Who Was Tom Collins?: Internet Trolls Before the Internet

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It’s been a rough week here at Casa McD, so last night I settled in with an Adult Beverage and a couple episodes of Archer (these two things go together like peanut butter and jelly) and decided to look up a man who brought so much happiness to my life: Mr. Tom Collins. Turns out [Read More...]

Streamageddon: Your Netflix Queue Just Got Shorter

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Mayday is Doomsday for lovers of classic films on Netflix. Today, the Warner/MGM library of classic films–the stuff I actually watch–vanished from the service. My queue was 49 films lighter this morning, and I’m feeling a little grumpy about it, particularly since I was preparing to cut my cable TV at the end of May. [Read More...]

Meet the New Mega …

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… worse than the old Mega? The MegaUpload saga exploded a year ago when 76 law enforcement agents, a couple of helicopters, and quite possibly sharks with laser beams on their frickin’ heads raided hacker/entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s sprawling New Zealand lair, complete with 18 luxury cars, a panic room (it took them hours to find Dotcom), [Read More...]

“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [Read More...]

The Tweeting Pope

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It just sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like the bishop of Rome is outside my window, tweeting along with the birds. But it’s not the sound of birds: it’s the voice of Peter, echoing down the millennia, and finding a new wineskin for the new wine of the gospel. The news is all over the net today, [Read More...]

Beautiful Tech

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These photos from inside Google’s data center are making the rounds of the interwebs today (ht to Joseph Susanka for the link). They’re a startling glimpse inside the beauty of elegant technology, with a little help from the photographer’s art. You can take a self-guided walking tour, or just check out this gallery of photographs. [Read More...]

Civility and the New Media

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The Knights of Columbus has an ongoing Campaign for Civility that aims to promote a more civil discourse in American politics, and I just contributed two pieces to their efforts. The goal is to dial down the rancor that characterizes so much political dialog, and which has contributed to the hardening divisions between ideological opponents. Civility is not always easy, and [Read More...]

The Twitter Feed: Poo-Power, Giant Medieval Holes, and More

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I read a lot of stories and articles that are interesting, but which don’t merit a full post here. I’ve been sharing these lately on Twitter. If you follow me, you’ve seen items on Motorcycles powered by poop A couple discovering a giant hole from the Middle Ages under their house Internet addiction and gene mutations [Read More...]


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