Wandering Eye: Checking in with David Simon, 3-D printed guns, and the benefits of being a Jewish Orioles fan

For those curious to know what David Simon's been doing and thinking about recently, check out this lengthy piece by John Mulholland, editor of The Guardian's Sunday newspaper, The Observer. In it, Simon discusses the themes of "Show Me a Hero," his expected HBO miniseries about a Yonkers, New York public-housing battle in the 1980s, and rails against what he seems to see as an irrevocably broken social contract in a system rigged to protect the already wealthy from the threat of lower-class upward mobility. Asked about his future in television, Simon said, "Well, I have enough to keep writing these miniseries nobody will watch for as long as HBO will allow nobody to watch them." (Van Smith)


So Cody Wilson, that guy who popularized the 3-D printed gun, is now selling a $1,200 CNC machine that will allow you, the freedom-loving anarchist, the option of milling your own AR-15—sans serial number, thank you—from readily-obtainable gun-nut parts. The reason? Why, to prove the obvious point, of course: That all government regulation is tyranny! That all regulators are sadistic totalitarians! Says Wilson (to Wired Magazine): "It's about humiliating the power that wants to humiliate you." And isn't that, after all, the most-distilled form of America's creed? No. It is not. The most finely-distilled example of America's creed is P.T. Barnum's famous axiom about the birth-rate of the gullible. Turns out you don't need a $1,200 precision router to finish your $100 "80-percent" receiver. All you need is a this jig, which retails for $6.99. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


As every Baltimorean ought to know by now, the Orioles begin their post-season tonight against the Detroit Tigers (play along at home with our Playoff Drinking Game). The second game is on Friday, and the O's got the early slot, starting at 12:07 p.m. This scheduling is wreaking all kinds of havoc on work and school schedules, but at least one group of people is happy about it: The Jews—or at least the religious ones. Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday of the Jewish year begins at sundown on Friday and all observant Jews have to be home before it does. The Nationals, unfortunately for their Jews, play their second game at 3:07 tomorrow, meaning that their Jews will have to choose between baseball and atoning for their sins before God, a choice that has been hotly debated in the Washington Post all week. This is not a new dilemma for us Jews: Sandy Koufax famously refused to pitch on Yom Kippur, a story included in Vox's timely "secret history of Jews in baseball," which went up today. Luckily, since there are not Jews on either the Orioles or the Nats this year, no players will face such a dilemma. But for fans, one thing is clear: Baltimore is better for the Jews. (Evan Serpick)

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