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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Linkee-poo saddles up my horse and rides into the city

I would say we're on the downhill run for the next two weeks, but I know better. The big project has pushed back many small projects will are now "emergencies" to finish. While managers are all happy about finishing the big project, the workers know that the hard times are just beginning when the big project it finished. The consultants get to leave and collect their billing. That and with not being able to spend extra time at clinical, I'll be there over this fall.

God checker. For your world building and research needs. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

Think we've socially advanced? I've got a Glamour article you've got to read then. Then tell me how far we've come. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Your computer security is lacking. A survey between the everyday users and security experts.

"'We can tailor these recipes to the photosynthesis response of the plant,' says van der Feltz. 'By being able to tweak the spectrum—the color the plants see—and put the lights exactly where they need it, we can dramatically increase yields and improve fruit density and quality.'" This isn't exactly new, they've been doing this with fluorescents for years now. But now it's LEDs, and it's vertical (urban) farming (which will be a thing of the future, because we'll have to). "'If we can eliminate the risk of disease and climate for the grower, then we can also create different varieties that are optimized for taste, or nutritional value, or perhaps speed of growth.'" My money is on optimizing the speed of growth (because that's what we've been doing for centuries… know how long it takes to go from egg to chicken mcnuggets?). Oh, and we'll never eliminate the risk of disease. That's just marketing bs. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"Despite its well-known toxic side effects, many end-stage patients and their doctors have considered chemotherapy worth trying, believing it may ease discomfort or buy time… Now, a study suggests that even those stronger patients may not benefit from end-of-life chemotherapy — and that for many, their quality of life may worsen in their final weeks compared with patients who forgo last-ditch treatment." Fuck cancer.

"Two low-profile Texas brothers have donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a record-setting contribution that amounts to the largest known donation so far in the 2016 presidential campaign." Good thing Judge Scalia told us that money won't corrupt the politician or the electoral process, or this would be a thing to worry about. Note, if you read the article, that means four/five people (if you consider the brothers one entity) have funded $37M of Sen. Cruz's superPAC's $38M raised. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Remember those people who took it upon themselves to stand armed guard outside recruitment centers? "The Defense Department, reacting to armed citizens appearing in front of military recruiting offices…, has asked that 'individuals not stand guard' on federal property." The real soldiers, sailors and marines want the wannabes and posers to go home.

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