Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pop Culture Also-Rans

We already know what happened. We heard about it, read about it, and watched the movie. So here are a few things that didn’t happen, nearly happened, or might have happened. You know, while no one was looking. (1) Fermat’s … Continue reading

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Guessing the Maximum Storage Capacity of Hat Stands

#1: 86 berets. #2: 25 boaters. #3: 38 fedoras. #4: 193 yarmulkes. #5: 9 sombreros. #6: 74 fezzes. ***** Of course, the tragedy of this post is its lingering uncertainty.

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Ed Snowden, the N.S.A., and the Myth of Complexity

Shame on me, I’ve been awful slow to pay any meaningful attention to the N.S.A., in spite of its┬ámassive, unprecedented-in-the-course-of-human-history failure to extend me the same basic courtesy. It doesn’t matter if we ignore it, it’s┬ánot ignoring us – hiding, … Continue reading

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