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Andrew C (✔)
Happy my birthday to all y'all. #fb
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, Andrew! - Anne Bouey
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday - Rodfather
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, Andrew. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy your birthday to you too :) - Eivind from Android
Happy birthday! For some reason, I thought your birthday was in the fall. - Anika
That would be my half-birthday! - Andrew C (✔)
Happy birthday Andrew! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Camping is satirical, right?
yes - chaz2b
Then my friends are really beating this one joke into the ground. - Andrew C (✔)
I was surprised at the number of RVs and holiday trailers today. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
This Is Why Some People Should Not Be Allowed On Facebook
"I just learned africa isn't a country." "Crazy! So is it a developing country? Or jst a continent?" "I don't know, I'll find out later in the semester and let you know." - lris
SMH - Anne Bouey
"Canadians think the titanic was a real event and not just a movie, how dumb can you be." - lris
This cannot be real. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Gotta be a troll. I hope. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club -
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club
"Confirming yet again that the halls of academia are no place for interpreting things, a New Jersey professor was suspended over a Game Of Thrones T-shirt whose tagline--the Daenerys Targaryen quote, "I Will Take What Is Mine With Fire & Blood"--was interpreted by his colleague as a threat. The incident came about after Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, posted a photo of his daughter doing a yoga pose in the shirt to his Google+ account, where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans. Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt's way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I mean, it would be maybe something if he wore it to work, but... - Heather, 30k Camper
Geez. - Stephen Mack
Reminds me of the Inigo Montoya t-shirt ona plane incident. - Joe - Systems Analyst
What the hell is going on with our schools that teachers and administrators feel threatened by a (1) finger gun (2) a GOT t-shirt on a little girl and (3) a science project with the word "gun" in it? - Spidra Webster
I mean, it's not as if he told the dean that he acquired his daughter's shirt by paying the iron price. - Stephen Mack
"where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans." *snerk* - holly #ravingfangirl
I've never seen Game of Thrones, but I would hope that grown-assed adults would assume a child in a t-shirt on a personal site is not a veiled threat to work colleagues. And I'm sure the psychiatrist is going to be thrilled with having to waste their time with a stupid evaluation. - Anika - "But revenge appears to be a theme in both the show and Schmidt's life -- he believes the suspension was retaliation for a grievance he had filed earlier after he was denied a sabbatical without explanation about two months before the incident. "This was payback because I filed a grievance," he said."" - Andrew C (✔)
*sigh* Oh FFS. - ronin
IOW, any excuse for those with power to take offence is a good one. same as it ever was. - Big Joe Silence
"Schmidt was suspended without pay and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being reinstated with a list of other restrictions, he said, such as not wearing clothing with questionable statements and not making disparaging statements about the college. " It would be really hard not to say something about a college with administrators that bone stupid. - Spidra Webster
This is still better than the sheriff's deputy who pulled out his gun because a barking dog "made him fear for his life" (and he accidentally shot himself.) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
then he was kicked in the balls repeatedly and required to never mention it. - Big Joe Silence
" and not making disparaging statements about the college" - if it were me, I'd be making factual statements about the college's handling of this incident and the dean in particular from now until eternity. - Andrew C (✔)
Imagine this on a shirt: "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
As long as you add "Matthew 10:21" (or whatever book/chapter/verse) after it, you could probably get away with all sorts of subversive, vaguely threatening things. - Victor Ganata
Yep. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
The Cowpox of Doubt | Slate Star Codex -
"What annoys me about the people who harp on moon-hoaxing and homeopathy - without any interest in the rest of medicine or space history - is that it seems like an attempt to Other irrationality. [...] It's saying "Look, over here! It's irrational people, believing things that we can instantly dismiss as dumb. Things we feel no temptation, not one bit, to believe. It must be that they are defective and we are rational."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But to me, the rationality movement is about Self-ing irrationality. [...] It is about realizing that you, yes you, might be wrong about the things that you're most certain of, and nothing can save you except maybe extreme epistemic paranoia. Talking about moon-hoaxers and homeopaths too much, at least the way we do it, is counterproductive to this goal. Throw examples of obviously... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The more we concentrate on homeopathy, and moon hoaxes, and creationism - the more people who have never felt any temptation towards these beliefs go through the motions of "debunk"-ing them a hundred times to one another for fun - the more we are driving home the message that these are a representative sample of the kinds of problems we face. And the more we do that, the more we are... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"So we take the intelligent Internet-reading public, and we throw a bunch of incredibly dumb theories at them - moon-hoaxism, homeopathy, creationism, anti-vaxxing, lizard people, that one guy who thought the rapture would come a couple years ago, whatever. And they are easily debunked, and the stuff you and all your friends believed was obviously true is, in fact, obviously true, and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
This is exactly why I'm wary of any philosophy that professes a Unified Unquestionable Canonical Truth/Hermeneutics/Epistemology, deities or no deities. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF's Housing Crisis Explained) | TechCrunch -
Long piece, but a good read. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Damn, the price of limes has jumped up. $3.99/lbs.?
That's Whole Food prices! They're 5 (or 10) for $1 at my local stores. - Anika
Yep. My local bodega has em for $1 each. *sniff* - Derrick
Andrew C (✔)
RT @AdamSerwer: What General Mills is doing is absolutely BANANAS and the Roberts Court will sanction it without a second thought
Basically, even online interactions with General Mills involve giving up the right to sue them, is what they're trying to do. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Lamar Odom is a Knick - Posting and Toasting -
"As has been established: Odom has a back injury and will not play for the Knicks this season (tonight). The Knicks will work with him this summer and, if he looks good, pick up a second-year option so he'll be in the fold next year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"@desusnice - Just saw a fellow knicks fan tweet "we need lamar for that final playoff push" and they were dead serious :(" - - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @esqpolitics: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity
RT @esqpolitics: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity
"Recall that, yesterday, we explored Tiger Beat On The Potomac's relentless quest for Bipartisan Shangri-La -- J. Manchin, Prop. -- because it is there that also exists that legendary beast, The Reasonable Republican. Today, the journey continues with a sighting on the far horizon of what might be a Bob Corker, who the kidz now nominate as Bipartisan Of The Day." - Andrew C (✔)
"Of course, nowhere in the piece do we read about the fact that Bob Corker's union-busting ass may wind up in federal court, largely because he lied it off in order to defeat a UAW organizing effort at a Volkswagen plant that had been endorsed by, among other people, the folks who run Volkswagen. This, I guess, is the new centrism. And, mirabile dictu, he reads!" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Joe Romm draws our attention to the third slice of the latest IPCC report on climate change, on the costs of mitigation; the panel finds that these costs aren't that big -- a few percent of GDP even by the end of the century, which means only a trivial hit to the growth rate. At one level this shouldn't be considered news. It has been apparent for quite a while that given the right incentives we could maintain economic growth even while greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But there is, in fact, some news that greatly strengthens the case that saving the planet would be quite cheap." - Andrew C (✔)
"As a practical matter, the fallacies of the right are much more important -- indeed, they may destroy civilization. What's notable about right-wing commentary on the economics of emission reduction is how people on that side suddenly seem to change their views about the effectiveness of markets. Normally they extol the magic of the marketplace, which can brush aside all limits; but... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In fact, it's possible that solar will displace coal even without special incentives. But we can't count on that. What we do know is that it's no longer remotely true that we need to keep burning coal to satisfy electricity demand. The way is open to a drastic reduction in emissions, at not very high cost. And that should make us optimistic about the future, right? I mean, all that stands in our way is prejudice, ignorance, and vested interests. Oh, wait." - Andrew C (✔)
Even though reports play up the fact that the PRC is burning massive amounts of coal (and causing severe air pollution), the PRC's investment in green energy is a lot of why the price of solar panels has plummeted. - Victor Ganata
Eric Logan
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS -
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS
“The largest concern is whether or not these employees are using their office to enforce their own personal political ideology. That’s what we saw happen in D.C. with the IRS targeting certain groups. To the extent these employees are supporters of President Obama, that’s fine, but what they do at work is separate from their personal political life. And it should be separate, and we get into trouble when it’s not.” Emert added, “So, if you’re a President Obama supporter, that’s great, you just can’t bring it into the federal office with you, especially during election time.” And it’s an apparent violation of the federal Hatch Act, according to Pete Schulte, a Dallas lawyer and former policeman. “The fundamental bottom line for the Hatch Act is to limit the Executive Branch—also known as the President—from having an army of federal employees being active in political campaigning, to try to re-elect the President and some of their sponsored candidates. So, it’s to prevent federal employees from actively engaging in political activities while they’re on the clock” Schulte told CBS 11 News. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The I.R.S. apparatchiks of the Democratic party. I can't wait to see them run on that ticket. - Eric Logan
"with the IRS targeting certain groups" - That's actually NOT what happened in DC with the IRS, which didn't target specific ideologies, but whatever. - "Republicans tried to link the White House to the IRS activity, but without success. The investigations revealed no clear political bias at the IRS and showed it had also closely reviewed applications from progressive political groups for tax-exempt status." - Andrew C (✔)
Depends on who you believe. I guess ? Lois Lerner's not saying anything. IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed. - Eric Logan
"Depends on who you believe." -- yes, and Issa -- who released that report the Caller mentioned -- has a long history of being VERY selective with what he leaks. He's incredibly dishonest by any standard. - Andrew C (✔)
I agree with Andrew C - MRW_8
Andrew C (✔)
Domino's Unleashes Its Fried-Chicken-Crust Pizza | Food Experiments | Washingtonian -
Domino's Unleashes Its Fried-Chicken-Crust Pizza | Food Experiments | Washingtonian
"Love pizza but wish the crust were more like fried chicken? The folks over at international pizza chain Domino's sure do. As of yesterday, the chain's newest product launched in the Washington area: the Specialty Chicken, a poultry/pie combo that consists of a dozen crispy white-meat nuggets "covered in toppings, sauces, and cheeses."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I would eat this, but... #teamdarkmeat - Andrew C (✔)
I'm with you on #teamdarkmeat. - Stephen Mack
As discussed. - Akiva
Jeff Atwood
RT @RumsfeldOffice: That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something. My annual letter to the #IRS:
It looks like Donald Rumsfeld is really riding this radical skeptical train down to the end-of-the-line, doesn't it? "I have no idea whether our taxes are accurate because true knowledge is impossible." - Victor Ganata
Maybe he'll talk himself out of existence? - Andrew C (✔)
But 911 - Iraq connection was CRYSTAL CLEAR. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Well, except for the unknown unknowns. No one could have foreseen the unknown unknowns. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
So Bundy and his anti-government allies were basically going to use women and children as human shields. Bravo.
That guy is straight up crazy. ""It was a tactical plot that I was trying to get them to use," Mack said in comments flagged by The Raw Story. "If they're going to start killing people, I'm sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot." "I'm sorry, that sounds horrible," he continued. "I would have put my own wife or daughters there,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
IIRC, in cowboy movies it's always the cowards and bad guys who use women and children as shields. Nice of him to label himself clearly to the world so we don't have to guess. - Betsy
Victor Ganata
I think because of my preoccupation with fantasy worlds, when I first learned about the history of the Jesuits at my Jesuit-run high school, I imagined that St. Ignatius had founded an actual order of paladins.
I think it's mainly because of Ignatius's military training that I developed a sense that the Jesuits were kind of a quasimilitary arm of the Roman Catholic Church. - Victor Ganata
The head of the Jesuit order is called the Superior General. - Victor Ganata
I realize that I probably misinterpreted what "Church Militant" actually means. (More so than "crusader", it seems to be the Christian equivalent of "mujahid" which also seems to be similarly frequently misinterpreted.) - Victor Ganata
The founding document does make the quasimilitary nature of the Society of Jesus evident, though: "Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the Name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and the Church, his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth, should, after a solemn vow of... more... - Victor Ganata
My impression of Spanish history was very hazy when I was 11-13. It's like they probably explained it in class at some point but I missed it? and then I got mixed up about the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767 and I wasn't sure who was which and which was who and was there more than one expulsion and what are jesuits anyway and are they related to... more... - Betsy
(And that's what goes through my mind any time anyone mentions Jesuits.) - Betsy
Yeah, I'm not really sure what faction exactly shot Ignatius with a cannonball, or even what army Ignatius was serving with at the time. #TooManyWars - Victor Ganata
You are RUINING Assassin's Creed for me! (or you would be if I'd ever played those games... stupid backlog.) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @xojanedotcom: I Was Kicked off a Comedy Lineup Because There Were "Too Many Women" | @Jenjencollier
RT @xojanedotcom: I Was Kicked off a Comedy Lineup Because There Were "Too Many Women" | @Jenjencollier
Lifetimes of gender discrimination -- WHAT INCONVENIENCE, MF'ers?! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"Although it’s comforting to know that there are thousands of people out there voicing their incredulity, the fact remains that someone thought that this was an OK email to send. Someone thought this was an acceptable reason to cancel a comedian who had already been booked for a gig. From my understanding there were five acts booked (three women, two men) of which I was the latest to be... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Bravo, @Reuters. Not many new orgs would even think to invert the Y axis for maximum deception.
LOLOLOL. - Victor Ganata
If inverted-Y is good enough for FPS players, it's good enough for a newspaper? :D - Victor Ganata
Oh that's phenomenal. - Hookuh Tinypants
The designer defended it by analogy to a graph about the Iraq War, but her design differs in a few key aspects that make hers more deceptive. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @assholeofday: #AssholeOfTheDay Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin outlawed minimum wage increases and sick pay
The party of local government ("state's rights") just forbade cities in OK from enacting higher minimum wages or sick pay. - Andrew C (✔)
RT @io9: Holy Crap, This Stop-Motion Film Was Made By Animating Drops Of Water
Whoa. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Ugh. US taxes done; Canadian taxes still to be done. The latter aren't due for two more weeks.
Also, a hearty fuck you to TurboTax in general for lobbying to not simplify US taxes and specifically for trying to upsell me $25 to e-file CA state taxes. I opted to just e-file on CA's own website for free instead. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
This week I got to use "who you know fresher than Hov'?" in a conversation, referring to me, and it mostly made sense in context.
BTW, this might be because I listened to the Grey Album first, but I like that version ( ) the most. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @david_j_roth: There is a time and a place for a Thomas Frank Teardown:
"There's something else, too. Stand in the street when the sun hits the McMansion from the right angle and its glare obliterates the fake muntins in the windows and suddenly you grasp the truth about this form: It is staring at you with those blank featureless eyes, those empty holes in that vast, unadorned wall, demanding to be fed. This house doesn't serve humans, we serve it." - Andrew C (✔)
"This is not some absurdity at the fringe of our way of life. This is civilization's very center, the only thing that really makes sense in "clusterfuck nation," the tawdry telos at which all our economic policies aim. Everything we do seems designed to make this thing possible. Cities must sprawl to accommodate its bulk, eight-lane roads must be constructed, gasoline must be kept... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @JPCavan: I had to use a snow shovel to pick my jaw up off the floor.
"worst wheel of fortune contestant ever" - Andrew C (✔)
Poor guy. Not good under pressure maybe? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
On the spot dice spin? - Not Me
Victor Ganata
It's probably immaterial, but there's something about saying "for years" when you mean "two years" that irks me.
It's technically correct! - Andrew C (✔)
It's technically correct, but it's also inexact :D - Victor Ganata
"forever ago" Sure even I use it sometimes but really? An infinity ago? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I mean, if they were on Twitter, I could understand omitting the number…. Gotta watch that character count, you know? - Victor Ganata
Maybe, but "2" is less characters than "for". - April Russo
"For zero years" - Amit Patel
"For not a single year" - John (bird whisperer)
Andrew C (✔)
[former Rep Jim Moran (D):] "We [Congressional Representatives] deal with people on a regular basis who come to see us who make more in a week than we make in a year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Marshall:] "There's something very real going on in that last sentence that goes to the heart of much of the political economy of contemporary America, wealth inequality, and the formal and informal corruption of Congress. As far as it goes, what Moran says in this last sentence is totally true. " - Andrew C (✔)
"So it's not terribly surprising that members of Congress end up with a skewed perspective on average incomes and how many ordinary people live their lives or how it's easy to start thinking and feeling, "Hey, where's third vacation house?" "Where's my private plane?" So yeah, don't expect an avalanche of sympathy for members of Congress who make what would constitute a massive raise... more... - Andrew C (✔)
A congressman from Wisconsin (Sean Duffy) is a millionaire a few times over, and is consistently in line with Paul Ryan in philosophy and legislative action. This would include voting against extending unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed, assistance for women, infants and children, etc. So I was surprised (though I shouldn't have been) to hear rnews item this week that he is advocating that US representatives be given a raise from their meager salaries of $160K. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Victor Ganata
The great thing about L.A. is that you can even get mugged in Beverly Hills or murdered in Brentwood. It's sort of egalitarian like that.
The great thing about America! - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
On one hand, I appreciate the fact that David Eddings admitted he was trolling us and was basically generating fantasy series algorithmically, but on the other hand I kind of wish I had the time I wasted reading the Belgariad, the Malloreon, and the Elenium back.
You don't feel like you can look through high fantasy and see The Matrix now? - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Wizard Juggler Tricks People's Minds With A Ring Of Illusions | Gizmodo Australia -
Wizard Juggler Tricks People's Minds With A Ring Of Illusions | Gizmodo Australia
It's kind of like contact juggling, but with rings instead of spheres. Or maybe this is still considered contact juggling? - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Wonderful - naltro from Android
holly #ravingfangirl
in my re-reading of Discworld, i am up to Pyramids. i have to say, i don't remember this one AT ALL, and i am having a really hard time with it. borrrrrred.
I think that's one of the first ones I read - right after I'd gone on an Egyptology binge. Some of my fondness for it is probably directly related to that. - Jennifer Dittrich
i can see that, jenn. :) - holly #ravingfangirl
I don't recall it being a favorite of mine. - Katy S
I enjoy the fantastical elements of Discworld a lot. (and while City Watch stuff is fine too, it felt like that took over half the Discworld books for a while.) - Andrew C (✔)
i think i might finish this book this month. O_o i can only read it in short bursts, but dammit, i am determined to get through it. - holly #ravingfangirl
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