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Weekly Link Round-up

25 Jan
January 25, 2011

Homophobic Police Brutality in Philadelphia
10-12 police officers brutally attack a gay couple in Philadelphia after a misunderstanding regarding what was thought to be a domestic dispute. The couple filed a suit against the police but no action has been taken yet, and one of the couple is still in jail. For what?! Read more →

Weekly Link Round-Up

17 Jan
January 17, 2011

Finally settling back into regular blogging mode! I’ve been away on a cruise. If we’re friends on Flickr, you can access the photos here. If not, email me and I’ll add you as a friend.

A New Zodiac
The Earth’s movement over the past couple of thousands of years has apparently displaced the apparition of constellations in the earth’s sky by a month. You might not be the star sign you thought you were.

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Why calling Amy Chua a bad parent is beside the point

13 Jan
January 13, 2011

The Wall Street Journal recently published a very controversial article by a Yale law school professor named Amy Chua, on why Chinese children supposedly consistently outperform their non-Chinese peers. The piece is a poorly-disguised publicity stunt for Chua’s new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, an excerpt full of anecdotes seemingly told more for the shock value than for any sort of instructional purpose.

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Password Safety

12 Jan
January 12, 2011

Gawker was recently hacked, and lots of people had their passwords and email addresses leaked. Even more people freaked out, because if you use the same username and password on lots of sites, then all of those sites are also now compromised. (Obligatory relevant XKCD  comic.)

So I decided to compile all the stuff I’ve been reading into a more or less simple guide on how to best protect your online accounts.

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Sparrow Mail Review

08 Jan
January 8, 2011

I’ve been using Sparrow Mail recently, a desktop mail app for Mac OS. Right now it only supports Gmail, but that’s all I use anyway. I have high hopes for this little app, and thought I’d do a bit of a review on why I like it so much more than the native Mail.app. This doesn’t cover the main features of Sparrow – for that you should check out the website or some other reviews; this is purely about my personal preferences.

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Teen pop sensations

04 Jan
January 4, 2011

I have a really irrational dislike of Taylor Swift. As far as role models for young kids go, there are far worse culprits, but I think what particularly irritates me is the fact that she’s attempting to maintain a semblance of wholesomeness. There are a few specific instances of what I’ve come to think of as “subconscious brainwashing by The Man” in her songs that make me want to claw someone’s eyes out when I hear them.

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