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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Linkee-poo, if I had some remedy I'd take enough to please me

Writing shouldn't be so hard. Yes, this! (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

The masterpiece that is Goodnight Moon. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

MOTHRA! Or a reasonable facsimile. You know, if we got those instead of the Canadian Air Force Mayflies, Cleveland would be a whole lot weirder. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, they even have their own website)(Grokked from CC Findlay)

Gears are just a never-ending set of levers. How things (used to) work. In this case your transmission, when they were run by gears instead of bands and friction pads. (Grokked from Dan)

The rising criminalization of parenting. While there could be extenuating circumstances, and we now live in a time where parents need to be more aware of their children's whereabouts, this is ridiculous. So, basically, if you're not a helicopter parent, you're doing it wrong and may be criminally prosecuted. Great family values we've got right there. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Which, yes, you should probably have closer watch over your children or evangelicals will convert them. As the title says, I just can't see what could possibly go wrong by trying to evangelize to children as young as 5 at local pools and parks. (Grokked from Dan)

The web tracking technology that's difficult to get away from. Some sites, using "social media connections" are using this "fingerprinting" technology to create persistent tracks of viewers. Yet another reason for believing that javascript is evil. (Grokked from John)

The giant hole in Siberia. So, basically, it's an ice pimple on the Earth? I like my theory that it's the opening to the underground layer of the Illuminati.

Manufacturing the talent shortage. Mostly an article on high-tech industries, but highly adaptable to everything down to flipping burgers. A whole lot about ingrained prejudice, the stories we tell ourselves, and just how screwed up our business processes have become in America. I've experienced all of this first hand, and for a straight, white male to see that is an example of just how far to the nutty edge we've gone. I've been in places that expected I would know their workflow, including the complicate process forms that needed to be filed, all without any training or mentoring. Nobody's business process is "inherent". I've also faced the prejudice of because of my age, I don't know how to do my job anymore because "the kids know all that technical/social media stuff" and since the people hiring don't understand it, and we're of an age, they believe I don't either. Again, working within the "lowest difficulty setting" and seeing it should be a siren horn for everyone else. But that's the part of the stories we tell ourselves, we believe them so thoroughly that even the keepers of the status quo accept their fate when the hatchet comes. "Within a hiring process fraught with implicit bias, blind acceptance of the inherent qualities of workers’ capabilities leaves individuals, organizations, and the field of practice unable to meaningfully develop the talent sources currently available, and risk the same outcomes for new entrants to the field." Or, in other words, we're all fucked. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

Did you ever want to program the Apollo Guidance Computer the way the astronauts did to land on the Moon? Sure you did. Computer languages and how they've changed. (Grokked from Dan)

Sure there was a ruling about the subsidies from Obamacare, but did you hear about the same day ruling that said the exact opposite? Yea, probably not. The key to knowing which is correct is this line, "The law encourages states to build their own exchange, but if they don't the federal government operates one on their behalf." That is, the Federally run exchange is a state exchange that is just being run by the Federal Government. And, yes, this is all political. But the politics are on Obamacare's side, at least for the en banc "The appeal to the full bench… would be cast by the three judges who heard the case as well as 10 other judges on the active bench… Such a vote may be friendlier… as it would feature 8 Democratic appointees and 5 Republican appointees. Four of the judges on the court were appointed by President Barack Obama, three of them after Senate Democrats eliminated the 60-vote threshold…" Of course, once it gets to the Supremes, who knows.

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