salon says: Hope you feel better, ShortFormBlog! We'll miss you!
» SFB says: No worries. Not feeling bad. Just taking some time off. I haven’t allowed myself in a while, so it seems like a good time for it. Thanks all. — Ernie @ SFB
Things have been crazy lately. The job’s been hectic. I’ve not been posting quite as much. But I still heart you guys.
Five and a half years of doing this day-in-day-out I think is finally starting to take its toll, and I want to be honest about that. I also feel like I’m in a spot where I can’t give SFB the full care it deserves at the moment, so I haven’t. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m getting old or something; I don’t know. But I think prior to the past month or so, I missed maybe a week or two of posting, total, over that whole time frame.
So let’s call it what it is. It’s a sabbatical. I’m not giving SFB up, I promise. I’ll be back soon, hopefully with mental juices refreshed. I may still post here and there—and throw snark every now and then. But I think that I just need some time off.
I miss you guys. I’ll be back soon. I promise. — Ernie @ SFB
We have been working hard to try and confirm how many people were on the flight. We’ve been speaking to a number of different authorities, and we think the actual number is much smaller.Chris Beyrer, the forthcoming president of the International AIDS Society, says that reports suggesting that the as many as 100 people heading to the society’s conference were on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 can’t be confirmed. (President Obama used that number during a speech this morning.) There were at least seven, however, including noted AIDS researcher Joep Lange—who was also a president of the International AIDS Society. No matter the number, an unspeakable loss to the world of medicine.
Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.The FBI thinks Google’s self-driving cars will make pretty good weapons.