Chris Brandow

Where have all the burglars gone? »


Tallinn on the decrease in crime around the developed world in recent years:

But the sheer scale of the drop—and its broad persistence in the face of the deepest economic depression in a century—make a new crime wave seem unlikely. Policing is still improving; heroin and crack-cocaine consumption continue to fall; and no one is likely to reintroduce lead into petrol. The period of rising crime from the 1950s through to the 1980s looks increasingly like an historical anomaly.

A portion of the theory reminds me a bit of Minority Report’s “pre-crime”. No, not the knowing the future part, but the fact that would-be criminals realize their actions are more likely to be caught in some way, so they are simply thinking twice about doing anything in the first place.


p>yeah, but lead is the biggest part

so simple you can see immediately how to build it with 2x6&#8217;s and a 4&#8217;x8&#8217;. But elegant at the same time.

so simple you can see immediately how to build it with 2x6’s and a 4’x8’. But elegant at the same time.

Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Biggest Energy Drain In Homes »


Ralph Vartabedian on cable boxes:

The seemingly innocuous appliances — all 224 million of them across the nation — together consume as much electricity as produced by four giant nuclear reactors, running around the clock. They have become the biggest single energy user in many homes, apart from air conditioning.

A set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. The devices use nearly as much power turned off as they do when they are turned on.

Insane. The title, however is incorrect. The correct title should be: Piece of Shit Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Bigger Energy Users In Many Homes.

“This punishment isn’t worth the costs it imposes on us.”

Bring the Guillotine Back to Death Row - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Writing for the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf argues for bringing back the guillotine to put the blood back in executions. Lethal injection is for society, to make us feel better about ourselves, not for the easy passing of the condemned.

Better yet, of course, just immediately abolish the death penalty.

(Via Paul Kafasis)


Tesla Motors: Executing The Plan »


David Undercoffler on Tesla’s plans to debut a cheaper model in early 2015:

The newest model debuting in 2015 will be the third step, as its platform will differ significantly from anything else Tesla has built so far.

The plan for a mainstream model follows a strategy that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk laid out in a 2006 blog post.

“The strategy of Tesla is to enter at the high end of the market, where customers are prepared to pay a premium,” Musk wrote in a post titled “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me).” “Then drive down market as fast as possible to higher unit volume and lower prices with each successive model.”

That post, written nearly eight years ago, laid out exactly what Tesla aimed to do.

In the world of startups, eight years seems like an eternity. It’s hard enough to think one year out, let alone a decade. Yet in the automotive industry, eight years seems like nothing. Very little used to change in that span. 

It’s amazing not only how far Tesla has come in the past eight years, but just how well they’ve been able to execute on that original plan. 

If you simply assumed that Tesla was going to do what Elon said they planned on doing, you would have had a great reason to ignore most pundits talking about this company

The Great Evangelical Divorce »



A palpable shift within Evangelicalism has been happening over the last two weeks. Conservative and Progressive Evangelicals have been raising their war cries against one another. While each side is sure of where they stand, I’m convinced that neither side understands how they got to…

Yeah, the World Vision thing was a big deal.