Lunatic charlatans

A group called the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology authored a petition on change.org demanding that Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales relaxes the encyclopedia’s guidelines for scrutinizing holistic healing.

Wales responded:

No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful.

Wikipedia’s policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals - that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately.

What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn’t.

APR 15, 2014


"For one day, Bing Miller got to play next to Babe Ruth"

Sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann honors David Letterman after the host of The Late Show announced his plans to retire last week.

APR 07, 2014


Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

Mozilla’s announcement:

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO.

Eich talking to CNET two days ago:

Beliefs […] are generally not something that can be held against even a CEO.

He knew what was coming.

APR 03, 2014


Dread

Venture capitalist Paul Graham in the collection Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston:

Practically all the software in the world is either broken or very difficult to use. So users dread software. They’ve been trained that whenever they try to install something, or even fill out a form online, it’s not going to work. I dread installing stuff, and I have a PhD in computer science.

APR 03, 2014


CNN tried to rent a Boeing 777

I agree with every decision that prevented this from happening:

CNN initially sought to rent a real 777 airplane for its coverage, but found it impossible. Individual airlines were also reluctant to make their simulators available.

MAR 30, 2014


Fallacy

In case you ever reach that point in a debate:

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MAR 25, 2014


"What's your name again?"

The description of this video is pretty straightforward:

We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time….

MAR 10, 2014


He makes a good point

State Secretary John Kerry in an interview with Meet the Press:

You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.

He is talking about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in case it’s not clear.

MAR 04, 2014


Why we'll miss hating Jay Leno

A reflection on Leno’s departure from The Tonight Show:

I would argue that “Why won’t he just leave already?” is Leno’s legacy, and that the constant drama-queening his haters blast him for is a two-way street. As a longtime Leno loather, let me cop to this: I won’t miss his show, but I will miss complaining about his show. Leno, self-consciously or not, played a great heel, and people my age relished every hiss and boo we spat at him.

FEB 24, 2014


One writer, one vision

Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of HBO’s True Detective:

I’ve enjoyed reading people theorize about what’s going to happen because it’s a sign that you’re connecting. But I’m also sort of surprised by how far afield they’re getting. Like, why do you think we’re tricking you? It’s because you’ve been abused as an audience for more than 20 years.

FEB 19, 2014


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