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Defying Court Order, Canadian Paper Publishes Rehtaeh Parsons' Name -
Defying Court Order, Canadian Paper Publishes Rehtaeh Parsons' Name
"A second young man has pled guilty in the child pornography case involving Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old Canadian girl who died last year after she was taken off life support following a suicide attempt. Her family says Parsons was bullied mercilessly after she was raped by two boys at a party when she was 15, bullying that eventually led to her death. One of the teens who took photos of her alleged rape pled guilty to manufacturing child pornography and was sentenced earlier this month to no jail time and no probation. The second, now 19, pled guilty yesterday to distributing child pornography. In reporting the plea, one Canadian newspaper, Halifax's Chronicle Herald, defied a ban on publishing Parsons' name, pointing out that her parents want her to be identified." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Just saw someone use a street pay phone in NYC. We still have ones that work?
We have a few working ones in my neighborhood. - Anika
I heard a story on NPR a few months ago about payphones (in NYC, no less). Apparently they're extremely popular among drug dealers. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Until today I hadn't seen anyone use one in I don't know how long. Most of the time people are huddled in the booths to shelter from the elements while having a smoke break. Or using their cell phone. =p - rönin
Alyssa Ferraro Allegedly Assaulted Boyfriend Over Monopoly Game -
Alyssa Ferraro Allegedly Assaulted Boyfriend Over Monopoly Game
I find it a little odd that her full name was used in the title of the article. Instead of just the typical "Woman". "A friendly game of Monopoly turned ugly Sunday night when a woman slapped her boyfriend in the heat of anger. As a result the woman had to go straight to jail." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans? - -
Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans? -
"A new lawsuit filed on behalf of Asian-American applicants offers strong evidence that Harvard engages in racial “balancing.” Admissions numbers for each racial and ethnic group have remained strikingly similar, year to year. Damningly, those rare years in which an unusually high number of Asians were admitted were followed by years in which especially few made the cut." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"The truth is not that Asians have fewer distinguishing qualities than whites; it’s that — because of a longstanding depiction of Asians as featureless or even interchangeable — they are more likely to be perceived as lacking in individuality. (As one Harvard admissions officer noted on the file of an Asian-American applicant, “He’s quiet and, of course, wants to be a doctor.”)" - rönin
Unintentionally confirmed that I am still allergic to mangos. *sadface*
Oh, shoot :( - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Aww. =( - rönin
Me, too. It's a weird allergy, isn't it? - Stephen Francoeur
Me too! - Meg VMeg
I discovered I was allergic to it as a kid when I had to help take care of the mango tree in our yard. I'd get a rash if I brushed against the leaves and branches and got sap on my skin. - Stephen Francoeur
Little Girl Fights Gendered Toys One Look of Disgust at a Time -
"Pretty sure literally every member of the Jezebel staff makes this face at least once a week. (Conservative estimate.) Maggie gets it. She spotted the sign, according to her mom, and huffed, "Well that's wrong! Anybody can like superheroes, they're being stupid aren't they?" They sure are, Maggie! But they wised up once the photo started going viral, promising to pull the sign. "This alarm clock would make a great gift for both girls and boys. The sign has been removed and we're sorry if it caused any confusion," a Tesco spokesperson told BuzzFeed." - rönin from Bookmarklet
laura x
Do you have a MacBook Air? If so, what size, and do you like it?
I have a 4-year-old Air in the big size (13") and I love it. It's still running like new and is on Yosemite, but I've had to replace the charger twice because the cords fray eventually. A good friend got the 11" at the same time and I'm kind of jealous of him because that would fit my purse. - kaijsa
3 year old 11". Its good laptop. Sits by my bed for when the tablet can't cut it. Its also the bedrooms Media center for when the Roku won't cut it. It also is the guest laptop when needed. I don't like people on my main rigs. - Me
Two year old, 13", love it. - Todd Hoff
2012 Macbook Air 13" with 256G SSD. Best laptop I've ever had. - Eric - ill subliminal
I miss my 13" Air. Easily best laptop I ever had. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
I live off of my 2013 11" Air. Can be fully opened on any economy class plane or train on the planet* [*that I've tested it on] - Cameron Neylon
So for someone who has never owned a mac and want to start using what would you recommend? - aaron from Flucso
That depends. If you're using it for normal library stuff, then a macbook air of some size is probably fine. If you're going to be doing media editing on it, then a macbook pro. - DJF from Android
I really just want something I can write on (and check FF on) that doesn't want to install updates for 15 minutes every damn time I open it up. - laura x from iPhone
For writing, do you need Word? Because if not -- especially if Google Docs is an acceptable alternative -- I'd really recommend a Chromebook. Plus, they're super-inexpensive. - Catherine Pellegrino
No, I almost never write in Word (I haven't even owned it in years). I just want a keyboard and trackpad I don't hate and a computer that's not constantly in need of Windows updates. - laura x from iPhone
I still use the 2010 11". I still love it. The battery could be better. - Rodfather from Android
We got J this one about 6 months ago, and I use it for Google Apps work stuff sometimes, and it's been lovely: extremely portable and reliable, no (noticable) updates. Can't say whether you'd hate the trackpad, though: - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm LOVING my new Chromebook 11 for writing!!! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I have a Chromebook and it's good for web surfing stuff, but the sound and trackpad are so inferior to my Air that I rarely use it. I use mine mostly in the kitchen with recipes. Can't beat the price, though. - kaijsa
Yeah, the price is great, but so was the price on my current laptop, which I hate. Maybe I'll brave Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can try some things out. - laura x from iPhone
If you're willing to pay more for a better machine, I am biased toward recommending a Mac. - kaijsa
Macs cost more than cheap laptops. They also last two or three times longer than cheap laptops. - DJF
I adore my 13" Air. And I also am quite fond of the gaming laptop we have at home, but my hatred for its constant need for Windows updates is unspeakable. So if you don't need the graphics or processing power of something more robust, the Air is, IMO, unbeatable. - Jenica
Windows updates take forever, too. - kaijsa
Mac all the way. Jojo (son) loves his Air. I have a 13" non-Retina Pro that I'll trade in for a 15" Retina this summer (it's a VAR program here where I trade in the machine every two years). Because Macs last longer when you're not driving it into the ground with giant image and video files and hundreds of megs of font files, you can save a few hundred dollars by buying a refurb from Apple or a machine that's a couple years old from or - Mary B: #TeamMonique
2 yr old 13" MacBook Air - Best thing I've ever owned. - SAM
I made my wife and parents all get 13" MBAs. They like 'em just fine. My parents travel at least two-three times a year so they really like the lightness. - rönin
Wow. You *made* your wife get a specific computer. I've only been married 36.9 years so far; I can't even imagine *making* my wife buy a specific computer (or much of anything else). (OK, so we're both happy Windows users, even with the usually-once-a-month updates.) - Walt Crawford
And, admittedly, if I was traveling a lot I'd probably buy a lighter machine. It would probably be a Chromebook. - Walt Crawford
Tech stuff are the only things I can get away w/doing that. She just doesn't care w/computers & phones. I just hand her things, "Here, use this." Anything else in the house though, forget about it. - rönin
Until my current machine, I've always had Macs at home. I decided to save money last time I got a computer and I have been regretting it ever since. I've gone back to writing by hand because I know by the time the current machine gets going, I'll have forgotten my idea. Mostly I'm wondering if people find the Air a satisfying alternative to a MacBook Pro, which I don't want to pay for. - laura x from iPhone
It doesn't have the retina screen, otherwise I like mine (13 in) - maʀtha
Laura, the biggest differences between the air and the pro are the optical drive and the number of ports. If you don't use cds/dvds, and don't plug a lot of stuff into your computer, then you can get away with an air. I got a pro because I needed those extra connections. - DJF
Thanks--that was my impression, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something I should be thinking about. Now I just have to find some money hiding under a rock or something. - laura x from iPhone
well, the pro also has a faster processor, but that's not a problem if all you're doing is web/email/youtube/netflix. - DJF
If you buy an Air, I've heard that getting extra RAM will make the computer last much longer (i.e., you'll have room for OS upgrades and new applications). You can also buy discounted Applecare on Ebay (though you should use PayPal and "beware fraudulent sellers" : ). These are all my plans when I get around to replacing my MacBook with an Air. - Meg VMeg
You can also get extra RAM and flash memory later. My bro is a Genius and is going to help me upgrade my Air (I might put in a faster processor, too). I'd love the retina screen, but can't justify replacing a machine that runs almost perfectly even if it's getting old. Correction: he's a Creative who works Genius a few hours a week. Sorry, Brother. - kaijsa
DJF: no more cd/dvd drives in the MacBook pro, fwiw...haven't been for a couple of cycles now. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Kaijsa: you can't actually get new RAM for the Air...the ram is soldered to the motherboard, not slotted. I'm fairly sure even the Geniuses don't do that level of hardware work. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Yeah, he just corrected me and said I can add bigger flash memory but not RAM. This is okay for my purposes. - kaijsa
So I assume I would then want to start with the largest amount of RAM possible? - laura x
^^ yes. And I TOTALLY support a MacBook Air - I LURVE mine. It's so light for conferences & so much easier to type on than a tablet. It's pricey tho, but worth it, imho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have the latest 15" MacBook Pro, and I like it much better than the previous version I had. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Get the best standard config MacBook air (ie they sell four models at Best Buy, the best one) as d you should be good for the life of the laptop. - Eric - ill subliminal from iPhone
I'm going with the 13" with 8GB. I thought about the 11", but I think that's a little too small even for me. Thanks, everyone! - laura x
Awesome call. I would advocate for those 2 extra inches pretty aggressively. Makes all the difference. - SAM
I'm late to the party, but I'd like to comment that the 13" MBA's 12 hour battery life is amaaaaaazing! Very comfortable with all day usage without a power adapter. - Arlan K.
Mark H
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner... - http://georgy-konstantinovich-...
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner...
"Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner identity photo provided by the Auschwitz Museum, taken by Wilhelm Brasse while working in the photography department at Auschwitz, the Nazi-run death camp where some 1.5 million people, most of them Jewish, died during World War II. Czeslawa was a Polish Catholic girl, from Wolka Zlojecka, Poland, who was sent to Auschwitz with her mother in December of 1942. Within three months, both were dead. Photographer (and fellow prisoner) Brasse recalled photographing Czeslawa in a 2005 documentary: ‘She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.’" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
:( - rönin
:( - loi
Melly Claus
My girl has a coffee sniffing habit.
My girl has a coffee sniffing habit.
I'm not much of a coffee drinker but I do love the way it smells. - rönin from FFHound!
^this - Tamara J. B.
I never drink it, but I love the way it smells. - Katy S
^^^ - bentley
Why We Yawn | ClickHole -
Why We Yawn | ClickHole
"Clinical research shows that a yawn is actually a direct physical reaction to a ghost trying to fit its entire fist in your mouth. As you yawn, and your mouth and your jaw spontaneously stretch wide open, what you’re really experiencing is the incorporeal incarnation of a deceased human forcing its clenched ghost hand—knuckle by knuckle—right through the front of your face. So, you see, yawning actually makes quite a bit of sense!" - rönin from Bookmarklet
KNEW IT! - Big Joe Silence
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
Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor – UP2715K -
Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor – UP2715K
Huh, same price as the low-end 27" 5K iMac. - rönin from Bookmarklet
Gonna buy one? - imabonehead from Android
Eh, waiting for an Apple one. =) Although the price will probably make me wait longer for a refurb. =p - rönin
Why are the lights on cars driving away from you always red, but coming toward you they're white? Is this an extension of the doppler effect? : shittyaskscience -
Ahh... science snark. - rönin from Bookmarklet
No Joke! Kohler Introduces an Odor-Eating Toilet Seat - DailyFinance -
No Joke! Kohler Introduces an Odor-Eating Toilet Seat - DailyFinance
"Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher said the idea is to attack smells "where the action is." The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin-based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets, consumers can get seats with features such as slow-closing lids, heat and nightlights that typically add $20 to $100 to the cost." - rönin from Bookmarklet
There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why - Mic -
There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why - Mic
"Living in Utah means packed powder in April, canyoneering in the clouds, snow-capped vistas so vivid they look Photoshopped — and the shortest average work week in the country. So it's not surprising that surveys show how much Utah residents love their outdoorsy, adventure-filled state. But there's another side to Utah that isn't shown in surveys. Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of suicide and associated mood disorders compared to the rest of the country. In fact, it's the No. 1 state for antidepressant use. These polarized feelings of despondency and delight underlie a confusing phenomenon that Perry Renshaw, a neuroscientist at the University of Utah investigating the strange juxtaposition, calls the "Utah paradox."" - rönin from Bookmarklet
'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' : NPR -
'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' : NPR
"When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid — except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Man’s headaches due to tapeworm living in his brain for four years | Science | The Guardian -
Man’s headaches due to tapeworm living in his brain for four years | Science | The Guardian
"A man who went to see his doctor after suffering headaches and experiencing strange smells was found to have been living for more than four years with a rare parasitic worm in his brain. In the first case of its kind in Britain, the ribbon-shaped tapeworm was found to have burrowed from one side of the 50-year-old man’s brain to the other." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"Rather than living on the brain tissue of its unknowing victim, the parasite is thought to have simply absorbed nutrients from the man’s brain through its body as the worm has no mouth." - rönin
Hell no - Todd Hoff
Instagram Account Documents The Cats Who Live At Disneyland: LAist -
Instagram Account Documents The Cats Who Live At Disneyland: LAist
"The Instagram account @disneylandcats captures the rare sightings of the elusive Disneyland cats, with a little bit of imagined insight into their kitty minds. People have known about the cats that roam Disneyland for a long time, with a longstanding rumor that Disney released these cats to control the rodent population. This rumor was even supported by Ryan Gosling. In reality, while the cats do hunt rodents on the grounds, the cats were already living there at least as early as 1955. According to the Disneyland Cats website, Walt Disney found the cats when they entered the building that is now the Sleeping Beauty Castle attraction. It soon became apparent that the cats, once removed from the building, were natural hunters and really didn't harm anyone. They are, in fact, rarely seen as they're afraid of humans and tend to only come out at night. They are fed, cared for and spayed and neutered when possible by Disney. There are currently an estimated 200 cats living at Disneyland." - rönin from Bookmarklet
A Dragon Age Sex Scene That's Actually Pretty Great -
A Dragon Age Sex Scene That's Actually Pretty Great
Now I have to get this just to see how the other romances are like. ;-p - rönin from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"WASHINGTON—In a 45-minute video posted on Tibetan websites Thursday, Tsuglag Rinpoche, leader of the Buddhist extremist group Kammaṭṭhāna, threatened to soon inflict a wave of peace and tranquility on the West. Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden statue of the Buddha, Rinpoche did not specify when or where an assault of profound inner stillness would occur, but stated in no uncertain terms that the fundamentalist Buddhist cell plans to target all Western suffering. “In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
This was cuter a year ago, but even then... I guess the threat to the West is silly enough, though. - Eivind from Android
Still makes the point that if the World was full of atheists and Buddhists it would be a much happier place. - Son of Groucho
Well... not entirely true. Buddhists can be a pain as well: - rönin
And a lot of atheists are self admiring haters too. - ؛ patrick
I thought the "Buddhist bin Laden" front cover of Time would have put a dent in the myth. I guess they have some ways to go to catch up with the monotheisms, though. - Eivind from Android
A VERY long way! - Son of Groucho
All 50 States Froze Today, But New York Is Freezing The Best: Gothamist -
All 50 States Froze Today, But New York Is Freezing The Best: Gothamist
I'm pretty glad I don't live up there. =p "How bad will is it? Buffalo is expected to get somewhere in the area of 70 inches of snow. SEVENTY INCHES OF SNOW. What does that even look like? Hoth?" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Inside Chinatown's Dim Sum Dance Party Scene: Gothamist -
Inside Chinatown's Dim Sum Dance Party Scene: Gothamist
I... don't really want to think about people having sex in the kitchen of a restaurant that I'm going to. "Former 285 Kent curator Ric Leichtung agrees that a space "can completely change the way people interact with each other." "It's a very real catalyst that leads to those unique, one-of-a-kind experiences you can't get from most places. Go to a pop-up rave in a restaurant and you might stumble upon some strangers having sex in the kitchen, or maybe a sketchy stranger could offer you cocaine off their house key."" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Peruvian frog juice drinkers laud health benefits - Yahoo News -
Peruvian frog juice drinkers laud health benefits - Yahoo News
Ewwww.... "Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive. To make the mix, which is sold in Peru's Andes and also at some stands in its capital Lima, vendor Maria Elena Cruz grabs a frog from a small aquarium then kills it by beating it on the counter of her stand. She peels off the skin and drops it into a blender with carrots, the Peruvian maca root and honey." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Queens Prosecutor Explains Why A Driver Can Kill A Toddler With No Consequences: Gothamist -
Queens Prosecutor Explains Why A Driver Can Kill A Toddler With No Consequences: Gothamist
TLDR version: Shit happens. - rönin from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Seals discovered having sex with penguins - BBC
Video included. Don't say I didn't warn you. - Victor Ganata
So much for saying certain lifestyles are "unnatural". ;-) - Spidra Webster
Multiple occurrences of king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) sexual harassment by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) - Polar Biology 2014 Nov 11 - Victor Ganata
Nature is full of some damned disturbing stuff. I was just talking dolphin behavior with someone on Twitter the other night... - Spidra Webster
Eesh. "In three of the four recorded incidents the seal let the penguin go. But on one of the more recent occasions, the seal killed and ate the penguin after trying to mate with it." - rönin
One has to feel for the penguins in this situation. - Friar Will
^ Haha :-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Intercourse the penguin. - Spidra Webster
"Ooooh yeah, baby. I want you to break my seal. Go on, do it Mary Pop-It-Ins." </Morgan Freeman> - Johnny
someone has a future in comedy porn voice replacement sessions. - Big Joe Silence
배드키즈 (BADKIZ) - 바밤바 (BABOMBA) MV - YouTube -
배드키즈 (BADKIZ) - 바밤바 (BABOMBA) MV - YouTube
Never heard of 'em but this was entertaining. - rönin from Bookmarklet
Pictures: Explorers Descend Into Siberia's Mystery Crater -
Pictures: Explorers Descend Into Siberia's Mystery Crater
"Dramatic photos this week from a Russian expedition that descended into a mysterious crater in Siberia, where scientists battled temperatures of 12°F (-11°C), provoked some Internet commenters to quip that "hell really has frozen over." Scientists from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration donned climbing gear and entered the 54-foot-deep (16.5 meters) crater, which was discovered in July on Siberia's remote northern Yamal Peninsula." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Chileans design an ‘unstealable’ bicycle | KHON2 -
Chileans design an ‘unstealable’ bicycle | KHON2
"The “Yerka,” a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of bikes that can be locked using some of their own parts. They include Brooklyn-based “Seatylock,” which uses its saddle seat as a lock, and Seattle-based “Denny,” which is locked with its detachable handlebars. But the inventors of the Yerka have made a twist in that approach. The bike’s lower frame opens up into two arms that are then connected to the seat post and locked to a post, so thieves would have to destroy a Yerka to get it unlocked, leaving it valueless." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Big Joe Silence
BBC News - Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power -
BBC News - Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power
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"The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power. Everything expected from the little probe was delivered, just before low battery power dropped it into standby mode. The robot is shadowed by a cliff and cannot get enough light on to its solar panels to recharge its systems. Engineers fear this contact may have been its last - certainly for a while. A tweet from the official Philae lander account said: "I'll tell you more about my new home, comet 67P soon… zzzzz."" - Big Joe Silence from Bookmarklet
Awww.... - rönin
Brave little Philae. - bentley
rönin - About That 25-300mm f/2.8 You Wanted - - About That 25-300mm f/2.8 You Wanted
"I get an email or text about once a month asking me if I think Canon, Nikon, or some other photo manufacturer will ever make something like a 24-300mm f/2.8 zoom lens. I’m usually gentle with those people, because I realize that a lot of people truly believe that if they want something badly enough, someone could make it for them. Occasionally, someone exhibits the Dunning-Kruger Effect and tells me that they know it’s a plot on the part of the manufacturers to make us buy multiple lenses instead of just one that could do everything. I had another one of those emails a few days ago, so I thought it might be interesting to show everyone what a 25-300mm f/2.8 would (approximately) look like. We don’t actually have a photo lens of that specification, but our video friends do: The Fujinon 25-300mm T3.5. (For those who don’t know, f is a calculated value, T is actual light transmission. Most f/2.8 lenses are T3.5 to T3.8.)" - rönin from Bookmarklet
That 70-200 on the left is not a small lens. - rönin
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