Texting Trending Up

Unknown source:

Texting has surpassed email, phone, and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds.

And girls 14-17 years old send 100 texts/day? Really? These data, along with the fact that the source of the data is apparently not the least bit important, suggest we should just give up on the future. It’s not going to be pretty.

Drive by linkage….

Just a few notes on the way to the cigar stand: Judges who pay attention to what people are wearing in court only make themselves look ridiculous and make us all lose respect for the judiciary. Similarly, stories speculating about whether law school is a bad investment are ridiculous because the evidence is overwhelming: Law school is a horrible, very bad, no good investment, and something people should do only if it would kill them not to, which is to say, something no one should do, ever, anymore. Or, if you won’t listen to reason, at least try to go to a “best value” school, even though the every idea is a fantasy. There are no good deals on law school. Really.

But then, what job or profession really is awesome these days? Maybe jobs that give unlimited vacation would be nice, but they don’t address the much bigger problem that “the U.S. is alone in the industrialized world in that millions of mainly low-wage workers have no paid vacation at all.” Little facts like that, and that little problem of mass incarceration and what appears to be becoming a domestic war on Islam (the ugliest current manifestation of our stadium mob mentality) and you really have to wonder: what the hell is wrong with us in the U.S.? At least we have no shortage of funny books to read.

But, wait, even great fiction loses its charms when judges are getting removed mid-trial for making rulings the government dislikes. WTH, people? And someone thinks eye-rolling should be considered disorderly conduct? Don’t tell anyone in my courtroom or the State’s Attorney will have to be locked up for committing disorderly conduct about a hundred times every day.

Can’t I just move to Finland? It’s the world’s best country!

Grammar Nazis

A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: ‘The Great Typo Hunt’:

Incensed by a “no tresspassing” sign, Jeff Deck launched a cross-country trip to right grammatical wrongs.

He enlisted a friend, Benjamin D. Herson, and together they got to work erasing errant quotation marks, rectifying misspellings and cutting unnecessary possessive apostrophes.

The Great Typo Hunt is the story of their crusade.

In 2 1/2 months, Herson and Deck traveled the perimeter of the country, exploring towns and cities in search of typos. They found 437 typos and were able to correct more than half of them.

Really, guys? And people are actually buying the book you wrote about this? Really?


If you’re a fan of doomsday scenarios you’ll love Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a world-killing event – by Terrence Aym. The conclusion:

Most experts in the know, however, agree that if the world-changing event does occur it will happen suddenly and within the next 6 months.

So, if events go against  Mankind and the bubble bursts in the coming months, Gregory Ryskin may become one of the most famous people in the world. Of course, he won’t have long to enjoy his new found fame because very shortly after the methane eruption civilization will collapse.

Perhaps if humanity is very, very lucky, some may find a way to avoid the mass extinction that follows and carry on the human race.


Dum, de-dum, dum, dum!

iJot: Take Note!

This online outliner is awesome. Far more useful than any Windows outliner I’ve tried, and I’ve tried many. It works great in Safari, but I only have IE 4 at work (yes, it’s that bad), so who knows if this kind of magic will be available there.

(Via Scripting News.)

Tweet knowledge

Twitter is inane. It’s hopeless. But it can also be fascinating. Just look at what I learned on Twitter today:

  1. You can make a jacket with turn signals so you can signal your turns while biking. This requires something called a LilyPad Arduino, which is “a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles.” Way cool. Perhaps I need to learn to sew.
  2. Does Moby Dick have something to say about the BP oil spill? That’s what Randy Kennedy suggests in The Ahab Parallax: ‘Moby Dick’ and the Spill. I’m reading Moby Dick right now and I hadn’t noticed any parallels, but now I’ll be on the lookout.
  3. You can make Butter Chicken at home! Butter chicken is my favorite Indian food. Sooo good. I plan to try this recipe this weekend.
  4. Finally, this NYC townhouse is incredibly cool — two of the exterior walls are garage doors. You have to see it to understand how awesome this place is. (via boing boing)

All very random, I know, but interesting, yes?

No more interlibrary loan?

This is not cool:

The independent interlibrary system is undergoing a three-month trial period, but if after three months it proves unsustainable, van delivery will be eliminated and the libraries may turn to mailing books, the cost of which would be passed on to patrons.