This video is a work of literary genius.
This video is a work of literary genius.
About a year ago I placed a small piece of thick cardboard over the webcam in my laptop. I felt very funny doing it. A strong part of me was saying “Oh, come on, there’s no way anyone could/would actually use this to spy on me. You’re being a paranoid, self-absorbed nerd.”
I did it anyway. I know technology well enough to know that what seems impossible today is very easy tomorrow. I also know how intrusive hackers and the government can be.
Well, sadly, I was right. People are now hacking into other’s computers, turning on their webcam and disabling the little light that comes on that shows the webcam is active. This guy even secretly recorded several women, including Miss Teen USA, by doing this. The FBI has even admitted they have done this to people.
I’ve recently moved back into playing racquetball after many years of being away from it. I’m on the courts twice a week, either playing or doing drills. My goal is to improve my speed and reaction time, something I feel I’ve always been lacking, being a bigger-built guy.
Racquetball is very fun, very exciting, great cardio exercise, and fantastic stress relief. There is nothing quite like smashing that ball and making ridiculously loud, echoing noises as it smashes against the walls and ceiling of the enclosed court.
The Index of Economic Freedom has just released its 2014 numbers, ranking all the countries in the world based on the overall freedom level of their citizens.
The criteria they use are rule of law (property rights, lack of corruption), limited government (government spending, government waste, tax rates, etc), regulatory efficiency (business, labor, and monetary freedoms, how easy it is to start a business, etc), and open markets (tariffs, trade freedom, financial freedom, etc).
Here are the top ten most free countries in the world:
More 2013 movie reviews! Fair warning, minor spoilers ahead.
Wolverine – Fantastic. I’m actually looking forward to seeing it a second time to pick up all the details I missed the first time around. Great direction, great cast, great villains (except for one of the female villains who was pretty boring), great classic comic book story adapted from comics from the early 1980s when I was a kid. The backdrop is Japan which is also awesome. It didn’t have as much action as I expected it to have, but this is one of the few times I didn’t mind. Jackman’s Wolverine is one of the few truly masculine, badass Alpha heroes Hollywood has right now, and we need to see more of him. He’s more tortured and conflicted than ever in this film, which is great. He also really gets his ass kicked at the end of the film, which is nice, because I hate invincible heroes. Can’t recommend this movie enough. Probably my second favorite this summer behind Star Trek Into Darkness.
Uh oh! Former U.S. drone operators are starting to spill the beans. Peace loving Barack Obama’s drones kill hundreds of civilians in other countries based on the phones they happen to have near them.
The NSA “geolocates” the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist’s mobile phone, enabling the CIA and U.S. military to conduct night raids and drone strikes to kill or capture the individual in possession of the device
“Once the bomb lands or a night raid happens, you know that phone is there,” he says. “But we don’t know who’s behind it, who’s holding it.
Pew research has this news IQ quiz to see how knowledgeable you are. Go take it; it only takes about 5 minutes.
I scored in the top 3% of the nation. See if you can beat me.
There’s not much more I can say about his death than Arron Sorkin said here. That is, that if you’re addicted to heavy drugs like heroin, the odds are decent good that you will die. It’s part of the territory.
I have never had a drug or alcohol addiction, so I can’t relate to that problem specifically. Though I occasionally have a glass of wine (usually never finishing the glass), I’ve never been truly drunk in my life and I’ve never done drugs. One could argue that at various times in my life I was addicted to food, but I don’t think that’s the same thing.
The latest thing everyone is supposed to be mad about is billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins comparing the demonization of the 1% to the that of the Jews in Nazi Germany. In the last week everyone on the internet has been freaking out about this.
People who lean left (which are most people on the internet) are furious that he would compare the persecution of rich people to Hitler’s gas chambers. People defending Perkins (what few there are) are upset, stating that he’s not talking about gas chambers but a rising tide of hatred against the rich (citing examples such as Occupy Wall Street and the outrage at the Google buses in the San Francisco area).