Clever Grouping in Python

Sometimes when you run across clever code, you just wanna tell someone about it. I spent about 5min. today trying to figure out the grouper function from the Python itertools recipes – because I needed to do something where I split a string, group the resulting list into pairs, and then build a dict from…

When Slut-Shaming Isn’t (Slut-Shaming)

I only recently found out about #GamerGate. Apparently, it’s a controversy in the online gaming world stemming from a series-long blogpost by Erin Gjoni alleging (complete with a creepy evidence in the form of screencapped chat logs and even videos of chat logs) that his girlfriend game designer Zoe Quinn had cheated on him with…

How Not to Report on Corporate Welfare

An article in the Washington Post illustrates a misunderstanding of what makes corporate welfare work, even as it is trying to argue against it. The shocking, and misleading, headline is "After huge tax incentive package, Boeing still ships jobs out of Washington." Technically, it’s true. Boeing is transfering some operations to the Midwest (which here…

Salon Makes a Boo-Boo

Because lots of people in the media dislike Scott Walker, I expect this story to get a lot of coverage over the next couple of days. Basically, a labor interest group filed a complaint with the state government timed to coincide with the election asking the State Department of Labor to raise the minimum wage…

Kevin Vallier Talks Sense, but Past the Point

Kevin Vallier has a column on Cato-Unbound touting what he calls a genuinely liberal approach to religion. My objection? That it’s nothing new. In fact, it’s exactly the approach that we take in the United States, and Vallier’s only real criticism is that we fail to faithfully implement it – to which the only cogent…

The Silkworm (Review)

A good mystery should end with the reader slapping his forehead and saying "I realy should have seen that!" Robert Galbraith(aka JK Rowling)’s The Silkworm is like that except for the part where you slap yourself on the head. In this one, it’s more like you groan, say "of course," and then think you would…

New Eyes, New Wool: Sunstein on History

Cass Sunstein is a marvelous salesman but an intellectual prestigitator. Well, what else can you call a man who is half of the team that half a decade ago had a lot of prominent libertarians very nearly convinced that manipulating people’s choices was not only morally acceptable but a way to maintain individual freedom? With…

Stealing Photos is Wrong Period

There’s a good example of the Pragmatic Inversion Fallacy on offer at Salon today that – and I know you didn’t see this one coming! – involves womens. It’s right there in the title actually: Reminder: Stealing women’s private photos is a crime against women. And of course it is! But only because stealing people’s…