7 March 2016

Less than meets the eye

Shortly after moving to Austin, I visited the famous Sixth Street, downtown hub of music and public intoxication. At one end of Sixth Street, nearest the freeway, was a run-down dimly-lit doorway. High above the doorway was a sign: MIDNIGHT COWBOY MODELING ORIENTAL MASSAGE In case you haven’t seen it, Midnight Cowboy is a famous 1969 movie directed by John Schlesinger, featuring Dustin Hoffman. It was the first X-rated movie to win an Oscar. ... Read more

7 March 2016

All purpose reply for Hillary Clinton supporters

“It’s outrageous that you are questioning Hillary Clinton’s (check as appropriate): ☐ flip-flopping over gay marriage ☐ voting to let George Bush take us to war in Iraq ☐ promising to oppose free trade agreements then secretly supporting them ☐ giving expensive paid speeches to Wall Street banks ☐ keeping her government e-mail on a private server and then deleting it ☐ taking millions of dollars of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and not reporting tax properly ... Read more

3 March 2016

Nothing to worry about

…But several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch messes of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes. A sophisticated politicians credited Hitler with peculiar political cleverness for laying emphasis and over-emphasis on anti-Semitism, saying: “You can’t expect the masses to understand or appreciate your finer real aims. ... Read more

19 February 2016

Unicode proposal

Proposed implementation UTI #2, Unicode Bristol Scale Encoding Status: Open Originator: http://meta.ATH0.com/ Date: 2016-02-18 Description of issue: The Unicode Technical Standard has (since Unicode 6.0) listed the code point U+1F4A9 as “Pile of Poo”, and it has proven very popular. However, there are two issues with its current implementation in contemporary operating systems. The first issue is that one vendor opted to place eyes and a smiling face on the poo. ... Read more

14 February 2016

The life changing magic of tidying up your download files

Marie Kondo is author of a popular book called The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever. Tim Harford talks about one of the tricks of the book: you should flip your status quo, so that your default behavior is to throw things out, and you have to explicitly decide if you want to keep something. Confession time: I don’t do this in everyday life with physical objects. ... Read more

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