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Sunday, February 14, 2010

WordPress to Your Moms 

I came to drop bombs: I'm outta here, suckers! That's right, I finally set up a WordPress site. Check it out and update your RSS feeds:
See you on the other side!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn 

Howard Zinn died today. What a shame — I was just speaking to a student this week about how great he is. I'm way too exhausted to write something properly, but here's part one of a lecture he gave recently so those of you who don't know him can get a taste.

The world has lost a great man.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Inexplicably Fantastic 

I can't explain precisely why, but there's something beautiful and ethereal about this video. The guy is providing a sign-language transcript of Suzanne Vega's song "Tom's Diner".

Perhaps it's the zen-like lack of expression as he waits for the lyrics. Perhaps it's the combination of fluid music and fluid hand motions. Perhaps it's the intriguing connection of certain American Sign Language movements to the actions themselves.

Anyway, I was flipping through The YouTube today and sat enthralled. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ceci n'est pas un blog post 

Check out the cool new wallpaper I made. If you don't get it, you should learn more about Magritte's work.

For best results, replace the HP2009m with an image of your own monitor.


Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus. (No, you're a month too late!)

Today I'm listening to: The Big Lebowski!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sarah Palin Is Wrong About Facebook 

Whatever you may think about Sarah Palin, whatever you may like or dislike about her personality, whatever you may believe about her life story or her husband or children, whatever you may think of her political ideology, the truth is this: On at least one very important point (representative of many other points), she is very, very wrong.

On page 400 of her book Going Rogue, Palin discusses her Facebook posts:
These posts had an impact, and it made me think, Isn't Facebook a terrific illustration of the power of American ingenuity?

Facebook was created in a Harvard dorm room in 2004. No one gave its young creator a government grant — he just did it on his own, like generations of other American entrepreneurs.
It's true that Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg did not receive a government grant when he created Facebook late one night while he was drunk in order to compare the ugly chicks on campus to farm animals. (I swear I'm not making this up.)

However, the Internet — without which there could be no Facebook — was in part the result of a massive government project. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in coordination with computer science departments at universities around the country (and researchers in other countries) spent millions and millions of dollars to develop the amazing technology that allowed Mr. Zuckerberg to make his ugly-chicks/farm-animal site.

Sarah Palin complaining on Facebook about how reliant we all are on big government is criminally pathetic. If she doesn't know, then shame on her for being ignorant. If she knows and is trying to deceive her readers, then shame on her for hiding the truth.

Pic from SarahCalendar.com. Just $15.95 — order now to get "Over 50 photographs of Gov Sarah Palin and her family". But don't talk about the kids!


It's awesome, it's got great music. Very meta. Thanks as always to Madsimian.

Today I'm listening to: SomaFM!