Deets After Dark

Oct 06 2014
Google auto-awesomed my graffiti 311 report.

Google auto-awesomed my graffiti 311 report.

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Sure, you may make more money, have a more stable job, paid vacations, health insurance, overtime pay, and maternity leave. But, are you truly free if you decided to work together with your coworkers to achieve that status? This guy is serious. Or, should I say Sirius?

Sure, you may make more money, have a more stable job, paid vacations, health insurance, overtime pay, and maternity leave. But, are you truly free if you decided to work together with your coworkers to achieve that status? This guy is serious. Or, should I say Sirius?

Sep 28 2014
Dunn’s St Anthony Park takes their roasting seriously.

Dunn’s St Anthony Park takes their roasting seriously.

Sep 09 2014
Who uses WiFi below the falls?

Who uses WiFi below the falls?

Aug 27 2014

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Casey Neistat

There is nothing Casey does that isn’t awesome.  

This is the longest ice bucket challenge video I’ve watched to date. Good stuff.

(Source: youtube.com)

Aug 26 2014
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A couple days back SDS wrote, ” I mean, compare fracking to green tech.” I believe this was supposed to be a rhetorical flourish about how everybody knows that fracking is hugely profitable and “green tech” investments were a comical waste of money.
It’s would be a reasonable rhetorical point around 2010. Except now we have electric cars. And my conventional car gets around 39 mpg. I’m writing this in a room where the efficient fluorescent bulb that I’ve never had to replace for years is a relative dinosaur next to the suddenly affordable LED bulb that paid for itself in about a year and will last (approximately) forever. I’m writing this on three pound laptop so think I’m not actually sure how the advanced battery fits in it. Ditto with the iPhone next to me.1 None of this was possible in 2010—and it’s unlikely that any of these awesome things would have existed without subsidies for these sorts of green tech.
Then there’s fracking. Here’s the chart showing that natural gas production has increased like a whopping 25% over the last few years. That’s a lot. It’s taken a major bite out of coal’s market share.
But I think “green tech” is really a reference to solar and wind power. I put the chart for solar power above. It’s a bit more dramatic. By contrast, electricity generated from wind has only gone up by 1,000% in the last decade. The state leading the charge in wind energy is the pinko bastion of Texas. More resources are coming online each year—so the trend is continuing.
Let’s address the obvious objection. Wind and solar combined still only make up around 5% of electrical generation in the United States. With that said, both show a pattern of geometric growth. Neither shows signs of abating. If five percent of the town’s is infected with the zombie virus with that rate of growth, you can make some reasonable predictions about where the movie’s growing. When the numbers look more like, say, coal at 50% and falling, the movie is over.

Full disclosure: My assertion that the advanced batteries are partially attributable to the various tax subsidies and whatnot for advanced battery research and production is an educated guess. I’m not really inclined to crack the very sealed devices open to confirm one way or the other. If you know whether I’m right or wrong, let me know. ↩

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A couple days back SDS wrote, ” I mean, compare fracking to green tech.” I believe this was supposed to be a rhetorical flourish about how everybody knows that fracking is hugely profitable and “green tech” investments were a comical waste of money.

It’s would be a reasonable rhetorical point around 2010. Except now we have electric cars. And my conventional car gets around 39 mpg. I’m writing this in a room where the efficient fluorescent bulb that I’ve never had to replace for years is a relative dinosaur next to the suddenly affordable LED bulb that paid for itself in about a year and will last (approximately) forever. I’m writing this on three pound laptop so think I’m not actually sure how the advanced battery fits in it. Ditto with the iPhone next to me.1 None of this was possible in 2010—and it’s unlikely that any of these awesome things would have existed without subsidies for these sorts of green tech.

Then there’s fracking. Here’s the chart showing that natural gas production has increased like a whopping 25% over the last few years. That’s a lot. It’s taken a major bite out of coal’s market share.

But I think “green tech” is really a reference to solar and wind power. I put the chart for solar power above. It’s a bit more dramatic. By contrast, electricity generated from wind has only gone up by 1,000% in the last decade. The state leading the charge in wind energy is the pinko bastion of Texas. More resources are coming online each year—so the trend is continuing.

Let’s address the obvious objection. Wind and solar combined still only make up around 5% of electrical generation in the United States. With that said, both show a pattern of geometric growth. Neither shows signs of abating. If five percent of the town’s is infected with the zombie virus with that rate of growth, you can make some reasonable predictions about where the movie’s growing. When the numbers look more like, say, coal at 50% and falling, the movie is over.


  1. Full disclosure: My assertion that the advanced batteries are partially attributable to the various tax subsidies and whatnot for advanced battery research and production is an educated guess. I’m not really inclined to crack the very sealed devices open to confirm one way or the other. If you know whether I’m right or wrong, let me know. 

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The Palestinian Rubble Bucket Challenge: In Gaza, water is needed for drinking and there is no electricity to freeze ice, but there is plenty of rubble. (via NBC News)

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Aug 19 2014
The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.
Aug 04 2014
If “frozen-pizza mecca” sounds like a dubious honor, then you’ve never had a Heggies — the beloved pie that debuted 25 years ago at lodges around Lake Mille Lacs and has since become a sort of regional sriracha, a cult foodstuff available at dive bars and grocery stores across the five-state area. Heggies makes tavern-style ’za — thin-crust, topping-heavy and meant to be squared and shared with pitchers of beer in the manner of our hard-drinking forefathers.
Aug 01 2014
Not Congress’ finest day.

Not Congress’ finest day.

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