August 31, 2015

Scott Walker: Canada-U.S. border wall worth considering. This doofus is the governor of an entire state.

An interview with Josiah Ober, author of The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece.

Sonic might be the best Internet service provider in the U.S. EPB in Chattanooga, TN, is also similar and excellent.

Dark Matter May Be More Complex Than Physicists Thought.

Is our desire for genetic answers cultural rather than scientific?

Degenerates. Some people deeply enjoy rule-enforcing no matter its harm.

Examining the core memory module inside a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe.

OS X Command Line Utilities.

Can We Ever Really Know Another Person?

August 30, 2015

Fencing response.

7 Times Being Totally Cheap Resulted In Movie Magic. Creativity is often the result of limitations, not limitless resources.

The New Horizons spacecraft will adjust its course to make a flyby of Kuiper Belt Object MU69 in January 2019. This will be the most distant world ever explored.

America Has Lost The War Against Guns. When was there ever a war on guns in America?

The politics of sociological consciousness.

Behind the Business Attire, Many Bank Workers Earn Poverty Wages.

America’s growing love affair with the most wasteful thing to drink there is.

The future of Firefox Add-ons.

The female obligation to be decorative trumped my right to be fascinated and curious about the world around me.

August 29, 2015

Birth of the moralizing gods.


After car accidents, homicide is the most likely way for women to die at work, representing 21 percent of workplace deaths. Holy shit.

How fixed-gear bikes can confuse Google’s self-driving cars.

Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it doesn’t exist.

How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts.

Marrying Young Teen Girls is Not Normal.

Why I Had to Watch the Videos of the Virginia Shooting. Agreed. People should know what it really looks like, not the Hollywood version.

Windows 10 Child Spying Feature Is Upsetting People.

Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?

August 28, 2015

Why College Costs Hurt: Schools Use Fed Aid to Hike Prices. Inflation == more money chasing same product, easily predictable.

Why We Can’t Get Over Ourselves.

Hawaii’s Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables.

It Was Easier to Give in Than Keep Running.

Why Rudeness At Work Is So Contagious.

‘Evolutionary fitness’ key in determining why some females more physically attractive than others. But, but, humans are immune (somehow) from all evolutionary pressures!

How a wobbly axis helped our planet escape ‘snowball Earth.’

What some of the richest people in America say about the poor when they think no one is listening.

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies.

After Katrina, Man and Water in Louisiana. Some great cypress photos. Cypress are the coolest.

Patrick Stewart on TNG and sexism.

August 27, 2015

Chart of the Day: World Trade Is Down 2% This Year.

Updates Make Windows 7 and 8 Spy On You Like Windows 10.

Surviving the Black Sea: An appreciation of David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the 1942 Struma disaster.

Young People Should Support GMOs — They’re All We’ll Be Eating in 20 Years.

This leads us to the odd conclusion that strict control is something that matters a lot on relatively useless projects and much less on useful projects.

Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres.

When your TV can spy on you.

Everything is on fire and no one cares.

Wonder Woman lunchbox features a violent super hero that does not comply with the school’s dress code. Every day I ask, is the human race even worth saving?

Marcy Borders, 9/11’s Iconic ‘Dust Lady,’ Dies After Cancer Battle.

Paid Parental Leave Is Fueling Sweden’s Start-Up Boom.

How Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ Captured the Decline of the American Dream.

August 26, 2015

Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think.

Bank Overdraft Policy Reform is Long Overdue. Loan sharking.

5 Dark Sides Of The Tech Industry.

The 2016 election will be determined by the economy, not by Trump gaffes. Aye. If the economy is still ok, it’s Clinton. Otherwise, Repub wins.

Ted Cruz to lead 100,000 pastors in 50-state attack on Planned Parenthood.

The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths.

Watermelon snow.

Ray Bradbury’s FBI file offers a new perspective on Puppygate’s failure to understand science fiction.

Scientists emphasize that humans face no mortal threat from the development of superintelligent machines, so long as we abide by the machines’ directives and meet our daily mining quotas.

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks.

Panic over the stock market: If you do it, it’s definitely not your fault.

On Reviews.

In the 1800s, a freed slave built bridges across the South. In Georgia, one endures.

The Case for Teaching Ignorance.

August 25, 2015

Pregnancy is painful, difficult, and dangerous. No one should be forced into it.

The difficulty of cross-theoretical aggregation. A problem I’ve often considered.

The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South.

Irradiated Food Sounds Like a Terrible Thing. It’s Actually Really Good. Sounds like a terrible thing…if you’re an idiot.

Being comfortable being uncomfortable is a very effective way to be a human.

Think the Left Won the Culture War? Think Again. Gay marriage is actually conservative in most ways.

Brain scans better forecast math learning in kids than do skill tests, study finds.

Turning red to blue for solar energy.

A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine.

Ways to think about cars.


August 24, 2015

Japanese adult adoption.

Living in a Post-Delete World.

The Democrats have become America’s conservative party. Yep. Dems wish to preserve current system, Repubs are radical destroyers.

Windows 10’s usage share growth flatlines.

The James Webb Space Telescope Looks Like Gold Plated Space Origami.

Encouraging Study Finds It Now Easier Than Ever For American Dollars To Rise Into Upper Class.

I am a fat person that does not support fat acceptance. I think fat acceptance is wrong. People should not accept people for being okay with being unhealthy.

Compared with normal weight children, obese children had significant (P < 0.05, family wise error corrected) regional gray matter reduction in the right middle temporal gyrus, left and right thalami, left superior parietal gyrus, left pre/postcentral gyri, and left cerebellum.

How Edison uses water to store excess power.

August 23, 2015

Amazon employee who wrote rebuttal to New York Times worked 100-hour weeks at another tech company.

Of course the kids stay home because they can’t get jobs that pay rent. But the function of millennial-speak is to disguise structural causes (the lack of jobs) as human desires (the kids want to stay home), and to justify further measures (make hiring and firing easier) in terms of those desires.

Post-quantum cryptography.

Five Ways to Lie with Charts.

Hummingbird aggression: Fierce, deadly fights for territory, nectar, feeders, flowers.

August 22, 2015

Amazon’s 24/7 Hell Is the Future of Work.

Sesame Street Teaches Poor Kids: Educational TV Isn’t for You Anymore.

The forests of the world are in serious trouble, scientists report.

Microsoft has no plans to tell us what’s in Windows 10 patches. Hell no.

Ants know how to self-medicate to fight off fungal infection.

When the Birds and the Bees Were Not Enough: Aristotle’s Masterpiece.

Zuckerberg is hardly the first to confuse the measurement of a phenomenon with the cause of the phenomenon. If some amount of data reveals a pattern, then, surely, more data will reveal “a fundamental mathematical law.”

When false, damaging information can instantly spread between databases, but take months or years of legwork and advocacy to correct, the data architecture is defective by design.

Cheerful to a Fault: “Positive” Practices with Negative Implications.

August 21, 2015

Germans begin the looting of Greece.