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Todd Hoff
Why Do We have Farm Program Welfare? | Big Picture Agriculture -
"Record crop income in recent years and subsequent record-high land prices make it absurd to argue that crop subsidies are needed to maintain agricultural production capabilities in the United States. And the argument that the food security of the United States depends on subsidizing production of crops is easily countered by the fact that 30% to 40% of U.S. corn production is diverted to produce ethanol while about 50% of U.S. wheat production is sold in export markets. Yet these two arguments continue to be the primary justifications put forth for crop subsidies." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"In summary, from a short-term and longer term economic welfare perspective, the 2014 Agricultural Act generally appears mainly to be focused on transferring income to relatively wealthy farm families as well as some non-farm entities such as the U.S. mercantile marine and private insurance and reinsurance companies. It does so at the expense of consumers and taxpayers, the long-run... more... - Todd Hoff
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Kate Has Things to Say: I am So Bored With the Hiatus -
Kate Has Things to Say: I am So Bored With the Hiatus
"The hiatus seems to go by several aliases these days- "pause", "no warming for 15 years", "CHECKMATE, NERDS!"- but the argument is a convenient one. Because it's true, on one level: global surface temperatures are indeed rising less quickly than the current generation of climate models predict. But, you know, that's like saying the Earth isn't round because it looks pretty flat where you are. That argument might fly if you are, say, a medieval peasant (are you? If so, I am fascinated and you should contact me immediately as I have many questions) but in the intervening years we've learned a lot more about looking at the big picture. No serious scientist truly believes that the slowdown in surface warming invalidates greenhouse physics, and the argument really only works if you ignore the massive increase in ocean heat content (I grew up in Ohio, so I, too, know how difficult it can be to remember the ocean exists). This is a picture I stole from the super-impressive Katherine Hayhoe, and it shows where all that extra energy is going." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Steve C Team Marina
Drivers, start your eyeballs, the three-foot rule for cyclists is here - LA Times -
Drivers, start your eyeballs, the three-foot rule for cyclists is here - LA Times
"California law requiring drivers to maintain a distance of three feet when passing cyclists on the road goes into effect next week. The Three Feet for Safety Act, passed last year by the Legislature, is the latest sign of an important cultural shift in a state famously dominated by automobiles. Do you bike in L.A.? Watch this to see what concerns all those drivers. Drivers discuss the challenge of sharing the road with bicycles in this Los Angeles Times video. The building of a bike-friendly society is a long, slow process. Officials in Los Angeles are in the midst of a 35-year project to build out 1,684 miles of bikeways. But as more people opt to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles, it is increasingly important to figure out how motorists and cyclists can share the road safely." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I knew this was coming, but I need a video tutorial on how this works. If they are in a marked bike lane, am I okay to pass them if I'm smack dab in the middle of the lane next to them? What if I'm coming up alongside a bike and about to pass, but there's no bike lane? - Corinne L
If there's no bike lane, I think you treat them as if they were a car fully in the lane. If you can't pass them without at least 3 feet room, you have to hang out behind until you can legally pass (which is the same as it'd be if a slow car were in front of you on a single lane road). I'm not yet sure myself how they figure it works for roads with bike lanes because honestly some of... more... - Spidra Webster
just wait for it, someone will say: "I thought the guy on the BIKE was supposed to stay 3 feet from ME!?!" - Big Joe Silence
Many drivers don't get that bikes are vehicles with most of the same rights on the road. Many cyclists don't get that cyclists are vehicle operators subject to many of the same rules/obligations as other vehicle drivers. - Spidra Webster
^THIS - Big Joe Silence
+infinity Spidra - Corinne L
We have that rule here in Edmond, and it seems to be working fairly well, at least on the not-so-busy streets. What gets me though, is that once again the people that I pay to enforce a law that is there to protect me as a bicyclist are not following the rules themselves - cops without sirens or lights speeding by me at very close range. That is one of the things drivers of cars and... more... - Uli
How I am supposed to estimate 3 feet? That's sounds like circus performer level precision to me. - Todd Hoff
Yardstick. If you're unsure, be generous. The point is not to pass a slow moving vehicle (in this case a human-powered cycle) unless you're certain you can do so safely, without menacing someone. - Spidra Webster
I have this image of my reaching out the window with a yardstick to measure the distance and then loosing control and, well, you can fill out the rest of the image. But I'm not being facetious, there's no training for distance estimation at speed, how does anyone know they are 3 feet from anything.? And of course I only pass when I think it's safe. - Todd Hoff
How do you estimate your distance to the car in front of you or when to activate your turn signal, since there are laws governing those distances as well? - Victor Ganata
I don't of course. I doubt anyone else does either. - Todd Hoff
We did training for distance estimation - it was part of driving school. Hell, it's part of the test for your license in WA. Stopping distance from a curb, following distance at speed, how far to park away from a curb, when you're required to signal a turn. - Jennifer Dittrich
And when you operate your vehicle are you really constantly saying I'm X feet away or are you judging that I am a safe distance given my experience, conditions, and vehicle? - Todd Hoff
I'd love mythbusters to give this a try. Take X people in Y different kind of cars in different conditions and see how good people are at estimating distances. Maybe I'm the only one that sucks. - Todd Hoff
I judge the distance by "if you are close enough that I can kick your vehicle, then you are too frickn close" or "can I put a dent in your door with a swing of my u-lock? if yes, then too close." erring on the side of caution is generally a safe bet. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Honestly, quibbling over the three feet isn't even really the point, though I do consider distance measurement pretty damn important. That's the minimum. If you don't feel capable of knowing exactly where that is, it's fine - err on the side of giving more room. - Jennifer Dittrich
These comments are why I'm hoping there will be a video PSA from CalTrans that demonstrates how this works in real world conditions. - Corinne L
Are we really having conflict over what 3 feet means? Hold you your arm and add about another foot or so to the end of your fingertips and that should give you an idea of what 3 feet is. If you (or a passenger) could reach out the side of the car nearest a cyclist and touch them without too much effort/leaning out then you're too flippin' close. - vicster: full-bodied
That's the best tip I've heard so far, Vicster. Thank you. - Corinne L
Victor Ganata
How Google came up with a mobile payment system first but people are only talking about it now that Apple has announced their own system is pretty much how privilege works, no?
No. Competition to establish mindshare is not the equivalent of privilege. - Glen Campbell
First has never mattered. Fast follower is many ways the best strategy. It allows you to make something that works simply and securely. Android suffers from fragmentation. Equally important is Apple could build relationships with companies on the ground so it works where you want to use it. This notion that everyone who succeeds only does so out of privilege is pernicious. - Todd Hoff
Well, I think it's a little premature to say Apple has "succeeded" with mobile payments and that there are people who are saying that they already have also seems like a feature of privilege. - Victor Ganata
And neither am I saying that all privilege is unearned. - Victor Ganata
But mainly I'm making an analogy with a more generalized phenomena I see all the time: the ideas and the arguments of the unprivileged (or less privileged) often need the backing of the (more) privileged to see the light of day. - Victor Ganata
Casting Google as underprivileged in this regard would be the same as casting Apple as underprivileged in the PDA market because of what happened with the Newton, or Microsoft because of the Zune. Both were good devices that were aimed at the wrong audience at the wrong time, and both featured technologies that were suddenly revolutionary when they were implemented later on by different... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
They have succeeded at making something simple and secure. That never guarantees adoption. We'll have to see about that. And there are plenty of tech examples that succeed without privilege. But when you are talking about complex systems at every level that require buy in from powerful organizations, you need clout. And that's not even enough. A trust fund is privilege. Hundreds of... more... - Todd Hoff
I think if you were arguing that any of the gigantic tech companies have areas where the media give them leeway, I'd agree - because let's face it, nobody's tiny point of sale company is getting the press here, even though they're going to be the backbone of a lot of change. I just feel like they all have their branding mythologies, and they all leverage them more or less successfully depending on the product. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, I'm really more focused on the perception aspect: the effectiveness of PR, the way the press reacts, the leveraging of branding mythology. Past successes are no guarantee of future results, but that's hardly how it's being painted. - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
It's amazing any iphone app works at all.. What a mess. It's pretty clear nobody had embedded system programming experience when they started all this.
Extension by inserting code into a template is just really bad design: - (BOOL) application:( UIApplication *) application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:( NSDictionary *) launchOptions { self.window = [[ UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[ UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; // Override point for customization after application launch - Todd Hoff
Weak / Strong pointers is a crazy responsibility for programmers to handle. It's impossible when using tasks. - Todd Hoff
Chaining initializers is more bad design through excessive coupling: self = [super init]; - Todd Hoff
The lifecycles of when objects are created and when methods are created is implicit. I can't tell by looking when things happen. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of the code is not clear at all. - Todd Hoff
MVC. Love it hate it, put everything in the controller. - Todd Hoff
Generally I'm against making the programmer run a compiler in their head to understand what is actually getting called. So though property seems like a good idea it makes very hard to deduce when reading code what will be called when an assignment happens. - Todd Hoff
Cell reuse by a reuse identifier is kludgy and error prone. Why does it need to own the memory? - Todd Hoff
String based selectors are used all over the place. These are not typed so are large source of run time errors when they shouldn't be. - Todd Hoff
The compiler doesn't check for methods in the interface that aren't implemented? It's a runtime error? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Seems odd to create a view controller and then give controller of the memory to the navigation controller. Seem like unnecessary memory allocs/deallocs. - Todd Hoff
In example code I see the use of static variables inside functions. That's bad style. It's more invisible magic code. - Todd Hoff
You can't test anything like the full functionality in the simulator. Beacon stuff? No. Camera? No. The interfaces should be accessible so someone could at least try to write an advanced simulator. - Todd Hoff
Nice debugging and monitoring tools. Very nice. - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure how it could be done better, but the auto layout constraints are bewildering. Oh my. - Todd Hoff
Using reference counting to manage memory when transition application states to background and active and to handle low memory conditions is highly error prone. - Todd Hoff
Not a fan of adding private class members in an @interface section of the .m file. I reserved judgement of this at first, it sounds good, but in practice I prefer everything to be in one place so I can see how everything relates together at a glance. - Todd Hoff
I wonder if they were able to start over on the watch? I haven't seen the watchkit so I'm not sure how it works. - Todd Hoff
Having to explicitly trigger a table update in the UI's main thread is another example of thread weirdness: dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{ [self.tableView reloadData]; });. - Todd Hoff
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Thanks to Kristin I just learned about these fabulous things called reveal cakes ( I'm going to make a reveal cake for my phone choice. Green and it's Apple. Metallic gray for Android. And no cake at all if I'm going to detach from this digital coil.
What about a Windows phone? - Corinne L
Then it'll be pie! :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I'm going to just start doing reveal cakes for every major decision I make. - Hookuh Tinypants
^^this. - Corinne L
*fistbump* - Hookuh Tinypants
Can you make reveal cakes for boy-girl fraternal twins? It'd be fun to confuse the guests. :-) - Betsy
I don't know about for Windows, but BlackBerry is self-evident. - Todd Hoff
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"The most unusual alternative countertop we saw at EuroCucina came from Italian designer Arrital, courtesy of Arpa Industriale. Referred to as a “nanotech matte material,” the Fenix NTM countertop is anti-reflective, anti-fingerprint, self-healing, and soft to the touch without being... well, soft. It felt great under our hands, and looked great in Arrital’s modern kitchens." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame -
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
"Open wide and say ahhhhhhh! In medieval Europe, Hellmouths were commonly depicted in illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts as hideous beasts, swallowing the souls of the damned, while the souls of the saved watched smugly from Heaven. The British Library has posted some of the most memorable images in their collection." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
She saved the world...a lot. - Todd Hoff
nice find - Halil
Bruce Lewis
Suppose I want to go on Facebook and search for recent posts from my friends containing, say "watch". Is this even possible? Friendfeed has spoiled me.
I don't think so. As far as I can tell I can't search contents of posts. - rönin
Some people have access to it. But most don't. The best you can do is scroll down for a ways in your timeline (set to show most recent first instead of most interesting) and then use your browser search with Ctrl+F. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
How primitive - Todd Hoff
Just think what FB would be worth if it worked like FF. :-D - Eric Logan
It would be worth spending time on. - Bruce Lewis
Sean McBride
Tomorrow, Apple Will Officially Kill The Credit Card via @Prismatic
Tomorrow, Apple Will Officially Kill The Credit Card via @Prismatic
My credit card doesn't need a battery, which I like. - Todd Hoff
What a cool cash register. - Greg GuitarBuster
That's what the new Apple device actually looks like. - Sean McBride
:) I like the walnut model better - Greg GuitarBuster
Todd Hoff
Mesmerizing Light Trails Of A Hula-hoop. | Bored Panda -
Mesmerizing Light Trails Of A Hula-hoop. | Bored Panda
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"I am sure everyone wants to know, what happens when Hula-hoop meets UV paint and long exposure. You can enjoy this unusual combination below." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Poetic justice. MT @WickedGood: That's rich. // Reddit user made famous off celeb nude photos wants his privacy back
Poetic justice. MT @WickedGood: That's rich. // Reddit user made famous off celeb nude photos wants his privacy back
I can't breathe from laughing so hard. - Mary Carmen
He sounds like every bit the winner you might expect him to be. - Todd Hoff
"relevant to my work on /r/TheFappening" He just called it work. - Eric - Poppa Large
Victor Ganata
I think this makes the premise of "Pacific Rim" even more plausible :D How would the U.S. military deal with Godzilla? - Quora
A honey pot. Make a female (I'm assuming godzilla is male) robotic Godzilia so they can settle down and stop all the rampaging. He's just searching for love. And if he doesn't find it he smashes things. - Todd Hoff
LOL. "He's a 500 foot tall radioactive monster, in New York. We get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble!" - Victor Ganata
49ers draw first blood on a fumble. 7-0 after 3 offensive plays for the Cowboys!
Kaepernick & crew haven't even taken the field yet. - Cristo
49ers offense looks good. 14-3 now. - Cristo
Damn, Romo picked. 49er runback to the 2 yard line. This is insanely great. - Cristo
Pickoff #2 in the end zone. 49er Willis ends Cowboys drive. 21-3. - Cristo
No mo romo - Todd Hoff
Cowboys continue their implosion. This pleases me. - Eric - Poppa Large
Pickoff #3. 49er Cox. - Cristo
49ers touchdown! Looks like a beating in Arlington, Texas. 28-3. - Cristo
Just seconds before the start of the 4th quarter, the Cowboys score their first touchdown. 28-10. - Cristo
I approve of this message. - MoTO: Team Marina
I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict the 49ers will win this game. - Cristo
Uh oh. Cowboys are coming back. They just scored their second touchdown. Now they just need 11 points within 152 seconds. - Cristo
Well, the game has been over for about 15 minutes. I'm guessing the officials aren't going to overturn the 49ers win. - Cristo
Now it's time for baseball. Let's Go Giants! - Cristo
Sean McBride
99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming: new study -
99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming: new study
"There is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, our new research shows. Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical changes in global temperatures and examines the links to greenhouse gas emissions using rigorous statistical techniques." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
With global warming denial, it's all about the stupid. - Sean McBride
You got the stupid part right 99.9999 percent stupid. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Persistent link between solar activity and Greenland climate during the Last Glacial Maximum. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
[articles on global warming in for the past month] Catch the drift? - Sean McBride
The drift is noticeably less shrill than 9 years ago. Trying to explain a pause due to unforeseen processes. No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on. - Eric Logan
^Having a hard time defining what year is now. - Eric Logan
The consensus view on global warming at New Scientist for the past month is the same as at [articles on global warming in New Scientist for the past month] - Sean McBride
Let us know when the consensus view at reputable scientific publications flips. - Sean McBride
Will do. I look at a bunch of metrics everyday. Like the disappearing arctic. - Eric Logan
We are nearing levels that existed there when they wrote the impact assessment almost ten years ago. Impacts of a Warming Arctic (2004) - Eric Logan
That's a really interesting way to chart it Todd. Here is every year since 1979 actually charted. - Eric Logan
Appell and Trenberth BTW where the guys touting this year 2014 would be the the biggest El Niño year ever. To Appell's credit at least he did later admit to being wrong. Trenberth has been silent as far as I can tell. - Eric Logan
Polar icecaps were melting at an astonishing rate, and threatened seaports. circa 1952. - Eric Logan
Todd Hoff
'Star Wars 7' Plot Details Tease True Fate of Luke Skywalker -
'Star Wars 7' Plot Details Tease True Fate of Luke Skywalker
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Wow. This sounds horrible. It's another who gives a crap plot with differences from the old cannon that are there just to be differences. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See | Science | WIRED -
Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See | Science | WIRED
"To Zacks that suggests that we intuitively and automatically break our visual stream into discrete scenes, and that our brains do this in a remarkably consistent way. He thinks this is a manifestation of our brains never-ending effort to predict the future. We have a mental model of what’s happening that we use to predict what’s likely to happen next. “You do this because it’s super adaptive,” Zacks said. “If you can anticipate what’s coming up in a few seconds you can react adaptively.” But whenever the action changes—when the stoplight turns from red to green, say, or when your boss suddenly appears at your desk—you have to update your mental model to reflect what’s happening now." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat - -
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat -
"People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Though I would hardly call 120+ grams of carbs a day low carb. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, 120+ is not low carb! - Janet
Victor Ganata
"Stability through strength" sounds quasi-Orwellian, no?
vaguely tautologous - Pete : Team Marina
and it's quasi-Nazi, along Kraft durch Freude lines - Pete : Team Marina
I always imagined that Orwell based newspeak and doublethink on Nazi and other fascist propaganda. - Victor Ganata
I would think Orwellian would be something like "strength through submissiveness." Strength is the easiest form of stability, isn't it? Designs like a pyramid or a three legged chair are stable. But a dynamic system is much harder to make stable. So strength it is. - Todd Hoff
Equilibria are stable. Unbalanced forces disrupt equilibria. Doesn't really sound stable to me. Although I suppose it could be metastable. - Victor Ganata
"Equilibria are stable" now that's a tautailogy - Todd Hoff
Although, granted, there is a lot of overlap between fascist and totalitarian Communist propaganda. - Victor Ganata
It's basic Newtonian physics, no? - Victor Ganata
I feel like the newspeak lies in using "strength" to mean only the direct application of force rather than also meaning the ability to withstand applied forces. - Victor Ganata
"Stability through strength" is one thing. "Stability through blowing people up" is entirely another. - Victor Ganata
Sounds like a core workout. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Victor Ganata
First of all, naming an incident *-gate is already delegitimizing and self-parodying.
NamingGate. - Betsy
TooSeriousGate - Todd Hoff
Your all-time favourite soup:
I has a butternut squash soup this one time—it put me over the top. So, squash. - Micah
Clam chowdah - Bren from iPhone
French onion. Or possibly tomato with a bit of cream. - Jennifer Dittrich
Clam chowder as well... or fish. - Ken Morley
It was laksa, but yukgaejang is slowly taking over. - Anika
French Onion. - Spidra Webster
tomato basil - Big Joe Silence
Carrot noodle. - David Lounsbury
Split peas. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Wait, why are you asking these personal questions. WHAT IS YOUR HIDDEN AGENDA? - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
I can't decide. I kind of just love soup. (though I will shank a bitch for some avgolemono most days) - Hookuh Tinypants
Double tomato soup. (reg tomatoes and sun-dried) - Corinne L
Probably some variant of squash soup. But I like a lot of other soups, too. - John (bird whisperer)
Crab Bisque, chili then beef stew. - SAM
Tomato basil - Jenny
Soupy sales - Todd Hoff
Clam chowdah +1 - Stephen Mack
this rosemary farro garbanzo thing I make is heavenly. I never turn down cream of asparagus. But I do just love soup. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sun-dried tomato with walnut. - LB: Unable to Can from Android
French onion. - Katy S
Cream of Mushroom or New England Clam Chowder. - April Russo
Manhattan clam chowder, I guess. It's the default soup at White Spot, an iconic BC chain. - Andrew C (✔)
New England Clam Chowder most of the time; not necessarily because it's the greatest soup I've ever had, but because it's usually the most consistently good. My favorite kind of soup is probably actually either beef & barley or good old chicken noodle. Unfortunately, it's just as often that I find those that I don't like as it is that I find good ones. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Clam chowdah or lobster bisque. - Kristin
My Mum's pea & ham. - Melly - #TeamMarina
French Onion if I'm eating out. Kale, sausage, & potato (like the one at Olive Garden) if I'm cooking. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Broccoli and cheddar. Followed very closely by clam chowder. - Heather
Dahl. Does Dahl count as a soup? - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Barley. I love soup in general, but I love soup with barley in it extra much more. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Cioppino! - Marie
I love all sorts, but my new favorite is mulligatawny soup. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Hot & sour. Or if available, steamed chicken soup. French onion or lobster bisque if going Western. - rönin
Carrot & ginger soup. - Margot from Android
Jenny wrote "mulligatawny"! \(^_^)/ - Eivind
I do love soup in general, but Uli's split pea is my favourite. - Kirsten
I think I just grew a couple inches. But the things that Kiki makes - soups, stews, and the like, are all so very good. Love split pea, lentils, and tomato soups (all my own recipes). - Uli
I can't pick between split pea & bacon or French onion. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This thread has spurred me to make a soup this weekend. Which one should I make?!? - Marie
some variant of red lentil soup with sizzle sauce. - kendrak
Marie, whichever you go with, pics please. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Campbells Tomato made with milk instead of water. - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
Soup in a Tardis - Steve C Team Marina
Steve C wins. - LB: Unable to Can
<3! Love ya, Steve :D - Soup in a TARDIS
French onion - MisterQ
Stephen Mack
POLL: Do you have paper maps in your car?
(Image credit: Vintage 1968 Texaco Paper Road Map of Oregon, on sale for $3 on Etsy: - Stephen Mack
My answer: Nope. Not for at least five years now. - Stephen Mack
Yes - one of WA, one of the US and Canada. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Yes, many from all over the place. - Todd Hoff
I still use paper maps. - John (bird whisperer)
yes. I keep one of Michigan roads just in case. I haven't needed it often. But the few times I have, it's been invaluable. - MoTO: Team Marina
Of course. I didn't get a smart phone till a year ago and I much prefer a paper map. - Betsy
Nope - Glen Campbell
Nope. They're under my bed. - Anika
yes. - Lnorigb
Nope. - Louis Gray
Yes. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
For the record my car also has a tape deck. - Steve C Team Marina
probably ones I printed out from Google and neglected to throw away. - Steele Lawman
yes, I keep an atlas of the US in there - ellbeecee
Yes, several. - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Not anymore. I do have an atlas at home for getting a general sense of places I might want to visit. - Amit Patel
I should add, part of the reason I have a couple of paper maps are the couple of times I've been stuck somewhere needing directions when either my phone has died, or there's no service. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yes, mostly for CA, but I have east coast ones at home in the file cabinet. I think there are a few AAA guidebooks in the car, too, come to think of it. - Corinne L
Yes, absolutely, city maps where we drive frequently. CSAA even mails maps (since the nearby office closed). - Walt Crawford
I still have some Hagstrom county books from the 90's, but no car. :P - April Russo
I don't think so. It's entirely possible there are still one or two atlases in the ex-wife's car, though (which used to be mine). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I didn't realize it but yes, we do. Joy actually pulled one out of the glove box the other day and began using it! - Jim: with more caffeine!
I have a small Yellow Pages which has a local street directory, and I think we have a Gold Coast map in there somewhere. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Yes. - joey
Yes I do. - Stefano.
Nope. Last time was in 2010. - Kevin Johnson from Android
yes - Tamara J. B.
I did when I had a car. I never used them, but I liked them being there. Before GPS went crazy, I used maps religiously. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Nope. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Yes (only for Rome. but wasn't opened in ages) - Xabaras (G.O.)
At home. GPS in car. - Janet from FFHound!
I've never owned a car. - Eivind
Yes paper maps still rock but then so does Onstar - WarLord
Victor Ganata
Is there a realistic scenario where we (or NATO) successfully openly deploy military force against Putin and no one gets nuked?
I think most of the 'rational' actors are loathe to deploy nuclear weapons, but those can be easily misplaced and used by people more on the fringe of any of the ideologies involved. Best laid plans, and whatnot. - Jennifer Dittrich
If we don't and the sanctions don't work he'll just try to reconstitute the old Russian empire. Like any good tsar. - Todd Hoff
So basically, someone is probably getting nuked at some point. - Victor Ganata
I mean, Putin reconstituting the U.S.S.R. might not even be the worst thing in the world. No one got nuked during the Cold War after all. - Victor Ganata
Conceivably there could be some skirmishing without a nuclear war, but I think it's unlikely. Proxy wars are probably more likely than a direct war because of the nuclear issue. Neither side can assume the other is a rational actor when the consequences could be so bad. - John (bird whisperer)
I definitely think assuming Putin is a rational actor is a really bad assumption. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, that's why I put it in quotes. I don't know that he wants that hassle, but he wants to lose at whatever his game is a lot less. - Jennifer Dittrich
Thucydides’ moral chaos | TLS -
Thucydides’ moral chaos | TLS
"In the long hot summer of 427 BC, a quarrel broke out in the small Greek island city of Corcyra (modern Corfu). The city was then allied to Athens, the democratic superpower of the eastern Mediterranean. A group of Corcyrean aristocrats launched an abortive coup, in the hope of handing the city over to Athens’ rivals, the military oligarchy of Sparta. Corcyra fell into a savage civil war between pro-Athenian and pro-Spartan factions, ending (thanks to the arrival of an Athenian fleet) with complete victory for the democrats. For seven days, under the approving eye of an Athenian admiral, the pro-Athenian party systematically butchered their opponents. Fathers killed their own sons; men were dragged from the safety of the temples and slaughtered on the altars of the gods." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
maitani check out the following books of Sahlins if or when you have time regarding Thucydides' ethical dilemmas and his impact on western thought: ; - Alfonker Tapir
Thank you! I have added Apologies to Thucydides to my reading list. - Maitani
Should you leave your enemies to coup another day? - Todd Hoff
Well, as we're once again finding out in real time, purging an entire faction tends to create power vacuums that get filled by people who are even worse than the ones you purged. - Victor Ganata
The Mongols decapitated the ruling class when they conquered. The US style of purge leaves a vacuum. But it doesn't have to. - Todd Hoff
We pretty much decapitated the Baathists in Iraq and now we have ISIS. Should we just have nuked all of Mesopotamia instead? - Victor Ganata
You decapitate to get rid of potential rebellion leadership. To occupy you use other strategies. The problem is the US doesn't want to occupy so the decapitation is counter productive. If we don't want to occupy and we can't find a strongman proxy to do the dirty work, then we shouldn't bother. - Todd Hoff
All through the Cold War we purged regimes that could potentially be sympathetic to Communists and replaced them with strongman proxies backed by U.S. armed forces, and that hasn't seemed to have turned out all that well, either. Although I guess we did win the Cold War, so it does depend on PoV and what you pick as your end point. - Victor Ganata
Worked pretty well, we didn't have WWIII. - Todd Hoff
Well, not yet, at least. But I suppose all you can really hope for is to delay the inevitable. - Victor Ganata
inevitable? I think you need an ice cream. - Todd Hoff
So you think somehow the American Empire really is exceptional enough to avoid the fate of all empires? Well, I suppose one way or the other, I'm not ever going to find out. - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian -
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
"Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Perhaps this is why we don't get visitors from other planets. We live in the sticks. - MoTO: Team Marina
Which could be a good thing. - Todd Hoff
A cosmic cul-de-sac? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
this is an awesome simulation video.. shows how small our earth is - Peter Dawson
Barry, It's like UPS. When you live in the sticks, the deliveries don't arrive until later in the day. - Ken Morley
Todd, yes indeedy. Ken, yup. I wish my brain were big enough to take all this stuff in though. But even my tiny little brain is fascinated by this stuff. By the way, a big ol' comet is supposed to pass near Mars around Oct. 18th. Should be visible with a pair of binoculars. Or so I'm told. - MoTO: Team Marina
Real computer languages have a goto statement.
GOTO 10 - Eric - Poppa Large
Language X doesn't have goto because it is structured || functional || object-oriented || concurrent ...blah blah blah. - Cristo
Computers still jmp though—people just don't know it. - Cristo
An extremely experienced programmer offered this rejoinder: Good computer programmers (using good languages) don't *need* goto statements. You may both be right. - Walt Crawford
This is mostly tongue in cheek. That said, many of the axioms of coding are guidelines for novice & intermediate programmers. I don't blindly adhere to them and have my own guidelines. Sometimes I vehemently disagree with majority thinking and have coherent arguments for why an alternative style/approach is superior. The decision to favor one approach over another is often correlated to the value system of the guideline creator, e.g. readability vs succinctness, clarity vs bug avoidance. - Cristo
A concrete example is nesting by way of conditionals. A common guideline is to only have one return for a nested conditional. This can lead to unnecessary booleans which capture the current state of the return behavior. It also can result in deep multi-level nesting, and subsequently, indenting. This is often hard to read and understand. My approach is to "return early and often", which is similar to the "fail early and often" mantra you hear within the startup community. - Cristo
The advantage of the "return early and often" approach is reduction of nesting, and thus enhanced readability. Once a particular condition is handled and the function exited, the reader no longer has to concern themselves with what will happen in that condition. They are free to concentrate on the "meat" of the function without holding additional state within their mind. - Cristo
Nesting vs. Jumping ... what we were fighting about when all the other kids were arguing "My console is better than yours" - Slippy
In C++ a goto can work nicely to jump to common cleanup code for a method. RAII makes this clean in that you don't have to worry so much about leaks. But still, it would be rare. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Keanu Reeves is 50? Whoa! - Today
He's not acting 50, but then again, he can't act. - Eivind from Android
Lol - Todd Hoff from iPhone
Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
From the foreword by Edwin O. Reischauer: "Musashi might well be called the Gone with the Wind of Japan. Written by Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962), one of Japan's most prolific and best-loved popular writers, it is a long historical novel, which first appeared in serialized form between 1935 and 1939 in the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's largest and most prestigious newspaper. It has been published in book form no less than fourteen times, most recently in four volumes of the 53-volume complete works of Yoshikawa issued by Kodansha. It has been produced as a film some seven times, has been repeatedly presented on the stage, and has often been made into television mini-series on at least three nationwide networks." - Eivind
"Miyamoto Musashi was an actual historical person, but through Yoshikawa's novel he and the other main characters of the book have become part of Japan's living folklore. They are so familiar to the public that people will frequently be compared to them as personalities everyone knows. This gives the novel an added interest to the foreign reader. It not only provides a romanticized... more... - Eivind
Soooo, who's read it? *raises hand* :) - Eivind
Not yet, but I'll give it a look. - Todd Hoff
It was an enjoyable contrast to Shogun :) - Eivind from Android
Victor Ganata
Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia - All Leather Must Be Boiled
Hah, I remember thinking about how the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter is pretty much a trope from a lot of dystopian novels/series, like the Ceremony of Twelve in *The Giver* and Choosing Day in *Divergent*. I'm still trying to figure out what work could be considered the originator of the trope. I'm still thinking it's *Brave New World* but I'm sure it's older. - Victor Ganata
LOL at the explanation for why the international wizardring community didn't do anything about Voldemort: the UK wizardring domain is essentially the wizardring equivalent of Syria or Iraq: a post-colonial developing country in the throes of a vicious civil war that no one really wants to get involved with. - Victor Ganata
Hogwarts as dystopia: "Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there." - Victor Ganata
"There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism." - Victor Ganata
"The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader." - Victor Ganata
"Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies." - Victor Ganata
"Azkaban" - Victor Ganata
"There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery." - Victor Ganata
"…pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it." - Victor Ganata
"Like, why do other countries never intervene when a tiny racist cult is going around killing people and taking over the government in the UK?" - Victor Ganata
But Beauxbatons and Durmstrang sent exchange students there! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Hmm. They do make at least token reference to outside entities with the other schools, and Voldemort has former supporters amongst the Durmstrang teachers at least (so the problem is not confined to just the UK.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Well, considering the Grindelwald was basically a wizardring Hitler expy, I'm not surprised that Durmstrang was also a benighted place :D - Victor Ganata
I always figured historically they were ruled by a tsar like figure who had the power and only lately, perhaps because of human developments, had they tried a more democratic approach, and they weren't very good at it. Like Russia, when it came down to it, they easily slipped back into a tsar'ish/centralized form of government. Voldemort as Putin. - Todd Hoff
See also the amazing "Expecto Patronus: or How the Wizarding World Really Works" (10 part series plus appendix) - - Andrew C (✔)
LOL. "It is only since Order of the Phoenix appeared that it has become clear to everyone that the Wizarding World, for all the wonders it contains, is in fact an extremely lawless place. Until then, the clues had been largely ignored. That Sirius Black could be sentenced to a lifelong torture without a trial was generally put down to a wartime situation, in spite of the awkward truth... more... - Victor Ganata
It's kind of eerie how Harry Potter could totally be read as an allegory about the Global War on Terror. - Victor Ganata
"One way of describing it is what historians call bastard feudalism, whereby in a lawless age (like England in the Wars of the Roses) unprotected men attached themselves to a powerful baron as his retainers: they would serve in his household and fight on his behalf – and he would make it clear to everyone that they were under his protection from enemies on both sides of the law." - Victor Ganata
"However, a much closer parallel to the way power seems to work in the Wizarding World is the patron-client system, such as existed in Ancient Rome." - Victor Ganata
LOL, Dumbledore's faction as the Starks, Malfoy's faction as the Lannisters, with Fudge's faction as the hapless Baratheons. Oh, and I guess Voldemort is Aerys Targaryen. - Victor Ganata
"The victory of the Dark Order would be a world in which they were free to enjoy themselves as much as they liked, with everyone else living in terror." <— this is pretty much what I imagine a minarchist government would be like exactly - Victor Ganata
"Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives." That's pretty much how the school works in Kent. I mean, right now. - miki
It struck me that the way Dumbledore was instrumental in training Voldemort is pretty much akin to the U.S. training/aiding/arming our future enemies. (And also just like Obi-Wan Kenobi training Anakin Skywalker, I guess.) - Victor Ganata
"It is this that gives Wizarding Society its peculiar flavour, like a strange distortion of Tolkien's Shire. Tolkien once described the Shire as 'half anarchy, half aristocracy.' The Statute of Secrecy means Wizarding Britain is half Shire and half police state." - Victor Ganata
"If you're disturbed by what can take place in a State of Emergency, just wait and see what happens in an actual Civil War." - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives -
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives
"Although so far our adventures in archival cooking have been mostly meatless, the recipe books in Penn’s collections contain many interesting preparations for meat, poultry, and fish. From a recipe to “Stew a Hare” to instructions for how to make “English Bacon” and “Pickle Pigeons,” these recipe books reveal a no-waste, “nose to tail” approach. Most either use the whole animal in a single preparation or preserve meat for future consumption. However, many of these recipes do not lend themselves to modern, apartment cooking (especially during the Philadelphia summer). Alyssa and I were thrilled to find this relatively simple recipe for “Collar Beef,” or braised flank steak seasoned with fresh herbs, in Ms. Codex 252. Collar Beef is a flavorful and relatively inexpensive recipe for red meat." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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