Saturday, August 14, 2010

links for the day after Friday the Thirteenth

del Squid - It's a car, it's a squid. Yes, I already sent it to Bruce Schneier.

Want: Arcimoto | A new way to drive (via Emma, from Nathan Fillion's tweets)

Regarding Acton's famous quote about power: Steve Brust posted Truisms rot brains; absolute truisms rot brains absolutely and asked, "why is this unscientific idea so attractive to certain layers, and what social role does it play?" Then serialbabbler sent me How power corrupts: Mind Hacks, which comments on and links to Weekend Essay by Jonah Lehrer: How Power Affects Us - "Contrary to the Machiavellian cliché, nice people are more likely to rise to power. Then something strange happens: Authority atrophies the very talents that got them there."