I get the worry that computers far more intelligent than any human will kill us all; more, though, should be concerned about the imminent creation of a world that makes huge swathes of people redundant. How many will care if artificial intelligence destroys life if it has already destroyed meaning? Ben Thompson, Stratechery

09.04.2017 • Permalink

Donald Trump today is a cruel dolt turned into a raving madman by cable news and Breitbart.com. You could see the descent happen during the Obama era, in concert with the broader maddening of the GOP. The major difference between Trump and the other old white men who’ve been radicalized by the conservative press is that his was a strangely self-directed conversion, based on his desire to make himself known as a plausible Republican presidential candidate. The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face

07.04.2017 • Permalink

Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.The administration also wants to subject more visa applicants to intense security reviews and have embassies spend more time interviewing each applicant. The changes could apply to people from all over

Oh well, who wants to visit the US anyway? (Source: WSJ)

04.04.2017 • Permalink

Like the fundamentalist muslims he wants to destroy, Christian dominionist and US vice president Mike Pence can’t be alone with a woman who is not his wife, for religious reasons. Twitter reacts.

Starvation is is, then! Other things to ponder:

Hm. Dan Hon figures out why conservatives don’t want women leaders:


For some reason, Twitter remains unable to make money. Enjoy it while it lasts.

31.03.2017 • Permalink

Så blir man stadig eldre.

31.03.2017 • Permalink

I’ve been listening to old U2 albums recently. Achtung baby, overplayed as it became, took me nearly 15 years to learn love again. I’m currently playing War for the first time in ages, and it’s sooo good – urgent, fiery, and yes, passionate. It’s so easy to make fun of Bono’s overblown persona these days that it tends to overshadow how fantastic a band U2 has been, how deserved their ascent to the top was. But time makes fools of all, I suppose.

27.03.2017 • Permalink

There’s a great understanding that comes with age, of how loss and change isn’t the exception, it’s the rule, it’s the deal. So much of our culture is spent hiding from that fact. It doesn’t make it less painful to go through change or loss, but you’re able to let it permeate you. What we are doing as a society is that process of letting go of the armor. Not everyone can do it all at the same time. But it is a thing that allows us to experience life as it really is and not as we pretend it might be. David Hyde Pierce On When We Rise, Frasier, and Coming Out

06.03.2017 • Permalink