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Sarah G.
From the "Silly things that make me mad" file...when someone insists that the "push to walk" button does nothing.
Given traffic flow is often considered more important than pedestrian convenience, I wouldn't be surprised if the difference between pressing the button or not being negligible in many cases. - Heisenberg
Plus you can catch Ebola. ;) - Heisenberg
I'm sure in some places the buttons don't work, but some places isn't the same as everywhere. - Heather
I agree, some places isn't the same as everywhere. Also, I didn't say they don't work, I said the effect might be minimal, e.g. if you press the button, you still have to wait 2 minutes, but you don't have to wait 3 minutes. - Heisenberg
Plus, you're still getting Ebola. - Heisenberg
'Two minutes to Ebola' is my new jam - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Micah
Fighting to make games worse | Coyote Tracks - http://tracks.ranea.org/post...
"But what’s fascinating—and depressing—about this particular incarnation of the culture war is how thoroughly self-identified gamers are gutting the argument that games can be capital-A Art. Every new form of expression must fight to be taken seriously. You’ll still find people arguing science fiction and fantasy aren’t real literature. The ugly kernel of truth, though, is that that argument persists because there’s a lot of embarrassing stuff in sci-fi. And comics. And, yes, games. (I write lots of stories with anthropomorphic animal characters, whether alien/fantasy races or modified humans like Gail, so they’re sci-fi and for kids and that weird furry stuff. Dismissiveness trifecta!) Art is aspirational. It’s making a statement we can argue about. It’s tugging at us to examine unquestioned attitudes. It still entertains us, but it makes us think. But works always say something, even if what they say is “here are my field’s stereotypes in all their best-selling glory.” A genre... more... - Micah from Bookmarklet
Iain Baker
Interesting -re: the catcalling video: https://storify.com/Aut_Omn...
I'll be honest, not once during the first time I watched the video did ethnicity even register to me. Because I've heard all that stuff coming out of mouths of every race, color, and creed so I wasn't even focused on who was doing the talking. Second time I watched it though, I was like "Uh...how are there no white dudes? Was this deliberate?" Yup. Sure was. :-/ - Hookuh Tinypants
This could have had REAL power, but now it's been spoiled by doubts. - Iain Baker
Indeed. :( - Hookuh Tinypants
Mark H
My wife's older, American, very Republican, white, male cousin just posted on Facebook something regarding Tim Cook that is exactly the sort of thing you might expect an older, American, very Republican, white male to say. Desperately fighting urge to reply.
Stay strong, my friend. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
RT @wonderella: I know she moved the plot, but as costumes go, Anna is the Luigi and you all know it.
Vampire Hunter DYSP
SLATE: The Problem With That Catcalling Video -- They Edited Out the White Guys - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
Isn't it interesting that no one cared about this until a white lady wrote an article that's pretty much a compilation of tweets from black women from the previous days? - Anika
Andrew C (✔)
RT @wonderella: Pour one out for the younger sisters who have to be Anna tomorrow
Mark H
The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood - http://www.compoundchem.com/2014...
The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood
"Halloween’s almost here, which, for a large number of costumes, will require a liberal dousing of fake blood to complete the look. You probably already have a pretty good idea of the reasons behind the red colouration of human blood that fake blood mimics. However, red is not the only blood colour available – it also comes in blue, green, violet, and even colourless varieties – and this is a result of the specific chemicals that make up blood in different organisms." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Deniz Eda Goze
Women Having A Terrible Time At Parties In Western Art History http://the-toast.net/2014...
Women Having A Terrible Time At Parties In Western Art History http://the-toast.net/2014/10/28/women-terrible-time-parties-western-art-history/
John Dupuis
If I may toot my own horn for a moment, I'm a bit over the moon about being invited to speak about the Canadian Government's War on Science at the York U Science & Technology Studies Seminar Series in October.
awesome, John!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The page for the series is here: http://www.yorku.ca/sts... It's pretty serious stuff. - John Dupuis
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! - RepoRat
woot and congrats!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
that is pretty cool - Steve C Team Marina
Thanks! Of course, the easy part of agreeing to do the talk. The hard part comes in October when I'm all, "Yikes, now I actually have to do the damn thing!" - John Dupuis
dude. you GOT this. - RepoRat
It's today! Wish me luck! - John Dupuis
Good luck!! - Hedgehog from Android
Good luck! - bentley
Great news John! - Elizabeth Brown
Rock it, John. - Joe
I repeat myself: dude. you GOT this. - RepoRat
Thanks everyone! It went pretty well, if I do say so myself. Slides here: http://bit.ly/stsdupuis - John Dupuis
Apparently I am both hilarious and sobering. Not a bad combination, really. https://twitter.com/STS_Yor... - John Dupuis
"LOL! Whoa!" --> audience member, direct quote. - bentley
Jandy
In terms of actions, though, I think cinephiles do have a tendency to invoke "not a REAL film fan" against casual moviegoers.
Todd Hoff
Eureka moments are mostly fictional — here’s how innovation really happens - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
Eureka moments are mostly fictional — here’s how innovation really happens - Vox
"Consider, for example, the profound effect that the development of glass had on Western civilization, which Johnson meticulously outlines in his first chapter. Discovered in the Libyan Desert, the substance made its way to the Roman Empire, then to the Isle of Murano, and eventually throughout Western Europe, where it became something of a status symbol. Pretty soon, monks began using glass as makeshift magnifiers to help them study and transcribe religious texts. Glassmakers in Northern Italy had a similar idea, and manipulated tiny disks of glass into curvy lenses, creating roidi da ogli (discs for the eyes), history's first glasses." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Jandy
I see people say "gamer" is becoming non-exclusive like "moviegoer," ignoring the term "cinephile" and its potential meanings.
Jandy
I think there’s a level of snobbery associated with "cinephile" that’s not totally unlike "hardcore gamer."
Jandy
Is "cinephile" an exclusive identity in the same way that "gamer" is to hardcore gamers? Do we police it? What connotations does it have?
Jandy
Contemplating the potential comparisons/relationships of "gamer", "moviegoer," "cinephile," etc.
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Someone is giving me shit for having liquor bottles at home. I'm giving her shit for smoking weed. #potmeetkettle 👋 😂
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Ouija Boards Are Even Creepier When You Know How They Work - http://nerdi.st/137nIAq via @NerdistDotCom
Ouija Boards Are Even Creepier When You Know How They Work - http://nerdi.st/137nIAq via @NerdistDotCom
i tried this a few times as a kid - once we used it too long, apparently this is a bad thing to do. it spelled out GO and flew off the table. we stopped using it. - Mike Nencetti
See, I don't find that explanation creepy at all. - John (bird whisperer)
It's creepy because the Ouija accesses a part of your brain you can't talk to. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Doesn't creep me out either, but then I'm a big believer in the power of intuition & the subconscious. - Corinne L
Tried this a few times as a kid, with my older brother. It always spelled out insults, directed at me. I refuse to accept their explanation for it, preferring to believe in one much simpler. - April Russo
Andrew C (✔)
RT @netw3rk: Now they'll finally take it seriously RT @NYMag: Cheap sushi may be the California drought's next victim: http://nym.ag/1sGpZXH
RT @netw3rk: Now they'll finally take it seriously RT @NYMag: Cheap sushi may be the California drought's next victim: http://nym.ag/1sGpZXH
Jandy
RT @jamesurbaniak: What you don't see in the street harassment video is that each guy just wanted to start a conversation about ethics in gaming journalism.
Terra Barselonevî
1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online http://io9.com/1-000-y...
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Andrew C (✔)
The Onion from 2001: "Denny's Introduces 'Just A Humongous Bucket Of Eggs And Meat'" - Andrew C (✔)
Monique Judge
I like it when you call me Moni though, because I am moany.
Mony, Moni, Mone? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
LOL that was a good one. - Monique Judge
You are so Moni you don't even know it. - Steele Lawman
Jandy
RT @annatarkov: This needs to be on a t-shirt and NOW. RT @scalzi This is my favorite one. http://t.co/zX12UWSFfx
RT @annatarkov: This needs to be on a t-shirt and NOW. RT @scalzi This is my favorite one. http://t.co/zX12UWSFfx
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @shutupmikeginn: Don't tell me I look tired unless you're offering to carry me
Jandy
RT @theonion: Street Harasser Haunted By Woman Who Got Away With Dignity Intact http://onion.com/1wdxFXM http://t.co/1plNZNEbE3
RT @theonion: Street Harasser Haunted By Woman Who Got Away With Dignity Intact http://onion.com/1wdxFXM http://t.co/1plNZNEbE3
Andrew C (✔)
Yesterday I waited in a lineup without my phone. So yes, I qualify for sainthood. It was easily five minutes alone with my thoughts.
FB friend: " I definitely wouldn't want to be left alone for five minutes with your thoughts." - Andrew C (✔)
:D - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
Amit Patel
‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside - http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014...
‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside
"After many months of analysis, and about a decade in development, Caltrans has said the city can move ahead with plans for proposed double-roundabouts in the problematic I-80 and Gilman Street interchange in West Berkeley." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
That is an AWFUL intersection. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Gilman makes me violent. I welcome the change. - Hookuh Tinypants
I so want to like roundabouts (and I'm familiar with the double-roundabout they talk about in Truckee) but I've concluded that roundabouts are "Un-American." By that, I mean they require drivers to make decisions, which is not the trend in US traffic control. We like to have machines make decisions for us so we can think less when we drive. - Brian Johns
Truer words were never spoken. At the roundabouts in my area there's always at least one person sitting frozen in front of me, not sure how or when to jump into the circle, and there's always someone who blows through it like they're the only ones on the road. Berkeley residents should at least be vaguely familiar with roundabouts though as anyone who's spent any appreciable amount of time in the area has dealt with the Arlington-Sutter roundabout, which has been around for decades. - Hookuh Tinypants
I wonder if they've thought about bike access. Roundabouts, especially because most Americans have no idea how to use them, tend to push cars right into bikes. - Spidra Webster
They state in the article that they're looking to build a separate pedestrian/cycle overpass similar to the one near Aquatic Park. - Hookuh Tinypants
I was figuring that'd probably be the best solution. I wonder how long they'll be about it. Gilman has been even worse for peds/bikes than cars. But those intersections don't work for anybody. - Spidra Webster
Jandy
I can’t decide if using Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for this is highly inappropriate, or highly appropriate. http://t.co/0JTC4HLuv7
I can’t decide if using Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for this is highly inappropriate, or highly appropriate. http://t.co/0JTC4HLuv7
Jandy
There are valid criticisms to be made of that street harassment video. "But they were just being friendly" isn’t one of them.
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