Apple is set to release iOS 8 today. It is the latest version of their mobile operating system and was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference on June 2nd, 2014. The exact time the update will be available is uncertain, but International Business Times and Computerworld are both reporting it will be live starting at 10:00am Pacific Time (1:00pm Eastern) based on past Apple releases.
In the past Apple has required that devices be updated to the most recent version of iOS before an update can be installed, so anyone looking to update once iOS 8 is made available should make sure their device is currently running iOS 7.1.2 to prepare.
iOS 8 brings a number of new features including Apple’s health and fitness hub HealthKit, which will also integrated with the upcoming Apple Watch (see previously). The update will also bring predictive typing with QuickType, and introduce new ways families will be able to share media.
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We aren’t getting even entry-level jobs, which could enable us to pay our own bills. Not only are we not buying houses, many of us aren’t renting, either: About a third of millennials still live with their parents, earning us the irksome epithet “boomerang generation” — a play on “boomer generation,” the presumed victim here.
never filter firehose
filter only firehose
I’ve never stopped thinking like an RSS reader developer. A habit of nine years is difficult to shake.
For many years what I wanted to do was develop an algorithm for the reader that would pay attention to what you pay attention to, so that it could bring to the top things likely to be most important to you.
I never got that far, which I regretted for years.
But now I wonder if that would have been the right thing to do. These days I hear complaints that you don’t see everything on Facebook from the people you’ve chosen to follow. And Twitter seems to be moving toward an algorithm-based timeline too, which has people (including me) upset.
At the same time, people do like things like muting features and lists. So it’s not that they’re against filters and organization — it’s that they don’t want these imposed from the outside.
These days, were I writing an RSS reader (I’m not), I think I’d skip developing an algorithm based on the user’s attention — instead, I’d focus on making it really easy to filter out the things you don’t care about, and to highlight the things you’re more likely to want to see.
And not try to come up with some algorithm which would have the effect of bugging people and making them feel like they were missing things. Since they would be.
meanwhile, in Portland
There was some interesting stuff going on inside Tim Hecker’s sound at PSU tonight, but the performance was so loud I had a hard time hearing it.
Not that putting fingers or ear plugs in your ears was much help. This was the kind of loud where your clothing moves and you can feel the bass vibrating through your chest. Like that low note that blows out the window in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. High volume is a health hazard plain and simple, and I’m not sure why people would subject themselves to the experience voluntarily.
Also, the fact that the performance contains extremely loud and potentially damaging volume should be prominently featured in PICA’s materials about the show – same sort of warning to the audience that a show with extreme violence might call for. It’s dangerous, and it could make for a very adverse experience if you did not know what you were in for. If you were trapped in the middle of one of PSU’s long rows and wanted to exit but could not – the experience could be unpleasant.
Walida Imarisha re: her “Why are there so few black people in Oregon?” tour
"The former holder of an office or position; (Oxford Univ.) a former Fellow of All Souls College. Also derogatory: a person who has been deposed or ejected."
1935 E. R. Eddison Mistress xxi. 437 Let not the filth be in doubt, you are his good jade, hate us all, too, 'cause of your quondamship.
now that's how you shut down a heckler
Dating isn’t easy, no matter who you are. This is a great Attenborough clip about wasps and orchids.
Yep, that’s right!
He had a tiny hammer and was fixing the plumbing on the fountain. He ate a magic mushroom and fucking grew you guys. But it gets better.
So I’m peeing myself, because this can’t get better, right?! FUCKING WRONG
Bless you, Mario cosplayer. Bless your stunning dedication.
are dogs even real?
via Rosalink Cumberarden
via rnas; the log scale erases the fact that the fatality rate is <50%
Casualties of Ebola epidemic on a log scale
via otters via bl00
I do not write personal essays. This is the first, and likely the last, you will see.
I write articles that have resonated with millions of people, often in an emotional way. But I never write about myself or my personal life. I have multiple platforms and if I wanted to, I could. I choose not to – in part because I think focusing on myself distracts from the social and political problems I depict, but also because I value my privacy.
I am like this in “real life” too. I have been described as aloof, but I try to be generous and kind. I take care of my family and my community. I don’t care about fame, which is much more of a curse than a gift. I reject most media interviews. My priorities are my loved ones and my work. Yesterday I was reading Charlotte’s Web to my daughter: the story of “a true friend and a good writer”. That is all I aim to be. If I had the choice, this is how I would be remembered.
But I do not have a choice.
I do not like to write about myself, and I do not like to write about my pain. Today Jacobin put me in a position where I had no choice but to do that.
For the past few weeks, I have been receiving rape threats and constant harassment from people who describe themselves as leftists or communists, and apparently want to rape their way to revolution. I have attempted to handle these threats privately. I mentioned them on Twitter twice: once to violentfanon, whose podcast I nearly had to cancel on because of the intensity of the threats, and one to Kenzo Shibata, in a Twitter conversation.
The rest of the time I dealt with them in non-public ways, through private emails and discussion. I have learned that to draw attention to rape threats produces more rape threats. I was scared for my safety and did not want to do that. Any attack on me becomes an attack on my family. As a mother, it is my job to protect my family.
During the YesAllWomen hashtag, which happened at the peak of the threats, I was tempted to open up about what was happening. I was moved by others sharing their stories, many of which were similar to mine. Like many women, I deleted more tweets than I submitted. In the end, I only referred to my situation obliquely. I could not go through with it.
Today Amber A’lee Frost at Jacobin magazine linked to my conversation with Shibata in order to mock my rape threats. This tweet would have been fairly hard to find since it was merely a response to Shibata’s. As I said, had I wanted to talk about my rape threats, I certainly could have – in an article in a mass media outlet or in tweets to my 24000 Twitter followers. But I did not want this scrutiny. Instead I made a brief remark, and forgot about it until this morning, when it appeared in Jacobin – used to viciously mock my potential rape in a piece that otherwise had nothing to do with me.
There are not words to describe the experience of reading an article, coming to the word “rape threats”, and then seeing that the rape threat is about you – intended to debase and humiliate you for admitting you have been threatened.
When I objected to the piece, two Jacobin editors admitted that they had not edited or carefully read the piece in question, and removed the link. Then another editor, Megan Erickson, said I was being “childish” for noting that they had mocked me for my rape threats. She and others spent the day mocking and harassing me.
Because this was now being handled in public, I was fortunate to receive the support of hundreds of people on Twitter – as well as attacks from others. I always expect some form of trolling, but I did not expect one of the attackers to be an editor at Salon, Elias Isquith, who questioned what my potential rape meant for “hashtags” and “brands”.
So in one day, two leftist publications used rape threats to me to belittle me, humiliate me and defame me. And then others accuse me of wanting attention.
Who in their right mind would want attention for this?
I had, and continue to have, no desire to ever write about being repeatedly threatened with rape. It is a painful subject for me to discuss for many reasons. The only reason I’m doing so now is because Jacobin forced me into a position where I have no choice but to do so to clarify what happened. I don’t want attention, or pity, or to be anyone’s hero or victim.
What do I want? I want people to stop sending me rape threats. I want to do my work. I want to stop being treated like a thing – or, shall I say, like a woman.
The left has a rape problem. Someone should write about it. But it is not going to be me. I have had enough threats this year.
'I was saved out of a pagan lifestyle at age 22 and all I ever knew was a strong “independent” mother. I watched her crumble by trying to prove herself to men'
MAYBE THAT WAS THE PROBLEM
this poor girl :( :(
Meet Annalise. She is my only little princess. She is a gift from God (Ps 127:3) and I do my best to savor every waking second with her. Even as I type this post, she is sitting on my lap. She’s five years old and, like every loving father, I’ll be forced to give her away one day. Until then, my wife and I have the immense opportunity to train her and prepare her to be a woman of God. More specifically, we have the mandate to prepare her to be a wife and mother. To be honest, I have a deep concern for her because of the feministic culture we live in. Let’s face it; feminism has so influenced American culture that it has infiltrated the Christian culture just as much in more subtle ways. The average Christian woman is not trained from the home, nor encouraged, to find a husband as an alternative to going to college and starting a career. This is sad and unbiblical. When I even suggest the possibility of not sending my daughter to college, I almost always get the stink eye. This grieves me because we have allowed the culture to sear our conscience to the point where the plain reading of Scripture is scoffed at by professing Christians. This is why I have a drive to see our churches be more passionate about Titus 2 than conforming to the cultural expectation of women being independent of man. Thankfully this doesn’t pertain to all single truly converted ladies. I have met a few women from godly families who have been trained to be “managers of the home” (Titus 2:4-5). I’m calling all Christians to stop, pause, and ask, “Have I bought into the cultural expectations imposed on our young women of the faith? Are we, in practice, setting up our young women to function in a role they weren’t designed to?” To put it another way, is it wise to expect young women to go to a university and pursue a career? As a young father with a young daughter, I have thought about this in depth. So much so that I have come up with two reasons why my daughter won’t go to college:
1. MY DAUGHTER WON’T GO TO COLLEGE IF…HER MOTIVE IS WRONG. For starters, I’m NOT opposed to my daughter getting a higher Christian (emphasis on Christian) education given that her heart is right (i.e., she does not want to get a degree just so that she can be independent of a man; see 1 Cor 11:9). Many remain untaught about the role of women from a biblical perspective. A woman was created to fill the role of a helper and a companion, specifically to a husband. That’s why God created Eve (Gen 2:18). Until that happens, nowhere in Scripture does it command fathers to release their daughter into the world and demand that she learn how to fend for herself. We see from Scripture that a “man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake” (1 Cor 11:9). Again, in 1 Tim 2:15, it reads, “women will be preserved through the bearing of children.” Not only that, Paul says twice in two different letters that a woman’s primary place of business is in the home (1 Tim 5:14; Tit 2:4). This role is precious and sacred, but the church has bought into the idea that to be a stay-at-home wife/mommy is second class and it’s despised…even in most churches. Yes, Paul spoke of singleness and used his singleness for the ministry. However, Paul was a man. It’s wrong to expect women to keep in step with the cultural, not biblical, mandate. We have it backwards. Instead of championing Titus 2, for example, we champion degrees and careers. How many colleges are emphasizing the priority of young Christian ladies becoming Titus 2 women (e.g., “workers at home”)? The Bible is clear, but I don’t hear 1 Tim 5:14 quoted often: “Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach….” As for young ladies who tragically suffer their husband becoming disabled, admittedly, it’s not as black and white. However, as a pastor, I would feel a very large and heavy burden to mobilize the church Body and do whatever it takes to care for her, especially if she has no other family support behind her (1 Tim 5:3-4). Even so, that situation is extremely rare. Just to be clear, I don’t intend to demean or discourage young women in school or in the workforce. There’s a point where it becomes gray. What’s not gray is the fact that young Christian women are indeed pursuing the same things as unbelieving women: independence from a man. Eve acted outside the authority and protection of Adam and, well, you know where that led to.
2. MY DAUGHTER WON’T GO TO COLLEGE IF…I CAN’T AFFORD IT. Many of you know firsthand that college is expensive. Tuition for private school is astronomical. The Bible has something to say about debt: it’s a cruel master (Pro 22:7). I wouldn’t dream of handing my daughter to a godly man and saying, “Hey, pal. When you married my daughter, you also married her student debt, which is $50,000!” The epidemic of debt in our culture comes from the lie of self-entitlement. In other words, the “American Dream” (the idea that if you work hard you can be successful and happy) has morphed into the American Entitlement (the idea that someone owes them something for nothing). It is dangerous and unwise. Debt is a heavy burden. Not only do we expect women to function outside of their God-ordained role by sending them out with the wrong motive, we unwisely expect them to go into debt. Then she is compelled to put off marriage and motherhood even longer because she 1) feels the responsibility to pay off the debt and 2) she feels like she would be a bad steward of her education if she does not pursue a career in the field of study she just spent the past 4-6 years in.
The question then leads to this: what is she supposed to do if she doesn’t go to college until she finds a husband? What if she never marries? What if she wants to be single? This question is strictly asked with the presupposition that it would be utterly insane to stay home. However, that is precisely what women did until the feminist movement. Women employed their gifts, talents, and God-given abilities to benefit the home while being under the care, protection, and tutelage of her parents. Now, as proud Americans, we think that’s weird and unfathomable. Women can use their singleness to dedicate their time to the functioning of a home and the church and to disciple-making without getting the debt and acquiring some sort of worldly achievement. Please let me reiterate that I don’t intend to discourage or condemn single Christian ladies who work. I do empathize with them in that they are stuck in a cultural paradigm that forced them into the secular workforce.
The blame for the church’s cultural compromises fall squarely on the shoulders of church leaders and fathers. I pledged to myself that I will not sacrifice my daughter on the altar of men by sending her out of my home, care, and protection at age 18 just so that she can get a degree and achieve some worldly status. I will count those years as a precious time for my wife and me to prepare her for the wonderful task that’s ahead. The job of being a wife and mother is a high calling and I would argue is the most important job under the sun. Women have the most influence in shaping the next generation. Now, I have a beautiful wife and precious little girl. It’s neither her burden nor her role to work outside the home in order to provide for me. The gifts God has given her are employed every single hour in her service to her husband, her children, and her church. Her job is 24 hours and I thank her often for it.
I know this issue is very controversial and unpopular. If you would be open to learning and being challenged, please listen to Pastor MacArthur’s series called “God’s High Calling for Women” and “The Fulfilled Family.” He talks about this issue in depth. I was saved out of a pagan lifestyle at age 22 and all I ever knew was a strong “independent” mother. I watched her crumble by trying to prove herself to men and she never knew what it was like to have a man really love and lead her. The two series rocked my world and laid the right foundation for my Christian life. The bottom line is this: the Bible does not command women to leave home at a young, vulnerable age, get a formal education, get a reputable job, and then have a family when she feels like it. The individualistic hedonistic culture does. One the other hand, the Bible reveals that it is God’s will for women to get married, raise godly children, and keep the home. It’s a high calling.
Readers of a certain age may recall the Popples, a vaguely Care Bears-like line of toys whose characters appeared in a poorly animated Saturday morning TV show. These brightly colored, frolicsome critters were distinguished by the fact that all their names began with P, and by their ability to pull nearly any conceivable object from their body pouches. They could also fold themselves into those pouches to become fuzzy little bouncy orbs. Oh, what fun those whimsical Popples had gamboling about!
If the Popple Dungeon roads in Chester and Charlotte are not the current or former sites of prisons for criminally inclined, cut-rate 1980s cartoon characters, then WTF are they?
This is actually a series of interconnected questions: No. 1: What kinds of popples are we talking about here? No. 2: What do dungeons have to do with anything? No. 3: Why do two Vermont towns nearly 100 miles apart have streets with this unusual name?
We easily answered the first question by turning to one of the greatest reference books ever published: Dictionary of American Regional English. This remarkable work, compiled over nearly 30 years, is the definitive source on regionally specific words and phrasings. Its entry on "popple" explains that the term has a long history in the Northeast and Midwest as a kind of arboreal catchall. Though etymologically related to "poplar," the word is also commonly used in casual reference to alders, quaking aspens, cottonwoods and other trees.
The "dungeon" in these two roads' names seems to refer not to a dank oubliette but, by association, to a dark, creepy space, a reading supported by Chester author Virginia Blake Clark in her 2000 book The Source: Popple Dungeon, Vermont: The Settlement, Farms and Genealogy of a Small Community in Vermont. Near the beginning of her work, Clark places a section called "That Odd Name," in which she writes,
Locals referred to a stretch of road that reached from [the District] 15 school to a bridge in the east as "the dungeon." The overhang of the tree branches and the heavy growth of bush along that stretch of road gave the area a dark and forbidding appearance.
As you can imagine, [local] boys picked up this name and started to call their neighborhood Popple Dungeon or just "The Dungeon." This would have happened sometime prior to World War I, but the date is not clear.
Clark explains that the term "Popple Dungeon," which is most strongly associated with the town of Chester, also refers to parts of the neighboring communities of Andover and Windham. The three large farms that constituted the original Popple Dungeon area were first purchased and settled in the mid-18th century.
It's no surprise that Chester maintains this remnant of its history. But Chester is in southwestern Vermont, on the other side of the state from Charlotte, which boasts a good chunk of Lake Champlain coastline a few miles south of Burlington. How did this peculiar name migrate 100 miles northwest?
If anyone knows the answer to this question, it's retired trial lawyer Ed Amidon, who, 35 years ago, built the second house on Charlotte's Popple Dungeon Road. He's a keen amateur historian, so he does know how his street assumed its unusual, descriptively inaccurate name.
Turns out that the first residents of Charlotte's Popple Dungeon Road had a mischievous son who, Amidon says, "stole the [road] sign from Chester and put it up on the corner of a public right of way — which was really just the driveway to their house." The handmade sign would periodically deteriorate but was always replaced. So far as Amidon knew, he lived on an unnamed, private rural lane running perpendicular to Whalley Road.
Soon, though, a name that started as a joke found itself inscribed in state ledgers. Nestled in subsection 7056(a) of the 1993 statute that created Vermont's enhanced 911 emergency response system is a stipulation that any municipality that wishes to participate in the system must "identify all building locations and other private and public locations." In other words, every road needed a name so ambulance and fire-truck drivers would know where to go.
To make Charlotte fully compliant with the statute, the town's selectboard assigned to a certain rural road the name that had long been unofficially used to refer to it. Amidon believes that selectboard member Frank Thornton formally put Popple Dungeon Road into the books.
Though he's made his peace with it, Amidon isn't overly fond of his street's name. "It requires constant explanation," he says. Placing a phone order for a delivery is particularly grueling, Amidon notes. "You spell it out, and there's dead silence on the end of the line."
So it appears that our semi-obscure 1980s stuffed animals can rest easy. No one is going to throw them into a candy-colored cartoon jail in Vermont.