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2015-08-24 15:47:15 (51 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Idiot webdesign of the year goes to +Delta, for no longer allowing users to have a "-" in their email address--not even in the domain part! They are refusing to send email to the email address I've used for years with my Delta account.

Most reshares: 7

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2015-08-27 23:01:48 (37 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism


Most plusones: 36

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2015-08-27 23:01:48 (37 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism


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2015-09-01 06:21:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-01 01:08:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Good news: Google+ on the iPad now supports Collections.
Bad news: Google+ on the iPad still has a non-working share button when viewing linked articles.

It's been broken since the share button was introduced on iOS over 9 months ago. It works just fine on the iPhone. I can't conceive a reason for it to be broken on one and not the other. It's bizarre.

Oh, and it still has the bug where sometime the Done button does nothing, and you're stuck with a compose window for your post (like the one I'm typing in right now) that you can't close without force quitting the app. Or possibly by going and sharing it to Public again, even though it already is.

#ns

Good news: Google+ on the iPad now supports Collections.
Bad news: Google+ on the iPad still has a non-working share button when viewing linked articles.

It's been broken since the share button was introduced on iOS over 9 months ago. It works just fine on the iPhone. I can't conceive a reason for it to be broken on one and not the other. It's bizarre.

Oh, and it still has the bug where sometime the Done button does nothing, and you're stuck with a compose window for your post (like the one I'm typing in right now) that you can't close without force quitting the app. Or possibly by going and sharing it to Public again, even though it already is.

#ns___

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2015-08-31 20:07:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.

This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.

If this doesn’t sound like the Mexico you’ve been hearing about lately — the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border — you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.

It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.

This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.

If this doesn’t sound like the Mexico you’ve been hearing about lately — the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border — you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.___

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2015-08-31 01:36:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-31 01:34:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-31 01:30:37 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Did computers kill cursive, or was it really the ballpoint pen?

___Did computers kill cursive, or was it really the ballpoint pen?

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2015-08-31 01:24:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Howlin' Hobbit, this made me think of you.

#ns

+Howlin' Hobbit, this made me think of you.

#ns___

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2015-08-31 01:07:10 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Perhaps the greatest thing ever....

Via +Brett B​

Perhaps the greatest thing ever....

Via +Brett B​___

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2015-08-31 00:47:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-30 22:57:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Brian Holt Hawthorne Any idea who this was?

+Brian Holt Hawthorne Any idea who this was?___

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2015-08-30 22:56:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hawk on the tower.

Hawk on the tower.___

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2015-08-30 22:37:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This certainly seems to be the conservative expectation for Iran negotiations. We set the boundaries, you do it.

Paul R. Pillar:

One of the unfortunate corollaries of American exceptionalism is a warped and highly asymmetric conception of negotiation. [...] The corollary about negotiation is, stated in its simplest and bluntest terms, that negotiation is an encounter between diplomats in which the United States makes its demands—sometimes expressed as “red lines”—and the other side accepts those demands, with the task of the diplomats being to work out the details of implementation. Or, if the other side is not going along with that script and acceding to U.S. demands, then the United States has to exert more pressure on the other side until it does accede.

This is markedly different from the rest of the world's conception of negotiation, in which each side begins with positions that neither side will get or expects to get entirely, followed by a process of give-and-take and mutual concession to arrive at a compromise that meets the needs of each side enough that it is better for each than no agreement at all.

Americans' domestic experience with negotiation has been only a partial corrective to their warped view of international negotiation, and that experience has become even less of a corrective in recent times. The United States has a long history of labor-management negotiations that have determined wages and working conditions of many Americans. But it also was in the United States that there arose Boulwarism, an approach to labor relations named after Lemuel R. Boulware, a vice president of General Electric in the 1950s, consisting of management putting a single, inflexible, take-it-or-leave-it formula on the table and refusing to make any concessions to unions. Boulwarism was found to be an unfair labor practice, but with the decline over the past few decades of labor unions and of the significance of collective bargaining for American workers, it in effect has come to prevail in much of the American economy.

Domestic American politics have followed a similar trajectory. Once upon a time, give-and-take and finding compromises were the daily stuff of American politics, including as practiced on Capitol Hill. Now, in a coarsened and hyper-partisan environment, they are so rare as to be a news item when they do still occur. What is now standard is the imposition of red lines—maybe called something else, such as litmus tests or no-tax pledges—and a focus on what kinds of pressure or extortion could achieve total defeat of the other side. Domestic trends, political and economic, thus have reinforced American ways of thinking about bargaining that have further entrenched the idiosyncratic and unhelpful American view of international negotiations.

A consequence of this view is to regard concessions and compromise not as necessary parts of negotiation but instead as a source of shame or a badge of weakness. We have seen this amid the flak the Obama administration is taking from its political opponents regarding its handling of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Among the criticisms, as if this really should count as criticism, have been observations that the United States has not rigidly held to what may have been earlier positions and demands.

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A bargaining relationship may exist whether one party says so or not. Even Boulware was in a bargaining relationship with labor unions, despite trying to approach the issues at hand as if he weren't. Inflexibility is an approach toward bargaining, though not necessarily a good one; it is not a way of making the bargaining situation go away.

http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/the-odd-american-view-negotiation-13159___This certainly seems to be the conservative expectation for Iran negotiations. We set the boundaries, you do it.

2015-08-30 15:04:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Informed Comment: Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants http://www.juancole.com/2015/08/palestine-overwhelmed-immigrants.html

Informed Comment: Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants http://www.juancole.com/2015/08/palestine-overwhelmed-immigrants.html___

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2015-08-29 22:10:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 20:56:58 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 18:18:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What is particularly fascinating about the codex are the 27,000 corrections in it. “This is a very beautiful and fine book, but it also has all this activity going on its margins and between lines, all over the place really,” he added.

What is particularly fascinating about the codex are the 27,000 corrections in it. “This is a very beautiful and fine book, but it also has all this activity going on its margins and between lines, all over the place really,” he added.___

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2015-08-28 18:27:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If only such a machine existed...

If only such a machine existed...___

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2015-08-28 18:24:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

racism within humanitarian work

I saw this in Liberia too.___racism within humanitarian work

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2015-08-28 18:20:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-28 15:35:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Be careful using Siri for tide information. Siri pulls it from Wolfram Alpha, and Wolfram doesn't adjust for the location you asked for, but just gives you what it considers to be the closest tidal station.

So if I ask for Barnstable Harbor tides, it gives me Cape Cod canal tides. The difference is not minor, even though they are only about 15 miles apart. High tide this morning at the Barnstable Harbor Beach Point is at 10:40am. High tide in Cape Cod Canal, Buzzard's Bay is at 8:16am. If you're aiming to drive out on the beach, that's the difference between making it, and having to pull off the trail onto a dune until the water goes down.

(FWIW, normally on my phone I use an old app called Tide Graph. It hasn't even been upgraded to use the real-estate on my phone, but it works like a charm.)

Be careful using Siri for tide information. Siri pulls it from Wolfram Alpha, and Wolfram doesn't adjust for the location you asked for, but just gives you what it considers to be the closest tidal station.

So if I ask for Barnstable Harbor tides, it gives me Cape Cod canal tides. The difference is not minor, even though they are only about 15 miles apart. High tide this morning at the Barnstable Harbor Beach Point is at 10:40am. High tide in Cape Cod Canal, Buzzard's Bay is at 8:16am. If you're aiming to drive out on the beach, that's the difference between making it, and having to pull off the trail onto a dune until the water goes down.

(FWIW, normally on my phone I use an old app called Tide Graph. It hasn't even been upgraded to use the real-estate on my phone, but it works like a charm.)___

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2015-08-28 15:11:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A very catchy tune, on multiple levels.

#t

A very catchy tune, on multiple levels.

#t___

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2015-08-28 14:11:50 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Unique Vintage Navajo Moose

Unique Vintage Navajo Moose___

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2015-08-28 13:59:42 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is really hypnotic.

Pendulum balls (well, not quite, two strings for each) exhibit wonderful motion.___This is really hypnotic.

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2015-08-27 23:01:48 (37 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism


The world shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism
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2015-08-27 22:11:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The history of the singles bar. TGI Fridays?!

I can't match +Yonatan Zunger's intro though. https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/EgDsoinwkUU

Wait, T.G.I. Fridays was the first singles bar?!

Before 1965, your average couple met each other via setups from friends or family, they had been high school or college sweethearts, maybe even co-workers or fellow churchgoers. But they almost certainly hadn’t met in a bar. Stillman wanted to change that and, in doing so, would inadvertently change dating in the latter part of the 20th century.

Stillman was a regular at a bullet-riddled, 1st Avenue saloon called Good Tavern. He’d hit the dive after work for an occasional beer and, annoyed there were never any women around, one day suggested to the owner that he might want to clean the place up and start serving the kind of food and drink that would attract a female crowd. The owner didn’t like that idea, but did like Stillman’s offer to buy the bar for $10,000. Even if he didn’t realize it at the time, Stillman’s idea to make a bar friendly to women was revolutionary.___The history of the singles bar. TGI Fridays?!

I can't match +Yonatan Zunger's intro though. https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/EgDsoinwkUU

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2015-08-27 20:38:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

No ukuleles (or accordions) were harmed in this recording of Hey There Delilah.

No ukuleles (or accordions) were harmed in this recording of Hey There Delilah.___

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2015-08-26 22:05:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Syrian Refugee #syria #turbantimes https://instagram.com/p/6z6xdrjsvV/

Syrian Refugee #syria #turbantimes https://instagram.com/p/6z6xdrjsvV/___

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2015-08-26 17:49:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Raul Malo -- Downbound Trail. I think this has to be my favorite Springsteen cover (although Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Born to Run is always close to my heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfE2Se4r9w)

Raul Malo -- Downbound Trail. I think this has to be my favorite Springsteen cover (although Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Born to Run is always close to my heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfE2Se4r9w)___

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2015-08-26 02:36:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

See the Amazing Photography of a Pioneering Vulcanologist: Tempest Anderson https://shar.es/1vbA7J 

See the Amazing Photography of a Pioneering Vulcanologist: Tempest Anderson https://shar.es/1vbA7J ___

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2015-08-26 01:13:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Neutrinos From Outer Space!

Neutrinos are being detected from outer space, and that’s kind of a big deal.

Neutrinos are an elementary particle somewhat related to electrons. But unlike electrons, which have an electric charge and a measurable mass, neutrinos have no charge and a tiny difficult to measure mass. These elusive particles only interact through the weak force, and so they’re extremely difficult to detect. One way to detect them is by using large tanks of water and waiting for a neutrino to collide with a water molecule. Neutrinos strike the molecule with such energy that a small amount of light is produced, which we can detect. One of the biggest challenges comes from the fact that other energetic particles can collide with water molecules to produce light, so we shield the detectors by building them in abandoned mines, or burying them under the ice inAnt... more »

Neutrinos From Outer Space!

Neutrinos are being detected from outer space, and that’s kind of a big deal.

Neutrinos are an elementary particle somewhat related to electrons. But unlike electrons, which have an electric charge and a measurable mass, neutrinos have no charge and a tiny difficult to measure mass. These elusive particles only interact through the weak force, and so they’re extremely difficult to detect. One way to detect them is by using large tanks of water and waiting for a neutrino to collide with a water molecule. Neutrinos strike the molecule with such energy that a small amount of light is produced, which we can detect. One of the biggest challenges comes from the fact that other energetic particles can collide with water molecules to produce light, so we shield the detectors by building them in abandoned mines, or burying them under the ice in Antarctica.

Because neutrinos are so difficult to detect, they typically come from three main sources: those produced in particle accelerators, those produced from fusion in the Sun’s core, and those produced by cosmic rays striking our atmosphere. None of these neutrinos are produced outside our solar system. The only time cosmic neutrinos were detected was during the 1987a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Supernovae produce tremendous quantities of neutrinos, and this caused small neutrino spikes at three separate neutrino observatories, which confirmed they were extra-solar neutrinos. We haven’t detected any cosmic neutrinos since.

But now the IceCube Collaboration in Antarctica has announced the discovery of cosmic neutrinos. The IceCube detector is much more sensitive than the detectors we had in 1987, so it’s not only able to detect neutrinos, it’s able to determine both the energy levels of different neutrino events and the direction from which they originate. Out of 35,000 neutrino detections over the course of 2 years, they found 21 that had very high energy levels. Higher than those typically produced by cosmic rays. They also came from the direction of the northern hemisphere, which meant they traveled through the Earth to reach the detector. Both of these facts point to the neutrinos originating from outside the solar system.

On one level, this discovery simply confirms the existence of astrophysical neutrinos, which we’ve known should exist for quite some time. But the fact that we now have the sensitivity to detect these things is pretty amazing.

Paper: M. G. Aartsen et al. (IceCube Collaboration) Evidence for Astrophysical Muon Neutrinos from the Northern Sky with IceCube. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 081102 (2015)___

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2015-08-26 00:25:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+AT&T: The same company that cooperated with the NSA is now playing man-in-the-middle and manipulating your http connections to inject advertisements.

+AT&T: The same company that cooperated with the NSA is now playing man-in-the-middle and manipulating your http connections to inject advertisements.___

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2015-08-25 19:19:32 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Distraction time. A site called "The Worst Cat". Which is mainly about small hairless cats like the one on the right.

Distraction time. A site called "The Worst Cat". Which is mainly about small hairless cats like the one on the right.___

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2015-08-25 13:47:35 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Woman builds secret compartments in her shoes to hide hacking tools.

Inspired by the TV show, "Mr. Robot," an engineer in China who calls herself the SexyCyborg (and also a "natural honeypot") created custom, 3D-printed shoes that hold hacking tools. Best of all, they're accessed via drawers that come out without needing to remove the shoes. 

She's wearing a slinky dress that leads one to believe she couldn't possibly be hiding anything. But inside her shoes are: a pen testing drop box, an OpenWRT router that works as a wi-fi sniffer which can operated inside the shoe,  a keylogger with built-in memory, a retractable cable for the OpenWRT router, a shim (to open padlocks), and a lock pick set.

http://imgur.com/a/c4WNF

#hacking

Woman builds secret compartments in her shoes to hide hacking tools.

Inspired by the TV show, "Mr. Robot," an engineer in China who calls herself the SexyCyborg (and also a "natural honeypot") created custom, 3D-printed shoes that hold hacking tools. Best of all, they're accessed via drawers that come out without needing to remove the shoes. 

She's wearing a slinky dress that leads one to believe she couldn't possibly be hiding anything. But inside her shoes are: a pen testing drop box, an OpenWRT router that works as a wi-fi sniffer which can operated inside the shoe,  a keylogger with built-in memory, a retractable cable for the OpenWRT router, a shim (to open padlocks), and a lock pick set.

http://imgur.com/a/c4WNF

#hacking___

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2015-08-25 05:32:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"And what worries me is to see the resentment, the rejection, the fear directed against these people by some parts of the population. Setting fire to refugee camps, pushing back boats from piers, physical violence inflicted upon asylum seekers or turning a blind eye to poor and helpless people: that is not Europe. 

Europe is the pensioners in Calais who play music and charge the phones of migrants wanting to call home. Europe is the students in Siegen who open up their campus to accommodate asylum seekers who have no roof over their head. Europe is the baker in Kos who gives away his bread to hungry and weary souls. This is the Europe I want to live in. "

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the #EuropeanCommission  

"And what worries me is to see the resentment, the rejection, the fear directed against these people by some parts of the population. Setting fire to refugee camps, pushing back boats from piers, physical violence inflicted upon asylum seekers or turning a blind eye to poor and helpless people: that is not Europe. 

Europe is the pensioners in Calais who play music and charge the phones of migrants wanting to call home. Europe is the students in Siegen who open up their campus to accommodate asylum seekers who have no roof over their head. Europe is the baker in Kos who gives away his bread to hungry and weary souls. This is the Europe I want to live in. "

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the #EuropeanCommission  ___

2015-08-25 05:30:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The great thing about being a conspiracy theorist is that you win either way. If someone writes about it, that reinforces your belief. And if nobody writes about it, why then it's proof that the truth is being suppressed.

Like the huge number of Muslims raping people (one million kids a year in England!).
Or the fact that McCarthy was right about everyone he fingered, including the ones who brought Obama to power.
Or how the bankers and the 1% are secretly bankrolling Sanders.
And all the mainstream Republicans are actually communists intent on selling us to China.

And those are just some the ones I've been presented with in the last few days.

The great thing about being a conspiracy theorist is that you win either way. If someone writes about it, that reinforces your belief. And if nobody writes about it, why then it's proof that the truth is being suppressed.

Like the huge number of Muslims raping people (one million kids a year in England!).
Or the fact that McCarthy was right about everyone he fingered, including the ones who brought Obama to power.
Or how the bankers and the 1% are secretly bankrolling Sanders.
And all the mainstream Republicans are actually communists intent on selling us to China.

And those are just some the ones I've been presented with in the last few days.___

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2015-08-25 02:51:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delany on the intersection of race, identity, and science fiction.

Growing up I had no idea he was black, let alone gay. In fact I didn't twig to the latter until just recently when I started reading Dahlgren. Of course hiding those things made it easier to sell him to the mainstream. And at the same time, hiding those things reinforced everyone's belief that Science Fiction was solely the playground of straight white guys. Avery Brooks (Sisko) directed an amazingly powerful episode of Deep Space Nine that addressed that issue head-on (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Beyond_the_Stars).

❝ Generally, black people do not struggle with racism. It’s just a given. We combat it when possible. We accept it when we can’t. Those are our choices and have always been. And as I wrote 17 years ago, when the combat, gentle or forceful, expands theminor... more »

Fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delany on the intersection of race, identity, and science fiction.

Growing up I had no idea he was black, let alone gay. In fact I didn't twig to the latter until just recently when I started reading Dahlgren. Of course hiding those things made it easier to sell him to the mainstream. And at the same time, hiding those things reinforced everyone's belief that Science Fiction was solely the playground of straight white guys. Avery Brooks (Sisko) directed an amazingly powerful episode of Deep Space Nine that addressed that issue head-on (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Beyond_the_Stars).

❝ Generally, black people do not struggle with racism. It’s just a given. We combat it when possible. We accept it when we can’t. Those are our choices and have always been. And as I wrote 17 years ago, when the combat, gentle or forceful, expands the minority presence notably beyond tokenism, that’s when the hegemonic folks get upset. That’s not prediction. That’s part of the way the system functions. ❞___

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2015-08-24 22:59:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-24 17:26:53 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Screenshot of the +Delta email bug. The second line shows it rejecting an email address with a "-" in the domain. The first shows how the error is cleared as soon as I remove the dash. The second screenshot shows the dialog box I get when I log in, where it tells me that the email address I've been using with them for years is invalid.

I'm used to sites rejecting "+" and other less common characters in an email address, but this is the first time since the early 90's that I've seen a site reject "-"—a legal character in a domain.

Hint to web developers. You can't validate an email address with a regular expression. Don't even try. Second hint. Read the RFCs.

+Lauren Weinstein

Screenshot of the +Delta email bug. The second line shows it rejecting an email address with a "-" in the domain. The first shows how the error is cleared as soon as I remove the dash. The second screenshot shows the dialog box I get when I log in, where it tells me that the email address I've been using with them for years is invalid.

I'm used to sites rejecting "+" and other less common characters in an email address, but this is the first time since the early 90's that I've seen a site reject "-"—a legal character in a domain.

Hint to web developers. You can't validate an email address with a regular expression. Don't even try. Second hint. Read the RFCs.

+Lauren Weinstein___

2015-08-24 15:47:15 (51 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Idiot webdesign of the year goes to +Delta, for no longer allowing users to have a "-" in their email address--not even in the domain part! They are refusing to send email to the email address I've used for years with my Delta account.

Idiot webdesign of the year goes to +Delta, for no longer allowing users to have a "-" in their email address--not even in the domain part! They are refusing to send email to the email address I've used for years with my Delta account.___

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2015-08-24 05:18:01 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"Stealing" intellectual property is no more real than "kidnapping" intellectual progeny. Excellent commentary by +Brian Holt Hawthorne on how copyright law is not a natural right.

"Stealing" intellectual property is no more real than "kidnapping" intellectual progeny. Excellent commentary by +Brian Holt Hawthorne on how copyright law is not a natural right.___

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2015-08-24 04:00:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

An ELFIE! Get it... :)

An ELFIE! Get it... :)___

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2015-08-24 02:18:03 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

❝ all the black employees at Twitter, Facebook and Google could fit on a single airplane. ❞

Some interesting points in here.

This is not just an issue of women in tech. Women and minorities at tech companies are underrepresented in other positions at those companies too. Tech companies hire fewer women and minorities than other companies across the board, not just in tech.

The situation is worse than the numbers would indicate, because tech companies rely heavily on foreign guest workers, and the countries producing providing those workers produce a lot more women engineers than the U.S. does.

Can someone confirm that last claim? Are companies really including visa holders in their diversity reports? And is the gender balance of visa holders in fact more equal?

The trouble with diversity reports.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/3VWPfB )

Silicon Valley has a diversity problem.

The problem is that women and minorities are underrepresented and not by a little—by a lot—especially in technology and leadership roles.

One tool used to fight the lack of diversity is the now-ubiquitous diversity report, which trots out quarterly or annual numbers on employees, always with a promise to do better next time. 

Unfortunately, diversity reports may incentivize companies to actually reduce diversity. Here's why: 

http://www.eweek.com/it-management/diversity-reports-only-mask-silicon-valleys-employment-problem.html

#diversity  ___❝ all the black employees at Twitter, Facebook and Google could fit on a single airplane. ❞

Some interesting points in here.

This is not just an issue of women in tech. Women and minorities at tech companies are underrepresented in other positions at those companies too. Tech companies hire fewer women and minorities than other companies across the board, not just in tech.

The situation is worse than the numbers would indicate, because tech companies rely heavily on foreign guest workers, and the countries producing providing those workers produce a lot more women engineers than the U.S. does.

Can someone confirm that last claim? Are companies really including visa holders in their diversity reports? And is the gender balance of visa holders in fact more equal?

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2015-08-24 01:07:04 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

BOSTON POLICE FOIL POTENTIAL MASSACRE AT POKEMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Because who needs The Onion when you have the real world.

___BOSTON POLICE FOIL POTENTIAL MASSACRE AT POKEMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Because who needs The Onion when you have the real world.

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2015-08-23 20:35:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Little Ado About Something Rather Significant: William Shakespeare's "The Life and Death of King John" and the signing of the Magna Carta. "Why would Shakespeare not mention the most significant event in John’s reign?" http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2015/08/william-shakespeare-and-magna-carta.html

Little Ado About Something Rather Significant: William Shakespeare's "The Life and Death of King John" and the signing of the Magna Carta. "Why would Shakespeare not mention the most significant event in John’s reign?" http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2015/08/william-shakespeare-and-magna-carta.html___

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2015-08-23 19:43:49 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

In case you wondered where my daughters got their artistic abilities; an example of my own early endeavors.

No, I have no idea why he stuck a sword in his leg.

In case you wondered where my daughters got their artistic abilities; an example of my own early endeavors.

No, I have no idea why he stuck a sword in his leg.___

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2015-08-23 17:52:22 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Super kudos to George Martin, for giving awards to the people who would have won if the puppy fiasco hadn't intervened.

___Super kudos to George Martin, for giving awards to the people who would have won if the puppy fiasco hadn't intervened.

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2015-08-23 17:00:22 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

MadMax GoKart edition.

h/t +Gnotic Pasta

MadMax GoKart edition.

h/t +Gnotic Pasta___

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2015-08-23 03:17:55 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-23 01:25:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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