Saturday, July 26, 2014

Glad I'm Not The Only Skeptical One

I'm not to too optimistic about either the technology of autonomous cars or their positive benefits on our civilization.

I'm sure that if we rebuilt our entire street system from scratch around the technology it could be done fairly easily in the near future, but that would cost a few dimes.

Today In Getting Old

Mick Jagger is 71 today.

Saw him in a hotel bar in NYC once. Saw Ronnie Wood at the Prado Museum in Madrid once.

Have never seen the Stones live.

Complete Mysteries

Just how could an industry attract new workers into it? I just have no idea.

Morning Thread

thereisnospoon @ Hullabaloo thinks there is hope for the midterms, that would be nice.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Night

Stand and deliver.

Happy Hour Thread

Get your happy on.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

WASHINGTON — The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases.

I Hope She Didn't Annoy You Too Much

Ok then.

...the man with the nuclear powered shovel.

The Worst Person In The World

Stephen A. Smith

Lunch Thread

Think it's a pho day.

Show Me The Money

I regularly get pitches like this. Are ad network sales people all incompetent? I'm not that excited about adding more and exciting ads to the site, though I would if they were lucrative and not very annoying.

(Yes I know the occasional autoplay ad is popping up. They aren't supposed to. They're violating the terms of service. I changed some settings which hopefully should at least reduce the probability of it happening, but as it isn't supposed to happen anyway...)

But, seriously, ad networks sales people. Here's how to pitch me:
Dear sir,

We would like to run ads on your site. The ads will look like this: [ ]. You will have the ability to block ads you do not think are appropriate for your site. We will guarantee you at least $X per impression.


Mr. Ad Network Sales Guy.

Not A Drop

Apparently the groundwater is being depleted around the Colorado River Basin, and that doesn't really replenish very fast even if there is rain.
In the past nine years, the basin — which covers Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California — has lost about 65 cubic kilometers of fresh water, nearly double the volume of the country’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead. That figure surprised the study’s authors, who used data from a NASA weather satellite to investigate groundwater supplies.

I really don't know what happens if there's a major water emergency.

Respect Mah Authoritah

Just need more guns, really.
The girl’s dog wouldn’t quit barking Monday night, so she let him outside. Chad Eric Pickering, 40, was there waiting, crouched beneath a pine tree, prosecutors say. She glimpsed a shadow before she was shot three times.

Pickering, who lives just northwest of Bemidji, targeted the 17-year-old hours after she confronted him about riding his lawn mower through her yard, according to charges filed Wednesday in Beltrami County District Court. He is accused of shooting the girl, whom he described to investigators as “a bitch,” and faces one count of first-degree attempted murder and 20 years in prison.


Rock on.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Evening

Tomorrow is...

Another Glimpse At Post-Racial America

The post-racialness starts early.

Kindler And Gentler

They type up this RNC press release every election cycle.

The Only Intolerance That Matters Is Your Intolerance For My Intolerance

Being pro-equality should be a hate crime, no?