Sunday, June 30, 2013

movies on hulu:
the happy poet (slow and depressing so far.)

3 logicians walk into a bar. The bartender asks "Do all of you want a drink?"
The first logician says "I don't know."
The second logician says "I don't know."
The third logician says "Yes!"

http://cleantechnica.com/ info on solar and wind mostly.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

[–]A_I_D_A_N 2941 points  ago
This comment from /u/SaidinWoT was extremely helpful in allowing me to find websites to use that aren'twasteful:
  • khanacademy.org - Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science!
  • freerice.com - Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects!
  • artofmanliness.com - Blog/site dedicated to all things manly, great for learning life skills and good insights.
  • unplugthetv.com - Randomly selects an educational video to watch instead of useless drivel.
  • coursera.org - Educational site that works with universities to get their courses on the internet, free for you to use!
  • lizardpoint.com - A collection of browser-based games and the like to improve knowledge of geography, math, and such.
  • ted.com - Collection of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks in which knowledgable speakers address a variety of topics in short videos (< 18 minutes)
  • lifehacker.com - Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
  • lifehackninja.com - Recently started life hack site that offers lists of useful knowledge.
  • good.is/infographics - (Note: /u/gerbalgerbal typo'd to /inforgraphics, which does exist but isn't much of anything) Collection of infographics to get some good information in an easy to digest visual format.
  • mathrun.net - Practice your basic math skills with a simple game
  • justinguitar.com - Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
  • duolingo.com - Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web!
  • memrise.com - Learn things quickly and efficiently with flashcards that are spaced based on the spacing effect
  • cookingforengineers.com - A site containing one man's explorations in food, with step by step instructions for making a wide variety of dishes.
  • thedatingspecialist.com - A weekly blog run by a professional dating coach, offers advice on a wide variety of relationship topics.
  • zenhabits.net - Blog about improving your life by making it simpler.
  • nerdfitness.com - Fitness resource for the average person.
  • mentalfloss.com - Articles meant to expose you to interesting info, whether to "make you smile" or to really get you thinking.
  • openculture.com - Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
  • charitynavigator.org - Site dedicated to reviewing charities so you can easily research any you might be interested in and see how they hold up.
  • lettersofnote.com - Their tagline does better than I can: "Correspondence deserving of a wider audience"
  • thedailymiscellany.com - On the opposite end of the vulgarity spectrum from fuckinghomepage.com, a daily dose of useful knowledge, quotes, and other random things.
Adding in some suggestions from elsewhere in the thread (sorry if I missed any):
  • MIT Open Courseware - Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you'd expect from MIT. (from /u/1900david)
  • codecademy.com - Pretty nice website with introductory courses for various programming languages and web technologies. (from /u/Archaya (and others, Archaya just replied directly to this post))
  • investopedia.com - Learn about the world of finance, from basic terminology to in depth analysis of various areas of investing. (from /u/IAmNotAPerson6)
  • udacity.com - Free courses mainly focused around mathematics and programming. Aimed at people of all skill levels, redditors really seem to like it (I've never actually tried it). (from /u/veggie124 (and possibly others))
  • lang-8.com - Write posts in a language you're trying to learn, get them critiqued by a native speaker (and in turn help that native speaker learn your language)! (from /u/smallpoly)
  • careerbuilder.com - Job hunting site meant to help you find a career. Rather aptly named. (from/u/NOT_ACTUALLYRELEVANT)
  • ureddit.com - Reddit's very own University! Learn from fellow redditors, or try to teach them. (from/u/Gr1pp717)
  • engineerguy.com - Collection of videos in which Bill breaks down various feats of engineering in layman's terms. (from /u/Bovisaurus)
  • zooniverse.org - Take part in investigating various interesting studies of nature, science, and culture. (from/u/velawesomeraptors)
  • quora.com - Ask questions you're curious about, answer those you're knowledgable about. Tailor your own feed to fit what interests you. (from /u/virjog)
  • aldaily.com - Aggregation of articles from various higher education journals and publications. (from/u/Hesprit)
  • noexcuselist.com/everything - A convenient list of lots of awesome sites to learn from. Includes pretty much everything listed here, helpfully grouped into categories. Hover over links to get descriptions that may or may not beat out mine! (from /u/figureEIGHTS)
  • livemocha.com - Community dedicated to the idea of everyone being fluent in multiple languages, teach or be taught another language with the goal of conversational fluency. (from /u/bearfiesta)
  • simplesciencefitness.com - Breaking down the science behind fitness into layman's terms. (from /u/lapiak)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I usually use speedtest.net, but the above url also worked.

The signal on the megabus was 1% of what I get at home.

After awhile it was easier to just give up and read a bad book about johnny depp.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

prairie dogs may have language.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


baudewatch: apparently baude's at stanford these days.

update: and guestblogging at prawfsblog, http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2013/06/federalism-and-doma.html

Friday, June 21, 2013

monopoly math annoying slideshow format, but good math. my teddy bear and i once won the first round of a monopoly tournament and got our picture in the paper. he loves tournaments.

hydrophobic spray $20 at home depot. that's not rabid, it's water-shedding, for cleaner sneakers.
it will be interesting to see what other applications people find.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

highlights from the lost films of bruce lee. i've been looking for these.

Monday, June 17, 2013

reddit cheat sheet

[–]AnneFranklyIDidNazi 30 points  ago
[ ] Bro, do you even lift?
[ ] Not since the accident.
[ ] Louis CK.
[ ] Batman.
[x] Breaking Bad.
[ ] Boobs.
[ ] Faggot.
[ ] You monster!
[ ] A teenager anally raping a dog.
[ ] A kid whose arms were broken, so his mother masturbated him. It transitioned into regular sex.
[ ] Canadians say sorry.
[ ] Australians are upside-down.
[ ] Liberal arts/fine arts students serve coffee.
[ ] She won't fuck me. What a bitch.
[ ] Anne Frankly I did Nazi that x coming!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


a short story by cory. i spent some time on the phone today with maggie from boingboing, for a story she is doing involving science and ethics and my day job.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/06/11/2319223/disease-outbreak-threatens-the-future-of-good-coffeeease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee

Posted by Soulskill 
from the spice-must-flow dept.

Wired reports on a disease infecting coffee plants across Central America that could lead to shortages around the world. "Regional production fell by 15 percent last year, putting nearly 400,000 people out of work, and that’s just a taste of what’s to come. The next harvest season begins in October, and according to the International Coffee Organization, crop losses could hit 50 percent." The disease is called coffee rust, and it has been damaging crops to some degree since the 1800s. It's not known yet exactly why coffee rust has become such a problem now, but one of the leading suspects is climate change. "Since the mid-20th century, though, weather patterns in Central America and northern South America have shifted. Average temperatures are warmer across the region, with extremes of both heat and cold becoming more pronounced; so are extreme rainfall events." The fungus that causes coffee rust thrives on warm, humid air, and higher temperatures have allowed it to climb to higher altitudes than ever before. But another likely cause is the way in which coffee is planted and harvested these days: the plants evolved as shade-dwellers, but are now often placed in direct sunlight. They're also clustered closer together, which facilitates the spread of disease. "The integrity of this once-complicated ecosystem has been slowly breaking down, which is what happens when you try to grow coffee like corn."

see also http://gawker.com/5823906/the-banana-apocalypse-is-coming

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


In UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAVIER MUNOZ (SD Ind., McKinney), a 10-page opinion, Judge Hamilton writes:
Pursuant to a plea agreement, defendant Javier Munoz pled guilty in 2007 to distributing and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, but he fled to Mexico before his sentencing. It took the government five years to track him down and extradite him. When he finally faced sentencing in 2012, the district court imposed a sentence of 181 months in prison, which was below the advisory sentencing guide line range. Munoz has appealed, arguing that at the time of sentencing, the government breached the plea agreement by (1) advocating a base offense level higher than the parties had agreed in the plea agreement, and (2) recommending a sentence in the middle of the guideline range rather than at the bottom. As we view the case, however, it was Munoz, not the government, who materially breached the conditions of his release and an implied term of the plea agreement by fleeing the country rather than showing up for sentencing. Munoz’s breach permitted the government to treat the plea agreement as having been rescinded. We affirm.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 10, 2013 10:50 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions
this would seem to violate due process and the escape rule. robinson v state of missouri 1993. but i haven't read the case.


Monday, June 10, 2013

sriracha recipe


i'm in a chess tournament here at a study north of chicago, and the next guy i play has this blog about tarot.
he spends most of his time painting in the quiet room. the guy who is winning the tournament right now makes homeschooling materials at winterpromise.com

Sunday, June 09, 2013

“The security of one's privacy against arbitrary intrusion by the police—which is at the core of the Fourth Amendment—is basic to a free society.”
Wolf v. Colorado, 338 U.S. 25, 27, 69 S.Ct. 1359 [1361], 93 L.Ed. 1782 (1949).

Friday, June 07, 2013

Yesterday i was googling to see what ever happened to Brewington v State, an Indiana case where a blogger is in jail for criticizing a judge. Eugene Volokh and Jim Bopp filed an amicus brief for many organizations, including the Indy Star, Nuvo, and my friend Sheila Kennedy, urging the indiana supreme court to take the case. Today they did.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

aardvark manifesto

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

great maps of us language variations

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


apparently my friend marc was put in solitary last night. we don't know why, for how long or anything.

hubble captures explosive white dwarf. tha's an old harry shipman joke.

Monday, June 03, 2013

mango salad

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Turkey today

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