Cleaning House (Rundown)

It turns out computers can figure out what language you’re speaking without actually hearing you.  In at least some controlled circumstances, anyway.  (NewScientist, via Monochrom) “Astonishingly”, (1) people forget their passwords all the time, but (2) the ever-helpful “secret” “questions” are not really either — at least, not as far as security is concerned. If […]

Look Right

I’d like to draw your attention to the right-hand column of detritus, where, under the heading of blogs, there are two proud additions: WFMU’s Beware of the Blog Lifehacker I’m less excited by Lifehacker than I am by the fact that WFMU (radio station, wacky, Jersey City) has a blog, but both are interesting, and […]

I am reminded of this when we hit the second moose

I’m not nearly as fanatical about Fafblog as any number of other folks are, but the following piece, “drivin with Donald,” is pure gold. Better, even. I’m quoting it in its entirety because, well, it’s that good. (Also because it’s related to the previous post here regarding a real-life Rumsfeldian incident, albeit without Rumsfeld’s involvement.) […]

Minor Blog Rundown

Noam Chomsky doesn’t think Bush is lying. His treatment of the question is more or less simplistic, but he delves into some interesting topics re: Iraq and Afghanistan along the way, and it’s a pretty worthwhile read. Mark Kleiman brings up the topic of whether Bush spared Zarqawi (who’s potentially linked to the Berg killing), […]

Heads up: That’s Not What I Said

Dave Pollard at “How to Save the World” has an interesting post on the inadequacies (and idiosyncracies) of communication, focusing mostly on formal presentations and informal conversation. Pollard uses (admittedly anecdotal) evidence to point out the woeful inadequacy of most presentations. As he says, “almost none” of what a presenter says “gets ‘correctly understood, internalized, […]

Patterns of Thought re: Global Dimming

“Goodbye Sunshine” is a Guardian article that keeps turning up in the oddest places. It was picked up by Slashdot sometime close to the original publication. MeFi seems to latch on to it from time to time (I can’t find the other time, but I know it’s there), too. And it’s even found itself a […]

Define “Mercenary”

The recent mess with Blackwater has—understandably—riled some tempers, fueled some angry debates, etc., the word “mercenary” often slung about in no uncertain terms. No uncertain terms which have often remained somewhat uncertain on account of no one really bothering to seriously puzzle over what meaning, exactly, mercenary has in the context of the conflict in […]

Chomsky Blogs

As of some very recent time, Noam Chomsky has a blog. It’s called Turning the Tide. What’s not to like? (via some other blog, possibly diepunyhumans though possibly not; actual laudatory reference will appear here if I can dig it up)

News as arterial spray likely isn’t the most brilliant metaphor I’ve ever devised, but it works

Maybe. Possibly. It’s well and good to stay informed, but sometimes news is nothing so much as arterial spray: here one minute, gone the next, and what the hell can we do about it anyway? E.g., the blogfolk at Pandagon are thorough and tend to very often bring up salient points, but the problem is […]