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Andrew C (✔)
RT @saladinahmed: As an Arab American, I grew up in a culture that glorified killing. But I'm not talking about Islam.
RT @saladinahmed: As an Arab American, I grew up in a culture that glorified killing.  But I'm not talking about Islam.
Andrew C (✔)
If TARS had humor and honesty settings (?), did it have an obedience setting? Could that be set to 0? If it was, could it ever be reset?
That seems like a serious design flaw. Which means it was probably totally implemented :D - Victor Ganata
I loved the delayed cue light when they were talking about settings at one point, which cast a little bit of doubt on how configurable the settings were, or demonstrated a really great sense of humor for the AI. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
If Nolan was okay with Bale's Batman voice and Bane's voice, why did TARS have no voice effect at all?
I can just imagine the command "change voice setting to: Batman" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Latest measles outbreak highlights a growing problem in California - L.A. Times
The best part about the Facebook comments on this story are all the people trying to blame the undocumented, despite the fact that it's clearly the anti-vaxxers who are driving this - Victor Ganata
Pretty sure I read something about recent immigrants having high rates of vaccinations? Don't remember if it was something anecdotal or fact-based, or where I saw it. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Immigrants with papers have to be vaccinated before coming to the U.S. But even a lot of the undocumented come from developing countries with higher vaccination rates than we have. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
There was a story this summer that the central American refugee kids had an excellent vaccination rate compared to US kids. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
That was it Andrew. About the children. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
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D'oh, I swear it wasn't sideways when I posted it - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Very good for a doctor! ;-) - Spidra Webster
Haha, yep, totally doesn't look like stereotypical Dr's writing. - Melly
The New York Times Accidentally Invented a New Country, and the Internet's in Love | Adweek -
The New York Times Accidentally Invented a New Country, and the Internet's in Love | Adweek
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"Sometimes a mistake is so embarrassing, it cycles all the away around the shame circle and becomes kind of awesome. Today's case in point: Kyrzbekistan, a country accidentally invented by a New York Times piece that meant to reference the Central Asian nation Kyrgyzstan. In fairness, the story is otherwise quite compelling and dramatic, telling how a climber escaped captivity by shoving an armed militant off a cliff. Unfortunately, the newspaper accidentally portrayed the events as happening in Kyrzbekistan, which has the unfortunate distinction of not being real. "An earlier version of this article misidentified the country whose army chased Tommy Caldwell's kidnappers," notes the newspaper's online correction. "It was Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist." Or at least, it didn't exist before. Today it has its own Twitter feed and a Fodor's Guide worth of sarcastic tweets." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Heh. Reminds me of Borges' short story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius" - Victor Ganata
Isn't Kyrzbekistan the country in the Austin Powers movie? - Anika
I thought Kyrzbekistan was from Batman. Isn't it where the Red Claw is from? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I think it was also in Team America: World Police but I can't remember now. - Jessie
Is that next to Vulgaria? - Joe
I think it was Kreplakistan in Austin Powers. - Brian Johns
I'm sure Herman Cain is having a good laugh. - Spidra Webster
vampmissedith: spinningyarns: doctorbee: xwidep: Scales This is because Fahrenheit is based on a brine scale and the human body. The scale is basically how cold does it have to be to freeze saltwater (zero Fahrenheit) to what temperature is the human body (100-ish Fahrenheit, although now we know that’s not exactly accurate). Fahrenheit was... -
This is because Fahrenheit is based on a brine scale and the human body. The scale is basically how cold does it have to be to freeze saltwater (zero Fahrenheit) to what temperature is the human body (100-ish Fahrenheit, although now we know that’s not exactly accurate). Fahrenheit was designed around humans.
Celsius and Kelvin are designed around the natural world.
Celsius is a scale based on water. Zero is when water freezes, 100 is when water boils.
Kelvin uses the same scale as Celsius (one degree, as a unit, is the same between the two), but defines zero as absolute zero, which is basically the temperature at which atoms literally stop doing that spinning thing. Nothing can exist below zero Kelvin. It’s the bottom of the scale.
Fahrenheit: what temperatures affect humans
Celsius: what temperatures affect water
Kelvin: what temperatures affect atoms
Why didn’t my science teachers ever see fit to toss off this little fact?
Well that explains a lot, jesus.
The thing I like about the Kelvin scale is that it confirms the fact that the universe is a place that is hostile to human life ;) - Victor Ganata
Tardigrades are the honeybadger of the temperature scale extremes—waterbears don't care! - Micah
I love that graphic. - John (bird whisperer)
Victor Ganata
Maybe I'm overly pessimistic, but any solution to antibiotic resistance is likely to be temporary, because "life—uh—finds a way."
Especially once it gets put into soap, cleaners, surfaces and every other damn thing. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I blame the frogs. - Steve C Team Marina
That said, it's probably going to be a while before we start getting teixobactin-resistant bacteria because from what I can tell from the molecular structure, it's unlikely it will get absorbed intact through the GI tract, meaning that it must be administered intravenously, so that will probably limit how often it will be administered. - Victor Ganata
The way they discovered it is probably the bigger breakthrough: they can now grow previously unculturable bacteria and they can even more rapidly screen bioactive molecules for desired activity. - Victor Ganata
As an aside, teixobactin is also only active against Gram-positive bacteria—while it will undoubtedly be deployed for methicillin-resistant and vancomycin-resistant Staph, the greater scourge (at least in terms of ICU mortality, anecdotally speaking) are Gram-negative bacteria, which we still haven't discovered any new antibiotics for since the '90s. - Victor Ganata
We're life too. - Todd Hoff
Sure, but life is an ongoing arms race as far as multicellular organisms versus pathogenic bacteria is concerned. There is no magic bullet. There is no ultimate cure. - Victor Ganata
We're life, too, but bacteria don't have an anti-science GOP holding them back... - Spidra Webster
The anti-science sentiment in the U.S. definitely doesn't help, but from what I've been told, the biggest reason big pharma hasn't been researching new antibiotics is because antibiotics aren't profitable, even though big ag abuses massive quantities of broad spectrum antibiotics. #capitalismFTW - Victor Ganata
Well, maybe Big Ag should chip in, then. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
You would think big ag would, but since they just feed livestock antibiotics willy-nilly, they tend to use the cheaper off-patent stuff. Plus, inserting IV lines into livestock to administer newly-patented brand name antibiotics is cost prohibitive :) - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @theshrillest: this @runofplay essay on Kobe Bryant is basically perfect:
RT @theshrillest: this @runofplay essay on Kobe Bryant is basically perfect:
"He was a narcissist, but a strangely impersonal narcissist, like a general whose army happens to be deployed inside himself." :D - Victor Ganata
"He can’t win, a fact that has no apparent bearing on the fury with which he is trying. We’re seeing Kobe stripped of everything except the will to succeed, a will that persists despite being hopeless. We’re seeing him face his doom with a fearlessness that is ludicrous, profane, and maybe slightly inspiring. We’re seeing the existential Kobe Bryant." — I have to admit, I am a great fan of the meme of the Long Defeat - Victor Ganata
"Ludicrous, profane, and maybe slightly inspiring" would make a great tag line for a profile bio :D - Victor Ganata
"Nick Young would tear Kobe’s throat out just to appear in this sentence." - Victor Ganata
"He is showing us what happens when an alpha dog dies ungracefully, the way alpha dogs are supposed to die. It is hilarious and painful to watch, and probably to live, too, although who knows?" - Victor Ganata
Maybe it's because I like comedy more, but the 2013-14 Knicks and the 2014-15 Knicks are more compelling to me than Kobe's long defeat. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yeah, Kobe's fall isn't so much laugh-out-loud funny as it is about absurdity and painfully awkward social situations. (Tangent: which is kind of the stereotype of British comedy, no?) - Victor Ganata
Terra Barselonevî
o degil de herkes fransizca ogrendi ha bu sayede. - cek bauer from FFHound(roid)!
It sure feels like one in this country, though. - Victor Ganata
islam - furi
MP5 - feliz kemal
call of duty mi oynadin feliz? - Rendetullah
ortaokulda delta force oynardık, orda da vardı bu. sonrasında çok cod oynadım. - feliz kemal
guzel bi silahti ama tekliyordu, mermisi cabuk bitiyodu :( - Rendetullah
Andrew C (✔)
America’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the century: Why today’s high-speed rail launch is miraculous - -
"But building out high-speed rail has implications for more than California. Americans have effectively given up on a visionary politics, as the 2014 midterms exemplified. The country turned its back on activist government, mainly because they so rarely see anything come from it that they can touch and feel. They resist paying taxes because they can’t identify what they get in return. Infrastructure projects can provide powerful symbols of that return on investment, and show that only effective government can create such lasting monuments to progress. Infrastructure nightmares, like the slow-motion disaster that is Seattle’s underground tunnel, breed cynicism and severely damage government’s potential. But those who would drown government and create an own-your-own society cannot explain away the Hoover Dam, or the New York City subway, or the roads linking Maine, Florida, Arizona and Idaho. Those projects worked in their time, and high-speed rail can work for the 21st century. If it... more... - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I still don't get who the market is. Commuters? Tourists? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looking from the outside, both. Airline fuel is going to get expensive and a price on carbon will make that even more so. Rach and I are looking to go the US in a few years, a trail trip that doesn't take that much longer than a flight (with all the airport security theatrics) is enticing. - Johnny
AIUI there's a huge amount of SF-LA traffic, both on the roads and airports, and a train would lessen both. - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, air travel gets worse all the time. Especially if you're tall and/or girthtastic. For people who have business in those cities but don't have an expense account nor can afford 1st class tickets, a train might well be preferable. Amtrak is currently way too slow because it has to lease access to freight train lines. Freight always gets preference so passengers get pulled aside... more... - Spidra Webster
Sorry, my original comment was a bit too short: I can understand that some people will use it, but is that market big enough to justify the $68 billion expense? I understand the points in the article. But I just don't see the target market of users being that sizable. It's probably due to a failure of imagination on my part, though. - Stephen Mack
Now? Maybe not. By the time it's built, the economic and social situations could be different enough. - Johnny
by the time it's completed? jet travel will be expensive (already IS, imo) and rail travel will be cheaper. yes, a market will exist that will easily justify the expense. - Big Joe Silence
I'm sad that it doesn't stop at LAX, SJC, and SJC directly. - Brian Johns
Eh, airports are usually far from city centers anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
But they are places where people who want to travel want to go. If you live in Fresno, a common reason to travel to LA is because you're flying somewhere out of LAX. Most of the time I fly to LA I fly on to somewhere else, and I would be happy to take HSR to LAX instead of fly an extra leg. This American idea of keeping our transit systems separate bugs the hell out of me. Like we've never thought of applying Metcalfe's law to transportation... - Brian Johns
It took forever to route BART directly to SFO, Santa Clara VTA light rail doesn't go to SJC, and L.A. MTA light rail doesn't go to LAX, so I think it will be quite some time before high speed rail ever makes to the airports. The main reasons seems to be cost of right-of-way and political turf battles over transit jurisdiction. - Victor Ganata
That said, BART just opened its Oakland airport stop a month ago! - Andrew C (✔)
BART still doesn't stop directly at OAK, but I guess it's a lot better than the bus. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh? Last Halloween I flew outta OAK and the station (not open yet) was a short short walk outside the arrival door. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
It’s probably not worth making the argument that the decade is from 2011 to 2020 and we’re a year early on half-decade lists, is it?
Friendfeed has this argument at the beginning of the '10s :D — I still maintain that centuries and decades don't align - Victor Ganata
I first remember it being a big thing in 2000, because everyone was scheduling millennium New Year's parties and cruises and whatnot, and all these other people were like, hold up, the millennium doesn't really turn until 2000/2001, because there's no year 0. Besides the even number, the whole Y2K scare brought even more attention to the year 2000, so I don't think anyone listened to the 2001-ers. - Jandy
~Courtney F
Know what doesn't feel great in that new papercut? New-skin liquid bandage. OW!
Oh, that does hurt! I had to deal with that right before Christmas. I remembered that pain so well that today, when I saw a spot on my thumb that I thought might crack, I pre-applied the liquid bandage. Too bad we can't do that for papercuts. - Katy S
right? and for some reason, this winter it's not my nail beds that are cracking but the actual pads of my fingers. weird! - ~Courtney F
Same, here. I realized it is the parts of my finger pads that press the home button on my iPhone. - Katy S from iPhone
I felt kind of ripped off when I realized that New-Skin Liquid Bandage and Dermabond are essentially the same as Krazy Glue. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox - 2014 Aug 28
"Theoretically, you could drink another caffeinated beverage, but tea and soda have generally have much less caffeine than coffee, and energy drinks are disgusting." - Victor Ganata
I've done that (with some sort of caffeinated beverage) for my migraines sometimes. It seems to really help (though my naps are usually more like 30-40 minutes.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I used to employ coffee naps to keep myself going when I was running the Festival. :) My staff always thought I was nuts but it helped immensely. - Hookuh Tinypants
Regular tea might be less caffeinated, but what about making it with three teabags per cup? - Andrew C (✔)
I will live forever. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
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Association Between Dietary Whole Grain Intake and Risk of Mortality: Two Large Prospective Studies in US Men and Women - JAMA - 2015 Jan 5
"These data indicate that higher whole grain consumption is associated with lower total and [cardiovascular disease] mortality in US men and women, independent of other dietary and lifestyle factors. These results are in line with recommendations that promote increased whole grain consumption to facilitate disease prevention." - Victor Ganata
That suits me just fine. - John (bird whisperer)
Compared to the people who were eating simple carbs? OK. - Todd Hoff
"Replacing refined grains and red meats with whole grains is also likely to lower mortality risk, according to the study. Swapping just one serving of refined grains or red meat per day with one serving of whole grains was linked with lower CVD-related mortality risk: 8% lowered risk for swapping out refined grains and 20% lowered risk for swapping out red meat." - Victor Ganata
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Talking to a Lyft driver in SF last night who has lived there for twenty years about how massively gentrified the city has gotten and how much its character has changed because of all the techies.
The only reason he can still afford to live in SF is because of rent control and he still has to work two jobs. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
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Scientists explain how stem cells and 'bad luck' cause cancer - L.A. Times
"Scientists make the case that many types of cancer are due mainly to random errors in DNA replication, also known as 'bad luck.'" - Victor Ganata from iPhone
This explains (1) why cancer isn't really a single disease (2) why treatment has to be individualized on a case-by-case basis (3) why cancer will probably never be eliminated: it's a natural consequence of normal everyday cellular processes - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The Dr's said this was the best explanation for my Wife's Glioblastoma Multiforme grade 4. There was nothing she could have done differently. It was just bad luck. - Mike Nencetti
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Sony insider -- not North Korea -- likely involved in hack, experts say - L.A. Times
So all the people who were fomenting ultranationalistic outrage and braying about the 1st Amendment are proven to be total idiots. - Victor Ganata
I was more inclined to believe that this was a massive publicity stunt that went horribly wrong (given the nature of the information that was leaked). I never believed that N. Korea was solely responsible for the hack. - vicster
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Study narrows down genetic suspects in autism - L.A. Times
"Researchers have narrowed down the list of genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder, and they appear to point toward a part of the brain that has largely been overlooked." - Victor Ganata
"Most research into the genetic roots of autism, a highly heritable disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children, starts with a kind of inventory of genes. Then, it narrows down this genome-wide survey to prime suspects that appear to be different among those with one or several of the symptoms of autism. That gene-by-gene approach, however, has unearthed too many suspects, each with somewhat vague relationships to a small sliver of the autism spectrum." - Victor Ganata
I dunno, whenever multiple unrelated genes are found to have associations with a particular syndrome, it makes me suspect that what we're looking at isn't really a single disease. Trying to cast it into a nature vs. nurture binary seems overreductionist. - Victor Ganata
Like a lot of conditions there are so many genes with such a low contribution that it's hard to use the information we do have. - Todd Hoff
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The actor who played Lt Paris on Voyager is on an epi of ST:TNG. This is weird.
It's even the same background story, just a different name - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Really? Omg I think you're right! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Yeah, they based Tom Paris off Nick Locarno because they liked the overall chutzpah of the character, but felt that Nick was irredeemable as a person which is one of the reasons they didn't do a direct use of the character. Instead they created Tom who had the same/similar background but wasn't a total bastard to the core and therefore would be able to redeem himself for his life choices because we can all empathize with the guy who is earnestly flawed. - Hookuh Tinypants
Actor reuse seems common on Doctor Who. Martha, Amy, 12th Doctor. (Amy and 12th Doctor were previously on the same episode!) - Amit Patel
Blaming Parents, and Other Neoliberal Pastimes - The Baffler -
Blaming Parents, and Other Neoliberal Pastimes - The Baffler
"The State of California believes the following things to be true: first, that reading to children will make them smarter. Second, that parents ordinarily disinclined for reasons of time or temperament from this activity may be won over by means of thirty-second radio spots. These are strange beliefs, but they are not uncommon." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"But reading campaigns are not the only way to spend outrageous sums of money on programs and receive little demonstrable impact on educational achievement in return. The prevailing consensus of contemporary not-quite-neoliberalism (patron saint: Rahm Emmanuel) have it that our best bet is an either/or effort: sending the most clever of our disadvantaged students to charter schools... more... - Eivind
"But there is another option still. It is more effective than any of the others, and it’s likely cheaper too. It is the lowest-hanging fruit in education policy reform, and it is called “giving money to people.” It is not strategic investment, or money as a secondary motivator of performance. It’s just money, given as cash to the families of poor children." - Eivind
"Politically speaking, cash infusions for education could either be sold as a form of empathetic relief (assisting the poor because it is the right thing to do in a nation so bountiful) or as a relatively cheap form of investment (“creating economic growth” by granting something akin to tax relief to those likely to immediately capitalize on it). Either rhetoric leads to the same... more... - Eivind
Yes, but giving money directly to poor families wouldn't help a politician's consultant friends get rich. :-P - John (bird whisperer)
That's true. Plus it would undermine that whole meritocracy thing. Play it as it lays, right? - Eivind
The sheer amount of willfully incorrect reasoning in this article is both upsetting and simply infuriating. Cripes. - Soup in a TARDIS
They're actually incorrect about the State of California ads. They're not about reading to your children. They're about talking to your children and pushing the idea that by making sure you're always communicating with your child starting at birth, you help them in brain development. Sure the spots mention that you can read to the child but mostly they focus on simply talking to the kid... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
What are the main flaws in his reasoning, Soup? - Eivind from Android
The argument seems to boil down to what smarter means. Greater empathy skills means smarter to me. - Todd Hoff
I don't think the definition of smart is a very important point here, Todd. I think the main argument is that socio-economic inequality and poverty is the main problem and fixing that would fix other problems. And it might even be cheaper than the proposed patches and the efforts to teach poor people how to be good parents. - Eivind from Android
The problem I have is it's a perfect world argument. In a perfect world we would have X which would give us Y so everything else is a waste of time. Even without X isn't reading to your children a good idea? - Todd Hoff
Hm. I really don't think it's that utopian. It's just a bit outside the parameters of neoliberalism. Reading to your children is a fine idea. So is addressing the core problem of poverty, imo. - Eivind from Android
So you don't think devaluing anything that doesn't address the core problem of poverty isn't utopian? :-) - Todd Hoff
It seems like the difference between treating the symptoms and treating the root cause. Granted, lots of times you have to treat the symptoms because there is no realistic cure for the root cause. - Victor Ganata
And I don't think it's unfair to point that out. And the different patches to the school system is /evaluated/ and the estimated effects listed. - Eivind from Android
Andrew C (✔)
RT @anylaurie16: hey Angelenos: The Benefits of Being Cold
RT @anylaurie16: hey Angelenos: The Benefits of Being Cold
Interesting! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Umm, I'm pretty sure most of my ancestors have lived in environments where it is warm all year long and they probably didn't have issues with being overweight…. :D #ymmv - Victor Ganata
I've been caught out in the rain in the Philippines in December at night and while I was definitely wet and miserable, I was still uncomfortably hot, so I'm not sure I buy the contention that even people in the tropics experience cold weather on a regular basis :D - Victor Ganata
Food scarcity would still have been an issue till relatively recently in human history, though, even in warm regions. - Andrew C (✔)
I think you get something similar on the far end of the scale though - it feels like it takes a lot of energy to keep cool in excessively hot and humid climates. - Jennifer Dittrich
I do think that cold does have an effect on metabolism, but I also think it's a more recent adaptation in people whose ancestors migrated to colder climates. So there might be a lot of people for whom dropping temperature won't have any significant effect…. - Victor Ganata
…or whose effect will be completely offset by the rise in cortisol levels that cold stress will generate :D - Victor Ganata
I notice that for me personally, my appetite increases a lot when it's cold, and drops a lot when it's hot. - Stephen Mack
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I am generally cynical and jaded so I don't think it will really make a difference, but sometimes I do fantasize about the Pope successfully rallying 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to keep the environmentally degrading/corrupting effects of rampant capitalism and consumerism in check.
The idea that the Pope might convince that many people that unregulated markets are totally immoral is breathtaking even if it's never really going to happen. - Victor Ganata
Although if I think about it, a lot of Roman Catholics do tend to experience the downsides of global capitalism disproportionally, so it might not really take that much convincing. - Victor Ganata
I'm always surprised at how many RCs/Ex-RCs there are around here. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
One of my many beefs with the church was the stunning dissonance between the exhortation to reject material things (which I don't have many problems with) and the riches of the Vatican. The 'do as I say, not as I do' was too hard to swallow. Francis was always my favourite saint because he saw intrinsic value in all parts of creation. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Convincing Catholics is mostly irrelevant as commoners have no real power in our modern democratic societies. Instead what is interesting is the apparent will of the current Pope to reform the Catholic Church itself starting from its aristocracy. Those are powerful and influent people, usually tightly coupled with the worst capitalists - d☭snake
Again, I'm mostly looking at it from a science fiction/speculative fiction standpoint, and, yeah, Roman Catholics in industrialized countries probably have little say in their environmental destinies, but the idea of radicalized environmental crusaders (in a literal sense) in developing countries most likely to suffer from environmental catastrophe at +4°C and most likely to be amenable to anti-global capitalist rhetoric makes for good dystopian fodder. - Victor Ganata
Just finished Snowpiercer. Yeah, wow.
Have you ever seen American Astronaut? - Meg VMeg
Oh! Forgot it was on Netflix! I need to watch that today. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Meg, haven't. What's your review? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Snowpiercer was weird! I didn't really like it. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
The oddities made it interesting to me. It deviated from some Hollywood genre conventions, which isn't intrinsically better, but to me is welcomed. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Snowpiercer made me wish I was watching American Astronaut instead. I liked the parts with Tilda Swinton, but I nearly walked out during the first and last 45 minutes. - Meg VMeg from Android
I really liked Snowpiercer because I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic settings, trains, and wish-fulfillment fantasies about the Revolution but I also have to admit I was unable to successfully suppress my headcanon of Captain America leading the charge against global capitalism, Objectivism, and the 1%. - Victor Ganata
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How Hollywood’s toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014 - Grantland
I liked the allegory of "Birdman" even if it was at times too heavy-handed and really bizarre - Victor Ganata
"We will never get away from Birdman, even as he threatens to poop all over everything." - Victor Ganata
"If movies have, for a century, been the repository of our dreams, and every generation gets the dreams it deserves, then ours is Rodin’s The Thinker reimagined as a superhero poised on the edge of the crapper...." - Victor Ganata
"...a trilogy of movies based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a book by J.K. Rowling that is 42 pages long." o_O - Victor Ganata
"This would be an apt place for me to deviate into a gravelly Gran Torino old-man rant about the permanently arrested, riskless nature of our culture — how everything in modern major moviedom is now derived from material meant for children or adolescents and aimed at adults desperate to remain in that state well into chronological maturity. But that’s not new." - Victor Ganata
"Giving the people what they want over and over again until they don’t want it anymore is an idea, and a business model, that is almost as old as the movies themselves." - Victor Ganata
"A successful franchise is no longer used to finance the rest of a studio’s lineup; a studio’s lineup is brands and franchises, and that’s it." - Victor Ganata
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Algorithmic cruelty - Boing Boing
"With its special end-of-year message, Facebook wants to show you, over and over, what your year 'looked like'; in Eric Meyer's case, the photo was of his daughter, who died this year: 'For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year.'" - Victor Ganata
"'To show me Rebecca’s face and say 'Here’s what your year looked like!' is jarring. It feels wrong, and coming from an actual person, it would be wrong. Coming from code, it’s just unfortunate. These are hard, hard problems. It isn’t easy to programmatically figure out if a picture has a ton of Likes because it’s hilarious, astounding, or heartbreaking.'" - Victor Ganata
Inadvertant algorithmic cruelty - Eric's Archived Thoughts - Victor Ganata
"'Algorithms are essentially thoughtless. They model certain decision flows, but once you run them, no more thought occurs. To call a person 'thoughtless' is usually considered a slight, or an outright insult; and yet, we unleash so many literally thoughtless processes on our users, on our lives, on ourselves.'" - Victor Ganata
"'Where the human aspect fell short, at least with Facebook, was in not providing a way to opt out. The Year in Review ad keeps coming up in my feed, rotating through different fun-and-fabulous backgrounds, as if celebrating a death, and there is no obvious way to stop it.'" - Victor Ganata
I agree that it's not obvious, but the little arrow in the upper right of the post will let you hide the review forever. - Greg GuitarBuster
I was able to turn mine off. Mine was lame because I don't share many images in FB. - Joe
Victor Ganata
Disney Princesses As "Game Of Thrones" Characters - Buzzfeed - 2014 Feb 18
Lilo (from "Lilo and Stitch") as Arya Stark is kind of terrifying. - Victor Ganata
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"There is so much information out there about how horrible and dangerous North Korea is but the international community doesn’t receive pressure from their constituents to do anything about it because everyone views North Korea as a joke. That is a very intentional, calculated move by the DPRK government."
"The unspeakable atrocities North Korea is committing against its citizens is overshadowed by the global public perceiving North Korea as a cartoon villain." - Victor Ganata
That's one of the issues I've had with that portrayal. It's often rooted in racist caricatures, and makes it so easy to focus on the wrong things. - Jennifer Dittrich from iPhone
^exactly. - vicster
Victor Ganata
Ada Lovelace - PRI - 2014 Dec 23
"…in those notes, Lovelace also writes the first computer program. Lovelace died young, after a long illness. Her writings and Babbage’s engine were pretty much forgotten. Famous computer scientist Alan Turing was the first person in the modern computer age to reference Lovelace in his own writings. She was later hailed as the world’s first programmer and a visionary who saw the potential of modern computers 100 years before they were built. In 1980, the US Defense Department named a programming language after her." - Victor Ganata
Wow, so fucked up that the movement to try and discredit the accomplishments of Ada Lovelace looks exactly like the misogyny of #gamergate - Victor Ganata
Well, it stems from the same root, so doesn't feel all that surprising to me. The same animus is driving the response. The irony for me is more that these are the same people running around and screaming about how Tesla was robbed, because other people took credit for his inventions or just left him out of the history books as more than a footnote to others. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, I guess it just mostly disturbs me that it's as if there was zero progress in the last two centuries. - Victor Ganata
It reminds me of how you can still see the same colonial and/or racist attitudes (with an updated vocabulary) at work elsewhere over centuries. I think you see a much larger population standing to contradict them, but the underlying bits remain. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
They say "don't get mad, get even." But what if you can't … even?
You have no choice but to be odd, then? - Victor Ganata
Yup! But unfortunately for me, my original joke ("I don't get mad, I get odd") had already been thought of, multiple times. I should really stop checking and just tweet with blithe ignorance, I'd be happier. - Andrew C (✔)
Si, se puede aun! - Victor Ganata
Haha! - Andrew C (✔)
Don't get mad. Don't get even. Get ahead! - Alfred C. Ingram
… of cabbage! - Amit Patel
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