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. […]

808s and Heartbleed*

So, the Heartbleed/OpenSSL issue finally persuaded me to stop trying to memorize all my passwords and take a look at some of the password vault programs. I’m liking LastPass so far, but I don’t have much experience with it or any other similar program (1Pass, etc.). Do any of you have any experience with these […]

Irony is officially over

Mike Pompeo, a U.S. Representative, is imploring SxSW to cancel the planned tele-appearance by Edward Snowden. I encourage you to read the entire piece. It’s really special. He’s either just an amazingly good liar or he doesn’t realize that the answer to nearly every one of his questions is “Bradley Manning.” Nearly everything that has […]

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

…and happy birthday to any of you who share a birthday with him since you’re considerably more likely to receive these birthday wishes. In some ways, I think Darwin’s place in the history of science is a little over-stated. There’s no question that he was (jointly) responsible for a tremendous leap in the theoretical model […]

The Great Debate of 2014

I did something I’m not particularly proud of last night: I watched the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate online. Part of me feels a little guilty being party to this sham, but I was genuinely interested in seeing how the two sides presented their cases. As you might expect, it wasn’t particularly pretty.   This took […]

This Am Not Bizarro America!

“Without the right of privacy, there is no real freedom of speech or freedom of opinion, and so there is no actual democracy. Without respect for [a nation’s] sovereignty, there is no basis for proper relations among nations. Those who want a strategic partnership cannot possibly allow recurring and illegal action to go on as […]