where do you feel unsafe as a woman? It may seem dramatic but everywhere.

The Secret Life of the Aluminum Can.

Fact or Fiction?: Dark Matter Killed the Dinosaurs.

Developers moving in on Florida mobile home parks.

Heil Honey I’m Home!

London’s Chinatown.

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.

March 29, 2015

Pregnant, Obese … and in Danger.

The forgotten discovery of gravity models and the inefficiency of early railway networks.


Selling Feminism, Consuming Femininity.

Yep, whoever wrote this has definitely been in the military.

Never Invent Here: the even-worse sibling of “Not Invented Here.”

The adult sympathies of The Breakfast Club.

Binary search and twenty questions.

March 28, 2015

63.5°F in Antarctica: Possible Continental Record.

On Amish Time.

Evil empire discovers that they aren’t beyond the law, after all. Of companies I’d never work for, Google tops the list.

Delicate Pressed Fern Leaf Illustrations by Helen Ahpornsiri.

Southern States Lead Nation in Consumption of Gay Porn, But Why?

The problem with GNOME 3.

The equivalent of “It’s all Greek to me” in 30 other languages.

The author of a new obesity book says we shouldn’t try to lose weight. She’s wrong.

March 27, 2015

Gloria Steinem, Sex Workers & The Harms of Feminism.

More and more money is being spent on higher education. Too little is known about whether it is worth it. For 95% of people, no, but it’s a competition trap.

The Books of the Century, 1900-1999.

Increased sensitivity to climate change in disturbed ecosystems.

A Strong Welfare State Produces More Entrepeneurs.

Walmart, Lowe’s, Safeway, and Nordstrom Are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers’ Comp.

This is what an astronaut looks like.

Think about that.

Replace data with measurements.

Just Don’t Let It Affect You!

Leaked Contract: Amazon Makes Warehouse Workers Sign 18-Month Non-Compete Agreements.

Accelerating intersections with SIMD instructions. Modern processors are amazing.

March 26, 2015

For Pearson, Common Core Is Private Profit.

Vinča symbols.

The odd life of an underground orchid.

x86 is a high-level language.

The Shock of the Pretty.

Beware the Hype of New Medical Studies.

​The Daredevil Life and Pyrotechnic Death of Sophie Blanchard.

Kevin Moore On Starbucks “Race Together.”

March 25, 2015

Jupiter might have wrecked the first version of our solar system.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 will support up to 8K displays. Oh hell yes.

I am a recovering nice girl. I say “recovering,” because I have learned several times over that always being nice — emphasis on the always — is not a good life strategy.

Libel Tourism.

Female Thor and Muslim Ms. Marvel are saving the comic book industry, and the misogynist trolls are pissed.

The Forgotten Film Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’

Remembering Reusable Grocery Bags Makes Us Buy More Junk Food.

March 24, 2015

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences.

Critical feedback is an aspect of engineering cultures (and work-​cultures, in general) that is damaging to both employee performance and diversity efforts.

Glossary of Carriages.

What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar.

Suspended Animation For Humans.

The history of barbed wire.

This Humidity-Powered Seed Plants Itself by Drilling into the Ground.


The heck is up with French numbers?

Latin Mottoes and Conservative Outrage.

10 Reasons to Fight For the Decriminalization of Sex Work.

March 23, 2015

Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters.


Twenty-One Dresses.

How American Universities Contribute to Inequality and Political Dysfunction.

A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching.

What Roads Have Wrought.

Sorry, but it’s not a ‘law of capitalism’ that you pay people as little as possible — it’s an excuse.

March 22, 2015

resentments of things past.

Imagine a men’s magazine that offers tips on being attractive to women that include: looking fragile, being a bumbling scientist, acting like a helpless meatball, expressing affection to tiny children, blushing, being intensely interested in gorgeous clothes, etc, etc.

For Human Eyes Only.

Levels of explanation.

Phil Noto’s Retro Marvel Variant Covers.

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas.

March 21, 2015

A Quick Point on Models.

For Hardee’s workers, it’s not a parable, it’s a job.

Why are American Public Forests and Parks Being Rented and Destroyed to Produce Meat?

Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass.

OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers.

Deep game.

If leftwingers like me are condemned as rightwing, then what’s left?

Wisconsin Lawmakers Go After Workers’ Weekends.

Serfdom Is Better Than What the West is Heading For.

March 20, 2015

Adult film star Stoya says porn industry is “pretty feminist” compared to Hollywood. I can believe that.

CISA Security Bill: An F for Security But an A+ for Spying.

The Spectacular Irrelevance of Insurgent.

An employee of Florida’s environmental protection department was forced to take a leave of absence and seek a mental health evaluation for violating governor Rick Scott’s unwritten ban on using the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” under any circumstance.

“Do rich societies really need to get richer and richer indefinitely?” he asks. “A lot of improvements in standard of living come not through what we normally consider as growth, but through technological improvements.”

The Ugliest Sign in America.