When air travelers feel uncomfortable…

…it’s not always due to the leg room or the obese passenger in the aisle seat (see “Arijit Vs. Delta”).

I have the greatest disdain for the security theatre at airports. Sadly, it’s taken to extremes at US airports. I’ve never understood why the majority of passengers not only endure the humiliation of being herded around like kindergarten children, but many become quite defensive when someone (not necessarily me) has a bit of harmless fun with checkpoint procedures or etiquette.

Encryption out of respect for others’ privacy

You’re welcome to transmit your own bank account details, routing numbers or whatever in any way you wish. But you probably wouldn’t send your friend’s or your work colleague’s bank account number in a clear-text email. (Or would you?)

What about discussions and private details about their personal lives? If you were discussing a cousin’s difficult personal situation with a close friend, would you want that private discussion to be read by a bored system administrator looking for a laugh? Would you want it archived and data-mined by Google, or some other marketing outfit?

If not, invest an hour or so to learn PGP or GnuPG, and use it.


If your everyday life doesn’t provide you enough opportunities to experience passive-aggressive behaviour, covert aggression or emotional manipulation in general, consider getting married. Marriage seems to drive people to new heights in this area, both in dishing out and dealing with it. When you tire of the same-old, same-old manoeuvres, children can add some interesting new twists. And they don’t even need to be able to talk to play important roles.
I just can’t develop a taste for it. I can’t imagine anyone really likes those aspects of a formal relationship, but I suppose most people are able to end up labelling them a price worth paying.

3-D Printer Brings “Magic Arms” to a Two-Year-Old

I did a bit of research into 3D printing in the 90s when it was still fairly new. But what struck me was how mature the technology was despite its immaturity. Most new technologies when they are prototyped require some imagination on the part of the viewer to fill in the gaps, to understand what its creator has in mind. But this stuff exceeded expectations from the start. At every company or research center I visited, I found engineers who were secretly using rapid-prototyping parts not as prototypes or reverse casts, but as production pieces for suitable applications. Secretly because that’s not what they were “supposed ” to be doing, not what the machines were budgeted for. What struck me as odd was that those were all seen as one-offs, as experiments that didn’t really fit into the R&D landscape. Today, rapid prototyping is quite commonplace in the world’s labs but still has the aura of an oddity. It’s good to see the technology being put to good, non-prototype use:

3-D Printer Brings “Magic Arms” to a Two-Year-Old – Mike Isaac – News – AllThingsD