Wednesday June 26th, 2019

house protected by a guard cat

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This house protected by a guard cat.

I'm working with/training another young kid. He's intelligent, got personality, he likes helping people, he's 25... and there is so much he does not know. Not just work/tech stuff. Things I consider general knowledge. -Or am I just screaming; "Get off my lawn"? Yeah, probably. Thanks for letting me rant somewhere.

Tuesday June 25th, 2019

With premium beer essentially coming down to "haven't tried that name before", I think the question is whether or not beer producers can either sell the notion of hops terroir, or other aspects of specific hops (the way cannabis producers are), or whether they just ride the "new name" wave as long as it goes.

I know Petaluma's seen a shakeout in beer producers, even as Lagunitas sold their whatever percent to Heineken.

Of course this article also leaves unanswered the questions we had back two and a half to three decades ago about contract-brewed beers... Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

I'm sure this was caused by either a

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I'm sure this was caused by either a pedestrian on their phone or a bicyclist running a stop sign.

Screaming Queens

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The Night That Trans Women Rioted for Their Rights at a Tenderloin Cafeteria:

Screening on KQED Saturday, July 23, Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria has a particular resonance now, 50 years after the event that inspired its making, as the need for queer safe spaces becomes a subject of focus once again.

Arsenic in Bottled Water

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High levels of arsenic in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, study says

A test conducted by California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health finds that two bottled water brands — Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr Pepper and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods — contain levels of arsenic that are higher than tap water, violating state guidelines as a result.

Anti-immigrant militia member charged with impersonating US border patrol

Photographs and video showed Jim Benvie intercepting migrants at the border; this is the second arrest to target the armed groups

Inhuman Humans

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RT Ian Goodrum ‏ @isgoodrum

"When expected North Korean fatalities increased from 15,000 to 1.1 million, preference for using nuclear weapons increased from 38 to 49 percent."

We need to come to terms with the fact significant portions of the US population are demons made flesh.

One-Third of U.S. Supports Nuclear War on North Korea, Knowing It Would Kill One Million, Report Shows

Today's screams of rage brought to you

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Today's screams of rage brought to you by the fact that NSDraggingInfo's `namesOfPromisedFilesDroppedAtDestination:` documentation is a flat-out lie, and that's message dragging behavior is totally different for single vs multiple emails.

Spoofing Presidential Alerts

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Sunday June 23rd, 2019

i'm not normally a drinker

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i'm not normally a drinker, but Marissa is mixing at Andreesen's, and we need fashion advice for convention.... Part deux

I'm not normally a drinker

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I'm not normally a drinker, but Marissa is mixing at Andreesen's, and we need fashion advice for convention....

Saturday June 22nd, 2019

Found this dude hanging out in the

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Found this dude hanging out in the shade at the end of G Street.

Replication and oft-cited papers

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Lesbian First Lady

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A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters. You'll remember that Rose Cleveland, sister of notorious horndog Grover Cleveland, served as First Lady until 49 year old Grover married his 21 year old ward, Frances Folsom, all Count Olaf-lke...

The letters, preserved by the caretaker at Evangeline’s Minnesota home, are collected in a new book, “Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890-1918,” and make clear that they were more than just friends, according to its editors.

Can't spell necromancer without romance!

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Can't spell necromancer without romance!

Friday June 21st, 2019

APsaA apologizes for labeling homosexuality an illness

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US Psychoanalysts apologize for labeling homosexuality an illness:

It may be the first U.S. medical or mental health organization to issue such an apology. Although psychiatrists declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973 and psychoanalysts came around nearly 20 years later, the APsaA says it is unaware of any related professional group that had apologized

Thursday June 20th, 2019

SIM card hijack

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Around noon, Charlene and I were off in the hinterlands for an appointment with her knee, and when we got back in phone range, my phone beeped to tell me that my SIM card was inactive. We quickly drove to a place with good cell coverage, called T-Mobile from her phone, and confirmed that, indeed, someone was attempting a SIM card hijacking.

So we corrected that, and I'm now back in front of a computer, and it looks like someone's cleaned out my DomainMonger account. (It also, as I was changing passwords, looks like USAA has a password length limit... that's a smell for bad things...).

At any rate, your reminder that SMS as 2FA weakens security...

A friend who knows photographer Rick Smolan suggested the movie Tracks, it's the tale of Robyn Davidson, who went to Alice Springs with the notion of capturing a couple of wild camels and trekking 1,700 miles to the west coast and the Indian Ocean. Smolan comes into it 'cause he's the photographer National Geographic sends to cover the trek, and their relationship is part of the story (but definitely not the story). Since Charlene's still on the mend, we watched that last night. It's one of those films I would have liked to have seen on the big screen, spectacular shots of the Australian desert.

With a bunch of movies recently I've found myself working out square dance puzzles in my head during the slow bits. This one kept my attention all the way through.

Petitioning Netflix to cancel Amazon's Good Omens

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Not a typo, they really got the wrong company: Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime's Good Omens:

But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”, and “mocks God’s wisdom”. God, they complain, is “voiced by a woman” – Frances McDormand – the antichrist is a “normal kid” and, most importantly, “this type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil”. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.

Wednesday June 19th, 2019

Williams Obstetrics

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Williams Obstetrics and Male Chauvinism

The 15th edition of Williams Obstetrics (1976) was edited by Jack Pritchard and Paul MacDonald, both from Parkland Hospital in Dallas. They were huge personalities and giants in their time. The 15th edition was a significant revision of the 14th edition, edited by Louis Hellman with Pritchard assisting. The 15th edition was all Parkland and is filled with a special type of arrogance. Collectors of these books will know that the 15th edition is remarkable for an entry in its index:

There follows a picture of the index, with the entry "Chauvinism, male, variable amounts 1-923".

The 16th edition had updated page numbers.

The punch-line is that the index compiler was "Ms. Signe Pritchard", Jack Pritchard's wife...

A spy in the Confederacy

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School decides to harass students and funnel money to contractor

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A school district is fed up with ‘epidemic’ vaping. Now it will randomly test students for nicotine.

A "wishes to remain anonymous" source I trust (who is distinctly not pro-vaping) suggests that not only is the amount of detectable nicotine in the blood from vaping indistinguishable from second-hand smoke exposure (contrary to the claims made by the testing company in that article), there are also other factors impacting how different people metabolize nicotine that make this likely that this is just gonna be used for harassment.

Tuesday June 18th, 2019

Surveillance via TV

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The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

Hackers from the CIA found a way to keep Samsung Smart TVs on “Fake-Off mode.”

Remove Distractions

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Hong Kong Porn Sites Shut Down to Encourage More People to Join the Protests

One site urged users to attend the “life or death” protests instead of “jerking off at home”.

OMG Tesla Model 3 to pickup truck

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OMG! Tesla Model 3 to pickup truck conversion! Want!

NYPD & fabricating charges

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We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former NYPD detective testifies:

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

This is my shocked face.

Monday June 17th, 2019

Alex Jones sending child porn

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Lawyers for Sandy Hook families say Alex Jones sent them child porn.

Let's just say that having gone to high school at Newtown High School, and having a few ties left to back there, I'm predisposed to believe the lawyers for the harassed families.

Mildred Bulher

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I sometimes wonder if I'm optimistic in returning square dancing to the 132-136BPM that it was back in the '60s and '70s (it's generally 126BPM now), but then I run across something from back when they used to really dance... 146BPM:

Square Dance - Mildred Bulher:

Mildred R. Buhler was a popular caller in northern California in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Here she is calling to her demonstration group from the Redwood City Docey-Doe Club. When her husband was transferred to London for his work, she took her calling equipment with her and called there, later establishing the British Association of American Square Dance Clubs.

"gun battle"

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Off-Duty LAPD Officer Opens Fire During Argument In Costco Killing 1, Injuring 3

“From my understanding, from some people we talked to, there was apparently an argument inside. Some type of argument that ensued into a gun battle,” Lt. Jeff Edwards told reporters.

Man killed by officer in Costco was nonverbal, had intellectual disabilities, relative says.

The off-duty officer's gun was the only firearm involved in the incident, police said.

That's some amazing spin, Lt. Edwards: Off-duty cop shoots a "gentle giant" with developmental disabilities, and an execution turns into a "gun battle".

music theory cheat sheet

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I ordered this music theory cheat sheet poster: . Now maybe I can finally start to remember how many flats or sharps to a given key...


Genius, Google, song lyrics and copyright

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Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content. They used different quote marks to put steganography messages in Morse Code into their lyrics, found 'em on Google's music lyrics.

JWZ: The only good use for Smart Quotes, ever:

So that's clever and funny, and Google are anticompetitive dicks, but there are no winners here. Genius is straight up admitting that the thing that drives people to their site is just the lyrics, not the annotations that they provide. Google isn't cloning their annotations.

Sunday June 16th, 2019

Excessive Force

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Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Police Draw Gun On Family After Child Takes Doll

"I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city."

Yeah, how many officers were involved in this incident? How many of them trained their drawn guns on the clearly out of control batshit insane guy who was threatening to kill someone over a possible shoplifting?