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…

Chomsky Hebdo

Noam Chomsky’s reaction to the Charlie Hebbo terror attack is an oldie-but-goodie: a bit of cherry-picking to set up a bait-n-switch meant to expose double standards in the way the West treats its own actions and those it condemns in others. It suffers from the usual problem: the double standard isn’t really all that double.…

Eingedeutscht

"Anglicize." That’s our word for taking something from a foreign language and making it our own. Buried under reasonably obscure etymology as it is, it’s a pretty clinical word. The German counterpart – eindeutschen – is much cooler. Because the etymology is so transparent it’s not even etymology. ein just means in,into, and deutsch is…

When Structural Oppression Isn’t (But Is)

For a good example of why I cannot take feminist theory very seriously, have a look at this response to my comment on Scott Alexander’s latest post ("Untitled"). Short recap: Scott Aaronson posted a long and rather vulnerable and personal bit on feeling oppressed by feminists, to which feminists mostly responded by bullying him. Classy…