[W1] The movie Argo told the story of six embassy employees at the time of the hostage crisis. What about the other 52?
[W2] A look at Al Qaeda in Timbuktu and what we can learn from it.
[W3] The sad story of the guy who shot Bin Laden. I am actually a bit surprised that I am not surprised by this.
[D1] A first-person account of the Carnival Triumph. Even if you don’t care about the misbegotten trip, such incidents reveal a lot about human nature.
[D2] The return of the disappearing Russian ghost ship!
[D3] A real, life Spiderman suit! Minus the aesthetics, but with functionality!
[N1] Relating to NewDealer’s recent post on urbanism and the middle class: “[A] a great deal of the urban-paradise boosterism of the mass transit/increased density/Richard Florida school is, either intentionally or not, vaguely anti-family.”
[N3] I can’t help but escape the feeling that if this had happened in the US, there would have been casualties.
[A1] A real live condor got loose at a Bakersfield Condors game.
[A2] From Glyph, soccer is succumbing to some serious scandal.
[A3] Ohio University lost $79,000 going to the Independence Bowl. We really need to rethink these lower-seed bowl games. There’s really no reason for them to be neutral-site and run by a committee.
[A4] The Florida Atlantic Owls will be playing in a season named after a for-profit prison company. Which makes for some great stadium nicknames, but they actually already have one of the best: The Burrow.
[E1] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper endorses frackwater.
[E2] Elana Schor makes the case that environmentalists are wasting their efforts of the Keystone XL pipeline.
[E3] An offshore rig was incapacitated because of piracy and porn. And not the Somalian kind of pirates.
[E4] If we want people to drive hybrids, it’s a pretty bad idea to carve out special taxes for them.
[T1] Google+ is promising “insanely great cameras” on the next Nexus phones. Sounds great. With my file server data possibly lost, Google+ has been a lifesaver with pictures of Lain. But how about the next Nexus phones having removable batteries and SD cards. So that I might actually want to get one.
[T2] Speaking of lost data, here’s more information on Bitcasa’s infinite file storage.
[T3] The case against the iWatch. I find it unconvincing, to be honest, though the more I read about what they plan to do, the less excited I am about the venture.
[S3] So far my Pinterest account has not garnered much attention, but this map of every recorded meteorite strike since 2,300 BC got lots of repins. Relatedly, the only woman ever hit by a metorite survived.
[L1] A gambler’s case against legal Quick Draw video casinos.
[L2] Apple device theft is becoming such a big issue that the NYPD will create a special team to recover them.
[L3] A gamer faces a $50k fine for mapping a train-station due to fear of terrorism and panic.
[L4] Some folks are making hay out of the fact that the Pirate Bay is suing for copyright infringement. This is not necessarily as inconsistent as it sounds, though. The issue here is more trademarky, which most IP-opponents do actually support.
[L5] We’re moving closer to enforcing Internet sales taxes.
[L6] Denver is considering opting out of Amendment 24 due to the increase in crime that has apparently come with it. The Colorado experiment is apparently becoming captured by pot protectionism. Either way, the pro-weed majority is coming.