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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Linkee-poo was born from original sin, and if it had a dollar bill for all the things I've done, there'd be a mountain of money piled up to its chin

First, a personal link, "Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!" My friends, what would I do without them sending me links like this? Fortunately, the middle initial and b-dates are off. Also, doubt I'll have a sacred heart image on my stone. Except for irony. Hmm, someone just walked over my grave. (Pointed to by John)

Writing advice from CS Lewis. Say what you will, but he's still selling a ton of books. He must know something about that. (Grokked from Tor.com)

A Macintosh botnet. This is new for Mac users, who have skated along without having to worry about these things. However, note the issue is solved with a "free" OS update from Apple. No need to buy more security software.

8 Bytes versus 8 GB. Just how far we've come in computer memory. Seeing the copper wire with magnets, wow, that takes me back. (Grokked from Dan)

More parodies of the Google glasses concept, Windows Glasses. hehehehehehe (Pointed to by John)

So far, the closest thing to a real scandal. Note, however, by the time you probably heard about it, the heads that rolled had already cooled. Also note, the heads that rolled weren't just lower-ranked officials. They were political appointees who were fired (very rare) and several permanent employees put on leave pending investigation. Also, the department head signed her letter of resignation and left.

It's not cool no matter what party you belong to. And note, in heavily conservative Arizona, it was the democrats who brought ethics charges and an investigation on one of their own.

And now the the President has called out political bias of conservative-appointed judges, they prove his point by responding inappropriately. Thanks, conservative justices, for proving our point.

The text from Hillary tumblr. Bwahahahaha. (Grokked from matociquala)

A few memorable quotes from Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. "More than a thousand known asteroids are classed as 'potentially hazardous,'… it looks doable to develop an early-warning and defense system that could protect the human species from impactors larger than a kilometer wide. Smaller ones… carry enough energy to incinerate entire nations, but they don’t put the human species at risk of extinction." And, "And so (looking at the Earth from the Apollo Space Program) was a shift in the state of mind of our nation where not only was tomorrow possible, we came to embrace Earth for the first time as a collective ecosystem that it is… But there was no legislation inspired by it or traceable to it. All that (environmental) legislation came out while we were going to the moon… So the value of the space program is beyond science, it’s beyond military; it’s a cultural shift in how we think of our place in the universe… And that has consequences. For me, one of the most fertile consequences is… it stimulates people to innovate because they want to create a different tomorrow than what they’re living in today. And it’s that culture of innovation that spawns entirely new economies." And that’s what we need in this 21st century to compete. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Malaria is developing resistance to artemisinin. Good thing evolution is only a theory, or we'd have to worry about that. (Grokked from ChiaLynn)

Sure, it's not about race. Um, yeah, Bob. A 68 year old Marine veteran shot dead in his own house after his medal alert device accidentally goes off. (Grokked from ChiaLynn)

Alligator Quotient: They're obviously workaholics too. Don't alligators get vacation?


fabutronic sheila said...

Thanks for the Texts from Hillary tumblr. I nearly had my tea coming out my nose!

Also, I know that part-timers at the U don't get any vacation time. Not sure about alligators. If they do, how can I register as an alligator so that I receive the same benefits that they do?

Rick said...

Hi Steve, are you coming to Penguicon? I think I asked, but honestly I've had so many things on my plate I forgot the answer. Anyway, hope to see you there.

How goes the writing? Whenever the weather's good, I switch to reading instead of writing. Up here in the shadow of Detroit, we value the good days!

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Sheila, yeah, those texts were killer. And I'm not sure, but I think the alligators are in a union.

Rick, yep, I'm going to be there. Yeah!