My former coworker was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture (she’s executive producer). Yes, I’m bragging, because that’s SO FUCKING COOL that how can you not brag?
Not Either/Or: Doctors and Algorithms
leahreich: Almost ten years ago, I wrote a thesis for a Master’s degree at Georgetown. It was about the artistic representation of the machine in human form. I was curious about the human drive to create cyborgs and robots and machines that look and behave like us, and what it means for us to also have the fear that seems to crop up in so many movies and books: The fear that the cyborgs and...
A Brief History of Scoundrels, as Defined in the...
Liberal Media —> Yankee —> Carpetbagger —> Union —> Northerner —> Redcoat —> Roundhead
By the way, sitting in that Porsche felt right. I’ve always told my wife that my mid-life crisis is gonna be a refurbished 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser but now I’m thinking I might shoot for something with a little more ejaculation potential.
The Auto Industry Wants to Have Sex with You
I went to the North American Auto Show tonight. It was awesome. It had all of those concepts and hot “previews” that you always see featured on CNN. Plus, checking out the displays and the “show quality” was equally as fun — touch-screens and immersive presentations and modern furniture and hands-on simulators. It was kid-in-a-candy-shop stuff for design and technology,...
Headlines I'd Like to Read Tomorrow Morning
Texas Toast: Perry Gets Burned Perry Drops Out, Launches Bid for President of Texas Where Did the Perry Campaign Go Wrong? LOLJK!!!!1!! Perry to Reunite with Journey, Kick Filipino Guy Out of Band When a Smile Just Ain’t Enough Perry Drops Out, Endorses Bachmann Perry Rebuffs Mitt: “Mama Says I’m Still the Hunkiest” Perry Moons America, Says He Didn’t Want to...
Repairing disk permissions. It’s been at it for a while.
Hey intelligent peoples, I’m troubleshooting my iMac and could use your brainthings. It’s an oldish iMac (2006, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, OS 10.6.8), so I’m open to the idea that it’s just finally kicked the bucket but want to see what can be done. It’s basically running incredibly slowly, like the delay between click and load is 10 seconds or more (but, strangely,...
He seems to have gotten stuck on cynical arrogance. But there’s more to it than that. It’s mechanical, if something so incontrovertibly human as cynicism can be mechanical. He sees the world not as shapes and colors, not as happiness and sadness. He sees it as inputs and outputs, emotional metadata that could unlock a puzzle or, more likely, could speak to the shallowness of others —...
40 Celebrities Who Are Republicans →
The most surprising thing about the list is who qualifies as a celebrity.
1.9 million →
From the Washington Post: Private employers added 220,00 jobs, moving the total of private-sector jobs created in 2011 to 1.9 million [my emphasis]. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 1.1 million: The number of jobs gained under President George W. Bush. That would be *eight years* of George W. Bush. I’m all for a good Bush bash but 1) presidents...
do-over asked: You need me to show you some peaches?
My wife has taken to saying something along the lines of “are you talking to your girlfriend?” every time she sees me on my phone or laptop, which, as I don’t need to tell the people reading this (including my wife), is a lot of the time. Contrary to it becoming our own inside-joke, it seems to have stalled in this weird zone where I’m half-convinced that she really does...
Yay! All the best with the baby day, Jess and Jason!
Headlines I'd like to read this morning
Santorum Glad He Didn’t Pull Out, Abort Campaign Late Surge Gives Paul a Santorum Surprise Santorum Comes from Behind to Top Paul Santorum Surge Result of Strong Caucus Iowa Caucuses Love Santorum Eight Men Separate Santorum, Romney “Virgin Jell-O Shots On Me!” -Mitt Romney Michelle Bachmann: Too Crazy Even for the Tea Party? Despite Loss, Paul Refuses to Abort Campaign...
It was full. I don’t know any other way to describe it. At certain times I think of the bad things that happened, most of which I haven’t shared, and I wonder how this year could possibly be worse. Other times I think of all the good that happened — primarily my children — and I wonder how they could make me any prouder or happier than they did last year. When a family friend asked me...