What is dirt?

By rickColosimo / December 22, 2015 /

What is dirt? From this article on kitty litter, we learn that: it’s strip-mined dirt that is transported overland via combustion engines and ends up in landfill where it never biodegrades. But isn’t “dirt” pretty much the definition of biodegraded, past tense? I mean, what does compost, bodies, dead trees, and wet paper turn into?…

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Speech outside of school is protected

By rickColosimo / December 20, 2015 /

The NYT has described the case in this article with this blurb: The case presents an important question that several judges have urged the Supreme Court to decide: When may students be punished for things they say outside of school? In my world, we call that a rhetorical question. The answer surely ought to be…

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By rickColosimo / November 18, 2015 /

The article “What ISIS Really Wants” was good; it was also long, which makes me wonder whether enough people will read it. I’m not sure that ISIS will choose any path that doesn’t force us to kill them all. And I’m not comfortable with a course of action that turns us into isolationists. What would…

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Small features

By rickColosimo / November 5, 2015 /

Building a big Internet company is hard, and I guess not everything can be earth-shattering. Sometimes, developments underwhelm: who at twitter thought that “hearts and likes” vs. “stars and favorites” was worth engineering time? I have been similarly stymied by the changes in UI for changing apps in iOS versions. In iOS 4, a double-click…

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