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03 May 15:45

the-future-now: Watch: Earlier in the clip, Kimmel roasted...





















the-future-now:

Watch: Earlier in the clip, Kimmel roasted Sarah Palin for her “offensive and dangerous” climate nonsense.

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Not a huge fan of Kimmel, but this is fucking glorious and important.

04 May 01:25

Fancy a stay at the Monochrome Motel?

by Elspeth De Montes

This atmospheric building by Pete Strege is called the Monotone Motel and almost seems like a black and white image until you spot the coloured minifigures near the staircase. The neo-gothic inspired architecture has some great brickwork detail near the base using old dark grey tiles against the dark blueish grey bricks. I particularly love the use of Thor hammers across the central area to add texture and detail to the stonework. The mix of old greys and the newer blueish grey LEGO colours allow some contrast within the grey-scale colour scheme.

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It’s worth taking a closer look at the clock to see the details and clever parts used, a foil, a short spear with Pin Hole and a sword blade with bar. The builder mentioned that he searched for weeks for just the right parts, I think it’s a great combination.

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You can see more photographs, including the monochrome interior, in Pete’s Flickr album.

03 May 04:01

Pit

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

I’ve been actually pretty much brain-ok for the last few months but something this week feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer. I actually thought I had the flu for a few days until I realized that my body felt fine enough, I just hate everything and everything hurts and I’m tired all the time and – oh. Right. This again.

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02 May 04:01

Charade

by David M Willis

so anyway there’s a kickstarter to make three different fully-articulated 1/6-scale scientifically-accurate raptor action figures and i figure if this doesn’t fund dina will leap out of your screens and murder every single damn one of you so here’s a link

and if dina leaping out of your screen to murder you sounds enticing, then she will NOT do this if the kickstarter does not fund

dina is canny

03 May 00:45

Proving men will sneak into the ladies’ room…by sneaking men into the ladies’ room

by PZ Myers

I don’t get the logic. The American Patriarchy Association is going to prove that these transgender-tolerant restrooms at Target are a problem, by sending fundamentalist men into them.

In an interview this morning with “Breitbart News Daily,” the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, said that activists have been “testing” Target’s policy by sending men into women’s rooms at the retail chain.

That makes no sense. Shall I test the problems with American gun laws by putting guns in the hands of toddlers and pointing them at Mommy? Shall I prove that the security at big banks is inadequate by robbing a few of them?

This is like the story of the self-appointed civilian bathroom police, or the cops harassing a lesbian woman for using the women’s room. There wasn’t a problem until these assholes created one.

02 May 19:58

“Men shout in righteous rage, but women who raise their...



“Men shout in righteous rage, but women who raise their voices are still often seen as losing control or, heaven forbid, ‘shrill.’”

This column by Mary McNamara for the Los Angeles Times explores how some women are pushing back against the old double standard and refusing to hide their deeply justified anger.

02 May 20:05

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27 Apr 15:32

shaved asparagus frittata

by deb

shaved asparagus frittata

As a person who at least two to three nights a week doesn’t understand why we plan menus and grocery lists when we could just be eating an egg on toast, scrambled, crispy, poached or soft-cooked and smashed, I, too, would expect this site to have more frittata recipes than it does. (It has one. Sorry.) But I don’t make them much at all because they always feel like a lot of work for something that’s essentially a baked omelet with none of the 2-minute butter-drenched speed of a French one. (We’re also on an omelet kick.)

... Read the rest of shaved asparagus frittata on smittenkitchen.com


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02 May 00:00

Message in a Bottle

I tried to send a message back, but I accidentally hit 'reply all' and now the ocean is clogged with message bottles.
02 May 18:08

How to dress up an external pipe

by Minnesotastan

The artist is Joe Vollan.
02 May 18:04

Venezuela reportedly near "total collapse"

by Minnesotastan
As reported in the Miami Herald:
A recent International Monetary Fund report that Venezuela will reach a 720 percent inflation rate this year — the highest in the world — has drawn a lot of media attention, but what I heard from a senior IMF economist this week was even more dramatic.

Robert K. Rennhack, deputy director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department, told me in an interview that Venezuela is on a path to hyperinflation — the stage where the economy reaches total chaos — and could reach a “total collapse of the economic system” in 12 to 18 months if there are no changes in economic policies...

Many Venezuelans believe the country will explode much sooner than in 12 to 18 months. Prices go up daily, supermarket shelves are near empty, there are growing electricity shortages — Maduro has declared every Friday in April and May a non-working holiday in order to save energy — and crime statistics are skyrocketing...
Here are two comments from a Reddit thread:
"Venezuelan here, living in Venezuela. I shared with you guys what life was like living in Venezuela a few months ago, but incredibly it has gotten worse. Back then we didn't have that many power outages. Now there are 4-8 hour outages everyday. Weekends start on Wednesdays. Water is coming super gross through the pipes. What I've noticed recently is that the country has nearly stopped "moving". That and you hear about looting nearly every week. Doing anything at the bank or at some public office takes you so many, unnecessary days because of the power outages. Most people I feel don't even want to work anymore now because the wages are too low and even if their wages were high there's not that much to buy. Food is the new money in Venezuela. If you have a lot of food then you are rich. It kinda feels like a Zombie Apocalypse but without the Zombies."
"I live in Venezuela and we don't even know how to prepare for what is coming. All I can do is work hard to buy as much stuff as I can and save a little bit in USD. Spending and getting into credit card debt seem like good strategies (because of the high inflation rate and a lot of things are cheaper here than abroad). However people like me don't really have a plan for when shit hits the fan. I have a large family here, so feel responsible for them so I won't leave the country. I have a good job and I'm able to buy the food my family requires. But still, I wonder how should I prepare..."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article73657547.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article73657547.html#storylink=cpy
And this from the Washington Post:
Venezuela, a country of 30 million that despite holding the world’s largest oil reserves has descended into a dystopia where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce. Riots and looting broke out in several blacked-out cities last week, forcing the deployment of troops. A nation that 35 years ago was the richest in Latin America is now appealing to its neighbors for humanitarian deliveries to prevent epidemics and hunger.

The regime that fostered this nightmare, headed by Hugo Chávez until his death in 2013, is on the way out: It cannot survive the economic crisis and mass discontent it has created. The question is whether the change will come relatively peacefully or through an upheaval that could turn Venezuela into a failed state and destabilize much of the region around it.
02 May 17:50

Why sugar is added to commercial salt

by Minnesotastan

Explained by a professor of food science:
What really piqued my curiosity was the inclusion of “sugar”... Including only about four one-hundredths of a percent (i.e., 0.04%) of this additive protects or stabilizes the potassium iodide. If no glucose was present, the potassium iodide would eventually break down into its component parts - namely potassium and iodide ions. The iodide ions could then combine to form iodine that could actually vaporize and leave the salt.
Image cropped for size and color-corrected from the original.
02 May 17:27

The American Dental Association sent its members malware

by Minnesotastan

As reported by Krebs on Security:
The problem first came to light in a post on the DSL Reports Security ForumDSLR member “Mike” from Pittsburgh got curious about the integrity of a USB drive that the ADA mailed to members to share updated “dental procedure codes” — codes that dental offices use to track procedures for billing and insurance purposes.

“Oh wow the usually inept ADA just sent me new codes,” Mike wrote. “I bet some marketing genius had this wonderful idea instead of making it downloadable. I can’t wait to plug an unknown USB into my computer that has PHI/HIPAA on it…” [link added].

Sure enough, Mike looked at the code inside one of the files on the flash drive and found it tries to open a Web page that has long been tied to malware distribution. The domain is used by crooks to infect visitors with malware that lets the attackers gain full control of the infected Windows computer...

In response to questions from this author, the ADA said the USB media was manufactured in China by a subcontractor of an ADA vendor, and that some 37,000 of the devices have been distributed.
More information at the link.
02 May 15:51

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02 May 19:47

New Century Corner

by Cagri

Finnish AFOL Eero Okkonen created the most amazing street corner ever and we all love modular buildings at The Brothers Brick, especially when they have a distinct taste in architecture! So a mix of art-nouveau buildings inspired by the dream-like city of Prague definetely catches our eyes. Luckily, Eero went to further lengths to name each of the five houses, wrote brief explanations on building techniques and also provided some photographs of inspiring places. Read them all on his personal blog.

New Century Corner

01 May 22:09

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Bionic Woman Adventure Coloring Book: “A Thief in the Night”

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30 Apr 05:25

stupid reporter is stupid. film at eleven.

I just watched this idiot reporter on KCAL questioning people who were protesting outside of the Republican State Convention in Northern California today.


They were, unsurprisingly, protesting Donald Trump’s rhetoric and message. They were largely younger people, and they were unhappy about his misogyny, bigotry, racism, and xenophobia.


So this stupid reporter, who either knows better and doesn’t care, or is so profoundly ignorant of what he’s reporting on he shouldn’t be there, starts asking the protesters, “Don’t you think Donald Trump has the right to free speech?”


Okay, stupid, let’s break this down for you because apparently any idiot can call himself a reporter these days and get hired by a network. The protesters aren’t government or law enforcement, or agents of the state, so they can’t abridge or prevent Trump’s speech. They aren’t using the apparatus of the state to interfere with his ability to say whatever he wants, so the question about his free speech is irrelevant.


This idiot is asking the wrong question because he’s lazy, stupid, unprepared, or being deliberately obtuse. The question is not “don’t you think Donald Trump has a right to free speech” the question is … well, just to pull three off the top of my non-professional-journalist head: “Why do you feel this way, why are you here, what do you hope to accomplish?”


This idiot did nothing to educate his viewers, and spread the false idea that challenging someone’s ideas has anything to do with that person’s constitutionally-protected right to free speech.


This stupid reporter has conflated Free Speech with speech free of consequence, which is something I’d expect from a 12 year-old, not someone who is allegedly a professional television reporter.

29 Apr 18:22

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this-is-life-actually:

Teen Vogue recently featured seven young women of color in an illuminating video on its website about cultural appropriation. Daunnette Reyome, a 17-year-old Omaha model from Atlanta, was the sole Native American who made an appearance. In her brief interview, Reyome pushed back on stereotypes about indigenous people and discussed the spiritual significance of Native American cultural markers, like the eagle feather she wears in her hair. 

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27 Apr 12:34

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28 Apr 01:11

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30 Apr 14:48

Polk Library of UW Oshkosh in LEGO microscale

by Nick

Microscale master Paul Wellington recreated the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s campus library at the University’s request. Paul used approximately 4800 individual LEGO pieces to achieve a convincing scale replica of the building and surrounding greenery. Some of the excellent microscale techniques on display here include vertical tiles set into the base as columns, and the trees (a similar style to those seen in Rocco Buttliere’s Palace of Westminster).

Polk Library

See more of Paul’s microscale work on his Flickr page.

30 Apr 11:28

There are always those guys

by PZ Myers

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Jeffrey Cranor is a writer for the podcast, Welcome to Nightvale (I listen to it, it’s entertaining). And he gets messages.

I was just about to listen to Episode 3. If you continue to advertise “trigger warnings”, I will no longer listen to your podcast and will advise every person whom I know not to listen.

The clarification that the podcast contains a description of someone being assaulted is pathetic. Stop it or lose listeners.

You know what’s pathetic? The people who get upset that a writer might show a little courtesy to someone who has had a more traumatic experience in their life than they have had; that a writer or a professor can recognize that the people listening to them are not blank, passive ciphers but have also brought their own history with them, and that what is merely an entertaining or academic exercise for us may actually be a lived experience for our audience.

So we give a small nod to those listening. We say, in effect, “I’m going to tell you a story, but I appreciate that it may bring back unpleasant echoes to some of you.” It’s saying that we respect the audience and understand that there are deeper contributions that some of them may make to some parts of what we’re telling them.

And then, of course, there are some members of the audience who are blank, passive ciphers and have never had a stressful experience…or they have, but they never learned from it. And they resent being reminded that there are other people present who have had more complex lives than they have had — and they don’t like being reminded that they are privileged little puddings. So they complain. Their lives are so fortunate to them, that having to listen to a 20 second warning message that a story includes a description of an assault is more traumatic to them, by their accounts, than an actual assault was to someone else.

It’s no surprise that the same people who are aggravated by trigger warnings are also the people who deplore codes of conduct at conferences. How dare you tell me that others might suffer from my actions? Freedom! Freedom excuses everything!

Of course, Cranor is a professional writer, while I’m just a guy with a blog. So what took me several paragraphs to explain, he can whip off in a line. A perfect line:

Grow up, you whiny little shit.

I’ll have to remember that. My usual response is to just roll my eyes, but that lacks the verve of a good punchy dismissal.

29 Apr 21:14

Targeted Advertising

by Kevin
(Image: WBRZ News)

This happened in Baton Rouge a couple of weeks ago. The bus bears an ad that could not be more relevant.

As it happens, the Dudley DeBosier firm represents plaintiffs in motor-vehicle cases, among others; “bus” isn’t on this list of vehicles but I’m sure the list is non-exclusive.

According to the report, three people suffered minor injuries in the accident, including the bus driver. A Dudley DeBosier representative declined to comment on whether the firm is now representing any of those people, but if they aren’t, then I’d have to question the effectiveness of bus advertising.

        
 
 
28 Apr 00:32

The height of good microscale

by Rod

This lovely towerblock by delayice is a great piece of microscale building. The blue and grey color scheme creates a sense of modernity and style, and there’s good details in the lower lobby building at the tower’s base. Check out the offset “headlight brick” providing wall texture and window detailing — nice work.

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28 Apr 15:14

Official trailer for "Snowden"

by Minnesotastan
28 Apr 15:03

Donald and Melania Trump

by Minnesotastan
One excerpt from an extended biography of a potential First Lady:
Melania is as fastidious a wife as she is a mother, which Donald appreciates. Things come easy with her. “I work very hard from early in the morning till late in the evening,” Donald told Larry King in 2005. “I don’t want to go home and work at a relationship.” To the twice-divorced Donald, Melania is terrific. He’s never heard her fart or make doodie, as he once told Howard Stern. (Melania has said the key to the success of her marriage is separate bathrooms.) He can trust her to take her birth control every day, he boasted to Stern; she’s just amazing that way. She has the perfect proportions—five feet eleven, 125 pounds—and great boobs, which is no trivial matter. Stern once asked Trump what he would do if Melania were in a terrible car accident, God forbid, and lost the use of her left arm, developed an oozing red splotch near her eye, and mangled her left foot. Would Donald stay with her?
“How do the breasts look?” Trump asked.
“The breasts are okay,” Stern replied. Then, yeah, of course Trump stays. “Because that’s important.”
I'll defer any commentary.
28 Apr 17:07

Language Creation Society Backs Star Trek Spin-off in Klingon Copyright Battle

by Ernesto

klingonEarlier this year Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a lawsuit against the makers of a Star Trek inspired fan film, accusing them of copyright infringement.

The dispute centers around the well-received short film Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar and the planned follow-up feature film Anaxar.

Among other things, the Star Trek rightsholders claim ownership over various Star Trek related settings, characters, species, clothing, colors, shapes, words, short phrases and even the Klingon language.

The makers of the fan-spinoff responded to several of the allegations last month. Among other things, they argued that the Klingon language is not copyrightable because it’s not more than an idea or a system. They therefore asked the court to dismiss or strike the copyright claims in question.

Paramount and CBS disagreed. In their reply the rightsholders called the argument absurd and among other things, they pointed out that the language system is not very useful if there are no real Klingons to communicate with.

Considering the stakes, the lawsuit has drawn the attention of the Language Creation Society (LCS), a non-profit that aims to promote the art and craft of language creation. The group submitted their opinion to the court yesterday, siding with the makers of the fan-film.

In their amicus brief, which actually uses Klingon language, the LCS points out that it’s understandable that Paramount Pictures feels that they own the language. After all, they commissioned Linguistics professor Marc Okrand to create some of the language thirty years ago.

However, this doesn’t mean that the copyright claims hold ground.

“Feeling ownership and having ownership are not the same thing. The language has taken on a life of its own. Thousands of people began studying it, building upon it, and using it to communicate among themselves,” the LCS notes.

“As the Klingon proverb says, we succeed together in a greater whole,” the brief adds, with pro-bono attorney Marc Randazza writing in Klingon.

The brief, partially in Klingon
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The Language Creation Society lists many examples of how Klingon has evolved, and it specifically disputes Paramount’s earlier claims that there are no human beings who communicate using the Klingon language.

“In fact, there are groups of people for whom Klingon is their only common language. There are friends who only speak Klingon to each other. In fact, at least one child was initially raised as a native speaker of Klingon,” LCS writes.

“Now that Klingon has become an actual living language, Paramount seeks to reach out and stake its ownership by using copyright law. But, as ‘Klingons do not surrender’, neither do those who speak Klingon,” they add.

As such, Paramount should not be allowed to claim copyright over the entire Klingon language, both in written and spoken form. The language is a tool for people to communicate and express ideas, something people should be allowed to do freely under U.S. law, LCS argues.

Klingon alphabet (image: wiki)
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If Paramount is allowed to claim copyright over the language, they would be able to silence the free expression of thousands of people, many of which helped it to evolve in recent years.

“Klingon gave Star Trek characters convincing dialogue. But, it broke its chains and took on a life of its own – a life that the Copyright Act has no power to control. Klingon, like any other spoken language, provides tools and a system for expressing ideas,” LCS writes.

“No one has a monopoly over these things, effectively prohibiting anyone from communicating in a language without the creator’s permission. This is not permitted by the law, and it is not why the Constitution allows Congress to provide copyright protection,” they add.

Summing up, the Language Creation Society sides with the makers of the Star Trek spin-off, asking the court to dismiss the copyright claims over the Klingon language, so it can be used freely and continue to evolve.

It is not up to the California federal court to decide whether the ‘Klingons’ can prevail or not.

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28 Apr 04:01

Committee

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

This is really common and it makes me want to scream.
Dear way too many companies: You don’t get a cookie for publicly noting that your industry or sector has problems with hiring and retaining PoC, women, and/or LGBQ and trans folk, and then expect them to volunteer to fix it. Put your damn money where your mouth is.
You want people to spend their own time, away from family, friends, and home, to develop initiatives that will bring better talent into your company, improve employee retention and loyalty, and be great for social perception, and then you want them to be thankful for the opportunity to do so for free? Fuck that.

Look, a lot of us do free activism work. And yes, some of us do free private sector activism work. But at its root the resistance to appropriately compensate diversity activists within companies is the message that diversity is, itself, worthless.

So if you want people to help bring value to your company, you need to value the people who are doing so. Make it part of their jobs. Bake it into the structure of your organization.
I see so many places that are willing to spend money on big, visible ‘awareness’ events, conferences, speakers, ads… and stop at the line of paying the people that organize this work. The message is clear: the value to the company for diversity is advertising.
Now, I’m not accusing these places of being totally evil, like this is some giant, conscious plan. I don’t even think they often know that they’re doing this. Social awareness on both an individual and institutional level tends to default towards the visible rather than the introspective – for example, many white folks (of which I am one, of course) are very concerned with not being seen as racist, rather than working on internal racism (hence the tendency towards weird defensive anger when one of us gets called-in on something).
So I’m totally willing to believe that most companies, when they start these kinds of initiatives, are really truly believing they’re addressing the problem. But the work most be addressed on multiple scales, both the social and visible (events) and the individual (compensation). If you say you value your marginalized and minority employees, then for fuck’ s sake, actually value them.

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