Author Archives: gwking

Are we too focused on climate change?

It sucks when several things are going bad simultaneously. BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Hijacked by climate change? “But others argue there is no time; that society needs, urgently, to see the wider picture of global decline in … Continue reading

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this does concern me

Via the AP WASHINGTON — The national Republican Party has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans. A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could … Continue reading

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all those jokes about threat levels, not funny

This is really sad (and infuriating) but hardly surprising. Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level … Continue reading

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iPhone haiku

Two days ago fell into water with iphone in my pocket sometimes things get wet This morning with my fingers crossed tremulous, phone cased in rice power on. it works. Whew!

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Harper’s Index and Underwear

Via Harper’s index: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata revealed that for a month in space he wore the same underwear, which was flame-resistant, controlled odors, killed bacteria, and absorbed water. Wakata said that he also ate a number of curries. “My … Continue reading

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Rove can’t be trusted with facts

Guess who thinks that Obama Can’t Be Trusted With Numbers? Karl Rove. ’nuff said? Why would we listen to someone with questionable ethics and a penchant for doing whatever it takes — not to improve my country but rather — … Continue reading

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Yeah! – Massachusetts sues U.S. over gay marriage rights| U.S.| Reuters

Massachusetts sues U.S. over gay marriage rights | U.S. | Reuters “BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ attorney general filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. government that seeks federal marriage benefits for about 16,000 gay and lesbian couples who have … Continue reading

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Before you polish that Chrome…

New Google Operating System, Chrome OS, Raises Privacy Concerns | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD “‘Competition in the OS market should always be welcome, but Google is the special case,’ Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy … Continue reading

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snob appeal or just appeal

From John Gruber‘s essay on touch keyboards and Apple: Apple tries to make things that many people love, not things that all people like. The key is that they’re not afraid of the staunch criticism, and often outright derision, that … Continue reading

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pushd, I hardly knew you

From a tech/geeky point of view, this is embarrassing enough that I probably shouldn’t mention it. There is hope, however, that some other soul will benefit from my pain. If you use the *nix (or OS X) command line, you … Continue reading

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