Sunday April 19th, 2015
Fingerprints, DNA, and now hair matching? What's the next prosecutorial/evidence tool to be grouped with phrenology?
Friday April 17th, 2015
Saw someone use the abbreviation "PCP" to mean "Primary Care Provider", but my immediate reaction was "drugs are not the answer to this!"
5:00! And it's Stumptown Stomp weekend! If anyone needs me, look elsewhere, 'cause I'm out in Guerneville square dancin'!
Yet another bullshit "resisting arrest" charge comes under scrutiny when video shows up: Video casts new light on use of force in Santa Rosa jaywalking case:
The video, taken by a neighbor, contradicts Blounts court testimony earlier this week that he placed both of his hands on Moons shoulders and pushed her down, said Moons lawyer, Izaak Schwaiger. The 17-year law enforcement veteran did not know the video existed before testifying before Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite, Schwaiger said.
the video, which I haven't watched.
This. Is. Hilarious.
Inspirational quotes for drinking: http://imgur.com/a/PdoLl
Why American Eggs Would Be Illegal In A British Supermarket, And Vice Versa. I knew about the refrigeration thing (although I didn't know the argument about refrigerating the eggs causing condensation on them), but I didn't know that salmonella could be vaccinated against at a cost of $.40/chicken...
... In 1997, there were 14,771 reported cases of salmonella poisoning there, by 2009 this had dropped to just 581 cases. About 90 percent of British eggs now come from vaccinated hens its required for producers who want to belong to the Lion scheme. ...
Were discovering that the placebo is not the only component in the placebo effect, explains the papers coauthor Ted Kaptchuk, Director of the PiPS at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. These neurotransmitter pathways, which are modified by genetics, are pathways that both drugs and the placebo act on. This now suggests that a drug could change a placebo response and a placebo response could modify a drug response.
NY Times: The cost of Sally Mann's Exposure. Sally Mann, known for her black and white photography which includes pictures of her children, naked, muses on art, the fallout from the publication of those pictures, and how perception and culture impact the artist's work. Worth reading the whole thing.
Once the work was out in the world, I was puzzled as to why that sensuous beauty should be signposted as controversial, while magazine pages were filled with prurient images of young girls, all aimed at selling commercial products. Lanning understood and noted the difference between the images of my childrens bodies and those of the pornographers or the profane consumer culture. That day in Quantico, he reassured me on some points but cautioned me on others: No, law enforcement wasnt likely to come after me, he said, but I was in for a rough time nevertheless.
Thursday April 16th, 2015
In 2011, the Washington Post wrote about a report on the deaths of hundreds of children at the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Asked to comment on the findings, Leonhart said that it may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs.
Relatedly, it is oft pointed out that of the nations top 10 in military spending, the United States spends more than the other 9 combined. It was recently pointed out to me that more than half of the remainder is spent by U.S. allies.
So ¾ of the combined top 10 in military spending are allies, and yet... not being spent very efficiently, is it? Or the goal isn't peace.
Back in 2013 I linked to Laser Unicorn's kickstarter for Kung Fury, an '80s themed kung fu cop time traveling dinosaur movie.
Metafilter informs me that they raised $630k, are hoping for release soon, and David Hasselhof has done the video for their theme song.
It only took us 25 years, but we have now reached peak '80s.
Addendum: Other '80s incident happened today: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2. Which, admittedly, looks like it could be the first Star Wars film in over 30 years, but I like Nick Turner's Twitter take on this.
Edit: Among other things, here's her article at The Stranger
- Mom hilariously live-tweets son's AWFUL abstinence-only sex ed class.
- Awesome professor live-tweets her kids abstinence sex education class
Her book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, looks pretty good, and her Twitter stream says she's got an essay about the experience coming soon to The Stranger, will link when that happens.
The term anti-business actually seems to mean, against short-term waste, harmful side effects and selfish shortcuts.
netconnectd, a tool to manage network connections on headless devices, and if it can't connect to a network, configures itself as an AP so that you can connect to it and configure it.
It's Thursday, which means: Santa Rosa, noon, Marlow & West College: Pupusas and conversation.
Email, the New York Times "from $5 and Enjoy the New Men's Style Section". NYT Style? Dudes, I get The Onion for free!
The Star Spangled Banner is about explosions and battle set to an old drinking song. We basically have the Michael Bay of national anthems
Wednesday April 15th, 2015
All three trojans are usually easily detected by antivirus software. In an affidavit filed in the whistle-blower case, Campbell's security consultant said it's unlikely the files were copied to the hard drive by accident, given claims by Fort Smith police that department systems ran real-time AV protection.
Evidence from Chicago detective Richard Zuley's cases re-examined for multiple exonerations. Chicago cop who went on to be a Guantanamo Bay torturer...
So SolarCity is selling these leases to investment banks. Solar subsidies are going straight from taxpayers to J.P. Morgan pockets...
What Yahoo got out of making several million Firefox users have to change their search engine back to something reasonable is unclear.
Just shy of $200 for my Callerlab renewal and BMI/ASCAP fees. Have to call a bunch of square dancing to make this worthwhile...
Evidence of man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks against cryptography software downloaded on servers in Europe. Presumably state sponsored.
Time to start super carefully checking your downloads against published hashes...
Saved for later reading/viewing: Tracing the origins of modern Internet culture to the BBS world
Snerk: RT Matthew Hankins @mc_hankins:
Imposter Syndrome is over-diagnosed in academia; most 'cases' turn out to be actual imposters @PhDefunct
A month ago I noted Deborah de Robertis recreation of Gustave Courbet's L'Origine du monde at the Musée d'Orsay (YouTube video). It's easy to critique spread pussy porn, but...
Syreeta McFadden: The lack of female genitals on statues seems thoughtless until you see it repeated, a look at how classical sculpture has penises everywhere, but naught a vulva.
When you type your carefully memorized long randomly generated password into an IRC window. Time to retrain neurons...
Saw a DC resident complaining about paying taxes but not having a say in how its spent. Yeah, we all have to buy congresspeople separately.
Why the modern internet sucks: The original Tomagothi web page is gone, and there's no phone app for it.
Tuesday April 14th, 2015
Refreshing for marketing material in that it just gets right down to things going pop and boom.
Not only are TSA employees stealing from locked luggage (Via), proof that satire can't keep up with reality: CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Mens Genitals.
Among the thousands of fatal shootings at the hands of police since 2005, only 54 officers have been charged, a Post analysis found. Most were cleared or acquitted in the cases that have been resolved.
Ya know, I don't know if pointing this out is just encouraging the New York Times engaging in link baiting, or if I'm calling out someone taken seriously.
Cop-cams chip away at that. The cameras will undermine communal bonds. Putting a camera on someone is a sign that you dont trust him, or he doesnt trust you. When a police officer is wearing a camera, the contact between an officer and a civilian is less likely to be like intimate friendship and more likely to be oppositional and transactional. Putting a camera on an officer means she is less likely to cut you some slack, less likely to not write that ticket, or to bend the regulations a little as a sign of mutual care.
Holy shit, can he not see how fucking privileged that is? The Facebook teaser for this said:
I support putting cameras on the police, but we need to acknowledge that we will pay a high price for them in lost privacy and social trust.
No, asshole, this isn't about losing that social trust, this is about re-gaining that trust. Ya know, that morons like this have writing gigs with international stature is a good reminder that humans are stupid.
The IndieGoGo For the Babel Bike, a $3k recumbent with a crash cage.
Monday April 13th, 2015
Wake me when the Internet of Things is more than making my sock drawer blink 12:00, and refuse to open when it rains.
Scandal rocked San Franciscos Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence this week after the discovery that 2015s newly crowned Hunky Jesus is actually religious.
Were reeling from the news, said spokeswoman Sister Gloriana Rimjob. Obviously we had no idea until the pictures surfaced.
Devlin's experiments aren't the only ones to show people don't prefer the golden ratio. A study from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley found that, on average, consumers prefer rectangles that are in the range of 1.414 and 1.732. The range contains the golden rectangle, but its exact dimensions are not the clear favorite.
Confirmation bias. It's a thing.
Yeesh: The marketing folks aren't even pretending to speak English any more. RT HP Insights @HPInsights:
Sunday April 12th, 2015
Using up leftovers. Dinner involves tempeh fried in bacon fat. What other foods can I pervert?
Recap of the 2015 Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival Wooden Boat Challenge, in a page http://www.flutterby.net/2015-04-11_Wooden_Boat_Challenge
Saturday April 11th, 2015
Final heat from today's Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F1Hf_35bcI
It's Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge Day!
Friday April 10th, 2015
Mandatory Helmet Bill Is Gutted: Now Asks for Study on how to shame bikers http://cal.streetsblog.org/201...10/mandatory-helmet-law-is-gone/
That article mentions this call to revisit the youth helmet law, pointing out:
To help answer that question, lets compare against reported pedestrian accidents, shown in the following time-series graph. It is interesting that the youth pedestrian TBI rate saw a similar rate of decline even though there is no pedestrian helmet mandate. This suggests the decline in cycling head injuries was mainly due to fewer kids walking and biking, and not a result of the helmet mandate.
WTF? Crossing attendant at Rodota and Stony Point telling me to my walk my bike?
This is a long time coming: Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 17 States and D.C. in 2013 http://www.vpc.org/studies/gunsvscars15.pdf
Thursday April 9th, 2015
This Android photo issue is why I hate prepackaged computer stuff: Because it's all broken, and without source there's no way to fix it.
Android photo albums: WTF? Can view the pictures on our laptops just fine, put them on tablets, 1/3 of them show up as black.
Whatever state Mercury is in, Scooby Doo is in ruhrograde.
Running jpegtran by hand because the Android 4.4 image gallery apparently can't deal with progressive JPEGs. Bet it's written in Java...
Is Mercury in "remove people's critical thinking abilities and make them forget what they've successfully done for months"-rograde today?
"I look at my system, I see the officer took the money," he said. "It's crazy...At least give it to the sergeant. But he cannot put it in his own pocket."
We live in an amazing time: These actions can now be documented and proven.
... is an open source, document-oriented, JSON database that runs on top of PostgreSQL. JSON documents are stored relationally, not as a blob/jsonb. This leads to significant storage and I/O savings. It speaks natively the MongoDB protocol, meaning that it can be used with any mongo-compatible client.
I was actually just wondering if anyone has done a compatibility layer to let MySQL clients talk to PostgreSQL...