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Entries from July 2008

But Do You Have a Bat-Warrant?

July 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Speaking of The Dark Knight, I’ve already had a couple requests for a “FISA analyisis” of the movie (believe it or not), and since Ezra’s already brought it up, I suppose I’m due to throw in my two cents.  Rest of the post below the fold in in the unlikely event that someone reading this […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Privacy and Surveillance

The Wisdom of Mobs

July 29th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Harrison Hoffman at CNET thinks that the sudden elevation of The Dark Knight to the top film at IMDB illustrates a hole in the “wisdom of crowds” model. I think this is a bit off. For one, if we’re taking “the wisdom of crowds” to mean the bundle of concepts articulated in James Surowiecki’s book, […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Sociology

With Enemies Like These…

July 22nd, 2008 · 17 Comments

Normally I steer clear of vegevangelism, but surely it says something about the ethics of how we feed ourselves today that when someone actually does take it upon himself to defend modern factory farming, the result looks like this. Perhaps “defend” is putting it strongly: Wesley J. Smith’s strategy isn’t to offer any kind of […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy

We’re Not Done With You Yet, Dr. Horrible

July 21st, 2008 · 11 Comments

D’oh!  I would have posted a recommendation earlier if I’d realized that Joss Whedon’s bizarro musical Dr. Horrible—told through the video blog of Neil Patrick Harris’ dorky aspiring supervillain—wasn’t going to be available for free online viewing indefinitely, but it’s still worth clicking through and dropping $4 for the iTunes download.  If you’re either a […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Random Cool Link

An Accidentally Apt Analogy

July 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Rob Harper at HuffPo decides to illustrate a manifestly dumb argument: No matter what any one says, whether they are black or white or even God himself (not that he would use the word), it is never, ever OK to use the ‘N’ word. In a joke, in a song, in private conversations, never, ever […]

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Tags: Language and Literature · Sociology

This… is… OBAMA!

July 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I see they’ve added the indefinite article for the online version, but I saw the headline “Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy” in the New York Times this morning and did a very confused double-take.

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Guilty pleasures

July 18th, 2008 · 10 Comments

I’ve been memed by Radley Balko, who asks that I name the five most embarassing tracks on my iPod. Except since my actual day-to-day iPod is my phone, which only holds 8 gig, there isn’t really anything that embarassing on it, because it only holds 30 or so albums. There’s some fun-dumb stuff (Neon Neon, […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Personal

Sometimes, Stupid = Funny

July 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I sympathize with Megan, who’s too often on the wrong end of this from morons, but I’m going to demur from her “Grow up, Internet” post. Sometimes, someone makes an argument that’s so dumb it’s funny. This is not unusual on the Internet, but sometimes the person making the argument his sufficiently high-profile that it […]

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Tags: Stupid Shit


July 17th, 2008 · 10 Comments

So, OK, I’ve expressed my doubts and low expectations for the upcoming Watchmen movie. I take it all back.

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Tags: Art & Culture

The Funniest Thing I’ve Seen This Week

July 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

An allegedly corrupt local official in Oklahoma draws a crude, borderline illiterate comic book to explain the homosexual conspiracy against him. Maybe this is backward, but I find myself less taken aback by his substantively insane views—I guess I’m accustomed to elected officials with insane views—than by the fact that someone holding a position of […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Stupid Shit