Tom DeLay is grasping at straws in his legal defense of his official corrution: his campaign cited a Stephen Colbert bit as evidence of his innocence. The segment is an interview with Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald, whose latest film is called "The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress." DeLay's legal defense fund cited Colbert's interview in a fundraising letter, under the heading "Colbert Cracks Real Story on Motivations Behind the Movie." They're featuring the video
on their website, too.
Of course, Stephen Colbert is a comedian whose brilliant schtick is to pretend to be the sort of neanderthal right-wing talk-show host who would apologize for Tom DeLay, something he became incredibly famous for after his blistering White House Press Corps dinner speech where he roasted the President (that speech is presently the top selling audiobook in the iTunes Music Store).
With the savvy displayed here, it seems a foregone conclusion that DeLay's defense isn't going to keep him out of jail.
(Thanks, Mike and Doug!)
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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