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Entries from July 2008

I Coulda Been a Contendah!

July 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Oh man, if only I had noticed that Wired was holding a superhero costume contest in time! Apparently, supervillains are fair game as well, so I could have submitted: And at least arguably:

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Tags: Personal

Geek Envy

July 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I bow in obeisance: They implemented the classic game Defender… in a favicon.

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Logician’s Pickup Line

July 15th, 2008 · 7 Comments

If I were to ask you out, would your answer to that question be the same as your answer to this one? (Hat tip to a commenter at Democracy in America.)

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Tags: General Philosophy · Language and Literature

Old Wine in PBR Bottles

July 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I think I’ve written to this effect before, but let me just cast my lot here with Kevin Drum contra Samhita Mukhopadhyay: Whether it’s particularly clever is a matter of taste—I usually find the execution as stale as the concept—but there’s clearly nothing groundbreaking about Stuff White People Like. It’s a species of well-worn yuppie/hipster […]

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Tags: Sociology

They Get the Internet on Mars Now?

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments

This just in from Slate: Many applications and sites on the Interwebs encourage you to upload a headshot or profile picture of some kind! Some people obsessively update theirs, in search of the perfect profile pic. Others remain anonymous by using a humorous or ironic image! Are we sure “Michael Agger” isn’t a pseudonym for […]

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Tags: Shocked by the Obvious · Sociology · Tech and Tech Policy

Random! Analogies!

July 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Dressing as a suicide bomber for Halloween is offensive! It’s like dressing as a Klansman! Or wearing blackface! How are those analogies remotely related? Shut up and be offended!

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Tags: Stupid Shit

John Ashcroft: Civil Liberties Hero?

July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I can’t believe it’s still possible for me to find this depressing, but ThinkProgress has an interview with a former U.S. attorney who’s claiming that John Ashcroft was pushed out of the administration because he refused to override the acting AG from his hospital bed in order to authorize warrantless wiretaps. No good deed goes […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

McCain on Gay Adoption

July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Since I’ve written about this topic at some length in the past, a quick note on John McCain’s recent statement about gay adoption: I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption. Now, possibly there’s new or better data since […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

Minimize Me!

July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

One aspect of the newly-passed FISA law that deserves a bit of extra scrutiny is the amount of pressure it puts on “minimization procedures,” one of the few points of contact between the surveillance program and the FISA court. This is arguably part of a drift we’ve already seen a fair amount of in foreig […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

A Query for My Readers

July 14th, 2008 · 25 Comments

Assuming those of you who are regular readers tend to get something or other out of my scribblings for various venues, do any of you have an opinion as to which of the following two focuses over, say, the next 1-2 years would generate more value added? Daily, hard-ish journalism focusing on a few specific […]

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Tags: Personal