Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fake Twitter account of Peoria, Ill., mayor prompts police raid

Ummmmmm... they hate us for our freedoms?


As part of their probe, investigators executed a search warrant at a local home earlier this week. Five people were questioned in connection to the scandalous tweets, the Peoria Journal Star reported. Several electronic devices were seized.

Check out Not Jim Ardis on twitter for updates to the situation.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 87

The works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez have had a huge influence on my way of looking at the universe, particularly in regards to synchromystic navigation through life.

Just yesterday I found a hard copy of 100 Years of Solitude, a book I'd been searching for for about four years. I know it's been four years, because I've been looking ever since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and this is the anniversary of that terrible event. The well that was being drilled by the Deepwater Horizon was named Macondo. "Macondo" is the name of the cursed village from 100 Years of Solitude. (who the hell at BP thought it would be a good idea to name an oil well after a cursed village anyway? "cuuuurrrrrsssseeedddd viiiiilllagge - and I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids!") I wanted to re-read the book now, looking at it in a broader context than the first time I read it. So it came as bit of a blow to see in the headlines today that Sr. Marquez has passed on. I am extremely grateful that he was willing to share his unique view of this strange, wonderful, convoluted interface we share, amusingly refered to sometimes as "reality".

May he shine on...
"He asked what city it was and they answered him with a name that he had never heard, that had no meaning at all, but that had a supernatural echo in his dream: Macondo." - 100 Years of Solitude


Gabriel García Márquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," has died, his family and officials said.

He was 87.

The literary giant was treated in April for infections and dehydration at a Mexican hospital.

García Márquez, a native of Colombia, is widely credited with helping to popularize "magical realism," a genre "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination," as the Nobel committee described it upon awarding him the prize for literature in 1982.

PS: Eternal thanks to CT for introducing me to Sr. Marquez writing. I owe you a great debt.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Total lunar eclipse tonight: How to see the 'blood moon'


Sky watchers, get ready! There is a total eclipse of the moon coming Monday night and you don't want to miss it.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that Earth's shadow falls across the moon's surface. Monday night's lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means Earth's shadow will cover the moon completely.

The moon won't be blacked out by our planet's shadow. Instead, it will take on a reddish hue -- anywhere from a bright copper to the brownish red of dried blood.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board

I've generally assumed that everybody knew Dropbox was a honeypot operation, but if there were any lingering doubts in the peanut gallery...


Rice is a famous figure, known in almost equal parts for her ferocious intelligence, and controversial role in the Bush administration, which included comments on alleged weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein was thought at the time to possess.

BusinessWeek initially reported the board pickup in a longer piece on the company. According to the magazine, Rice’s firm RiceHadleyGates has been an active advisor to Dropbox. TechCrunch confirmed the hire.

What’s interesting about bringing Rice onto Dropbox’s board is how normal it feels. Dropbox needs people with international experience to help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use — China, for example — and as it works to spread a product developed in one country to others that are culturally different.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Citizens United 2.0: Major Supreme Court Ruling Will Further Expand Reach Of Money In U.S. Elections


The Supreme Court’s conservative majority feels that any limit on the flow of money into political campaigns is a violation of free speech, the New York Times reports:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.


Monday, March 31, 2014


5 Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers


#5. Remember Long Lists With a "Memory Palace"

The human brain sucks at remembering lists. Think about it: When you go to the grocery store, how many items can you manage before you have to write them down? Three? Five? For most of us, if there's any more than that, we're going to get back home and find out we forgot the milk (which by the way was the whole fucking reason we went to the store in the first place).

That's weird, because there are other things in life we have no problem with. For instance, we don't have much trouble remembering the locations of a hundred different spots around town, even if we don't know the addresses (do you even know the street address of your favorite coffee shop?), or the locations of a thousand items around the house. Sure, you couldn't write them all down, but if a friend asks you where they can find a flashlight, you're probably going to have an answer. If only there was a way to exploit this strength to overcome the other weakness ...