Wednesday news to know
"Apparently telling the difference between a clock and a bomb is hard for some people. We thought we'd [help] them out," offers Wired's Marcus Wohlsen, after a 14-year-old Texas student came under police investigation for building a clock and bringing it to school (at 30,000+ incredulous shares right now). Is now a good time to mention the student's name is Ahmed Mohamed? Mike Isaac at the New York Times calls it "xenophobic insanity. if only i knew that potato battery i made in the third grade was an act of war." Roberto Ferdman with the Washington Post muses, "It's like they bundled discrimination, anti-intellectualism, and anti-science all together in one for this." "No words. If a school REALLY thinks a student's clock is a bomb, wouldn't everyone evacuate???" demands Texas Tribune's Neena Satija. "FFS he's wearing a NASA t-shirt," notices Mashable's Jason Abbruzzese. So that's what inspired the helpful Wired tutorial on how to make your own homemade clock that isn't a bomb, which starts off with the "best first line ever, somebody give this journalist an award," as freelancer Jillian York points out. Fortunately, Anil Dash was quick to offer an outlet for all the outrage: "Many have asked how you can help. Until we've heard back from the Mohamed family, here's a form to show your support."
Maybe now is a good time to mention that New York's mayor just announced a 10-year deadline for offering computer science to all students. "Doing this in elem. instead of h.s. makes no sense. I took comp.sci as a kid. We moved a turtle. Things change fast," critiques Atlanta Magazine's Jennifer Marquez. Speaking of New York, the comedian who once capitalized on his escape from the 9/11 attacks there (at right) just admitted he lied about it. "Looks like Brian Williams has his first guest for the 9/22 premiere!" brilliantly quips Jack Dickey with TIME and Sports Illustrated. "Awful, dumb lie, but a notably good public apology. Contrite, sincere, thorough. We should all prolly take notes," reacts NYT's Dan Kois. And looking abroad, Mexico's thousands of "other disappeared" are leaving a gaping hole in the country's fabric (as well as the hearts of their families). "It's not just the 43 students," notes Maria Sanminiatelli with the Associated Press.