Today's been all about the paperwork. Hoping I can actually lay down some decent code today before I escape to the Cubs game this evening...


NASA advisers say SpaceX rocket technology could put lives at risk (Chicago Tribune)

Start-up Culture meets Safety Culture. Is SpaceX being too risky in their technology development or has NASA lost that youthful swagger and risk-taking attitude that landed men on the moon?

The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs (Quartz)

Quite the data analysis boner in interpreting changes in the development of the American economy.

Due to over-counting the impact of computers manufactured in the United States, the story about manufacturing jobs being lost to automation is less true than the story about those jobs being lost to global trade policies.

Thanos’ plan in Avengers: Infinity War has historical precedent, but he applies it wrong (The Verge)

Examining the historical Terran context that drives the Malthusian Purple Grimace's motivations.

Unpopular Speech and the Shaping of the First Amendment (Quillette)

Your Monday dose of history of American free speech rights.

Scholars Have Data on Millions of Facebook Users. Who’s Guarding It? (New York Times)

I'm interested to see if this develops in the same direction as HIPAA/GDPR accountability and disclosure responsibilities, or if we'll punt and sweep this under the rug.

This topic is an active area of development for me in Passive Data Kit given that I'd like to provide this information to the folks who generate this data in as simple and automated fashion as possible. And that involves building the infrastructure to support that.

The Most Unlikely D.A. In America (Politico)

Hispanic biker becomes the District Attorney of his local jurisdiction. And he's doing a great job at it (unlike some other D.A.s I could name...).

Deadpool 2 Soundtrack Confirms Juggernaut Appearance (Movie Web)

In true Wade Wilson fashion, the Deadpool 2 score (not soundtrack), is the very first to ever receive a parental advisory sticker on the cover.

You had me at obscene orchestral tracks, Mr. 'Pool.

The United States of Japan (New Yorker)

Japan examined as the harbinger for an aging American culture.

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million (New York Times)

Frugality FTW.

200 years later, we can say that Marx was very often right – but in a much more literal way than he intended (Slavoj Zizek)

“I do not really believe in it, it is just part of my culture” seems to be the predominant mode of the displaced belief, characteristic of our times. “Culture” is the name for all those things we practice without really believing in them, without taking them quite seriously.

This is why we dismiss fundamentalist believers as “barbarians” or “primitive”, as anti-cultural, as a threat to culture – they dare to take seriously their beliefs. The cynical era in which we live would have no surprises for Marx.

Interesting perspective.

I'll see you all tomorrow!

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