So They’re All Racists Then?

This is one of the key points of contention and misunderstanding that I see from both sides online. The majority of people believe that being called a racist is an extremely negative thing (though there are a small minority who clearly relish it), but these is no clear agreement on what it actually means to be racist. That lies at the heart of a lot of the communication problems when it comes to politics and social issues. On the right there is a feeling that the left just labels everyone as racists and are using it as a blanket insult. On the left there's a feeling that those on the …Read more  »

Flags Flying

In the United States perhaps even more than in other countries it's hard to go far without seeing flags flying. And perhaps it's not surprising that a city like Gettysburg is even more fond of displaying the stars and stripes than the average city. Tags: #wwpw2013   #wwpw13   #worldwidephotowalk2013   #worldwidephotowalk   #photowalk   #photography

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

This is an action movie. Set your expectations accordingly. I know that's not what all Star Trek fans want, but like the last Star Trek movie this is primarily about providing explosions and thrills. Personally I have to say I like that. Star Trek movies have been far too prone to pontification and while hitting on some deeper issues isn't a bad thing, people standing around lecturing gets dull pretty quickly. Star Trek Into Darkness does actually touch on some deeper stuff but it's not subtle in how it does it. No one can miss the comparison being made about how the Federation apparently wants to handle this terrorist and …Read more  »

Move To The City If You Want To Live

Okay, slight exaggeration. But, running contrary to most people's assumptions, it turns out your chance of death is dramatically higher in rural areas than it is in the city. Yes, as expected the homicide rate is higher in the cities, but that pales in comparison to the 40% higher unintentional injury death that rural areas experience. The single biggest cause? Motor vehicle deaths which are are more than double the rate in the country that they are in cities. Interestingly rural counties with large black populations had significantly lower risk of injury death while those with large Latino populations had significantly higher. Which suggests cultural norms are a major factor. …Read more  »

So… PRISM… Probably Doesn’t Work The Way People Think It Does

To be honest the only thing that really interesting me about the PRIMS fiasco was how exactly the NSA were doing what they were doing (I had assumed they were doing it anyway). It became obvious pretty quickly that neither the journalists or the leaker/traitor/hero (take your pick) even vaguely understood the actually process. But little bits and pieces have continued to leak out over the subsequent days and it starts to make sense. The NSA Do NOT Tap Google Or Microsoft To Get Your Data They don't need to. Back pre-internet in the UK GC HQ would monitor all incoming and outgoing signals from the country. It was easy …Read more  »

Introducing the Fairphone

So there's a lot of social media hand wringing and blog ink spilled on the business practices, supply chain etc. of smartphone manufacturers. But nobody really does anything about it.Until now. The makers of the Fairphone claims to be transparent in their material sourcing and manufacturing process. Their initial Android based phone will have a Mediatek 6589 quad-core CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, dual-band SIM (GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ, WCDMA 900/2100MHz), user-replaceable battery, and microSD card slot. Initially it will be available in Europe (presumably getting into the locked down US market is difficult). Gimmick? Sincere? Effective? I really can't answer any of those questions. Android “Fairphone” looks to …Read more  »

Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Little Round Top, Gettysburg PA

Warren (January 8, 1830 – August 8, 1882) was a General in the Union army during the Battle of Gettysburg. He is sometimes referred to as the Hero of Little Round Top for arranging a last minute defense of the  hill, recognizing it as a key defensive position. This particular shot is exactly how you're not supposed to do it. I'm facing the sun and even pointing the camera up towards it. Mainly that's because I wanted to get this particular angle of shot. And actually I rather like how it turned out.

Is The HTC One Coming To Verizon?

HTC (along with pretty much every other Android phone manufacturer) is being roundly spanked by Samsung in the market currently. A large part of that is down to marketing. Samsung has made the Galaxy a brand that people want. But availability is also a significant factor. HTC's One is by all accounts a really nice phone. But so far it's not available on Verizon in the US, which is a major gap in their market.

Green Frog, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, DC

It was a sunny day and there was quite a variety of frog life  in the display outside the Reptile house at the Zoo. I took several photos but this was easily my favorite. I believe this is a Green Frog (Rana clamitans) which is a native of the Eastern US. Green frogs live wherever there is shallow fresh water—ponds, road-side ditches, lakes, swamps, streams, and brooks. Most often seen resting along the shore, they leap into the water when approached.