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Teenager Accused of Tagging Courtroom During His Graffiti Hearing -
Teenager Accused of Tagging Courtroom During His Graffiti Hearing
"A teenager facing charges of graffiti vandalism "tagged" the San Diego courthouse in which he was being prosecuted. Francisco Canseco, 18, was arrested on five new felony counts of vandalism, according to the Los Angeles Times. His previous vandalism charges were all misdemeanors. Mark Milton, a detective with the sheriff's department, said authorities believe Canseco applied the fresh graffiti to the courthouse during a hearing on previous charges of graffiti vandalism." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
LOLOL. I can't decide if this kid is an idiot or a genius. - Soup in a TARDIS
"during" a hearing? How? - Betsy
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
It takes three IT guys to change my email address... they joked about flying people in from NYC to help...
It takes three IT guys to change my email address... they joked about flying people in from NYC to help...
Really? Geez. - Jennifer Dittrich
My outlook never finished syncing BTW. :/ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Gukeng runs out of eggs in cigarette butts battle - Taipei Times -
"Gukeng Township (古坑) office in Yunlin County found itself fresh out of tea eggs as a result of its program to promote cleanliness in the town by exchanging one egg for every 100 cigarette butts collected from the streets, forcing it to halt the program last week. According to a report by the Chinese-language China Times earlier this week, the office had run similar programs offering rewards for light bulbs, cardboard posters, advertising flags and depleted batteries, but none of those drives met with the success of the latest program, which was launched in February. The office’s cleaning crew manager, Chang Chen-te (張圳德), was quoted by the China Times as saying that the township received 698,100 cigarette butts as of the end of last month, and gave out more than 7,000 eggs as rewards. The township is famed for its scenic areas, but is also home to many chain smokers, Chang said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Millennium Park Named Among Top 10 Parks in the World via @NBCChicago #Chicago
Millennium Park Named Among Top 10 Parks in the World via @NBCChicago #Chicago
Well-deserved. It's my 2nd favorite park right after Balboa Park. - Anika
I'll have to visit Balboa Park some day. Competition! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Victor Ganata
A Mysterious Sound Is Driving People Insane — And Nobody Knows What's Causing It - PolicyMic — very low frequency noises with indeterminate sources
Interesting. I'm sure people who experience this are often treated like Morgellons sufferers. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It definitely seems like it's something outside the scope of the practice of medicine, though. - Victor Ganata
2-10% affected. I feel fortunate I'm not one of them. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Woke up in a massive panic cause the clock said 7:45. I jumped around the room yelling FUCK, FUUUUCK, FUUUCK HOW DID I SLEEP THROUGH 4 ALARMS? (My alarm was for 3am). Then I started to cry cause I let the team down cause we can't start without 4 team members. Then I remembered I don't have a clock in my room. Woke up for real, checked my phone and...
... it was 2:45am. Well played internal body clock, well played. - Johnny from iPhone
oh I hate that. my internal clock has done that kinda crap to me as well...stupid clocks. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Oh, man, that's awful... and yet I'm so glad you didn't miss your alarm :) - Jennifer Dittrich
On the upside, at least you're fully awake now. :-) - John (bird whisperer)
Supreme Court rules software patents that cover 'abstract ideas' are invalid | The Verge -
"Software patents aren't dead, but they just took a blow. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a series of banking patents didn't cover a concrete software process but an abstract idea, throwing them out and potentially setting a stricter precedent for future patents." - Me from Bookmarklet
"Alice attempted to prove that its patents were more than just an idea by pointing to the specific software steps that it had to carry out. But the court found that these steps weren't ultimately much more than "stating an abstract idea while adding the words 'apply it with a computer.'" The claims "simply recite the concept of intermediated settlement as performed by a generic... more... - Me
Mary B: #TeamMonique
New camera! Present from @dickmoomaw this fine morning.
New camera! Present from @dickmoomaw this fine morning.
Mary Carmen
July 20th this place becomes ours. I am so effing relieved I could cry. Packing commences as soon as I return from NY and Scott gets back from Sweden.
congrats! it looks awesome! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Thanks, we love it! - Mary Carmen
Oh, that looks like a great place! - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Nice! All that for only $1880? My dinky 1BR is 1400 (and that's cheap for Alameda these days)! - vicster: full-bodied
Now you know why we are moving to the Valley. - Mary Carmen
Yep. I wish I could handle living inland. My lungs are too acclimated to sea air. :-) - vicster: full-bodied
We are moving back with the caveat that I get a trip to SoCal and the coast twice a year. - Mary Carmen
Perfectly reasonable. - vicster: full-bodied
I thought so ;-) - Mary Carmen
I have been having dreams about that kitchen. It is way bigger in person. To have storage space and counter space and space to bake..... - Mary Carmen
Congratulations. Big, new house in a medium-size community that's reasonably convenient to lots of places, at a fair price. Hope you enjoy it. - Walt Crawford
And checking out Manteca's current size, etc., solved an old mystery for me: Why would folks name a city for lard? Apparently they didn't--they named it Monteca but Central Pacific's people misspelled it. - Walt Crawford
lolol....i love that the house is across the street from a park. - Mary Carmen
Any chance Scott will be able to use ACE? - Walt Crawford
He can if he wants to. He will work remotely for 2-3 days a week and when he does go in, he usually does 12-8 or 11-7, so he can drive without the traffic nightmare. His main customers are European, so he is on a different time schedule. - Mary Carmen
That kitchen does look amazing! I have a big kitchen, but zero counter space. Such missed opportunity. :-/ - vicster: full-bodied
I'm happy for you, MC. :) - Jenny H. from Android
It's hard out there for a pimp...
"Life is so hard in America." - My 14 year old son. - Joe
The capped comment had me snorting wine. - Anika
It's kinda priceless. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Take a look inside the world's largest cave | Travel | -
Take a look inside the world's largest cave | Travel |
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Son Doong Cave in Vietnam – which is so big it contains a jungle and a river – is now open for public tours. But don't expect it to become crowded: just 224 tourists will be permitted to visit this year - Mahdi from Bookmarklet
این چه خوب بود.دلم خواست - Primavera from Android
امیدوارم که بتونم جز یکی از این ٢٢٤ تا توریست باشم که میتونند اینجا رو ببیند :) - Mahdi
Mary Carmen
Thank you! I was hoping for more Mariella pics! :) - Laura
:-) - Mary Carmen
Victor Ganata
This is really what this flower is called. I was so certain it was shopped. (via cognitivedissonance)
Aggressively Forward Tall Bearded Reblooming Iris - Victor Ganata
Aggressively Forward Bearded Iris wants to know why you still aren't returning his phone calls. He's called your home, your cell, your work, and your parents. He just wants to hang out a little bit and if one thing leads to another then hey, that's cool too. Can't you at least call him back? - Brian Johns
^LOL - Tamara J. B.
sounds like we need some Restraining Order Tomato Stakes and nylon twine. - Big Joe Silence
Aggressively Forward Bearded Iris considers your restraining order a badge of honor regarding his devotion to you. #NotAllFlowersButDefinitelyAggressivelyForwardBeardedIris - Brian Johns
bumping for props: this inspired my poem for yesterday. thanks! - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
"here's a selfie as I photosynthesize. txt me" - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Andy Bakun
LEGO Computer Keyboard | JK Brickworks -
LEGO Computer Keyboard | JK Brickworks
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Soccer enthusiast shares national vision - Taipei Times -
"It is a well-worn adage of local sports fans that Taiwan is a soccer desert, only coming alive once every four years to catch the excitement of the World Cup. Nevertheless, one can find some die-hard soccer enthusiasts in various corners of the nation. Wu Ying (伍英) is one such man. Wu has been actively promoting the “beautiful game” even though Taiwan is placed among the minnows, at No. 176 in FIFA’s world rankings. Recently, he has joined fans watching the matches from Brazil where foreign stars dribble past defenders to score amazing goals, and, while watching, he pondered if someday Taiwan can become a powerhouse in international soccer. The transplanted Hong Konger is sowing the seeds for this dream." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"After finishing his studies, Wu’s brother returned to Hong Kong, but Wu stayed in his adopted country. “I made friends by playing soccer and met many friendly people here, so I chose to stay in Taiwan,” he said. “During my spare time, I would sneak into the university to play soccer on the school’s fields.” “I made friends with other players due to our passion for soccer. They would... more... - Jessie
"With a few friends, Wu established a soccer association for the area’s Shengkeng District (深坑), which conducts soccer instruction classes for local elementary-school and kindergarten students. “My collection is the best teaching resource for the soccer classes,” the 63-year-old said. “The posters of soccer stars in action make useful teaching materials.” “When I go abroad, I try to bring back new soccer equipment for the kids,” he said." - Jessie
Kevin Fox
RT @jonathanpenn: OH @coffeeandcode: “I found out that if you put Comic Sans on anything, designers pop out of nowhere to do pro bono work.”
This is a variant of Cunningham's Law. - Amit Patel
That makes 3 tweets about Comic Sans that I've seen just today (on top of my design prof's rant about Comic Sans)... - Spidra Webster
comic sans or sans sans - chaz2b
Aha! Now I know what I have been doing wrong. I have been using Letter-O-Matic for all this time. Thanks for the info! :P - April Russo
Oh! that's like the best way to get information on Usenet was to post wrong information on Usenet. - Deborah Fitchett
Mark H
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished? -
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
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"The old Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
So sad ... stunning building!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
a friend of mine lived in Cincinnati since his teens and moved away in his mid-20s. according to him, Cincinnati wants to end up like Detroit. - Big Joe Silence
my grandmother grew up in Cincinnati. I can easily imagine her in this space - maʀtha
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
30,000 LED Lights And Long Exposure Turn Budapest Trams Into Time Machines | DeMilked via @debbles773 #photography
30,000 LED Lights And Long Exposure Turn Budapest Trams Into Time Machines | DeMilked via @debbles773 #photography
Jason Toney
Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Happening in LA
Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Happening in LA
Steve C
A fine gentlemen caller has arrived a few weeks early. Jeffrey Michael entered the global ring at 9lbs 2oz with giant feet like a lion cub or like a tiny clown. Everyone is well, he poops like a champion and I have been peed on as required.
Congratulations!! - Spidra Webster
Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Jeffrey Michael! - joey
We were so happy to hear the news yesterday, Steve. Glad to hear mom and baby are both doing well. Just in time for your first Father's Day! - Anne Bouey
Congratulations! You and Janine will be amazing parents. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Woohoo! - Stephen Mack
Congrats! He's a cutie! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Wow, congrats! - Stephen Mack
Congratulations! He's a handsome little guy! - Tamara from iPhone
Congratulations! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
w00t! :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Congratulations! Look at that perfect face!!!!!!!1111!!!! - Melly
Yay!! Welcome Jeffrey Michael! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Jeffrey! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Congrats! He's beautiful. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
A handsome lad! Congratulations to you both. - Janet
Welcome to the world, Jeffrey! - Anika
Wonderful! Congrats! - Shannon - GlassMistress
He's a cutie. - Betsy
Congratulations! - LB hates stale candy! from Android
Yay!! Babby!!! Well done!!! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Congratulations!!! - Kristin from iPhone
Congratulations!! <3 - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Gratz! Whatta a handsome fellow - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Happy Birthday, Jeffrey!!! Congratulations, Steve! - vicster: full-bodied
<3 - Alix May
Welcome to the world, Jeffery. Happy Father's Day, Steve. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
wait. Steve C made a baby? oh wow. congrats! - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Gratulerer! - Eivind from Android
Congratulations Steve and Janine! - Soup in a TARDIS
百子圖開! 玉燕投懷! - Jessie
Thanks everyone, as always my only goal in life is to be more like Tamara - since she's having a baby i insisted we have one first and make it a king size. - Steve C
*tips hat to the new gentleman* Welcome to the world, young sir. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Brad DeLong
RT @ezraklein: Harvard researchers examined 26 developed countries to see if gun ownership correlated with murder rates. They did.
No shit. - Uli
Andrew C (✔)
It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun -
"Armed with a handgun and licensed to carry it concealed on his person, Wilcox read the situation, saw Miller—male, armed, firing a long gun and yelling—and thought he had an opportunity to end the threat." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"He did not notice the diminutive woman on the sidelines with shopping cart and the handbag. She evidently had not made a scene. Wilcox approached Miller from behind. From his perspective, he had a chance to end the killing. From a broader perspective, he was already marked for death. Amanda came up behind him and pumped multiple shots into his ribs." - Andrew C (✔)
"Fine. I leave it to you, the hypervigilant. Even though the statistics show mass shootings are on the rise, and not one has been stopped by armed good guys—armed civilian good guys. In fact, they've been shot more often than they've shot the baddies. Which is natural, since assault weapons are on the rise, and it's hard to conceal a weapon that can outshoot someone with a Bushmaster. I... more... - Andrew C (✔)
This is a really thoughtful article that raises excellent questions. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I read something yesterday that made realize I wouldn't even know _how_ to run away from the sound of gunfire. Apparently workers for NGOs etc who get sent to dangerous places get some training to identify which sounds are towards the source of the shooting and which are away from them. - Andrew C (✔)
One thing that's readily apparent: people buy guns primarily to shoot other people. - Victor Ganata
Victor, I disagree, but only with the absoluteness of your statement. Some people buy guns primarily to shoot people, maybe a majority do, but not all. - Greg GuitarBuster
Yeah, I was trying to telegraph non-absoluteness by using "primarily" since a lot of people really do just hunt. But it just struck me that the author's first question was "Who do you shoot?" And buying a gun for self-defense means that you anticipate shooting someone. - Victor Ganata
This pretty much sums up the argument I have against the Good guy vs. Bad guy idea. We have zero mandatory gun training in this country as it is, but can you really trust other's judgement? There were also a few accounts of people who stopped the Gabby Giffords gunman almost being shot themselves by onlookers who saw them with guns and thought they were part of it. - Chris Topher
Victor Ganata
It occurs to me, all the stalkerish things Sting sings about in "Every Breath You Take" can now be accomplished relatively easily by using social media sites.
"Every check-in you make, every person you unfriend, I'll be watching you…." - Victor Ganata
Sports Should Be Child’s Play - -
Sports Should Be Child’s Play -
"THE national furor over concussions misses the primary scourge that is harming kids and damaging youth sports in America. The heightened pressure on child athletes to be, essentially, adult athletes has fostered an epidemic of hyperspecialization that is both dangerous and counterproductive. One New York City soccer club proudly advertises its development pipeline for kids under age 6, known as U6. The coach-picked stars, “poised for elite level soccer,” graduate to the U7 “pre-travel” program. Parents, visions of scholarships dancing in their heads, enable this by paying for private coaching and year-round travel. Children are playing sports in too structured a manner too early in life on adult-size fields — i.e., too large for optimal skill development — and spending too much time in one sport. It can lead to serious injuries and, a growing body of sports science shows, a lesser ultimate level of athletic success. We should urge kids to avoid hyperspecialization and instead sample a variety of sports through at least age 12." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Nearly a third of youth athletes in a three-year longitudinal study led by Neeru Jayanthi, director of primary care sports medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, were highly specialized — they had quit multiple sports in order to focus on one for more than eight months a year — and another third weren’t far behind. Even controlling for age and the total number of weekly hours in... more... - Jessie
"A Swedish study of sub-elite and elite tennis players — including five who ranked among the top 15 in the world — found that those who topped out at as sub-elites dropped all other sports by age 11. Eventual elites developed in a “harmonious club environment without greater demands for success,” and played multiple sports until age 14. The sports science data support a “sampling... more... - Jessie
It feels like they overlook some of the reason behind specialization before 12: money. Most sports have some fees associated with them, even before you talk equipment and travel. I think I went soccer only about 10? I wasn't getting any play time in softball, and just plain didn't like basketball, but I loved soccer. If I'd done the other two, I wouldn't have had the money to play on the higher level team for the sport I actually liked. - Jennifer Dittrich
True, and for some sports specialization after 12 is not possible if you want to perform at a very high level. Gymnastics and ice skating come to mind. - Jessie
Personally I always sort of side eye so-called "high level" leagues for small kids. A segment of my family has always been involved in these sorts of leagues for baseball and they seem, at least as my family has demonstrated, to be a huge barrier to the kids focusing on their studies, interacting with people with other interests, or allowing the kids to develop outside interests of... more... - Soup in a TARDIS
For me, it depends on how the league is structured and whether it is the kid's choice. I wanted to play in the higher league (rec leagues can stagnate after a while,) and my parents supported my choice. My grades didn't suffer, and I still had tons of outside interests. The 'high performance' bit is found just about anywhere you've got professional sports; just think of how many teenagers and younger you hear being signed into professional soccer teams, and brought up through their youth programs. - Jennifer Dittrich
Not to mention MLB's sketchy as hell foreign recruitment farms (where they actually remove kids from their families on the very minor chance that they'll make it big in the US some day.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Perhaps. But as I recall the US has (or had?) one of the lowest rates of adults who participate in athletics (team or otherwise). I can help but think some of that is tied to a cultural belief that doesn't see the point in participating if you aren't winning or at least progressing through an outside assessment system. I feel like the emphasis on high level competition even for the under six crowd is part of that same culture. - Soup in a TARDIS
I think you also can't discount our emphasis on school sports; many other places have sports as a 'club' or wholly outside of school activity. It means that you have to put a little more personal effort into joining, but it also means you build the skills to keep continuing that afterwards. We just don't. There are adult rec leagues, but it isn't a huge part of the culture. - Jennifer Dittrich
The pre-7 elite stuff just strikes me as wholly for the parents. So few kids show promise at that age that is actually measurable and consistent, that the rest is likely wishful thinking. - Jennifer Dittrich
True. I know many big cities have more adult sport offerings but, here at least, they tend not to exist beyond the major metro area (for example Atlanta has several adult casual hockey leagues but all the leagues and teams are based in the city itself, despite multiple year-round rinks outside of ATL). - Soup in a TARDIS
The U8 league my cousin's kid is in certainly seems primarily about the parents. I'm not sure if that's unique to her particular team or league or if that's normal, but the kids barely seem interested in baseball. The adults, however, seem hugely interested in having an excuse to travel every weekend and drink beer around hotel pools. - Soup in a TARDIS
Andrew Hunt
RT @QueenMerytAmon: @maddow My cousin in Cantor's district said Dems came out and voted for Brat to make sure Cantor lost. It was an open primary.
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Newborns exposed to dirt, dander, germs may have lower allergy, asthma risk -- ScienceDaily
Newborns exposed to dirt, dander, germs may have lower allergy, asthma risk -- ScienceDaily
specifically cat dander, cockroach droppings, and rat dander. We need to adjust our gift for Tamara's baby and fill the crib with rats and roaches. - Steve C
Steve you crazy. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Andrew C (✔)
Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media - -
"The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks: food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it. Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation of college grads with debt. Today, thanks to those enormous tuition prices, young Americans routinely start adult life with a burden unknown to any previous cohort and whose ruinous effects we can only guess at." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But even that would probably be considered an outrage were it published today. Last year, the Obama administration announced its own “Plan to Make College More Affordable”; the centerpiece was a scheme for doing something analogous to what that Commission proposed back in 1998: building a rating system to inform the public about the returns on college investments. (There was also the... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"As the reforms fail and the journalism fails maybe we will figure out that all along there has been a single bad ideological idea behind all of this failure: The notion that the market will solve the problem if we only adjust the controls a little. And as the newspapers of 2020 tell us about an angry new generation of students shouldering an unimaginable debt burden, maybe it will dawn... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Let me repeat, as a fact of some significance, that the great tuition price spiral began in 1981. That was the same year in which Ronald Reagan brought his jolly band of deregulators to Washington, in which Congress enacted the landmark Kemp-Roth tax cut, and in which the air-traffic controllers’ union went down to humiliating defeat. In 1981 the old order was crumbling, the soldiers... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"When considering the significance of this point of beginning, a 1987 inquiry into the tuition problem threw up its hands. “Nobody knows why tuition increases lagged behind consumer prices in the 1970s and jumped ahead in the 1980s,” according to an Associated Press summary. But in retrospect I think the answer is obvious. It happened then because these things are all related: deregulation, tax cuts, de-unionization and outrageous tuition inflation are all part of the same historical turn." - Andrew C (✔)
"Economists who write about class issues usually depict higher ed as a force for solving the inequality problem, not for making it worse. Other big thinkers tell us that universities are fountainheads of innovation and creativity, the only things we really have going for us as a nation. Those attitudes, plus the amazing deference our professional and political classes feel toward the... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Steve C The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Rob Reiner: Movies & TV - The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Rob Reiner: Movies & TV
"The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1987)" $4.99 - Steve C from Bookmarklet
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