Dan Geer's Black Hat 2014 talk Cybersecurity as Realpolitik (also available as text) is thoughtful, smart, vital, and cuts through -- then ties together -- strands of security, liability, governance, privacy, and fairness, and is a veritable manifesto for a better world.
This Saturday (8/23) in S.F., our pals at Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are hosting the annual 20th Street Block Party, a truly killer food and music festival with performances by the likes of Melted Toys, Cayucas, and headlined by beloved indie power popsters Rogue Wave (video above). It's free!!!
Laurel writes, "Holdfast magazine (a free, online speculative fiction magazine) has launched a fundraising campaign for our first-ever print anthology."
Cats with watermelon hats. Cats with watermelon pillows. More
"Did you ever mean those sweet things, that you used to say? Did you mean 'em baby?" More
Here's video from a debate I participated in at last summer's Howthelightgetsin festival in Wales, with the BBC's Kate Russell and Steve Fuller, an advocate for creationism and transhumanism, who said some pretty silly things, as you might expect.
"[A curfew] is profoundly patronizing. 'Look, let's see if you can all remain quiet for twenty minutes, and then we'll see if you can all go and play outside.' If even the governor can't distinguish between the good and the bad elements of the community, and has decided to punish everyone equally, then that should go both ways. More
For Haim's track "My Song 5" from the perfect Days Are Gone LP, the badass sisters take to a faux tabloid talk show with A$AP Ferg, Kesha, SNL's Vanessa Bayer, Grimes, Big Sean, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and the girls' proud parents. More
Well the little green men, they were real hep-cats
Rockin' and a-rollin' to the crazy flats More