And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Linkee-poo has never known peace like the damp grass that yields to me

Chuck Wendig on promotional techniques for authors. (Grokked from Kelli Swails, because I haven't been able to keep up with my RSS feed for almost a year now)

The waters of Lake Michigan are so clear this Spring (note, won't stay this way for long) that you can spot shipwrecks on the bottom (when they're not very deep). (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

3D printing at libraries. Let me just say again, librarians rock.

I'm sure, "utilities… trying desperately to stem the rise of solar power, either by reducing incentives, adding steep fees or effectively pushing home solar companies out of the market" has nothing to do with lost profit margins. Nothing at all. It's all about safety. (Grokked from Dan)

But, solar is the future. No matter what you might have heard (actually, it'll be a mix of many renewable technologies). (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Lake Mead reaches it's lowest level – ever. Say, did you know that behind many of this hydro-power dams (in this case, the Hoover) there are huge silt deposits that raise the floor of the lake? Yea, nothing to worry about here. "Forty million people in Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and Mexico rely on Lake Mead for water. And the the Hoover Dam provides eight million people with power… The Bureau of Reclamation has installed new, more efficient turbines at the dam… But even with those upgrades, the dam's capacity to generate electricity has dropped by 23 percent since 2000." (Grokked from BoingBoing)

The X-37B will test a new Hall Thruster (electric/xenon propulsion). So, now we know at least one thing about this program. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

In relation to the previous linked article on a Texas A&M prof flunking his whole class… "'As an institution of higher learning, we recognize that it’s inevitable that certain contentious topics will come up from time to time, and when they do, we want to create an atmosphere where both students and faculty feel comfortable voicing a single homogeneous opinion,' said Abrams, adding that no matter the subject, anyone on campus is always welcome to add their support to the accepted consensus." Oh Onion, now that Jon Stewart is going, promise you won't leave us. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Oh. fuck me. Seriously Anheuser-Busch? What the fuck were you thinking? THAT is such a serious miscalculation (putting "The perfect beer to remove 'no' from your vocabulary for the night" on Bud Light bottles) that heads should roll. I'm not kidding. Whomever came up with that, whomever approved it to be floated for approval, and whomever gave the sign off should be sacked. Now. This is more than an #adfail, this is a failure of understanding your market and your product position within the greater society. This is demonstration of a lack of regard for your brand (seriously, this is a major blow to your reputation). This demonstrates intolerable juvenile thinking in a business setting. this is corporate willful-ignorance in action. Now, frankly, I hate your beer. As the Pythons said, it's "like making love in a canoe, it's fucking close to water," so you won't lose a sale to me. But, I will now berate anyone I know who drinks it. Every Spring Break event you host should become a target of protest. Every sponsored college night should now be boycotted. :: sits and waits for the eventual non-announcement :: (ed: I wrote that on Tuesday) And here it is.

Baltimore Is Not Ferguson. But Ferguson was the same as Baltimore. It's about the haves, and the have-nots. Welcome to the class war, (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link) where "black" and "inner-city" and "poor" all mean the same thing to certain crowds. Were we declare "war" on social ills. It's about modern "tribal identity" which transcends race. Where understaffed and overworked police (their own "tribe") feel at odds with the people they are policing (that "other tribe"). Baltimore has had it's share of troubles. So have many cities. And there's a complete misunderstanding of what is happening and why it's happening.

Some myths of the American Revolution. Warning, may not be valid in circles that engage in hagiography of our nation's founding.

"'Dismemberment abortion' is not a medical term and doesn’t describe an abortion procedure. But it sounds gross and unpleasant, so therefore an incredibly safe medical procedure with forty years of documented efficacy is demonized." The article goes on to discuss how birth can also be described in very horrible and graphic terms. See about any sitcom's depiction of birth in the past two decades for further examples of this. I'll also put in here that I've had to take x-rays in the OB surgery rooms a few times. I had someone prepare me before I first went in, on what to expect to see. Later, I also got to prepare another tech who was about to experience it (and I will do that for any tech I have to enter that room with). If I wasn't prepared, I probably wouldn't have made it (and there have been a few discussions with other techs about what they have experienced, we talk about it in hushed tones). You don't want me to describe it.

"A conservative lawyer who defended California's same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court is hosting a fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign… (and is also) helping to plan a same-sex wedding for his daughter." Head explodes from the irony impairment. Oh, and "North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning (R) said he was outed as being gay after he voted against a gay rights bill, the Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D. reported on Monday." It's almost as if there is some cognitive impairment disease on the conservative side of politics these days.

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