On the other hand, props where due.

Here’s a fairly spectacular comic explaining what Obamacare is, why it’s that way, what it isn’t, and what it might lead to. I don’t have a lot to add because he’s done a bang-up job of it. All I’ll say is that I stand by my earlier remark on the subject: I hope that Obamacare […]

Is there a word for “the opposite of Stockholm syndrome”?

From the outside, I’m sure that one of the more curious features of American politics is the vitriol many poor Americans feel towards government assistance. This is especially curious since so many of these less wealthy Americans are actually on some sort of government assistance. I could cite countless personal anecdotes demonstrating this odd phenomenon, […]

Cracked wins the Troll of the Week prize

I was trying to work up some snark about the embarrassment that is GamerGate, something that would adequately expose the hypocrisy and idiocy of the MRA crowd, but Cracked did such a sublime job of it, I’m just going to sit back and nod in admiration. Wow.

What I Want Ello To Be When It Grows Up

After the initial discovery period of figuring out what Ello is, I’m now trying to figure out what I want it to be and whether or not that’s where the developers are heading with this project. What I do want: 1. A modicum of privacy and no “real names” requirements. 2. An interface that’s lightweight, […]

Sonic black holes are real…and they’re spectacular

(cross-posted from Ello) This bit of mind-blowing science was called to my attention by @jinxbubbletush this morning and I’ve been down the Wikipedia rabbit hole all morning trying to wrap my head around it. The article describes how scientist have been able to create a sonic black hole and observe Hawking radiation on its periphery. […]

Lux Lisbon: “That Stuff Tastes Really Good”

In between being hellishly busy at work and a little medical relapse, I haven’t had too many opportunities to write here (and, c’mon, who wants to write about ebola?). On the plus side, I’ve had a chance to spend a little more time with Twitter. Twitter normally moves so quickly that I can’t keep up […]