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Monday links

Chasing a shoplifter, warrior cops destroyed a man’s house. Now they’d rather defame his character than pay for what they did. (H/T PT) Has anybody else noticed that that surgeon who claims, probably bogusly, that his team just completed the first successful head transplant looks exactly like a mad scientist straight out of Hollywood? Why people will happily line up to be microchipped (like dogs, says the headline; but I don’t think dogs would be so happy to volunteer). Laws mandating driverless vehicles (and they are surely coming soon) will be highway robbery. A Pentagon contractor leaves 1.8 billion “scraped”…

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The subtle art of work avoidance

I’ve been in work-avoidance mode the last few days. A day of this I don’t mind. That’s a mini-vacation. When these modes have me (and it’s definitely them having me rather than vice versa) for half a week … ugh. You know how it is, especially if you’re a creative problem solver. Those of you who are just super-efficient all the damn time, I salute you. And I hate you. But for the rest of us … there’s the long slide into self doubt. You’re no good. You can’t do this. You’re just a lazy b*tch. Fantasies of quitting the…

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Tuesday links

Ten-year-old unlocks his mom’s iPhoneX by facial recognition — without even trying. Hahaha. From Reason: Detroit cops posing as drug dealers get into a brawl with Detroit cops posing as drug buyers. It’s here as we predicted: the first drug with ingestion tracking. Also from Reason, J.D. Tuccille asks whether it’s occurred to anyone that tighter gun laws with stricter enforcement are likely to leave libertarians as the best armed people around. (But wait; aren’t we already?) Locating lost cities of the ancient world by analyzing records of their commerce. South African TV refuses to air an “authentic” miracle. (NSFW)…

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Before the storm: random ruminations on a not-quite-rainy weekend

Yesterday came sunshine — a brief respite between cold-and-wet and windy-and-really-really-wet. Thank you, November, for the small break. I took advantage of it to go meet a local who wanted to buy St. Guinefort the Greyhound. He’d seen it at the county fair and didn’t have much trouble tracking me down because — as it turns out — he’s one of the few locals who recognize my name from my writing. It also turned out (small town and all) that we have mutual acquaintances. Best of all (aside from the fact that he bought me a nice lunch and will…

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Friday links

  • In news-of-the-creepy: the recently dead can now unlock smartphones with their fingers or eyes.
  • Speaking of creepy, Sean Parker accuses Mark Z and FB of exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology. (No sh*t, Sherlock. That’s what FB exists to do.)
  • Electric cars: major polluters. (Yet another truth obvious to anyone who ever looked honestly at the question without being dazzled by the claims of clean urban air.)… 6 Comments