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Victor Ganata
Downtown's Giant Da Vinci Building Burned Because It Was Bad - LAist
"'When you got that bare wood. It burns. It burns good.'" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
CA Sees Worst Pertussis Outbreak in 70 Years - MPR
"In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of pertussis were diagnosed between January 1 and November 26. That translated into 26 cases per 100,000 people, according to research published in the December 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report." - Victor Ganata
"When the researchers looked more closely at the available data, they found that most of the mothers of the infants who contracted pertussis had not been vaccinated." - Victor Ganata
"'Very few mothers of infants with pertussis had received Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine] during pregnancy; many more were vaccinated after delivery, which does not confer any direct protection to the infant and is no longer a preferred strategy,' the researchers write. 'Recently published data indicate that Tdap vaccination coverage among pregnant women [in California] was only 19.5% in 2012.'" - Victor Ganata
I really struggle with seeing how choosing not to vaccinate is not child abuse. FYI for those who are struggling the Tdap is covered by the state healthcare agencies at the county level in CA so you can go in and get one there if you don't have insurance or $35 for the local pharmacy to do it. - Steve C Team Marina
Yup, you can always go to the public health department to get free vaccines for children and California also has a free Vaccines for Children program for those who qualify - Victor Ganata
Petty LaBelle
I always remind people who complain about Mexicans in LA that (1) this was their shit first and (2) we live in Northern Mexico. #fb
People in L.A. who complain about Mexicans should be deported. - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I swear if I have the flu I'm going to be really surprised because no one at work has had the flu so how did I get it??
Airborne droplets - Victor Ganata
Last year, I was the first reported case of Flu A in my county. someone gave it to me... (also, don't you take the El/public transport?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Victor Ganata
That moment when you mishear "Carter" as "Kutcher"
Come on, try to tell me this guy's not a peanut farmer: - Micah
I was all like "He's a physicist?!?!" - Victor Ganata
(I totally believed the medieval history part, though.) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
NASA's Orion launch a success: "There's your new spacecraft, America!" - Boing Boing
It is difficult for me not to interpolate the narrative that government agencies are still much better than private industry in certain fields. - Victor Ganata
sometimes it certainly seems that way. unlike private companies, government agencies can't simply close up shop overnight and vanish with the morning dew when they spectacularly and expensively screw up. - Big Joe Silence
Todd Hoff
The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program - CityLab -
The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program - CityLab
OK, so why don't I mind flying in a metal tube through the air yet I'm terrified of flying in a metal tube on the ground? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Because running into a cloud is less scary then running into the walls that surround you on the ground. Proximity of instant death is my guess. ^ - Steve C Team Marina
Isn't death going to happen in either case? - Todd Hoff
Yep but it's 30,000 feet out of view versus a foot away. That's my theory and i'm sticking to it. :) - Steve C Team Marina
It makes sense. I just don't think I do. - Todd Hoff
Somewhat less likely you'll encounter a duck in an evacuated tube. - Ken Morley
Probably the only thing that freaks me out a little is the fact that the tube has to cross the San Andreas multiple times. - Victor Ganata
Is that a major fault of the design? - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Why Should Anyone "Respect" the Law? — Gawker
"How can you ask people to respect the law when the law does not respect them?" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
I can't decide what's a grimmer conclusion: that no one really believes in justice, or that the justice system is working exactly as intended to keep black and brown people subjugated.
The American Justice System Is Not Broken - The Concourse - Deadspin (via Junot Díaz) - Victor Ganata
"America is a serial brutalizer of black and brown people. Brutalizing them is what it does. It does other things, too, yes, but brutalizing black and brown people is what it has done the most, and with the most zeal, and for the longest." - Victor Ganata
"The best argument you can make on behalf of the various systems and infrastructures the country uses against its black and brown citizens—the physical design of its cities, the methods it uses to allocate placement in elite institutions, the way it trains its police to treat citizens like enemy soldiers—might actually just be that they're more restrained than those used against black and brown people abroad." - Victor Ganata
"America employs the enforcers of its power to beat, kill, and terrorize, deploys its judiciary to say that that's OK, and has done this more times than anyone can hope to count. This is not a flaw in the design; this is the design." - Victor Ganata
"Policing in America is not broken. The judicial system is not broken. American society is not broken. All are functioning perfectly, doing exactly what they have done since before some of this nation's most prosperous slave-murdering robber-barons came together to consecrate into statehood the mechanisms of their barbarism." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
This chef doesn't want Asians to eat his food. He doesn't even want Asians to eat near him — Angry Asian Man — WTF
"Lawsuit alleges Cesar Ramirez referred to Asians as 'shit people,' purposely served them inferior cuts of meat." - Victor Ganata
Racism *and* wage theft. What an asshole. - Victor Ganata
I hope that guy is never allowed to serve food to people ever. Not even at a convenience store. And he has the gall the serve Asian fusion? What a dick. - Anika
hopefully this lawsuit means the end of his career. fuck that guy. - Starmama
UGH. ^^^^ - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Victor Ganata
Human ancestors developed a taste for alcohol 10 million years ago - L.A. Times
"Roughly 10 million years ago -- long before humans began to store food harvested by agriculture, and long, long before they intentionally fermented food and made a delightfully relaxing ritual of consuming the result -- a new study finds that the guts of our primate ancestors evolved the ability to metabolize alcohol." - Victor Ganata
"Carrigan's team found that the digestive enzyme ADH4, which begins to break down alcohol on the tongue and in the esophagus and continues to do so in the stomach, was first found plentifully in the gorilla, a primate ancestor from whose lineage humans diverged roughly 10 million years ago. It is similarly found in more recent evolutionary ancestors, including the chimpanzee and the bonobo." - Victor Ganata
"Our 10-million-year-old relationship with alcohol should come as no surprise, the authors of the latest research suggest. It coincides with the middle Miocene climatic transition, a period of rapid environmental change in which the fragmented forest ecosystems of East Africa were giving way to grassland ecosystems." - Victor Ganata
"In that period, our hominoid ancestors -- consumers of tree fruits all -- increasingly came down from the trees. As they dragged their knuckles along the ground, they would likely have found fallen fruit colonized by yeast and in various stages of fermentation." - Victor Ganata
"Those that could eat that spoilage would not only have fared better at living on the ground than those sustaining themselves on unripened fruit in the trees; they would have been more likely to survive lean growing seasons by virtue of their ability to eat fruits (and eventually meats) that were well past their prime." - Victor Ganata
During the Summer we would give the all berries with rot to a vendor with goats. He said the goats would let them sit around for a few more days so they could get drunk off them. - Rodfather
Victor Ganata
Effect of Perineal Self-Acupressure on Constipation: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Journal of General Internal Medicine - 2014 Nov 18
"Among patients with constipation, perineal self-acupressure improves self-reported assessments of quality of life, bowel function, and health and well-being relative to providing standard constipation treatment options alone." - Victor Ganata
"Limitation: The trial was not blinded." I imagine this would've been really difficult to blind :D - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Turned out that the taqueria has discontinued its hot dog burrito. Day ruined.
Aww. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
"@meganamram: There's no way to prove that all murders aren't just time travelers killing future Hitlers" - ok but why did they not kill H?
Tangent: I wish I could remember the name of it, but I read this short story where there was a secret government agency that kept sending time travelers back to try and kill Hitler and (1) they found that most of their agents were unable to pull the trigger on baby Hitler and (2) every attempt at trying to kill Hitler made the timeline worse and worse and there was even a timeline where... more... - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
OK, I know it's just supposed to look cool, but convince me of the utility of a crossguard that slices through everything.
Like warrior lady bikini armour, it ain't there for in-world practical reasons. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Sure, but humor me and try to construct an entire cosmology where this would actually be a practical device :D - Victor Ganata
Me and Adrian talked about this yesterday. He came up with the potential of the crossguard being something of a protective forcefield...somehow. - Anika
It looks like a Crusader's sword, and, unfortunately, it also looks a little bit like a burning cross. I'm not a big fan. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
There is precedent in the Star Wars Universe: - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I guess there is a more practical-looking "crossguard lightsaber" which has an auxillary emitter coming off at a 45° angle, reminding me of a sai but I think that comes from the Expanded Universe and therefore no longer exists. - Victor Ganata
But it would block the opponent's lightsaber, yeah? - Steele Lawman
Victor, here's my best cosmological attempt: Because more opportunities for lens flare. (maybe I'm doing cosmology wrong) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I guess that's the idea. The part of the crossguard that isn't made out of energy beams must also be lightsaber-resistant, too. - Victor Ganata
A Sith wielding a burning cross does seem somewhat allegorical, I guess. - Victor Ganata
As in dark side supremacy? - Todd Hoff
it is to be effective against him - d☭snake
Micah: You'd think a galaxy-spanning civilization should have invented a decent antireflection lens coating somewhere along the way. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
David, yep, but across the galaxies even non-humanoids are applying the 1977 instagram filter on selfies. It's insane-making. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
lol snake - Steele Lawman
Victor Ganata
Thoughts on Google+ - I fucked up. So has Google. - Chris Messina - Medium
"What’s going on with Google+? Where is it headed? What the fuck is it for, anyway?" - Victor Ganata
"…there’s a younger generation growing up without any conception of a time Before Siri, and are living Post Browser." - Victor Ganata
Once you leave a place you pretty much lose your right to call bullshit. - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, but beyond that, there are some interesting ideas about identity as platform and about why we should worry about the complete Facebookification of the Web. - Victor Ganata
"“We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests.”. Google is doing this in Google Now. Though G+ is a good social network, it doesn't strike me as a place to do this sort of thing, and I can't imagine it even collects much quality data. Data is interactional whereas G+ is a presentational. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Extremely Positive People Aren't as Good at Empathy - Big Think
Not As Good as You Think? Trait Positive Emotion Is Associated with Increased Self-Reported Empathy but Decreased Empathic Performance - PLOS ONE - 2014 Oct 29 - Victor Ganata
"Participants with a more upbeat personality believed their accuracy on this task to be higher than others. However, the speakers had conducted an identical rating process on their own videos, and it turns out the happier participants were no closer to the true feelings than the more downbeat participants. In fact, happy participants found it harder to judge the emotional tone of a highly negative monologue, in which a participant described the death of a parent." - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @hicksdesign: The video for Rick Astley’s classic 1980’s hit ‘never gonna give you up":
LOL, is there a term for this kind of technique? - Victor Ganata
Rickshade? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thousands of likes, only 301 views. Stuck on the 301 problem. - Joe
May the never gonna be with you. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Rickteased. - Steele Lawman
Dang...Rickblocked. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I don't mind the broadsword lightsaber. Allows for wider range of attack angles than one without a handle.
I don't mind the broadsword lightsaber. Allows for wider range of attack angles than one without a handle.
right?? also I just think it looks freaking cooler. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I don't mind terribly, but I think there's a number of good reasons that broadswords didn't have blades on the guard. - Jennifer Dittrich
That's the issue I have, Jennifer. Serious design flaw. - Jed from iPhone
The problem is lightsabers cut from all directions. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Could come in handy in close combat. Sort of a lightsaber knuckle-duster. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Considering that no Jedi or Sith has cut themselves with their own lightsaber on accident, I would assume a Force-manipulating being would be aware enough to not cut themselves. Also remembering too that Darth Maul triggered the second blade on his dual saber after fighting single blade. Follows that the handle blades could be switched on/off independently of the main blade. - Johnny from iPhone
If anything, Maul's dual saber was even less functional than the broadsword saber of ep 7. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Seemed to work ok against 2 Jedi. - Johnny from iPhone
In a scripted fight, anything can look great. But wielding two separate swords woulda been safer than one double-ended sword that has a high potential for cutting the wielder on almost any swing. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Wait, we're talking about non-scripted fighting here? You mean crystal-powered laser swords exist???1?1? ;) - Johnny from iPhone
There's a reason for-real double-ended swords didn't get popular. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
It can be lampshaded by the explanation that Darth Maul wasn't exactly the most intelligent Sith ;) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
To be fair, with a double ended sword, you are really limited with your angle of attack. A double-ended lightsaber has no drawback because you can't mess up really. I would imagine anyone that is really good with a staff could be good with a double-ended lightsaber... >.> - Chris Topher
The Verge pitched that if the guards were angled instead of at right angles, they'd be way more functional. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Maul says he was just defending himself against Jedi, and that Qui-Gon Jinn looked like a devil coming at him. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
At work >.<
Same as the rest of the planet. - DJF
Well, at least for half the planet, it's already past quitting time or Saturday ;) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Mass arrest on 6th and Hope. If you know someone is arrested in LA, they will probably not get out until Friday unless they make a $500 bail. Contact the National Lawyers Guild if you know someone who is arrested 3236962299. #losangelesnow #ferguson #insolidarity (via jensaredope)
"535 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 folks are probably sent to Metropolitan Detention Center. Word now is folks are being release at around 4AM with misdemeanor charges. Be safe! #nationallawyersguild " - Victor Ganata from iPhone
"Over 70 people arrested." - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
On stage at Goldman Sachs event, Uber CEO compared his company’s woes to Ferguson - Pando Daily
"... It takes real effort to make an entire roomful of bankers gasp at your insensitivity. It also shows that, despite his company being pilloried on every front page in America, the CEO of Uber really, really doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks....". #malwareaddoxingohmy - WarLord
Good grief! - vicster: hon. canadian
Victor Ganata
Google Glass Is Dead; Long Live Smart Glasses - MIT Tech Review
"Although Google says it’s still committed to Glass, several companies, including Twitter, have stopped working on apps for it. Babak Parviz, the creator of Glass, left Google in July for a job as a vice president at Amazon, where he’s looking into new areas of technology. Even some of the early adopters are getting weary of the device. 'I found that it was not very useful for very much, and it tended to disturb people around me that I have this thing,' says James Katz, the director of emerging media studies at Boston University’s College of Communication." - Victor Ganata
Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith - Reuters - Victor Ganata
"Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
RT @LisaBloom Hospital records for Darren Wilson's same day visit: "well-appearing, well-nourished, in no apparent distress." No one asks him to explain
RT @LisaBloom Wilson hospital record: "no bleeding, no laceration, no ecchymosis [bruises]" A cross-examiner's dream, but no c-x of Wilson on this, natch - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
My sister was one of the legal observers at the protest that briefly shutdown the 101 in DTLA and she shared this case of a protester who was batoned by the LAPD for unclear reasons
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My sister: "yeah I was at the median and got shoved by police up the hill up. I was legal observing, but the police kept pushing and people were falling." - Victor Ganata
"Information as to how this young woman was injured by fellow legal observer: 'She was with the protestors on the freeway. As the police were moving people up the hill and back onto the street, she was moving back, with her back to the police line. She says that she grabbed onto her brother because she was worried he would get hurt and then felt a baton on her head.'" - Victor Ganata
"'Her brother and friend were with her. They were at the bottom of the hill on the Grand Ave onramp. She didn't see the cop. She said she then asked if she could get out of the police barricade to get medical attention but was not allowed to leave.'" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Practically speaking, you can't really demand respect for rule of law when you're not willing to abide by rule of law and you're not willing to countenance actual justice.
This is why developing ex-colonies are as corrupt as they are. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
"But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity." - Victor Ganata
These words could be said today and still be just as true on a lot of levels. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Victor Ganata
Changing Beverage Consumption Patterns Have Resulted in Fewer Liquid Calories in the Diets of US Children: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2010 - Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - 2014 Sep 3
"Changing beverage consumption patterns reflect positive trends in the form of reduced intake of SSBs, whole milk, and total calories from beverages. Although the consumption of sport drinks, energy drinks, and low-calorie beverages have increased, their contribution to total beverage intake remains small." - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The LA Metro charges $1.50 per trip on any bus line, so if you have to take three buses in one trip, it'll cost $4.50 one way. But there's a $5 day trip pass, a $20 seven day pass, and a $75 30 day pass. I wish there was an auto-upgrade system so your smart card could pay per trip until the fourth trip of the day, (cont)
which would automatically push you into having a day pass. Then the same principle over the next seven days and thirty days too. - Andrew C (✔)
But this doesn't quite solve upgrading to the EZ-pass, which is a smart card + sticker to get you a monthly pass for both LA Metro and all (almost all?) the other transit companies in town, even those that don't have the same smart card tech. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, they definitely need to standardize all of that. I can't remember how it worked in Chicago, but they really should do it how NYC does it: one card to rule them all. - Victor Ganata
Well, it only took the Bay Area some 20-odd years to all line up behind the Clipper card, right? - Andrew C (✔)
In Vancouver, there's only one public transit company, which is overseen by the province but has some local control somehow. (But even then, they tried to split that into multiple companies per transit mode - train, bus, boat - because I think they were trying to split up the effects of union strikes or union bargaining. Stupid.) - Andrew C (✔)
I'm pretty sure that an Oyster card for the Tube will only take up to the amount of a day ticket. - Marina's Godmother :-)
The Bay Area is tricky because of the relatively decentralized government structure (I think it's like nine different counties?) but L.A. County doesn't really have that excuse. They should at least be able to standardize things run by the L.A. M.T.A. - Victor Ganata
LA DOT just started taking TAP cards. On my commute, on 3 streets, I run across 3 different bus lines. I'm not sure that MTA covers all of them since some are in different municpalities and DPW runs other. I would love one card I could use on all of those bus/shuttle systems. - Anika
For that matter, I'm not sure the Clipper card covers *all* Bay Area transit. (I do know that, if I was going to travel much, it would make sense to drive down to buy a Senior Clipper card--you can only buy them in person. You save a bundle, esp. on BART.) - Walt Crawford
Victor: Clipper doesn't cover all nine Bay Area counties--AFAICT, the North Bay's not included, and I'm not sure about Contra Costa (except for BART). It's basically four counties: SF, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara. Which is confusing enough--that's probably more than three dozen governmental entities. - Walt Crawford
Anika: what about EZ Pass, then? - Andrew C (✔)
I don't know. I only heard of EZ Pass on Monday or Tuesday, so I haven't looked into it yet. - Anika
BTW, bump because I just learned that Alameda County transit, at least, auto-upgrades your Clipper card to a day pass instead of charging for a fourth one-way ticket in one day. - Andrew C (✔)
Since I rode the bus yesterday after recent fare changes: It's $1.75 for a one way trip. 35 cents for a transfer. A day pas is $2.50 according to the sign on the bus, though their fare update from a few months ago said it was supposed to be $7. I think that's only for TAP cards for rail included. - Anika
According to Metro, transfers are for transfers to non-Metro services; you can't get a paper transfer for Metro-to-Metro. A TAP card allows a transfers ("one-way", not sure how they determine what is and isn't one way) within two hours. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm so confused. We got paper transfers for Metro-to-Metro yesterday, though the bus driver gave it to me for free. - Anika
Victor Ganata
LOL, trying to sell things with a Hitler profile pic?
I guess that painting of his did go for more than 100,000 euros, though. - Victor Ganata
That's playing the game of Godwin with loaded dice. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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