Eclectifying

I talk about things I find interesting. I find a lot of things interesting…

Wedding Fears, Creative Edition

by Ken Arnold on Wed 1 July 2015

People are so creative. Some people create wonderful works of art, others amazing technology, and so on The human race is endlessly inventive, dontcha know. But some of the most loving, complex creations are paranoid fantasies. And they are so contagious. It’s just amazing, but frankly baffling, why people put so much effort and inventiveness […]

Maine Constitution Prohibits Printing of Maine Constitution

by Ken Arnold on Thu 4 June 2015

Parts of it anyway. Including, it just so happens, the parts that cover its obligations to Native American tribes and their treaties. In 1875, Maine amended it’s constitution, adding Article X, Section 7, which prohibited printing Article X, Sections 1, 2, and 5. They would still be in effect, don’t worry, but we no longer […]

Pre-Reagan Tax Rates?

by Ken Arnold on Mon 27 January 2014

According to this report, tax rates on the top earners have rebounded to pre-Reagan rates. This is surprising to me. It’s also good. We’ve been making the tax system more and more regressive so long. It’s long since time we moved back to a more progressive tax system, where those who can afford it, and […]

Bumbling Away from War

by Ken Arnold on Tue 17 September 2013

I’m in favor of the current thrust towards resolving the Syrian chemical weapons problem without war. If the disarmament can be made to work it is far preferable to an uncertain future after we kill more people by remote control in the Middle East. That said, I have to say I was stunned by how […]

Confusedness

by Ken Arnold on Wed 24 July 2013

I have always been confused by sexist geeks. Guy geeks have a hard enough time from people who harass them. Why would they then harass the girl gees in turn? Seriously, leaving aside the whole question of who is more likely to date a guy geek than a girl geek, just the whole “Sticking together” […]

“Far-Right Extremists Chased Through London by Women Dressed as Badgers”

by Ken Arnold on Mon 3 June 2013

Seriously, that’s the headline. The headline alone is worth framing. And it turns out to be literally true. In the literal meaning of “literal”. This sets a new standard on two things: Headlines and counter-protest tactics. I look forward to our brave new world that has such people in’t!

Internet in a Box Anywhere, Data to the People Everywhere

by Ken Arnold on Mon 13 May 2013

The BRCK kickstarter project is moving fast, and well it should. Designed by people who do work in the field in Africa, the idea is to have a single, well, brick that will connect to the internet in any way available. It has a long battery life as well. They refer to it as a […]

Unpatriotic Senator

by Ken Arnold on Fri 19 April 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham has said we should not read the Marathon bomber suspect his Miranda rights. When did the U.S. justice system become incompetent to deal with radical’s cases? We’ve put away very dangerous people for our entire history. We’ve done it for the first World Trade Center bombing, and the underwear bomber. But Sen. […]

Monday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Mon 15 April 2013

If you don’t stick to your values when tested, they’re not values! They’re hobbies. — Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 22 January 2009 (Starts at 1:49, but you can watch the whole thing, it won’t hurt.) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook