On The Other Hand
Want to get out of jury duty? Just tell them you watch CSI.
The “CSI effect” →
Television dramas that rely on forensic science to solve crimes are affecting the administration of justice Here’s a recent piece in The Economist about what’s been dubbed the “CSI effect.” According to a 2008 study, more than 60% of defense lawyers and judges think jurors have unrealistic expectations of forensic evidence. What with this and Sharon Begley’s...
The Misanthropologist: Handjobs? People Still Do... →
heatherwis: But hand jobs really are the domain of teenagers having not yet crossed over into real sex, and still living on the sidelines of dry humping and nether investigation like so many timid but eager dog friends. No, that’s just how teenagers or those “not yet crossed over into real sex” use handjobs. I completely understand the absurdity of taking lead on a task that...
X the shit out of Y
Snowclone alert! This totally doesn’t count as a snowclone yet, but I so want it to. Examples! “Killing the shit out of some time” — a favourite phrase (and activity) of my own devising “I am going to buy the shit out of Transmit 4” — thanks, ckolderup, for that one “I respect the shit out of women” — noted by kryz and confirmed by...
Me: British spiders don't bite.
Heather: Why, are they more polite?
Cory Doctorow Verbally Abuses 99-Year-Old iPad... →
“Apparently Ms. Campbell is happy inside Apple’s walled garden,” Doctorow said after being ejected from the Mary’s Woods Retirement Community for haranguing the nonagenarian for a full 45 minutes on the moral imperative of open systems, digital rights and steampunk subculture. I fell in love with Moltz while reading this.
Eating is cheating– Some girl that just walked past me, perfectly exemplifying the British attitude to drinking. I smiled as we passed, in an attempt to communicate solidarity, that yes, you’re totally right: I, too, prefer to drink on an empty stomach, because if you don’t pass out by the end of the night,...
bmichael asked: I suppose I just wanted to tell you that you have a surprisingly attractive wife, but in a way that's not creepy.
As you know, that volcano in Iceland that nobody can spell or pronounce has been causing all sorts of problems for most of Europe. Not least of which delaying some of the visa paperwork I sent to Heather that, of course, we are eager to send to the appropriate authorities. Today, Heather broke her silence on this important issue and had this to say.
Jeff: Pierce, stop trying to coin the phrase "streets ahead."
Pierce: Trying? Haha. Coined and minted. Been there, coined that! "Streets ahead" is verbal wildfire.
Annie: Does it just mean "cool" or is it supposed to be, like, "miles ahead"?
Pierce: If you have to ask, you're streets behind.
Holy Fuck - “Stay Lit” I am digging...
I’d be interested to hear how many of the bloggers insisting Gizmodo or whoever found the phone broke the law heard that from a California lawyer. Presumably, none of them. Sure, it seems pretty cut and dry, but Gizmodo claim that they did speak to lawyers, who presumably gave them the all clear, therefore: it’s probably not that simple. So what happened to the legions of slobbering...
Unicorn Kid - “Dream Catcher”
Among the things I had considered might prove a hindrance in my getting a visa, I had not considered that a volcano in Iceland could be among them. Nonetheless, the visa forms I thought I’d mailed to Heather are, in fact, grounded until at least Saturday, thanks to numerous particles of jet engine-disabling particles of rock and sand floating around in British airspace. Nature is awesome!
Ten minutes on Tumblr after a break (the Hungarian bastards next door severed my cable in the pursuit of erecting a fence) and I’ve already insulted two people I’ve never met. I love the way Tumblr makes me feel.
langer asked: Hey asshole I thought your neighbor cut your Internet cable or some shit yet somehow your being a dick on my blog. What gives?
when I went back to buy a third iPad I had to wait in line– Fuck off, Scoble.
Newsweek on Sharon Begley on Forensic Science →
newsweek: “In a culture smitten by CSI, NCIS, and Bones, it wasn’t surprising that the jury bought the blue-jeans testimony. Testifying in a 1989 murder trial in upstate New York, a forensic scientist explained that the imprint on a pickup owned by the accused could have been made only by the victim’s jeans—of which a mere 200 had been sold in the area. The scientist described her...
Thimble for Tumblr theme development →
Thimble is a PHP tool I put together to make Tumblr theme development a bit easier. It’s a simple application that allows you to test out your theme locally (or on another server) before moving it into Tumblr’s customize page. It’ll protect your fingers from all that tedious copy-pasting. Happy Good Friday, theme designers.