Aug
26
2014
4

‘Music Box Dancer.’

Music Box DancerFrank Mills

I have been trying to figure out who did this [expletive deleted] song for over ten years now. I don’t even really know why: it was something from my childhood, and not knowing the answer was a little annoying.  Not enough to make me chuck the world and go live on top of a pillar or something, but still.

Aug
26
2014
0

How good is this article about the Chevron case?

Short version of the plot:

Anyway, the article is so good that I not only didn’t mind signing up to the newsletter to read it: I immediately went out and bought the Kindle Single that tells the whole story.  Three bucks, so that’s not too oh-wow, but still.

Aug
26
2014
4

Yeah, sorry about that. DoS attack, apparently. (With gratuitous tip-jar rattling!)

No, no clue why, either.  I apparently annoyed somebody.  Nice to know that I’m having an impact, huh?

So, hey, excuse to rattle the tip jar.





On the basic principle that I must be doing something right, hey?

Aug
26
2014
1

Site very slow, yes.

Sorry about that.

[12:21 PM: I don't know if there's much point to finally getting published a post that tried to explain why the site was so slow when the only reason that I'm able to publish the post is because the site is no longer slow, but it occurs to me that historians might find it helpful if I do.

Yes, I really am that arrogant. I find it soothing.]

Aug
25
2014
0

‘Babel.’

BabelMumford & Sons

Yeah, apparently I’m joining the collective.

Aug
25
2014
5

It’d be a real shame if #truthy ended up with a lot of false negatives.

A REAL shame.

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

…as defined by a team whose lead investigator is apparently so steeped in progressive groups and causes that its surprising that his skin hasn’t been permanently dyed blue.  Anyway, it’d be an absolute shame if the data got corrupted, so don’t do that, OK?

Moe Lane

PS: Somebody keep track of whoever it was that approved federal money for this.  It might be relevant, some day.

Aug
25
2014
4

‘Star Trek: Axanar.’

Saw this via Facebook:

It was a Kickstarter that I somehow missed; it looks pretty danged spiffy. Basically, it’s going to be a documentary narrating a key moment in the early history of the United Federation of Planets (pre-TOS); I look forward to watching the final version.

Aug
24
2014
1
Aug
24
2014
9

Researchers create a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.

Engineering. It’s like magic, except that it actually works:

More here. As always, avoid the comments sections unless you enjoy watching people cut each other with knives over this particular topic*.  Personally, I take the position that, whatever your opinion is on the subject of just how common rape is in this culture, everybody should agree that the guy slipping a roofie in a girl’s drink is up to no good at all.

Moe Lane (more…)

Aug
24
2014
14

Two hundred years ago today, the British burned down Washington DC.

Not an anniversary that will be really commemorated by the government, and who can blame them?  It… was not one of the country’s better days, and that is simply the way of it.  I can’t even muster up enough indignation to get a proper head of steam towards the British for burning the place down, which is one hell of a concession from somebody as reflexively pro-American as myself. It was kind of a messed-up war.

Besides, Andy Jackson kicked the Brits’ asses a little bit later at New Orleans, which pretty much guaranteed that we’d pick up Florida in due time, so it more or less worked out all right in the end.

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