It’s the first Christmas sale of the the new year. Granted, the offer comes from a suspect source.
But, hey, even spammers need to get an early start.
You got your Internet in my cheese.
Thank you, I think.
The Internet of Things, Soon Accessible by Smartphone – Technology Review
A forthcoming packaging chip could let your phone talk to the plastic wrap on your cheese.
In brief, the townsfolk put tar in barrels, set the tar on fire, and carry the barrels around the town. Only local are permitted to carry the barrels, but the competition is open to men, women, and children.
They are worried that they’re not able to raise enough money to keep the festival going.
Mark Steele describes the town and its carnival of flaming tar barrels in this BBC Radio 4 Extra show.
A lot will be said about the recent tragedy in Connecticut. Most of it will be an expression of grief and bewilderment. Much of the commentary will be thoughtful and heartfelt. Some of it will be positioned, consciously or not, to advance an agenda. Intertwined with all of it will be observations from people whom we respect, but who are making statements that are passionate, stupid, and wrong. That’s who we are, and that’s how we have to live together.
Let me add just a couple of quick thoughts based on early and likely to be inaccurate information.
Even as we discuss identification of people likely to offend, we make it more difficult to get the kinds of sustained mental health and family services that might give us a chance to heal what is badly broken. A person who kills his mother and her kindergarten class isn’t going to be made whole by a Prozac presecription.