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Mitch Wagner

Mitch Wagner

Freelance journalist, Internet marketing consultant, podcaster @ CopperRobot.com, hiding from the sun in San Diego.
I don’t always go to the supermarket, but when I do I have a go-to-market strategy. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
The Roosevelts: A dynasty that fizzled. Franklin Roosevelt’s sons never succeeded in politics, instead sinking into quagmires of sloth, scandals of influence-peddling, and political defeat. TR’s kids were no prizes either — with the singular exception of Ted Roosevelt, who had a checkered life as a young adult but rose to the rank of general and... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
The Roosevelts: A dynasty that fizzled.
Franklin Roosevelt’s sons never succeeded in politics, instead sinking into quagmires of sloth, scandals of influence-peddling, and political defeat. TR’s kids were no prizes either — with the singular exception of Ted Roosevelt, who had a checkered life as a young adult but rose to the rank of general and served heroically during World War II. 
America idolizes politicians with family connections, but also holds them to greater scrutiny — often unfair.
Should we include the Clintons in the roster of modern American dynasties? Doesn’t a dynasty need to span more than one generation? From what I’ve seen of Chelsea Clinton so far, she seems frankly to be a ninny.
Descendants of both Roosevelt families are alive and they still seem to be leading privileged lives, but nothing like the influence their more famous ancestors wielded.
Amazon law: if you order three things from Amazon, the least interesting item will ship first. Like a printer cartridge, for example. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Trailer for Season 3 of The Newsroom. Looks great. I’m looking forward to it. I see a scene at a shooting range. Does one of the main characters get a gun? Is that a storyline? The anchorman already has one; we’ve seen that.  The Newsroom returns in November. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
This bandolier-style gadget-carrier looks sharp.  I’m done buying new bags though. I used to be an addict and have boxes and boxes of gadget bags to show for it. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
This bandolier-style gadget-carrier looks sharp. 
I’m done buying new bags though. I used to be an addict and have boxes and boxes of gadget bags to show for it.
I’m totally getting one of these to wear to professional conferences. Great for carrying my phone, spare charger, notebooks, pens, protein bars, nuts. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
I’m totally getting one of these to wear to professional conferences. Great for carrying my phone, spare charger, notebooks, pens, protein bars, nuts.
Why write science fiction when the real world is a fantasy world? Science fiction and fantasy writer Charles Stross says he’s not interested in writing science fiction this decade. You know that thing Arthur C. Clarke said, “A sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic?” We live in that world. Stross quotes fantasy writer... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Why write science fiction when the real world is a fantasy world?
Science fiction and fantasy writer Charles Stross says he’s not interested in writing science fiction this decade. 
You know that thing Arthur C. Clarke said, “A sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic?” We live in that world. 

Stross quotes fantasy writer <span style=”font-size: 13px;”>Max Gladstone: </span><span style=”font-size: 13px;”>We carry magical devices in our pockets that no one person knows how to build. We make magic passes over the glass, speak the correct words in just the right tones to the indwelling spirit, and the spirit predicts the future (“Siri, what’s tomorrow’s weather?”). </span>
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<span style=”font-size: 13px;”>I’ve been reading a bit of urban fantasy lately and enjoying it mightily. It scratches an itch for me from my childhood, when the science in science fiction didn’t have to be particularly plausible and the characters — at least the human ones — act and talk like people today.</span>

Two books I recommend: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, and The Dirty Streets of Heaven, by Tad Williams.
Man exercising right to open carry robbed at gun point - http://fplus.me/9Rr5/51fbf9e6
Edna flirts with Charlie Chaplin. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Edna flirts with Charlie Chaplin.
If you want to scramble your password file, using +Xmarks, iCloud Safari sync, and Chrome sync at the same time is a good way to do that. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
I got to use the pile-of-poop emojii in a message yesterday. So that was a good day. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Sckipio Turns Up the G.fast Volume | Light Reading - http://fplus.me/9ReK/51fbf9e6
VMJoint appears to be a new virtualization community that has porn star Tori Black as spokeswoman. Because women feeling alienated in IT isn’t a problem. And men who might be uncomfortable about the porn connection? They don’t matter.  Idiots. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
VMJoint appears to be a new virtualization community that has porn star Tori Black as spokeswoman.
Because women feeling alienated in IT isn’t a problem. And men who might be uncomfortable about the porn connection? They don’t matter. 
Idiots.
Sony and Dish are having a tough time keeping pricing down for their Internet video services. By +Mari Silbey on +Light Reading  #LightReading - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Sony and Dish are having a tough time keeping pricing down for their Internet video services. 
By +Mari Silbey on +Light Reading 
#LightReading
I went to San Ysidro today, which reminded me why I hadn’t been there in years. What a grim and seedy area that is. I was there to get my Global Entry interview, for convenience when flying. I didn’t have a problem with mine but the poor guy standing in front of me had a couple of DUIs and seemed thrilled to be discussing them with a stranger in... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Cox Goes Gaga Over Gigabit | Light Reading - http://fplus.me/9QNC/51fbf9e6
Markdown vs. CommonMark: A brief history of an open source controversy Markdown is a form of simplified HTML. I use it for nearly all my work writing. It was designed to be easier to read than standard HTML. But what I like about it is that it’s easier to type. For example, this is a link in regular HTML: <a... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Markdown vs. CommonMark: A brief history of an open source controversy
Markdown is a form of simplified HTML. I use it for nearly all my work writing. It was designed to be easier to read than standard HTML. But what I like about it is that it’s easier to type. For example, this is a link in regular HTML:
<a href=”http://www.lightreading.com">Light Reading</a>
And here’s the same link in Markdown:
[Light Reading](http://www.lightreading.com).
Markdown was developed 10 years ago by John Gruber, the insightful and cantankerous author of the [Daring Fireball](http://www.daringfireball.net) blog. Markdown hasn’t been updated in nearly the entirety of those 10 years, during which time it’s gotten crusty even while it’s gained huge popularity. So a few developers took it on themselves to clean Markdown up, and call the result “Standard Markdown.” That’s when the trouble started.
"Secure golden key" The Washington Post suggests a “compromise” on police backdoors into private Internet communications: "A police ‘back door’ for all smartphones is undesirable — a back door can and will be exploited by bad guys, too. However, with all their wizardry, perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key they would... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
"Secure golden key"
The Washington Post suggests a “compromise” on police backdoors into private Internet communications:
"A police ‘back door’ for all smartphones is undesirable — a back door can and will be exploited by bad guys, too. However, with all their wizardry, perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key they would retain and use only when a court has approved a search warrant."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/compromise-needed-on-smartphone-encryption/2014/10/03/96680bf8-4a77-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html
John Gruber at Daring Fireball responds:
"Just use their magic to help the good guys. Maybe if Apple and Google can’t figure this out, they can get help from the computer science department at Hogwarts."
http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/10/04/secure-golden-key
The Posts’s editorial is an embarassment. 
The FBI and Washington Post aren’t just asking for a solution to a hard technology problem. They’re asking for something that doesn’t exist — a “secure golden key” that can magically tell when its wielder is good or evil. Might as well ask for perpetual motion, or the Fountain of Youth, or antigravity, or a warp drive like on Star Trek, all of which are equally impossible.
The FBI and other cops are asking for a new government prerogative, and an abridgment of citizen rights which hasn’t existed before. We have here in our pockets a genuinely new kind of technology, a database of personal information and communication which cannot be eavesdropped on. The cops can’t wiretap it, crooks can’t get at it — heck, if you lose your password you won’t be able to read it either. 
The police are saying that this is technology that citizens ought not to be permitted to possess. I’m not convinced. The potential for good here seems to outweigh the potential for evil, and the cops are not doing a good job convincing us of the contrary.
If only the Washington Post had an owner who understood technology.
Photo by Imp0s5ible
http://imp0s5ible.deviantart.com/art/Golden-Key-352071070
Everything you know about the black “culture of poverty” is wrong Most of what everybody knows about the black “culture of poverty” isn’t true. “Put more bluntly, they are lies,” say Jonah Birch & Paul Heideman. They’ve been debunked by many studies by social scientists. Among these lies: - That “black youth inhabit a culture that venerates... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Everything you know about the black “culture of poverty” is wrong
Most of what everybody knows about the black “culture of poverty” isn’t true. “Put more bluntly, they are lies,” say Jonah Birch & Paul Heideman. They’ve been debunked by many studies by social scientists. 
Among these lies:
- That “black youth inhabit a culture that venerates criminality, in which having been incarcerated is a matter of pride.” In reality, black families are ashamed when one of their number is in prison. 
- That blacks devalue education and school as a “white thing.” In reality, “[b]lack students, just like their white counterparts, express a desire to do well in school, and report higher self-esteem when they succeed.” Black students “know they will pay a higher price for lacking [education] than white students will.”
- That blacks don’t value family. In reality, black Americans “have placed a tremendous value on maintaining family structures, and have actually had a lower divorce rate than white Americans….  When the supply of employed, non-incarcerated men is controlled for, black and white marriage rates look more similar than different.
- That black poor and unemployed Americans don’t want to find work. In reality, they have basically the same attitudes toward work as the rest of the country. “In fact, a recent study found that black job seekers are even more resilient than their white counterparts, staying in the job market longer despite persistent frustrations of their search for employment. One waits in vain for such results to generate a moral panic over the decline of a work ethic in white communities.”
These myths are perpetuated by conservatives and liberals, white and black pundits, even President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton. 
It’s amazing how many societal problems come down to the looting of the economy by the ultra-rich. Give poor people decent jobs and so many problems just disappear.
Why Israeli thieves buried hundreds of stolen luxury cars in the desert Israeli car thieves buried hundreds of stolen luxury cars in the Sinai Desert prior to Israel turning the desert over to Egypt more than 30 years ago. The thieves greased the cars heavily and wrapped them in plastic or tents to protect them. The plan was to dig up and unwrap... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Why Israeli thieves buried hundreds of stolen luxury cars in the desert
Israeli car thieves buried hundreds of stolen luxury cars in the Sinai Desert prior to Israel turning the desert over to Egypt more than 30 years ago. The thieves greased the cars heavily and wrapped them in plastic or tents to protect them. The plan was to dig up and unwrap the cars after the handoff, thereby smuggling them into Egypt without actually crossing any borders. 
More here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19800116&id=TBYyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bqQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1310,3136589
Via the Futility Closet podcast
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/10/06/podcast-the-mystery-of-kaspar-hauser/
Watchtower of Turkey on Vimeo Turkey: 3500 km in 20 days, boiled down to 3 wonderful minutes of video.  Thanks, +Xeni Jardin ! - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
+Carol Wilson on +Light Reading  #LightReading  - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
+Carol Wilson on +Light Reading 
#LightReading 
AT Apologizes for Insider Data Breach | Light Reading - http://fplus.me/9QA2/51fbf9e6
Interesting. I’ve always thought I was unusual in that I average significantly less than 1 drink per week. Turns out 60% of Americans can say the same. On the other hand, 10% of American adults drink a little more than 10 drinks a day. Holy crap. I never drink alone, by the way. And when it’s just Julie and me, we rarely have a drink. We’re social... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Interesting. I’ve always thought I was unusual in that I average significantly less than 1 drink per week. Turns out 60% of Americans can say the same.
On the other hand, 10% of American adults drink a little more than 10 drinks a day. Holy crap. 
I never drink alone, by the way. And when it’s just Julie and me, we rarely have a drink. We’re social drinkers.
A one-legged woman’s Halloween costume. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
A one-legged woman’s Halloween costume.
This relates to the item I posted a week or two ago by the woman who talked about what it’s like to be working poor. Some people commenting on the post said, well, you know, it’s her own fault. She had kids when she couldn’t afford them. She eats junk food and smokes. She doesn’t take care of her appearance so she can’t get a job facing the... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
This relates to the item I posted a week or two ago by the woman who talked about what it’s like to be working poor.
Some people commenting on the post said, well, you know, it’s her own fault. She had kids when she couldn’t afford them. She eats junk food and smokes. She doesn’t take care of her appearance so she can’t get a job facing the public, even though she thinks she’d be good at it.
Not the point 
People should be allowed to have children. People should be able to eat junk food and smoke. People should be able to afford to ride the subway to and from work and feed their kids. 
Neither this man nor the woman who wrote the earlier article is asking for a handout. They just want jobs that let them feed, house, and clothe their families, with enough left over that they can sleep soundly at night, knowing they have enough to pay for emergencies. 
For millions of Americans, those jobs just don’t exist. They don’t exist with Obama in the White House. They didn’t exist when Bush was in the White House. 
This is unsustainable.
Viva, Las Vegas! ▼ Reshared Post From Alex Scrivener ▼ Viva Las Vegas - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Viva, Las Vegas!

▼ Reshared Post From Alex Scrivener ▼
Viva Las Vegas
Regulation isn’t the biggest obstacle getting carriers to cooperate with OTT providers. <span style=”white-space: nowrap;”>On +Light Reading </span> - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Regulation isn’t the biggest obstacle getting carriers to cooperate with OTT providers.
<span style=”white-space: nowrap;”>On +Light Reading </span>
Cable companies will lose out if they fail to offer pay-TV as apps on set-top boxes and Internet-connected TVs, says Carol Wilson on +Light Reading - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Cable companies will lose out if they fail to offer pay-TV as apps on set-top boxes and Internet-connected TVs, says Carol Wilson on +Light Reading
I really like the design of the Weather Underground weather app for iPhone. But I’m keeping this xkcd cartoon in mind. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
I really like the design of the Weather Underground weather app for iPhone. But I’m keeping this xkcd cartoon in mind.
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