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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Linkee-poo's got the feeling that something ain't right, I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair

"'For fantasy is true, of course. It isn't factual, but it's true… its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life (adults) have let themselves be forced into living.'"

"No, this is about the far more insidious title of 'Amazon Bestseller'—and how it’s complete and utter nonsense." When something is worthless, it takes real marketing skill to turn that into something. More often it's just the rotten fruit that spoils the whole bushel. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

There are no "bad" children books. A discussion of the stories when need when we need them, cultural entrance, and snobbery.

About those Boston Dynamics engineers tormenting that humanoid robot… yea, we knew this was going to happen. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

Howard Scott Warshaw, the worst video game ever created (I think it has some stiff competition these days), and the death of Atari. A cautionary tale of hubris, the ever shrinking work window, and rebirth. You can fail, fail big, but it won't kill you. (Grokked from John)

How do you solve a problem like a Biology Ph.D? And this doesn't even cover the problem that tenure-track faculty positions are rare and disappearing. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Lands End first features an article on Gloria Steinem, and then pulls it when certain corners of the business object. "This comes after discontent among anti-abortion customers burbled into the conservative blogosphere and filled the company’s Facebook page with angry comments and pictures of catalogs thrown in the trash." Dear Lands End, this quickly escalated to a no win position. You missed a middle ground and a chance to correct the record, instead you collapsed like a flan in the cupboard. It was the easy business option, so I don't fully blame you. I will, however, use those gift card redeeming kiosks for the cards I hold. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

You know that encryption debate going on, Blu-Ray discs are going for better encryption a well. Wonder if we'll ever see the fed ask them to knock down their security a little bit? Yea, probably not (notes several decades of copyright expansion). (Grokked from Dan)

And then there is this. "Cooke's order binding the domain registrars, who were not parties to the case, claims authority to do so based on the All Writs Act—the same short law that's now part of the national debate over a court order issued to Apple in a high-profile terrorism case." Exercise, exercise, we must get our exercise outa that law. (Grokked from John)

Also, the San Bernardino's police chief says, "I'll be honest with you, I think that there is a reasonably good chance that there is nothing of any value on the phone. What we are hoping might be on the phone would be potential contacts that we would obviously want to talk to." Remember, the FBI has the full backup of the phone from 2 weeks prior to the attack. All this speculation of what they think they'll find is malarkey. Terrorist operate in cells to limit any contagion of intelligence. We already know what connections they have. The last two weeks will contain absolutely nothing.

An adult conversation about Pres. Obama naming the next SCOTUS justice.

I'm not sure German Ministers should be so happy that refugees would rather return to their war-torn states-of-origin instead of staying in Germany. That's not really an endorsement of your humanity if someone says, "Fuck it, I'd rather face imminent, painful death instead of dealing with these assholes."

Fact checking the latest GOP debate. Yes, it's a long article.

Countering my argument of about how the SOCTUS vacancy will bring a flood of progressive voters this Fall, "Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada all shattered previous (GOP primary turnout) records. Meanwhile, Democratic turnout has dropped since 2008, when the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set new benchmarks." I disagree with some of their handwaving about why it's up. It's up because Trump is speaking directly to the base, and he is giving them the impression he will do what they want (which isn't exactly what he says). He's so vague to say he's making wide promises would be a stretch. He hasn't gone into much more depth that "it'll be wonderful" and "we'll win so much you'll get bored." All these angry people, afraid at the loss of their perceived power, see the Trumpster as someone who will bring it back to them. So they're excited. The numbers I'd like to see is how many of those are new voters who don't vote in the Fall. I have a feeling what we're seeing is people who traditionally don't get involved in this stage of the election, but conservatives are reliable voters who go to the polls on every election day. I'm not sure this will translate to a larger GOP turnout in November.

The fake, black GOP organization supporting Ted Cruz. It has one member, the president of the organization. That's hilarious on all sorts of levels. (Grokked from Liz Winstead)

The Spielberg (spoof) trailer for "Obama." Snerk. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

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