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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Linkee-poo, are you happy, are you satisfied, how long can you stand the heat?

Toward a list of tired cliches in space opera. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

On being heavy and flying. Yep. And it's not only flying. Restaurants have been adding tables, which means the distance between your chair and the table is shrinking. And then there's sitting in a crowded room (like at a convention). (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

Some historical myths about women and their menstrual cycles. Strange no mention of vagina dentata. (Grokked from George Takei)

Ransomware shows up on Macs. We've made the grade. (Grokked from Dan)

DARPA is looking to develop and brain/computer interface. To be truthful, this isn't the first announcement of this. And we already do have some limited forms of this (ear implants, controllers for robot prostheses). It would somehow have to connect to the hypothalamus, which is in the center of your brain just above the Pons (one of its tasks is to take the impulses from your spinal column and direct them to the appropriate processing centers). But neural cells are not ethernet ports. Each cell has a specific purpose and travels to a specific place. So it's not like you can send a series of data impulses into one center and expect the brain to understand where to rout them (if it even could). Basically you would have to wire the majority of the brain. I think this will end up like experiments in psychic projection/viewing. Something that never pans out, but for some reason always gets some money. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The truthful corporate PSA from a fictional Australian coal company. NSFW, please use headphones. (Grokked from Janiece)

How crazy was the Cold War? So crazy the patter of your shoe laces was important. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

Good thing those new voter ID laws aren't overly burdensome or else this would begin the death of democracy. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

I'm sure the shooting of an Idaho pastor who the day before offered a prayer for Ted Cruz has nothing to do with the attempts of evangelical leaders trying to dissuade their flocks from voting for the Trumpster. Yea. Nothing to do with it.

You know, when you start a whisper campaign, the candidate shouldn't do it themselves, and they shouldn't do it on national TV. But then Ted Cruz isn't known for his deft handling of things. So he's spreading the rumors that major news outlets have told him they have explosive stories about the Trumpster, but are holding their fire until after the convention. I'm sure they also tell Ted they love him in emails.

Yea, I'm pretty sure the Democratic race is going to turn out this way, as a Clinton-Sanders ticket. And I think that was Sen. Sanders initial goal.

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