Darrin Blankenship


Here’s what I said about automated vehicles and basic income at the House of Commons of Canada

Scott is easily the clearest explainer of what we face in the short term.


The Kushner Family Passover Haggadah, 2018 Edition

Opinion: Apple’s privacy-first approach has downsides but is really paying dividends now 9to5Mac

Keep in mind when bitching about Siri.

I wonder how many people who came to use RSS post Google Reader know tha RSS doesn’t require a remote aggregator. There are good reasons to use one (mostly speed and bandwidth: polling a lot of feeds can be intensive) but they aren’t requirements.

RSS is one of those underlying, often overlooked and misunderstood technologies that make the open web possible. It’s really no wonder that Google sucked all the air out of it and killed it because RSS before Google Reader was inherently algorithm resistant.

RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader WIRED

I’ve used RSS since before Google Reader was a thing and still use it every day. Lately I long for a reader that can do feed aggregation on the device without needing a server.

There’s a peculiar nexus of gregariousness and sociopathy necessary to succeed in today’s social media. You need to strive constantly to reach people while not giving a shit if you do. It’s exhausting and inhuman.

Of all the social crap I’m considering deleting, Twitter is the stickiest. It’s almost completely useless now, akin to walking around shouting while wearing a bucket on my head and, yet, I still recall when I really enjoyed it.

All the tools for trying to tame my Twitter feed are all “PROMOTE YOUR BRAND!” and other SEO bullshit. I just want to talk to real people about anything that isn’t awful.

Downside: discovered my ancient FB was only “disable” and not deleted after deleting the gmail account I used to create it in the first place.

Deleted Instagram, Pinterest and a legacy gmail account that was so choked with spam and other people using it as their personal burner as to make it unusable.

You know, having lived in Vegas, I can attest that it’s one of the most heavily surveilled cities in America. The thug who threatened Stormy could have been caught on camera. Without police involvement it seems likely any tapes were purged before she got herself a good bulldog.

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones Ars Technica

Yet again, I’m sure it will be somehow “unintentional” or “a bug” or “a rogue employee/contractor/developer/researcher”.

Is it just me or does this basically say “Hey, we don’t track you unless we think we need to and then we totally do”? At best, this is pretty clumsy verbiage.

Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? - Scientific American Blog Network

Now imagine the data we would have if the NRA hadn’t succeeded in making government funded research impossible.

[SpaceX launch last year punched huge, temporary hole in the ionosphere Ars Technica](https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/spacex-launch-last-year-punched-huge-temporary-hole-in-the-ionosphere/#p3)

Punched a hole in the sky. Insanely cool and just a wee bit alarming.


Before being fired by Sessions, Andrew McCabe reportedly authorized a criminal probe into Sessions

Now that’s interesting. I wonder if that doesn’t open a whole separate line of inquiry into potential obstruction of justice.

A pair of shivs + yards of bondage ligature = one lovely sweater.

Knitting is fucking metal as HELL.

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review


[Tom Brokaw rips Trump for calling Chuck Todd a ‘son of a b—’: ‘Really classy’ TheHill](http://thehill.com/homenews/media/377813-tom-brokaw-rips-trump-for-calling-chuck-todd-son-of-a-bitch-really-classy)

Please, lecture me again about “respecting the office” when the screaming narcissist in the office clearly does not.