How Lavabit Melted Down

From the New Yorker: How Lavabit Melted Down.

If you care at all about privacy rights, consider contributing to Lavabit’s legal defence fund

NSA Surveillance: How To Stay Secure

NSA Surveillance: How To Stay Secure:

4) Be suspicious of commercial encryption software, especially from large vendors. My guess is that most encryption products from large US companies have NSA-friendly back doors, and many foreign ones probably do as well. It’s prudent to assume that foreign products also have foreign-installed backdoors. Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software. Systems relying on master secrets are vulnerable to the NSA, through either legal or more clandestine means.

It’s pretty sad that we have to even consider measures like this. We are truly living in Orwell’s 1984. I’m so angry and completely fed up with my government. In the words of Michael Dell, I think we ought to shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.

Kevin Spacey Is Turning Out To Be A Pretty Good

MG Siegler:

Kevin Spacey is turning out to be a pretty good ambassador for trying to get Hollywood to take its collective head out of its collective ass.

UPDATE: Why does WordPress make it so hard to embed a youtube video from my iPad?

One Wipe Charlies

They’re called One Wipe Charlies, and they’re butt wipes for men. Butt wipes Mike? Yeah bitch, butt wipes.

As you may know from a previous post I’m a fan of the Dollar Shave Club. If you’re not familiar with them check out their introductory video. I like them so much that I recently upgraded to the 4X blades which I get every two months (I sport a goatee so I really don’t have that much to shave. The four blades every two months works perfect for me). That’s the genius of Dollar Shave Club: once you start getting the entry Humble Twin blades delivered to your mailbox every month, they got you and it’s just so easy to upgrade.

Anyway, as a member I get their emails and the other day I got one promoting their “One Wipe Charlies“. Seemed like a good idea and for $4 I figured what the heck, I’d give them a try. They arrived the other day and I have to say they’re not bad. For some reason, I was expecting them to be individually packaged and they aren’t butt other than that I like them.

Am I going to keep buying them? Maybe, butt as they’re currently packaged I wouldn’t have them automatically sent like I do the blades. If they did come individually packaged, however, I probably would. The fact that they don’t is the possible deal killer and here’s why: I can get plenty clean after doing my thing when I’m at home and home is really the only practical place for using the One Wipe Charlies. You’re not going to be toting the 40 pack around with you unless you’re one of those guys that have taken to entirely too large “Man Purses” (murses). As an iPad toting Apple geek I’ll admit to carrying my iPad around in an old, thoroughly outdoorsy and manly mannish Mountainsmith fanny pack (no I never wear it as a fanny pack. It has a carry handle), which people at work call my murse, but it’s not large enough to fit the One Wipe Charlies in addition to all my iPad/iPhone accessories and gadgets that are already in there.

If, however, Dollar Shave Club packed them individually, a guy could throw a few in his small and stylish Mountainsmith fanny pack/murse, his messenger bag, wallet, etc., and always be able to be fresh and pepperminty no matter where he does his business. I’m going to suggest that to them.

Above all, make sure you watch the One Wipe Charlies video. Just do it. I am requiring you to do so.