It’s been a while, so some of these are out of date, but they’re interesting, dang it!
– The Biggest Problem in Technology – a good synopsis of the sad episode that happened at this year’s PyCon. Best sentence:
Given the advantages of time, distance, and a rational mind, it is relatively easy to see that basically everybody involved erred (though some far more severely than others).
– John Yoo Criticizes Liberals for Caring More About Torture Than Diversity – when I read the headline, I thought “oh, there might be a valid point here but the headline is clearly exaggerating”…and I was wrong, the headline is dead-on. Sheeeeeesh!
– After the Jason Collins came out, these Onion articles seem especially relevant: Gay NFL Players Must Be Unknown Special Teams Guys, Says Homophobic Man, and my favorite NFL Players Support Player Coming Out, Getting Absolutely Obliterated During Games. These were published a month ago amidst rumors that a few active NFL players were going to come out – we’ll see what happens!
– Abusing hash kernels for wildly unprincipled machine learning – It seems almost magical that something as crude as the hash kernel he describes actually kind of works.
– Carmen Sandiego’s Africa map: television’s invisible, impossible shuttle run – the Africa map did seem impossible as a kid 🙂
– How a banner ad for H&R Block appeared on apple.com—without Apple’s OK – an excellent reason for HTTPS everywhere!
– Pope Francis supported same-sex civil unions in Argentina in 2010 – certainly it was just a reaction to Argentina being about to approve same-sex marriage, but…wow!
– Paramount Hopes New ‘Star Trek’ Is a Global Crowd-Pleaser – I love me some Star Trek, but this article made me a lot less excited about it. Something about seeing how the sausage is made, and how they changed the plot, etc. to appeal more to international audiences.