Pride And Prejudice And Dragons? Naomi Novik won't ever have Jane Austen show up as a character in the Temeraire books — but she is working on a story about "the adventures of Captain Elizabeth Bennet and her dragon Wollstonecraft." HECK YEAH.
The burdens of the working poor are increasingly borne by a growing class of people of color. That's the latest finding from a new report (PDF) from the Working Poor Families Project.
This is the way it shakes out: in 2013, people of color made up 58 percent of the 10 million low-income working families in the U.S., even though people of color are just 40 percent of all working families across the country. The dynamic has only worsened since the start of the recession in 2007 and during a time when the nation's workforce has become more racially diverse.
People of color are well on their way to constituting the majority of people in the U.S. As such, their share of the U.S. workforce is growing, even as white people's growth in the U.S. has stagnated. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of people of color in the U.S. workforce is expected to grow by 21 percent while the number of white people working in that same period is set to decline by 2 percent. The dropoff is due largely to white people's stagnating growth in the U.S. The year 2013 marked the first that white deaths in the country outnumbered white births, according to the Washington Post.
Given that people of color are the nation's fastest-growing groups, their economic well-being is of pressing concern to the nation's, the report argues. But while the country is celebrating signs of economic revival, low-income workers and people of color are being left behind. Between 2009 and 2013, the numbers of low-income families grew from 10.1 million to 10.6 million, with people of color making up a disproportionate amount of that growth. Today, the racial wealth gap between whites and blacks is at its highest level since 1989, and white households have a median net worth that's 13 times that of black families' net worth, and 10 times that of Latinos'.
Different racial groups are also more likely to work in different kinds of low-wage jobs, report authors point out. Asians in the bottom rungs of the income scale are more likely to work in salons, or as retail workers. African-Americans are most likely to be concentrated among the ranks of health aides, cashiers, and as caregivers. Latinos, meanwhile, are more likely to work in cleaning and in restaurants.
"Racial/ethnic minorities are not disproportionately low-income because of a lack of work effort," according to the report, "but because they are more likely to be working in low-paying jobs."
(h/t Los Angeles Times)
Dropping his second studio album a week early has proven to be a brilliant move for Kendrick Lamar.
Today Billboard announced that "To Pimp a Butterfly" is set to become No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. "Industry sources are forecasting the set to move over 325,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 22," the publication reports.
"To Pimp a Butterfly" broke the Spotify record for the album most streamed on on Monday, the day of its release. The spot was previously held by Drake's equally surprising premiere of "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" with 6.8 million streams. Lamar's album far surpassed the precedent collecting 9.6 million streams in its first 24 hours, according to the company's statement.
According to a tweet from TDE President Punch, the album racked up an additional, record breaking 9.8 million streams on Tuesday.
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A bill outlawing the filming of police within a 25-foot radius landed in a Texas legislative committee late Wednesday, a measure that carries a maximum 180-day jail term and $2,000 fine.
The proposed buffer would increase to 100 feet for individuals carrying firearms, according to the legislation proposed by Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican whose measure was referred to the House Committee on Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement. Maximum penalties for violating the gun restriction are a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
There's been a lot of controversy over how Hillary Clinton apparently used a mail server running in her Chappaqua, New York, home when she started her tenure as secretary of state. But if you want to know what she's using now, all you have to do is point your browser at it—you'll get a login page for Outlook Web access from a Microsoft Exchange 2010 server. And so will anyone who wants to brute-force guess her e-mail password or simply take the server down with a denial-of-service attack. (This is not a suggestion that you should.)
Clinton has probably changed her e-mail address since the scandal began—particularly since the hdr22 account she used has been widely published and has likely become a magnet for all sorts of unwanted messages. And the hosted Exchange server is certainly an upgrade from her original server configuration—Until October of 2010, based on historic DNS records viewed by Ars, Clinton's e-mail server was in fact at a static IP address provided by Optimum, a Cablevision subsidiary, that corresponded to the Clintons' Chappaqua address. The domain was registered on January 13, 2009, just days before Clinton's confirmation as secretary of state—but it did not gain a certificate for secure client connections until March. The current certificate for clintonemail.com was issued by GoDaddy in 2013 just as the original certificate was about to expire.
At some point shortly after the home server was dropped in 2010, the mail exchange record for clintonemail.com was moved to a hosted Exchange server. Currently, that server appears to be running out of a data center in Huntsville, Alabama. The server uses McAfee's MXLogic e-mail filtering service to screen for malware and spam (though it's not certain when the service was added).
"When he took a swig from a flask, the couple next to me gasped, scandalized."
Earlier yesterday, the second full day of SXSW music, I was talking to a friend in a bar about how there aren’t really any indie rock villains — and how, as a writer, that can make the genre less interesting to write about. I love writing and reading about EDM even if it isn’t what I’m listening to all the time, because so many of those dudes (yes, mostly dudes) are like real-life Bond villains, or drifting astronauts, cut free from the bonds of reality by their stupidly huge paychecks. Indie rock guys, publicly at least, tend to read, at worst, curt — at ultra-worst, a little pretentious. But mere hours later, as Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the stage at the FLOOD fest showcase, wearing a black baseball cap and a black bandana over his face, I realized I had been terribly remiss.
Butler has the curious ability to get in beefs with some of The Worst people in music
When he’s just doing his own thing, whether that’s making jammy-jams with his Grammy award-winning band (which, for the record, I have very much liked at various points in their career) or dressing up in disco mariachi suits, Win Butler is okay. A little self-serious, maybe, but there are certainly greater sins. But Butler has the curious ability to get in beefs with some of the worst people in music — Wayne Coyne (another great candidate for indie rock villain), deadmau5 — and make them seem sane and decent by comparison. It’s such an uncanny yet consistent phenomenon, like the way orange juice tastes after you brush your teeth, that I’m tempted to call it a talent.
Butler’s feud with deadmau5 was around some boring anti-electronic music comments Butler made on stage last year at Coachella. ("Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival," he said, I assume while peering out at the crowd disapprovingly through a tiny monocle.) But now, perhaps in an act of deviously clever irony, Butler himself has taken up the turntables and the knobs and is playing all week at SXSW under the name DJ Windows 98.
Let’s talk about that name: DJ Windows 98. If Butler is going to sully himself with computer music, he’s clearly going to align himself with a charmingly antiquated operating system — you know, back when computers still had a soul, man. (His set begins with the sound of a dial-up modem.) Butler actually began DJing at after parties during the Reflektor tour, so about the same time as his EDM kerfuffle. To read it as anything other than a response to a popular, and yes, completely oversaturated form of live performance would probably be disingenuous.
Let’s talk about that name: DJ Windows 98
As the static from the modem faded, Butler played about five seconds of Shania Twain’s 1999 hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" before launching into Joan Jett’s "Bad Reputation," during which time he he fussed despondently with his levels and repeatedly yelled to the stage managers, "Cut the lights. Cut the lights PLEASE." The house finally obliged, drenching the stage and audience in darkroom red. Then it was time to worry about sound. "Turn up the monitors," Butler intoned, calmly at first, then loudly, "TURN UP THE MONITORS, I BELIEVE IN YOU."
To be fair to Butler, the FLOOD fest stage was kind of a shitshow. The sound was mostly unintelligible, and the entire evening was about an hour behind schedule. But the sense that on some level this performance was a joke to Butler didn’t help the vibe, especially during the first half of the set, during which I could see several girls up in the VIP section side-eyeing the stage.
Of course, there will always be religious Arcade Fire fans willing to follow Butler down whatever side ventures he chooses to pursue, and the kid next to me was one such admirer, taking a photo of Butler on his own pocket computer and captioning it "GOLDEN GOD" before sending it out to all his friends. In the front few rows, all eyes and camera phones were fixed on Butler, despite his previous requests that people dance at his sets rather than try to watch him (which I’d echo for any DJ performance, golden-god-fronted or otherwise). When he took a swig from a flask, the couple next to me gasped, scandalized.
When Butler brought out a pair of Congo drummers and a dancer wearing round sunglasses and head-to-toe gold, the mood lifted considerably. According to the official SXSW listing, Butler’s set was entitled "Naïve Melodie" and, Joan and Shania aside, mostly featured African and Haitian soul music. In keeping with the vague Talking Heads theme, near the end Butler played a pitched-up version of "Slippery People," and for a few minutes the crowd got truly slippery and genuinely dancey. It reminded me of one particularly drunken college-break summer in my hometown, when someone put on "Power Out" at a house party, and everyone erupted into sweaty, stompy chaos.
Oh, DJ Windows 98, don’t you see the kids just want to dance? Some of them want to dance to authentic rare Haitian vinyl, and some of them want to rage to the latest DJ Mustard blorps. Some of them want to do both! You should have let that Shania song go on a little longer, though. People go nuts for the ’90s.
"Dear Piece of Shit"
In May 2014, Life360 CEO Chris Hulls received an aggressive patent demand letter. The letter, from lawyers representing a company called Advanced Ground Information Systems (AGIS), told him he needed to pay for a "royalty-bearing license" to its four patents, or Life360 and its customers would have to "cease and desist" from infringement.
In other words: pay up, or shut down your company. The letter demanded a response within three days. Hulls wrote back:
Dear Piece of Shit,
We are currently in the process of retaining counsel and investigating this matter. As a result, we will not be able to meet your Friday deadline. After reviewing this matter with our counsel, we will provide a prompt response.
I will pray tonight that karma is real, and that you are its worthy recipient,
On that Friday, Life360 got sued. The lawyers attached Hulls' "Dear Piece of Shit" letter as an exhibit.
all carriers suck forever
Reuters reported today that trade associations representing Internet service providers "are expected to take the lead in suing the Federal Communications Commission" over its new net neutrality rules.
Verizon sued after the FCC issued net neutrality regulations in 2010. The company ultimately won its case, but the victory backfired because the federal appeals court ruling paved the way for the FCC to impose even stronger rules.
"[A]t least some companies, including Verizon Communications Inc, are currently not planning to bring individual lawsuits and instead aim to participate through trade groups," Reuters reported, citing "several people familiar with the plan."
all carriers suck forever
New York City’s public advocate wants Comcast to promise “universal broadband for all New York City consumers” in exchange for buying Time Warner Cable.
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, who has served in the elected position since January 2014 after a career on the city council and as a lawyer, urged the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to impose tough conditions on the merger in a new report. New York City can't stop the acquisition, but the PSC can approve or deny it because Time Warner Cable licenses would be transferred to Comcast.
James is concerned about the $45.2 billion merger, she told Ars in a phone interview, noting that "Comcast and Time Warner have the lowest customer satisfaction ratings of any Internet service provider in the United States."
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In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission investigated Google to determine whether the company's monopoly on the search market violated anti-trust laws. The Commission ultimately accepted a settlement with the search giant, but a confidential FTC report obtained by The Wall Street Journal reveals how deeply divided the Commission was over whether to sue.
As part of the settlement, Google agreed to make minor changes to its business practices and argued that the report did not show wrongdoing. But key FTC officials, after collecting nine million documents in the course of the investigation, wanted to take direct legal action against the company. The report reveals why.
Google "adopted a strategy of demoting, or refusing to display, links to certain vertical websites in highly commercial categories."
According to the report, for one example, Google took content from companies like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Amazon. In the latter case, Google lifted product rankings and placed them in their own search results for those products. When the companies complained to Google about the process, Google threatened to remove them entirely from results. The Journal quotes this section of the report: "It is clear that Google’s threat was intended to produce, and did produce, the desired effect, which was to coerce Yelp and TripAdvisor into backing down." The Commission ultimately had Google agree to let websites opt out of the process.
The Journal highlights two other concerns from the FTC. For one, Google reportedly restricted websites that published its search results from collaborating with competing search engines. In other cases, Google refused to allow data obtained from its ad campaigns to be used in campaigns with other services. According to the report, Larry Page personally asked this process to continue, before the FTC eventually convinced Google to shut it down. As for search results themselves, according to the report (as quoted in the Journal), Google "adopted a strategy of demoting, or refusing to display, links to certain vertical websites in highly commercial categories."
Google ultimately made only minor concessions after the FTC's investigation, and as the Commission decided against more forceful action, it was widely seen as a win for the company. But the report describes what happened more acutely: it was "a close call."
Why does Link look like he’s screaming whenever he puts on a mask from the Happy Mask Salesman? ⊟
Well, here’s the answer to that question, straight from the Happy Mask Salesman! This comes from an interview with the Majora’s Mask character conducted on Miiverse last week. It’s a very creepy Q&A..
Russian cat beat
In Russia, cats are actually dogs.
At least this little guy certainly seems to think so.
In the video above, Barsik the cat plays fetch with his owner, chasing a tiny ball and quickly bringing it back for more. He even pants afterwards with his tongue hanging out.
Back in January we also saw a Russian cat pull a "Lassie" and rescue an abandoned baby.
"I have a CatDog," the man says.
Yes, you do. Minus the second freakishly conjoined head.
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Geometric Pond Ice in South Oregon. This occurs because of undisturbed slow freezing. The lake was kept just at or slightly below the freezing point for a significant amount of time. The center of each triangle is a nucleation site. The slower it cools the larger each one can grow before more nucleation sites form.
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"I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.”
this isn't an argument against same-sex marriage
this is an argument that her dad is a piece of shit
if she got another dad instead of a second mom, would he "have replaced the father I lost"?
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|from Magnar Jenssen's excellent "Functional Lighting"|
|A master class in how NOT to light a game? Note the blorange, note lazy glowy bits everywhere, etc.|
|the evolution of video games; from Jack Monahan's "Visual Clarity in Character Design"|
|from "Thief 1's Assassins and environmental storytelling."|
|from "Dark Past, part 4: a valence theory of level design"|
man these are baller
Charles Foster, Offering to Moloch, Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us, 1897
CONGRATULATIONS COW GOD, IT'S A GIRL
Charles Foster, Moloch, 1897