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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Linkee-poo remembers when, remembers when I lost my mind

Five easy pieces tricks to better storytelling. (Grokked from Daniel J. Hogan)

The carnyx. It's sort of a bronze-age, Celtic, musical vuvuzela complete with soft pallet and tongue. (Grokked from Terri Windling)

One of the many reasons I don't use many "cloud services", you don't really own the data. In this case, Apple's Music service, to be helpful, deletes files from your hard drive to store what it considered the "real version" in the cloud. Uh, no thanks. Being an old school kind of person, I am always leery of storing data I need to use (or own) on media I don't have immediate control over. Backups? No problem. Original files? No fucking way. As a personal note, I looked at Apple Music, being a long time Apple fan and said, "Nope." (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

"The implication here is that when it comes to very short time scales, even before we think we've made a conscious choice, our mind has already subconsciously decided for us, and free will is more of an illusion than we think." Wow, that's a whole lotta bullshit in one sentence. Newsflash, all your choices are subconscious, your conscious self just engages in reinforcement and justification. In case you think I'm making this up, google "monkey-brain" and "lizard-brain". This is humans coming to grip with being those "damn, dirty apes" we always were and hitting the wall of Aristotelian dynamics (which tells us to divide the world in twain, and that both sides can't be like the other). (Grokked from Dan)

Quantum computing debuts on the internet of things. "The actual quantum processor is stored at IBM’s research center in Yorktown Heights, NY. in a complex refrigeration system that keeps the chip cooled near absolute zero, which is required for quantum activity to take place. Users can interact with the machine through the Internet much like they would access cloud software like email." (Grokked from Dan)

Why are "religious freedom" bills a bad idea? "South Carolina tow truck driver said God told him to leave a disabled Bernie Sanders supporter stranded along the interstate… The conservative Christian suggested he had a religious right to refuse service to Sanders supporters." I hope she sues the fuck outa this asshole for refusal of custom. Oh, and Mr. Shupe, your god is kind of a dick. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"Police destroy legally painted mural of Mike Brown, because it sent the wrong message." Community policing, you're doing it wrong. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

"The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Republican National Committee staffers were told that if they could not embrace Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee they would need to leave by the end of this week." And the purge begins. Just wait until the blackshirt purge the brownshirts. That'll be fun.

What happens when you can win? "The move is being called a naked power grab and an obvious example of court packing -- an accusation seemingly backed by the fact that the five current justices have said there’s no need for additional justices." Yeah, you do things like that.

@paolobacigalupi When we look at Trump, we should realize that we're looking in a mirror. The real horror is that a good chunk of America likes what it sees.

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