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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo, six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

San Diego State University is soliciting to build a large SF collection.

Paul and Storm perform "Write Like the Wind" at Wootstock, G.R.R. Martin responds. Hahahaha.

Firefly as a MOPRG. Well, that could do very well. I wonder if they'll give you the opportunity to join the Alliance or play as a Reaver? (Pointed to by Dan)

Why do some people think oriental feudalism is so much more exciting than European feudalism? Because of things like this.

Marrying an electric knife (not the kind you carve meat with at home) and a mass-spectrometer to get instant feedback readings for cancer surgery. They're always thinking of something new. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Troubleshooting CSS. Or, as anyone who has tried to make a single page with CSS work in Firefox/Safari/Chrome and IE, how to avoid the urge to take it out hunting one last time and put a bullet in its head. As another website once declared, "Give up and do it with tables" ("work a frustrating 50 minutes with CSS to get it to work, give up and do it with tables in 5 minutes, take a 5 minute coffee break"). And I love that mug. If I start programing websites more, I might have to get me one. (Grokked from Dan)

Use a fan to keep mosquitos away. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

How a Tesla Model S is made. All in one place. Very cool. But then, that's also why they're facing a lot of political pushback. (Grokked from Dan)

An NPR story on bias and it's silent and subtle alteration of our world. Also with lots of research on how to counter it (hint, seeing people in the roles they want to be in outside of the current social norms is about the best way).

"That's it? That's just a Cheerio's commercial." Yea, what they said. "Didn't Martin Luther King fix this?" (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"According to these benchmarks, the federal minimum wage peaked in 1968." (Grokked from Morgan J Locke - I think)

Just in case you think all this garment rending and cheering of the appointment of Richard Cordray to the CFPB is leaving you wondering why, where some sample letters from the CFPB to use in case a debt collector is hounding you (also, I remember a study where over a third of debt collectors use practices that hit or are slightly over the line of what is legal). Your government, working for you. And that's why some were so damn set against confirming anyone to the CFPB. Just keep in mind who had your back. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"Again, it’s telling that Bachmann should phrase her fear the way she did. And it’s enlightening, the parts of religion that she embraces. It’s a case here of do unto others before they do unto you, I guess, given that Bachmann is front and center on efforts to reform voting rights in order to disenfranchise the very people she fears. How, exactly, election law could be changed to prevent Republicans from winning she didn’t bother to explain, apparently she’s afraid that Barack Obama will use Executive Orders to make it illegal for rich old white men to vote (if only). Meanwhile, Tea Party republicans in nearly every state with the willing collusion of the Supreme Court are working diligently to to bring back Jim Crow specifically in order to nullify the traditional democratic base." Looks like Jim is going to miss Michelle Bachmann just like I am.

2 comments:

Jeri Castonia said...

Thanks for the CSS troubleshooting link. I have reluctantly bookmarked it, but usually when I even look at a page of it, trying to figure out how to make a change, it makes me want to sob on my keyboard. This might help.

Also - that Cheerios commercial vid gives me hope for the future. I've seen that commercial a hundred times and never noticed that the woman was white before now. Sadly, the uproar by backwards, racist boobs doesn't surprise me.

Steve Buchheit said...

Jeri, you're perfectly welcome. I've only done a little CSS work and have generally not been impressed (CSS as implemented in "desktop publishing" however has been my savior more than once).

And when I saw the Cheerios commercial it didn't phase me. It was the second time I saw it that I realized that it was a "mixed" family. Again, still didn't phase me.