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21 Jul 14:39


by Jennie Breeden
21 Jul 14:38

The Last Word on the Thirteenth Doctor

sleep is dumb

What's that? A FEMALE DOCTOR WHO?????????

26 Jun 20:25

Caring For Plants

21 Jun 18:41

Support the They Live / Trump Billboard campaign

by Mark Frauenfelder

My dear old friend Mitch O'Connell designed the art for this fabulous They Live tribute billboard, and he's looking for your support to rent billboard space for it.

“Clear Channel Outdoor” tells me renting one month of a 10’ 5” by 22’ 8” billboard can be had for as cheap as $850, plus a production fee of $225 every 60 days. So let’s set the goal at $1930 for one 2-month rental to begin with. If more money is raised, break out your pen and paper to do the math to figure out how many more billboards could be acquired.

20 Jun 19:31

Mystery Science Theater 3000 does Stranger Things

by David Pescovitz

Here we go, "into the grayish brownish world of the early 80s..."

09 Jun 20:05


by Jennie Breeden
02 Jun 14:51


by Jennie Breeden
02 Jun 14:51


by Jennie Breeden
02 Jun 14:48


by Jennie Breeden
02 Jun 14:19

[Eugene Volokh] Irish police drop blasphemy investigation of noted comedian Stephen Fry

by Eugene Volokh

The Independent (Ireland) (Cathal McMahon) reports:

Gardaí have decided not to proceed with a blasphemy investigation against Stephen Fry after they failed to find a large group of people outraged by comments he made on an RTÉ show….

A well-placed source said: “This man [who filed the complaint] was simply a witness and not an injured party [presumably because he said that he himself was not offended by Fry’s comments — EV]. Gardaí were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people.

“For this reason the investigation has been concluded.” …

Today Health Minister Simon Harris said a referendum should be held to change the [Irish] constitution’s stance of blasphemy.

“It’s silly. It’s a bit embarrassing. It needs to be changed. I’m very pleased that the Government wishes to see a referendum in relation to this issue. It obviously does require constitutional change,” he said.

For more on the investigation, on Fry’s remarks and on Irish blasphemy law, see this post.

02 Jun 14:17

[David Post] The King’s English

by David Post

President Trump speaks during a news conference on Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Sometimes, commentary is hardly necessary — the words speak for themselves. Verbum ipsa loquitur. Here, unedited — posted, appallingly enough, at the official White House website — are the remarks by the leader of the free world on the occasion of the House’s passage of the the Trumpcare bill:

And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down.  We’re going to get this passed through the Senate.  I feel so confident.  Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan — this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days.  After that, I mean, it’s — I don’t think you’re going to hear so much.  Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing.  It’s been a catastrophe.  And this is a great plan.  I actually think it will get even better.  And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare.  Make no mistake about it.  Make no mistake.  (Applause.)

And I think, most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down.  Yes, deductibles will be coming down.  But very importantly, it’s a great plan.  And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.

We knew that wasn’t going to work.  I predicted it a long time ago.  I said, it’s failing.  And now, it’s obvious that it’s failing.  It’s dead.  It’s essentially dead.  If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies it would die immediately.

So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted.  Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me.  An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you.  I mean it.  (Applause.)  And coming from a different world and only being a politician for a short period of time — how am I doing?  Am I doing okay?  I’m President.  Hey, I’m President.  Can you believe it?  Right?  (Applause.)  I don’t know, it’s — I thought you needed a little bit more time.  They always told me, more time.  But we didn’t.

But we have an amazing group of people standing behind me.  They worked so hard and they worked so long.  And when I said, let’s do this, let’s go out, just short little shots for each one of us and let’s say how good this plan is — we don’t have to talk about this unbelievable victory — wasn’t it unbelievable?  So we don’t have to say it again.  But it’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate.

And there’s so much spirit there.  But I said, let’s go out — we have a little list of some of the people — and I think after that list goes, if they don’t talk too long, our first list, we’re going to let some of the other folks just come up and say whatever you want.

But we want to brag about the plan, because this plan really — uh oh.  (Laughter.)  Well, we may.  (Laughter.)  But we’re just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features.

[He then continued for a bit, though he never did get to talking about all of those “great features.” Italics added.]

I’m sorry, but I cannot get used to the fact that our president cannot speak in coherent sentences. It is inexcusable — unacceptable in a 14-year-old. “Premiums will come down, and deductibles will come down”; good deal! Is there anyone — anyone — who thinks that President Trump understands health-care markets, and the impacts of this bill on those markets, remotely well enough to say that? Does anybody care anymore about little things like that? I guess that when you have a president whose campaign officials are under FBI investigation on the basis of evidence that they may have collaborated with a foreign power to disrupt the U.S. presidential election, all this is just a small blip on the radar. But it appalls just the same.

It is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.

It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, and the slovenliness of our language then makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946).

“The point,” Orwell continued, “is that the process is reversible.” I hope he was correct.

28 Apr 20:06


Dad was trained in Indianapolis at the multi-service Defense Information School (DINFOS), taught to run radio and tv stations. But during the final week of classes, everyone's initial assignments (dad's were to Eritrea) were cancelled and they were all sent to Fort Bragg, N.C. to study propaganda warfare, then called Psychological Operations. Dad and his Army buddies drove south to their new classes, and as they crossed the border into North Carolina they were appalled to see this huge billboard welcoming them into this still proudly segregated state. This, and the Nazi films with which they were trained, was the eye-opening beginning of his rejection of the Conservative philosophies of his youth. 1967.
05 Apr 20:33

Fan re-edits The Hobbit single, reasonable movie

by Cory Doctorow

Sara writes, "It has been a few years since The Hobbit has its theatrical release and some fans have been toiling since then on the perfect edit. Joblit has posted links to his latest versions.They include the personal favourite Theatrical Edition (runtime 2:42), a somewhat indulgent Extended Edition (runtime 3:45), and a brisk Ludicrous Edition (runtime 2:10). He notes to keep in mind that the credits are 13 minutes long, so playback is considerably shorter. If you're a fan of the films and also like an early night then these film edits are for you." (more…)

05 Apr 20:29

Spend 5 minutes, help save our society

by Jason Weisberger

This amazingly handy website pretty much holds your digital hand through the process of calling your representatives.

Take five minutes, call your reps.

5 Calls

05 Apr 20:28

All of IT development summed up in one image

by Ken Snider

This picture grid brilliantly sums up the attitudes in nearly every IT office I've ever worked in. This is the oldest reference to it I can find.


05 Apr 20:16

congenitaldisease: Fingal’s Cave, located on the uninhabited...


Fingal’s Cave, located on the uninhabited island of Staffa, Scotland, is formed from basalt columns within a paleocene lava flow, similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Due to the large size and arched roof, the cave gives off an extremely creepy sound caused by the echoes of the waves.

05 Apr 19:53


by Jennie Breeden
24 Mar 20:44


by Jennie Breeden
09 Mar 19:51

Alex Garant

08 Mar 20:26


by Jennie Breeden
07 Feb 21:49

people say I have great feathers, many people…

by creature16
07 Feb 21:19


by Jennie Breeden

America wouldn’t exist without immigrants.

“God Bless America” was written by Irving Berlin who was born in the Russian Empire.
The White House was designed by James Hoban, an immigrant from Ireland.
Levi Jeans was founded by a German.
One of the creators of Google was Sergey Brin, an immigrant from the Soviet Union.
The first Video Game system was designed by Ralph Baer, a German refugee.
Can’t forget Wernher von Braun, German who emigrated to the US to build us rockets.
Enrico Fermi, an Italian immigrant, contributed to the worlds first nuclear reactor for America.
Basketball was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts. He was a Canadian.
Nikola Tesla was an immigrant from Croatia. He’s why we have stable electricity.
Ebay was founded by a French-born Iranian-American.
Youtube was founded by an immigrant from Taiwan, and one from Germany.
Hot Dogs are from Germany.
Telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell from Scotland.
03 Feb 15:13


by Jennie Breeden
24 Jan 19:41

Dipped in Secrets

sleep is dumb

Red Robot, why are you covered in blood?

24 Jan 19:06

Stupid Github Tricks

by s_baghaii

It works!

Even though I have been using github for a while now, I still get confused by things like fetch and pull because these words are games that you play with dogs and have nothing to do with computers. In fetch, you throw a ball and a dog brings it back to you. In pull, you play tug-of-war with a dog over a sock. These words are so meaningless to me because I have no dog.

Someone recommended watching the video at the top to refresh my github skills. The talk demonstrated how git works with tinker toys. Why do tech people have the best tinker toys? Do you know where I can find tinker toys without plastic bits? The talk was decent, but I have an issue with titling talks like "Git for Ages 4 and Up." If you label your talks this way and someone does not get it, you are essentially telling them that they are dumber than a 4-year-old child. If you label your talk this way, it also shows that you lack any understanding of 4-year-old children. No 4-year-old child is going to pay attention to an hour and a half of anything. Your intermediate tech talk is not targeting 4-year-old children very well.

Today, I learned that if you go into any commit and type ".patch" at the end, you can see the contact information including email address of the person who made that commit. In this case, I went to the repository of awesome, and I looked at one of the recent commits. I appended ".patch" to the end of the commit and saw the following:

.patch appended to the end of a commit

The user who made this commit knows that his or her data can be exposed and changed the email address. Here is a link that shows you how not to display your email address to the whole world.

18 Jan 18:21

captcreate: hmmm…



10 Jan 16:32


by Jennie Breeden

The box is Government.

10 Jan 16:28


by Jennie Breeden
29 Dec 14:28

Here's a TV set turned into a useless brick by Android malware

by Rob Beschizza

LG Factory Reset instructions: Plug in; press settings + CH Dwn together, release; Select "wipe data," then "Yes." Wait for "complete;" Power cycle.

Darren Cauthon, annoyed at LG's refusal to fix a family member's broken TV, went public with the problem.


28 Dec 14:20

Sharpless 308: Star Bubble

Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star,