No oppression in the last 100 years

Last weekend Mike Ditka dropped a hot take on the NFL player protests — one that I’ve seen many (generally older white) Americans make recently: There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of.” It’s 2017, willful ignorance is not an excuse. The internet exists, …

NFL Bullshit

I was going to write something about the NFL today, but quite honestly the four videos below did a better job than I ever could. 
First up, Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen: Then Bob Costas on patriotism: \ I’ve been to enough NFL games to experience the “bumper sticker patriotism” …

Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves

A “difference of opinion” is how you like your coffee, or debates over trade and economic policy. Opinions that dehumanize others, that incite violence against them, cannot be treated as merely “opinions.” They must be called what they are: bigotry. Source: Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves A great …

(Re)Introducing Relic Scout

Over two years ago, I launched a site called Relic Scout. It was my first attempt at building a site using Ruby on Rails. Users could enter what they were looking for and the site would monitor eBay to find matches — it was basically eBay saved searches, but in …

You Can’t

Having three daughters has been particularly challenging lately, as the girls move into the pre-teen years. (Spoiler: I know it will get harder.) Our recent challenge has been the transition out of co-ed sports. We aren’t to the girls-only stage yet, but we’ve been considering it more closely with every …

My Media Diet (June 9th edition)

I love Jason Kottke’s media diet posts, so I am going to bring the idea to my site. Some of my favorites from the last week or two: The Leftovers (HBO) The series finale just aired and I was lucky to time my binge to match up with the finale …

My Micro Blog Setup

Now that Manton Reece has Micro.blog up and running for Kickstarter backers, it’s time to fine tune my setup to take advantage of the site. I am looking forward to learning more from the micro.blog community (which looks great so far) and Manton’s upcoming book on microblogging. Here’s what I …

Fixing journalism

This AM I backed Jimmy Wales’ WikiTribune project — a news platform that combines traditional journalism with the Wikipedia model. We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved. …

DeVos: Picking a school should be like…

In reply to: … Pure brilliance from DeVos today… picking a school should be like choosing between Uber, Lyft, or a taxi. Or different types of milk. Yup. I guess this would be true if the taxi was free and paid for by public money, of which some went to …