The handful of people who follow this blog might find infuriating my reluctance to post on a regular basis, but I do write a lot elsewhere and privately. Also, I have been busy with technical things.
Here I ask a blogger about the Honduras coup why the person doesn’t identify himself. Lots of good replies.
Screed about the blandification of TV sci fi shows on a pro-male site. Don’t bother reading the comments.
Two articles about Netflix. Daniel Roth writes about how Reed Hastings accomplished Instant Watch and how it will revolutionize watching. (Read my thoughts about the Roku—which I am still loving to death).
Health insurance companies seeking a loophole to discriminate more in rates: financial incentives to participate in wellness programs.
Guide to backing things up on Vista.
New Yorker Review of Books has a podcast. My only complaint (if you can call it that) is that the people interviewed are usually literary biographers and historians..interesting but only up to a point.
I am now reading Vivian Gornick’s End of the Novel of Love, an excellent discussion about love and relationships through the lens of 20th century literature. Here’s an interview. Here’s her statement regarding a pseudo-scandal where she is alleged to have faked parts of her memoir.
Brooks Jackson explains why medical malpractice is an overblown threat.
Did Glen Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990? Maybe not, but a person attacks Glen Beck’s style of insinuation. Recommended: the lawyer’s brief defending him (PDF)
Timothy Noah explores the reasons the US hasn’t yet been attacked by terrorists after 9/11. Among other reasons, he argues that 9/11 was a tough act to follow.
Also here is a video of the USCC Naked Run 2009, (an annual tradition of students running naked in the rain in California). Totally safe-for-work, but the girl who videotapes is having a good time. Pity the poor company which unintentionally bears the same name. I predict this tradition will NOT last much longer (now that everybody and their dog has a cell phones nowadays).
Paul Ohm contends that Netflix aggregate customer data will enable individuals to be identified.