Again, another day of rushing like mad at the day thing.
How Pixar adjusts their movies for international markets. (Grokked from Dan)
For those of you writing Space Opra-ish works who may get criticism for systems with several inhabitable planets that help that society launch an interplanetary trade system… "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water." (Grokked from Kelly Swails)
Sure, you've seen the NASA press release for Trappist-1, but have you seen the website. (Grokked from Dan)
A video of the landscape our Wall would have to traverse using satellite images. The video's title is "Best of Luck with the Wall" (yeah, these get a little "artistic" with the perspective and zoom). Oh, that black line, that's the fence we've already built. (Grokked from John)
"'Physically abused kids fail to adjust flexibly to new behavioral rules in contexts outside their families,' says coauthor Seth Pollak, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Youth who have endured hitting, choking and other bodily assaults by their parents view the world as a place where hugs and other gratifying responses to good behavior occur inconsistently, if at all. So these youngsters stick to what they learned early in life from volatile parents — rewards are rare and unpredictable, but punishment is always imminent." Of course the research is about how to help these kids learn behaviors that help them navigate the world around them and that's a very good goal. Buuuut, no mention of training to help people recognize and call out abusive parents and to both end the cycle of abuse and to move the kids out into a more supportive environment.
When attempts at document preservation go horribly wrong. Many states laminated historical documents to help preserve them, unfortunately they didn't understand how paper ages.
A helpful publication, How to Survive a Nuclear War (PDF). (Grokked from John)
Before you talk about how wonderfully fair compensation is in this country, a chart from Bernie Sanders with some CEO pay levels. I can tell you from experience that some of those salaries are in excess of many large companies (>200 employees) total payroll costs. (Grokked from Ann Leckie)
"When Heather Lindsay and Lexene Charles discovered the n-word painted across their garage door on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they decided to leave it up in plain view." You won't believe what happens next! (Sorry, couldn't help myself there) So now the couple are being fined for keeping the graffiti up until the police decide to find out who has been spraying the word on their garage (this isn't the first time). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened… But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated." Your First Amendment rights are under assault. (Grokked from Laura J. Mixon)
"The key to keeping Trump’s Twitter habit under control, according to six former campaign officials, is to ensure that his personal media consumption includes a steady stream of praise. And when no such praise was to be found, staff would turn to friendly outlets to drum some up — and make sure it made its way to Trump’s desk." You know that kid in the stores, the one who suddenly finds their unfortunate parent's attention has turned to something other than them (like figuring out which laundry detergent gets shame out better) and then they start making a ruckus? Yeah, that's the guy we elected president. There's that movie, Wag the Dog, well the call is coming from inside the house (to mix my metaphors). (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)