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Tracks to the sky.

Tracks to the sky.

Revisiting an Old Tech Complaint: POS Touchscreens

Revisiting an Old Tech Complaint: POS Touchscreens

I found myself looking back at a 10-year-old rant about touch screens, or rather touch screens used where they weren’t the best solution: PIN entry pads for point-of-sale terminals.

We were at the grocery store earlier today, and Katie was grumbling about the stylus-only touch screens they had for entering a PIN. Unlike actual keypads, you can’t hide the number you’re entering, because you have…

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wilwheaton:

brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

The scary thing is, Carl Sagan predicted this *decades* ago.

wilwheaton:

brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

The scary thing is, Carl Sagan predicted this *decades* ago.

Hidden pictures!

Hidden pictures!

"Did you say Hello?" "No, I said Hallo, but that’s close enough."

"Did you say Hello?" "No, I said Hallo, but that’s close enough."

Appropriately, the kiddo was wearing his Darth Vader shirt.

Appropriately, the kiddo was wearing his Darth Vader shirt.

California Drought Sim, Water Use, and Preserving Open Space

California Drought Sim, Water Use, and Preserving Open Space

Researchers simulated a 70-year mega-droughtand came up with ways that California could survive without the economy collapsing, emptying out the state, or even abandoning agriculture. We’d have to change the way we store and distribute water, recycle more wastewater, do groundwater replenishment, prioritize different (and less thirsty) crops, and of course cut down on our water use. It would…

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wilwheaton:

(via xkcd: Marriage)

It’s appalling to me that the majority of Americans didn’t approve of interracial marriage until 1995. We need to recognize that America has been, and continues to be, a *profoundly* racist country.

wilwheaton:

(via xkcd: Marriage)

It’s appalling to me that the majority of Americans didn’t approve of interracial marriage until 1995. We need to recognize that America has been, and continues to be, a *profoundly* racist country.

The sky was darkening, but the lights in the parking lot hadn’t turned on yet. Adding the bright moon reminded me of the chase through the streets of Paris in Les Misérables, in which Jean Valjean was helped by the fact that the city street lamps had been left unlit that night on account of the moonlight. It was one of those things that never occurred to my twentieth-century suburban mind, but it makes perfect sense in when someone has to go around lighting all the lamps by hand.

The sky was darkening, but the lights in the parking lot hadn’t turned on yet. Adding the bright moon reminded me of the chase through the streets of Paris in Les Misérables, in which Jean Valjean was helped by the fact that the city street lamps had been left unlit that night on account of the moonlight. It was one of those things that never occurred to my twentieth-century suburban mind, but it makes perfect sense in when someone has to go around lighting all the lamps by hand.