Beyonce dressed as queen

Friday Roundup

On February 12th, 2016 in Quibbles

We did it, we made it through another week. But, at what cost?

Well at the cost of our government apparently, since democracy was cancelled forever on Tuesday.  It’s a shame, I love voting. And I’m sure that same presidential hopeful will be bummed they can’t bring the Australian model of imprisoning and abusing refugees on an island here to America.

Oh well, at least we had a nice coronation ceremony. Long live Queen Bey.

Joining democracy in its slow descent towards irrelevance, Twitter continues to waffle on its development plans as a new timeline was scheduled to drop this week, until it wasn’t, and now Jack Dorsey is just standing on stage vamping until one of his few remaining executives can come up with a plan. But it’s fine, we’re all still going to use Twitter no matter what.

At least you get to enjoy living in the future, as long as you’re rich enough to be an early adopter and eat take out everyday.

“Granted, my career compels me to integrate tech into my life as much as I can, but nothing here is so out of the ordinary that it would be difficult for someone of my age and background to build a similar experience.”

Oops, looks like someone assumed their experience was universal.

At least the science world had a good week:

Scientists at LIGO detected gravitational waves, first theorized by Einstein, in probably the most insulated measurement chambers ever.

And Alexandra Elbakyan is fighting the good fight for open source science.This is great since even though companies like Elsevier are ostensibly charged with distributing information to aid research, they are also in the business of making money because capitalism is weird and often puts organizations directly at odds with their primary mission.

But, even scientists can turn out to just be literal piles of garbage shaped in the facsimile of a human, as observed when two more high profile scientists were accused of sexual misconduct at the American Museum of Natural History and University of Chicago.

Anyway, I’m going to go see if LIGO has room to lock me in with their experiments, happy weekend.