Comedy of trillionairres

John Stewart has a brilliant mind, which is why I’m surprised he doesn’t get that the trillion dollar coin idea is just an accounting thing. It’s not like making up money. Or. Maybe he thought that the laughs were too much to pass up.


Hands up if you know what I’m talking about. You have a piece of code, perhaps a block about 15 lines that prepares for one statement, say, an if statement. Those 15 lines, all they do is take some data and reform it into a useful format so that when it comes time to execute […]

Science stings

Cars begat engines, which needed fine tuning, and so then begat leaded fuel, which begat violent crime and lower IQs. It’s not just the science behind this Mothers Jones article that’s interesting but how much of a reminder it is of the responsibility that new technologies bring.

The next search paradigm

The Library of Congress has Twitter’s tweets, but the tech isn’t advanced enough to search it! Consider: [T]he Library noted in a separate White Paper released Friday that it can take 24 hours to perform a single search for a term in the Twitter archive. Also consider that the US government through its wiretapping institution […]

Obama isn’t motivated to do anything about the debt ceiling

I agree with the analysis that President Obama could and should raise the debt ceiling all on his lonesome is sound, valid, and the best course of action. I also think he won’t, though, or if he does, it would be out of character for him, and it’s worth understanding why. To unpack this why, […]

Coding Benevolently

I just finished off near-total rewrite of a python module. Near the same time, I also just finished reading Scientific American’s year-end tribute to human evolutionary biology. The module is simple enough, all it does is extend a Moodle activity so that our school can use it to do daily notices. For months I had […]

Okay, so that Plumi install was pretty painful

Media Server. It was on everyone’s lips for a few months. Discussion was over, and bam, the go button was hit. So we get a fresh install of Ubuntu 12, live, and we’re off. Plumi manual instructions, on screen. Boom. Right. Let’s go. Nope.

Year of the Fallen?

First Armstrong, then Petraeus: He tried to convince us that heroes aren’t human. They are human, like us, and sometimes worse. That years might have themes to them is pretty absurd, but so is the idea that humans are super. Yet, we keep making that same mistake again and again. Lucky, there’s always someone around […]

Put the citizen back against “Citizens United”

What a concept: The only entities who can make political contributions are those who can vote. In other words, only individual voters. That excludes think tanks …

Making code go oops on purpose

I recently wrote syncing software that takes data from the school database and updates the user accounts on the tools the school uses on a daily basis. It’s one of those things that every school or organization needs, but can be a bit laborious to put together. It’s what happens when lots of different tools […]