I don't hate Macs, but they do give me a syncing... →
Here’s a familiar, mundane scenario: you’ve got an iPhone with loads of music on it. And you’ve got a laptop with a new album on it. You want to put the new album on your phone. But you can’t hook them up and simply drag-and-drop the files like you could with, ooh, almost any other device. Instead, Apple insists you go through iTunes. Microsoft gets a lot of stick for...
Commerce Dept. report clears U.S. scientists in... →
An independent review of thousands of emails stolen from climate researchers has found that scientists at the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration did not manipulate data or otherwise engage in wrongdoing. The report, issued by the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce, is at least the fifth report by various bodies in the United States and Britain to clear researchers at...
Wall Street created the fiscal crisis, not unions →
Public workers, elected officials, unions, or others whom one might want to blame did not create today’s fiscal crisis. An already weak and increasingly two-tier economy, dragged down by a 2000-10 jobless decade, globalization, and a lack of real wage growth for a generation, was sunk by greedy big banks and Wall Street. They, abetted by blind regulatory oversight, created irresponsible...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-2-20) →
Arcade Fire (87) The Magnetic Fields (59) Nine Inch Nails (21) The Jesus and Mary Chain (21) The Shins (11) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget →
Let’s be clear: Whatever fiscal problems Wisconsin is — or is not — facing at the moment, they’re not caused by labor unions. That’s also true for New Jersey, for Ohio and for the other states. There was no sharp rise in collective bargaining in 2006 and 2007, no major reforms of the country’s labor laws, no dramatic change in how unions organize. And yet,...
The findings and conclusions of scientists and engineers who have devoted years...– In Defense of Elites
A virtuous intolerance →
There’s also a vast difference between being intolerant of people, which no one is advocating, and intolerant of bad ideas, which is expected of every scientist. We simply need to move that skeptical attitude out of the lab and into the wider sphere of public engagement.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-2-13) →
Wall of Voodoo (68) New Order (49) Led Zeppelin (30) She & Him (16) The Stranglers (15) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Dear Future Wil: Don't ever be This Guy →
Actor Robert Blake was escorted out of a celebrity autograph convention over the weekend in Burbank, Calif. The Baretta star — who was acquitted in the murder of his wife in 2005 - left the event Saturday after complaining that the line at his table was too short. He returned Sunday and began signing autographs in the parking lot.
The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its... →
It’s impossible to imagine the DOJ ever, ever prosecuting a huge entity like Bank of America for doing something like waging war against WikiLeaks and its supporters. These massive corporations and the firms that serve them have no fear of law or government because they control each.
When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates...– Yes, the guy who wrote this really, truly is on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (Sterling district)
Self-Publishing Tips & Tricks (print/ebook) →
This is an incredibly useful, comprehensive guide to Self-Publishing from a guy who reads my blog.
LCARS Dock interface for OS X →
Krugman: Ideas Are Not The Same As Race →
Biologists, physicists, and chemists are all predominantly liberal; does this reflect discrimination, or the tendency of people who actually know science to reject a political tendency that denies climate change and is broadly hostile to the theory of evolution?