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Yes. Yes!

by Christopher Heiser on August 25 03:10

103 Folds

Awesome.

by Christopher Heiser on July 20 03:16

Perspective

by Christopher Heiser on June 16 02:57

How We Got Here

Bruce Schneier has a short, simple, and important essay on how our government has conflated the concepts of espionage and surveillance which has in part led to the massive overreach in illegal collection of data on US citizens. Moreover, it gives us a clear direction to take to fix the problem: put the job of surveillance under the FBI and treat it accordingly with our open justice system.

by Christopher Heiser on May 18 04:42

Harold Ramis, RIP

Harold Ramis has died.

Thanks for helping write, produce, and act in some of my all-time favorite movies. You brought brilliant wit and humor into our lives, and for that we're deeply in your debt.

by Christopher Heiser on February 25 15:12

On Addiction

Addiction is when you do the thing you really, really most don’t want to be doing.

- Attributed to Philip Seymour Hoffman

by Christopher Heiser on February 25 15:07

Kodachrome

These WWII factory photographs are definitely staged and well-lit, but their quality and color are truly amazing. Thanks to Matt for the link.

by Christopher Heiser on January 22 15:42

New Knee Ligament Found?

How is it even possible to have missed one of the human knee ligaments for so long? Amazing.

by Christopher Heiser on January 6 00:26

Sci-Fi Ship Size Comparison

From last year, but totally worth it. Which is bigger, the a Star Destroyer or the Borg Cube? All this and more is answered with this fantastic image.

by Christopher Heiser on January 6 00:32

Schumacher and Ski Helmets

First off, Michael Schumacher's condition has improved slightly which is welcome good news. As one of his F1 compatriots noted, there is no one more fit to come back from an injury like this than Schumacher. While he was a driver, his rest heart rate was 36 beats per minute. What's more amazing is that he could hit is rest heart rate in under two minutes after leaving the cockpit where pulse rates regularly top 180 bpm. He is an incredible athlete with an iron will; let's hope that's enough for him to make a full recovery.

Like most, I was somewhat perplexed to learn that Schumacher was wearing a helmet and yet sustained such a serious injury. Sadly--and as per usual--only the NY Times made the effort to write a halfway decent article explaining that brain injuries have increased at almost the same rate as helmet use. Incredible, right? It turns out that helmets aren't particularly effective at abating hard impacts, and in many cases give wearers a false sense of security. The glorification of extreme sports has led people--predominantly men from their teens to mid 30's--to increase risk taking and consequently get injured and killed more often despite helmet use approaching 70% in many resorts.

Technology has a long way to go before it can compensate for human nature.

by Christopher Heiser on December 31 16:45

Schumacher in Critical Condition

Following a head injury due to a ski accident, Michael Schumacher had emergency surgery after being admitted to the hospital in a coma.

Hang in there, Schuey.

by Christopher Heiser on December 30 01:34

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