Things I saw on the internet – Oct 18 2020

Florida condo has walls covered with beer cans. Indoor toilet, free trial (1917). A bull moose gets shot. And more.

Florida condo has walls covered in Budweiser beer cans. I bet that’s way more than 99 bottles of beer on the wall. (realtor.com)


The world’s first cyber-attack was 1834. Yes, 1834. (How Did X Become Y (By Roosh))



Law & Order Superheroes (Imaginary Worlds) – Reimagining the role of comic-book super-heroes as we reassess the role of police in the real world. Also: Real-life superheroes patrol the streets of San Diego and Seattle.



A Bull Moose Gets Shot (1912) – In October 2020, Teddy Roosevelt was shot as he’s on his way to a speech in Milwaukee. Bleeding from the chest wound, he still gave the speech – and it was a stem-winder. Roosevelt was saved by being long-winded and nearsighted. The bullet was slowed by passing through his glasses case and 50 pages of speech. (This Day in Esoteric Political History

When Teddy Roosevelt Was Shot in 1912, a Speech May Have Saved His Life (Christopher Klein/History.com)

The horrified audience in the Milwaukee Auditorium on October 14, 1912, gasped as the former president unbuttoned his vest to reveal his bloodstained shirt. “It takes more than that to kill a bull moose,” the wounded candidate assured them. He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a bullet-riddled, 50-page speech. Holding up his prepared remarks, which had two big holes blown through each page, Roosevelt continued. “Fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”



A modest proposal for regulating social media

Section 230(c)(1) gives broad protection from prosecution to companies that publish third-party content. So if somebody posts something libelous or otherwise illegal on Twitter or Facebook, those services are protected from liability.

Solution, proposed by Joe Moreno:

FCC Section 230 should differentiate between platforms that amplify content (e.g. retweeting on Twitter, resharing on Facebook, etc) and platforms that don’t allow amplification (e.g. Instagram, WordPress, etc). If a platform allows amplification, regardless if it’s done through manual curation or via an automated algorithm, then it’s no longer a service provider but rather a publisher.

I’d amend Moreno’s suggestion to differentiate between whether it’s the platform doing the amplification, or its users. Facebook, for example, would continue to enjoy Section 230 immunity if it merely lets people like and reshare posts. But using an algorithm – or people – to decide what people see first would make Facebook a publisher rather than a neutral service provider. Facebook is no longer in the business of simply allowing other people to publish; Facebook decides what people see first. It’s a publisher, not a service provider.


Iconic Apple moments from TV and movies – I started this thread on the Mac Power Users forum.


The Kinseys (This Is Love) – Bernard Kinsey and his wife met in 1963, after a civil rights protest in Florida A&M University. She was getting out of jail.

Years later, when their son Khalil was born, Bernard and Shirley made a plan — they wanted him to understand where he came from, and where his ancestors came from. So they decided to become detectives, uncovering the history of the Black experience in America.