30 April 2014

fun&faith

In the mailbox today: The Oriental Trading “fun&faith” catalog, full of Christian-themed party crafts, toys and gifts for Bible camp. Now, I fully recognize that there’s a need for decorate-your-own cross kits, religious jewelry pieces, Jesus diorama materials and the like, but this catalog has some seriously weird stuff in it. There’s a whole section on the Agents of Truth, a secret undercover spy Bible study school, complete with top secret prayer box, active duty badge, and special agent for god vest (bulletproof? ... Read more

26 April 2014

BitTorrent Sync

Today Forbes has an article about how BitTorrent Sync is taking off. I’ve been using it since the beta was opened up, and I’m very impressed. I run it on my phone. When I take a photo or record a movie, it sits in the DCIM folders (the name is part of the DCF standards for digital cameras). When the phone finds my home network, Sync automatically does a 1-way read-only sync of all the camera files to my Mac and my home server. ... Read more

25 April 2014

Google++

Dear Google, now that you’ve gotten rid of Vic Gundotra and you’re disassembling his empire, here are my suggestions for how to reverse some of the damage he caused: No more nymwars because of his real names policy. By all means collect people’s real names, but let them decide how their names are displayed publicly. You know, like they do socially in the real world. Turn Google Local back into a search engine and local directory, like it was before you decided to try and use it to promote Google+ and everyone stopped using it. ... Read more

24 April 2014

Celebrating Put Your Children To Work Day

Congressional Republicans today marked their annual celebration of free market child labor. Festivities were started by Ralph E. Reed Jr, who handed out “Put Your Children To Work Day” T-shirts manufactured in sweatshops in the Mariana Islands and labeled “Made in USA”. Guest speaker and noted Ayn Rand scholar Robert Hessen then gave a brief talk on the importance of child workers. “Today’s sweatshop children act as a stark reminder that we need total laissez-faire economics. ... Read more

20 April 2014

Compelling explanations

Ari Handel, screenwriter for “Noah”, in an interview: In that vein, while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that? From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. ... Read more

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