I should say upfront that I'm a big fan of Lawrence Lessig's causes and his presentation techniques. My favorite might be his 2007 tour de force at TED about John Philips Sousa, Jesus singing "I Will Survive," and the joys and dangers of remix culture. A few days back he spoke at TEDxNYED about what conservatives can teach the free culture movement. I may be getting into trouble recommend a talk about conservatives here — some of the email I received last week suggests that a good percentage of the readers here might find a Kucinich-Sanders ticket to be hopelessly middle of the road — but this talk is classic Lessig, from its "I Was a Teenage Republican" opening to his real-time Wikipedia fix, to a reminder that Republican Walt Disney (the guy, not the company) was something of a remixer. There's plenty to argue about here and he presents in black and white some issues that are full of grays, but chances are you won't spend 20 minutes today with a smarter person. It's worth watching and thinking about even if, like me, you agree with only part of it.
Several years ago, Charlotte and Karen Pence worked together on Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a picture book of a bunny in the White House. The tale of the presidential rabbit is almost as good as its parody, published by a writer from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, which… READ THE REST
Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman suspected of statutory rape over his alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl, now has two more things to worry about: the prosecutors assigned to his case by the Department of Justice. The Washington-based prosecutors, one with expertise in child exploitation crimes and the other a top official in the DOJ's… READ THE REST
The 2016 election campaign for Jeff Fortenberry, a GOP lawmaker, received a questionable donation. An aide apparently warned him: "hey, Jeff, that donation looks questionable". The FBI had, of course, already spoken to the aide when it asked Fortenberry "hey, Jeff, anyone talk to you about that questionable donation?" Instead of saying "fuck off, pigs",… READ THE REST
Cleaning isn't fun. Sure, some people say it's therapeutic, but in a perfect world where everything is clean all the time, and we're willing to bet no one would lift a finger to make sure things are spotless in during "me time". Sadly, we live the real world, and that world has homes that need… READ THE REST
Water cooling. LED lights. Overclocked processors and massive curved screens. A lot of the PC gaming battlestations we see are flashy, cool as hell, and unfortunately wildly expensive. If you're itching to ditch the cookie-cutter consoles and become a member of the PC master race, you've probably had sticker shock at the cost of parts,… READ THE REST
From enhancing productivity to making working more enjoyable, there are lots of reasons to upgrade your monitor situation. Whether portability is your main concern or you simply need more digital space to complete tasks, these 13 external monitors can definitely fill the bill. Check out these 13 external monitors, all boasting freshly-slashed price tags. Mobile… READ THE REST