Jay Lake's obituary.
More on Jay's demise. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
Kameron Hurley On sex and sexism in advertising/marketing. Also, she doesn't discus it here, but I will. If I had a dollar for every time a boss of mine said, "make it sexy", I wouldn't have to do this reboot. I would be about $15 richer just this week.
"And so the Comics Code hacked and mangled comics until they fit into the patriarchal, conservative, white suburban social order that was taking over every other sphere of American life." Saladin Ahmed on the diversity of pre-Code comics, and how the Code destroyed it with a little on the post-Code adherence and disfunction.
The rat house of Palisades Park. An elderly pair of twins awaits God's coming by harboring rats (and here, were talking hundreds to thousands) in their home. And all the the while the locals government was unable to do anything. Posted here in case someone you know is trash talking zoning and health laws. Also, in case you need material for your own horror story. (Grokked from Neil Gaimen)
Shocked, shocked I am to find out the cable industry is trying to astroturf the debate over net neutrality. Yea, not so much shocked at them doing it but shocked at how easy it is to penetration the veil. When I was a kid… (Grokked from Will Wheaton)
A computer has passed the Turing test. Well, it pretended to be someone for whom English (which was the language of the test) was a second language. And it pretended to be a 13 year-old. Plus, this is the first time I've heard that it only needs to fool 33% of people. That's a somewhat low bar. I remember "psychoanalytic" programs in the 80s that probably could have hurdled it. (Grokked from CC Findley)
What happens when people get Unionized. Also note, the amount there were making before the unionization was higher than what we're looking at making the National Minimum Wage. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Screw texting and driving, don't drive and shoot yourself.
This is not how the revolution starts. More cost from the whackaloon brigade. Okay, but, seriously, I blame the movies. This is how it starts in the movies, one or two people shoot up a mall and pretty soon it's bedlam all over. In reality, a couple people kill some police officers and end up shooting themselves "before they can be taken." So, to the NRA, since the woman of the pair shot the other male shooter and herself ending the shooting spree, does that make her the "good guy with a gun" in this story? (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)