Alas, No : Link Dump - 2014-11-27

Why We Won’t Wait

Understanding the Economics of Uber

A eulogy for RadioShack, a strange strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.

Annual Performance Reviews Don't Improve Performance

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Stop Trying to Save the World

Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop

By Pete Brown

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  1. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  2. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  3. It's morning in America.
  4. My *Serial* think-piece
  5. Cod vacations
  6. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  7. Railing
  8. Found a sunny spot
  9. 1970s Legos
  10. DANZIG!
  11. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  12. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  13. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  14. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  15. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  16. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  17. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  18. A very helpful related search
  19. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  20. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  21. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  22. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  23. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  24. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  25. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  26. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  27. Dilbert is not funny.
  28. Pink Floyd
  29. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  30. Mobile friendly
  31. Dave Winer's Radio3
  32. Resistance to change
  33. That pope
  34. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  35. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  36. Your data-mining sucks.
  37. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  38. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  39. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  40. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  41. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  42. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  43. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  44. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  45. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  46. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  47. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  48. Massachusetts Republicans
  49. Birthright #1
  50. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  51. Kids these days
  52. *Aliens* documentary
  53. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  54. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  55. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  56. Jack Bruce
  57. You seem to have missed something.
  58. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  59. Meg & Mog
  60. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  61. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  62. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  63. Technological change vs. cultural change
  64. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  65. Sleater-Kinney
  66. BE AFRAID!
  67. Medium's on it, bro!
  68. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  69. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  70. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  71. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  72. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  73. A useful roadmap
  74. Not much longer now…
  75. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  76. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  77. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  78. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  79. Deliberately missing the point
  80. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  81. Freshman year of college is calling.
  82. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  83. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  84. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  85. What's the worst that could happen?
  86. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  87. Both sides do it.
  88. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  89. With friends like these…
  90. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  91. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  92. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  93. Hell #9438
  94. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  95. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  96. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  97. War forever
  98. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  100. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  101. Disconnecting pay from performance
  102. Hosting my own stuff
  103. All Ebola, all the time
  104. The kids these days
  105. Laboratories of democracy!
  106. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  107. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  108. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  109. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  110. The new phone is here.
  111. Crap Architecture
  112. iPhone Parking Lot
  113. Starting Proust
  114. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  115. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  116. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  117. The Apple tech press is weird.
  118. VHS v. Betamax
  119. The answer is always "n + 1".
  120. Conservative intellectuals
  121. Zappos is creepy.
  122. Your phone is not the problem.
  123. Deconstruction
  124. Inspirational
  125. Process improvement
  126. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  127. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  128. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  129. Complicated things are complicated.
  130. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  131. That technology thing you like
  132. Priorities, people
  133. WAR!
  134. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  135. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  136. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  137. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  138. 42
  139. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  140. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  141. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  142. Trying out Beats Music
  143. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  144. The synthetic unity of experience
  145. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  146. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  147. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  148. State of the Union predictions
  149. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  150. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  151. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  152. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  153. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  154. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  155. Thinking before you write
  156. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  157. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  158. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  159. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  160. Hate the show, not the venue.
  161. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  162. FUD As a Service
  163. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  164. Crippling injuries build character.
  165. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  166. Saving bookstores
  167. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  168. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  169. Internet activism
  170. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  171. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  172. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  173. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  174. Your tax dollars at work
  175. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  176. Holacracy
  177. Yes, people really do still blog.
  178. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  179. Duck Dynasty
  180. No one cares about your private cloud.
  181. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  182. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  183. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  184. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  185. Money is speech
  186. Clearly
  187. Parking
  188. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  189. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  190. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  191. Unhelpful advice
  192. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  193. People don't scale
  194. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  195. Movies that scared me
  196. Epistemology
  197. Bespoke
  198. Califone, *Stitches*
  199. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  200. We want INFORMATION!
  201. Passive-aggressive politeness
  202. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  203. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  204. Google cars
  205. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  206. Really, DC? REALLY?
  207. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  208. Suspension of disbelief
  209. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  210. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  211. Personal experience v. policy
  212. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  213. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  214. The Washington Post and AWS
  215. St. Patrick’s Day
  216. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  217. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  218. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  219. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  220. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  221. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  222. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  223. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  224. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  225. Meetings
  226. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  227. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  228. Time-tracking
  229. Prophecy
  230. More guns
  231. Guns
  232. Bold Leadership
  233. Hanlon's Razor
  234. That legacy stuff
  235. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  236. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  237. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  238. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  239. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  240. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  241. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  242. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  243. That Kant was a smart guy.
  244. Petraeus
  245. The World War Z trailer
  246. You should have bicycles
  247. The technorati fallacy
  248. One of my favorite types of requests
  249. The Lucasfilm thing
  250. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  251. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  252. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  253. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  254. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  255. Undecided voters
  256. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  257. Found a new philosophy podcast
  258. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  259. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  260. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  261. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  262. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  263. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  264. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  265. Safety nets
  266. So, the Romney thing
  267. Your data-mining sucks
  268. Started watching Homeland
  269. The Clint Eastwood thing
  270. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  271. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  272. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  273. The Lance Armstrong thing
  274. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  275. A lot of Can
  276. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  277. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  278. Writing apps
  279. Distorted markets
  280., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  281. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  282. A bit more on the HBO thing
  283. OS upgrades
  284. Or I could just go listen to the album
  285. Monster Movie Week!
  286. As goes Sparrow...
  287. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  288. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  289. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  290. Nope, advertising just sucks
  291. Reading
  292. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  293. Who needs it!
  294. Advantage, Mutt
  295. Do you want the answer, or not?
  296. ACA coverage and systems failure
  297. To-do lists
  298. So long, Weather Underground
  299. Checked baggage
  300. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  301. From the $2 bins at the record store
  302. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  303. The HBO thing
  304. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  305. Not exactly random, but good listening
  306. The Dark Knight... meh
  307. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  308. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  309. Memorial Day
  310. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  311. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  312. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  313. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  314. Experimenting with Pelican
  315. Readlists
  316. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  317. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  318. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  319. War Hazard Eliminated!
  320. Unintended Consequences
  321. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  322. You’re playing their game
  323. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  324. Breitbart
  325. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  326. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  327. A bit more on The Shining
  328. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  329. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  330. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  331. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  332. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  333. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  334. Ip Man
  335. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  336. Bogeyman
  337. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  338. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  339. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  340. BASIC
  341. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  342. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  343. My power is beyond your understanding!
  344. Out-stupiding the TSA
  345. I see what you did there
  346. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  347. That "15 albums" thing
  348. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  349. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  350. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  351. That's an interesting definition you have there
  352. James Cameron v. the philistines
  353. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  354. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  355. Whither censure?
  356. Stealing TV, Part II
  357. OCTOBER?!
  358. Chasing boogeymen
  359. Nice vetting job, folks
  360. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  361. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  362. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  363. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  364. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  365. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  366. Supporting the freedom-haters
  367. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  368. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  369. Music update - February 2006
  370. The Corporation
  371. Watching TV without having TV
  372. Google strikes again (2006)
  373. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  374. Touchy subject
  375. Take my ports. Please.
  376. NUTS!
  377. One year older than I was at this time last year
  378. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  379. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  380. Lewis Black
  381. Uhhhhhhh...
  382. The Yes Men
  383. And again, my apologies
  384. I did it for you, Damien
  386. The site may be slow today
  387. Electronic mediocrity
  388. Maybe they are better off...
  389. Angry Dick strikes again
  390. Capote
  391. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  392. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  393. Wherein Pete despairs
  394. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  395. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  396. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  397. Hide your puppies
  398. I like VoIP
  399. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  400. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  401. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  402. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  403. The hearings are on.
  404. Apples and oranges
  405. And in somewhat less serious news...
  406. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  407. War in name only
  408. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  409. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  410. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  411. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  412. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  413. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  415. Flirting with the dark side
  416. Countdown to a big waste of time
  417. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  418. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  419. Weekend music update
  420. The New York Times finally throws down
  421. Today’s project
  422. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  423. The broken record continues to spin
  424. Long time, no music
  425. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  426. At least someone is putting up a fight
  427. More legal contortions
  428. More on Iran
  429. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  430. Only 20 more hours to go
  431. Original intent
  432. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  433. You say Alito, I say whatever
  434. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  435. I don’t want to live with the bears
  436. Quick TV update
  437. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  438. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  439. Reading too much into The West Wing
  440. A question, sir...
  441. Blogging about blogging
  442. A few changes
  443. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  444. Year-end music round-up
  445. Again with the wire-tapping
  446. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  447. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  448. I’m genuinely shocked
  449. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  450. Angry Dick
  451. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  452. Sorry for the delay
  453. The time grows near
  454. Site news - October 2005
  455. Quote of the Day
  456. Serenity
  457. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  458. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  459. Forensic Show #23
  460. It’s TV time again
  461. Nothing to see here
  462. Going from bad to worse to...
  463. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  464. Google Talk
  465. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  466. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  467. Voting != Democracy
  468. He’s not lying
  469. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  470. The perfect album?
  471. Movies, movies, movies
  472. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  473. A bit of background
  474. Leaving, on a jet plane
  475. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  476. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  477. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  478. Again with this story
  479. Music update - July 2005
  481. Whither Rove?
  482. How quaint.
  483. Intellects vast and cool...
  484. and... They’re off!
  485. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  486. I’m back
  487. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  488. Thank you, FARK
  489. ZOMBIES!
  490. On second thought...
  491. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  492. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  493. So it actually didn’t suck
  494. More on the filibuster debate
  495. YES!!
  496. Going nuclear/constitutional
  497. Worth a listen?
  498. Music update - May 2005)
  499. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  500. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  501. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  502. More on taxes
  503. Happy April 15th
  504. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  505. Long live the Death Tax
  506. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  507. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  508. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  509. METAL!!!
  510. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  511. This is the coolest thing EVER
  512. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  513. April Fools Day
  514. Groundhog Day, Part II
  515. The devil movies always get me.
  516. IM Annoyances
  517. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  518. What the hell?
  519. I suggest we start a pool...
  520. Drill, drill, drill!
  521. This is getting out of hand.
  522. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  523. the gates... THE GATES!!
  524. More “indecency”
  525. And again...
  526. Where have I heard this before?
  527. Anybody want gmail?
  528. Dirty, dirty titties
  529. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  530. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  531. One man’s Conservative...
  532. Google strikes again! (2005)
  533. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  534. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  535. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  536. Argh, I say.
  537. A rose is a rose.
  538. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  539. Sorry...
  540. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  541. Amusement
  542. The bottom-end of 2004
  543. How Bush Won
  544. New Music
  545. Foolishness
  546. Good news, I think...
  547. The first of many, I’m sure...
  548. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  549. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  550. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  551. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  552. Site news - November 2004
  553. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  554. More good web radio
  555. Another post-election site
  556. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  557. Sorry, everybody
  558. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  559. Apologies
  560. Nonsense
  561. Some new music
  562. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  563. The music is back online
  564. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  565. Odds and Ends
  566. SCIENCE!
  567. Making a bad situation worse
  568. Derrida, Part II
  569. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  570. The Faith-Based Presidency
  571. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  572. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  573. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.