Subscribe: alexking.org » Society
http://alexking.org/blog/topic/society/feed
Preview: alexking.org » Society

alexking.org » Society



Alex King, Denver Web Developer



Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:43:58 +0000

 



Sustainable Software and Customer Support

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:44:06 +0000

I’ve been having trouble with Dropbox on my laptop. No matter what I do (reboot, pause and resume, etc.), it keeps syncing away saying “20 files remaining”. The process continually eats CPU which destroys my battery life and constantly makes my machine hot. I finally dropped a note to Dropbox support to see if they…



An Astronaut’s Guide to Optimism

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:18:53 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HPa4tzI4dYU?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>A nice counter to the everyday deluge of negativity. I love it that Jeremy is blogging again.



Daylight Saving Time Explained

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:57:12 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/84aWtseb2-4?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>One of the best summaries I’ve seen on the topic. Besides this of course (thanks Steve).



America Is Not For Black People

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:12:16 +0000

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying. If officers are soldiers, it follows…

#




The GitHub Rug

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000

I somehow missed this kerfuffle when it was all going down, but I read about it recently and it’s stuck with me. I think if I were in the decision making position when this happened my first instinct would would have been to dig in my heels. When I first saw the “United Meritocracy of…



Third World Health Care – Knoxville, Tennessee Edition

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:24:50 +0000

Ouch.

#




Obama May Be Best Economic President Ever

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:24:17 +0000

Here’s an interesting calculation: Suppose that in 1929, you put $100,000 in a 401(k) fully invested in stocks. Under the 40 years of Republican presidents, you would have ended up with only $126,000. Under the Democrats, you would have amassed a retirement nest egg of $3.9 million! (All numbers are adjusted for inflation.) There are…

#




Penn & Teller on Vaccinations

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:21:10 +0000

width="510" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lhk7-5eBCrs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>I saw these guys live in Vegas this fall, great show. I love that they take on issues like this.



Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:51:09 +0000

width="510" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qSjGouBmo0M?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Great video. Dave is right, John Green is very compelling as a storyteller.



Argument Clinic

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:58:21 +0000

width="510" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kQFKtI6gn9Y?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>So I’m watching this and laughing, and then it hits this part: M: An argument isn’t just contradiction. O: Well! it CAN be! M: No it can’t! M: An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition. O: No it isn’t! M: Yes it is! ’tisn’t just contradiction. O: Look, if…



Guns

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:37:53 +0000

To demand gun control is not to “politicize” this tragedy. It is to respond to it with decency and common sense. — Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 15, 2012 I get that crazy people always find a way to kill. I don’t get why we bend over backwards to make it as efficient as possible for…



I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s…

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 05:10:10 +0000

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public…

Carl Sagan




The Newsroom, Trailer #2

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:44:07 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lgFZbrwmndA?fs=1&feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Can’t wait for this show.



The Newsroom

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 05:43:22 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wC8ovJYAU3U?fs=1&feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>I think I have a new favorite show.



Ben Huh on PBS against SOPA/PIPA

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:06:00 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1lMBcIfI688?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Ben did a good job – arguing against “incorrect facts” and ignorance (I’ll go with Hanlon’s razor here) is always tough. Especially in such a limited forum.