Year: 2015

Actions Have Consequences

Paris/San Bernadino happened because of ISIS. ISIS arose because Iraq was invaded. Iraq was invaded because of 9/11. 9/11 happened because of U.S. missile strikes on Bin Laden’s HQ, see White House daily brief, Wikipedia. The missile strikes happened because

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Handling Voiceover Mistakes

When I make a narration mistake, I make a double-click with my mouth and repeat the phrase. This shows as a distinctive pair of spikes in the audio, and it is easy to cut out the erroneous take.

What Religion Would Countenance a Confidential Handbook?

From a NYT article about a new anti-gay policy of the Mormon Church: It appears that the new rules were not supposed to be made public. They were issued as changes to a confidential handbook, and sent out by email

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Bernie Sanders will be President

I came to this conclusion a week ago. Reasons: His policies are popular He is consistent in his positions, and people respond to such authenticity His funding is all grass-roots I keep reading posts from Republicans who support him The

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Perception of Blue is a Recent Skill

No one could see the color blue until modern times. I’ve always suspected that our language affects how we see the world, and this is a great example.

Our beliefs resist new facts

Mother Jones has a really interesting article on how our beliefs block new information: Pre-existing beliefs, far more than new facts, skew our thoughts. Feelings arise before conscious thoughts and color them. Confirmation bias gives more weight to facts that

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Encode your IP as a haiku

How eccentric and cool: http://gabrielmartin.net/projects/hipku/ There’s also a Python port: http://pyhipku.lord63.com/

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Right-wing commentator tilts left!

David Brooks is the token conservative on the New York Times OpEd page. He replaced the insufferable William Safire, but has still been reliably conservative. But something has happened as of late; he has been writing columns displaying empathy, such

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Ten Years!

Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog, so I’ll celebrate with a bunch of random items. Interesting post suggesting that the creation of life can be explained in thermodynamic terms. A great series of old John Cleese commercials for Compaq. Can

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