May 31, 2015

I Asked a Neuroscientist Why I Want to Crush Every Cute Animal I See.

From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love.

Relentless prosecution of women for their personal sartorial choices sends the message that school is for boys, and that girls are welcome to attend if, and only if, they do not distract those rightful occupiers of the classroom.

Voices of the Walmart.

The element that can make bones glow.

Why We’d Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo.

May 30, 2015

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.

‘You think I’m mad?’ – the truth about psychosomatic illness.

Time for Hunger Games.

One in five cancer deaths is caused by obesity, which could eventually replace smoking as the leading cause of the disease, doctors say. But, but, healthy at every size!

How Fundamentalist Christianity Enables Sexual Predators.

Obama opens thousands more acres of public land to coal mining.

My Title IX Inquisition.

Solar-Powered “Capsule” Lets You Live Off-the-Grid Anywhere in the World. Do want.

The American cities that are delivering best-in-the-world speeds at bargain prices are precisely the cities that aren’t relying on Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, etc. to run their infrastructure.

May 29, 2015

Bias against women in science persists, even in egalitarian societies.

Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill.

“Today, the transmission of economic privilege tends to be indirect. It operates largely through the educational system.”

A New Study Maps How Much Income You Need to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment.


Christina’s World Ravaged by Oil.

A whole universe’s worth of darkness.

May 28, 2015

Christian sharia.

“I’m not saying all men hate women, but there’s such an aggression.”

Float glass.

Work has become ritualised and detached from the practical things it was invented to accomplish.

The return of the telegram.

The Last Day of Her Life.


SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows’ account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware.

Empress Theodora.

May 27, 2015

The world’s a lot more violent than reported.

A Plea for Culinary Modernism.

Small-game fallacies.

Generally considered to be “stats 101” material, sample size determination is actually a non-trivial task. There is no “optimal” answer that can be derived by fitting a model to a dataset; the answer depends solely on the assumptions and requirements we specify in advance.

May 26, 2015

Good live human being employees aren’t just a cost to be controlled, they are a resource and an actual part of what you’re selling which is not just a product, it’s a service and a social good as well as a material one—you are providing society with things that help keep it going.

Human evolution and the Myth of Control.

‘Does MapQuest still exist?’ Yes, it does, and it’s a profitable business.

How much strength does it take.

Debunked: Your SSD won’t lose data if left unplugged after all.

We Need Antibiotics. They’re Not Profitable To Make. Who Pays?

May 25, 2015

Fraternity of Failure.

May 22, 2015

List of countries by food energy intake.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was ‘too old’ for role opposite 55-year-old man.

Net Neutrality Rules Are Already Forcing Companies To Play Fair, And The Giant ISPs Absolutely Hate It.

Firefox Will Show Ads Based On Your Browsing History. Firefox now in full fail mode.

GM says you don’t own your car, you just license it.

It has emerged that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek, The X-Files, and other US sci fi shows amid fears that British fans would go mad and kill themselves, turn against society or start a weird cult.

Being for LGBT Rights Doesn’t Make You a Liberal.

Physics Of A Light Bulb.

Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation.

The second job you don’t know you have.

May 21, 2015

Silicon Valley is a Big Fat Lie.

Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy ‘Fines’ to Subscribers. Many if not most of which are bogus.

Banks Are Now Pleading Guilty to Crimes. So Why Aren’t They Being Punished Like Criminals?

The only important confederate flag.

Florida is one of only four states that require solar energy be sold exclusively by utilities, banning sales from companies that install rooftop solar panels at little or no cost and then sell the energy generated to the property owner.

I’ve begun to notice that romantic is replacing Luddite and nostalgist as the insult-of-choice deployed by techno-apologists to dismiss anyone with more expansive interests than their own.

May 20, 2015

Herd misogyny.

Pre-thoughtcrime: Russian think tank app catches protestors before they protest. Welcome to the future, everywhere.

As tech executives wage private battles to keep their own information private, they are employing hordes of lobbyists to work state legislatures across the country and in the halls of Congress to water down privacy rules for everyone else.

The studio wouldn’t hire her because they couldn’t imagine “a Mexican in space.

Can you steal an education?

If you can’t stomach gore, don’t click this. A low energy mechanism into a high energy injury. F=ma, suckers.

Poor Little Rich Women.

Maternal obesity compromises babies’ immune system at time of birth.

May 19, 2015

Did I ever mention that I fucking hate the fucking web. By the clueless, for the morons, to benefit the sociopaths.

We Need More Autopsies, to Help Save the Living.

Word of the Week: Trilby. Many of the hats identified online as “fedoras” are actually trilbies.

Sex pheromone on the silk of black widow females – more complicated than we thought.

Other Economies Are Possible.

Lab-grown meat demands a new food ethics.

Why Do Males Exist? The Sex Lives of Beetles Provide an Explanation.

A Retrospective Look at Rescuing and Restructuring General Motors and Chrysler.

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen.

May 18, 2015

Reminder that the cishet dominated government didn’t just ignore the effects of HIV/AIDS because of how concentrated the deaths were in other communities because they hate us, but also because they materially benefited from it.

Economics Is A Lost Field.

Let’s stop saying bad police officers are rare. Fact is they’re plentiful from coast to coast.

Disenfranchised: Why Are Americans Still Buying Into the Franchise Dream?

Going to an Ivy League School Sucks.

Whose backyard, then?


Creepy Ads Use Litterbugs’ DNA to Shame Them Publicly.

Skeletal Leaf Bowl Sculptures by Kay Sekimachi.

Despite their influence in the 17th century, the era’s women thinkers are absent from historical anthologies of philosophical works.

Morality and the Idea of Progress in Silicon Valley.

May 17, 2015

It Is, in Fact, Rocket Science.

The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit.

Life Is Triggering. The Best Literature Should Be, Too.

A Simple Hand-Grip Test Could Predict Your Risk For Heart Disease And Death.

Filter all ICMP and watch the world burn.

My First Mistake.

The Upside of Not Fitting In.

The Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect.

May 16, 2015

The Slow Death of the Secretary.

Nestlé CEO wishes he could bottle even more water in drought-stricken California.

In Flight.

Early men and women were equal, say scientists.

#Ourgeneration horror stories.

This Guy Wants You to Boycott ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Because He Doesn’t Like Feminism.  Great goddamn, that guy is a tool.