What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, July 6, 2012

Linkee-poo knows it's good to warm my bones beside the fire

This is what harassment looks like. A while back I made comments about having to go through yet another round of anti-harassment training at work and how I felt tired of having the lesson, again (for those wondering, it was a company wide rollout of the training, not because of any personnel issues - that I know of). I really don't remember all the times I've been through the training, having started back in 1992 at E&Y when such workplace training was just starting. My comments boiled down to an exasperated, "Don't we all get this already?" Obviously I was wrong. To my fellow Dickensian Americans, this is not cool. In fact, I would say you should be ashamed of yourselves, but I have a feeling this is just compensating for your lifelong shame of having been born with micro dicks. You don't have to inflict the rest of us with your insecurity about your small dicks. The rest of us are just fine as we are. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

Terri Windling on artistic inspiration. "In the mythic tradition, both artists and shamans walk perilously close to the realm of madness; indeed, in some cases, their gifts specifically come from journeying into madness, or Faerie, or the Realm of the Gods and then back again." As well as a short quote on courting the Muse.

Ten great SF/F novels with depressing endings. Let's see, I've read that one, and that one… (Grokked from Tor.com)

Iconic images remimagined with Stormtroopers. Bwahahahaha. (Pointed to by Dan)

Rock it like it's 1984, Quick BASIC for modern operating systems. Back from the time of "we'll all be programmers in the future." And here Steve will admit, I do a good deal of programming in a week, only most of it is scripting within programs and quick HTML pages to do something. (Pointed to by John)

In case you think the Mars landing on Aug 5th is going to be easy. And while those engineers are talking about the forces and what happens, what they're not mentioning in the video is we have never tried this type of landing before (outside of Earth trials and proofs of concept).

So, you've been accused of witchcraft, here's a handy flow chart to help you through what's to come. And in other news, have you stopped beating your wife? (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Because you can always trust businesses to do the right thing. You know, not like any business has ever been known to price gouge when it has what they think is a captive, un-empowered (ain't that an Orwellian word), market. (Pointed to by John)

More proof the world is weirder than you think. The "(s)elf-sexing vanadium-secreting intestine-rock thing is actually called Pyura chilensis" and is apparently a staple on the coast of Peru and Chile. Since it's plentiful, I expect to see this rebranded as "Chilean Sea Mollusks" and found in your more upscale restaurants any day now. (Pointed to by John)

When I talk about Unions fighting for the rights we now take as common business practices (5 day/40 hour work week, pay, benefits, etc) and that people died to secure those, you might think I'm being hyperbolic. I'm not. "On this date in 1892, striking steelworkers clashed with Pinkerton security agents in Homestead, Pennsylvania, resulting in 12 deaths… The steel mill's general manager was Henry Clay Frick… (his) plan was to reopen the plant on July 6 with replacements from as far away as Boston. He brought in 300 agents from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency… armed them with Winchester rifles, and towed them up the Monongahela River to enter the plant from the water's edge… Fighting went on until 5 o'clock p.m., when the Pinkertons surrendered. They were led out through a gauntlet of townspeople, who threw sand and rocks, jeered, spit at, and beat them." The American History you probably never learned.

"Judge Richard Posner was appointed to the bench by former President Ronald Reagan, and has earned a sparkling reputation as a conservative jurist. But Posner… says the current incarnation of the Republican Party has driven him away from conservatism." Welcome to the club Justice Posner. Sorry all the cake is gone. We were quite expect such a run on cake today. (Pointed to by Dan)

Ann Romney also doesn't understand the use of violent terms in politics. Hey look, it's a conservative who also thinks using targets and other violent terms in politics mean the violence they intended. You know, unlike all those other conservatives who said that putting crosshairs on Democratic congressmen and having "hit lists" were just the parlance of politics. Yes, I'm sure Ann Romney now subscribes to the thinking that the DHS has been stockpiling ammo and soon the Obama campaign will release the UN Ninja Squad from the black helicopters to go after her husband. And yes, I'm sure exposing all of the Romney's fabulous fortunes and tax avoidance just doesn't show the true nature of her husband. Not at all. Did I miss something and Mitt Romney remarried after he was governor? Because it seems like this is Ann's first campaign with all this innocence being spread around. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Another conservative has a Come to Jesus moment realizing that not all religions are Christianity. More on the Louisiana vouchers program spiraling down the tube. (Pointed to by Dan)

Tweet of my heart: @fakestephenking: While the 2nd set of footprints are Jesus's; the 3rd, 4th, and 5th belong to invisible monsters that have stalked you since birth.

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