The International Object, February 7 2013

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The release of Bush’s torture memos was nasty political theatre that took forever, so I’m glad both sides of the American political spectrum are pressing Obama to release the drone memos. As American Civil Liberties Union’s Christopher Anders is quoted in the story: “The United States is not a nation of secret laws, and a memo authorizing the killing of American citizens is too important to keep from the American people.”

Kristine Holmgren turned down a job because her prospective employers wouldn’t let her use the word ‘feminism’ in her biography. What principled stand did you take today?

Of course Men are nasty, but at least there’s hope. How you doing?

The answer to men being nasty is not to do a bunch of anonymous rating, though. Amanda Hess nails this. Lulu, an app for women to rate men, is “the textual equivalent of leaking your ex’s naked pics to the Internet—it’s not wrong because it’s sexual, it’s wrong because it’s nonconsensual.”

Rob Ford holds an owl. Why not.

This Teri Buhl “non-publishable tweets” story (part 1 and part 2) is fascinating. She can’t be the only person out there enraged that people can kinda do whatever they want with things one puts on the internet, so why is she getting so much attention? Storify has a nice write-up of not only Buhl’s ill-directed anger, but also the meme it generated.

Fox News’ crazy reality distortion field is now trying to convince people that solar energy won’t work the US gets less sun than Germany. Yeah, seriously. I wonder if they went with this because it’s snowing out right now.

Finally, if you count tablets, Apple becomes the number 1 PC maker with a hell of a bullet. Personally, I think we need to recategorize this whole scheme under ‘apps’, since most people who think that tablets aren’t PCs are doing so because they can’t do certain things. Like, instead of price or make or whether something has a keyboard, we should categorize by whether a computer can run selections of apps. The first tier would be for social media, text input, media playback and light editing (all tablets and most PCs under $600). The second tier would be computers that run Office, applications that make applications (X-Code, for example), and Adobe Creative Suite. The third tier would be computers that command servers for business and media encoding, play modern games at impressive speeds, and require professional-level care.

I could go on all day about stuff, but didn’t we just talk about getting beyond categorizing things on the podcast? I think we did. Even if we didn’t, listen to the episode. It’s good.

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Apple announces 128GB iPad 4, available Feb. 5 starting at $799

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Seriously, Apple is doomed

Smaller still is smarter

Smaller still is smarter