laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

I can’t keep up.

Watch this for a few minutes and you’ll want to unplug from everything: worldometers.

Into the breach… so, we’re sending more troops to Afghanistan in order to leave earlier? That sounds like Department of Defense logic. Afghanistan: The quagmire deepens, harpers.org.

How Robber Barons hijacked the “Victorian Internet”, arstechnica.com. Tim Geithner’s threat: We can’t survive without the Super-Rich!, theawl.com. Are the Super-Rich worried about what the proles think? Apparently so – Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public, bloomberg.com (Matt Taibbi had fun with this one).

WikiLeaks to be investigated by Congress? Sure, that will help things. How about Congress looking into this instead: Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times, arstechnica.com.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin’s gonna bring some heat to the International Bowl Expo 2010, where you can look forward to her unique verbal stylings (tip-o’-the-hat to D’Alessandrius the Wise).

Not what I expected: Peter Mandelson spars with Rupert Murdoch.

Amazingly, despite Congressional suggestions to the contrary, most Americans want a public health option. Who knew?

Lastly, “my team”, the New Jersey Nets have set a new record. Hooray.

Filed under: news, politics, stupidity, tech

… le deluge

A quiet weekend leads to a major outpouring of news and… stuff.

It’s International Blue Beanie Day, 2009. Today, don a blue beanie and show your support for Web Standards.

A marvelous idea: For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine, nytimes.com / Disturbingly bad architecture: Romanian Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, archdaily.com / Venice hit by high water (video), guardian.co.uk / coming to a browser near you – 2010: The Year Information Pollution Takes Off, seobook.com / New York destroyed in movies, kottke.org / a picture is worth a thousand words and a few trillion dollars: 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis, flowingdata.com / The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen, wired.com / The Fall and Rise of Media, nytimes.com / Over 60, and Proud to Join the Digerati, nytimes.com / Twitter with a brain, shotton.com / One in six Americans go hungry, breakingtweets.com / 15 Unfortunately Placed Ads, oddee.com / Thanksgiving Dinner: Your Best Preview of the 2012 Elections, theawl.com / As Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways, nytimes.com / What did ‘Life of Brian’ ever do for us?, telegraph.co.uk

in the beginning… there was this web page.

Amazingly, there is nothing new to report about Silvio Berlusconi and his proclivities.

Filed under: architecture, film, news, tech

11.27.2009 links

This is getting messy… Iraq invasion legitimacy was in doubt, Chilcot inquiry told, guardian.co.uk / He’ll be sorely missed: Mark Pittman, Reporter Who Foresaw Crisis, Dies at 52, bloomberg.com / ‘Geek Love’ author fights off purse snatcher in Northwest Portland, oregonlive.com / Complexity and Humanity, freesouls.cc / A Jazz Pianist, Happy To Work For ‘Peanuts’, npr.org / Waging War On Distracted Driving, npr.org / Yawn: it’s one of the best things you can do for your brain, upenn.edu

Filed under: news, obituary, politics, tech

Black Friday Specials

Top 10 green living myths, guardian.co.uk / the death of the printed book is closer than you think, arvindn.livejournal.com / Group of Magazine Publishers Is Said to Be Building an Online Newsstand, nytimes.com / From Telegraph to Twitter: The Language of the Short Form, poynter.org / a world of hits, economist.com / Twitter Japan to introduce payment model, media.asia / the death of uncool, prospectmagazine.co.uk / AutocompleteMe, autocompleteme.com

Filed under: film, stupidity, tech

3 things…

1. The dark side of the internet, guardian.co.uk

2. Romanian president Traian Basescu punches a kid in the face, youtube.com

3. Lastly, something nice – Bill Frisell Trio: Spontaneous at Kennedy, npr.org

Filed under: music, politics, stupidity, tech

giving thanks

Loudon Wainwright Looks ‘High’ For Inspiration, npr.org / What If Steve Jobs Hadn’t Returned To Apple In 1997?, techcrunch.com / America, the beautiful? – Roadside Architectural Wonders, howstuffworks.com / Solar System Scale Model, phrenopolis.com

Filed under: architecture, history, music, tech, thanks

9/11 tragedy pager intercepts

WikiLeaks is hosting something unique: “From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks is releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.”

The pager intercepts can be found here: http://911.wikileaks.org/

Filed under: history, news, tech

earworms

the songs stuck in our heads, baltimoresun.com / Not Funny: Reporter detained in Iran for ties to the Daily Show, harpers.org / Harry Reid, and What Happened to the Public Option, talkingpointsmemo.com / Before I Vote, Let Me Check My Portfolio, harpers.org / Microsoft Offers To Pay News Publishers To Pull Content From Google, paidcontent.org / Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon, guardian.co.uk / the internet as playground and factory, digitallabor.org / ABA President’s Curious Means of “Advancing Rule of Law”, harpers.org / Homeless on the Home Front, nybooks.com

Filed under: economics + finance, music, news, politics, science, stupidity, tech

Sunday leftovers

update: this is going to be an interesting story –  Leaked documents reveal No. 10 cover-up over Iraq invasion, guardian.co.uk / How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world, mailonsunday.co.uk / OS mapping data: a new landscape unfolds, guardian.co.uk / Call girl in Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal claims series of attacks and threats, guardian.co.uk / reviews for many things – blippr.com / parenting in the age of paranoia, quinnnorton.com / Murdoch targets Sulzberger as newspaper ad slump shifts fight to readers, bloomberg.com

Filed under: environment, news, politics, science, tech

net neutrality?

Say no to asbos for downloaders, guardian.co.uk / housing recovery in U.S. is set back to 2010 with market on ‘life support’, bloomberg.com / Chrome OS: Internet failing at PC > PC failing at Internet, arstechnica.com / Google, the world’s frenemy, theage.com.au / SOLD: Skype now worth $2.75 Billion, mashable.com / Microsoft to patent Tufte’s sparklines?, kottke.org / smart grids drag utilities into the swamp of online privacy, arstechnica.com / In SUSY we trust: What the LHC is really looking for, newscientist.com / who is paying taxes?, mint.com / sausage factory, talkingpointsmemo.com / Apple’s Mistake, paulgraham.com

Milton Glaser Draws & Lectures, vimeo.com, via kottke.org / Jean-François Rauzier’s opulent hyperphotos, guardian.co.uk

Best wishes for a great weekend!

Filed under: art + design, news, politics, science, tech

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