Archive for June, 2012

Hot

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Holy crap, it’s hot here.

Why Nigeria?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

An interesting paper (Warning:PDF) from Microsoft Research answers the timeless question: why do email scammers claim to be from Nigeria?

The short answer is because making an outrageous claim like that convinces only the most gullible potential victims, thus weeding out the “false positive” condition of initially receptive contacts who don’t end up paying off.

Nice Work, CNN

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

For those who don’t know, CNN jumped the gun a bit this morning and announced that the individual mandate portion of the ACA had been overturned. They were incorrect.

Thanks to Dan for the picture. Classic.

McDonald’s

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

It’s too bad that this place is about to be replaced as the World’s Largest McDonald’s. It has a timeless, creepy, carnival-with-hepatitis vibe that you just can’t get from a new build.

Reel

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Here’s a neat idea for cargo hauling on a bicycle: the “Reel” system turns that unused triangle between the top tube, seat tube, and down tube into a storage solution.

If you grew up in the 80s you might remember this (unlikely since it didn’t exist, but soon it might).

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Okay, so I’m sure you are all familiar with the ” Super Powered Animal Type Folks in Space or Alternate Earth Whatever” shows from the 80s. Think Tundercats, Silver Hawks, Voltron etc. Well this isn’t one of them but pulls all of that nostalgicness together quite nicely. And apparently someone is going to fund 26 episodes…

Father’s Day

Monday, June 18th, 2012

My Father’s Day gift from Dean:

Well, he knows his audience.

Everyone else have a good holiday, I hope? I got to spend Saturday afternoon with my Dad up in Rochester — golf and dinner — then Sunday at the in-laws’ for a cookout.

 

235th Flag Day

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

One of the lesser-celebrated Holidays, Flag Day has always held some importance to me. Perhaps it’s because it’s mostly a forgotten Holiday that I try to keep it alive. It also happens to be my parents’ anniversary- a date my dad claims he chose so that he’d always remember their anniversary. Whatever the reason, hoist those Stars and Stripes high, and join such towns as Quincy, MA, Fairfield, WA, and my alma mater’s town of Troy, NY for their annual Flag Day parades and celebrations.

Complaining Is Pointless

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The Invention of Jaywalking

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

An interesting article from The Atlantic, about how we came to regard streets and roads as the exclusive domain of automobiles.

Twenty years ago, an out-of-control driver plowed through New York’s Washington Square Park, killing 5 people and injuring 27 others. That horrific incident caused a public outcry and galvanized advocates in what has become known as the livable streets movement. But the driver, a 74-year-old woman, was not charged with any crime.

It wasn’t always like this. Browse through New York Times accounts of pedestrians dying after being struck by automobiles prior to 1930, and you’ll see that in nearly every case, the driver is charged with something like “technical manslaughter.” And it wasn’t just New York. Across the country, drivers were held criminally responsible when they killed or injured people with their vehicles.

So what happened? And when?