To anyone who understands information theory and security and is in an infuriating argument with someone who does not (possibly involving mixed case), I sincerely apologize.

xkcd - Password Strength: Through 20 years of effort, we've successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess.

I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.

Living With Less. A Lot Less.

Before Descartes, nobody knew they were thinking. They all believed they were just mulling. Until Marx, everyone totally hated one another but nobody knew why. These dialectics can change and shape who we are so profoundly, it’s hard to imagine life before the paradigm at all.    The same thing is true of Muppet Theory, a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one metric: Every one of us is either a Chaos or an Order…

Every Last One of Us Is a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet

Chris Bell: That Don't Get Him Back Again    The legacy of Big Star's "other genius."

Chris Bell, singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo, died Dec 1978 at the age

Emerging research in the fields of neuroscience and nutrition show that people who eat a diet of modern processed foods have increased levels of depression, anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity, and a wide variety of other mental and emotional problems. One study found that adolescents with low-quality junk food diets are 79 percent more likely to suffer from depression. Another found that diets high in trans fats found in processed foods raised the risk of depression by 42% among adults...

The Lovely Hill: Where People Live Longer and Happier

"Hold on tight. “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.” Jonathan Lethem’s monograph on Talking Heads’ “Fear of Music” isn’t your everyday, step-by-step, track-by-track snapshot of a great record. “This ain’t the Mudd Club, or CBGB, I ain’t got time for that now.” And, most definitely, Lethem’s contribution to Continuum’s “33 1/3” series isn’t a quick spin down memory lane. It’s obsessive, passionate and personal."

Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’

Jonathan Lethem’s monograph on the 1979 Talking Heads album.

And that was only half of it. Jason Everman has the unique distinction of being the guy who was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two rock bands that would sell roughly 100 million records combined. At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.

The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero

The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero Ever wonder what happened to Jason Everman form Nirvana and Soundgarden? He's a bad-ass.

May 19th, 1980, was no ordinary Monday for the members of Joy Division. Bags were packed and goodbyes had been said. They were ready to leave for America, on their first rock & roll tour abroad. They had finished a new single, its title etched across a gravestone on the sleeve: LOVE WILL TEAR US APART.

New Order: Life After Death

"ONE day, when my children are a little older, I will gather them close and I will tell them about how I lived through the Great Format Wars.    I will recount to them a seemingly endless cycle of battles. From LP to cassette to minidisk (oh wait — not to minidisk) to CD. From Betamax to VHS to DVD to HD-DVD to Blu-ray. From punchcards to magnetic tape to floppy disks to zip drives to DVD-ROMs...    And my children will hear of this and be amazed  for they know nothing of this kind of…

Daddy, What Are Turntables, Eight-Tracks and Floppy Disks?

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