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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Linkee-poo and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid

The first results are in. And it's a mixed bag. (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

The Bloggess wants you to know, "We’re going to be okay." Because it's not just an election, no matter who wins we have to fight for the future we want. I haven't said it here, but I've said it a ton of times in person, this isn't for my generation (Gen-X, BTW), we've already been fucked over by Reaganomics and Reagan's compromise to bring the social conservatives into the electoral process. It's about the next generation. We've already screwed them over with the longest war in our history. Let's try and make sure we don't continue to screw them over by not fighting for them.

The line at Susan B. Anthony's grave today. (Grokked from Sarah Gosslee)

Because you need it right about now, Mad Lib Theater with Benedict Cumberbatch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (Grokked from John)

Larry Sabato's crystal ball predictions (Clinton, 50/50 Senate, Republican House, no substantive change in governorships). (Grokked from John)

538's charts (was supposed to be updated at midnight). I hope they made enough money selling our anxiety down the drain.

The great escape video being shared. That's the lizard escaping snakes video you may have seen, and if you haven't, you need to see it (warning for creeping you the fuck out if you hate snakes). Also, a pretty good explanation of plot construction. Something bad happens, characters make it through. Situation becomes worse. Oh, no, we're okay. Wait, we're boned! New plan, new plan! Shit, this isn't working either. Work harder! Ah, made it out. Think you got away and then you have to Scour the Shire. And finally, you get where you need to be. In my head the other lizard is asking our hero, "Did you remember to get the milk on the way home?" (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear)

"A developer named Brian Kane has hacked his Alexa to speak through the avatar of a wall-mounted Big Mouth Billy Bass." Because he could. (Grokked from Dan)

"IBTimes UK has been informed that the US Air Force is currently testing out a version of the EmDrive electromagnetic microwave thruster on the X-37B unmanned military space plane, while the Chinese government has made sure to include the EmDrive on its orbital space laboratory Tiangong-2." I guess we'll find out (or not) soon is the Em-Drive is the space equivalent of the "car engine that runs on water".(Grokked from Warren Ellis)

"This morning, my professor handed me back a paper (a literature review) in front of my entire class and exclaimed 'this is not your language.' On the top of the page they wrote in blue ink: 'Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste.' The period was included… On the second page the professor circled the word 'hence' and wrote in between the typed lines 'This is not your word.' The word 'not' was underlined. Twice." Sure there's no racism or tyranny of low expectations (and a determined will to keep the "other" in that low status). (Grokked from a lot of people, but this time from Kelly Link)

the Foxfire project to capture Appalachia culture before it goes away.

"In 2005, the FBI launched an investigation into the 'Church of the Hammer,' a fundamentalist Christian sect which called for the wholesale slaughter of practitioners of the goth subculture. Two years later, the investigation was closed, on grounds that the Church didn't exist." Hey guys, I hear this Church of the SubGenius is also a cult (all praise Bob, give us slack). (Grokked from Dan)

"Dozens of buildings sustained 'substantial damage' after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that's home to one of the world's key oil hubs… (this) was the third in Oklahoma this year with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater." Remember when people joked about California having earthquakes but Oklahoma had tornadoes when discussing where to live. Well, thanks to injection wells from fracking, Oklahoma now has both. Good job. Anybody else remember the apocalyptic predictions of major earthquakes along the New Madrid Fault?

Hey, wanna get really freaked out about how digital tools are going to screw with reality and potentially become powerful tools of disinformation? Okay, first, look at this real-time face capture and reenactment video. Okay, that's kinda creepy, aint it? Now, add in this demo of Photoshop voice over technology (you only need to watch from about 1 minute to about 7 minutes in). I'm sure this will never be used for nefarious purposes. (Grokked from John)

"'One of his main videos starts off with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police,' (Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes) said." Remember when we though GW was bad at the English language? Imagine an administration like this. Also, right now the dream scene from Fiddler on the Roof is playing in my head.

"After lobbying local elections officials to limit the early voting opportunities that are popular among African Americans, North Carolina's Republican Party bragged Sunday about this year's decrease in black early voting turnout."

Tweet of my heart: @saladinahmed hoping we all get the slightly racist teacher who gives unfair detention instead of the creepy one who bites students and follows them home

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