Monday Muster: 1.2.12

A new feature here at 36:  each Monday will highlight the coolest links of the prior week.  You may feast on them like a Roman demigod, or hoard them like a fugitive to help survive the work week.

1. Boingboing reports that the IRS and Marvel Comics are embroiled in a legal battle over whether or not the X-men are humans or mutants.  I am not making that up.  It is really happening, with profound tax implications that easily stretch into the millions of dollars.  Simple Rule of Thumb:  if your tax code results in court battles over the legal status of Dr. Doom, it’s time to simplify.

2. MIT is doing a super-awesome thing called MITx.  Imagine Khan Academy.  On steroids.  With nuclear weapons.  On a high-protein diet.  Open-source learning, designed for scale, built around the idea of earning merit-based certifications rather than time-based diplomas.  It’s educational theorist heaven.

3.  Four words:  Orangutans skyping via iPads.  The future is happening.  And sometimes, when the future happens, it flings dookie through its cage bars.

4. Tom the Dancing Bug has a infotaining poster regarding recent NDAA legislation that is either a completely necessary and logical step toward ending terrorism, or an apocalyptic abuse of the legislative process that’s a step toward a cryptomilitaristic maniacal corporate dicatorship.

5.  John Scalzi over at Whatever offers the best single sentence on internet etiquette I’ve ever read:

A good rule of thumb is to comment as if the person to whom you are commenting is standing in front of you, is built like a linebacker, and has both a short temper and excellent legal representation.

Personal note;  this approach works excellently well in real life as well.

6.  And, of course, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal once again explains what it’s like to live inside my head.

Enjoy those.  Have a grand week.  Be careful to dodge rogue platypi.


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