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02 Sep 05:16

"If there is one thing that an atheist movement should stand against (or at least be reflexively..."

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.

“If there is one thing that an atheist movement should stand against (or at least be reflexively suspicious of), it is the erection of cults of personality around individual voices. Most movement atheists will be able to, without breaking stride, list a number of specific examples of religious movements that have gone terribly awry when a single person is placed at their zenith. Atheistic communities are no exception, or at least should not be. If Richard Dawkins is ‘a liability’, it is because we atheists have failed to resist the urge toward celebrity worship. In a perfect world, Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions on evolution would be evaluated and lauded when accurate, and his opinions on other matters would be seen as irrelevant when they are false. The fact that he regularly repeats fairly common bromides about rape culture and xenophobia would be seen, in this better world, as reflective of an incurious mind that speaks more than it thinks. To the extent that this is not the case (many atheists I know have no interest in Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions), it should be seen as a failing of the community to live up to its principles. When people continue to write articles as though it was still 2007 and The God Delusion was still one of the only popular sources for atheist advocacy, it cements the perception that Richard Dawkins is reflective of the atheist movement rather than being simply one voice among many.”


Ian Cromwell (@Crommunist) (via feminace)

Quote is from Is Richard Dawkins An Asset Or A Liability To Atheism? No. Must…read. Love how he questions the question itself (problem with liability/asset binary), questions the idea that there is “one” atheist movement (nope) and illustrates how similar personality cult in secular space is to it some theist ones. Oh and I’m one of the atheists that has "no interest in Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions." Must read full essay!

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02 Sep 05:30

Plant Host Drone Brings Your Plants To The Sunlight

by Rebecca Houlihan

Plant host drone seeks out sunlight. by Stephenverstraete via instructables

Easy and cheap to make P.H.D.
(Plant host drone)

With this you’ll never have to worry that your plant stands in the shades, always the best light for your favourite houseplant!
When you put the Robot in direct sunlight it will not run and he will just sit there and enjoy the sun, but when the day goes by and the sun moves he will follow the sunlight every time the shadow tries to take the upper hand.
When you start her up in the shade he will scout for light and therefore are the collision switches a helpful thing, so he wont get stuck somewhere.

-The parts needed to make this marvellous little robot are :

1x 74HC240
1x L293D
3x 1M resistors
2x 1nF capacitors
2x 10uF capacitors
2x SFH 300 photo transistor
2x collision switches
1x pot to host the plant (make sure it doesn’t leak water into the electronics)
and last but not least a recycled toy with 2 electric motors that runs at about 6volt or identical motors and wheels or a 2 motor robot platform. I think you can make this but for under 10$

-I gave my robot a nice flesh eating plant and designed the body a bit like a trilobite
And I used the Rp5 platform for this robot. I posted an image of my robot and the schematics



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02 Sep 02:17

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Won't Introduce Captain Marvel To The Marvel ... - Cinema Blend



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While James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy certainly does have its connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, those connections are actually rather thin in the grander scheme of things. The Avengers are palling around on Earth, and ...

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01 Sep 03:08

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

by samzenpus
An anonymous reader writes A Grand Ayatollah in Iran has determined that access to high-speed and 3G Internet is "against Sharia" and "against moral standards." However, Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani, plans to renew licenses and expand the country’s 3G cellular phone network. A radical MP associated with the conservative Resistance Front, warned: “If the minister continues to go ahead with increasing bandwidth and Internet speed, then we will push for his impeachment and removal from the cabinet.” “We will vigorously prevent all attempts by the [communication] minister to expand 3G technology, and if our warnings are not heeded, then the necessary course of action will be taken,” he added.

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01 Sep 22:00

gamepreservation: A patch to play Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei on the...


A patch to play Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei on the Super Famicom in English has just been released by The Romhacking Aerie. This is a 16-bit remake of the first two Megami Tensei games.

(Atlus - 1995)

01 Sep 22:17

More than one in three wild boar in Germany are too radioactive to eat

by Dan Seifert

If you've going to Germany to experience Oktoberfest for beer and sausages this fall, chances are you might want to stay away from the boar while you're there. A new study from the German government, reported by The Telegraph, shows that more than one in three wild boar killed by hunters in the region are too radioactive to be safe for humans to eat.

Since 2012, hunters in the Saxony region of Germany have had to get any wild boar they kill tested for radiation. In one year, the state reports that 297 of 752 boar tested contained more than the safe limit of 600 becquerels of radioactive material caesium-137 per kilogram for human consumption. Some boar tested had radiation levels dozens of times higher than the safe limit.

Some boar had radioactive material dozens of times higher than the safe limit

Saxony is 700 miles from Chernobyl, where a 1986 explosion at a nuclear plant sent radioactive material into the atmosphere. Subsquent rain and wind carried the radioactive material far and wide across Europe.

It's thought that boar are more susceptible to radiation contamination becuase their diet consists of mushrooms and truffles that are buried in the ground and hold radiation longer than other vegetation. As a result of the contaminated meat, the German government has paid out thousands of euros in compensation to hunters, which have to destroy anything that tests as unsafe and cannot sell it for profit.

Even though it has been 28 years since the Chernobyl disaster, The Telegraph points out that experts say the radiation could be around in unsafe levels for another 50 years.

02 Sep 03:41

September 01, 2014

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Just a reminder, the Pluto shirt is available a little while longer.
31 Aug 18:21

Cee Lo Green pleads no contest to slipping ecstasy to woman he met at Los Angeles sushi restaurant  - NY Daily News

by djempirical

'The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case and that prevents his no contest plea from being used against him in civil court.'


time to delete all the cee-lo music on my HD now, i guess. :(

The former 'Voice' judge maintained he did nothing wrong while taking the plea Friday. He was sentenced to three years of probation and must perform 360 hours of community service.

Published: Friday, August 29, 2014, 1:57 PM
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014, 2:06 PM
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Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to slipping ecstasy to a woman two years ago.

The former "Voice" judge and Gnarls Barkley singer took the no-jail deal under a type of plea that allowed him to deny wrongdoing.

"I plead no contest where I maintain my innocence," Green said in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Judge Mark Young sentenced him to three years of probation and 360 hours of community service for the felony conviction.

The Grammy winner, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, also has to attend 52 substance abuse therapy sessions, register as a narcotics offender and pay restitution to his unidentified female victim.

The judge also ordered the "Crazy" crooner to refrain from drinking alcohol if his probation officer requests that.

Lawyer Blair Berk sat next to Green with her hand on his back. He wore a pinstriped shirt over dark shorts and dress shoes and donned a pair of sunglasses as he left the courtroom without comment.

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Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles and was sentenced to serve probation and community service. The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case and that prevents his no contest plea from being used against him in civil court. Green entered the plea just before a scheduled preliminary hearing during which prosecutors would have had to show there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
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According to prosecutors, Green, 39, "slipped" ecstasy to a 33-year-old woman while the two were dining at a sushi restaurant in July 2012. The woman allegedly recorded Green making reference to the incident in a later conversation, a law enforcement source told the Daily News.

She initially said she believed Green spiked her drink and that the "next thing" she remembered was waking up naked in her hotel room with him.

Prosecutors rejected a felony sexual assault charge in the case.

Berk previously described any physical contact as "consensual."

Green, who rose to fame in the hip hop group Goodie Mob, was ordered to return to court in March for a progress report.

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31 Aug 17:47

Inside the Furious, Close-Range Gun Battle at Pennsylvania Hospital - ABC News

by hodad

dived is still AP style; broadcast outlets are way shakier


Is it just me, or has this use of “dove” only recently become acceptable in journalism and other industries with copyeditors?

Silverman dove to the floor

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31 Aug 22:11

Instagram Photo by dj_empirical

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LA Noire


Man, this lady’s tab is all over the map. #lanoire

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01 Sep 23:24

Watch Manny Pacquiao sing a moving ballad for the NFL

by Seth Rosenthal


I don't know why this exists. I just know that it does and I am very happy for it:

We already knew Manny Pacquiao loves to sing -- so much so that his vocal talents recently got the Drake parody treatment.

I am utterly baffled by this, yet so, so, so appreciative. Keep singing, Manny.

01 Sep 23:26

inspirationfeed: A cherry tree bonsai


A cherry tree bonsai

01 Sep 23:35


02 Sep 00:45

New iPhone 6 Phablet Images Emerge

September 9th cannot come soon enough.
01 Sep 17:33

Rick Perry's Twitter Account Posts 'Unauthorized' Drunk Democrat Meme

The Twitter account for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) posted and then swiftly deleted Sunday what it later described as an "unauthorized" meme mocking the Democratic district attorney at the center of his recent indictment.
02 Sep 00:09

One-Sixth Of Full-Time Workers Say They Work 60+ Hours Per Week

According to a new Gallup poll, half of full-time working Americans work more than 40 hours per week, and nearly 40 percent work more than 50 hours each week.
02 Sep 00:09

America's Border Crisis Is Still Happening, Even If We're Not Hearing About It

Even after the news cameras, what's been happening to children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border sadly continues.
02 Sep 00:09

Hackers Build A Skype That’s Not Controlled By Microsoft

The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it’s also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA’s mass surveillance program.
02 Sep 00:45

Apple Explains Why Apps Get Rejected From The App Store


some vague-ass shit

One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don’t. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store’s iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps.
31 Aug 19:38

Where to get CIDER apples in PDX


hey saucie

Every fruit stand, farmers market, and grocery store seem to have the same selection of Apples here (Gala, Gravenstein, Granny Smith, etc) right now, and while different varieties will be coming out over the next few months, I anticipate that the same places will again, for the most part, have the same selection.

My question, directed specifically at those who make cider at home (or otherwise) - where do you source your bittersweat and bittersharp apples? I would really like to find someone around here who has some higher tannin varieties, such as Foxwhelp or Yarlington Mill (as an example, not specifically)

And yes, I have already seen the Orange Pippin site which lists orchards that sell apples, but the list of varieties which they attribute to the local orchards that I have called is not accurate. Oh and since someone is going to say this, I have an app checking craigslist every hour for apples :-)

So cider makers - lets chat!

Append: In case anyone was interested, the two deals I found this weekend are: (Craigslist) Karam Farm & Garden off of HW224 has Gala's @ $.49/lbs for quantities over 20lbs (Craigslist) A farmer from White Salmon,WA working through "Alicia" in Troutdale - Gravenstein's for $20 / 40lbs box

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31 Aug 22:30

AnandTech Publisher Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple | Re/code

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01 Sep 21:01


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Time to dance in front of Mary Jane! If I'm lucky, she'll turn out not to practice pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism!
01 Sep 22:35

Press Release: WordsFlow 2.0 Now Supports Two Way Workflow and InDesign CS5–CC2014

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adds ODT support, hot
too bad it costs $300/seat

September 1, 2014 — We’re happy and excited to announce the release of WordsFlow 2.0, which adds Pro-level features that, like DocsFlow Pro, completes the workflow cycle and makes WordsFlow fully two-way. With the Pro version, you can now update your Word documents in place with the latest linked InDesign story contents, and you can […]
02 Sep 04:00

opsimath, n.


'A person who begins to learn or study late in life.'

01 Sep 03:51

vortexanomaly: metal windmill construction…


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metal windmill construction…

31 Aug 18:57



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30 Aug 00:08

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21 Aug 01:06

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a masterpost

fUVK HSDGUJWKEG i love this


This is actually pissing me off. It has begun to ruin halloween for me knowing people don’t spell check. Things are massed produced in factories and sent out for sale to the public spelt spoopy, doo, and creppy. Like what the actual fuck. My computer even automatically changes spoopy to spooky. I mean, come on. The best holiday season and businesses don’t even care enough about it to spell check the items they’re gonna sell. Fuck this shit.

come on buddy wheres your smngfiehp cheer


27 Aug 23:18

"The Princess is everything Luke wants to be. She is socially conscious, whereas he is thrown into..."


via Rosalind

“The Princess is everything Luke wants to be. She is socially conscious, whereas he is thrown into things; intellectually, she is a strong leader, and he is just a kid.”


- George Lucas

People often talk about how Han influenced Luke, but we should also look at how Leia influenced Luke.

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I’ve always really liked this idea—that they’re the exact same age, but their different lives have given them very different levels of maturity, and Luke is envious, but fascinated, and idolizes her a bit.

(via another-skywalker)

It’s kind of weird to think of Han as being a big influence compared to Leia.  I mean, yes, they were close.  But it’s made reasonably obvious that close male friends aren’t something Luke’s ever lacked.  If anything, I’d say they’re mutually influential.  Han’s experience and training help temper Luke’s youth and inexperience, and his cynicism demands that Luke account for his own faith. Luke, in turn, cracks Han’s shell with hope and faith, and his earnest belief that Han can be better than what he’s let himself become won’t let him crawl back into the hole he’s dug for himself.

But Leia?

I mean, come on.  Luke’s got these vague intentions to run away and do…something.  He’s dissatisfied with his home life, he’s dissatisfied with the future he sees for himself, and he resents, in an equally vague way, the expectations of his family.  He thinks of joining the rebellion because he’s romanticized it.   He thinks of going to the academy because it’s anywhere but where he’s at.  All of his ambitions amount to this sort of nebulous, Anything But What I Have aspiration.  He goes running after Kenobi on the strength of a shitty, recorded hologram because it seems exciting.  He has no real idea about what this sort of mission would entail, or cost, or achieve.  It’s an Adventure, and he’s bored.

Then he meets Leia, and she’s literally everything he ever had some mindless daydream about being.  Only instead of being a cardboard cut-out hero in some story he’s using to distract himself from a shitty frontier subsistence-farmer life, she’s a real person who’s actually fucking doing it.  She’s a leader.  She’s a fighter.  She’s risking life and limb for a cause she completely and utterly understands and absolutely believes in.  This isn’t some thing she ran away to do because she got sick of being a princess and a senator.  People look up to her, and follow her, and obey her, because she’s spent her life earning it.

He’s looking around and going “Empire bad?  We blow up ships?” and she’s going “Here’s ten political treatises on why the Empire needs to go, here are the details of troop movements and expected reinforcements and supply lines for the upcoming battle, and here are the family photos of everybody in the next ten systems that are going to get stomped into bloody paste in retaliation if we fail here.” He finds her, and within five minutes she’s gone from the princess he’s rescuing because that’s what action heroes do to the person he needs to emulate if he’s ever going to make something of himself.

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22 Aug 15:18

So I heard some of y’all don’t store your cold brew...

So I heard some of y’all don’t store your cold brew coffee concentrate in skull decanters

I’m very disappointed