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What will life look like when we can upload in the cloud?

30-Sep-14

This essay touches on it. Many parts fascinating…and horrifying, too. The technology, when it arrives, will change everything.

Aeon.co: Is our tech making the world too complex?

30-Sep-14

Lots of food for thought in this essay. In the end, I’m not sure what the author is getting at – how can we both continue the advance of knowledge but acknowledge limits?

Actions have consequences: Brazil snubs Boeing due to NSA spying…

22-Dec-13

we cannot simply do as we will and expect the world to fall in line. It’s a far more nuanced world than that.

An interesting site: Letters of note

07-Nov-13

This is a pretty cool site: Letters of Note. It’s interesting to see these old letters and what and how people thought and wrote about some legends of yesteryear.

America and crossfit…

12-Sep-13

…an interesting take on sports as an American identity. I’ve never been one to enjoy organized sports on TV or care who passed for how many yards in 1968…but this is an interesting perspective. The jist of this article is that sports in America is the closest thing to the truth our society can collectively embrace? Politics…too divided. Religion…too divided. But sports seems, according to this article, to be a ‘put up or shut up’ kind of truth.

Google wants in your brain…

02-Sep-13

…the next ten years are going to bring some incredible leaps in technology.

On saying, “I don’t know.”

10-Aug-13

“I don’t know” is not a weakness. Being okay with acting out of ignorance and/or not being interested in an opposing viewpoint arguably is (a weakness).

The Rule of Law in the financial system…

10-Aug-13

…I’ve said for quite awhile that the rule of law was broken in the financial system with the failure to hold the banks accountable as they were given blank checks during the bailouts.

One example of this is the bias against fraudulent foreclosures. If you as a person write a check to a third party and that third party gives me the check but fails to endorse it…I cannot cash it. If I sign that person’s name, I’m committing fraud.

In a foreclosure, the chain of custody of the deeds and mortgages to these homes was broken. Yet, the courts have ruled that it doesn’t matter. “Let the banks sort it out,” is the explanation because, “the homeowner isn’t paying so ‘someone’ has the right to foreclose.”

This strikes at the heart of the rule of law. This is not merely a technical issue; if an entity cannot prove they are the owners of the “check”, they ought not to be permitted to cash it.

To the point of this post: we will not be able to hold the banks accountable until the political will to do so is manifested. And I don’t think that is going to happen.

Catabolic collapse

25-Jul-13

I’ve long wondered about the state of affairs today. It has seemed to me for some time that we are applying massive and expensive bandaids to many problems our nation faces. Both right and left are guilty of this; we’re addressing symptoms rather than structural problems.

I did not know until recently this…trend?…has a name: catabolic collapse.

Fascinating read.

NY Bill makes it a crime to harass a police officer…

07-Jun-13

…while harassing a police officer is never a good idea, it’s dangerous to make doing so a felony. What constitutes harassment?