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Published: 2016-05-18T18:38:15-08:00


DARTH BY DARTHWEST: The plunder of 20th century pop culture continues


I've been saying this for years: as the tools get better and more widespread, soon anyone will be able to plunder the movies and music and literature and art and the rest of the output of the 20th century and...

Tesla Is Not the Next Apple, Nor Was Apple Ever The Previous Tesla


For a few years the clickbait media has been pumping out one dumb headline after another about Tesla Motors. The giveaway is always whether the headline ends with a question mark. As a rule, if you ever see a Tesla...

Not something you see every day


Wintergatan - Marble Machine from Wintergatan on Vimeo. Get the audio track "Marble Machine" by Wintergatan: Marble Machine built and composed by Martin Molin Video filmed and edited by Hannes Knutsson Costume designed by Angelique Nagtegaal Swedish band...

My Favorite Thing On The Internet At The Moment: WildEarth's SafariLive


I randomly stumbled upon the hashtag #safarilive on Twitter the other day, and noticed everyone was talking about what seemed to be a safari that was going on at that very moment in South Africa. A little searching resulted in...

Movies Seen So Far, 2016


I see movies. Most of them movies that Americans are completely unaware of, or skip. I'm going to try something new for 2016 in this blog. I'll update the list of movies I've seen, but present them in order...

Twitter Executives Are Like Louis CK's Whiny Air Travelers


There's been a lot of news in the past week about Twitter planning to introduce "algorithm enhancements" to Twitter feeds, and how users are furious over this, complaining it's one more example of Twitter trying to be like Facebook. It's...

Great cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity"


One of the better cover songs I've heard in recent times....

Making Netflix Useful, or, It's Time For Notflix


I used to love Netflix. The scope and range of their offerings far surpassed the site's shortcomings, which included an inability to filter out stuff I wasn't interested in. But that was back when one rented discs. I still do...

Amazing depiction of life inside a cell


And the most awesome fire-hose of scientific jargon you've ever heard from the narrator. I dare you to try to keep up with what he's saying.......

We All Know Twitter's Had Some Difficulty Finding A New CEO, But This New Tactic Is Kinda Desperate


Twitter's new user registration page with a little added twist. On the bright side, it'd provide huge job security to resume screeners and background checkers in HR....

Cellphones In the Year 7575


Why Jon Stewart's Departure from The Daily Show Is Long Overdue


For years I have been uncomfortable about The Daily Show. It mocks politicians and media and we all laugh. And nobody does mockery of politicians and media better than Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. But it's been over 15...

The Front Page of The New York Times, July 21, 1969


Monday, July 21, 1969, 46 years ago tomorrow, the front page of The New York Times looked like this: What an amazing time. I mean, just look at that front page. Back on July 20, 1969, the paper only cost---it's...

I get LinkedIn invites...


You know how some bloggers and news sites have occasional posts called "I get email..." which then print some crazy email that was sent, followed by pithy commentary? Well, this is sort of like that. Only weirder. See, I get...