August 4, 2012

The History (And Artistic De-Evolution) of Patent Drawings | Gadget Lab | (If you ever get to DC, check out the old Patent building – it’s beautiful too.)

Bill would force patent trolls to pay defendants’ legal bills | Ars Technica. (The Patent system…subject of a future essay.)

Why Rich People Better Start Worrying About Income Inequality. (You mean rich people can get sick too? The gates in gated communities don’t keep out viruses? Huh… maybe they should support universal health care.)

Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides: His keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012 | The Comic’s Comic. (Gatekeepers – annoying in any field.)

Get Save As back on Mountain Lion’s File menu easily and without hacks | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog. (Thank you Jesus.)

Race, IQ, and Wealth | The American Conservative. (It takes 2-3 decades to close the IQ gap for immigrants – I wonder how much it depends on the density of immigrant populations.)

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing – (I write good.)

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.. (I write gooder.)

Paul Ryan’s Influence on the G.O.P. : The New Yorker. (If Ryan is the intellectual center of the Republican party, that’s pretty sad.)

Air conditioning: Cool innovation | The Economist. (Finally, progress in aircon!)

3D manufacturing: Print me a phone | The Economist. (What’s especially interesting about this technology is the way it is forming communities in the United States – hackerspaces and makerspaces. I think it really will be a positive, not only for our country, but for our society. I look forward to going back to the days when a kid could build and understand things (like old TVs and radios).)

Electronic Arts Sues Zynga, Says The Ville Is An “Unmistakable Copy” Of The Sims. Zynga: EA Doesn’t Understand Copyright (Updated) | TechCrunch. (Zynga deserves to die.)