What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Linkee-poo hears the sound of the things you said today

"In this series, which appears in three installments this week on Places, we look at fairy tales through the lens of architecture." And don't miss part two and part three. Wish that Rapunzel Tower graphic was enlargeable to we could read the text. But, uh, yeah, Bob. (Grokked from Random Michelle)

So, do you, like me, remember the days way back when… when we had to manually set our computer preferences with dip switches? Then you might like this watch to relive the heady days of when video games took actual quarters (and usually only one). It was a simpler time when we programmed wearing bear skins and using flint knives. We celebrated with SCSI voodoo dances wearing chicken feathers and bone necklaces to placate the Gods of Peek, Poke, and Call. Oh, you kids have it so easy. (Pointed to by John)

And another toy to keep you occupied, Cubelets. A modular robotics kit. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Montana thumbs its nose at Citizens United. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi) And in related news, Portland petitioners ask their government for a resolution saying, "corporations are not people and that money is not free speech." (Grokked from Jay Lake) It's like there some backlash against something or other.

One of the funny things, Rick Santorum rants against government trying to tell you how to live and taking away your freedom (which I haven't really noticed in the past few years - also, no, really, that's what he said in his "not a concession" concession speech), but thinks it's perfectly okay to deny you birth control because, "It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." Tell me again who wants to take my freedom away and tell me how to live my life, 'cause I keep forgetting. The radical right, irony impaired since 1980. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

Or to be more coarse, if social conservatives get their way, they'll force you to go "bare back", if liberals get their way, it's up to you. The same thing with abortion, etc. It's all right to believe what you do and act the way you want under a progressive government (until your rights interfere with someone else's rights). It's only "not alright, and by golly we'll put you in jail" under a social conservative (especially in questions of "morality"/ie. "Our God tells us we're right"). Do we all get this yet?

A very persuasive argument why some people shouldn't be allowed near the internets. Alternatively, why you should read the best and worst rating comments before making a decision based on Amazon ratings. (Grokked from Camille Alexa)

The poor foo bar. (Pointed to by John)


Nathan said...


Steve Buchheit said...

Like I said. You'd think some asinine decision had been made with so much backlash.

Hell, "Corporations are People" is such a legal fiction, it's not even worth the historical context to discuss it. But I say, if they are "people", than we can throw them in jail. If corporations are people because their money goes to people (as the Mittster likes to say), than if the corporation engages in criminal matters (pollutions, fraud, etc), all those people who got that money need to serve jail time in proportion to the percentage of that money they received from the corporation.

Grant me that, and then we can talk about it.