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Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We'll rise above these earthly cares

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Linkee-poo has had enough of silly love songs

Some numbers from writing, first four months of freelancing. Don't quit the day job. (Grokked from someone, sorry)

A 20d that lights up when you roll a natural 20. 'Cause you know you want one. (Grokked from Dan)

Using light to generate sound to image the brain. Okay, that's interesting.

3D XPoint memory coming soon. Okay, most of the graphics on the page are examples of how worthless Powerpoint is, but still this is Good News, People™. (Grokked from John)

About the copyright on the "Birthday Song"… (Grokked from Dan)

"Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday. This increase is slightly less than last year's increase of 4.2 percent for consumers who bought policies on the state's health insurance marketplace." I'm sure there's something to blame for that. Oh, I know, people with power actually watching what's going on. But in other news, apparently coordinated care for Medicare ends up with people actually using the healthcare system. Strange that.

"People still aren’t getting the message that taking selfies with wild animals can be a very bad idea." Man takes selfie with rattlesnake, gets bitten. And then gets a $153,000 hospital bill. So he was bitten twice. (Grokked from John)

Alaska is on fire. Just what fire is doing to Alaska, with information on what the ground of Alaska is composed of (hint, it's full of carbon).

A chart of news sources and how well they're trusted broken down by generations. Okay, that's interesting. (Grokked from John)

Donald Trump's lawyers (you know, the guys who found out the truth about President Obama) are a piece of work. Triggery for both rape, ignorance, and being an ass in public.

"A panel discussion on CNN got heated Sunday when former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) argued that 'Black Lives Matter' is a poor message because it makes white people feel less valued." And here I thought Ken had disappeared. Go home, Ken. You're drunk. "Young black people are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by police… and while black Americans comprise just 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 26 percent of those shot by police." (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Building molecular transistors with individual atoms acting as gates. Wow. Living in the future. Of course, it'll take 20 years until it's commercially available, so don't get your hopes up. (Grokked from Dan)

Quote of the day: You may have 2 ears and 1 mouth, but you need 6 cranial nerves to speak and only 1 to hear. Evolution calls bullshit on your aphorism.

Driven

While doing artwork, whenever I'm under a lot of stress I tend to crank the music. And my selections also go toward the harder side of music. To give you a sample of what the last two months have been like, this song has been in heavy rotation.


Driven to the margin of error
Driven to the edge of control
Driven to the margin of terror
Driven to the edge of a deep, dark hole
Yea, that pretty well describes it. So much for a summer.

Happy birthday, Geddy Lee. Thanks for the music.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Linkee-poo saddles up my horse and rides into the city

I would say we're on the downhill run for the next two weeks, but I know better. The big project has pushed back many small projects will are now "emergencies" to finish. While managers are all happy about finishing the big project, the workers know that the hard times are just beginning when the big project it finished. The consultants get to leave and collect their billing. That and with not being able to spend extra time at clinical, I'll be there over this fall.

God checker. For your world building and research needs. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

Think we've socially advanced? I've got a Glamour article you've got to read then. Then tell me how far we've come. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Your computer security is lacking. A survey between the everyday users and security experts.

"'We can tailor these recipes to the photosynthesis response of the plant,' says van der Feltz. 'By being able to tweak the spectrum—the color the plants see—and put the lights exactly where they need it, we can dramatically increase yields and improve fruit density and quality.'" This isn't exactly new, they've been doing this with fluorescents for years now. But now it's LEDs, and it's vertical (urban) farming (which will be a thing of the future, because we'll have to). "'If we can eliminate the risk of disease and climate for the grower, then we can also create different varieties that are optimized for taste, or nutritional value, or perhaps speed of growth.'" My money is on optimizing the speed of growth (because that's what we've been doing for centuries… know how long it takes to go from egg to chicken mcnuggets?). Oh, and we'll never eliminate the risk of disease. That's just marketing bs. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"Despite its well-known toxic side effects, many end-stage patients and their doctors have considered chemotherapy worth trying, believing it may ease discomfort or buy time… Now, a study suggests that even those stronger patients may not benefit from end-of-life chemotherapy — and that for many, their quality of life may worsen in their final weeks compared with patients who forgo last-ditch treatment." Fuck cancer.

"Two low-profile Texas brothers have donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a record-setting contribution that amounts to the largest known donation so far in the 2016 presidential campaign." Good thing Judge Scalia told us that money won't corrupt the politician or the electoral process, or this would be a thing to worry about. Note, if you read the article, that means four/five people (if you consider the brothers one entity) have funded $37M of Sen. Cruz's superPAC's $38M raised. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Remember those people who took it upon themselves to stand armed guard outside recruitment centers? "The Defense Department, reacting to armed citizens appearing in front of military recruiting offices…, has asked that 'individuals not stand guard' on federal property." The real soldiers, sailors and marines want the wannabes and posers to go home.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Linkee-poo left my body lying somewhere in the sands of time

Universal Studios mistakenly asks Google for a takedown notice of their own computer. Or at least the computer of the person who wrote the DMCA takedown notice.

Maybe we weren't responsible for megafauna extinctions. But, maybe we were indirectly responsible. It's a little bit of "looking of The reason." It's sort of like the extinction of the dinosaurs. They were already dying out (reduced diversity and reduced numbers) as we approached the time when the asteroid hit. It doesn't mean the asteroid didn't slam the lid shut on their coffin (which it didn't really do after all, notice all the avians around us). (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

Oh look, the bees are back. Note they're talking the number of colonies, and not the number of actual bees. (Grokked from Dan)

For your bemusement, warning keep tin-foil hat firmly on before clicking. Just one week after our breaking news article possibly tying in the 9-11 supertramp cover image with Biblical prophecies from Revelation 17-18 and Jeremiah 50-51. We have found even more “coincidences” which bring this subject matter to the realm of padded room material!" (Grokked from John)

"Simply signing a document isn't enough, however. There's no substitute for regular communication with friends and family about end-of-life preferences." That.

"Senate GOP leadership is moving toward a vote on a bill that would cease federal funding to Planned Parenthood due to concerns about the reproductive health provider raised by heavily-edited videos recently posted online by an anti-abortion group." It's almost like that was the plan.

Why, they were right. When they outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. Supposedly law abiding citizens decide not to follow the laws.

Donald Trump may be using illegal immigrants as laborers to build his grave site. Most people are keying in on the "illegal immigrant" part. For me its, "He's building a gravesite on his golf course? Who died and made him Pharaoh?"

And now, at about a 15 months out from the next presidential election (don't let them fool you, there's an election this November as well), where do the parties stand in the popular mind? Well, the Pew Center has a nice long poll with analysis. The take-away? "The Republican Party’s image has grown more negative over the first half of this year." Now the Democratic Party isn't faring that much better, but the dip in the "approval" ratings the GOP has have gone down significantly. Even among Republicans. What this shows is people like the GOP when they're running for office, but not when they're actually governing. Also it could be the effect of the candidates getting their dog-whistling in early so they can use the "that's old news" defense when called on it later. (Grokked from Dan)

Okay, when William Shatner is calling you silly, that's Game Over™.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Linkee-poo look at me, I'm on the way to the promised land

Sorry, so tired I forgot to format the links.

Explaining graphic design to four-year olds. I wish the people I work with would get this. (Grokked from Xeni)

"Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals." The world is stranger than we think. (Grokked from Karl Schroeder)

If you've ever had an eye test, or some kind of neural damage, you've experienced a doctor giving you what seems like a random movement test. Follow the finger without moving your head, putting their hands over yours and telling you to lift as hard as you can, those sorts of things. What they're testing are your cranial nerves (these don't go through your spinal column). There are 3 that affect eye movement all by themselves (each will move your eyes in a different direction). So, I understand just what they're testing here with hearing and literacy in toddlers, but I'm not entirely convinced of it's efficacy. It's interesting science, but the brain is very plastic, and I'm afraid this test will be used to shunt kids into categories they don't belong in. On the other hand, a lot of kids might (might) get some help at a crucial stage. On the third hand, that'll mostly be rich kids with educated parents.

Snotbot. Because SCIENCE! (Grokked from John)

Some companies are moving away from the annual performance review. They point out a lot of reasons why reviews suck (time, brainspace, and results wise). "'Employees that do best in performance management systems tend to be the employees that are the most narcissistic and self-promoting,' said Brian Kropp, the HR practice leader for CEB." you say that like it's a bad thing. Dude, seriously, have you met any MBAs? Guess who made this crap up? Full disclosure, just got the email about Annual Review Time. It's that time of year where we realize that we spend too much time on bullshit, and we never got to our personal goals because we were too busy doing the actual fucking work we were hired to do. Also, we just moved to one of those "forced curves" evaluation. "Shocked," our CEO said, "shocked to find our employees are weighted heavily into the 4 and 5 space…" so we now have an enforced Bell Curve. Guess what happened to productivity and moral as all our high-performers realized they wouldn't be recognized for their high performance, but forced onto an artificial curve. But most people don't remember why annual reviews came into being. Unfortunately it didn't solve the real problem, which was people being dicks (mostly in middle-management). (Grokked from someone, Morgan J Locke I think)

Nearly no consequences for drunk executives who poured beer on Native American children’s heads. Noted as comment to above, and again just where the PC police (in reference to below)? Also noted in the vein of, "maybe if it's not blacks people can see the racism built into the system." (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

When he's a commie fighting rebel, or even a former Hitler Youth it's all fun and games and the conservatives love the Pope. However, when it's a poor brown kid from South America everybody gets huffy.

"New documents obtained by NPR and ProPublica reveal that the Red Cross may not have an accurate accounting of how all the money was spent." 9/11 and now Haiti. The Red Cross has got some 'splainin to do. Once that hits the public zeitgeist, we may not see a very able or well funded Red Cross in the US.

"Armed civilians are standing guard outside military recruitment centers across the United States -- even if the military doesn't necessarily want them there -- in the wake of last week's killing of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee." What could possibly go wrong.

You know how the conservative blowhards at Fox News like to talk about how their speech is stifled by the Political Correctness Police? That's all well and good, until they want to enforce their own PC policing. Donald Trump is an ass (actually, he's representative of a lot of business execs and their mindset), and he's been giving a hellalotta hints to walk back his comments about McCain, but Donald is Donald. Bill O'Reilly trying to play the PC police is just hilarious.

I wonder if conservatives will now rethink their stance on "at-will" employment? Yea, probably not. They'll double down on the PC police line and play the victim. All the company will need to do is document they asked the employees not to fly the Stars and Bars to work, and point to their anti-discrimination and diversity policies. Although, it's kinda iffy with the rulings of where and when employees can have guns in their cars and whether the judge rules that the cars are inviolate property, or because they're on company property that the company's rules apply.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Linkee-poo won't be your Yoko Ono

Have you been pwned? (Grokked from John)

Cats and Death book binding. Some of my favorite napery. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

The Smithsonian launches a Kickstarter campaign to restore, conserve, and preserve Neil Armstrong's space suit that walked on the Moon. Because they didn't have the funding to do it themselves. (Grokked from John)

"The British Library puts 1,000,000 images into the public domain." w00t! OMG. I'll, uh, I'll be in my bunk. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The best affordable fan? Maybe. Now I just wish someone would publish the best affordable carpet shampooer.

Please wait while your car updates. Hackers remotely hijack a Jeep by using the onboard computer. If this isn't in your cyberpunk, you've just been outdated. (Grokked from John)

Fifteen questions that push the limits of human stupidity. Oh, darling, humans are much more stupid than that. Only 15? You aren't trying hard enough. (Grokked from Catherine Asaro)

Cheaper solar panels which pay-back faster (from 2 years to a few months). Not ready for prime time, and I think the comparison between an individual's exposure to lead versus the environmental damage of gold mining is a bit specious, but interesting. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

June Fourth (and now my blog is banned in China, if it already wasn't). "Memory is dangerous in a country that was built to function on national amnesia." The past is edited to make it more sanitary. In this case, the Chinese government has been quite successful in erasing the Tiananmen Square student protests, which ended in a massacre of those students (I can still recall the audio only reports of that night when the Chinese troops were ordered to clear the Square). Sometimes it is a strategic defense, especially for a country built on conformity and compliance. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Sometimes it doesn't take a repressive government attempting to quell dissent. Sometimes we'd rather just forget what makes us uncomfortable and doesn't fit within the narrative of ourselves and our culture. In case you think China is the only place that has this happens. Many people in the US forget those images of people jumping from the burning World Trade Center, in my experience especially those who vowed to "Never Forget."

You keep using that word. I doona think it mean what you think it means. "Hero" is now the shibboleth of the GOP. In the tree-fort clubhouse they can wiser to each other, "We're all heroes, you know."

Think with your .22 you're ready for the apocalypse or to engage your Second Amendment Option? You're just a fuckin' punter compared to this guy. Now, he's ready.

Tweet of my heart: @KameronHurley And, honestly, if you don't HOPE that your NEXT book will be THE BOOK, however unlikely, you will not have the stamina for this biz.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Linkee-poo, if I could dig down deep in my heart, feelings would flood on the page, would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, would ya think the boy's insane?

Keyboard shortcuts for novelists. (Grokked from phiala)

Jim Hines kicks the day job to the curb. You go, Jim. For aspiring writers waiting for the dream, please note the main instigating event. Most of the people I know who are writing full time have a similar circumstance.

Living with a highly creative person. In case you ever wondered why I write, it's because my wife said I should inflict my humor on people other than just her. It's a little stereotypical (not all creatives are alike). (Grokked from Dozelle Young)

So, ever complained about how your computer is haunted or possessed? There's an app for that. Well, at least some helpful Wiccan practitioners. "Though tech problems are not the only ones Talley tackles, she is routinely called upon to debug people’s tech woes with spiritual energy." I used to joke about dancing naked in the light of the full moon and my chicken-bone necklace back in the days of SCSI interfaces (oh you kids, you don't know the fun we had in the early days of computing). Maybe I had something going there. (Grokked from Dan)

For every moment you think there are shining examples of the better angels of our nature, such as people going out to protect the nests of endangered sea turtles, there's stories like this that bring me back to earth. "A 72-year-old Marine veteran who volunteered to protect a sea turtle nest got beaten and shot in the butt for his troubles."

We're boned. Yep, climate scientists are growing tired of sugar coating it to try and convince certain people among us to actually do something about climate change. So now the government report concludes that even if we froze carbon outputs, the seas will continue to rise for centuries. That means when they talk about the tipping point, they're now talking in the past tense. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

June of 2015 was the warmest June on record and will possibly lead us to another warmest year on record. For the record, 2014 was also the warmest year on record at the time. Nothing to worry about here. I'm sure Sen. Inhofe is saving up some snowballs in his freezer to help us all out. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Shit just got serious. Ashley Madison, a "dating" site for married people (I would guess mostly men) looking for affairs is hacked. They're also holding the data for ransom (asking the sites run by the parent company to be taken down… dudes, seriously selling yourselves short here). On the positive side, I now expect lawmakers will finally get serious about cyber security and holding companies accountable. (Grokked from Dan)

Fresca quietly takes control of the 18-34 demographic in a series of night time raids. Oh, Onion, never leave us. (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

A Muslim cemetery is going in Farmersville, Tx. And the locals are none too happy about it. Thinking it'll draw that radical islamic thing they've all been worried about. Reminds me of a Robin Williams routine, "WTF asshole, he's dead?!" And I'm sure even if they didn't uses vaults in their burials, any chance of ground contaminate is overwhelmed by the large amounts of bullshit being discussed behind closed doors down there.

"Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was 'one of the South's first civil rights leaders,' a GOP state representative from Tennessee wrote in an op-ed published Thursday." I just don't have the spoons for this political season.

More on how Fox News is actually a propaganda/disinformation campaign being waged for the benefit of conservative politics. (Grokked from Justine Larbeliester)

Scott Walker explains his wife's position on same-sex marriage. Of course, it's his. I'm starting to change my mind of wanting Trump to advance toward the nomination and now think it would be great fun for Walker to be there. Although his assholiness is a little more subtle and not a lot of people will get it. Seriously, Scottie? How about, "My wife's position is her own, and she will make a clarifying statement if and when she's ready." I'm sure he doesn't order for her at restaurants or anything.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Linkee-poo clears the baffles

Not enough time to actually look at things on the web. Wish I could say it was because of writing, but because of the day thing and the PTO thing, and the reboot thing. I used to have a life.

Scott Siglar says, keep your damn audiobooks rights. For reasons. For lots of little, green(ish) reasons. (Grokked from John Scalzi who is name dropped)

Google hiding messages on their lcd screens. (Grokked from Dan)

Some KickStarter tips. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Fox News wants you to know, no fatties. Apparently because some overweight kids aren't ashamed of themselves for being overweight, the anorexics of the world must be upset. (Grokked from Seanan McGuire)

Human trafficking, slave labor and squalid conditions only happen overseas, not in our Shiny Citadel of Capitalism. "An Alabama company has agreed to a $20 million settlement and admitted that workers it brought from India to rebuild oil rigs after Hurricane Katrina were deceptively recruited and then forcibly corralled in squalid, overcrowded camps." Oh fuck. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Some science deniers are thinking that New Horizons' mission to Pluto was faked. I mean, if we really are all in a holographic projection being made that simulates the universe and convinces us we live in a time-forward, 4D space, sure. Like "Everything Is Awesome", in that universe "Everything Is Faked." But… wait, what were we talking about? (Grokked from Dan)

Indian pipe. The parasitic plant that I have in my back yard (flashes back to Day of the Triffids).

Trump as stealth candidate. That's an interesting theory you've go there, Sparky. So, how do you explain his 2008 and 2012 performance? (Grokked from Dan)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Linkee-poo is working for the man

Oh look, it's another 80 hour week. Fantastic.

And the villagers rejoice. Bloom County returns. Maybe you have to be of a certain age, but I think my squee just broke.

Jeb gets his "47%" comment out and over quickly before too many people are taking notice.

When the wells go dry. Driving the water truck in California.

Just because I keep wondering when and who will bring this up, "Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter has been charged with prescription drug fraud, Tallahassee police said today." January 29, 2002. Fodder for the whisper campaign.

"Oklahoma GOP compares welfare recipients to national park animals." Must be that vaunted "compassionate conservatism" we keep hearing about.

That culture and heritage as defined by the designer of the Stars and Bars flag. In case you're still confused. "'As a people we are fighting to maintain the heavenly ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause. Such a flag would be a suitable emblem of our young confederacy, and sustained by the brave hearts and strong arms of the south, it would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as THE WHITE MAN’S FLAG.'"(Grokked from Eric)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Linkee-poo is too tired for coherence

Apparently the people and Land Rover have been watching old James Bond movies. (Grokked from Dan)

The 81 Shade of Mikey. Let's give it to Mikey. He won't like it, he hates everything. The Hucklebees with 81 things he hates (some of which he was okay with, before the winds blew the other way). (Grokked from the Slactivist)

In case anyone is still confused over "The Cause" for which all those grandpappies fought and died. All the declarations of succession. Fun drinking game, hold your breath until you read the first instance of slavery, and then take a drink everytime it's mentioned after that. Don't worry, it's typically mentioned in the second paragraph, the first paragraph being devoted to "we succeed for the following reasons". Also you should be good and drunk quickly. (grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

"'If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they're going to follow them,' (leader of the Texas branch of a civilian surveillance group calling itself 'Counter Jade Helm,' Eric Johnston) told the newspaper. 'And they're going to radio back their ultimate location.'" What could possibly go wrong with that? Trailing military vehicles full of soldiers, many of who have found counter-insurgency warfare and might be a little edgy being followed by unmarked vehicles, that seems sensible.

Why do people think that the Civil War was not about slavery? Because one side intentionally tells them it wasn't. Guess which side. (grokked from John Scalzi)

Oh, and about your "states rights". The South said, "Fuck your states rights" when Kansas was about to be made a state and would have voted to be a free or slave state (hint, they were leaning Free).

Because this seems to be what we're going to talk about this summer, bringing British slavery into the light. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Linkee-poo saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand walking through the streets of Soho in the rain

Heroin use is up, as are deaths from overdoses. Yet to see governments panic. I don't think everyone remembers what was necessary the last time heroin stole our citizens' lives.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Man, if that's not a title for next seasons American Horror Story is damn well should be. And before anyone posts, yes, I know a hurdy-gurdy is not what a organ grinder grinds, but that's what I grew up knowing as a hurry-gurdy.

There's this scene in Dharma and Greg where Greg's Dad (rich man), sitting in First Class, decides to take cookies to Dharma's parents (hippy) sitting in Economy. As he steps behind the curtain you can here him exclaim, "They pack you in like cattle back here." Yea, there's a whole new plan to do that. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Mapping segregation as still evident in the 2010 Census (and the various updates). Pointed to because of earlier conversation and I worked on the Census.

Show me the money. Who is still poor, how many made it to low-income, middle-class, and rich from 2001 to 2011.

They burn churches, don't they?

There's a report that the gun used by the 5-time deportee who shot a woman on a San Francisco pier was registered to a federal agent. This story is like a rotting onion that you keep peeling and peeling away stinking layer after stinking layer.

The pros and cons of flying the Confederate Flag. Oh Onion, never leave us. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

This is the real meaning of "market forces" when a conservative says it. basically they want you to pay more. In this case, Lyndsey Graham thinks military retirees should pay more for their Tricare insurance. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Part of the problem. Ministers who don't understand the religion they purportedly are evangelizing. "'Our goal is for them to discern whether God is calling them,' Lane said in an interview. 'We actually have no interest in them running unless they have a calling from God.'" Or, you know, an email from a political hack. Either one will work.

The Donald Trump (rich-man) clueless train keeps on rolling. Until now Donald's money has insulated him. Now in the public spotlight we can see just what a creepy portrait of Dorian Gray he is.

You know that thing were suddenly Congresspeoples realize that some amendment was slipped into a bill that nobody really knew about and changes some other law either effectively annulling it or modifying it to be meaningless. You know how one side claims the others snuck it in at the last minute, late at night, when nobody is watching and how that side then claims that no, everything was above board and we all knew what was going on and it's just sour grapes by the losing side. Turns out the side claiming the amendments were snuck in are correct. This isn't how the sausage is made. But apparently this is how the GOP runs the House. This is how Speaker Boehner does business. Not like they wouldn't try to sneak other things past the American Public.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Linkee-poo, here am I, your special island! Come to me, come to me!

Since, obviously from today's news, Skynet has awoken. It's time to move to Bali Hai.

Rejections for Writers! (I've gotta make that t-shirt) (Grokked from Steven Gould)

The Orbit Fantasy Writing Workshop. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Jim Hines with a depression update.

The Codex Gigas, otherwise known as "The Devil's Bible". I just never get tired of reading about objects like this. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

DARPA develops a search engine to glom the dark and deep web. What it sounds like is marrying Big Data with Search Engine. And I'd love to have those tools on Google (not to look for what they're looking for, but imagine how that would change shopping and news websites).

What disturbs the dust cloud around Beta Pictoris? Although now my head is writing "The Doom that Came to Beta Pictoris", well, because my brain is just like that. (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd)

"The women proved something in their months of tough (Marine) training, says Pineda… They're ready to serve in ground combat." They already have, but now they meet the "official" requirements.

Transparent aluminum apparently is an actual thing now. Living in the future. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

They have waged cruel warfare… Eric on Trolling Woodrow Wilson, how much of our history is racists, and why that's not a mitigating factor in removing the Stars and Bars and Confederate Hero names from public institutions.

Dear NJ Democrats, don't be stupid. Although there's a lot in that short article that will allow a person not familiar with NJ politics understand all they need.

There's a lot to be said for the President raising the salaried-exempt floor to $50,000. Here's another benefit. "But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours." Also noted for the common refrain of "if you're salaried, you're expected to work 50-60 hours." No. Not really. This is a business law like "you must maximize shareholder value." There is no law like that. It's just the legacy of long held, poor management practices (I wanted something stronger there, but if I say "legacy of sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies in upper management" a lot of people would have turned off before finishing).

"'Additionally, our Legislature has signaled its support for pursuing changes to our state Constitution that will make it clear the Ten Commandments monument is legally permissible. If legislative efforts are successful, the people of Oklahoma will get to vote on this issue.'" Conservatives just don't know when to give up.

I guess the Stormfront was "visited by the FBI in connection with last month's shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina." And now they're doing their own fund raiser to a legal defense fund. If they're able to connect Dylan Roof to Stormfront, that's a game changer. And about time.

"Arctic air temperatures are increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the world—a study by the U. S. Navy says that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice by next year, eighty-four years ahead of the models—and evidence little more than a year old suggests the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is doomed, which will add between twenty and twenty-five feet to ocean levels. The one hundred million people in Bangladesh will need another place to live and coastal cities globally will be forced to relocate, a task complicated by economic crisis and famine—with continental interiors drying out… and for their pains the scientists themselves—the cruelest blow of all—have been the targets of an unrelenting and well-organized attack that includes death threats, summonses from a hostile Congress, attempts to get them fired, legal harassment, and intrusive discovery demands so severe they had to start their own legal-defense fund, all amplified by a relentless propaganda campaign nakedly financed by the fossil-fuel companies." We're boned. "'I don't agree. I don't think we're fucked. There is time to build sustainable solutions to a lot of these things. You don't have to close down all the coal-powered stations tomorrow. You can transition. It sounds cute to say, 'Oh, we're fucked and there's nothing we can do,' but it's a bit of a nihilistic attitude. We always have the choice. We can continue to make worse decisions, or we can try to make ever better decisions.'" Some optimists. After all, when there is life, there is hope. I say we're boned because the other side, the denier side, is so damn entrenched and well funded (and successful in their disinformation campaigns they aren't even trying hard anymore, snowballs in the Senate anyone?) that the change necessary to avoid some of the worst of it won't come soon enough, except for bloody revolution. Given then coming displacement of people, that might not be avoidable either. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)