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Month: December 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like …

Yesterday I hit a rummage sale at one of the local churches. They were blasting out Christmas carols, which grates on my nerves. It’s not really that I’m Scroogey or that I hate Christmas music. I love Christmas and Christmas music — just not that handful of grindingly familiar tunes that assault hapless shoppers from all sides at this time of year. There’s plenty of incredible seasonal music (as gloriously noted in the comment thread from last year’s Christmas post) and some perhaps not so incredible but also not like having somebody run a drill through your ear. So I’m…


Weekend links

  • Uber is now tracking customers after they’ve closed its app. But not to worry; it’s for your own good. (Close app, turn off phone, remove battery — if your battery is still a removable one.) (H/T MJR)
  • Can’t afford to rent your very own malicious botnet (per last links)? Well, there’s always this $50 USB killer. It’s not perfect; but for mere couch-cushion change, what do you expect?
  • It’s truly a human tragedy that this type of humane research on psychoactive drugs has been curtailed for so many decades. Thanks, War on Drugs. 8 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • I sincerely doubt the world is ready for a complicated waterless toilet that has to be professionally serviced every six months. Bill and Melinda Gates disagree.
  • Thank you, New Yorker, for being realistic enough to recognize the hand of ISIS at Ohio State.
  • Will it really be “Bye Bye, Obamacare” followed by something much closer to market-based insurance? We can hope. Tom Price is one of only two Trump picks so far that don’t just seem like authoritarian business as usual. 16 Comments