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On Not Having Goals

The uploader's goal: squish the heck out of the video. Goal achieved!

Mentos to the Moon

A letter sent by NASA:

NASA letter.(Larger image)




The beginning of an email. I've gotten a few of these, and absolutely none of them strike me as "obvious."

Perhaps the fact that they're all found in my spam folder is what is supposed to make the sender "obviously" a "professional social media business manager?"


My Christmas Present to You

Don't watch it if you're aggravated by cursing. The other Nerd3 videos are funny, too, but this may be the funniest.

Cheap Ham

Less than a penny per pound!

Cheap Ham


The Indiegogo project for "Lowest Score Wins" has been successfully funded!

Thank you!

P.S. Suck it, Kickstarter, and your made-up-as-you-go, ever-changing, inconsistent rules.

Samsung’s Creepy Ad

Uhm… WTF?

More on Apple’s Antitrust eBooks Case

Review & Outlook: Apple's Star Chamber:

Judge Cote's injunction gave Apple until January 14, 2014 to overhaul its antitrust compliance and training procedures, a process that is underway. But in late October Mr. Bromwich began an open-ended, roving investigation of Apple. He demanded immediate interviews starting in November with every top Apple executive and board member, including CEO Tim Cook, lead designer Jony Ive and Al Gore. Does he want to disinter Steve Jobs too?

Apple suggested that he speak with its employees who actually have something to do with antitrust, such as its general counsel or chief compliance officer, whereupon Mr. Bromwich had a tantrum. He made blanket requests for proprietary documents well beyond his mandate and bypassed Apple's in-house counsel by sending letters directly to board members and executives ordering them to meet with him without their lawyers present, accusing the company of "a surprising and disappointing lack of cooperation."

Then, shortly before Thanksgiving and out of the blue, Judge Cote proposed to amend her injunction to grant Mr. Bromwich even greater powers than he already claimed and also to make monthly briefings to her on what he finds—without Apple present. She denied any previous ex parte contact, but Apple's lawyers say Mr. Bromwich told them that he doesn't need to wait for the January deadline because Judge Cote privately instructed him during the interview process for the position to get off to a "fast start."

Design – Square’s New Card Reader

Wired has a nice piece on Square's new card reader: How Apple's Lightning-Plug Guru Reinvented Square's Card Reader.

Penn and Teller on Vaccinations

I don't understand the "I'm not vaccinating my child" position.

Is “Hatching Twitter” Worth $12

I'm considering picking up Hatching Twitter for my Kindle but I wonder if it's worth $12.

Or, to put it more accurately, is it worth my time? I have a bunch of books on my Kindle that I'm actively in the middle of reading… if we extend "actively" to mean "for an hour every few weeks."

So is this book - about which I've heard good things - something that I should go out of my way to buy and read? Because it's not about the $12… it's just about whether that $12 would be wasted because I buy something and don't read it for a year.

This Blog is Eleven…

Though I have a reminder set to go off every December 10th, I often hit "close" and then forget about it.

My blog turned 11 on December 10, 2013. Yeesh. It's less than one month younger than my daughter.

Anyone but Richard M. Stallman

The ABRMS license at GitHub will be popular with a few software developers. 🙂

The NSA and Storing Your Emails

The NSA: An Inside View reminds me of the conversations I've had with my wife about liberties, storing emails, etc.

She has said "They can keep and read all my emails, I don't care. I'm not doing anything wrong and I'm boring." I'm more on the side of don't talk to the police (though not to AJM's level in the comments). I'm more on the side of NOT having my privacy and liberties "softened" over time, because the more things erode, the more the eroded state becomes the new starting point for further erosion of rights and liberties.

But this all exists on some large greyscale slider of sorts. I'm obviously fine with some enforcement of scans at airports, but think that the TSA has gone way too far in several instances. Others would put the point at which they think they've had enough at a different point than me.

Is the government going to find anything even if they - on the incredibly rare chance that they do - look at my emails and stuff? No. But do they deserve to be given the chance? I'm still leaning towards "no."

A 27-year-old Mac Plus Surfs the Web

How I introduced a 27-year-old computer to the Web.