The December Big Blog of Tech, Politics, Humor, and Weirdness

This is going to be a huge post of various links and stories that have happened this month that I didn’t get around to posting as individual blogs.

Ah, old timey quackery. Reading the comments apparently people still go and get irradiated for “health” reasons in places like Montana’s Merry Widow Mine where people pay to go and sit and drink water from the old radon mine and experience “traditional chinese medicine” or Heilbad in denmark.

The Revigator does sound like a metal band name though:D

http://boingboing.net/2011/12/09/radium-infuser-for-drinking-wa.html

Linguistics is fascinating.

http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/human-language-words-sentences-2206/

A new drug that enhances college test scores…smart drugs are another step closer to reality.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/mg-pft120611.php

This sounds so dirty when you consider how Koch is pronounced:
“Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-02/koch-brothers-flout-law-getting-richer-with-secret-iran-sales.html/

Being a polymath can be extremely frustrating. I have two degrees and I have less than a year to go to get two more degrees and I have or I am within a class or two away from having six minors. The indecision and simple lack of interest in being a specialist isn’t good for the paycheck and getting a career regardless of whether it makes me a better more well rounded person. I do think in a generation the generalist will make a come back but for today it doesn’t mean a lot on paper.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201112/the-curse-being-gifted/when-high-ability-leads-too-many-options-0

Evangelical Christianity getting upset at pagans, jews, and secularists again. Lying for Jeebus is all right and fact checking is all wrong when dealing with and demonizing Mikey Weinstein, Wiccans, and the Air Force.

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/12/18/94137/315

IBM talks about the five technologies that will change your life in the next five years. I think 3d printing will revolutionize the world in about ten years but they didn’t talk about that here.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/36290.wss

Five Technologies that will change your life today:

http://www.technologyreview.com/business/39210/#.Tumxu_80RUs.facebook

3d tissue growing? Awesome!

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/27418/?ref=rss

A little bit closer to bringing glitter boys into reality!

http://io9.com/5713561/neuroscientists-create-the-first-brain%20controlled-exoskeleton

Combine this with OPENPCR and we’ll get DNA testing to be an every day and cheap occurrence.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/gpu-based-server-farm-slashes-analysis-time-for-dna-sequencing-data-batches-from-days-to-hours

Newt Gingrich says the darnedness things:D

http://www.rusbasan.com/Humor/Newt.html

Oxytocin seems to have an ever increasing importance on our neurochemistry and we’re barely at the beginning of finding all the little wrinkles involved let alone all the genetic factors. I love mysteries and science!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/scicurious-brain/2011/12/19/when-is-comfort-most-comforting-when-youve-got-a-specific-oxytocin-gene/

So many atrocities have happened because of an unwillingness to see the “other” as human.

http://today.duke.edu/2011/12/dehumanize

The author has a good point. Rather than using Norman I immediately thought of Hunter S Thompson as a better example.

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/06/21/books/keep-your-compassion-give-me-your-madness.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Sheer nerdiness at its best. I think it would be pretty cool to have homemade chocolate dice for a nerd party.

http://offbeatbride.com/2011/11/dungeons-and-dragons-chocolate-dice-mold

When China’s debt/housing bubble bursts it will be world shattering unless people are prepared.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-18/china-debts-dwarf-official-data-with-too-big-to-complete-alarms.html

Dear Leader is dead. What will happen now in North Korea?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-19/kim-jong-il-north-korea-s-dear-leader-dictator-dead-at-70-yonhap-says.html

A friend of mine wrote this about SOPA and the problems it could cause with our internet.

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/its-free-blog/2011/dec/16/opinion-online-piracy-bill-threatens-innovation-web-freedom/

Are you kidding me? First military detention for american citizens and now they’re going to try to censor the internet to Chinese/Saudi levels and possibly break it as a consequence according to the EFF and you know the guys who really invented the internet and the world wide web.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/12/the-anti-internet-bill-has-not-been-postponed-to-2012-the-committee-members-who-support-sopa-sneakily-changed-the-hearing-date-to-december-21st-trying-to-trick-the-american-people-into-thi.html

This bill is a mark of shame on all of america.

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/three_myths_about_the_detention_bill/singleton/

A little history with some interesting stories about ancient graffiti.

http://io9.com/5867518/10-pieces-of-crazy-ancient-graffiti

RIP Christopher.

http://m.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/12/In-Memoriam-Christopher-Hitchens-19492011

SOPA and Protect IP if passed will do so much damage to the world.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/internet-inventors-warn-against-sopa-and-pipa

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111208/14521817014/mpaa-boss-if-chinese-censor-internet-without-problem-why-cant-us.shtml

And now to leave you with a laugh I have two Awkward Family Photos, an awesome xmas tree,  a cool video of an Ukrainian light show, Christopher Hitchens before he died, and an epic rap battle of history video for Kim Jong Il’s death:

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