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, September 19, 2014

Linkee-poo, it is the summer of my smiles, flee from me Keepers of the Gloom

Here we go again. Next week I start a PRN job at the hospital. It involves training for two weeks. Expect disruptions of the schedule until afterwards. BTW, did I mention the first test in Sectional Anatomy is the 27th and the mid-term in Intro to CT/MRI is on the 7th. Plus, roof inspection on the 29th. Fabulous. In case you ever see me whinging about the Universe trying to kill me, now you know why.

"What I wish I knew about creativity when I was 20." I quibble a little with some of the points (like the creative output being low stress, I know how to build furniture, yea, it can be stressful when you realize you just made $200 worth of kindling), but still some good advice."11. Surround yourself with greatness" - points at you all. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

They're more like guidelines. There's eleven rules from the Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts pirate code. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The Lego Academics twitter feed (lots of photos). Pretty funny stuff, even if it might be a little inside football. (Grokked from Sheila)

decoding Russian prison tattoos. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"The Aeroscraft has been under development by Aeros Corp… And with the successful launch of its half-scale prototype… the investment looks to have paid off. The future of lighter-than-air travel looks to be imminently upon us." As with many "oh so cool future tech that's just about to…" I'll believe it when I see them flying over me. But in general, this is very cool. The main thing, though, is at what cost? How much does it cost to ship a ton of material from one place to another. If that's not cheaper that truck travel, it doesn't matter how damn cool it is, the Ice Road Truckers will still have a job. If, however, it can be cheaper, then, yea, I love seeing airships. It's one of the (many) things I miss about college at Akron U. We were always seeing blimps in the sky. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Uh, no. your property caused harm to another's property by your neglect. Mr Bundy, that makes it your liability. See, the cows this person let lose, some made their way onto a freeway, where someone crashed into them. That's causing a hazard. But of course, it's never the Bundy's fault. See, that's a state problem, not his. Just in case you needed more insight into the minds of these people. It's never their fault, they are never in the wrong.

Because it's getting close to Halloween, Buzz Feeds' 14 creepiest places to visit with another nod to the Mutter Museum (that seems to be trending in the gestalt). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

For everybody who likes to bash other cultures (cough Muslim cough) for being "backward" when it comes to women's rights and tolerance of those who aren't like themselves, I say remove the plank from thine own eye first. See, there's this teenage owned donut shop in Front Royal, Virginia, called Naughty Girls Donut Shop. Apparently the Good People™ of the town don't particularly cotton to a girl (gasp!) running a business that gives back to the community, that also has the audacity to call itself "Naughty Girls" (faints onto conveniently positioned couch). So, obviously, the Good People™ feel the need to threaten and throw garbage. And, yes, this is about a juvenile as that sounds. "Tiana intended the store to be a refuge for those who are bullied at school, dress differently, or feel out of place in society." I have a feeling that is a major part of the problem. I'd like to say this is unbelievable, but sad to say, with everything I've seen even in my little town, highly believable. (Grokked from John)

Hey, ho, way to go Ohio. "This week, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to potentially allow part of a state wildlife area to be strip-mined for coal." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

So, I guess Senator Sessions is upset about possible executive action by the President when it comes to immigration. So to that point he's going to float a bill to stop him and roll back what he's already done. But it doesn't have a chance of passage (unless we have a surprise). So, if the bill does go down to defeat (this article makes it sound like they will have an actual vote on it), the twist of all this is that it could be interpreted as a defacto approval of executive action in this area. I doubt that will occur to Sen. Sessions, or he'd withdraw the bill, which I don't see happening because those who support the bill will be using it in their campaigns.

One in four Americans want their state to secede from the Union. Fortunately they're a polyglot of concerns. Unfortunately, they could be united. "By the evidence of the poll data… the sense of aggrievement is comprehensive, bipartisan, somewhat incoherent, but deeply felt… This should be more than disconcerting; it’s a situation that could get dangerous… (S)eparatist movements can take hold around contempt for incumbents and the status quo even when protesters have no ideology in common." I could write an entire book about this, but the union has always been in near collapse. What's different is people don't understand this and understand why it's better together than apart. If you think taxes are high now, just wait until you have to support your own State Department and Military with only the tax revenues of your state (or, your state and local taxes will swell enough to make you long for the days of FICA taking all your money). "And of the people who said they identified with the Tea Party, supporters of secession were actually in the majority, with 53 percent." Not surprising. (Grokked from John)

And having avoided theatrics on their return from summer break the House calls it quits early.

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