Tuesday, February 9th, 2016


Something Snapped

"There's not a time when I'm not on it. I do it while I watch Netflix, I do it at dinner, and I do it when people around me are being awkward. That app is my life." In Buzzfeed, Ben Rosen gets a lesson in Snapchatting from his 13 year-old sister, who is the most prolific Snapchat user he's ever seen (which means she's probably about average for her age). I don't Snapchat. I don't even Instagram. And my main mode of digital communication is email. I might as well be sending smoke signals.

+ My syndication partner and fellow old-school Internet dude Jason Kottke has some interesting takes on what we can learn from Ben Rosen's sister.


The Erode Less Traveled

The tech revolution is not just the future of communication, it's the future of everything, including war. (Yes, I just segued from Snapchat to the apocalypse, because I'm old and pissed.) A deputy secretary of defense sums up the reality of a world where wars will be fought by bots, drones, and viruses: "There's no question that US military technological superiority is beginning to erode." FT's Geoff Dyer on the Robot Wars.

+ Just take a look at President Obama's proposed budget. He wants $19 billion to help prevent the next cyber attack.


Acting Like Addiction

"National politics, as it does every four years, has taken center stage here. Yet there is no ignoring the national public health crisis that has been raging for years in the very idyllic New England communities where Democrat and Republican presidential hopefuls are now stumping for votes." USA Today's Kevin Johnson on the heroin epidemic that shadows the New Hampshire primary.

+ During the crack epidemic, we wanted to lock up all the users. The heroin epidemic has been marked by sensitive political speeches on the topic of drug addiction, and a call to treat the abuse of the drug as an illness not a crime. Did we get enlightened, or did the situation just get en-whitened? From the NYT: When Addiction Has a White Face.


Under My Thumb Drive

"What's the most effective strategy for dealing with an isolated state with a growing arsenal of increasingly dangerous weapons?" South Korea, China, and the United States are all searching for a decent answer to that question as North Korea continues to conduct missile and nuclear tests in the face of various measures intended to stop that behavior.

+ Wired: Donate your old USB drives to fight North Korean brainwashing.


An Advance to Do Nothing

The DC Council just approved a plan that will undoubtedly be controversial, and yet, it just might work. They came up with a new way to convince criminals not to commit crimes. They are going to pay them. The idea is that you can pay a little now to prevent having to pay a lot more later.


The Inventor

Artur Fischer. You may not recognize the name, but you'll certainly recognize some of his inventions from the drywall anchor to the synchronized camera flash. Fisher died at the age of 96, having earned more patents than Thomas Edison.


Manchester United

"The current New Hampshire law is that the primary must take place at least one week before any other similar primary votes in the nation, which in some cases has forced the state to move the elections up to remain first." There are, however, certain downsides to being first -- such as a nonstop stream of candidates rolling in and out of your state for a year. The New Republic with an interesting look at what happens when the candidates come to town.

+ MoJo: What it's like to wait tables at Manchester's most popular photo op.

+ The two big stories to watch in tonight's New Hampshire primary: Will the Donald Trump phenomenon continue (and will Kasich or Jeb Bush make a now-or-never move in the polls)? And by how much will Bernie win -- especially among young people. From The Atlantic: The Kids are for Bernie.


Mind Blown

Can you train your mind to be your body's medicine? If you can, you'd suffer fewer side effects and save a lot of money on prescriptions. From Mosaic: You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine. (I need to train my mind to think its had a second cup of coffee before I can wrap my head around this...)



"Everyone is looking for one number. And it's almost impossible to come up with one number." As legal and medical marijuana sales continue to rise, legislators are looking for a simple way to know whether someone is driving while impaired. But it turns out that it's really hard to test whether a driver is stoned. (Although if they do a second loop around the drive-thru, it's a definite sign.)

+ Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, as well as the estates of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, are all in the business. But it's not just musicians who see the dollar signs associated with legal weed. Some record stores are looking to boost sales by selling vinyl and marijuana under the same roof.


Bottom of the News

In Aeon, Nick Riggle examines why we all seem to be so into awesomeness and so opposed to sucking.

+ Bloomberg: American Pharoah's Second Life as a $200k-a-Night Stud. (Sorry Mister Ed, talk is cheap.)

+ Most predictable economic trend ever: Beyonce mentioned Red Lobster in a song. So people went to eat at Red Lobster.

+ "While the attendant has her back to the window and is at her register, the male driver reaches across the inside of his vehicle in the passenger area and throws an alligator from his vehicle into the drive through window." Yes ladies and gentlemen: We're talking about Florida Man.

+ Egypt's president likes walking on red carpets. He also like driving on them.