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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Linkee-poo is full up for the evening

Tomorrow is going to be a lot of hard work where I may be without internet for much of the day. So, since many of these are sometime time sensitive, you all get a double-dose of linkee-poos. If all goes well, I might be able to get some out tomorrow, but I'm not betting on it.

As we type this, results from Iowa are just tricking in. Gods help us all.

On writing the "other" when the other is you. An Asian-American writer talks about why they don't write about Asians. (Grokked from Julia Rios)

The old practices are the best practices. Dutch police are looking at using trained eagles to take out rouge drones. Out fly that asshole. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

And, a breakdown of the drone already delivering your packages (within the warehouse). (Grokked from John)

Is too much exercise bad for you. There are studies out there looking at extreme endurance athletes and heart disease. I have to say, I'm not as surprised as they researchers. I've known a few of these people (and have seen more of them on TV, because "aren't they the ideal!"). They push too far. That's actually their whole point. Also, most of them don't have a well balanced diet (because they burn so many calories, they tend to carb and fat load). We already have research that binge eating is bad for you. "'We don't think that long-term exercise is dangerous, because long-term endurance athletes live longer than other people,' (the lead researcher) says."

Using a twitter bot to tweet your slow connection speed to your ISP. Okay. Maybe there is a good use for bots after all. (Grokked from John)

So, I remember this article on reimagining the icons for bathrooms. And the article writers came to the conclusion that they just loved this one solution so much they thought the rest of us were stupid for not employing it. It was two piles of poop (in an ice-cream swirl), one pink, one blue. So many designers that it was "fabulous." And then I pointed out the obvious and pissed on everyone's parade. Everyone that was paying attention, that is. I'm sure the authors of that article still though the colored poop was a fantastic updated solution for an older problem. Yea, no it wasn't. Not all handicaps are visible. Color-blindness is one. This is also why I absolutely loath high-key solutions (little color variance between areas, or the colors appear to be the same level of "grey"). And there are a great many designers who believe it's the only way to go (because it's tougher to make it work properly). Fuck them. Design is communication. If you're not able to get that communication across to the widest audience possible (even if they disagree or misinterpret) you've failed. And by fail, I mean you need to be slapped about with Gardner's History of Art. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Egypt formalizes and vows enforcement of their "short-term" bride law. In the US, we call them escorts. And, yes, this is formalizing sex trafficking and forced marriages, not to mention exploitation of the poor in a country that offers few social services. "And while there are no hard numbers on how many Egyptian women are married off to much older foreign men, human rights groups say it's a thriving business, and in parts of the country, whole villages resort to selling their daughters to support the family."

A little bit about Iowa's great unemployment rate, but sluggish economy. There's a whole lot to unpack from that short article. Including pay issues and internal training.

I just can't even… A commentator on an article about the A Birthday Cake for George Washington thinks it's about the same to be a slave for good ol' George as it is being a tax payor now. Might even be better to have been the slave. Why? Because Ol' Wooden Choppers was a stand up kinda guy. And, yes, you'd think the comments on NPR would be a refreshing break from the cesspool of most comment sections. You would be wrong. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"All of this was investigated and all of it was found to be crap." The twenty-five years of lies and hatred against Hillary Clinton, all of which we can expect to be rolled out again in the next 10 months. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"Tension flared in the deeply divided town of Burns, Oregon, on Monday as 500 demonstrators on both sides of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge squared off, brandishing signs and yelling at each other days after one of the occupiers was shot dead by state police." As I said before, this will not end well. "'I want to feel safe in my town,' said Lindsay Davies, 37, a mother of three who says her young children are afraid of the armed protesters walking around the community. 'It feels like a threat when people are carrying guns and you see guns all over the place.'" I feel your pain Mrs. Davies, and I sympathize.

I don't care which side you're on, but don't be a dick. Disagree with the candidates all you want, but don't be a dick about the supporters unless they're making asses out of themselves (or are already in the public sphere).

"'So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them,' Trump said at his rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa." Then he promised to pay legal fees to anyone who did. I wonder if anyone has explained to the Trumpster that if that actually happened now, he would also be criminally and civilly liable for those actions? So I wonder when some smart lawyer will take up the challenge and then sue for damages. Especially if all they do is just show the tomato, not make to throw it.

Hmmm, that's pretty dark for The Onion. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

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