Sophistick

Jul 15

US media coverage of Gaza is deeply flawed, both sides in conflict say - CSMonitor.com -

"Both sides" is a flawed critical position on this. It assumes there are only two possible points of view, which is also lazy and reductive.

Firing rockets at civilians is bad. So is blowing up buildings full of them. Defending your civilians with the tools at your disposal is widely accepted as the first job of a government.

Jun 21

I just finished a lesson on GA Dash! Welcome to the Summer Blog Party.

I just finished a lesson on GA Dash! Welcome to the Summer Blog Party.

Meta-commentary. At a blogging workshop talking about themes, and this popped up.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article:  Should We All Learn to Code?

Meta-commentary. At a blogging workshop talking about themes, and this popped up.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article: Should We All Learn to Code?

Jun 15

National Security Pundits Panic

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was just on TV saying that the appropriate solution to the chaos in Iraq is to “get together a group of the military people and diplomats who won the war” to discuss what to do. Suggestion: if Iraq is in chaos shortly after our departure, perhaps we didn’t win.

May 19

The benefits of having your head in the sand -

I would favorite this twelve times if I could. I have read so much crap about this. It isn’t even that it isn’t an important story, it’s just that this is a totally valid response to it. By a highly informed person.

jkottke:

Ira Glass doesn’t have any idea who Jill Abramson was or that she was fired.

Jill Abramson was fired.
I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Jill Abramson got fired from the New York Times.
Okay. And she was who?

The executive editor.
Okay. I read the newspaper, but I live in my own…

May 14

Why Every Book About Africa Has the Same Cover -

Note to self: acacia trees are not Africa.

May 13

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Feb 25

Goruck SD20 backpack with three days’ worth of conference gear.

Goruck SD20 backpack with three days’ worth of conference gear.

Jan 14

“Geekdom is not a club; it’s a destination, open to anyone who wants to put in the time and effort to travel there.” —

In which alpha geek John Siracusa says anyone can be a geek. See also John Scalzi pulling rank on someone who claims to speak for all geeks.

John Siracusa (via merlin)

(via merlin)