voting i.d. laws

June 11th, 2016

A short thought generated by watching a bit of a movie about Iran over breakfast: why DON’T U.S. states typically accept thumbprints as a valid identity voucher? They seem easy enough to check in case of a contested identity, and people generally come equipped with them without having to worry about transit and fees and bureaucratic hoops.

I probably won’t take time to research it now or soon, but it seems like one of those things where there could be an interesting story.


Paris 2012

June 10th, 2016

I let Google Photos loose on an old hard drive the last couple days. Mostly, I’m not too fond of the Assistant’s creations… but this one was neat. Jill took a few photos wiht my camera while I was out on the dance floor at Cave de la Huchette, and it automatically stitched them together. 2012-03-08_17-32-04_739-MOTION


August 20th, 2015

Experimenting with Sway!


on alternative explanations

January 4th, 2015

Another favorite from this year that I find myself frequently passing along as a response to all kinds of hasty conclusions: Count to ten when a plane goes down


medical licenses and state lines

December 27th, 2014

Still closing tabs. This story about efforts to make it easier for doctors to get licenses to practice in different states makes an interesting little study of irrationality in our intergovernmental system. Since state laws differ considerably, regulating legal practice at the state level makes some sense… but medicine?


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