Thursday May 28th, 2015

Dear cut-rate online news web sites

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Dear cut-rate online news web sites: The stock photo of the police car with emergency lights on doesn't do anything for that story. Ever.

Some pictures and notes on this year's

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Some pictures and notes on this year's IAGSDC convention. http://www.flutterby.net/2015-05-28_IAGSDC_Convention_Recap

Destruction of evidence

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Chicago police apparently deleted 86 minutes of security camera footage from the Burger King where Laquan McDonald was shot:

"We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files," Darshane said. "I mean we were just trying to help the police officers."

First fatality caused by 'devil wagon'

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RT Loop d' Sharrows ‏@mikesonn:

In 1903 they blamed the "machine" in the headlines.Not much has changed.

http://www.twincities.com/loca...ul-history-first-fatality-caused

RT Loop d' Sharrows ‏@mikesonn:

"An extraordinary high rate of speed, say thirty miles an hour, would be called criminal."

MN residential streets are now 30mph...

He further notes, with an image of text:

Ah, $$ talks and therefore walks

quoting:

Irvine, the son of a wealthy local lumberman, would go on to become president of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. The house he and his wife built on Summit Avenue is now the Minnesota Governor's Mansion.

Identifying cycling risk factors

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Naturalistic cycling study: identifying risk factors for on-road commuter cyclists, Johnson, Charlton, Oxley & Newstead:

The study aim was to identify risk factors for collisions/near-collisions involving on-road commuter cyclists and drivers. A naturalistic cycling study was conducted in Melbourne, Australia, with cyclists wearing helmet-mounted video cameras. Video recordings captured cyclists' perspective of the road and traffic behaviours including head checks, reactions and manoeuvres. The 100-car naturalistic driving study analysis technique was adapted for data analysis and events were classified by severity: collision, near-collision and incident. Participants were adult cyclists and each filmed 12 hours of commuter cycling trips over a 4-week period. In total, 127 hours and 38 minutes were analysed for 13 participants, 54 events were identified: 2 collisions, 6 near-collisions and 46 incidents. Prior to events, 88.9% of cyclists travelled in a safe/legal manner. Sideswipe was the most frequent event type (40.7%). Most events occurred at an intersection/intersection-related location (70.3%). The vehicle driver was judged at fault in the majority of events (87.0%) and no post-event driver reaction was observed (83.3%). ...

Via.

Bad Science

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Worth reading for the breakdown of how the study worked: I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

Wednesday May 27th, 2015

Boston 2014

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It took an FOIA request and much probing, but, yeah, the Boston 2014 Olympics bid relied on taxpayer dollars.

So, wait, we're arresting FIFA officials because the US didn't get the 2022 bid? We should be celebrating that we dodged that bullet!

For a-all the brothers and the sisters

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RT Norman Wilson ‏@oclsc:

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer on the Samsung
I'd hammer on the Crucial
All over this RAM
I'd hammer out Kingston
I'd hammer out Hynix ...

Unicode: The gift that keeps on giving! iOS bug lets anyone crash your iPhone with a text message:

When the text message is displayed by a banner alert or notification on the lockscreen, the system attempts to abbreviate the text with an ellipsis. If the ellipsis is placed in the middle of a set of non-Latin script characters, including Arabic, Marathi and Chinese, it causes the system to crash and the phone to reboot.

Waco biker brawl

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Richie died, then Diesel, then Dog: An eyewitness to the Waco biker brawl. It sounds like this was basically the resolution of a trademark dispute, but in particular:

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives study, first reported by the Intercept, concludes that biker gangs have recruited scores of employees of federal, state and local governments, police and firefighters, National Guardsmen and reservists, some of them with government security clearances, to help them “maim and murder” in support of their “insatiable appetite for dominance.”

On supporting evidence

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Dorothy Bishop: An analysis of the evidence for adverse consequences of the internet cited on Susan Greenfield's website. Apparently Susan Greenfield has been claiming some sort of link between Internet use and autism. Dorothy Bishop goes through the "500 peer-reviewed papers" that are alleged to support this, and finds:

The list can be downloaded from here: it’s not exactly a systematic review. I counted 395 distinct items, but only a small proportion are peer-reviewed papers that find evidence of adverse effects from digital technology. There are articles from the Daily Mail and reports by pressure groups. There are some weird things that seem to have found their way onto the list by accident, such as a report on the global tobacco epidemic, and another from Department of Work and Pensions on differences in life expectancy for 20-, 50- and 80-year-olds. I must confess I did not read these cover to cover, but a link with 'mind change' was hard to see. Of the 234 peer-reviewed papers, some are reports on internet trends that contain nothing about adverse consequences, some are straightforward studies of neuroplasticity that don’t feature the internet, and others are of uncertain relevance. ...

Tuesday May 26th, 2015

Without the "tornado shelter" text

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Without the "tornado shelter" text, this icon by the bathroom would mean something completely different

Dude, the popped collar? Meh. On a suit jacket? Uhhhh...

Please avoid exuberant athleticism

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Please avoid exuberant athleticism.

Waiting for the shuttle for the train

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Waiting for the shuttle for the train to the airport. Apologies to @lisarokusek that we didn't meet up, but it was a full, fun convention.

Monday May 25th, 2015

In order to thrive

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In order to thrive, a culture needs to be more like a garden than a shrine.

If you do nothing else this Memorial

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If you do nothing else this Memorial Day relevant to it, take a moment to re-read and ponder In Flanders Fields http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poem...hn-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm

Weird: both Charlene and I lost all the pictures from the "Camera" folder on our phones yesterday. Possible Android bug?

Planning for 4th of July weekend two

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Planning for 4th of July weekend two years hence... (take two)

Planning for 4th of July weekend two

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Planning for 4th of July weekend two years hence...

Sunday May 24th, 2015

Dressed for dinner

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Dressed for dinner

Being silly in the Plus room

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Being silly in the Plus room

Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Cough.

Naked women with fish

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Naked women with fish. And Charlene.

Naked men on fish

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Naked men on fish

Union Station

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Union Station

in defense of doing wrong

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Friday May 22nd, 2015

I think I figured it out

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I think I figured it out, but sometimes "no" means...

Retrying the providing something to

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Re-trying the "providing something to run away and join" from earlier

Yes, the humans just crossed the road to get a better view... (take 2)

Yes, the humans just crossed the road to get a better view...

Hanging our amongst the art at The Vino

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Hanging our amongst the art at The Vino Gallery

Reason to end Prop 13 649k With 3310

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Reason to end Prop 13? $649k With $3310 property taxes. Back in CA we pay $4600+ on a circa $460k assessment.

Seriously St Louis drivers I will

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Seriously St Louis drivers? I will break no more s*** about "California stops". (Asterisks inserted by Google voice recognition)

Stately old manses on Pershing Place

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Stately old manses on Pershing Place. We could sell our cottage and buy one, but the upkeep...

Central West End has big 5 story brick

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Central West End has big 5 story brick apartment buildings, and these lush gated big house areas

Ate lunch sitting on the wall by this

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Ate lunch sitting on the wall by this stop sign. The only people who even slowed came from the non-stop direction

Detail in some of the least expected

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Detail in some of the least expected places, on western Pershing Ave

Czech 1927 design

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Czech 1927 design

Paging Larry Burton

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Paging Larry Burton...

faux turbine intake makes this

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The faux turbine intake makes this

Stumbled across the Moto Museum

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Stumbled across the Moto Museum, through the back of the Triumph Bar.

Lots of cool sculpture around town

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Lots of cool sculpture around town

Grand buildings in this neighborhood

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Grand buildings in this neighborhood

Presumably offering something to run

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Presumably offering something to run away and join...

Cannot see this as a toast topping

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Cannot see this as a toast topping... uh, wait, that sounds like a bondage scene too...

"privacy isn’t fundamentally about secrecy. It’s about things like autonomy—we’ve heard dignity, liberty, power, control, and maybe we’ll talk about that later."

A good article from: http://thepointmag.com/2015/politics/in-defense-of-doing-wrong

Another pull:

"Now, imagine if the anti-sodomy laws, which were on the books in many, many states until recently, and the drug laws that are still on the books of many states, imagine if they had been perfectly enforced by surveillance—which was not possible [at the time]. We would never have reached the point where majorities of citizens believe that these behaviors are not actually wrong at all.

So we need to worry. The perfect enforcement of the law, which surveillance technology has now made possible, will chill this very important kind of democratic change. And even if we’re not personally involved in socially valuable transgressive conduct, we need to worry about surveillance practices that will deter other people from engaging in them."

Thursday May 21st, 2015

Geez, I leave town for a day and a half, and y'all have an earthquake. Really, you need me to hold it together back there?

Very tasty apple carmellita and banana

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Very tasty apple carmellita and banana creme torte for dessert at http://1111-m.com/

Ceiling in the foyer of the St Louis

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Ceiling in the foyer of the St Louis Union Station Hotel

In the Union Station model railroad

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In the Union Station model railroad exhibit

Stopped by kids learning to circus

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Stopped by kids learning to circus

doors in the old courthouse are all

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The doors in the old courthouse are all faux finish

Looking up in the old courthouse

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Looking up in the old courthouse

big difference between here and

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A big difference between here and California: the spectacle here is man made

Lots of flood debris

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Lots of flood debris

St Louis from the Arch

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St Louis from the Arch

In front of the old courthouses

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In front of the old courthouses

Honoring city leaders?

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Honoring city leaders?

Citygarden. Love this blobby guy with his robot and mallet

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

I understand how this came to be this

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I understand how this came to be this way, but...

People wonder at California's real

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People wonder at California's real estate prices, Californians are shocked at other people's produce prices.

Missouri drivers are so nice

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Missouri drivers are so nice, they tap their horns to let you know they won't so much as swerve to avoid you in a crosswalk.

First view of the arch

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First view of the arch

sign is prominent and two sided

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This sign is prominent and two sided. The actual bus stop sign is more obscure.

Metrolink train interchange at the St

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Metrolink train interchange at the St Louis airport: "we built this infrastructure for cars first"

If you had $10k to $20k of "mad money" to invest in a project, side-business or primary business, what would it be? Looking for alternative creative fun ideas.

Off for a week to the IAGSDC square

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Off for a week to the IAGSDC square dancing convention in St. Louis MO. Not taking a computer. See y'all either there, or after.

Tuesday May 19th, 2015

Organizational Debt

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Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse. He talks about on-boarding and retension, but I'd also toss in ERP/inventory and asset management and other similar internal processes into the mix.

Why don't we charge reckless endangerment without alcohol?

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Officials Send Strong Message to Motorists: 'Don't be Drunk When You Drive Like a Drunk':

San Francisco makes certain their reckless drivers are sober. Evidence supported that Muzaffar was completely sober when he was checking his phone and making a fast right turn in his SUV, failing to yield to 3 people, killing 1 and seriously injuring the others. Investigators found there was no cause for charging Muzaffar with gross negligence as a felony, because he wasn't intoxicated. So the lesson is clear, don't be drunk when you behave drunk or you'll pay dearly.

Robots behaving badly

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Hey, if you're using https://github.com/typhoeus/typhoeus to hammer Flutterby from one of 33 AWS instances with gobs of HEAD requests, could you tell me a little more about what you're trying to accomplish?

I'd really rather not have to hack the code to issue a bunch of 420 Enhance Your Calm responses (or just ufw deny ... all those requests), but.... dude!

Or: freakin' Ruby programmers.

morning's commute podcast

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This morning's commute podcast: Amy H. Sturgis on Frankenstein, including similarities to Paradise Lost. Hadn't thought of it that way.