- Since we’ve been on the subject of writers lately: here’s Megan McArdle on why writers are the worst procrastinators. This isn’t really just about writers, but about fear of failure and the recent “special snowflake” self-esteem generation.
- And this column about how to get a job at Google isn’t really about how to get a job at Google, either. It’s about creativity. Adaptability. And other good things.
- Good news for all you who listened to (or played) too much loud rock-n-roll. A cure for noise-induced hearing loss may be on the horizon
- All hope is not lost. Hungry cougar stalks teenage boy. Cougar gets shot by guess who? Pix here.
- Very cool! A nifty handle wrap for a boot knife — that glows in the dark.
- Very odd. Did you know there’s an abandoned Nazi compound in the hills above L.A.?
- Brigid at Home on the Range writes a heart-rending tribute to her just-departed four-footed best friend.
Archive for the ‘Dogs’ Category
- How did this (ahem) “anti-gun” spokesguy keep such a straight face? (H/T jb)
- Anybody seen The Lego Movie? Critics and audiences are loving it. Foxians have ranted that it’s anti-business. This review say’s its a hilarious and inspiring romp that savages crony capitalism and promotes all that we hold dear.
- Sure. You’re an anti-gunner and you just “forgot” you carried your gun into an elementary school.
- Yet another state proposes a law to make it lights out for the NSA.
- LOL! Best comment yet on the latest unilateral delay by the Obamaites of their “signature” sort-of-a-law-until-we-say-it-isn’t.
- “They” really do hate us for our freedom. It’s just that the “they” in question aren’t international terrorists.
- Patreon.com. The Netly equivalent of old-time art patrons, one dollar at a time. Great idea. (Via Ellendra in comments.)
- Dog sculptures. Made of salvaged bike parts.
- So you still don’t think Google Glass is creepy? Well how ’bout when New York City cops are testing it? (H/T MJR)
- “The repentant informant.” This article on liberty’s former friend Stacy Litz was published last year. The reporter (whose name really, truly is Jason Nark) interviewed me but forgot to tell me when the story hit, which is why I’m late with the news. I’m not quoted, but he does reference the booklet the Commentariat collaborated on: Rats! So pat yourselves on the back. You’re famous. :-)
- Cops do the usual no-knock dawn raid. On the usual word of a lying informant. Resident, believing he and his pregnant girlfriend are in danger, shoots and kills a deputy. Cops find pot. A grand jury refuses to indict. Even a blogger cop says it’s the right decision. And you thought there were no such things as miracles.
- Unfortunately, the usual *&^%$ still goes on. But you know … credit card fraud was involved. And somebody in the house had a concealed carry permit. So of course any amount of coppish violence is totally, absolutely justified. If you don’t think so you must be a domestic terrorist or something.
- Uh oh. Tricksy, buggy Adobe Flash now carries malware that can infect even Linux machines and Macs. Guess the good old days are truly over.
- Here’s more on Freespeechme.org from MWD. For nerdstuff, this is pretty lucid. And he very kindly tells me he’s snagged me a clairewolfe.bit domain name just in case.
- And never forget, no matter how weird the world gets, we can always enjoy the puppies. So here, via MLS, are big dogs who don’t realize they are.
- OMG, there may be a Velveeta shortage during the Super Bowl!
- … which would be especially awful when you consider whose teams are playing. What will happen when all those fans get the munchies?
- Dunno whether this bullying from a TSA thug is for real or not. Wouldn’t be surprised, though.
- Abramski case. I’d love to see the ATF get its arse handed to it on this one.
- Just in case you had any doubts about who the fedgov really works for.
- Judge rules sperm donor to be responsible for child support. Strange ruling. Governmentthink.
- Dogstuff: sweet and heartbreaking. (H/T MLS)
- Dogstuff: just plain sweet. And he’s a pit bull, wouldn’t you know it.
- So, do you think Phil Zimmerman’s Blackphone will become the smartphone of smart people? Or …?
- It could become a crime in Washington state to help the NSA. Government contractors or workers providing electricity or water to an agency violating the Fourth Amendment would be criminals. (They ought to do this in Utah, where that hellish data center gobbles millions of gallons of precious dry-state water.) H/T PT
- Another of the many ways in which Obamacare is helping.
- Clever or creepy? Yeah, depends on who (or which alphabet soupers) get their hands on these snake, worm, and otherwise creepy-crawly robots. (H/T O)
- One might wish that the charming soul who monkeywrenched the ATF booth at last week’s SHOT Show had a better command of spelling. But his (her?) heart was certainly in the right place. View one. View two. (H/T JB)
- Another Officer Friendly. Yes, another Beloved Hero in Blue, protecting and serving in the style that’s become so reliable lately. Why this creep isn’t a) in prison and b) on the sex-offender registry for the rest of its days is a wonder to me. Oh, but she was “disciplined.” I guess that makes it okay. (Corrected: There were two officers, both female, and both apparently “corrections officers,” not cops. Both were involved, though apparently only one did the worst deed. Personally, I’m still going with “Officer Friendly” because IMHO, there’s a distinction, but not much of a difference, between cops and COs. Thanks, G. for the heads up.)
- Did hackers recently perform the first malicious act utilizing the “Internet of things”? That is, did they turn everything from “smart” refrigerators and home camera systems into a bot net? So said many reports. Borepatch doubts it.
There are five finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” ad contest. “Cowboy Kid” is the clear winner. If any of the other four beat it, I’m suspecting bribery, collusion, and all manner of other evil. This may be one case where v*ting is okay. As long as you vote my way, of course. ;-)
You wonderful people. You’ve seen me Definitely Not At My Best twice just since New Year. And … well, you wonderful people. That’s all I can say right now.
There will be more soon on that and other things. But for now … on with the blogging, the linkage, the trivia, and the dogs …
- Um. Well. On the topic of that E.C. I so recently maundered about: How to deal with an existential crisis. Illustrated, yet.
- Thug sues Nike for not posting a warning on its shoes that they could be dangerous if used for face-stomping.
- Things you never notice in famous photos and artworks.
- Another reminder that, in every generation, it takes Outlaws to bring hidden truths to light.
- And great Outlaws kick great butt, too. Mike V is one of this generation’s best. (Some background on his “Toys for Totalitarians” campaign.)
- Where there’s a beagle there’s a way.
- And last but not least: photobombing canines. (Thanks for the smile to MLS.)
As soon as I post this, I’m going to make Thursday’s “bad” post public again. If clever people and hobby-horse riders want to make the comment section All About Them, that’s on their heads, not mine.
Your encouragement, good cheer, and wisdom delivered via email and via comments on yesterday’s apology post helped me get over myself.
(The irony was not lost on me that I squealed like a little girl over comments on a post titled “Live Boldly.” It was amazingly nice of y’all not to mention that. :-) )
I’m still going to take a week off. I need it. Whether I’ll resume with “Live Boldly, Part II” or not, I can’t say. Slidemansailor was astute when he noted that sometimes the moment for something just passes. However, I’d like to take up that topic again if I can find the proper footing to begin.
Meanwhile, here are some links for you, along with my thanks:
- Roscoe Bartlett. He’s much more interesting as an off-grid hermit than he ever was as a congressthing.
- We’re finally reaching the long-dreaded day when the fedgov plays a dominant role in who “wins” and who loses in U.S. economic life. The trend’s been going on since the (not-so) Great Society. When it reaches fruition … there will be only losers outside the political nomenklatura.
- It didn’t require aliens. Just (it appears) a mind as brilliant as Archimedes’ to give us the mystery of the Antikythera mechanism. And more billiant minds, aided by computers, to solve that mystery. Awesome story.
- Another amazing (though terribly sad) story made possible by brilliant minds, computers, and caring people. (And one worthless thug; may he never have another moment’s peace.) (H/T PT)
- Can hardly believe this came from a big-city police chief. Those guys are usually mega-control freaks. And from Detroit, yet!
- The 40 most awkward dogs of 2013. (H/T MLS)
Now that I’ve cleared those tabs, cleared my head, and given you my inadequate thanks … some time off.