Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Do you know the one part of the U.S. Constitution that cannot be amended? I didn’t. And what a problem it has become!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The minor changes on the table could have monumental changes in the ability of the federal government to solve public problems.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This one image comparing Google and Apple Maps provides a pretty compelling reason why NOT to use iOS 6 if you like good mapping.
Seriously, different colors for highways and surface streets is so 1960 map tech.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Campaign finance reform is more complicated than it seems on the face, but there are things Obama can do without Congress.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
A very thoughtful piece on the false notion that Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” implies a lack of government intervention. Rather, he felt that the invisible hand was the unexpected social good from private action made possible by industrious hard-work and proper precedence of the public good in politics. In other words, he’d probably see Goldman Sachs as a bunch of lazy wastrels.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Did you ever wonder why a bus has a big, horizontal steering wheel instead of one more like a car’s? Me too, so I asked Metro Transit in Minnesota why bus steering wheels are designed that way.
Here’s their reply:
The answer to your question lies in the fact that the room available in the front of the bus is very limited. Because the engine, transmission and other driveline components are in the back of the bus, the front area is kept as short as possible in order to increase space for passengers. At the same time, this area has to be large enough to accommodate the bus driver and the equipment needed to operate the bus.
One way to help maximize the driver’s area while keeping the front of the bus compact is to mount the steering column in a vertical orientation. I believe that all transit bus manufacturers use this strategy to accomplish this. Just so you know, the steering wheel can be tilted and it also telescopes to fit the needs of various operators, so the vertical orientation is not as much of an issue as it might seem.
Thanks, Charles Wurzinger of Metro Transit!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
"Ambition is fired by possibility, not by deprivation, as a tour through the world’s poorest regions..."
- Thurston Howell Romney - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Corny, nerdy, awesome.
A great moral argument for public intervention in health care, if you’re not persuaded by the obvious market failure.
"They Won't Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster": Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
- GOP must slip its ugly skin | StarTribune.com
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A fascinating look at the issue of plastics recycling, and how consumers may be able to “recycle” all sorts of plastics, even those for which there really is not a recycling market…
Monday, August 06, 2012
Sunday, August 05, 2012
This problem randomly hit recently. Phone calls worked, so did wifi. But I could not get on the cellular data network with my phone.
Forums suggested the following hierarchy of fixes:
- Switch to airplane mode and back
- Soft reset (hold sleep/wake button until red slider appears and power off)
- Hard reset (hold sleep/wake button AND home button until Apple logo appears)
- Reset Network settings (you lose all wifi passwords): Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings
- Restore phone
I did 1-4 without any luck and wasn’t thrilled with the idea of #5, but it turns out the fix was easier than that.
Fix: using a paperclip, I popped out the sim card tray, dumped out the sim card and then put the card back in the tray and the tray back in the phone (see video for play-by-play). Success!
Friday, August 03, 2012
At least they are consistent
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
An interesting take: society cultivates a sense of indebtedness and gratitude so that we act civilly toward one another. It means that campaign contributions are inevitably asking for something in return.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
In a story about Republican plans to extend (again) tax cuts for the super rich, the NYTimes lets the #3 House Republican say this in print:
“The president said if you pass the stimulus, unemployment would never go above 8 percent,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 House Republican. “We’ve had a 41-month experience that that is not true and hasn’t been effective. One thing Republicans have always said is that they want a form of accountability.”
But if they had just Googled that first sentence (without quotes), they would have found this Politifact coverage of that statement, ruling it MOSTLY FALSE.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A good lesson that not all scientific goals can be achieved with a “moon shot”
This is really interesting article on the philosophy of eco-design versus consumerism. On the one hand, Apple’s devices are harder to separate into their component parts, but on the other hand, they have higher-quality materials (like metal) and their users keep them longer.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
- Economist’s View: Bigger is Not Always Better