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25 Jul 17:34

ashprincessmidna: starlightgakuen: Living the life. Me



Living the life.


20 Jul 07:00

Philosophy Club

When you think about it, any club can be a fight club with enough spirit.
26 Jul 16:09

aaronsgift:nubiana-mericana: rightsidebrains: Gold He just...





He just pouring all the tea before his term is up

Hello. This is crazy

26 Jul 15:00

Recipe: Homemade Marshmallow Fluff — The Baking Aisle

by Tessa Huff
Cary Renquist

If I had this recipe as a kid, I would likely be a potential Biggest Loser contestant.

Sometimes there are so many reasons why we should DIY instead of buying pre-made goods at the store. From being more cost-efficient to making things healthier, building your own homemade pantry might seem to be more hands-on, but it sure has its perks. Even something as commercialized as marshmallow cream can be made better and tastier at home. This marshmallow fluff recipe proves just that.


26 Jul 15:52

(via A Pigment Library That Launched American Art...

(via A Pigment Library That Launched American Art Conservation)

When the Harvard Art Museums reopen this Sunday after a six-year expansion project, historic pigments foundational to the field of art conservation in the United States will be on public view. A new display will showcase the Forbes Pigment Collection as part of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.


26 Jul 17:44

maryjanes-reflection: sosuperawesome: Morgan Davidson, on...

Cary Renquist

I think that my pencils must be defective...



Morgan Davidson, on Tumblr

YO. this should be on EVERYBODY’S BLOG

My pencil crayons never worked this much magicXD

26 Jul 18:27

peggaycarter: #free marvel actresses from shitty questions...


#free marvel actresses from shitty questions 2kforever (x) (x) (x)

25 Jul 06:41

There's really nothing quite so sweet as tiny little baby feet

26 Jul 01:37

How I think American media works

24 Jul 00:13

Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?“Predating Stonehenge by...

20 Jul 05:03

kickoffcoverage: This 1991 pic of Brett Favre rocking the jorts...


This 1991 pic of Brett Favre rocking the jorts is still one of the greatest NFL Draft Day photos of all time. ‪#‎ThrowBackDraftDay‬

20 Jul 07:55

bersiker: Spiderman

Cary Renquist

The luckiest unlucky motorcyclist.



20 Jul 11:30

Add Tie-Down Points to Any Car with Simple Nylon Straps

by Alan Henry

If you’ve ever had to awkwardly tie a mattress, kayak, or anything else to the top of your car, you know what it’s like to wish you had a secure place to tie the thing down on your car. Luckily, all you need is some nylon straps and you can give your car, whatever type of car it may be, some secure, easily-hidden tie down points.


20 Jul 16:44


20 Jul 17:33

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns

In the solar power research community, a new class of materials called perovskites is causing quite a buzz, as scientists search for technology that has a better 'energy payback time' than the silicon-based solar panels currently dominating the market. Now, a new study reports that perovskite modules are better than any commercially available solar technology when products are compared on the basis of energy payback time.
16 Jul 23:05


19 Jul 00:35

ratchetmessrebooted: omnitrixareforkids: intrudaimpala: bethel...








Bring socks!!!! #homeless #donate #homelessness

As are toiletries!

I would also advice NOT to buy wool socks because yes, they are warm, but wool shrinks very easily, some people are allergic to wool, and wet wool is one of the most uncomfortable things in the world.

Thick cotton socks would be best, they’d last the longest and be the easiest to take care of and clean.

- Jane

Cotton is best. Always cotton

I feel the need to STRESS the necessity of socks. For the event AMOK through Random Acts this year, we went to DTLA to pass out donations. At one point we basically ran out and some of us broke off from the group to buy some more items. We ended up at a convenience store that had two boxes of cotton socks. We bought them and as we were walking one man asked us if we had socks. And we said “Yes.” and gave him a pair and then suddenly we were surrounded by individuals all asking for socks. We were out of socks in a few moments. I can say from personal experience that socks were the most important article of clothing that they wanted.

And as far as toiletries go, tampons. TAMPONS AND PADS. One woman was so excited, gracious, and thankful to receive tampons and pads, as it is a donation that seems to be overlooked. So please, of donations that could be given, while all articles of clothing and food and other necessities are more than welcome, socks and tampons and pads are largely needed.

And if you could spend the extra couple of bucks for special diabetic socks, you could save a homeless diabetic persons foot. Please.

This is something to keep in mind next time I donate clothes. But I don’t want to give them old socks, they will be getting NEW socks.

19 Jul 00:58

A black transgender woman is in jail because police were called on her for being transgender

by Bethania Palma Markus
A black transgender woman is currently in solitary confinement in an Iowa jail because she is transgender. Meagan Taylor, 22, was arrested Monday by Des Moines police after staff at the hotel she was staying with another transgender friend called police. According to the police report, officers were...
19 Jul 03:53


19 Jul 17:16

While we’re condemning the confederate flag…

by PZ Myers
Cary Renquist

Mankato's claim to fame.
Lynchings happened in Duluth, MN... 2 or 3 african american fellows were lynched by a mob -- they were carnival workers were traveling through town.

Let’s not forget this event. Minnesota. December, 1862. The largest mass execution in American history. These are all Dakota Indians.


The Dakota had been reduced to starvation and dependence on government traders who exploited the native population shamelessly; as the Civil War bled government resources, there were desperate fears among the Indians that they would not receive the subsidies necessary for their survival, and they erupted into the Dakota War of 1862. The Dakota lost. The US Army then herded together hundreds of men and put them on “trial”.

Sibley ordered a commission of five military officers to try the prisoners summarily and “pass judgment upon them, if found guilty of murders or other outrages upon the Whites, during the present State of hostilities of the Indians. Major General John Pope, recently banished to Minnesota by President Lincoln after Pope’s humiliating defeat at the Civil War’s Battle of Second Bull Run, saw an opportunity to redeem himself at the Dakota’s expense. He immediately approved Sibley’s plans. “The horrible massacres of women and children and the outrageous abuse of female prisoners, still alive, call for punishment far beyond human power to inflict, Pope wrote. “It is my purpose utterly to exterminate the Sioux if I have the power to do so… They are to be treated as maniacs and wild beasts.”

The commission began the hearings on the reservation on September 28 and tried 16 men that day alone. This breakneck pace continued, and by November 3—a mere five weeks later—the commission had conducted 392 trials, including an astonishing 40 in one day. Observer Reverend J.P. Williamson noted that the trials took less time than the state courts required to try a single murder defendant. The accused were hauled before the commission, sometimes manacled together in groups, and were arraigned through an interpreter. The charges ranged from rape to murder to theft, although most Dakota were accused of merely participating in battles. The defendants entered a plea, and those who pleaded not guilty had an opportunity to speak. The commission then called and examined its own witnesses, but it did not permit the Dakota to have counsel for their defense. As one man who assisted in gathering evidence against the Indians noted, “[T]he plan was adopted to subject all the grown men, with a few exceptions to an investigation of the commission, trusting that the innocent would make their innocence appear.”

Over 300 were condemned to death. This was a degree of vicious retribution that would not be visited upon the Confederacy after their defeat, but then…these were “maniacs and wild beasts”. All those death sentences required review by Lincoln, who spared 265 of them, but 38 had to be sacrificed in a public hanging to appease the bloodlust of the white Minnesotans.

Afterwards, the bodies served science and local tourism.

After the execution in which all 38 were hanged simultaneously, he [Dr Sheardown] and the assistant surgeons stepped forward to examine the bodies and make the pronouncements of death. The bodies were taken away in mule-drawn wagons and buried in a long trench that had been dug in the sandy bank of the Minnesota River. Some historical accounts mention “a Dr. Sheardown” or “an unknown Dr. Sheardown” who removed some of the skin from the bodies before they were buried. Some of these pieces of skin later turned up in Mankato for sale as “souvenirs”. It is unknown with certainty whether Dr. Samuel B. Sheardown removed the skin, or a souvenir hunter who was impersonating him and using his name. Other accounts state that several doctors who attended the hanging, or that local physicians, asked for permission to dig up the bodies for use as cadavers in their anatomical studies. Permission was granted, and over the next few days, bodies were removed.

The difference between the North and the South seems to be that we carry out our lynchings on a large scale, and with Yankee efficiency.

Mankato, Minnesota, where the execution took place, has no memorials to the executed. The state of Minnesota honored several of the leaders of the US side by naming counties after them.

17 Jul 18:05

Swear maps, gosh darn it: Jack Grieve

Cary Renquist

Darn if Duluth isn't a den of darnation.

twitter @JWGrieve

twitter @JWGrieve

Swear maps, gosh darn it: Jack Grieve

17 Jul 19:55

janejana:this is so beautiful i’m crying


this is so beautiful i’m crying

17 Jul 23:44

Advanced Drinking Aphorisms

14 Jul 06:49


Cary Renquist

Ahh, yisss!!!

15 Jul 20:52

peoplemask: rivervox: archiemcphee:How often do you get to see...




How often do you get to see a life-size pegasus? This majestic Friesian horse received an awesome clip job giving him a stunning pair of black wings which he wears so well that we keep waiting for him to take flight. 

Suitable for a flight to Asgard.

um holy fuck

15 Jul 02:26

Finally, something made me laugh today

by PZ Myers
Cary Renquist

Terminal Gingeritis.

I feel for the poor girl, but still:

Her parents insisted that she wasn’t sick, just Scottish

I must be getting better! Give me a few more days for my sense of humor to mature to something slightly less infantile.

Only slightly, mind you.

15 Jul 16:37

More ProxyHam stuff

by Robert Graham
Somebody asked how my solution in the last post differed from the "ProxyGambit" solution. They missed my point. Just because I change the tires on the car doesn't mean I get credit for inventing or building the car. The same thing with this ProxyHam nonsense: nobody is "building a solution". Instead, we are all just using existing products the way they are intended. We are all just choosing a different mix of components.

People get all excited when they see a bare Raspberry Pi board, but the reality is that there's nothing interesting going on here, no more than lifting the hood/bonnet on your car. This is photograph from ProxyGambit:

What ProxyGambit is doing here is using cellular data on the far end rather stealing WiFi from Starbucks or the local library. Their solution looks fancy, but you can do the same thing with off-the-shelf devices for a lot cheaper. Here is the same solution with off-the-shelf products:

This is just a TL-WR703N ($26) router with a 3G USB dongle. You can get these dongles cheap off eBay used, or new for around $17. Combined, they are cheaper than a Raspberry PI. If you want to customize this, you can replace the firmware on the router with dd-wrt/OpenWRT Linux.

Like my solution, they chose Ubquiti's NanoStation. However, they went with the 2.4 GHz version (locoM2 for $49) rather than my choice of 900 MHz (locoM9 for $125). There's also a 5 GHz version one could choose from (locoM5 for $62).

The 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5 GHz are all unregulated ISM bands. They all require relatively direct line-of-sight. The 5 GHz band requires absolutely no obstructions -- you have to be able to see the other end of the connection with binoculars. The 2.4 band allows some light foliage to be in the way. The 900 MHz band is very forgiving, allowing heavy foliage and possibly a house in the way.

The upshot is that the difference between "ProxyGambit" and my solution is the use of a cellular modem on the far end rather than hitching a ride with Starbucks, and the choice of a 2.4 GHz for the long distance connection rather than 900 MHz. But don't be limited by these choices -- there is a huge range of choices that can be made here. ProxyGambit made some interesting choices -- give it a try yourself and make some different ones.

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13 Jul 23:51