I know I should spend more time with this, but things are awfully busy this week. But I've been seeing things in my twitter feed on #readergate. Well, I think this is all related, but here is Elizabeth Bear on some of it (also offering a very good tutorial on how abusive people behave and their internal rationalization), and Laura Mixon with some more information.
Adding blackbox capabilities to implantable devices to leave telltale traces if the device is interfered with (which may cause death). And so dies a thousand murder mystery plot lines. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
The Rolling Stone Stephen King interview. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Joe Hill on the place of horror in our modern consciousness.
The funniest blimp story you will ever read. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
Did you ever want to know what kind of demographic information marking companies have for you? Well, here's just a little bit. You can type in your zip code and see some basic demographic information. Understand that with marketing, we can look at your street and get this kind of detail. And that detail goes much, much deeper than what you see here. (Grokked from John)
Another evolutionary gap filled. This one exists between sea and land reptiles. And now is the time when Dr. Banjo states, "Well, that only proves Creationism because you haven't shown the link between…" (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Microsoft must have thought it had pulled off a nice piece of product placement when it gave CNN election commentators a bunch of Surface Pro tablets to help with their coverage. CNN dutifully covered its desks with the devices… There was just one small problem… a closer look revealed that hidden behind the Surface tablets were the iPads that commentators were actually using." This is like when Samsung gave Galaxies to all those celebrities and while their tweets and posts all sung the song of the Samsung, the meta data showed they were posted from the celebrities iPhones. (Grokked from John)
Everybody on the conservative side is all hot over the Keystone XL pipeline, but no one is really fighting for the pipelines we need.
"After soaking up all the glory of the 2014 GOP wave, the editors of the conservative National Review issued a stern warning to Republicans: getting too much done could come back to haunt you." As the headline said, getting actual governance done, showing you can govern, and being competent to govern… "It's a TRAP!" Instead the new GOP majority should take symbolic votes to show the voters back home how much they care about their core values. You know, like what worked for them this last election.
Oh look, it's the Permanent Majority talk again. Be careful, GOP, there were others who talked about the longevity of their politics. It didn't go so well for them (and not much better for everyone else). And then there's Reince "Take No Prisoners" Priebus. Plus, you'll have the Tea Party all up in your grill. That's hilarious, BTW, how they howled and wailed during the primaries that "establishment" Republicans were getting the nod, and now they say that the GOP won on "Tea Party Principles."