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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Leonard Nimoy, RIP

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Oh shoot. Spock is dead.

I was never a fan of Star Trek (except in the sense that, for a time, it was the only thing remotely SF-like on television and you take whatever slim pickins you can get). But I was a fan of him. He held up beautifully into old age, too.

Leonard Nimoy, RIP. Spock, live long and prosper.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
  • Verizon makes a sadly hilarious response to the FCC’s “Throwback Thursday” decision to apply steam-engine-and-telegraph standards to the Internet. Get another laugh by clicking on the translation.
  • Prove your identity to Microsoft or they won’t “allow” you to use their products that you’ve paid for? (H/T cat) The author’s claims about U.S. tech losses thanks to snoopery are right on. Will now be interesting to see how U.S. residents and companies route around the new FCC regulations.
  • Beware of being neighborly without a permit.
  • Nice infographics show what’s allowed and what’s not in the four places that have now legalized recreational cannabis.
  • Jim Bovard’s tribute to Mike McNulty includes full-length versions of Mike’s most important (and heartbreaking) videos. I know nothing so far about how Mike died, but Joseph Baltar, who worked with him, left this comment.
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
  • Oh, those witty Canadians. The Syrup Trap sends up someone’s (not naming any names) notion of a proper earthquake survival kit. (H/T MJR)
  • Seems Mr. Gottlieb may be forbidding anyone to post Mike Vanderboegh’s views on KABA.
  • Snoozing hound dreams big dreams in magical scenes.
  • Though I continue to watch the Elio with anticipation, I’ve long been suspicious of their seemingly ironclad claims: $6,800 price, 84-mpg highway, and engineered for a 5-star crash rating. They keep making these claims despite production delays, despite not even having an engine yet, and despite the fact that 5-stars is a very difficult achievement. So call me eager but skeptical. I tend to agree with this Jalopnik article from last fall. And I was wildly disappointed to learn this week that Elio Motors is seeking government money. Sigh.
  • RIP Mike McNulty. He should be better remembered and more honored than he is. I had the privilege of privately screening Waco: The Rules of Engagement at his home before it was released. I was not ashamed to weep with rage over its revelations.
Claire Wolfe

And don’t forget Canada!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Apparently, in linking to all those “Mountains of MIT” snowpix of New England in my last links post, I did a disservice to eastern Canada.

Why, in Canada, houses are not only buried to their rooftops and cars driving around with icebergs on top, but in some places the snow is 11 beers* high!

Tip o’ hat to MJR, who’s probably right there “enjoying it all.” Here’s hoping he’s a little too far inland to haven’t gotten 11 beers worth.

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*Molson, of course.

Claire Wolfe

Midweek miscellany, cont’d

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Was up all night feeling creaky. Not actually ill; just too sour, achy, and generally uncomfortable to sleep. Useless today. But no doubt I’ll be brilliant (or at least brilliant-er) tomorrow. Would be hard to be less brilliant.

  • Lucy and Ethel speak for the U.S. Department of State
  • A letter concerning Muslim toleration.
  • Ronald Ritchie, felony murderer of two, still thinks his primary victim deserved what he got.
  • Oscar odds. Being mostly stuck with DVDs that aren’t out yet, I’ve seen very few of these films yet; probably soon. Looking forward to The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, Birdman, and Kill the Messenger (based on the tragic truth telling of Gary Webb, who fought the fedgov and the major media and lost). Did see and loved The Grand Budapest Hotel. Everybody says Boyhood is going to win best picture, but the weird thing is that nobody ever says anything about it except, “Wow, they took 12 years to film it.” Anybody here seen it?
  • The Mountains of MIT and other images from parts east. Holy cats, people! Get with the program; it’s still 60 degrees hereabouts. What’s wrong with you guys back there?
  • From A.G. in comments: the beautiful typeface caught up its designer’s mini-madness.
Claire Wolfe

Midweek miscellany

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Friday, February 13th, 2015
  • Australia’s oldest man, aged 109, still … um knits sweaters for penguins. (H/T jed)
  • In your face: The Inaugural Muhammed Art Exhibit and Contest. Big prizes. Great poster illustration. :-)
  • Charles Manson deserves this. He deserves much, much, much more than this of course. But he deserves this.
  • The double lives of Hasidic atheists.
  • Violence against Jews doesn’t exist in the strange crevasses of Obama’s mind.
  • First thought (quickly suppressed): If only it were true. Wouldn’t want it to come to that pass. But am glad to see politicians fearing it.
  • So which country in the world demands the most data on everybody? Russia? Venezuela? China? North Korea? Go ahead. Guess. I’ll wait.
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
  • Oh yeah, let’s “fix” I-594 by making exceptions for only ones. ‘Cause you know, only us peasants (e.g. we who don’t work for the state or its cronies) ever commit crimes.
  • The day long feared has arrived. Samsung warns customers to be careful what they say in the vicinity of their “smart” TVs. And we’re just supposed to lie back and enjoy it now that the loss of privacy is “inevitable.”
  • “Impaired Self Defense.” Good observations by MamaLiberty.
  • The SunSaluter. Interestingly simple concept from one of Peter Thiel’s young Fellows. A solar tracker/water filter. Looks like it would be most effective only in the tropics where the sun always arcs high in the sky. Any comment from you physics guys?
  • Speaking of physics guys … you may recall my impressively failed experiments with flower pot candle heaters. Engineers predicted the failures ’cause (to put it in kindergarden terms) you can’t get more energy out of a candle than is in the candle in the first place. What you can get out of it, though, is a bunch of money. Provided you give your version of it an “eco” name. (Via S., who notes, “Unless paraffin tea candles have energy density approaching that of highly enriched uranium, it is flat-out impossible to do any meaningful heating with an ounce or three of wax.”)
  • I suspect that the first thing that’ll happen when you register with NoFlyZone.org to declare your home a no-go for drones … is that various governments will wonder what you have to hide and will target you for drone flights bearing various cams and eventually weapons.
Claire Wolfe

A Monday morning ramble

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Too much for just links, too little for one of my blogosauri. Randomish thoughts …

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Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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