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Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple « -
"Wallace was always more complicated: competitive, but lighthearted and always testing his coaches. In practice one day, Wallace took an ill-conceived 15-foot baseline shot too early in a possession for Smith. The famed head coach blew his whistle and halted the practice immediately. “Do you think that’s a good shot?” Hanners remembers Smith asking Wallace. Wallace replied that he did. “Well, let’s see you make 10 of them in a row,” Smith challenged him. Wallace drained eight straight from the same spot before Smith told him to stop." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
A big part of literacy is being aware of allusions, historical usage, and historical context. #darmok
tangent: new life goal is to become so powerful in Hollywood that I can retcon that episode out. - Andrew C (✔)
though I GUESS JJ ABRAMS ALREADY RETCONNED EVERYTHING OUT before he bugged out for Star Wars. - Andrew C (✔)
Bizarrely, he retconned everything except Enterprise. (And, presumably, the Tamarians still exist in the Lensflare Universe ;) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
I'm… not sure how to interpret this. Is this supposed to be threatening or helpful? (via melinnateatrina)
That's totally threatening in my book. - SAM
F*ck kale. - SAM
I think the whimsical misspelling means it's without malice. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Gentrification's getting heated. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
If I were to update my ipad from PC via iTunes, would I still need 6.9 gb free?
No, it's supposed to be a lot less storage space if you do the sync download then update. - Eric - Poppa Large
Thanks! - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
.@sundownmotel @cossbysweater Allie are you OK? Are you OK, Allie?
Original tweet (and context) here: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Back then, I lucked out and didn't need to buy a fridge for my LA apt, but now I do for my SF apt. This is just like FINAL DESTINATION.
Wow, that's legal? - Meg VMeg
It's very common in LA not to provide fridges. It's not common in the Bay Area (I don't think) but I assume it's legal. I haven't checked. - Andrew C (✔)
Apparently it's statewide: not a requirement. - Andrew C (✔)
I've never lived in an apt. w/o the fridge included. It always seems weird when I hear people buying one for their apt. here. - Anika
Yeah, it's always been illegal in the states I've lived in. - Meg VMeg
Victor Ganata
Richard Dawkins basically throws in with the MRAs - Pharyngula
"As you might guess, the MRAs are jubilant about this. Richard Dawkins is 'one of us!', they say. Atheism is officially and asymmetrically split, with the authoritarians of the Dawkins/Harris alliance happily embracing MRAs, and the mob of the Skepchick/FtB axis standing apart, looking appalled." - Victor Ganata
What is with these "they're just faking outrage" people, anyways? - Andrew C (✔)
Well, it's certainly easier than admitting other people's experience's don't match yours. - Jennifer Dittrich
So disappointing. The Ancestor's Tale is one of my favourite non-fiction books; such a shame it has to be written by someone becoming more and more a complete tool every time he opens his mouth. - Mark H
Do authors increase their book sales by faking fake outrage? I wonder... - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
But how will the LA Unified school police defend themselves and the kids from today's grenade-resistant criminals?
But how will the LA Unified school police defend themselves and the kids from today's grenade-resistant criminals?
I don't know the red tape, but I don't know why they don't sell this crap and these students some desks or librarians and school nurses. - Anika
Who's gonna buy this stuff besides people you probably don't want buying it? - Andrew C (✔)
DC Comics has been announcing all sorts of live-action TV series for development, and here's another: LUCIFER. I love the comic and I think it's a helluva good idea. (PUNS). I give you the lowdown in this FreakSugar article.
I think it's iffy at best, and I really like the comic. One, the demands for VFX/CGI will be insanely high, and two, as much as I like it, IMO Lucifer doesn't have much of an arc. - Andrew C (✔)
I have concerns about the effects, too. I think it'll be interesting to see how Constantine pulls thst off. - Jed from iPhone
But John Constantine lives in London (I guess the show is moving him to America?) for the most part and there are occasional magical intrusions into the real world. Huge huge huge chunks of Lucifer take place in alternate worlds or Hell or the Silver City. They'd practically have to do it all greenscreen or something for entire arcs. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh I agree. Just thinking aloud... or on the Internet, I suppose. - Jed from iPhone
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RT @prom_qu33n: like this might be the greatest piece of research australia has ever produced
RT @prom_qu33n: like this might be the greatest piece of research australia has ever produced
"% of Australians who agree, “I like things to stay the same” " - Andrew C (✔)
Seems like it might be real: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @shrillcosby: hehehehe America is a "meritocracy". heheahahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahehehmmmmmm
(He wrote this specifically as a followup to ... ) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Anne Is Restless | Maybe you’re a sandy beach and he’s a hot summer... -
"Maybe you’re a sandy beach and he’s a hot summer day and by all accounts you should go together perfectly - you probably would. But he chose her. The truth is that sometimes you only get to see the sunset from behind a window. The truth is that even perfectly matched hearts often end up in different hands. - anne, it’s the almosts that are the hardest" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
OKCupid Dude Will Not Be Ignored: 'You Self Involved Princess' - Jezebel
Is it messed up that, despite my own utter lack of game, these things make me feel a lot better about myself? :D - Victor Ganata
Y'know, in screenwriting advice, I commonly come across the point that you'll never succeed if you only compare yourself to the worst stuff out there. - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, well, that's OK. "Trying is the first step to failure." "Aim low. Aim so low that no one will even care if you succeed." - Victor Ganata
Funny this came up as I just started going back to that site. I guess we can fail together, Vic. - Arlan K.
I mean, sure, I'm probably not going to convince anyone to go out with me if my only goal is to not act like a totally needy, narcissistic douche bag with poor impulse control, but I'm starting to count not leaving these kind of deranged messages as winning :D - Victor Ganata
You *should* feel better about yourself, Victor. That site brings out the wackadoodle in some folks. - Corinne L (and the one-up by @jenhasgreathair is ... much worse.) - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, I'm gonna change mine to "cool, calm, and collectivist." Not that I'm chatting up a bunch of Randian Objectivists, but that should definitely keep them away. - Victor Ganata
OK, that username. Damn! :D - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The Brainy Braininess Of Bobby Jindal - Esquire -
""Bobby" Jindal, the battered bit of old presidential timber presently warping out behind the bait shoppe, put on his National Political Figure drag again and went to Washington to talk about energy policy. Most of the energy in the plan is to get people talking about what a serious person Jindal is, and not to notice that his state is falling apart, his education plan there is a whopping side dish of theocratic corruption, and that his constituents would be bitterly divided should Jindal be eaten by alligators." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Do you let your kids know that these movies are older, or just treat everything the same, no matter the era? Did your kids balk at B&W?
I often balk at classic movies, b&w or not. I think for me it's more about that pre-Method acting style. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome / The Dissolve -
"And even when they do, the writers often seem lost after that point. Bringing in a Strong Female Character™ isn’t actually a feminist statement, or an inclusionary statement, or even a basic equality statement, if the character doesn’t have any reason to be in the story except to let filmmakers point at her on the poster and say “See? This film totally respects strong women!”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"It’s hard for any action movie to have two or more equal heroes, and the ensemble approach doesn’t work for every story. It’s understandable that for a Hero’s Journey plot to entirely resolve, the hero sometimes has to take the last steps alone. For male heroes, that often means putting independence and self-sacrifice before any other consideration. But for decades, action movies have... more... - Andrew C (✔)
We were talking about this on an Asian drama site, mainly how our reason for avoided Western entertainment was this. I grew up watching Indian movies/TV shows. Even with rigid gender roles (see The End), the women were still often given more depth and personality to mark them as 'strong'. A white woman toting a gun or arrow beating up a bunch of men isn't 'strong' to me. It is sad because that's generally all they do along with (as the article mentions) smirking at sexist jokes and harassment. - Anika
Well, to be fair, in the kinds of action movies the piece is mostly talking about, men's strength is usually displayed via violence too... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @david_j_roth: The NFL has had a bad couple weeks. I think this is because the NFL is itself kind of extremely bad.
RT @david_j_roth: The NFL has had a bad couple weeks. I think this is because the NFL is itself kind of extremely bad.
good article - Steve C Team Marina
But they're a non-profit organization! - Glen Campbell
Glen++ - Andrew C (✔)
"You guys are cattle, and we're the ranchers. And ranchers can always get more cattle." - Brent Schaus
Andrew C (✔)
Fareed Zakaria Never Stopped Plagiarizing: How Dozens Of Episodes Of His CNN Show Ripped Others Off | Our Bad Media -
"Earlier this year, a certain CNN employee specializing in international news was caught red-handed plagiarizing dozens of instances of reporting. What did the network do? The answer depends on which CNN staff member we’re talking about." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"If it was Marie Louise Gumuchian, whose “repeated plagiarism offenses” were discovered this May, the network fired her and issued an apology. If it was Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “flagship foreign affairs show” Fareed Zakaria GPS, then CNN sat on its hands." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
the Anthony King - My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will... -
"[Elizabeth Bear] My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"[Anthony King] Sadly, the natural progression from stories about eternal man-boys rebelling against the expectations of adulthood is to stories about those same men being rewarded simply for deciding it’s time to stop. The good news is, while the female characters in these stories are still getting short shrift, they have actually progressed…from joyless obstacles to joyless catalysts." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit. People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I've been in California for MONTHS now and I still haven't won the Mega Millions even ONCE.
I think you need to buy a ticket. - Anika
So there's a lot of technicalities to this, you're saying. - Andrew C (✔)
I almost always play when the jackpot gets above $400M, but so far it hasn't. - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
RT @thinkprogress: The vaguely written rule that’s letting corporations get away with staying very white and male
RT @thinkprogress: The vaguely written rule that’s letting corporations get away with staying very white and male
"Firms most frequently defined diversity with reference to experiential and related factors," -- that sounds mostly like a great way to stick an idiot nephew on the board. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @ritholtz: 10 ON THE RICHTER SCALE California Earthquake for Hedge Funds via @BV
RT @ritholtz: 10 ON THE RICHTER SCALE  California Earthquake for Hedge Funds via @BV
"The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) today announced that it will eliminate its hedge fund program, known internally as the Absolute Return Strategies (ARS) program, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce complexity and costs in its investment program." - Andrew C (✔)
"The criticism of hedge funds from the equity side of the investing universe typically focuses on performance and fees, to a lesser extent. [...] But that is the equity view. From the fixed-income side of things, the focus is on a risk-reward analysis. Hedge funds provide a lot of risk, but they don't generate a significantly different profile from the rest of the equity universe.... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"2. What might this mean for venture capital and private equity? Recent studies have shown that VCs are surprisingly correlated to equity, reducing one of its key rationales. (Private equity is much less correlated.) But like hedge funds, there also are concerns about liquidity, redemption gates, fees and performance. Will big pension funds like Calpers reduce their VC and PE exposure?" - Andrew C (✔)
"3. What does this do to the belief that hedge funds delivery higher returns than equities? This expectation, of course, has proven to be a myth. But state treasurers bought into this fiction because it allowed them to make much smaller contributions to employee-retirement accounts, keeping local tax rates down. This short-term patch is setting up much bigger shortfalls in the future." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
.@NCTACable for all the money you telco/cable guys are making with your monopoly power, how are you hiring such bad PR?
When you have a monopoly, you don't have to be liked. - April Russo
The diminishing returns of turd polishing? - Victor Ganata
This was actually a reply to their really dumb promoted tweet. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
No BS! Brass Band: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube - Jun 17, 2013 -
Aw yeah. (but also amusing: getting eleven people into the Tiny Desk Concert area.) - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Gothic Novel 1790 – 1830: Index to Motifs -
The Gothic Novel 1790 – 1830: Index to Motifs
"As a graduate student of specializing in eighteenth century British literature, I get to read some pretty amazing stuff. The following is a curated selection of actual entries in the index of Ann B. Tracy’s important reference text, The Gothic Novel, 1790-1830: Plot Summaries and Index to Motifs. Before the Victorians turned the Gothic into moor-stranded governesses and the brooding hunks who love them, the Gothic novel was characterized by:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"blood: alleged pool of, 53; baptism of infant in, 107; boiling, 158; bowl of, dipping daggers in, 116; cup of, in demon’s hand, 10; drinking, 59, 75, 102, 129, 187, 206; on face, from invisible hands, 108; of lover, on cudgel, 98; as noble adornment on scarf, 100; overflowing room, dream about, 137; as payment to witch, 10; spreading magically, 134." - Andrew C (✔)
"murder. See ax murder; filicide; fratricide; mariticide; matricide; parricide; poison; regicide; sororicide; suicide; uxoricide." - Andrew C (✔)
"monk, unusually mysterious, 5, 70, 74, 75, 76, 85, 101, 119, 135, 139, 171, 181." - Andrew C (✔)
"infant, nonflammable, 101." - Andrew C (✔)
^^^ That's the best one. That, and the unusually mysterious monk. - Betsy
Andrew C (✔)
Dang, we're only five years and change from Arno Stark, aka Iron Man 2020. ( )
2020 seemed so much further away back in 1984. - Andrew C (✔)
Marvel really should create a character with the last name Lannister just to make the circle complete :D - Victor Ganata
Steve C Team Marina
Autism's Gut-Brain Connection | Fast forward | OZY -
"But scientists have found promising clues in the gut. Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria — collectively known as the microbiome — in the intestines of children with and without autism. But the gut bacteria in individuals with autism aren’t just different. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have shown for the first time that they may actually contribute to the disorder. They reported in the journal Cell in December 2013 that an experimental probiotic therapy alleviated autism-like behaviors in mice and are already planning a clinical trial. Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But the new study suggests that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic — live, “friendly” bacteria like those found in yogurt. “If you block the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms,” said Paul Patterson, a professor of biology at Caltech who co-authored the study. University of Colorado Boulder professor Rob Knight hailed the finding as “groundbreaking” in a commentary in Cell." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
"Among the most common health complaints from children with autism? Gastrointestinal problems. Although estimates vary widely, some studies have concluded that up to 90 percent of children with autism suffer from tummy troubles. According to the CDC, they’re more than 3.5 times more likely to experience chronic diarrhea and constipation than their normally developing peers. Following... more... - Steve C Team Marina
But is there a sweet spot where I could get savant powers? - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
But hey, if that $8 WF banh mi had been great, I'd be a hero right now.
Was that... a sandwich pun? - Jennifer Dittrich
It wasn't when I started, but sure, why not. - Andrew C (✔)
It was more that in the FB discussion about this, my friends were castigating me for buying it in the first place, and I defended the decision - though not the sandwich - on the grounds that I had to know, that I was almost an explorer of sorts. - Andrew C (✔)
Sometimes infectious gastroenteritis is the best teacher ;) - Victor Ganata
Well, to that point, . =) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Scottish independence: Losing the Union Jack flag could cost 'brand Britain' - Scottish independence - UK - The Independent -
Scottish independence: Losing the Union Jack flag could cost 'brand Britain' - Scottish independence - UK - The Independent
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"Business leaders and marketing experts are warning that Britain’s global status and export trade could suffer if it gives up one of its most potent brand assets – the Union flag. The prospect of Scottish independence has prompted speculation that the Saltire would be excised from the banner that has represented the United Kingdom for more than 200 years. Alternative designs have seen the flag redrawn in red and white or with green elements to recognise Wales’s loyalty to the union." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But change would at least provide an economic lift to flag manufacturers. “The impact on us as the people that make them will be absolutely wonderful,” said Chris Deegan, MD of Buckinghamshire firm Flagmakers Ltd. “Everyone that’s got [a Union flag] will have to get a new one.”" - a guy after Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler's heart, I see. - Andrew C (✔)
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