2 October 2015

Rules of engagement

“It’s vile to score political points by arguing for gun control right after a mass shooting.” “America averages one mass shooting per day.” “Yes, so it’s vile for you to ever suggest gun control. Sorry, but those are the rules of polite debate.”

22 September 2015

Turbo Bullshit Injection

Heard of the VW TDI Turbo Diesel Injection engine? The power and efficiency of a high performance diesel engine, but with clean emissions. Or at least, that’s what the ads said, positioning cars like the VW Jetta TDI as an alternative to expensive hybrid cars. Car magazines and newspapers ate it up. TDI was the result of years of work. As Car and Driver explained: […] in 2007, the EPA’s new Tier 2 emissions laws required diesels to be as clean as their gasoline counterparts. ... Read more

12 September 2015

Joshua Ryne Goldberg

Back in August, right-wing web site Brietbart ran a number of articles from Milo Yiannopoulos claiming that Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King was secretly white. One of Yiannopoulos’s sources was Joshua Goldberg, aka MoonMetropolis, a GamerGate supporter since mid 2014 and hater of Anita Sarkeesian for years before that who e-mailed Yiannopoulos what he considered evidence of King’s faking his race. MoonMetropolis also offered Yiannopoulos tips on other stories. ... Read more

4 September 2015

Metal Gear Tits (spoilers for Metal Gear Solid games)

I skipped “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” because of the disgusting misogyny. I played “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” instead, only to discover borderline pedophilia. I was desperately hoping that “Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain” would be less creepy, but it seems those hopes have been dashed: Taken captive, she’s dressed in prisoner garb – trousers and a shirt – and, because she breathes through her skin, she’s slowly suffocating. ... Read more

26 August 2015

Designing for telephobia

Everybody has a phone with them all the time, but they rarely use it for voice calls. For people who’ve always hated telephone calls but wanted a pocket computer, like me, it’s great news. For people who enjoyed (comparatively) high fidelity voice calls, it’s not so great. The best phone I ever owned, from a physical design point of view, was a variation on the Bell Trimline, a classic designed by Henry Dreyfuss in the early 1960s. ... Read more

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