Two Paradigms of Human Interaction, or “Free Pete Eyre!” Jad Davis, The jVerse (2011-01-26).
Yesterday, a friend relayed a story about his three year-old daughter. They had company over for the evening, and as the guests were leaving for the night, my friend asked his daughter to say goodbye. “No,” she said and shook her head. He asked her again to please say goodbye...(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
Shopping in the Future (1981) Matt Novak, Paleofuture Blog (2011-01-24).
I'm often shocked at how accurate some 20th century predictions of online shopping were. However, these retail prognosticators frequently miss the mark by assuming that individual goods would need to be photographed or videotaped live for consumers. While I can kind of understand how this might make sense with fresh fruit,...(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
Egypt - Revolution. tolstoyscat, things along the way (2011-01-27). (Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
Civil Society Defeats a Bigoted Policy. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-27).
When then-candidate, now-Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.) got into hot water over his later-walked-back comments about the 1964 Civil Rights Act last year, there was some interesting intra-libertarian discussion about whether federal laws against private discrimination are still necessary, about whether they're legitimate government interventions, and, if they are legitimate, about...(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
300 migrants on Hunger Strike in the Athens. tolstoyscat, things along the way (2011-01-26).
300 hundred migrants are on hunger strike since Sunday 23/01/2011. The 300 migrants demand every migrant in the country to get documents. They also demand for migrants in Greece to get equal political and social rights -but also equal obligations- with the Greek workers. For many years now the workers’...(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
Mozart Not Bombs – Thursday January 27. sffnb, San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2011-01-25).
We’re doing an event this Thursday at Station 40 celebrating the birthday of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart. We’re going to start by playing for Food Not Bombs at the 16th/Mission BART and move into Station 40 at 8pm. We’ll be bringing out our fans, and I think its going to be...(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
Pete Eyre Arrested In Keene For Wearing A Hat. DarianW, DarianWorden.com (2011-01-25).
The most petty tyranny enables the deadliest tyranny.(Linked Thursday 2011-01-27.)
The U.S.: Promoting Democratic Values Around the Globe. Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-28). Hyper-authoritarian State "Security" is now America's leading export. (Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
DEA Rubber Ducky Is Looking for Your Package. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-26).
Just days after America's drug warriors went to conniptions over psychoactive bath salts, someone sends me a link to a bath-time, badge-wearing rubber ducky the DEA sells on its website. Coincidence? I think not! The website says it "really squeaks." Sure. Squeals is more like it.(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
Season of the Regulator. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-10-29).
If you're a kid, Halloween is a time to be scared of witches, werewolves, and the undead. If you're an adult, it's a time to be scared of child snatchers, serial killers, and easily offended members of the PTA. When children get frightened, they squeal, scream, or huddle under the...(Linked Saturday 2010-10-30.)
No More Users. ongoing by Tim Bray (2010-10-30).
I just wrote a little piece about how to write software, and it contained a few references to the humans who carry the mobile devices on which the software runs, and who interact with it. I found myself referring to these individuals as “users” or “the user”. Gack; I hate...(Linked Saturday 2010-10-30.)
Chart of the Week: Inflation in the Real World. Gold Prices, Gold Prices (2010-10-26).
By Jake Weber, Editor, The Casey Report As is often the case, there is a big difference between what the government statistics are reporting and what’s going on in the real world. According to the most recent inflation reading published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), consumer prices grew...(Linked Saturday 2010-10-30.)
Grammar as Virtue. Neverfox, Anarchoblogs in English (2010-10-25).
Seen today on Facebook: [My] #1 grammatical pet peeve: when people say “literally” and it’s not, such as: “walking into my room is like walking through a minefield, literally.” Calling Hyacinth Bucket! To quote Charles Johnson at length (from another Facebook conversation in which he took me to task for...(Linked Saturday 2010-10-30.)
TSA Says 11-Inch MacBook Air Can Stay in Bag at Security Check. Daring Fireball (2010-10-31). "Wire: 'The Transportation Security Administration told CNN that the 11-inch Air, like the iPad, can stay inside bags when passing through the checkpoint. However, the TSA hasn't yet determined whether the 13-inch air can stay inside a bag or must be removed.' How can anyone argue this makes sense?" (Linked Sunday 2010-10-31.)
feministhulk: HULK DRESS UP AS "REFUSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE COMPLICITY BETWEEN PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION." SCARIEST THING HULK CAN THINK OF. Twitter / feministhulk (2010-10-31).
feministhulk: HULK DRESS UP AS "REFUSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE COMPLICITY BETWEEN PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION." SCARIEST THING HULK CAN THINK OF.(Linked Sunday 2010-10-31.)
BP's Brave Fight Against Camera-Wielding Terrorists. Jesse Walker, Hit & Run (2010-06-23).
Mother Jones describes a creepy manifestation of the secrecy surrounding the BP oil spill: Last week, Drew Wheelan, the conservation coordinator for the American Birding Association, was filming himself across the street from the BP building/Deepwater Horizon response command in Houma, Louisiana. As he explained to me, he was standing...(Linked Friday 2010-06-25.)
Let’s Not Be Silly: The Marie Arraras 911 Call, and What It Means. three rivers tumblr (2010-06-22).
Let’s Not Be Silly: The Marie Arraras 911 Call, and What It Means: abbyjean: garlandgreyblog: “On May 28, Arraras called Miami 911, telling the dispatcher to send the cops right away because her boyfriend had hit her and was trying to choke her. The police did eventually come to the...(Linked Friday 2010-06-25.)
Liberating The Pill After 50 Years. Katherine Mangu-Ward, Hit & Run (2010-06-22).
Women aren't stupid*, but the Food and Drug Administration treats them like they are. The contraceptive pill has been on the market for 50 years, but women still have to go begging every year to their doctors and every month to the pharmacist behind the high counter. An op-ed in...(Linked Saturday 2010-06-26.)
The perils of a liberal arts education? Chris Blattman, Chris Blattman (2010-06-19).
Together with representatives of the university, Bell [Telephone] set up a program called the Institute of Humanistic Studies for Executives. More than simply training its young executives to do a particular job, the institute would give them, in a 10-month immersion program on the Penn campus, what amounted to a...(Linked Saturday 2010-06-26.)