[links] Link salad watches old movies

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Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

Black Death genetic code ‘built’The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time. What could possibly go wrong?

Scrivener’s Error is contrarian (what else!?) about Steve Jobs

Graf Zeppelin vs Goodyear Blimp — A classic photo via x planes. No, they’re not dogfighting.

Seal Beach shooting: Death toll rises to eight — Another patriot exercises his Second Amendment rights in defense of his essential liberties. Guns don’t kill, just ask any conservative. It really is about the guns people. This has to stop somewhere.

Speaker at Occupy L.A. calls for violence, gets cheers from crowd[info]ericjamestone points to a counterexample of an OWS protestor advocating violence. Fair enough. How many OWS protestors bring firearms to the protests? How many talk about Second Amendment remedies? Does a rare counterexample balance against the violence-soaked eliminationist rhetoric of the American Right?

Occupy Wall Street: Who Are the 1%?

Open Letter to that 53% GuyI’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. (Via Via @gregvaneekhout.)

How I Communicate With People Less Right Than MeA Tiny Revolution on talking to the 53%’ers.

Occupy Wall Street: A Banker Explains What Really Happened to America

Wagging the Dog with Iran’s Maxwell Smart — Juan Cole with a takedown of the alleged Iranian DC assassination plot. Pursuing this as a grievance against Iran, as they are currently doing, is going to make the Obama administration look every bit as clownish and incompetent as the Bush administraton was with respect to Iraq.

Let’s go out to the lake, EarlSlacktivist Fred Clark on the social realities of the GOP blocking the jobs bill. You know, those real life stories conservatives never tell, or even believe. This is the kind of thing that stokes my notion that conservativism is rooted in a failure of empathy (for the problems of other people) and imagination (the inability to believe they might ever experience those problems for themselves).

The Tea Party vs. The Establishment — A conservative view of the GOP primary process. (Which includes the deeply hilarious assertion that 2010 Tea Party candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle were principled. That makes for a pretty warped worldview if you can believe that while also walking and chewing gum. Either that or you have a really strange idea of what principles are.)

?otD: What’s up, Tiger Lily?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, including 1,000 words on two small nonfiction projects)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 222.8
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad watches old movies

  1. Cora says:

    The article from the banker about what really cause the economic collapse of the US is good, but there is a notable mistake, namely when he starts talking about the influential German auto-worker unions.

    There are no dedicated auto-worker unions in Germany. Auto-workers and everybody else who works with metal, i.e. workers in machinery engineering, aircraft production, etc… is represented by the metalworkers union IG Metall. And while the IG Metall is big and fairly powerful, they’re not the biggest German union. The service workers’ union VerDi, which represents retail workers, restaurant workers, public service workers, postal workers, transportation workers, journalists, artists, writers, etc…, is even bigger.

  2. David Ivory says:

    The linked Scrivener’s error post on Jobs is interesting fiction – or at least uninformed received wisdom masquerading as insight.

    I’m no Jobs apologist but in lieu of a place on the Scrivener’s blog let me set a couple (well several) of things straight here.

    – DivX is based on MPEG4 – MPEG4 is based on Quicktime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-4_Part_14 Yes Apple opened Quicktime.

    – Windows Media is a closed format

    – iTunes rips MP3 fine and you can use that if you want

    – OSX is based on BSD Unix – open source. OSX implements a lot open source and even tell you about it if you care to look.


    – Safari (and other web rendering aspects of iOs and OSX) is based on Webkit – which is open source – a forked version of KDE. http://www.webkit.org/ Webkit is used by Google’s Chrome browser amongst others.

    – Apple espousing new technologies is part of the Apple’s time traveling strategy – bringing nascent technology to critical mass so it arrives earlier, and first on their platform. 3.5″ Floppy Disks, WiFi, USB, Firewire, touchpad mice etc… http://io9.com/5818429/is-apple-using-its-mountains-of-cash-to-build-a-time-machine

    – Touch typing ? Don’t you remember the crap position of most keyboards before the first Apple PowerBook?
    Try to touch-type on one of the first IBM laptops with the keyboard at the front – that’s why that little red widget is there – no place for a trackball/trackpad. (But I guess that was before Jobs’ return)

    It has always been possible to get under the hood of a Mac – you just have to not be a bozo. I hacked and upgraded our MacPlus 20 years ago. Yes – it’s not as easy as a PC clone, but thank goodness for that.

    Apple is a control freak (Jobs did instill that before his departure and built on it after his return) – but to be honest I’m happy that I’ve not needed anti-virus / firewalls for the past 20 years. And when I do need to hack, I can get under the hood and tool around with Unix commands in Terminal. A lot of what you see there is remarkably Unix like. Apache, MySQL, PHP – all run nicely on my MacBook – files in strange places… but if I don’t like the Apple implementation I can just compile and install my own version.


    Barking up the wrong tree I think. Jobs was a demagogue no doubt. And being locked out of iOS devices is a pain – but mostly I’m okay with that. If I want to run my own apps I write web apps (And I do)

    Might be just me, but does SE get off on being a ranter? I hear it is addictive. http://www.davidbrin.com/addiction.htm


    1. Cora says:

      – Touch typing ? Don’t you remember the crap position of most keyboards before the first Apple PowerBook?
      Try to touch-type on one of the first IBM laptops with the keyboard at the front – that’s why that little red widget is there – no place for a trackball/trackpad. (But I guess that was before Jobs’ return)

      So we have Steve Jobs to thank for the rear positioned keyboards on all laptops and netbooks today?

      At least for me, that’s a strike against Jobs, because I could type far better on the older front keyboard laptops than on the newer rear position keyboard types. But then, Steve Jobs seems to have had very different ideas of ideal input systems than me – I don’t like touch screens either.

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