Archive for August, 2014

Gene Healy on the Peril of Great Presidential Expectations

“If we’re unhappy with the presidency we’ve got, [political scientist Theodore J. Lowi] suggests, we have ourselves to blame. The office as we know it is largely the creature of public demands. And like the transformed presidential role it reflects, the exultant rhetoric of the modern presidency is as much curse as blessing. It raises expectations for the office– expectations that were extraordinarily high to begin with. A man who trumpets his ability to protect Americans from economic dislocation, to shield them from physical harm and moral decay, and to lead them to national glory– such a man is bound to disappoint. Yet, having promised much, he’ll seek the power to deliver on his promises.” – Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency

Your Brain is Lying to You, Part 2

The nth rule of recursion club is the n-1th rule of recursion club.

Conway’s Game of Life, implemented in Conway’s Game of Life. (Via friend-of-the-blog H.)

“Sure as night becomes the day, romantics end up the same way”

One of my few remaining pure pop pleasures is London-based group Allo Darlin’. The first single off of their forthcoming third record is a supremely rare thing: an infectious pop song in a minor key. It features a thicker, louder arrangement than the band’s typical fare, but singer and composer Elizabeth Morris’ voice manages to still captivate, despite the distractions of the more aggressive accompaniment.

Their third record, We Come From the Same Place is due out this October.

Living in the Future: Digital Makeup Edition

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING. from something wonderful on Vimeo.

“Babe, with the warmth of my love”

Route 94 – My Love ft. Jess Glynne (Director’s Cut) from Pomp&Clout on Vimeo.

Your Brain is Lying to You

“That’s some disease you got there, a lousy friend”

That Will Lead to Some Interesting Preflight Checks

A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the report.

Glenn Greenwald on Chinese Network Gear and Competitive Surveillance

“Warning the world about Chinese surveillance could have been one of the motives behind the US government’s claims that Chinese devices cannot be trusted. But an equally important motive seems to have been preventing Chinese devices from supplanting American-made ones, which would have limited the NSA’s own reach. In other words, Chinese routers and servers represent not only economic competition, but also surveillance competition: when someone buys a Chinese device instead of an American one, the NSA loses a crucial means of spying on a great many communication activities.” – Glenn Greenwald, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U. S. Surveillance State

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.