January 27, 2015

7:45 PM | A Brief History of Humor’s Power and Danger
An understanding of the power and concomitant danger of humor has never been as necessary as it is today. Humor was the impetus for the brutal slaying of 12 employees of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and for threats of violence from North Korea over the release of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview,” but […]

January 11, 2015

3:23 PM | A Medical Researcher at the Zoo? Yikes!
North Korea's national zoo seems to be reporting that a researcher into human medicine has found a "cure" in "bear gall". "Kwon O-song, a researcher at the zoo, said the new medicine consisted of “a compound of bear’s gall and extract from pith of maackia amurensis,” according to KCNA. He reportedly added that it “has proved to be efficacious against liver diseases like fatty liver and hepatitis.”"

January 04, 2015

4:09 PM | Solution: Create unhackable systems
  Needless to say, this tweet prompted a number of subtle (and not so subtle) responses; it is just vague enough to not be 100% sure he is actually joking (because the software verification problem is trivial, right?). Did North Korea hack Sony? I doubt it; perhaps it was from an unexpected agent. N.B. high-profile […]
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