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Politics Saturday: some links

Clay Shirky breaks down Secretary Clinton’s speech on Internet freedom Thursday to it’s basic principals and commitments. Lawrence Lessig reacts to the SCOTUS’s recent Citizens United case. And David Rees gives us 5 Jokes About The Apparent Eagerness Of Certain Democratic Members Of Congress To Abandon Health Care Reform In Light Of Scott Brown’s Electoral [...]

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and oh yeah, Comcast sucks.

Our internet has been in and out for two days. That’s typical for the weekend. It’s astounding how used to it I’ve become. Imagine if another utility — say the electric company — had regular outages or intermittent service as a common occurrence. They’d lose their Certificate of Public Good in two minutes flat. Somehow [...]

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Happy Birthday, Django!

Reinhardt. Not Fett. Today is guitar genius Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt’s 100th birthday. Treat yourself and listen to some of this music. Django was incredible — and only had two usable fingers on his left hand (that’s the hand that makes chords). Django is on my short list of greatest guitar players of all time. [...]

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Quick links

I won’t bore you to tears with my lame tales of woe about being busy. I’ll just shoot these links at you without further comment… Burlington the 2nd gayest city according to The Advocate? The Queen City, indeed! Worldwide day of prayer to heal Trig Palin: “Science has no way to undo this condition, which [...]

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Not suffering fools lightly: Rachel Maddow edition

I caught this the other night and as Rachel was explaining the facts of the story (about how a US rifle scope manufacturer has apparently been printing Bible verses on scopes that are then sold to the US military and used in combat operations in the middle east), I felt myself getting angry at the [...]

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Tuesday evening tab-clearing

Time to weed out some links… Hoy crap! Giant sand spider discovered in the middle east! (Yes, please let me clear this tab so I don’t have to keep looking at this awful thing!) In a cut scene from Avatar (that will be restored in the DVD) we see that the Na’vi have sex with [...]

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Spacetime Report

x-posted at The Contrarian. First up in the Spacetime continuum… *Look at this fucking picture of the surface of Mars. *Once every billion years or so, heat deep with the Saturnian moon of Enceladus causes ice volcanoes to erupt like crazy. It turns out this once-in-a-billion-years event is happening right now as Cassini watches. *Speaking [...]

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Right. Linkdump time.

Clearing out some tabs for the new year… This is old and you’ve probably all seen it already, but these Star Wars Facebook updates are pretty funny. The best comics and graphic novels of 2009. My 15-minute “Future 15″ SXSW presentation is officially listed at sxsw.com. I’m right next to Amanda Congdon under “Video Blogging [...]

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Spacetime Report

Ed. note: I’ve been doing these weekly Spacetime Reports at The Contrarian for a while now and I’m going to cross post them here for a while too since things have been a bit slow. Enjoy… Unfortunately, the new year has produced precious little in the way of interesting cosmological tidbits so far. I did [...]

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