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Stephen Mack
To my Canadian, Australian, and British friends, I would like to wish a safe and peaceful Happy Random Thursday.
Thanks mate, but it's Friday :D - Mo Kargas
Thanks, Stephen :) - Brent Schaus
I love *Random Thursday* - Janet
Hmm Mo, good point. Happy Random Canadian Thursday then? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Mo, welcome to the time machine. - Janet
Good one, Mo. - bentley
The future is nowww - Mo Kargas
Happy Thursday, Stephen. - Stephan from iPhone
I'm thankful for this beef roast and these chicken wings because fuck turkey and we gon eat ALL these leftovers.
Also thankful I bought that frozen Sara Lee sweet potato pie last month when it was two bucks! It is very good for not homemade. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Anne Bouey
Just had a mild earthquake (3.1). Hope that's it for this round.
That was the third one and strongest today. - Anne Bouey
Yikes. Thanksgiving would be terrible timing for a big one. I hope that's it for today, too! - Spidra Webster
Didn't feel nuthin here - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Centered 3 mi from Yountville. - Spidra Webster
I hope this is a single event. - Janet
Yikes! Didn't feel anything here, though. Unsure if cats acting weird because of earthquake activity or because they're cats. - vicster: hon. canadian
Spidra Webster
Thanks to all the great folks on Friendfeed. You make me laugh, you divert me, you've banded together to help out folks in several tough life situations (and sometimes just to celebrate), you've enlightened me and distract me (in a good way).
May those of you who celebrate US Thanksgiving have a really good one! - Spidra Webster
Happy Thanksgiving, Spidra! - Greg GuitarBuster
Back atcha babe *fistbump* - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
^^ditto - Janet
Ulrich von Liechtenstein
I am thankful the stereo receiver I had my eye on for a year was on Amazon deals today. I couldn't be more American.
The Yamaha? I noticed that, but I'm hesitating. - Greg GuitarBuster
Steele Lawman
I'm thankful for our little niche on the Internet, and all you criminals who put up with me here. Thanks for keeping me on my toes.
❤️ - Marie from iPhone
Happy Thanksgiving, Steele. I'm thankful for your glorious hair - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Andrew C (✔)
RT @girlwithatail: My neighbors are outside nailing a turkey to a cross. They're new to this country.
LOL! - Brent Schaus from iPhone
"Take, eat: this is my body. No, really." - Big Joe Silence
The Elusive Roma and their Linguistic Legacy - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World -
The Elusive Roma and their Linguistic Legacy - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"In contrast to these special lexicons, Romany itself—spoken primarily in Central and Eastern Europe—is a full-fledged language, possessing a distinctive sound system and grammar. As with other languages, Romany exhibits geographic variation. Overall, however, this variation is relatively recent, going back to the settlement of Gypsies in Europe in 14th and 15th centuries. All Romany dialects derive from a single ancestral tongue, and the differences among them resemble the kind of variations found among dialects of such European languages as German and Italian. The exact enumeration and classification of Romany dialects remains a controversial subject, but several groups can be distinguished by the degree of mutual intelligibility. For example, Romany dialects spoken in Balkans and the Danubian Basin are largely mutually intelligible. A second group of closely-related dialects includes those spoken in central-eastern Europe: northern Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia,... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Mary B: #TeamMonique
MT @AbelavsAK: There’s an app where you can see if people in your family are racist. It's called facebook.
Amit Patel
Wonderful day in and around San Francisco yesterday. Auto show, Crissy Field, Fort Point, Baker Beach, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay.
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Andrew C (✔)
RT @fordm: Great NYT recap: What was different about the Ferguson grand jury?
RT @fordm: Great NYT recap: What was different about the Ferguson grand jury?
Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig -
Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig
"A new study suggests that Bronze Age cultures everywhere collapsed not because of sustained drought or flooding, but because of technological change. The gradual spread of iron foundries and smithies, they say, undermined the economic strengths of those centres with monopolies on the production of, and trade in, copper and tin—the elements in the alloy bronze." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Ian Armit, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the UK, and colleagues base their argument on careful studies of ancient climate, using a combination of pollen data and other evidence, plus 2,000 precision-dated archaeological finds from Ireland, from between 1200 BC and 400 AD. This evidence tells a different, but equally familiar, story." - Maitani
I was not aware there had ever been a consensus that drought and flooding was /the/ cause. After "the sea peoples did it" went out of fashion, it seems to me they've gone Pete Smith on the problem and just mumble "it's probably a bit more complicated than that" :) - Eivind
Eivind, and these books on the Dark Ages you have read but I haven't yet? What do they say? - Maitani
Mumble schmumble, I *clearly* state that it is more complicated than that. As it usually is :) As archaeology is Muddy Guessing With Equipment, though, who can say in this case. - Pete
The short version would be "we just don't know, and we'll probably never find out," Maitani :) Possible contributing factors I remember: Climate/crop failure, migrations from other areas (most often Europe and Western Anatolia) with war/unrest/crop failure, innovations in warfare, domino effect taking down the trade network node by node, and some complex systems theory thingy that the last guy I listened to reluctantly mentioned by confessed he didn't know that well. - Eivind
How could technology diffusion, that would have to take place over a very long time, cause a simultaneous collapse over a very large area? It doesn't make sense. It takes a lot for people to leave their homes, their lives. They would adapt. What could possibly be so compelling about an iron culture that would cause agricultural people to just pick up and move? And we don't see a real... more... - Todd Hoff
Upon closer examination, the study doesn't seem to be about the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age collapse at all, Todd. It's about the later transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in north western Europe, and Ireland in particular. Hard to tell from the article except that dates are way too late. The title of the paper is "Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age." - Eivind
Mike Nencetti
I am doing good. Services are not until next week. I do not think I will be able to really grieve until the services and events are over, and people leave. Walking on the greenway helps.
Good morning, Mike. It's good to "see" you. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Good morning Moto. My walk yesterday was in the 70's it was a good walk. - Mike Nencetti
Sounds lovely. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
That looks like a great place for a good walk. - bentley
long walks still do a lot of soothing of my soul after the last few months. Peace to you. - ellbeecee
I cannot imagine the journey you and Beverly shared through her illness. I know grief is something you get through at your own pace. You are in my prayers for comfort. - Janet from FFHound!
Hello, Mike. Looks like a lovely walk. - vicster: hon. canadian
Glad you are getting out and about, and all the best for the coming days. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
When my dad died, I kept in all my grieving until the arrangements were over. That left me in a really weird state of not being able to grieve completely. When my mom died, I didn't try to hold it back. I cried during funeral arrangements, memorial, scattering her ashes and all the way home. Whatever I felt, I just allowed myself to feel, no matter who was around. I felt like I was... more... - Jenny H. from Android
Todd Hoff
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California -
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
On the efficiency of slavery and why we don't want to believe in it (from The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist):
"...during the late antebellum years, northern travelers insisted that slave labor was less efficient than free labor, a point of dogma that most historians and economists have accepted. [...] The same northern observers who proclaimed that slave labor was inefficient had great faith in the idea that free people who were motivated by a cash wage would work harder and smarter than coerced workers. [...] ...after the Civil War, when many cotton planters would pay pickers by the pound at the end of a day’s work, free labor motivated by a wage did not produce the same amount of cotton per hour of picking as slave labor had." - Eivind
"What enslavers used was a system of measurement and negative incentives. Actually, one should avoid such euphemisms. Enslavers used measurement to calibrate torture in order to force cotton pickers to figure out how to increase their own productivity and thus push through the picking bottleneck. The continuous process of innovation thus generated was the ultimate cause of the massive... more... - Eivind
"Some historians have called lashings “discipline,” the term offered by slavery’s lawgivers and the laws they wrote, which pretended that masters who whipped were calmly administering “punishment” to “correct” lazy subordinates’ reluctance to work." - Eivind
This pic shows the porch floor from where the stairs landing ends to my front door. The tiles are white ceramic, which is ridiculous already and hazardous when it rains. They are very hard keep clean. But at least dirt can be washed off easily. Look at all that shit-brown paint. And grout from the bottom of the guy's shoes.
So, they didn't even cover anything while they were painting? - Anika
I was told they were going to paint the wall of the porch, I specifically asked if they were going to paint the railing. I was told no just the wall. I said okay I'll move my stuff, he said don't worry we'll cover it. I take my basket of flowers and bell off the wall, moved everything by the railing. Go inside & close the door, because they're using a paint sprayer. When it started... more... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I have to let prospective buyers look at my unit. If/when they come while I'm still here, I'm telling them every shady thing that's been done and pointing out every expensive thing wrong with the place. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Didn't realize until I was coming up the stairs after an errand that there's also a nice spray of brown paint on one of the living room windows now :-\ - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
These people suck - Steele Lawman
Yes they do. Seriously. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Alex V Kapranoff
Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle | Bored Panda -
Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle | Bored Panda
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"Kislov, who lives in the north-eastern port city of Magadan, works in Chukotka as a mining engineer. When he has time during his long shifts, he looks to photography for “relaxation from routine.”" - Alex V Kapranoff from Bookmarklet
I fucking HATE thieves. My younger brother in Kentucky, one of the best people I know, had his 2000 Jeep Cherokee stolen. He went out to his Jeep before work and it was gone. He locks it religiously. He bought the Jeep off Mom & Dad and he's babied it, worked on it, painted it. I hope the thief gets his testicles chewed off by a large dog.
I am not even kidding. - Jed from iPhone
Man, that sucks. Yes, thieves are fucking shitty. Sorry this happened to your brother. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
I can understand how you feel. My previous car was stolen three times (once as a joyride, and twice stripped). - imabonehead
Thanks, guys. Brother just texted. Police found Jeep on a tip. He sent me pic. Busted steering column and the Jeep is dirty as fuck. Glad they found it, but I hope the police finds whoever did this. Barring that, again, I hope the thief gets his testicles bitten off. - Jed
Total reward to solve MH17 case increased to $47 million (Spiegel), hoping for insider to come forward
Curious who is behind the reward. - Stephan from iPhone
Can't sleep. Every time I close my eyes my brain starts ranting about the asshole realtor, her asshole husband, and the asshole landlord. And the shitshow that went on over here until after dark and left me with brown spray paint on my chair, my broom, my basket of flowers, and the white tiles on the porch floor.
(((Starmama))) - Spidra Webster
And how dare I mention that they did such sloppy work, how dare I ask them to respect me & my stuff, how dare I hope someone will apologize or offer to clean the paint off my things. How dare I. That lady actually turned her back on me and refused to answer my concerns & questions. Who the fuck does that?! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I wouldn't be able to sleep either. It's bad enough they did all kinds of wrong in regards to the property, but then to treat you, so blatantly/aggressively, like you don't matter? ASSHOLES. So sorry you had to experience that. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Oh man, they sound like complete jerks and stupid ones at that. Please take pictures of everything they messed up and make them replace or clean it. - Anika
My belongings that got messed up are probably worth less than $10 all together. I'll take pics anyway when the sun comes up. Yeah it's junk but it's MY junk. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I've been going over & over our interactions yesterday to take an honest look at my behavior, whether I was too shrill or at all inappropriate. But I think seeing Tito over here helping them with this bullshit paint job, almost a month past the deadline he shoulda had it done by, gives me the right to be pissed the fuck off. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I believe none of the workmen are going to be displaced, you have every right! - Janet from FFHound!
*hugs* Hope you've managed to get some sleep. - Kirsten
The realtor had the bright idea that the house should be power washed so her husband rented a machine and their first attempt was Thursday. It rained hard that day and the machine wasn't working right but even before that, I didn't know they were coming until the guy knocked on my door to tell me to close all the windows.
So I look over the side of the porch, & see they had my hose hooked to my faucet & they're about to be using my water for the job. Hell no! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Power washing in a drought? Abd you wanna use MY water & raise MY rate? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The people in the back let them use their water faucet but that's when they found the machine didn't work & then another storm cane through so they left. Came back yesterday finish the job. Again didn't let me know. They accomplished nothing except making a mess they didn't clean up. Paint chips EVERYWHERE all over our wooden stairs and the concrete outside. I didn't even see the mess until I went outside after they'd left. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I called the realtor to let her know about the mess they left so maybe she'll call me back today. I shouldn't have to clean up after inept work and workers. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Geeeeeeezzzzzz. :-/ - vicster: hon. canadian
Abd how fucking irresponsible to wash chipping paint off and just let it go wherever. What did they expect, the paint would just wash away down the gutter? And end up in the estuary? The bay? Jerks. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm starting to doubt every hopeful thing that lady told me. All she wants is to make a sale. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Grrr! How old is this house? Old enough to have lead based paint? Lead based paint was banned in the 70s. - Greg GuitarBuster
It was built in 1914, converted to a duplex in 1959. No idea how long since it's been painted, we've been here 8 years & it looked like an old paint job then. But even "safe" paint chips should be swept up, not washed into the gutter. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Lead testing in old houses rented with a section8 voucher is required by HUD, this house passed all the tests in 2006. & Jayden's had bloodwork done twice since we lived here, lead levels fine. But who knows what's in the layers of paint on that ancient wood siding. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
well, that sounds a little better, but they should have done some research before even thinking about power washing. - Greg GuitarBuster
I have never heard of a realtor doing that themselves. That sounds chintzy and dangerous. - Anika
Today they're on ladders scraping paint off the siding. Tito, the landlord who didn't want to paint, is over here on a ladder. I said "Tito why you doing that, thought you were selling?" He said "I'm just helping these guys" I said "well you 3 months late, coulda did all that in September when it was dry, and you'd still be getting paid" all he said was "yeah I know" - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Then I'm talking to the guy in charge, realtor's husband. About the mess. He was on the phone acting huffy. He says "we can't clean it until everything's dry (from the rain)" okay, fine, someone coulda told me that before y'all left yesterday. Then he's yelling at me, "leave my guys alone so they can do their job" wait, what? Had to let him know, you don't talk to me like that. I got a question I'm asking it, whatever you say. And I'm the wrong one to be talking down to. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They had to have entered your unit to "borrow" your tap like that. It's illegal to do that without 24 hrs notice. Also, I suspect it's illegal to run a tenant's water bill up for maintenance that isn't specific to that tenant. - Spidra Webster
It's an outside tap, and I removed the handle so people would stop using it but it's easy turn anyway with pliers. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh no. Wrong on so many levels. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Meraviglia - TaS
Chattare saltellando - eliokir
Tirando anche il sasso - TaS
Sampietrini 2.0 - eliokir
è in francia, vero? - vic
(tastiera azerty) - vic from iPhone
Azerty! - Quedex from FFHound(roid)!
Senza tastierino numerico laterale È scomoda - ffdfftyhbhuhrdfg
Spidra Webster
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? - -
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? -
"Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women. The numbers of black and Hispanic scientists are even lower; in a typical... more... - Spidra Webster
"As one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale — I graduated in 1978 — this question concerns me deeply. I attended a rural public school whose few accelerated courses in physics and calculus I wasn’t allowed to take because, as my principal put it, “girls never go on in science and math.” Angry and bored, I began reading about space and time... more... - Spidra Webster
"In the end, I graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in the major, having excelled in the department’s three-term sequence in quantum mechanics and a graduate course in gravitational physics, all while teaching myself to program Yale’s mainframe computer. But I didn’t go into physics as a career. At the end of four years, I was exhausted by all the lonely hours I spent... more... - Spidra Webster
" Mostly, though, I didn’t go on in physics because not a single professor — not even the adviser who supervised my senior thesis — encouraged me to go to graduate school. Certain this meant I wasn’t talented enough to succeed in physics, I left the rough draft of my senior thesis outside my adviser’s door and slunk away in shame. Pained by the dream I had failed to achieve, I locked my textbooks, lab reports and problem sets in my father’s army footlocker and turned my back on physics and math forever. " - Spidra Webster
Watch The First-Ever Footage Of A "Black Seadevil" -
Watch The First-Ever Footage Of A "Black Seadevil"
I would not want to meet one of those head-first in the dark. At least it's only ~4 inches long. =p - rönin from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Gravity Restroom - eVolo | Architecture Magazine -
Gravity Restroom - eVolo | Architecture Magazine
"In the midst of unprecedented chaos at Mongkok caused by Civil Unrest right next to Langham Place Shopping Center, one discovers a brand new Black & White Toilet with Futuristic Street Lamps called “Gravity Restroom” recently opened to the public. Built as part of Pegasus Entertainment’s first Flagship “Cinema City Langham Place” designed by Alexander Wong Architects, this futuristic-looking cinema has an entrance named “Rose Futura” in Ultra-Blue and Azure “Cloud Atlas Tunnels”. Inspired by the films of Hong Kong’s renowned Film Director Wong Kar Wai [from his debut "As Tears Go By" (1988 --- also called “Mongkok Carmen” in Cantonese) to "2046" (2004)], the design here is an homage to Hong Kong’s bygone “New Wave Cinema” with an unexpected Sci-Fi twist." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Striking - Todd Hoff
RT @ericstoller: This. "Simple flowchart to tell if you're being persecuted against this holiday season:"
RT @ericstoller: This. "Simple flowchart to tell if you're being persecuted against this holiday season:"
Ken Morley
Another weekend project
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It should look something like this, but much less ambitious. :) - Ken Morley
That looks great. - Todd Hoff
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