Author Archives: luke

The Most Useful GIF ever

(Kudus: Frank Luntz on Twitter)

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Got the Mac Pro running again

The Mac Pro “Quad Core” (specs here) that I picked up at a surplus sale for $50 just cost me another $15. No, wait, it was $20. The power button was blinking on and off and the machine wouldn’t boot. Supposedly, you can fix certain things just by resetting the SMC. Or maybe the battery is dead. Since […]

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The Senate and SCOTUS — A Modest Proposal

Since the nomination of Merrick Garland has been held up all year, and is at this point likely dead, President Trump may nominate as many as three (even 4?) Justices to the Supreme Court. The Senate, of course, must approve those nominations. Historically, this would have been subject to a 60-vote requirement to overcome any […]

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Ubuntu 16.10 and Zeroconf

I don’t do enough system admin to enjoy it when I do. (Does anyone?) When you upgrade Ubuntu, you lose a lot of the software you’d installed. There’s a list of system admin tips that I try to remember here. (Which reminds me, I should find a better home for it for when Twitter dies.) […]

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Science and Faith

Acton: Christians should support markets and churches, NOT social democracy. Hear, hear! It never was a consensus. WUWT: Already 240 Published Papers In 2016 Alone Show the “97% Climate Consensus” Is A Fantasy Acton again: More than 100 Nobel Laureates Plead with Greenpeace to Drop Opposition to GMOs

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Roman Shoe

I always assumed they wore sandals. Fashionable 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Found in a Well. “If you think the Italians have mastered the craft of making shoes, well, they don’t have much on their ancestors.” I didn’t realize that the Romans invented the foot-encasing shoe.

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Moby Soundtrack as a Sleep Aid

If you’re one of the people who claim to have problems going to sleep, this guy Moby is the one who did the “Extreme Ways” song on the Jason Bourne soundtrack (The Bourne Legacy, which I liked). Apparently he also has trouble sleeping. H/T Open Culture.

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Sleep

Freakonomics: The Economics of Sleep, part 1 (part 2 here). Plus (ahem) previously.

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Odds ‘n’ Ends

MIT Tech Review: Your brain limits you to just five BFF’s. Dunbar’s number isn’t just one number. There’s a Zinc flash at the moment of conception. Phys.org: New State of Water Molecule Discovered. Quantum tunneling!!! NPR: 40 Years On, the Genius of 2112. ExJon: Shun the Crowd, Embrace the Remnant Acton: Bruce Wayne, Capitalist Superhero: […]

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Just Odds (no Ends today)

Luna thought that Ron might suffer from a variety of this problem. Awe-inspiring: a type II-P supernova caught in mid-burst. The explosion takes months, then hours, then no time at all. (Kind of like Hemingway’s character’s bankruptcy.) An MIT course in how to make your own videos to publish on YouTube. (Ignore the headline.) Finally, a beautiful video of […]

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