Archive for the ‘Geektasticity’ Category

We’ll know if we can trust the next asshole by whether or not they go after Obamacare and/or the immigration crap. i.e. the reasons they won the last election.

When I asked my magic 8-ball what to expect, it said “All signs point to you’re an idiot for even asking that fucking question. Of course they won’t do shit. Moron.”


Since I’m not posting much, my new job is kicking my ass, I’ll leave you with a horrible pun (It was that or a mime. You’re welcome.)

I talk about math to groups of people, my left eye was blinded 33 years ago so it doesn’t track very well with the other one anymore, the blind one is wide open while the good one squints.

What that means is that if I’m talking to someone more than 5 feet away, he or she looks over her or his shoulder because they can’t tell where I’m looking.

It’s annoying to me and that person. It’s not anybody’s fault (except the guy who hit me with the ski pole), but it’s still very annoying.

So now I wear an eye patch.

Since I teach math, I figured I’d go with a bad pun.

i patch


I’m mostly hoping I don’t run into a mathematician who slaps me in the face for that.


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.