One of the things I’ve learned while reading up on selling my old iPhone is that AT&T phones are worth more on the secondary market because they can be used with other GSM-based carriers, either in the U.S. or abroad. So I’m going to wipe my 4S tonight, package it up in the original box, and see if I can get $175 for it on the D.C. Craigslist.

Date posted: January 22, 2015 | Filed under apple, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Just when I began wondering what was happening with it, The Venture Brothers are back with a 1-hour Season 6 special. Almost all of the characters make an appearance, and lots of interesting things happen!

Date posted: January 21, 2015 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Last week, the Attorney General put an end to the federal law allowing state and local police the power to seize cash and property without warrants or criminal charges.

The Post found that local and state police routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, pressed them to agree to warrantless searches and seized large amounts of cash without evidence of wrongdoing. The law allows such seizures and forces the owners to prove their property was legally acquired in order to get it back.

Shameful.

Date posted: January 19, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A Frederick, MD Councilman, woefully misinformed about, well, everything to do with the laws concerning freedom of speech, denies his local newspaper permission to use his name and threatens legal action. And gets the Streisand treatment in glorious response.

For reference.

Date posted: January 7, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

File this under AWESOME. The Nashville Chief of Police got a reactionary email from someone in his community, and took it on, point-by-point, in truly epic clarity.

The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.  Being respectful of the government would mean being respectful of all persons, no matter what their views.

Truly brilliant. Read it all here: A Christmas Message for the MNPD from Chief Steve Anderson.

Date posted: December 28, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Wow, this takes me back in time. This 1979 Ford F350 for sale is the spitting image of my father’s green ’73, which spent a good portion of its life carrying a piggyback camper, topping off with a cross-country trip in the summer of 1980. Same stakebody rear, dually setup, roof-mounted running lights, west coast mirrors, and absurdly curved gearshift.

Date posted: December 19, 2014 | Filed under cars, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

“The cascading notes to Guaraldi’s Vivaldi-like ‘Skating’ are the most vivid representation of falling snowflakes in music,” a newspaper columnist wrote, decades later.

via How Vince Guaraldi Made Charlie Brown Cool.

Date posted: December 18, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Um, they didn’t contact me directly to mention it, but we kinda won this data visualization contest. I emailed the organization to get more details. Apparently there was a cash prize?

Date posted: December 18, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

File this under things to do when I’ve got some spare time: Computerworld has a handy article for Removing your personal info from data brokers. Looks like some time and effort is needed, but that’s to be expected.

Date posted: November 30, 2014 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is all I really want from my news media: a clear picture, minus interpretation, of What Happened in Ferguson. I have nothing but respect for police and the job they do, but at no time should this situation have involved discharging 12 rounds from a service weapon. There’s something wrong with this situation.

Date posted: November 25, 2014 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »