STTNG – Allegiance (Review)

Having run out of ideas, the writers retreat to the safety of the Star Trek "Save the Princess" plot. Godlike aliens, mystified about [insert obvious concept] which is not peculiar to humans but they pretend is, kidnap one or more members of the crew to force them to participate in an experiment. So, yet another…

Still Not (Yet) Radical

Further indication that calling Syriza "radical" before all the evidence is in is reckless: Varoufakis (the new Greek Finance Minister) has sworn to the German press that Greece will never again run a deficit – as in "never, never, never!" Alright, let’s get the two(-and-a-half) obvious objections out of the way. Varoufakis won’t be finance…

What do you mean, “Radical?”

Greece may be bigger news in Europe than it is here, but it’s big news. A lot of the future is being decided right now. One of the best articles about the larger political meaning of it that I’ve seen is Christopher Caldwell’s "The Flag-Waving Greek Left" in the Weekly Standard. The general theme is…

Why They’ll Blink

As usual, the international media prefers panic to calm. Therefore, most analyses of the Greek situation you read openly speculate about Greece leaving (or being forced to leave) the Euro. It’s not that it’s completely out of the question; there’s a real danger to be sure. But my money (not literally, though – at least…

STTNG – Tin Man (Review)

Tin Man is problematic to review. Everything about it is conspicuously miscalculated, right down to the botched reference in the title. And yet, there are really good ideas here. Tired of being asked to hide their plot contrivances, the writers have the USS Hood show up out of nowhere to just tell the characters and…

Keeping Simple Simple

The one thing I have deja vu all over again about again and again and again and again in software development is being confronted with a thing that seems intimidatingly complex and deep only to find out that it’s actually dead simple. I’m rapidly becoming convinced that no profession, save possibly high finance, is more…

Germany’s Fault: Now More Than Ever

A sentence about the situation in Greece, since it’s Kind of a Big Deal: it continues to be mostly Germany’s fault. I am the last person to defend Greece’s "economic" model. Borrow money cheap, lie about how much you’ve borrowed, spend it on unproductive things and allow people to massively cheat on their taxes is…

Complaints about Complaints about The Smiths

My friends hate it, but I’m a huge Morrissey and the Smiths fan. No apologies. This entry isn’t inspired by anything, really, except that there seem to be a lot of thoughts about The Smiths floating around on the internet lately, and I want to complain about two that I ran across recently. First up,…

Getting THIS Right in Coffeescript in the DOM

Once upon a time, I was in love with AngularJS. Sure, there was a (very) steep learning curve, and it was a little clunky, and its rationale for dividing things up the way it did wasn’t always optimally clear, and how it actually all worked was even less clear and … well, iterations of that…

A Specious Argument Against Free Speech

Mehdi Hasan has a pernicious little column on the Charlie Hebdo attack that’s nevertheless worth reading. The point’s right there in the title: As a Muslim, I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists. And yes, a lot of "free speech fundamentalists" are indeed hypocrites. The question it begs is whether he…