xkcd on driverless cars

August 15th, 2016

Fair enough…but the death stats addict part of my brain suddenly wants more details about transportation safety in the pre-automobile era. Harder to talk a horse into driving into a tree, but how many stodgy British novels did I read once upon a time that involved death by startled out-of-control horse as a plot point?


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


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