Babylonia!

Welcome back to the Babylon 5 Season Two Book Club! The first episode can be found here, Tod covered “Revelations” here, and then we hit The Geometry of Shadows back in early December before I fell off the Earth. Then we had “A Distant Star”, followed by “The Long Dark. Next episodes are “Soul Mates”…

Not a Podcast

But (maybe!) sometime tomorrow morning (probably in the 7 o’clock hour), coworker Joe and I are going to get airtime for about four minutes talking about what it takes to create a WAN for the Los Angeles Unified School District. It’s a “for the masses” piece, and the source interview was about an hour and…

Wikileaks on TPP

From the press release: Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive…

Babylonia!

We’re about to start Season Two of Babylon 5.  Kickoff post for the inaugural episode, “Points of Departure” will be up next Monday. If anyone wants to lay claim to the following episode, “Revelations”, fire me off an email at pat AT isomorphism dot net.

A Side Note About Licensing

Since James and the good Doctor are engaging in multiple good discussions about licensing and rents, I thought I’d throw a side note out there that isn’t being discussed in the (quite good, by the way) comment threads. There is one important function of licensing that neither the Doctor nor the Doctor (not M.D.) have…

The Big Bang Theory Gets It Wrong

This last episode of The Big Bang Theory, there’s a moment of nerd dismay when Amy “ruins” Raiders of the Lost Ark for Sheldon.  After she watches the movie for the first time, at Sheldon’s insistence, she says: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film,…

Honest Questions about Obamacare

One of the most contentious bits regarding Obamacare is the mandate. The contention is that without the mandate, enough young people won’t join the system for it to work, and/or free riding. Let’s just say for a second that the first problem is not insurmountable.  Assume for a second, work with me here.  Let’s say…

Fire Your Congressperson

It’s 9 days to the screening exam, so I can’t write about this story yet (also here).  But it deserves to be the top story, everywhere. Bruce Schneier writes about it here, here, and here, and there’s a speculative technical version of the story here.

We Don’t Like The Market, Give Us The State

Maybe you’ve heard about LEED.  Maybe not. It’s an industry-focused sustainable/green building standard.  The standards are set by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization.  It is not a governmental organization. It is precisely an example of an industry forming its own regulatory structure without getting the government involved.  This is, ostensibly, the approach…

40 Proof or Stronger

Ethan discusses the education wars. Okay, here’s a point where my circumstances get in the way. I’ll have to give a lot of context for everybody to understand where I’m coming from. If you want to skip all this, jump down to “Here’s where I come back to Ethan’s quote.”

Babylonia!

Installment 13 of the Babylon 5 Viewing Club! The introductory post was here, The Soul Hunter was covered here, and Born to the Purple was covered right here. After that was Infection. Then came The Parliament of Dreams. Following on its heels was Mind War. Then, RTod covered War Prayer. After that, Sky Full of…

Babylonia!

Installment 12 of the Babylon 5 Viewing Club! The introductory post was here, The Soul Hunter was covered here, and Born to the Purple was covered right here. After that was Infection. Then came The Parliament of Dreams. Following on its heels was Mind War. Then, RTod covered War Prayer. After that, Sky Full of…

Babylonia!

We’re back on track with our tenth installment of the Babylon 5 Viewing Club! The introductory post was here, The Soul Hunter was covered here, and Born to the Purple was covered right here. After that was Infection. Then came The Parliament of Dreams. Following on its heels was Mind War. Then, RTod covered War…

Revision Control and Open Government

In software development, one of the fundamental tools is revision control. It’s fundamental enough that if you’re talking to someone who writes software and you ask them what they use for revision control, you’ll start a whole conversation about the proper way to do revision control, and you might even spark side conversations about whether…

Charging Against a Tide

Indiana legislature makes it a felony to apply for a marriage license if you’re not a heterosexual couple. Beginning July 1, 2014, a same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in the state of Indiana will be guilty of a Level 6 felony, punishable by 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Also: The…

In Which I Lose My Temper

Look, kudos on Glenn Greenwald for getting new information.  Good on you, Business Insider, for reporting on the NSA facility in Utah.  CREDO has a petition up, notable. Here’s the thing, Social Media Outrage Machine… The Patriot Act was passed quite some time ago.  The NSA warrantless wiretapping program led to William Binney and Mark…

Pimpin’

Over at Mindless Diversions, we’ve begun our Babylon 5 “bookclub”.  Jaybird suggested that I advertise this on the front page, and since I’m all about self-aggrandizement, consider this a bleg to participate. Episode 2 should be covered tonight or tomorrow, I’m behind schedule (sue me, I’ve been sick).