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Woz Thinks Apple Should Make an Android Phone

Woz: we love him, but he's clearly out of touch with modern-day Apple.

How Did We Get Here – Nye vs. Ham

Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate.

I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.

No Such Thing as a Blind Spot

Rather than adjust your side view mirrors to see the side of your car, turn them out slightly to eliminate blind spots.

Apple’s CarPlay in a Ferrari

Unfortunately, I doubt my 2014 Kia Sorento SX will be offer a firmware update to replace UVO with CarPlay. I'd probably pay a decent amount if it was possible, though…

Bitcoin’s First Money Laundering Scandal

I've never really understood Bitcoin, but I read articles about it, and this one is good.

tcsh to bash 10 Years:

It's been 10 years this month since "upgrade from tcsh to bash" was placed on my to-do list. It's starting to look hopeless.

I still use tcsh. Yeah, whatevs. 🙂

Get Rid of the Penny

More here and here.

How In-App Payments Have Destroyed Gaming

Read this: How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry (by @baekdal) #opinion.

Nye vs. Ham

Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not

But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity.

More than once, Bill Nye addressed the audience directly, urging them to get out there and explore the universe for themselves. "Let's keep looking," he said. "Let's keep searching."

If Ken Ham had a recurring catchphrase during the debate, it was, "There's a book about that, and it already has the answers."

The Story Behind ‘Think Different’

The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign - Forbes

Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the "Think Different" billboards and said, "This is great, this is really great … but I can't do this. People already think I'm an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press." The room was totally silent. The "Think Different" campaign was the only campaign we had in our bag of tricks, and I thought for certain we were toast. Steve then paused and looked around the room and said out loud, yet almost as if to his own self, "What am I doing? Screw it. It's the right thing. It's great. Let's talk tomorrow." In a matter of seconds, right before our very eyes, he had done a complete about-face.

I also just finished Ken Segall's book Insanely Simple, which I recommend as well.

TSA Agent Confessions

TSA Agent Confession - Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group — a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that his homecoming champagne had to be taken away in the name of national security.

There I was, an aspiring satire writer, earnestly acting on orders straight out of Catch-22.

Ugh. And…

"They're shit," he said, shrugging. He said we wouldn't be able to distinguish plastic explosives from body fat and that guns were practically invisible if they were turned sideways in a pocket.

We quickly found out the trainer was not kidding: Officers discovered that the machines were good at detecting just about everything besides cleverly hidden explosives and guns. The only thing more absurd than how poorly the full-body scanners performed was the incredible amount of time the machines wasted for everyone.

Amazon Prime: + $20 to $40?

No thanks. I use it for the free shipping, but don't use any of the other features. I've watched Alpha House via the streaming service, but that's about it.

Free shipping is pretty slow, though. And they may play tricks with it…

What else is there, really? Seriously.

Ann Elizabeth Mitchell

Ann Elizabeth Mitchell passed away yesterday at 11:30am, about two hours before I was able to arrive. She was my maternal grandmother and one of my favorite people. She will be greatly missed. I loved her very much.

I'm comforted by the many wonderful memories I have of her, and by the fact that she knew I was on my way to see her. I talked to her Thursday evening and told her I loved her then. You don't often get to say your last words to someone are "I love you" (and their words back to you are), so I'm grateful this was one of those times.

My grandma was 86 years young.

Canceled My Netflix

I just canceled our "two screens at a time streaming only" Netflix account. Even at only $7.99/month, it wasn't worth it. Netflix seems to have fewer and fewer of the movies we want to watch, and Amazon Prime's streaming may actually be pretty good soon. But mostly, we don't really stream movies much anymore.

At least I'll get to watch the second season of House of Cards before it ends on February 16th. 🙂

How Someone Lost his Twitter Username

How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username — Medium

Why someone would pay $50k for "@N" is beyond me, though.