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Posts from July 2011

21 July 2011 @ 1pm


OS X Lion: Mostly Good with Dollops of Weirdly Bad

The bad things about Lion aren’t slightly bad, they’re what-the-hell-are-you-fucking-kidding-me? bad. Really, they don’t even qualify as “bad”: they’re more in the “insane” family. I’m thinking about the arbitrarily reversed scrolling, the banished scrollbars, the hideous faux-leather calendar, the fake-open-book address book. Those last two in particular — in their defiant rejection of the minimalist […]

What’s Coming

When challenged, apologists for our burgeoning surveillance state generally fall back to the if-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong-you-have-nothing-to-worry-about argument. That position is wrongheaded for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is that it puts a great deal of faith in the competence and honesty of the snoops. This latest entry in the Casey Anthony saga highlights […]

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Co-Opt ’em

Kevin Drum is ruminating on why our politicians have more or less completely ignored the crushing unemployment we’ve been buried under since the economy collapsed, three years ago. Part of the reason, he thinks, is that the people in the media who would normally be banging the drum are now, by and large, part of […]

My New Robot

My friend Cathy got me this amazing steampunk robot. It’s made out of castoff bits of metal, and its torso is a giant gauge, and I love it. Here he is, standing sentinel at my desk, warding off intruders.

How to Enshrine Ignorance as a Virtue

Heard in church today: “The problem with most Christians is that they are educated beyond their obedience.” — John Maxwell My first reaction was to recoil in disgust. My second was to look around the room and marvel that everybody else wasn’t retching in their seats. For the record: ignorance is never the solution. It […]