This weekend, I’m doing a bit of research about the stories people tell about technology. One of the most popular stories that I have come across is the tale that technological improvements are going to enable such a huge amount of change that life will soon be beyond our current imagination.
Investment manager Ben […]
Hint #43: select your sample. The caption on this word cloud reads “Comments: ‘Positive’ (N=75).” Look at how positive the positive comments are.
Five years ago this month, American newspapers and television stations reported the amazing story of Prahlad Jani, a mystic from the Indian subcontinent who claimed to have lived seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting as a “breatharian.” Even more amazing, said the news reports, was the research of Dr. Sudhir Shah, who declared at […]
On November 2014, Republican member of Congress and global warming denier Vicky Hartzler noticed it was cold. This, she decided, was proof enough to ridicule the idea of global warming. So she took to Twitter:
Rep. Hartzler is in her 54th year on Earth. Someone so well-experienced with the seasons really should have […]
1. Take the data. 2. Put it behind a door. 3. Put a “data” sign next to the door. 4. Lock the door.
I bet the plan works.
Your data may be impressively big, but wisdom does not just fall out of it, any more than wisdom just falls out of the night sky. […]
What is Americans Elect for? Literal thinking on the subject has it that the purpose of Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation with hidden funders, is to run the first-ever privately-run online presidential nomination in the history of America. But could the Americans Elect have an additional, commercially useful result? […]
“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Number of people confirmed to have been arrested in America, most for nothing more […]
Earlier this month, I shared with you a map showing results from Google’s report on the number of requests for user data from the governments of the world, current through December 2010:
Google has just updated its report to include a new six-month period, January to June of 2011. The most acquisitive governments of […]
One year and five months ago, Dr. Sudhir Shah was holding a worldwide press conference to announce the results of his experiment with the breatharian Prahlad Jani, who claims to have gone without food or water for seventy years. According to Shah, Jani was confirmed to have gone 15 days without food or water and […]