Random Thoughts

Heartbleed Beat

Posted by on April 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Ok folks, you could drive yourself mad trying to figure out the whole Heartbleed thing, so let me round it up for you. What the heck is Heartbleed (thanks, Adam), and what does it mean? How is the NSA connected? Or are they? Or are you really gonna believe they’re not involved, come on! (Bonus NSA […]

I know you’re out there somewhere.

Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I’m talking to the guy who decided to shoot at another motorist at a busy Vegas intersection during rush hour. What the heck were you thinking? The cops still think it was probably a road rage thing: did he forget to signal? Maybe you were riding his freaking blind spot and he accidentally cut you […]

I saw the news today, oh boy.

Posted by on January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I made the mistake of watching my local noontime newscast. Here were the items covered before breaking for weather: Yesterday’s school shooting!!! Complete with interview of distraught parents!!! Benghazi!!! No, nothing new to report. Just Benghazi!!! Firefighter pointing out what he thought was a deceased victim before the fire truck ran over her…. last year!!! […]

What does Google know about me?

Posted by on November 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I’ve been using Google well over a decade now. That’s how I learned that someone skilled and diligent can find out a surprising amount of information about almost anybody. Google therefore has a detailed history of my searches for as long as they actually keep data. This data is potentially available to law enforcement — […]

On Poverty

Posted by on September 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Let me begin by apologizing for the recent lack of substance around here. Between classwork and increasing frustration with both political parties, it’s been hard to get inspired. So, poverty is up again this year. It’s almost un-news this time. Reuters calls it “the latest sign that an economic recovery marked by a stock market boom has […]

Or, you know, we could “Just Say No”

Posted by on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

Yesterday, USA Today published a delightful piece of “journalism” on car buying called “Tips to avoid car dash systems that’ll drive you crazy.” The second paragraph makes the following observation: The best of the systems reduce distraction. They make driving easier and more pleasant. The worst can infuriate customers and devastate an automaker’s reputation. No […]

Hot Hot Hot

Posted by on June 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Not a long post today. The projected high around here is 115, and we are on track to set a new all-time record high of 118 on Sunday. And guess what? July is our hot month! Helicopters are grounded (just as well, I hate helicopters). Planes are taking the unusual pattern of landing from the West, […]

Ok, Now Apple is Just Trying to Irritate Me

Posted by on June 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I didn’t say anything earlier this week when Apple decided that a great name for it’s new operating system was Mavericks. I guess they ran out of big cat names. Is it the official operating system of  John McCain, or did everyone just sleep through 2008? Loaded with Mavericky energy! Likewise, I didn’t have much […]

Crazy Talk

Posted by on June 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

So, it seems clear to me that the War on Drugs isn’t even the War On Some Drugs, but rather the War On Brown People Possessing Drugs. At what point can we confess this and address the problem? At what point do we stop wasting millions of millions of dollars “fighting drugs” and putting people in prison […]

We don’t want any trouble

Posted by on April 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Nobody wants to live in a bad neighborhood, right? And certainly nobody wants to live in the kind of place where the police are continually coming around. But consider this situation. Imagine you get beaten up. As bad luck would have it, it happens a couple more times. The third time, the cops call your landlord […]