Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Simple Explanation of SOPA's Dangers [Video]

The Wikipedia/Internet Blackout of 2011 was one of the most effective grassroots PR campaigns I've seen in recent memory. A lot of people have been complaining and trying to raise awareness of the looming danger of the SOPA and ProtectIP bills, but it was mainly an issue among nerds and public watchdog groups. But when Wikipedia and Google blacked out their sites, that reached the mainstream. When my wife asked me what SOPA was, I knew a historic moment had been reached. But then came a new problem; explaining what all the fuss was about. It's easy to get into a lot of Internet jargon and tech crap, but this video does an awesome job of explaining the problem and it's implications. It does more in minutes than I could ever do in an hour.

UPDATE: Included the actual video so you can actually watch it

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Motivations of Movie Serial Killers vs. Real Serial Killers

UPDATE: Okay, here's the deal. In movies and television, serial killers always have some complex and detailed explanation for why they do what they do. The detectives will study the crimes and say, "Okay, so the killer kidnaps women, blindfolds them, and ties scales onto their hands, because he's a lawyer and the women he kills represent the figure of Justice, a figure he used to see every day outside his window when he was three years old. And he's killing women who have escaped justice in his mind, so he's trying to balance the scales." In real life, there's only one reason serial killers do what they do: they get off on it. That goes for every serial killer they've ever caught from the Son of Sam to Ed Gein.