Archive for the ‘Geektasticity’ Category

During my insanely long commute to work (and a little in the mornings at work before my phone starts ringing off the hook), I’ve been listening to podcasts to keep my brain from completely turning to mush.

I use and recommend the BeyondPod app for Android.  A few months ago I upgraded to the premium version, which I feel was well worth it.  Now I can queue multiple downloads and can adjust the playback speed. I generally listen at 1.1x speed.

For better or worse, here’s my current list. Feedback greatly appreciated.

  • Ace of Spades – (weekly for the most part) – The best part of waking up on Friday.
  • Coffee and Markets – (daily podcast) – Suffering from a dearth of Ben Domenech, but still pretty good.
  • Ricochet – both the “flagship”/namesake one, and GLOP.
  • AEI’s “Banter”
  • Econtalk
  • Uncommon Knowledge
  • The Tim Ferriss Show – Author of the “four hour” books.
  • The James Altucher Show
  • Freakanomics
  • Mark Levin Radio Show – Sporadically when I think ML might have special insight into a topic, or the show title grabs me.

I just added “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” to my queue and will be trying that out tomorrow. I also have the TED app, which allows TED talks to be downloaded. Don’t use it too much, but have been meaning to.

I’d throw up links, but (1) it’s probably just as easy to search from your podcast app and (2) I’m lazy.

Given my areas of interest, I am reminded again of why I have no friends.


Unless this….

Dick Clark

… involves this…


I’m not interested.

Or, hidden in plain sight.



Okay, that’s awesome.


Via the pretentious types at i Own the World.



A question, is this very cool or extremely lame?

The commander of the U.S. Navy’s sleek new guided-missile destroyer, which launched late last week in Maine, has a name to match its space-age look: Captain Kirk.

Seriously, I can’t decide.


I don’t think any of us thought that Silk Road was being run from any location in the US.   Not if the owner/operator, Ross Ulbricht was smart, anyway. Not that he’s not book smart, he’s got degrees in physics and chemistry, but he was extraordinarily careless in keeping his identity hidden. I don’t know if this was lack of knowledge of how to hide and protect himself from prying eyes (doubtful) or if Ulbricht’s hubris was so great that he thought he couldn’t be traced. The FBI claims that evidence was obtained through monitoring the administrator login and through making purchases through the site, but would any of us be surprised if the NSA had a hand in this?

This would be a fun trial to watch if it weren’t for the side issues of murder for hire, computer hacking, fraud, etc. There are so many privacy and liberty issues tied up in the existence and use of Silk Road, as many of the ‘victimless crimes’ have found a home there. Ulbricht’s defense could probably run something along the same lines as why the creator of BitTorrent has never been prosecuted, except for the minor issues of hiring a hit on someone who was blackmailing him and obtaining a counterfeit identity.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Bitcoin market value over the next few weeks and months. The largest place to spend them is shut down, so the demand won’t be as high, but at the same time tens of millions of Bitcoins were seized so the number of Bitcoins on the market is greatly decreased.

Up, up, down, down…


I completely forget where I nicked this from. If I remember I’ll put a link in.

There’s so much fail here, I don’t know where to start. For $800K, I would have gladly fixed all their computers, guaranteed.

[The Economic Development Administration, who, incidentally, have an ugly-assed website]’s CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.

As best I can figure, this is the EDA’s broken windows attempt at fixing the economy.