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27 Jul 17:02

NWSL Week 15 in review: Movement

by Lauren Barker
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'Despite a stacked roster, Portland has now failed to score in three straight games, landing on the wrong end of a shutout streak that's now at 281 minutes. Sunday was also the third consecutive loss for the Thorns.'

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Seattle moves into first with a win over Portland, Sky Blue beats Boston to get out of the basement, Houston takes another one from Western NY, and Washington and Chicago play to a draw.

Finally, some movement. After weeks of Chicago doing just enough to stay in first, a draw this week against the Spirit made room for a new team atop the table. The Seattle Reign are the new league leaders, a pair of wins over Portland sending last year's Shield winners back into first. But a new top team wasn't the only change in Week 15. The bottom half of the table saw a shakeup, too, with Sky Blue FC getting a big win over Boston to send the Breakers into the basement. But Sky Blue didn't just climb out of last place for the first time in a long time, the Jersey team also leapfrogged Portland into seventh. The Thorns, meanwhile, slid all the way into eighth.

There are now just six weeks left to play, and with more intriguing matchups ahead in Week 16, the playoff picture is still anything but clear.

Crystal Dunn adds another one
A week after knocking off Seattle, the Washington Spirit were at it again on Saturday, this time stealing a point from the Chicago Red Stars. Thanks to another goal from Crystal Dunn, Washington was able to salvage the draw. The goal was Dunn's league-leading ninth of the season, keeping her atop the Golden Boot race, though Seattle's Beverly Yanez did add a pair on Sunday to pull within one.

Dunn's latest goal came just in time, too, with the Spirit down 1-0 to the Red Stars with less than 10 minutes to play. Christen Press had scored for Chicago in the 31st minute, and Rory Dames' side looked headed for another win. Instead, Dunn picked up a deflected Christine Nairn shot and sent it past Karina LeBlanc for the equalizer.

The draw left Chicago in a precarious position on the table, and the Reign's win over Portland on Sunday knocked the Red Stars out of first -- they're now a point behind the new league leaders. With the draw, Chicago is unbeaten in five. The Red Stars face FC Kansas City next weekend in Chicago.

The point did help the Spirit -- they've now got a three-point lead on fourth place FC Kansas City. The Blues next play on Wednesday, while Washington doesn't have a game until next weekend when it'll host the Houston Dash.

Carli Lloyd makes her return to Western NY count
After blasting the Flash for trading her in the offseason, Lloyd continued her assault on her former team on Saturday, scoring the game's only goal to give Houston a 1-0 win in Rochester.

Lloyd scored her second goal in as many games, and third of the season, in the 49th minute, heading in a floating ball from Meghan Klingenberg to give Houston the 1-0 win.

The result moves Houston into fifth, just a single point behind FC Kansas City for the final playoff spot, and the Dash play the Blues on Wednesday in Houston.

Western NY moves into sixth with the loss.

Things finally start to click for Sky Blue FC as Boston hits bottom
A season ago, we were left to wonder what things would have been like had Sky Blue FC had the services of Nadia Nadim for an entire season. A year later, there is the same question, though the names have been changed, with players like Kelley O'Hara and Sam Kerr absent for a large chunk of the season due to the World Cup. Saturday was an example of what could have been, as the Jersey side pummeled Boston with 26 shots en route to a 3-1 win.

O'Hara scored twice -- her first and second of the season -- and Kerr added the third, while Lauren Lazo scored the lone goal for Boston. Lazo's goal was the first of her NWSL career.

Sky Blue FC came into the weekend at the bottom of the table and as the league's lowest scoring team. The Jersey side has now scored three goals in two consecutive games, however, to overtake Portland at least in the scoring department, and after Saturday, they're not in last place anymore either. Sky Blue leapfrogged both the Breakers and Thorns right into seventh place with the win. With six games to play, Sky Blue is now just four points out of the final playoff spot. They face Western NY next Saturday in New Jersey.

For all Sky Blue managed to do to move up the table, Boston did the opposite, sliding down as far as you can go. Feel that? That's the cold, cold cement of the basement floor, which is exactly where the Breakers find themselves after a second loss in as many games. Boston is one of three teams with just three wins on the season -- Sky Blue FC and Portland are the others. They've also allowed a league-worst 28 goals, and haven't won since May 30. If you're counting, that's now seven straight games without a win for the Breakers. Boston is still, somehow, only six points back of fourth place, but with six games left to play and four of those six games against top four teams, that dot on the horizon that used to be the postseason is looking increasingly tiny.

Seattle takes another three points as Portland's slide continues
Four days after knocking off the Thorns in Portland, the Reign did it again, this time in Seattle. After 1-0 win on Wednesday, the Reign invited their Cascadia rivals over to do it again, except this time with triple the goals.

Jess Fishlock scored in the first half, and Beverly Yanez added a pair in the second frame as the Reign shut out their Pacific Northwest neighbors for the second time in a week.

Seattle, thanks to the win and Chicago's draw with Washington on Saturday, moves into first, though the Reign are only a point up on the Red Stars. The Reign have six games remaining, and all but one are against teams currently outside of the top four. After having an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped by Washington last weekend, Seattle has now won two straight.

Portland, meanwhile, saw the return of Nadine Angerer in net, but the former World Player of the Year's presence did little to help the Thorns stop the slide that's now landed the one time league champions in seventh. And that's not the only bad news for the Thorns. Despite a stacked roster, Portland has now failed to score in three straight games, landing on the wrong end of a shutout streak that's now at 281 minutes. Sunday was also the third consecutive loss for the Thorns.

Scores
Monday
FC Kansas City 1 - 1 Houston Dash

Wednesday
Boston Breakers 1 - 2 Chicago Red Stars
Portland Thorns FC 0 - 1 Seattle Reign FC

Saturday
Washington Spirit 1 - 1 Chicago Red Stars
Western NY Flash 0 - 1 Houston Dash
Sky Blue FC 3 - 1 Boston Breakers

Sunday
Seattle Reign FC 3 - 0 Portland Thorns FC

25 Jul 16:10

My boyfriend just told me that he wouldn't want to be with me if I got a nose piercing he thinks they're ugly so he told me to choose between him and getting piercings and that if I loved him I'd choose him but if he loved me he wouldn't beat me down like this?

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.

So when u get ur nose pierced make sure to clean it with non iodized sea salt and distilled water

09 Oct 05:00

Tvashtar Montage

by Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley)
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one of the neat things about the new New Horizons stuff is it's digging up eight-year-old blog posts from its RSS feed and reposting them for some reason

The Tvashtar plume on Io, seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and by New Horizons. (A): The image in which the plume was discovered, taken by HST in ultraviolet light on Feb. 14, 2007, at a wavelength of 260 nm. The red diamond indicates location of the Tvashtar hot spot seen later by New Horizons. (B): An HST image of Io and the Tvashtar plume seen against Jupiter; sulfur gas in the plume absorbs ultraviolet light, making the plume look reddish in this color composite. The composite is composed of images taken at 260 nm (blue), 330 nm (green), and 410 nm (red). Other images in this montage are in visible light from the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). The scale bar is 200 kilometers long and the yellow star indicates the projected location of the hot spot at the Tvashtar plume source. The dashed line is the terminator, the line dividing day from night on Io. (C): The highest-resolution view of the full plume, at a resolution of 12.4 kilometers (7.7 miles) per pixel and a solar phase angle of 102 degrees, showing the complex filamentary structure of the plume. The images are sharpened by un-sharp masking; the dark line at the edge of the disk is an artifact of this sharpening. (D): An image at 145-degree phase angle at 22.4 kilometers (13.8 miles) per pixel, showing the time variability of the details of the plume structure and its persistent bright top. (F-J): Sequence of frames at 2-minute intervals showing dynamics in the upper part of the plume (the source is on the far side of Io). Colored diamonds track individual features whose speeds, projected on the plane of the sky, are shown in (E). This image appears in the Oct. 12, 2007, issue of Science magazine, in a paper by John Spencer, et al.
27 Jul 18:34

Would you like to play Jon's Farming Simulator?

by Jon Bois
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Jon Bois is a god

Would you like to be a farmer? Well, you can't, because farming isn't real. That's why I have created Jon's Farming Simulator. Haul your feed back to the farmstead as quick as you can, and save the day!

Last year, I attempted to spark competition with the NBA 2K franchises by releasing Jon's Basketball Game into the market. It was ultimately a flop for many reasons, namely:

  • It was not actually a playable game
  • Players were more likely to be exploded with dynamite or have a locomotive crush them to death than actually play basketball
  • It lacked an official NBA license

After going back to the drawing board, I am once again ready to publish a video game using the robust Garry's Mod engine. This time, some of you will even get to play! Here's how.

Welcome to Town. It is a town I designed.

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In this town is a merchant who is prepared to sell you barrels of chicken feed -- and as fate would have it, that's just what you need! You're not about to let your chickens go hungry, are you? Some farmer you'd be!

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Your objective, then, is to transport your barrel of chicken feed out of town and into your farm. But here's the catch: you have to make it there before the other farmers! It's a race!

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In every race, there are four cars. Each car is towing a little wooden wagon. That's where you and your barrel of feed will sit.

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That's you! Look at you! You look so happy with your chicken feed, and so proud of the profession you have chosen. Now hold on tight, because it's time to go for a ride!

demo1

This is an example of a well-piloted feed run. The farmer and his feed are headed to the farm at a steady clip, but not so fast that the feed will be knocked overboard. See all that exhaust? That's coming from the two thrusters I attached to the back.

All y'all who play will be racing each other, four at a time. All I'm going to do is hold down the thruster. Now, this is where you come in: you choose how powerful your thrusters will be, how many thrusters you will have, and where you would like to attach them.

Please let me know by filling out this form. If I choose you, I will rig up a car just for you, based on your exact specifications!

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Later this week, I will rig up these cars accordingly, run the races, and share the video/GIF evidence with all of you.

AN IMPORTANT WORD OF PRECAUTION

After conducting a series of test runs, I strongly recommend a number of safety guidelines. Although you are allowed to set your thrusters to a maximum power of 10,000, I urge you in the strongest possible terms not to exceed 400 to 500. If you exceed that power rating, you run the risk of losing control of your car, feed barrel, and/or wagon, and you subject your wagon-riding person to injury.

Additionally, since you are simply trying to drive straight forward toward the farm, I strongly recommend placing a modest number of thrusters -- perhaps two or three -- at the rear of the car. In this example, I have placed two:

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And would you look at that! It's a swift, yet easy ride for you and your barrel of feed! With this balance of speed and safety, you'll make it to the farm in no time!

demo2

There is really no reason to place thrusters on the front, left side, right side, or hood of your car. Please do not do that.

Hope to hear from you soon. We'll be back later to watch some fun wagon races. Until then, happy farming!

AN ADDITIONAL WARNING

Please adhere to the thruster guidelines I have laid out here. Once again, I am compelled to warn you that failing to do so may lead to wagon damage or loss of cargo. You'll never get your feed back to the farmstead that way!

27 Jul 16:43

950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages

by Dan Goodin

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday.

The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets, according to Joshua Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at security firm Zimperium. It resides in "Stagefright," an Android code library that processes several widely used media formats. The most serious exploit scenario is the use of a specially modified text message using the multimedia message (MMS) format. All an attacker needs is the phone number of the vulnerable Android phone. From there, the malicious message will surreptitiously execute malicious code on the vulnerable device with no action required by the end user and no indication that anything is amiss.

In a blog post published Monday, Zimperium researchers wrote:

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27 Jul 16:57

Google officially ends forced Google+ integration—First up: YouTube

by Ron Amadeo
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FUCK
YOU
PLUS

In a blog post published today titled "Everything in its right place," Google acknowledged that forcing its users into Google+ was a bad idea. The company said it will no longer require Google+ accounts to use any of its products, and it will continue to strip Google+ integration out of all of its products. "It doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use," the company said.

The next product to be de-plussified is YouTube. The YouTube blog announced that "in the coming weeks," comments will no longer require Google+; as of today, comments made on YouTube won't show up on Google+, and vice-versa. Google also says that in the future, YouTube users will be able to delete the Google+ accounts they were forced to make, without losing any data. (Don't do that right now because you will lose data.)

YouTube's Google+ integration was almost universally disliked by users. It led to an influx of spam, and many of the site's popular personalities came out against the new comment system. To this day, some popular channels still have comments disabled altogether. The cofounder of YouTube even came out against the system, asking, "Why the f*** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?"

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26 Jul 23:53

Don’t order the fish

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'Apple Music is pretty great when everything works and you can figure out where everything is.'

uhh

That place is great. Nice staff, casual atmosphere, good food.

You didn’t like it? Really? Why? It’s great.

Oh, you got the fish? Rookie mistake. Don’t order the fish, it’s terrible. But everything else there is good!

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Jim Dalrymple’s loss of his music library was painful to read because, as much as I use, rely on, and mostly like Apple’s products, we all know that there are some toxic hellstews that are best avoided.

We’ve all heard (or said) the blanket statement that Apple isn’t good at cloud services, but that’s not universally true.

I’ve been using Apple’s services to sync contacts and calendars since they were called .Mac, with very few issues and zero data loss over the years.

As both a user and developer, I’ve never had a single issue with push notifications, probably Apple’s largest-scale and largest-volume web service. It’s rock-solid, fast, and reliable.

Even the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library have been rock-solid not only for me, but for everyone I’ve talked to. The sole complaint I’ve heard is slow performance with very large libraries. I’ve had no issues with sync performance, data loss or duplication, or any confusion about what’s where.

But the iTunes Store back-end is a toxic hellstew of unreliability. Everything that touches the iTunes Store has a spotty record for me and almost every Mac owner I know.

And the iTunes app itself is the toxic hellstew. iTunes has an impossible combination of tasks on its plate that cannot be done well. iTunes is the definition of cruft and technical debt. It was an early version of iTunes that demonstrated the first software bugs to Grace Hopper in 1946.

Probably not coincidentally, some of iTunes’ least reliable features are reliant on the iTunes Store back-end, including Genius from forever ago, iTunes Match more recently, and now, Apple Music.

iTunes’ UI design is horrible for similar reasons: not because it has bad designers, but because they’ve been given an impossible task: cramming way too much functionality into a single app while also making it look “clean”.

iTunes is designed by the Junk Drawer Method: when enough cruft has built up that somebody tells the team to redesign it, while also adding and heavily promoting these great new features in the UI that are really important to the company’s other interests and are absolutely non-negotiable, the only thing they can really do is hide all of the old complexity in new places.

With the introduction of Apple Music, Apple confusingly introduced a confusing service backed by the iTunes Store that’s confusingly integrated into iTunes and the iOS Music app (don’t even get me started on that) and partially, maybe, mostly replaces the also very confusing and historically unreliable iTunes Match.

So iTunes is a toxic hellstew of technical cruft and a toxic hellstew of UI design, in the middle of a transition between two partly redundant cloud services, both of which are confusing and vague to most people about which songs of theirs are in the cloud, which are safe to delete, and which ones they actually have.

Even Jim’s follow-up piece, after meeting privately with Apple in PR-damage-control mode, is confusing at best about what actually might have happened, which is completely understandable because it sounds like even Apple isn’t sure.

I have plenty of plausible theories on why iTunes didn’t get the iCloud Photos treatment — why Apple Music was bolted onto this ancient, crufty, legacy app instead of discontinuing iTunes, dropping its obsolete functions, and starting fresh with a new app and a CloudKit-based service. (Engineering resources, time to market, iPods, Windows, and people with slow internet connections.)

But that doesn’t make iTunes better or less confusing, and Jim’s still missing those Ozzy tracks.

The safest, most sensible course of action for users is to just keep their music libraries away from iTunes Match and Apple Music. We’ll all just know not to order that fish, and many of us won’t use Apple Music at all because its integration into our local libraries feels too unsafe.

And that’s too bad for everyone, because Apple Music is pretty great when everything works and you can figure out where everything is.

26 Jul 00:55

Pooping cyclist lights toilet paper on fire, starts 73-acre blaze

by Alysha Tsuji
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'"I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go," said Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Carrie Bilbao to the local TV station, KTVB.

The man turned himself in to police, admitting he may have been responsible. Police said the "evidence" matched his story.'

A cyclist stopped to poop in Idaho this past week and wound up setting 73 acres of land ablaze.

Great team effort by Boise Fire and BLM crews yesterday afternoon! The fire at Hulls Gulch Reserve, located in the 3000...

Posted by Boise Fire Department on Thursday, July 23, 2015

"I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go," said Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Carrie Bilbao to the local TV station, KTVB.

The man turned himself in to police, admitting he may have been responsible. Police said the "evidence" matched his story.

According to the KTVB report, the man burned his toilet paper as to prevent waste, but he didn't fully extinguish the embers. Those embers quickly found dry grass nearby, which led to the fire. Now what happens to him?

Per the report:

Police have not yet decided whether to charge the man with a crime or hold him financially responsible for fire-fighting costs. He received a citation for starting a fire.
26 Jul 15:12

Raccoon gets loose in Mets clubhouse

by Jacob Price
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baseball

The Mets have had their problems this year, but this probably isn't one they were expecting.

Terry Collins says there's a raccoon loose in the clubhouse weight room. #mets

— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 26, 2015

Of course, a loose raccoon is probably a bit easier to capture than an alligator.

Bobby Parnell says the raccoon -- a baby -- ran into a cage and has been apprehended.

— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 26, 2015

Maybe the dugout alligator and the clubhouse raccoon are friends?

The startling takeaway is that there was a cage that just happened to be available. "I guess they have a problem," Bobby Parnell joked.

— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 26, 2015

It is important for any professional sports organization to have a raccoon cage available at all times. That's just common sense.

Breaking: raccoon in mets weight room has been captured and released into the wild, mets announce

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 26, 2015

By "the wild" I'm assuming they mean the subway system. This is probably the weirdest story we will hear about the Mets this week. Maybe.

27 Jul 17:14

Nick Saban would only cheat on his wife with 'Hillary F---ing Rodham Clinton'

by James Dator
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meanwhile, in the SEC

Lots of life lessons in the new Nick Saban biography. pic.twitter.com/l2MFUy07vm

— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) July 27, 2015

Always follow Nick Saban's life lessons... or don't. Whatever you want to do. At least I can FINALLY finish that Nick Saban/ Hillary Clinton fanfic I've been working on for the last few years. They're still in school at Hogwarts right now, but things are about to get REAL.

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SB Nation presents: Shocking photos of college coaches back in the day

27 Jul 19:34

Vladimir Putin actually thinks Sepp Blatter deserves to win the Nobel Prize

by James Dator

There are a lot of people who deserve to win the Nobel Prize. Doctors who work in dangerous places, researchers who cure horrible diseases, leaders who help promote equality and fairness across the world. Vladimir Putin thinks Sepp Blatter belongs in this group, according to Reuters.

"I think people like Mr. Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve a special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel prize, it's those people."

IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO DESERVES THE NOBEL PRIZE, IT'S THOSE PEOPLE

Okay, let's break this down. There are currently Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economic Sciences and the Peace Prize.

There are only two that are even vaguely applicable, which are Economic Sciences and the Peace Prize. Let's throw Economic Sciences out the window, since, yanno ... Blatter's organization is being investigated in a widespread corruption scandal. That leaves the peace prize. These are the last five winners of the Nobel Peace Prize:

2014

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

"For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education"

2013

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

"For its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons"

2012

European Union (EU)

"For over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe"

2011

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman

"For their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work"

2010

Liu Xiaobo

"For his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China"

Sepp Blatter belongs on this list the same way Vladimir Putin belongs on the list of "nicest world leaders who definitely won't put you in prison for questioning their government."

27 Jul 19:36

Jonathan Martin, victim of bullying scandal, reportedly retiring from NFL

by James Brady

The 25-year-old will reportedly call it a career rather than get back surgery.

Former Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin is calling it a career, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Martin has a back injury that would require surgery and likely sideline him next season anyway, so he's electing to retire instead.

Martin was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins and played in all 16 games in his rookie season. His time with the Dolphins was short-lived, however, as the 2013 campaign was derailed in a bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito. Martin had been slotted in as the starting left tackle, but he left the team in October, citing "emotional" reasons.

Eventually, it came out that Incognito was the "ring leader" in the harassment of Martin, going back to his rookie year with the team. Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry were all named in a 144-page report by Ted Wells outlining the pattern of bullying. Both Martin and Incognito eventually left the Dolphins, with Martin being traded to the 49ers.

Martin wound up being the backup swing tackle and started multiple games with Anthony Davis missing time due to injury. He had an average season in that role then was waived by the team in March. The Carolina Panthers claimed Martin off of waivers, but he won't play a snap for them now that he's elected to call it a career. Incognito is still in the league, and is set to play for the Buffalo Bills in 2015.

SB Nation video archives: The NFL's hazing problem (2013)

27 Jul 20:21

Manute Bol's 6'11 son Bol Bol does things 6'11 people SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO

by Rodger Sherman
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BOL BOL

Sure Bol Bol can destroy shots and dunk on opponents, BUT HE ALSO DOES ALL THIS OTHER STUFF AND IT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR.

The late, great Manute Bol was one of the most fascinating basketball players ever. At 7'7, skinny and springy, Bol was one of the greatest shot-blockers of all time, but every once in a while he'd decide to start launching threes. His son, Bol Bol, might be more intriguing.

At just 15 years old, Bol is already 6'11 and swatting and dunking on fools accordingly. But this video shows that he's got a wide array of dribbling and shooting skills nobody his height should have.

Bol is listed as a 5-star recruit and the No. 19 player in the class of 2018 by ESPN. Despite being 6'11, he's listed at only 180 pounds.

His father was a haphazard shooter from deep -- he did hit six threes in a half that one time, but his flatfooted shot led to a 21 percent career rate from deep. However, the younger Bol has a much smoother stroke, released below his head but still well above the outstretched arms of opposing defenders. He's able to drive past defenders, and did you see that one spin move?

And of course, he blocks a ton of shots, displaying the frightening ability to reject a jump-shooter, catch the shot, and begin driving downcourt in one motion.

Bol is a rising sophomore in high school, so he's a ways away from even playing in college. But teams are sure to start offering him, and if he continues growing and retains his preposterous skill set, he could be really special.

(h/t USA Today High School Sports for finding this.)

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SB Nation presents: The time Kobe asked a 10-year-old for advice

26 Jul 17:27

Re: Pathfinder Campaign Setting: General Discussion: Trans men in Pathfinder?

by Chris Lambertz (Community & Digital Content Director)
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meanwhile, in gamer culture

Locking. Posting with the intention of architecting further drama and baiting our staff/users from another online community is extremely corrosive and unacceptable. If you'd like to actually continue a conversation regarding this topic, feel free to start a new thread.

18 Jan 13:00

Passport to Pluto

by Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley)
The story of New Horizons from idea to launch pad.
26 Jul 04:18

Blankets for the Dead

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via ThePrettiestOne

One of the more difficult tasks in raising the dead is, of course, bringing the newly resurrected zombie, skeleton, or revenant to a comfortable temperature. Our Witchy Stitchy Crafty Coven department has found a simple, yet innovative solution: blankets.

“It is simple hospitality,” according to Calliope, head of the coven. “We wrap the poor dears up and offer a steaming mug of skullsbane cocoa. Peps them right up!” she added with a bone-chilling cackle. 

Starting immediately, all dead raised by Evil Supply Co. will be provided a fleece blanket marked with jack-o-lanterns, fuzzy black cats, ghost icons, or any number of similar graphics.

26 Jul 18:17

thedatingfeminist: Feminism didn’t teach me to hate men, but it did teach me to stop prioritising...

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via saucie

thedatingfeminist:

Feminism didn’t teach me to hate men, but it did teach me to stop prioritising them over women.

And it turns out a lot of men think that’s the same thing as hatred.

20 Jul 23:35

"This is the very, very worst version of the company. This is not the company I built."

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via Rosalind
even Wil agrees

“This is the very, very worst version of the company. This is not the company I built.“”

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Gawker’s Denton: ‘This is not the company I built’

Well, except for how it’s exactly the company he built, yeah.

20 Jul 19:01

General Wesley Clark: Some WWII-Style Internment Camps Are Just The Thing We Need To Fight Domestic Radicalization

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via Rosalind

mostlysignssomeportents:



General Wesley Clark has a solution. In an interview with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, General Clark (who was last seen at Techdirt telling Congress that P2P software was a threat to national security) suggests a return to the WWII good old days might be the only way to stamp out the threat of self-radicalizing “lone wolves.” (via Crooks and Liars)

We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. There are always a certain number of young people who are alienated. They don’t get a job, they lost a girlfriend, their family doesn’t feel happy here and we can watch the signs of that. And there are members of the community who can reach out to those people and bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.

So, the nation’s intelligence agencies need to be looking for underemployed weirdos who can’t maintain a relationship or exude positivity about their current situation. Then they need to do something about these potential “lone wolves.” Like, put them all in one place where we can keep an eye on them.

But I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists. They do have an ideology. In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.

Free speech for some, indefinite detainment for others! USA! USA! USA!

So, if these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict. And I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.

Nothing says “you’re never getting out of here” like “for the duration of the conflict.” Does anyone foresee an end to the War on Terror in their lifetime? (You youngsters milling around towards the back waiting for your Ubers and Amazon drone deliveries are encouraged to speak up.) How about in their kids’ lifetimes? There is no endgame. There is only constant wariness and the endless grasping for more control and power.

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Um. Wow.

27 Jul 17:41

It’s rare to be home so much.  But Malcolm is here.  MALCOLM 

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via Rosalind



















It’s rare to be home so much.  But Malcolm is here.  MALCOLM 

12 Jul 13:42

barbara-stanwyck: A 1933 instructional self-defense film...

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A 1933 instructional self-defense film entitled The Weaker Sex (Sayest Thou!)  [X]

27 Jul 18:51

Get out the butter: Boston Olympics are toast

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"no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result. We always anticipated having the time to do our due diligence on the guarantees required and a full review of the risk and mitigation package proposed last week. This is a monumental decision that cannot be rushed, even if it means not moving forward with our bid for the 2024 Summer Games."

BREAKING: AP Source: US Olympic Committee ends effort to bring 2024 Olympics to Boston.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 27, 2015

At a press conference at which he confirmed the decision, Gov. Baker said the state had a review schedule set in March and USOC knew that in March, so, meh. "I've never planned an Olympics before" and wanted to know how to do it right, he said. We can still use some of the Olympics proposals - like fixing "K Circle" in Dorchester, he said. Also, the Brattle Group report will have helpful hints.

Baker wouldn't strongly criticize the USOC but suggested they just don't understand how we do things here. He said he's lived here all his life, and one of the things he likes about Massachusetts is that "we do have loud and robust policy and political debates on stuff like this."

Walsh statement:

I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston. However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result. We always anticipated having the time to do our due diligence on the guarantees required and a full review of the risk and mitigation package proposed last week. This is a monumental decision that cannot be rushed, even if it means not moving forward with our bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Excerpt from Boston 2024 statement:

Notwithstanding the promise of the original vision for the bid, and the soundness of the plan developed under Steve Pagliuca, we have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.

Boston 2024 has expressed confidence that, with more time, they could generate the public support necessary to win the bid and deliver a great Games. They also recognize, however, that we are out of time if the USOC is going to be able to consider a bid from another city. As a result, we have reached a mutual agreement to withdraw Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

22 Jun 18:27

gothicshoes: Demonia BROGUE-10 1" Block Heel, Wingtip...

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27 Jul 20:02

nymag: ‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories...

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via saucie: "What is also heartbreaking is that nymag didnt do this before Cosby's previous testimony was unsealed"



nymag:

‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

By Noreen Malone and Portfolio By Amanda Demme

More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began. Consider the evidence of October 2014, when an audience member at a Hannibal Buress show in Philadelphia uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Showreruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit onstage and people think I’m making it up … That shit is upsetting.” The bit went viral swiftly, with irreversible, calamitous consequences for Cosby’s reputation.

Perhaps the most shocking thing wasn’t that Buress had called Cosby a rapist; it was that the world had actually heard him. A decade earlier, 14 women had accused Cosby of rape. In 2005, a former basketball star named Andrea Constand, who met Cosby when she was working in the athletic department at Temple University, where he served on the board of trustees, alleged to authorities that he had drugged her to a state of semi-consciousness and then groped and digitally penetrated her. After her allegations were made public, a California lawyer named Tamara Green appeared on the Today show and said that, 30 years earlier, Cosby had drugged and assaulted her as well. Eventually, 12 Jane Does signed up to tell their own stories of being assaulted by Cosby in support of Constand’s case. Several of them eventually made their names public. But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character.

In Cosby’s deposition for the Constand case, revealed to the public just last week, the comedian admitted pursuing sex with young women with the aid of Quaaludes, which can render a person functionally immobile. “I used them,” he said, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’ ” He asked a modeling agent to connect him with young women who were new in town and “financially not doing well.” In the deposition, Cosby seemed confident that his behavior did not constitute rape; he apparently saw little difference between buying someone dinner in pursuit of sex and drugging them to reach the same goal. As for consent, he said, “I think that I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things.” If these women agreed to meet up, his deposition suggested, he felt that he had a right to them. And part of what took the accusations against Cosby so long to surface is that this belief extended to many of the women themselves (as well as the staff and lawyers and friends and others who helped keep the incidents secret).

Months after his depositions, Cosby settled the case with Constand. The accusations quickly faded from the public’s memory, if they registered at all. No one wanted to believe the TV dad in a cardigan was capable of such things, and so they didn’t. The National Enquirer had planned to run a big story detailing one of the women’s accounts, but the magazine pulled it when Cosby agreed to give them a two-page exclusive telling his side (essentially that these were instances that had been “misinterpreted”).People ran a story alleging that several of the women had taken money in exchange for their silence, implying that this was nothing more than an elaborate shakedown. Cosby’s career rolled on: In 2014 alone, there was a stand-up special, plans for a new family comedy on NBC, and a high-profile biography by Mark Whitaker that glossed over the accusations.

The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger; acquaintance rape didn’t register as such, even for the women experiencing it. A few of Cosby’s accusers claim that he molested or raped them multiple times; one remained in his orbit, in and out of a drugged state, for years. In the ’70s and ’80s, campus movements like Take Back the Night and “No Means No” helped raise awareness of the reality that 80 to 90 percent of victims know their attacker. Still, the culture of silence and shame lingered, especially when the men accused had any kind of status. The first assumption was that women who accused famous men were after money or attention. As Cosby allegedly told some of his victims: No one would believe you. So why speak up?

But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape. Emma Sulkowicz, carrying her mattress around Columbia in a performance-art protest of her alleged rape, is an extreme practitioner of this idea. This is a generation that’s been radicalized, in just the past few years, by horrific examples of rape and reactions to rape — like the 2012 Steubenville incident, in which high-school football players brutally violated a passed-out teenage girl at a party and photographed and braggingly circulated the evidence. That same year, when a 14-year-old Missouri cheerleader accused a popular older boy at her school of sexual assault, her classmates shamed her on social media and the family’s house was burned down. The whole world watched online. How could this kind of thing still be happening? These cases felt unignorable, unforgettable, Old Testament biblical. Would anyone have believed the girls, or cared, had the evidence not been digitizable? And: How could you be a young woman and not care deeply about trying to fix this?

This generation will probably be further galvanized by the allegations that a national cultural icon may have been allowed to drug and rape women for decades, with no repercussions. But these younger women have given something to Cosby’s accusers as well: a model for how to speak up, and a megaphone in the form of social media.

Facebook and Twitter, the forums that helped circulate the Buress clip, were full of rage at Cosby’s perceived cruelty. Barbara Bowman, who’d come forward during the Constand case, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about her frustration that no one had believed her for all those years. Three days after Bowman’s op-ed, another woman, Joan Tarshis, came forward to say Cosby had drugged and raped her in 1969. By the end of November, 16 more women had come forward. Cosby resigned from Temple’s board of trustees and sought monetary damages from one of his accusers; he also told “Page Six” that he wanted “the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism [and] go in with a neutral mind.” (Cosby, through representatives, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and hasn’t been charged with any crimes. Emails to four of his lawyers and press reps went unanswered, although his team has begun a media tour to deny that his admission of offering Quaaludes to women was tantamount to admitting he’d raped anyone.) By February, there were another 12 accusers. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about it at the Golden Globes: “Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.” Attorney Gloria Allred got involved, representing more than a dozen of the women. Even President Obama said it was clear to him: “If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.”

There are now 46 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault; the 35 women here are the accusers who were willing to be photographed and interviewed by New York. The group, at present, ranges in age from early 20s to 80 and includes supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson alongside waitresses and Playboy bunnies and journalists and a host of women who formerly worked in show business. Many of the women say they know of others still out there who’ve chosen to remain silent.

This project began six months ago, when we started contacting the then-30 women who had publicly claimed Cosby assaulted them, and it snowballed in the same way that the initial accusations did: First two women signed on, then others heard about it and joined in, and so on. Just a few days before the story was published, we photographed the final two women, bringing our total to 35. “I’m no longer afraid,” said Chelan Lasha, who came forward late last year to say that Cosby had drugged her when she was 17. “I feel more powerful than him.”

Accompanying this photo essay is a compilation of the interviews with these women, a record of trauma and survival — the memories that remain of the decades-old incidents. All 35 were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath. Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience. The women have found solace in their number — discovering that they hadn’t been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn’t need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives. They are scattered all over the country — ten different states are represented — and most of them had no contact with their fellow accusers until recently. But since reading about each other’s stories in the news, or finding one another on social media, or meeting in person at the photo shoots arranged by New York, many of the women have forged a bond. It is, as Tarshis calls it, “a sorrowful sisterhood.” ■

Their stories, in their own words:

Rebecca Lynn Neal
Barbara Bowman
Beth Ferrier
Helen Hayes
Chelan Lasha
Margie Shapiro
Patricia Leary Steuer
Marcella Tate
Heidi Thomas
Sunni Welles
Jewel Allison
Linda Brown
Sarita Butterfield
Helen Gumpel
“Kacey"
PJ Masten
Joan Tarshis
Kaya Thompson
Sammie Mays
Victoria Valentino
Kathy McKee
Lise-Lotte Lublin
Linda Kirkpatrick
Autumn Burns
Louisa Moritz
Lili Bernard
Therese Serignese
Janice Dickinson
Linda Joy Traitz
Janice Baker-Kinney
Joyce Emmons
Tamara Green
Beverly Johnson
Carla Ferrigno
Cindra Ladd

26 Jul 00:45

Fallout Shelter Coming To Android August 13th

Rejoice, Fallout fans on Android. Soon, you too will be able to create a vault full of productive citizens, according to news coming out of QuakeCon 2015.

Additionally, Mr. Handy—a character from Fallout 4—will be added to Fallout Shelter as well, for both iOS and Android users. You can use him to collect resources more easily, or to battle raiders. Neat! The update will also include stuff like Deathclaws and mole rats; in other words, more stuff to keep the game interesting.

Fallout Shelter, as you may already know, is a resource management game much like Tiny Tower—only with way better writing, and that signature Fallout humor. The game was a huge hit on iOS, and now Android players will get to see what the fuss is all about.

25 Jul 11:24

therothwoman: babeimgonnaleaveu: The Rocky Horror Picture...

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) dir. Jim Sharman

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23 Jul 21:11

"Recipe for Meth" Among Evidence Found in Suspected Federal Meth Lab

by Robbie Gonzalez
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NIST!

Investigators say evidence recovered from an explosion Saturday at the National Institute of Standards and Technology near Washington, D.C. is consistent with the production of methamphetamine. The evidence? “Pseudoephedrine, drain opener, and a recipe for methamphetamine.”

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27 Jul 18:46

Wonderful food gifs from When Marnie Was There

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20 Jul 16:32

Zuckerberging

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The action of equating technical genius with young white males that are college dropouts.
03 Jun 23:42

Don't confuse critical thinking with dogma (or: the new progressive religion)

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pattheflip:

I spend more of my time and energy talking about politics to strangers on the Internet than I ever thought I would, and over the last few years of participating in the events and conversations around Occupy, Ferguson, GamerGate, Baltimore, and every other flashpoint in this on-going culture war, I’ve noticed a problem.

Specifically, I’ve noticed a problem with the way the left-to-far-left folks – you know, the vast and contradictory coalition known as “progressives” – engage in political discourse online (and probably in person, too, though I can’t say I’ve noticed this as much). The problem starts, I think, because we often place too much emphasis on highlighting the fucked-up things people say or do, and demand that blood and sanctions be exacted upon the person who fucked up.

This behavior has yielded plenty of thinkpieces coming from across the political spectrum indicting the modern “call-out culture”, which leaves people afraid to make mistakes publicly or say the wrong thing for fear of being pounced on by the people they thought of as allies.

Thing is, I don’t think the problem is actually the call-out itself; I think that is a powerful tool in identifying our own problematic behaviors and becoming better people.

I think that the problem isn’t calling people’s behavior out so much as the lack of intellectual humility that I have been seeing in the execution of the public call-out. I feel like many times I see someone tweet about A Horrible Thing Someone Said with a slight sense of glee lying beneath a pious veneer.

I see people accumulating political capital – typically by accumulating masses of followers and influential retweeters to build their capacity to influence online discourse – by drawing attention to shitty things that people do and say. They’re consciously performing as a Good Person On The Internet, and people follow them so that they can also feel like Good People On The Internet.

That makes me feel super weird and uncomfortable for all kinds of reasons. We end up seeing Good People On The Internet disagree, and the conversations end up polarizing between two camps united behind personalities, not critical analysis. People aren’t arguing about whether X message or Y action was racist or sexist, they’re arguing about whether they think Person A is a better human being than Person B.

It’s demagoguery, not critical thinking, and it leads us to start reducing political ideologies down to factions and figureheads. What’s worse, we often end up reproducing the same damn privilege structures we’re fighting against in our own movements, as the influence and political capital ends up going to privileged allies who get to feel like they’re The Good People. (Just think about how much attention and fawning white dudes get for tweeting about social justice-y stuff.)

Hopefully if you’ve read this far, you should start feeling a little bit prickly. You’ve probably engaged in some of the same public performance of Good Personhood, or blindly retweeted an opinion by a known Good Guy just so you can make sure everyone knows you’re On The Level, or something like that. Good! That’s exactly how you should be feeling.

Learning to be good people

I originally titled this essay “The New Progressive Religion” because, from my outsider’s perspective of religion I see some parallels that might better help explain the issues I’m talking about.

I grew up in the Bay Area – born in San Francisco, moved to Oakland when I was about 14. I wasn’t brought up to be very religious, though my family on both sides were Catholic. I never quite understood what grown people got out of practicing religion as a kid, but as an adult, though, I think I get it: I want to be with people who have similar ideas about what it means to be a good person (and to be good people to each other) as I do, so if I can find an ideology that accurately captures this, all I need to do is find people who share that ideology and I’m set.

Both religion and politics are trying to answer an old question – “How can we be good people to each other?” – typically by laying out a system of ethics and then prescribing behaviors and rules based on those ethics. Organized religion tries to answer this question with texts that we use to parse a divine being’s will; intersectional feminism tries to answer the question by analyzing how our individual relationships to other people are mediated by power we wield over each other but don’t fully understand.

Now, when you start incorporating ideological teachings into the way you live your life, there isn’t really a lossless copying method. There is no perfect follower of Christ, just as there is no perfect feminist; practicing either is a constant process of study to figure out how to interpret ideology into action, and then learning from the results of the action to better clarify or refine the source ideology.

So, with religious folks, you get some people who put a whole lot of work in studying and analyzing, and you get some people who go to Church once a week and listen to the teachings because that’s what everyone in your city does. In my experience, the people who put more work into studying their religion are the ones that tend to be the most accepting and open-minded and are pretty good at Being Good People, while the people who treat the learning process as one-way end up holding a set of rules as sacred even when doing so seems contrary to the end goal of Being Good People.

This is what I’ve been seeing in progressive spaces: There are people who study and critically interrogate their practice of their ideologies, and there are people who treat Progressive Social Justice Politics Stuff as a dogmatic set of behaviors and attitudes and use their adherence to and others’ deviance from to define themselves as Good People.

Which is ridiculous, because the experiences and ideologies at the core of that Progressive Social Justice Politics Stuff are constantly being challenged, iterated on, and added to, so the idea that anyone could be dogmatic about it seems kind of bizarre.

The need for intellectual humility

I never felt a strong need for religion in my life. I think this is because when I was in college, I started being actively involved in my campus Asian American community, working in both social and political organizations, and cultivating my knowledge of intersectional feminism through study and practice. It was kind of funny, actually – I majored in Philosophy and generally felt like all the ethics stuff we studied was more of a logician’s circlejerk, while the electives I took in the Asian American Studies department were directly relevant to giving me the tools I needed to start trying to make sense of the world and How To Be A Good Person.

One of the side effects of studying this kind of thing in school is that our professors did a great job impressing upon us that this field of knowledge is incomplete. The words and theoretical frameworks they gave us so that we could begin to describe the experiences we shared but couldn’t name were still works in progress. The academic roots of ethnic studies, like any other political theory or philosophy work, came from intelligent people finding ways to understand the people around them. We were just testing the waters. We read selections of the core texts, but never the full texts, or perhaps never all the texts. Not that you need to find this in school, mind you – but for a guy like me who is prone to thinking he is smarter than he actually is, it sure fucking helped.

This inculcated in us a certain kind of ideological humility. When you see thinkpieces explaining why X action is actually kind of racist, the part that explains why it’s racist isn’t handed down from a monk on a mountain; it’s the intellectual outcome of applying a theory of power that helps us understand how we can unintentionally hurt or suppress each other. This theory is constantly being challenged, iterated, and refined as people continue to build this body of knowledge based on contributing their experiences and understandings to the pile. Being Good is not a solved problem.

So we continue to study, and we continue to practice our politics expecting these theories to change – expecting someone smarter than us to come by and explain to us that we’re wrong, that we missed something.

And when it comes to applying the knowledge we have of How To Be Good People to criticize each others’ behavior, we should strive to do so knowing that our understanding is imperfect and we are seeking to improve upon it, not to draw battle lines between mini-celebrities or jockey for social and political position.

Here’s the thing, though: I arrived at my current political beliefs by taking a bunch of really great college classes with a bunch of really great (and endlessly patient) professors, and then taking than knowledge and working through it in daily life with my friends, family, and loved ones. It’s a painful process, and near as I can tell, it never stops.

And when I see people tweeting up a storm about some fucked up shit, it sometimes comes off as though that speech isn’t coming from an ideological base that is carefully cultivated, but from a set of internalized rules. Kind of like the guy in your local health and fitness forum who spouts off all the “right” advice for lifting and dietary regime but couldn’t actually tell you how it works (and where it might not).

People go to school specifically to study this kind of thing!

People who haven’t even been born yet are going to go to school for this shit, and write some amazing books that will make everything we know about being Good People look as hopelessly barbaric as slavery does now!

Some people don’t really have to go to school for this shit because they live it every day!

We’re all complicit in interlocking systems of oppression that ruthlessly fuck over our fellow human beings and we’ll probably never in our lifetime manage to be even net-neutral in terms of our impact on other people!

Forget being a Good Person – the best we can hope for is probably “Less Shitty People Than Everyone Around Us”!

None of the above factors should stop anyone’s desire to be a Good Person in the slightest – but it should put our own efforts to do work on ourselves in perspective, I think. Especially when we choose to take on the responsibility of pointing out how someone else could be a Good Person.

Asking people to change their lives super hard and we should treat it as such

I think that one of the hardest things to do as a person is tell someone that you know how to live their life better than they do. It’s a pretty bold assertion, and we shouldn’t do it lightly! But it’s kind of what we’re doing in a call-out.

When we call out shitty behavior, we are trying to communicate that a certain action caused injury: Hey, you said this thing and it was pretty hurtful for Reasons, and if you are trying to be a Good Person, I think it would be a good idea to make amends and not do this thing again.

But it’s very easy for that call-out to become something sinister: Hey, you said this thing and it was pretty hurtful for Reasons, and I want people to know that I am a Good Person and you are a Not Good Person.

One comes from a place of desire for mutual improvement; the other comes from a desire for personal validation at another’s expense. One is productive; the other is not.

What’s more, I don’t actually think it’s easy to tell in the moment how much of a call-out is motivated by selfish vs. selfless reasons. These are a few questions that I often ask myself, though, and they might help you as well:

  • Are you publicly broadcasting your call-out because you want the attention, or because you feel like your call-out’s success depends on others’ signal boosting?
  • Are you privately communicating your call-out because you think it’ll be more helpful for the recipient, or because you want them to save face?
  • Are you using your voice instead of amplifying others’ because you want the spotlight, or because you want to put yourself on the line as a visible supporter?
  • Are you signal boosting someone else because you want to amplify marginalized voices, or because you don’t want to stick your own neck out?
  • Are you being witty because you want your hot take to be the one that wins Twitter, or because you feel like your wit serves to better illustrate the damage done?
  • Are you as vocal in sharing the good as you are in calling attention to the bad?
  • Are you holding strangers on the Internet to higher standards of behavior as you do your friends?

If you have your own suggestions on ways to keep yourself honest, I’d sure as hell love to hear ‘em.

Be excellent to each other

I know there are some people reading this thinking, “Patrick, you jerk, you just wrote this thing so people will think you’re a Good Person. You’re performing Good Person just like everyone else.”

I can see why you would think that way! I used to be much more invested in the idea of appearing like a Good Person than actually behaving as such; it’s a thing I am still working on.

Believe me: I don’t like getting in Twitter fights with people because I think it’s super hard to actually change people’s opinions most of the time, and so it just becomes mutual public grandstanding in order to appeal to and broaden your follower base. I don’t think my opinions are anything special, and I wish people would pay attention to me for the neat stuff I would like to someday make or the stupid jokes I write on Twitter, not this post. And when I do call something out, I have a sinking feeling of dread in my stomach as it starts to spread around the Internet, because I know that there are lots of people out there smarter than I am about this stuff. If you see me grandstanding, tell me.

Let’s stay humble, be excellent to each other, and…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0uVwVUVsbY

…you know the rest.

patrick miller